Japan’s varied culture, modern cities and natural landscapes makes it one of our most attractive destination for Photography tours. At first glimpse the Japanese culture may seem intimidatingly different, our local guide have spend all his child and adult life in this areas and it is a photographer in its right and can help you to understand how and when possible to approach and photograph our subjects. With her/his expert guidance and help in planing our perfect tailor itinerary will have a unique experience in to discovering and knowing the culture and returning home with great images.
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Day 1- Feb 19 Osaka Arrive in Osaka, self transfer to the hotel, in the evening will get together with our local guide that will assist us during out tour in Japan.
Day 2- Feb 20 Osaka On the first morning, spend time exploring this diverse city, including the Osaka Castle, Shinsaibashi, and the Dotonbori Bridge. Be sure to try takoyaki, the city’s famous octopus snack, or share a group meal of Okonomiyaki. In the afternoon, we will go see a small, local festival called Ichiya Kanjo, held to celebrate the girls who sacrificed themselves to save the village from the disasters back in the days.
*Please note that the Ichiya kanjo festival might be cancelled due to concerns over the outbreak of coronavirus Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner O/N at Osaka
Day 3-Feb 21 – Osaka to Tsumago After breakfast, we will head to Tsumago, a post town on the Nakasendo route between Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo) back in the days. It takes about 4 hours from Osaka to Tsumago by a car. After arrival, we will stroll around for a little bit, then it’s time to soak in the hot springs ourselves and enjoy a meal at the Ryokan. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner O/N at Tsumago
Day 4- Feb 22 – Tsumago Spend the day discovering Tsumago which is known today as one of the best-preserved post towns in Japan. You will feel like you entered a time warp going back to the Edo period (1603-1867). We will also visit Magome which was also important post town on the ancient Nakasendo route. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner O/N at Tsumago
Day 5 – Feb 23 – Tsumago to Kyoto After breakfast, drive to Japan’s imperial capital, Kyoto, and spend the rest of the day photographing this historic city. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner O/N at Kyoto
Day 6 – Feb 24 – Kyoto Again, we kick off the day with an early sunrise shoot at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the site of the famous shrine gates. After our morning shoot, we will have special access to photograph a Geisha (Maiko) in a private photo session. We will wrap up our day with other classic Kyoto photogenic spots such as the Gion district. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner O/N at Kyoto
Day 7 – Feb 25 – Kyoto ( Baikasai ) Wake up very early in the morning and go for our morning shoot at the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest before the crowds get there. Our day continues onto many photogenic places. Today, there is an opportunity to see Baikasai plum blossom festival at one of Kyoto’s most beautiful temples, tea ceremonies and even Geisha
*Please note that the Baikasai festival might be cancelled due to concerns over the outbreak of coronavirus.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner O/N at Kyoto
Day 8 – Feb 26 – Kyoto to Nara Before heading to Nara, go photograph the Shirahige Shrine, with its “floating” torii gate in the water and Miyama which is famous for its traditional thatched roof (Kayabuki) village. In the afternoon make a trip to Nara, where Japan’s first capital was established in the early 8th century. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner O/N at Nara
Day 9 – Feb 27 – Nara Spend the day discovering ancient Nara. Visit the Todaiji temple, and see the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world. At Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine, stroll and photograph walkways lined with hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns. In the afternoon, stroll along Naramachi, the streets of traditional merchant houses and participate in a tea ceremony. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner O/N at Nara
Day 10 – Feb 28 – Nara to Osaka After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight home.