Winter Wildlife Photography Tour in JapanTo secure your place on this photographic holiday, we require a 20% deposit – the balance will fall due on 1st November 2019.
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 unrivalled 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.
Our photography holiday offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for two dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting site; spend two days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend two days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo.
Not only this, but our photography holiday is unique in offering six 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 photography holiday 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 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.
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
The Winter Wildlife of Japan is a photography holiday of 13 nights duration, which costs £5749 & takes place in Hokkaido in Japan, between the dates of 9th – 22nd February 2019. It is ideal for photographing blakiston’s fish owl, red-crowned crane, snow monkey, steller’s sea eagle, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swan & more. The photography holiday is offered on half board, non-shared single-occupancy basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 4 participants & a maximum of 5, plus guide(s) from NaturesLens. We consider this to be an event of medium level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us before making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Tokyo Haneda Airport.
NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday Outline Itinerary
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
6 AM & 9 AM EAGLES BOAT TRIP
DAY 8 – OVERNIGHT HOKKAIDO
6 AM & 9 AM EAGLES BOAT TRIP
DAY 9 – OVERNIGHT HOKKAIDO
6 AM & 9 AM 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
No single supplement payable – all rooms are on a single occupancy basis
Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday Availability
Available upon booking the tour & placing a deposit.
Additional NotesNaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.
The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
Unless stated otherwise, most NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement - if this is unclear for any event, please check the accomodation arrangements prior to making a booking.
Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling, international or western cuisine is often NOT available - if this is unclear for any event, please check the cuisine arrangements prior to making a booking. This Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday cost includes accommodation, breakfast, entrance fees to parks, feeding stations & nature tour boat trips at Rausu, all transport to & from Japanese airports & within Japan – excluding flights. The NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Tour cost specifically excludes all flights, both international & domestic, alcohol & other items of a personal nature. A non-refundable deposit of £1050 is required to secure a place on this trip with the balance being due 12 weeks before departure (1st November 2019).