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 ItineraryTo be confirmed