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2018 – Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

February 10, 2018 - February 23, 2018

  • Winter Wildlife

    of Japan

    Join David Miles this 13 night photography trip to Japan & the island of Hokkaido.

    Travel through a winter landscape in a country heavy with tradition, where you can encounter Snow Monkeys, Red Crowned Cranes, Whooper Swans & Steller's & White Tailed Sea Eagles

    10th - 23rd February 2018

    £5499 per participant

    Group size: 3 - 5 participants - fully booked.

    Bookings closed: Fully booked.

    Fully booked

    Winter Wildlife of Japan - £5499 per participant

    10th - 23rd February 2018
    £5499 per participant
    fully booked
    £5499 per participant - fully booked
  • 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

  • 10%

    Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.

    NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.

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    Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant past event event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this past event, please contact us.
    To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected past event, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.
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    Recommended Clothing

    On this photography holiday, you may experience extreme cold & even sub zero weather conditions so we recommend that you pack the following items of clothing for extreme comfort, or if you are susceptible to the cold.

    You will need plenty of warm & weatherproof clothing. Layering is key to keeping warm in extreme cold conditions so thermal underwear & undershirts coupled with thin jumpers, micro-fleece with a wind & waterproof down coat is best. For your lower half you will need thermal leggings & winter lined trousers coupled with good waterproof over trousers. Black salopettes would also work.

    To protect your hands, you should pack silk gloves or a thin pair of thermal gloves with rubber grip on the fingers & palm under ski gloves will help to keep your hands warm. Gloves where the fingers are cut away so that you can operate your camera with them on would be a good substitute for ski gloves.

    If you don't have a hood on your coat, you should pack a warm hat to protect your head & a balaclava or snood to protect your face from the wind. This is especially important while you are out on the boat for the sea eagles. We also recommend that you bring a good pair of snow or thermal boots with a good sole for walking on snow & ice.

    For the Snow Monkeys, we recommend bringing a pair of snow studs or spikes. They don't need to be elaborate, just something to give you extra grip on the icy paths surrounding the thermal spa.

    Additional Notes
    The past event itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
    NaturesLens past events require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the past event may not go ahead. This past event has a minimum participant level of 3 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
    In the event that the minimum number for a past event to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given past event. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
    Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any past event.
    Payment of deposit by past event participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
    All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
    Travel Insurance Requirements

    Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Summary

    The Winter Wildlife of Japan past event costs £5499 per participant

    & takes place in Hokkaido in Japan, between the dates of 10th - 23rd February 2018. 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. This past event is led by David Miles for NaturesLens. Group size for this past event is a minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 5, plus David. 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 prior to making a booking enquiry. The past event starts & ends at Tokyo Haneda Airport. Transfers between Tokyo Haneda Airport & Hokkaido are included in the cost of this past event.

    Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Payment Details

    • Deposit required to secure a place: £1150 payable upon making a booking.
    • Final balance payment due: November 10th, 2017*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: January 10th, 2018.
    • No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
    • * Unless stated otherwise on our event booking form.

    Financial Protection

    Financial Protection provided by the Travel Vault
    NaturesLens Limited is a company committed to customer satisfaction & consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, & in accordance with ''The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992'' all passengers booking with NaturesLens Limited are fully insured for the initial deposit, & subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.
    The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of NaturesLens Limited.
    This insurance has been arranged by The Travel Vault in conjunction with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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    10th - 23rd February 2018
    £5499 per participant
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