JAPAN IN WINTER

Japan is a country that calls for travel, each one of us has a memory linked to this archipelago made up of thousands of islands. Some will talk about the animated films of the Ghibli studios, others will evoke the period of the samurai or the landscapes seen in National Geo books. 

 

It's a whole world full of beauty, contrasts and mysteries that we want you to discover in pictures: a small temple hidden between the buildings of the capital, Mt fuji during the sunset, monks praying on the top of a mountain or a woman wearing a kimono in a Kyoto alley. 

 

My name is Nicolas Wauters, I will accompany you throughout the Workshop from Tokyo to Osaka. With my experience as a tour guide and photographer, I will show you the most beautiful places of Japan while explaining my vision and my photographic technique.

19 DECEMBER 2020 - 01 JANUARY 2021

4 - 6 participants

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POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

14 DAYS IN JAPAN - ITINERARY 

DAYS 1 - 2 - 3 :

TOKYO 

Our Japanese photographic adventure will start in Tokyo. After a small meeting at your hotel lobby on the 19th. We will spend our three first days in the capital city of Tokyo, to discover the biggest urban part of Japan. 
 

During those days, we will see and capture the most iconic places from the capital city.
 

The many walks we will do, will be divided in different areas to be able to see and shot the most places possible. In Tokyo, we will mainly focus on long exposure photos and streets...

Accommodation :

4 nights in a Hotel (Shiba Park hotel or equivalent)

DAYS 4  :

KAMAKURA

On this day, we will leave the crowd city of Tokyo in the morning to finally discover the Kamakura and Enoshima area.
 

Located one hour from Tokyo, we will discover these two cities and be able to shot in photo the sunset with Mount Fuji from Enoshima.
 

Once the sunset is over, we will go back to Tokyo ...

Accommodation :

Tokyo

(Shiba Park Hotel equivalent) 

DAYS 5 :

TAKAYAMA 

On the 5th day, after sending our luggages to Kanazawa hotel in the morning, we will leave the capital to go to our next destination: Takayama.
 

In the morning, we will enjoy the famous japanese bullet trains and local train.
 

In the afternoon until the evening, we will capture the small streets from the old city.

Accommodation :

1 night in a hotel

(stay hida takayama musubinoyu equivalent)

DAYS 6 - 7  : 

TAKAYAMA - SHIRAKAWAGO - KANAZAWA

On the 6th day in the morning, we will continue our walk-in Takayama and leave the city just before lunchtime.
 

We will take the bus from Takayama to go to the old Unesco Village of Shirakawago where we'll spend the afternoon.
 

After having shot photos of the sunset, we will take the last bus (17h30-18h) from Shirakawago to join Kanazawa city.
 

On the 7th day, we will spend the entire day in this old Samurai city, discovering and shooting one of the most beautiful gardens of Japan and the old street nearby.
 

During the evening, we will take another night session at the station.

Accommodation :

2 night in a hotel

(Hotel Vista Kanazawa or equivalent)

DAYS 8 - 9 - 10 : KYOTO

Kyoto is a city that has kept its authenticity and traditions. We will spend 3 days there to shoot the old capital.
 

From Kanazawa, we will take the train alongside the Japanese sea to arrive in Kyoto before lunchtime.
 

In the first two days and a half we will visit the most beautiful temples such as the Fushimi Inari, the Silver Pavilion, and the Kyomizu-Dera. We will spend the half-day remaining during the evening and will discover the Geisha street in the Gion district with the magnificent Yasaka pagoda.

Accommodation : 4 nights in a Hotel

(Hotel Gracery Sanjo or equivalent)

DAYS 11 : 

NARA

Next, not far from Kyoto we have the city of Nara.
 

Nara in one of the first capital from Japan and is famous for its sumptuous temples and the strong history related to the most important families and Gods of the archipelago.

 

But something else very curious happens in Nara, hundreds of deer will welcome us near the entrance of the temples.

Accommodation : Kyoto hotel

(Hotel Gracery Sanjo or equivalent)

DAYS 12 - 13 : 

KOYASAN

The next day will be full of surprises too! First, we'll go for a walk on Mount Koya and visit graveyards by night. Then we'll spend the evening and night on a monastery.
 

If the weather and sky are great, Mount Koya will be a good place to shot photos of stars and maybe the Milky Way.
 

At the dawn of the 13th day, the early risers will have the opportunity to attend the ceremony of the monks we met the day before and will be able to take pictures of them.

Accommodation : 1 nights in a monastery

(Souji-In or equivalent)

DAYS 13 - 14 : 

OSAKA 

This last night will also be the last day of the year, and what a better place than Osaka to enjoy it.
 

After having joined Osaka at the beginning of the afternoon, we will visit the city itself and shoot the last time from an observatory on a high altitude of 220m high.
 

During the last evening, we will eat together in Osaka who is well known for its gastronomy and for those who want to spend the new year together.
 

The 14th days is also our last day together and you will have to go back home by plan. To making it more easier and more comfortable, we advise you to take a flight from Osaka.

Accommodation : 1 nights in a Hotel

(Hotel Gracery Osaka Namba or equivalent)

SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES WE WILL COVERED DURING THIS WORKSHOP

The purpose of our trip is on the one hand to discover regions of Japan, but also how to capture them.

I would like to share my knowledge with you, and my knowledge on the following points:

 

  • Long exposure: managing Shutter speed on cityscapes, waterfalls, crowd movement...

 

  • Night photos: city, architecture, stars, the Milky Way, or street with small lights

 

  • Panorama: the creation of panoramas with several images 

 

  • Bracketing: bracketing option to get high color and resolution

 

  • Composition: understanding light, how to create a good balance of elements, and how to deal with weather phenomena.

 

  • Architecture: creating effects of gigantism and managing parallels on buildings in major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.

  • Equipment and settings: explanation of which lens, filter or accessory to choose in the field and the settings

It's not enough to take pictures, you still need to be able to edit them. During the stay we will take the time to discuss how to use software such as Lightroom and Photoshop: 

 

  • Importing photos to Lightroom

  • Contrast and colors settings for beginners and advanced users

  • preset management

  • Creation of masks and adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop

  • Export in print and web format

  • Sharpening images

ABOUT OUR TRADITIONAL JAPANESE ACCOMMODATION

During this trip, we will spend many nights in western-style hotels, but also be able to experiment with the Japanese traditional hotel "Ryokan".

During these night(s), you will sleep on a tatami room with a futon and be able to try the Japanese baths call "Onsen".
An unforgettable and very relaxing experience, especially after those walks days.

At Koya San, the Ryokan is situated in a Monastery.
You will be able to access to some Japanese monk fire ceremony and relaxation session.

 

*Keep in mind that the dinner in Koya san will be monks traditional food who is vegetarian and not flexible on timing delivery.

WHAT TO BRING

ABOUT CLOTHES :

  • Comfortable and waterproof shoes or boots.

  • A windbreaker or insulated jacket for some morning shoot

  • A camera backpack

  • Beanies and gloves 

  • Easy removal shoes for some temples in Japan (where you have to take off your shoes)

  • Charge adapter for Japan 

  • Charging cables 

  • Warm clothes for the Koyasan mountains

ABOUT GEAR :

  • A DSLR camera or a mirroless camera.

  • A wide angle lens, for instance : 14-24 MM

  • A mid range lens, for instance : 24-70mm 

  • A telephoto lens, for instance : 70-200

  • Filters for polarizing or ND type lenses

  • A laptop with Adobe Lightroom or Camera RAW

  • Charging cables and type C adapter

  • A tripod

  • A drone (some are can be fly with a drone)

SMALL BUT IMPORTANT DETAILS

Almost the whole workshop is organized by us, we will pick you up at the hotel from the first day and we will be together all along our trip. We will have several opportunities to take the subway, local trains, enjoy good food and visit temples.

The JR Pass: it's the Holy Grail, it allows us to travel freely on the main lines all over Japan! We will take care of your request for JR Pass and we will go to validate it as soon as you arrive. 

Here is the list of what is included and not included during the Workshop:

  • Single or double hotels

  • The JR Pass

  • Transfers between the airport and Tokyo city

  • All the luggage transfers

  • Breakfasts

  • The two guides during the whole stay

  • The entrance of shrine in Kyoto and Osaka

  • Entrance at Skytree 350M high

  • Entrance at Osaka Observatory

  • Dinner with the monks at Koyasan

  • A subway pass with 10.000¥ for our trip

  • 1 to 1 session on Adobe Lightroom

  • occasional subway transports during free time

  • Lunch & evening meals, according to your tastes you will be free to enjoy whatever you like 

  • snacks

  • insurance

  • entrance during your free time

  • flights to and from Japan

INCLUDE

NOT INCLUDED

Price: 5.490 € for a twin room

Single supplement: 1.150 €

Participants: 1 to 6 maximum

Language: French and English

Difficulty: Beginner, amateur, and semi-pro photographers.  

THE GUIDES

NICOLAS WAUTERS

My name is Nicolas, and I would be proud to be your guide for these 11 days spent in Japan.


Now based in Tokyo-Japan, I have left my own country in 2012 to come in Japan live my dream.


Guiding and landscape photography are more than a job for me, they are two passions.


I want to share with you all my knowledge for the country and photography, so more than a simple Workshop, it will be a trip experience with people who have same interests.

PIERRE BOISEAUX

My name is Pierre Boiseaux, I'm a photographer and videographer and I would be so glad to be your guide during this trip to Japan.

Based in Belgium, I work mostly on portrait and landscape but I also manage the Youtube channel "
Les Eleveurs de Pixels".

I would be super glad to be your guide in Japan for those 14 days together and share with you my knowledge of photography and videography.
 

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