Highlights Include: an introduction to the Shibuya Area of Tokyo, and a traditional Japanese dinner.
You will be met at Haneda airport by your tutors, and transfer to the bustling Shibuya area of Tokyo. There’ll be chance for a rest and freshen up (early check- in fee applicable) or a light hearted photography excercise before we meet in the afternoon for an introduction to the holiday. Then we’ll head out into the lights of the city our first traditional Japanese dinner.
Highlights include: The historical Yanaka area and the Askakusa temple. Photographing the neon lights of Shibuya Crossing. A review of the day’s images over dinner.
This morning we cross the city by public transport to the historical area of Yanaka. This is the site of the former imperial capital of Japan and we’ll practice our photographic technique amongst the traditional wooden houses, old grave yard and the magnificent Askakusa temple. We’ll eat lunch in a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel. Your tutors will take your memory card and look for the best images from the day to show later over dinner.
In the evening we’ll shoot the bright lights of the Shibuya Crossing, with tips from your tutors about how to make the most of this iconic photo opportunity. We’ll drop our cameras and tripods at the hotel, and head out for dinner followed by a pub crawl in the small streets and tiny bars of Nonbei Yokocho.
Highlights include: Street photography in Tokyo’s high- tech Shinjuku district and the counter culture of Harajuku.
After a morning street photography lesson we’ll visit Shinjuku area. This is where Japan’s most famous photographer, Daido Moriyama, created most of his work. The high- tech district is famous for gaming and electronics and you might even spot a member of the Japanese mafia- the Yakuza!
Afternoon will be spent in the Harajuku district, famous for counter-culture and cos play fashion, and the relaxing Yoyogi Parks, home to one of the most important shrines in Japan.
Photography and breakfast in a Japanese fish market followed by an insight into Japan’s ‘nerd culture’ in Akihabara.
We’ll be up early to photograph the action at the fish market in Tsukiji, followed by breakfast in the market and back to the hotel for a rest.
After lunch it’s off to Akihabara, the ‘nerd centre of the world’! This district is a visual feast of arcades, computers, quirky bars, odd outfits, and camera shops! Then we’ll head back to the hotel where there will be an opportunity for tutorials.
Highlights Include: A journey on the ‘bullet train’. Staying in a traditional Japanese style hotel complete with a hot spring bath. A walk in the natural landscape.
We take another Japanese icon- the bullet train- to the Hakone region (37 minutes). Vehicles will take us to our ‘Onsen Ryokans’- traditional Japanese style inns with a hot spring bath. (The traditional rooms with moveable futons are shared between two, but private rooms are available for a supplement). After checking in, we’ll set off on a walking tour of the idyllic rural surroundings and in the evening there’ll be chance for relaxing in the ‘Onsen’ thermal bath and a local, seasonal Japanese dinner served at the Ryokan.
Highlights include: Landscape photography of Mount Fuji and a visit to a Sake brewery.
The morning will be spent learning about landscape photography, with Mt. Fuji as our main subject.
In the afternoon we’ll visit a Sake brewery- and of course sample some of their wares.
The evening will again be spent in our Ryokan with another delicious meal prepared by our hosts.
Highlights include: Photography in the historical area of Kyoto.
Leaving Hakone, we take the Bullet train to Kyoto and check in to our hotel. In the afternoon we’ll explore the uniquely well preserved wooden houses and streets of the old area of Kyoto.
Highlights include: photographing an avenue of red shrine gates. Shooting in the Nishiki Market.
Visit the shrine of Fushimi Inari-Taisha with it’s endless arcades of vermilion torii (shrine gates). Afternoon tutorials followed by a visit to Nishiki Market to see check out the weird and wonderful foods on display.
Arashiyama bamboo grove, journey back to Tokyo and a gala dinner.
This morning our photos will be full of green instead of red as we head out early to shoot the towering Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. By the afternoon it’s time to leave Kyoto and board the bullet train back to Tokyo for a gala dinner in a special restaurant.
Morning relax and then transfer to Narita Airport.
This itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions and unexpected delays. We ask that you put your faith in the experience of our guides and tutors, who occasionally choose to slightly alter the program to ensure you have the best possible experience.
19 – 28 Mar 2018 Book Now
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