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2019 – Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

February 10, 2019 - February 21, 2019

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

    of Japan

    Join David Miles & Ian Roberts on this 11 night/12 day photography trip to Japan & the island of Hokkaido.

    Travel through a winter landscape in a country heavy with tradition where you can encounter whooper swan plus more.

    10th - 21st February 2019

    £5499 per participant

    Group size: 4 participants - fully booked.

    Bookings closed: Fully booked.

    Fully booked

    Winter Wildlife of Japan - £5499 per participant

    10th - 21st February 2019
    £5499 per participant
    fully booked
    £5499 per participant - fully booked
  • 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 7 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 past event. This past event 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
  • 25%

    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.

    • Accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable)
    • Airport Transfers
    • All in-trip transportation
    • All photography sessions & appropriate permits
    • Food on a half board basis
    • Guaranteed Window Seat
    • Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guides
    • Transportation between photographic locations
    • 6 early-morning boat trips for White-Tailed & Steller Sea Eagle photography
    • Monkey park entrance fees
    • Optional trip to Matsumoto Castle
    • All Drinks
    • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
    • International Flights
    • Meals not listed on the itinerary
    • Personal expenses of any type
    • Required Insurances
    • Sundries
    • Tips & Gratuities
    • Transportation to start location
    • Visas
    • Flights between Tokyo & Hokkaido

    What our clients say

    • Mark - Winter Wildlife of Japan - February 2018

      The team lead a flawless trip that encompassed stunning scenery, superb local accommodation through to the main reason for being here, the stunning wildlife.

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    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.
    Recommended Equipment

    Recommended Camera Equipment

    For this photography holiday, we would recommend that you have available, an array of lenses from an intermediate telephoto lens such as the 70-200mm or 100-400mm, through to your longest lens, whether that is a 400mm, 500mm or 600mm. If the longest lens you own is a 300mm lens but you have a 1.4x or 2.0 extender this would be suitable. In fact, you should pack your extenders as this will allow you to further vary your focal length on this photography holiday. A wide angle would also be useful if you fancy capturing some environment shots.

    If you own a lens with an aperture of f/2.8 within the recommended focal length, bring it! These will allow you to focus on your subject faster & will also be useful in low light conditions.

    You should also pack a tripod to help steady your lens, especially when you are out photographing at dawn & dusk.

    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 4 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

    Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday Summary

    The Japanese Winter Wildlife past event costs £5499 per participant

    & takes place in Hokkaido in Japan, between the dates of 10th - 21st February 2019. It is ideal for photographing blakiston's fish owl, killer whale, orca, red fox, red-crowned crane, snow monkey, steller's sea eagle, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swan & more. This past event is led by David Miles & Ian Roberts for NaturesLens. Group size for this past event is a minimum of 4 participants & a maximum of 4, plus David & Ian. 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. , although you may be able to travel on the same flights as David Miles & Ian Roberts, if you are travelling from London. Transfers between Tokyo Haneda Airport & Hokkaido are included in the cost of this past event.

    Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday Payment Details

    • Deposit required to secure a place: £1000 payable upon making a booking.
    • Final balance payment due: November 10th, 2018*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: November 1st, 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 Ltd 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 & Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 all passengers booking with NaturesLens Ltd 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 Ltd.  This insurance has been arranged by The Travel Vault in conjunction with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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    10th - 21st February 2019
    £5499 per participant
    Event Category:


    Hokkaido, Japan + Google Map


    David Miles
    Ian Roberts