2020 – Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan Photography Holiday

2017 02 20_10 04 20
NaturesLens invites you to spend this 14 night/15 day tour travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. Our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unique opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Guided by David & Ian, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography tour are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this photography holiday.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of varied winter wildlife including the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 14 night/15 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5749 per participant.
Join David & Ian to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. Our group will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
Our trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for two dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting sites of the Tsurui region of Hokkaido; spend two days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend two days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo, a frozen caldera lake in the eastern region of Hokkaido.
Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering six boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph Hokkaido’s fabulous Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unique access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we immediately transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph a vast selection of Japanese Winter Wildlife, including red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Lake Yamanaka.
Lake Yamanaka is a new location for 2020, & now the last stop on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is Lake Yamanaka; Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, & is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. Due to its high altitude & its relatively shallow water depth, Lake Yamanaka often freezes completely in the winter.
The view of Mt. Fuji across Lake Yamanaka is breathtaking with the mountain forming its distinctive shape – all making for an iconic image. From mid-October to February, a beautiful phenomenon called Diamond Fuji occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, causing Mt. Fuji to shine bright like a diamond, hence its name. Winter is actually the best season to see Mt. Fuji from this location as the weather conditions are more stable & the mountain is covered with snow.
Japan is an extraordinary country, & our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday provides wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
Group size is limited to between 4 & 5 participants, this is due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.

Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 22nd february, 2020

flight to tokyo from home location

day 2 - sunday - 23rd february, 2020

meet at haneda domestic terminal & transfer to hokkaido

day 3 - monday - 24th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, full-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri

day 4 - tuesday - 25th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, half-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri & transfer to kussharo

day 5 - wednesday - 26th february, 2020

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 6 - thursday - 27th february, 2020

half-day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 7 - friday - 28th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 8 - saturday - 29th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 9 - sunday - 1st march, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, transfer to notsuke penninsula

day 10 - monday - 2nd march, 2020

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, late morning or afternoon cruise for eagles & sea-birds on the nemuro coast

day 11 - tuesday - 3rd march, 2020

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, afternoon transfer to tokyo

day 12 - wednesday - 4th march, 2020

drive from haneda to yudanaka

day 13 - thursday - 5th march, 2020

snow monkey photography

day 14 - friday - 6th march, 2020

½ day of snow monkey photography & transfer to yamanakako - sunset at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji

day 15 - saturday - 7th march, 2020

sunrise at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji, ½ day of swan photography alongside the lake & return to haneda - trip concludes

One Of The Bathing Snow Monkeys Of Jigokudani Yaen Koen  Photographed During The NaturesLens Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

2021 – Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan Photography Holiday

2017 02 20_10 04 20
NaturesLens invites you to spend this 14 night/15 day tour travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. Our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unique opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Guided by David, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography tour are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this photography holiday.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of varied winter wildlife including the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 14 night/15 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5749 per participant.
Join David to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. Our group will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
Our trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for two dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting sites of the Tsurui region of Hokkaido; spend two days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend two days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo, a frozen caldera lake in the eastern region of Hokkaido.
Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering six boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph Hokkaido’s fabulous Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unique access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we immediately transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph a vast selection of Japanese Winter Wildlife, including red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Lake Yamanaka.
Lake Yamanaka is a new location for 2020, & now the last stop on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is Lake Yamanaka; Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, & is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. Due to its high altitude & its relatively shallow water depth, Lake Yamanaka often freezes completely in the winter.
The view of Mt. Fuji across Lake Yamanaka is breathtaking with the mountain forming its distinctive shape – all making for an iconic image. From mid-October to February, a beautiful phenomenon called Diamond Fuji occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, causing Mt. Fuji to shine bright like a diamond, hence its name. Winter is actually the best season to see Mt. Fuji from this location as the weather conditions are more stable & the mountain is covered with snow.
Japan is an extraordinary country, & our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday provides wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
Group size is limited to between 4 & 5 participants, this is due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.

Winter Wildlife of Hokkaido & Japan Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 22nd february, 2020

flight to tokyo from home location

day 2 - sunday - 23rd february, 2020

meet at haneda domestic terminal & transfer to hokkaido

day 3 - monday - 24th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, full-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri

day 4 - tuesday - 25th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, half-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri & transfer to kussharo

day 5 - wednesday - 26th february, 2020

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 6 - thursday - 27th february, 2020

half-day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 7 - friday - 28th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 8 - saturday - 29th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 9 - sunday - 1st march, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, transfer to notsuke penninsula

day 10 - monday - 2nd march, 2020

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, late morning or afternoon cruise for eagles & sea-birds on the nemuro coast

day 11 - tuesday - 3rd march, 2020

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, afternoon transfer to tokyo

day 12 - wednesday - 4th march, 2020

drive from haneda to yudanaka

day 13 - thursday - 5th march, 2020

snow monkey photography

day 14 - friday - 6th march, 2020

½ day of snow monkey photography & transfer to yamanakako - sunset at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji

day 15 - saturday - 7th march, 2020

sunrise at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji, ½ day of swan photography alongside the lake & return to haneda - trip concludes

One Of The Bathing Snow Monkeys Of Jigokudani Yaen Koen  Photographed During The NaturesLens Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

2019 – Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

One of the Young Snow Monkeys of the Jigokudani Valley Photographed During the Natureslens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

NaturesLens invites you to spend 11 night/12 day travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. The NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unrivalled opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.

Accompanied by David & Ian, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph a variety of species including the red-crowned crane, snow monkey, Steller’s sea eagle, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swan, plus more.

Join NaturesLens to capture images of the red-crowned crane, snow monkey, Steller's sea eagle, white-tailed sea eagle & whooper swans, in Japan, during the Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 11 night/12 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5499 per participant.

Join David & Ian of NaturesLens to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. You will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.

This 11 night/12 day trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for 2 dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting site; spend 2 days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend 2 days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo.

Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering 6 boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph the Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unrivalled access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.

Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. Hokkaido is undoubtedly the star location during our Japanese winter wildlife photography holidays, the North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.

We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend 2 days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. Our itinerary is designed to give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species.

Japan is an extraordinary country, providing wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.

Group size for the Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is limited to 4 participants, this is due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.

Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - sunday - 10th february, 2019

arrive tokyo haneda airport & transfer to hokkaido

day 2 - monday - 11th february, 2019

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, full-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri

day 3 - tuesday - 12th february, 2019

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, half-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri & transfer to kussharo

day 4 - wednesday - 13th february, 2019

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 5 - thursday - 14th february, 2019

half-day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 6 - friday - 15th february, 2019

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke peninsula

day 7 - saturday - 16th february, 2019

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 8 - sunday - 17th february, 2019

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, transfer to notsuke penninsula

day 9 - monday - 18th february, 2019

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, afternoon transfer to tokyo

day 10 - tuesday - 19th february, 2019

transfer to yudanaka for snow monkey photography

day 11 - wednesday - 20th february, 2019

full-day photography of snow monkeys

day 12 - thursday - 21st february, 2019

half-day photography of snow monkeys or matsumoto castle, afternoon transfer to tokyo haneda airport

A Trio Of Japanese Cranes In The Mist Rising Off The River At Their Roosting Site   Photographed During The NaturesLens Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

2020 – Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

2017 02 23_09 30 57
NaturesLens invites you to spend this 13 night/14 day tour travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. Our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unique opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Guided by David & Ian, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography tour are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this photography holiday.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 13 night/14 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5749 per participant.
Join David & Ian to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. Our group will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
Our trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for two dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting sites of the Tsurui region of Hokkaido; spend two days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend two days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo, a frozen caldera lake in the eastern region of Hokkaido.
Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering six boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph Hokkaido’s fabulous Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unique access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we immediately transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph a vast selection of Japanese Winter Wildlife, including red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Lake Yamanaka.
Lake Yamanaka is a new location for 2020, & now the last stop on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is Lake Yamanaka; Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, & is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. Due to its high altitude & its relatively shallow water depth, Lake Yamanaka often freezes completely in the winter.
The view of Mt. Fuji across Lake Yamanaka is breathtaking with the mountain forming its distinctive shape – all making for an iconic image. From mid-October to February, a beautiful phenomenon called Diamond Fuji occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, causing Mt. Fuji to shine bright like a diamond, hence its name. Winter is actually the best season to see Mt. Fuji from this location as the weather conditions are more stable & the mountain is covered with snow.
Japan is an extraordinary country, & our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday provides wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
Group size is limited to between 4 & 5 participants, this is due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.

Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 8th february, 2020

flight to tokyo from home location

day 2 - sunday - 9th february, 2020

meet at haneda domestic terminal & transfer to hokkaido

day 3 - monday - 10th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, full-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri

day 4 - tuesday - 11th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, half-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri & transfer to kussharo

day 5 - wednesday - 12th february, 2020

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 6 - thursday - 13th february, 2020

half-day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 7 - friday - 14th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 8 - saturday - 15th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 9 - sunday - 16th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, transfer to notsuke penninsula

day 10 - monday - 17th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, late morning or afternoon cruise for eagles & sea-birds on the nemuro coast

day 11 - tuesday - 18th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, afternoon transfer to tokyo

day 12 - wednesday - 19th february, 2020

drive from haneda to yudanaka

day 13 - thursday - 20th february, 2020

snow monkey photography

day 14 - friday - 21st february, 2020

½ day of snow monkey photography & transfer to yamanakako - sunset at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji

day 15 - saturday - 22nd february, 2020

sunrise at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji, ½ day of swan photography alongside the lake & return to haneda - trip concludes

A Young Snow Monkey Peers Over The Edge Of The Thermal Pool   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

2021 – Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

2017 02 23_09 30 57
NaturesLens invites you to spend this 13 night/14 day tour travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. Our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unique opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Guided by David & Ian, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography tour are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this photography holiday.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the red-crowned cranes, Steller's sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & the Snow Monkeys, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 13 night/14 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5749  £5499 per participant.

 With a new updated & extended Itinerary for 2021

After 5 years of successfully running our tour to capture images of the snow monkeys, the red-crowned cranes, the Steller’s & white-tailed sea eagle on pack ice & the whooper swans on their frozen lake, we have decided to amend our itinerary, we are taking nothing away, we are adding extra days to the photography holiday. Several new days follow on from the second day with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Matsumoto, to view & capture images of Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto Castle is one of five castles designated as ‘National Treasures of Japan’ & the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan.

Our second new location, & now the last stop on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is Lake Yamanaka; Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, & is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. Due to its high altitude & its relatively shallow water depth, Lake Yamanaka often freezes completely in the winter.
The view of Mt. Fuji across Lake Yamanaka is breathtaking with the mountain forming its distinctive shape – all making for an iconic image. From mid-October to February, a beautiful phenomenon called Diamond Fuji occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, causing Mt. Fuji to shine bright like a diamond, hence its name. Winter is actually the best season to see Mt. Fuji from this location as the weather conditions are more stable & the mountain is covered with snow.
Join David & Ian to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. Our group will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
Our trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for two dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting sites of the Tsurui region of Hokkaido; spend two days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend two days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo, a frozen caldera lake in the eastern region of Hokkaido.
Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering six boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph Hokkaido’s fabulous Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unique access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we immediately transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph a vast selection of Japanese Winter Wildlife, including red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Matsumoto, to view & capture images of Matsumoto Castle. Our final location is on the shores of  Lake Yamanaka; the view of Mt. Fuji from the lake is breathtaking & has a distinctive shape – making for an iconic image to complete your Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday.
Japan is an extraordinary country, & our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday provides wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
Group size is limited to between 4 & 5 participants, this is due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.

Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 6th february, 2021

flight to tokyo from home location

day 2 - sunday - 7th february, 2021

meet at haneda domestic terminal & transfer to hokkaido

day 3 - monday - 8th february, 2021

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, full-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri

day 4 - tuesday - 9th february, 2021

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, ½ day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri & transfer to kussharo

day 5 - wednesday - 10th february, 2021

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 6 - thursday - 11th february, 2021

½ day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 7 - friday - 12th february, 2021

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke peninsula

day 8 - saturday - 13th february, 2021

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 9 - sunday - 14th february, 2021

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, transfer to notsuke penninsula

day 10 - monday - 15th february, 2021

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, afternoon transfer to tokyo

day 11 - tuesday - 16th february, 2021

drive from haneda to yudanaka

day 12 - wednesday - 17th february, 2021

snow monkey photography

day 13 - thursday - 18th february, 2021

½ day of snow monkey photography & transfer to matsumoto - sunset shoot at matsumoto castle

day 14 - friday - 19th february, 2021

sunrise shoot at matsumoto castle - transfer to yamanakako - sunset at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji

day 15 - saturday - 20th february, 2021

sunrise at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji, ½ day of swan photography alongside the lake & return to haneda - trip concludes

A Young Snow Monkey Peers Over The Edge Of The Thermal Pool   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

2018 – Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

NaturesLens invites you to spend 13 nights travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. This trip covers a variety of areas, providing you with unparalleled opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Visit Hokkaido & Honshu & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph a variety of species including the red-crowned crane, snow monkey, steller’s sea eagle, white tailed sea eagle, whooper swan, plus more.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of varied winter wildlife, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Japan past event. This past event is of 13 night/14 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5499 per participant.
Join NaturesLens to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. Our group will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
Our trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the chance to rise early for 2 dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting site; spend 2 days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend 2 days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo.
Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering 6 boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph the steller’s sea & white tailed eagle populations. These excursions will give you unrivalled access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our trip begins in Tokyo; from there we transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white tailed & steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend 2 days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you a second day here so that you have the chance to fine tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species.
Japan is an extraordinary country, providing wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
Group sizes are limited due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.
Photographable Species: blakiston's fish owl, red-crowned crane, snow monkey, steller's sea eagle, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swan

Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed

Day 1 - overnight flight

Travel from UK to Tokyo

Day 2 - overnight Hokkaido

arrival in Hokkaido, Red Crowned Crane photography

Day 3 - overnight Hokkaido

Red Crowned Crane photography

Day 4 - overnight Hokkaido

Red Crowned Crane photography, travel to Lake Mashu

Day 5 - overnight Hokkaido

Whooper Swan photography at Lake Kussharo

Day 6 - overnight Hokkaido

Whooper Swan photography at Lake Kussharo, travel to Rausu

Day 7 - overnight Hokkaido

6am & 9am Eagles Boat Trip

Day 8 - overnight Hokkaido

6am & 9am Eagles Boat Trip

Day 9 - overnight Hokkaido

6am & 9am Eagles Boat Trip, travel to Notsuke

Day 10 - overnight Tokyo

Eagle photography, travel to Tokyo

Day 11 - overnight Yudanaka

travel to Yudanaka

Day 12 - overnight Yudanaka

Snow Monkey photography

Day 13 - overnight Tokyo

Half day Snow Monkey photography

Day 14 - Travel to UK