Japan in Winter 2023
Tokyo | Kawaguchiko | Kyoto | Koyasan | Tsu | Tokyo
24 February ~ 07 March - 6 to 10 participants
Japan is a country calling for travel. Most of the travelers think that the best season to discover Japan is in Spring while the cherry blossoms are blooming.
However, the winter colors and snow offer a less know Japan and give some areas a unique ambiance.
It is a Japan made from beauties we would like to share with you during this photo trip or Winter Workshop. Through this 11 days long Workshop, we will discover a Japan going from the little hidden temple in the Mie prefecture to the remnants of Kyoto…. We will be reunited as well with praying monks on the top of Mount-Koya and will dive through the unique Tokyo atmosphere.
My name is Nicolas Wauters and I will follow you all along this photo trip and the most emblematic Japanese places. Strong with my tour guide and photograph experience, I’ll show you the most beautiful places of Japan while sharing my vision and photograph techniques with you.
Day 5 : This is the departure day to Kyoto. Before taking our transport, we will first take some pictures of the sunrise on Mount-Fuji. At the end of the morning, we’ll transfer to Kyoto in Shinkansen (famous Japanese high-speed train).
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the famous Fushimi-Inari shrine and its path made from thousands of Torii.
Day 6 & 7 : Kyoto is a city that could keep its authenticity and traditions. During these 2 days, we ‘ll visit the most beautiful temples like the Fushimi Inari, Silver Pavilion, Daigo-ji and Kyomizu-Dera. We’ll fully focus on the ancestral atmosphere of Kyoto and make a Kimono portrait session with the support of Nicolas Doretti. We’ll discover the Geisha streets in the Gion neighbourhood and the wonderful Yasaka pagoda as well.
Day 8 : The 8th day will be full of surprises as well. At the end of the morning, we will leave Kyoto to reach Mount Koya, worship place of Buddhism in Japan.
We will visit its plenty temples, its Buddhist ambiance and its graveyard by night, known as the most beautiful in Japan and certainly in the world. Next, we’ll spend the evening and night in a monastery.
Day 9 : After the night in the monastery, people who wake up early will be able to attend the morning ceremony with the monks met up the previous day. You’ll be able to take some photos but in a discreet way.
We’ll continue our discovering of the region in the morning to finally reach our next destination at the Tsu region in the afternoon.
About our traditional Japanese accomodation:
During this trip, we will spend many nights in western style hotels, but we can try traditional Japanese hotels named “Ryokan” as well.
During these nights you’ll sleep in a room on a tatami with a futon and try the Japanese public bath named “Onsen“.
An unforgettable and really relaxing experience certainly after those days of walking.
Furthermore, we’ll sleep in a Buddhist monastery during our getaway at *Mount-Koya.
You’ll have access to a fire ceremony made by Japanese monks and/or a relaxation session.
* The diner at Mount-Koya will be based on a traditional vegetarian monk dish and won’t be flexible on the time to eat.
Book your workshop:
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I can't wait to see you in Japan and frame-it it with you!
Day 1 : This is the day you land in Japan. Our Japanese photographic adventure will start in Tokyo.
After the airport transfer, we will meet up at 4pm at the lobby of your hotel and will spend the evening together in the streets of Tokyo. This first evening will be the perfect moment to get to know the group around a meal in a Japanese restaurant or Izakaya.
Day 2 : During this day, we will discover and take photos of the most emblematic places of the East part of the capital like Asakusa, Akihabara and much more. We will extend the day until the evening to focus on the long exposure photos and night urbanscapes from the Tokyo bay.
Day 3 : This day will be devoted to the West part of the city. We will walk through the most known Neighbourhoods and take some urban/streets photos.
At the end of the day, we’ll enjoy a sunset from one of the many observatories of the cityn
Day 4 : After having transferred our luggage to Kyoto, we will leave Tokyo to reach our next destination: the famous Mount-Fuji.
Mount Fuji is one of the most symbolic places in Japan. We will take advantage of the Kawaguchiko region and its lakes to photograph it from all angles.
At sunset, we will go to the Chureito Pagoda to frame it with Mount Fuji (Plan some clothes for 1 night).
24 February to 05 March
6 minimum to 10 maximum
Easy - Moderate
Day 11 : It will be our last day and night in Japan and what a better place than Tokyo to enjoy it. For the final step of our trip, we will approach together the post-processing part, how to edit your photos and how to have a good workflow.
The morning will be spent in a room where we’ll be able to approach all the topics together and make some feedback of our trip at the same time.
The afternoon will see our last walk in Tokyo but also the last photo session and an evening in group around wonderful Japanese dishes. And who knows? Why not trying karaoke together?
Day 12 : You’re free to go back to Europe or extend your journey.
Of course, we remain at your disposal if you need some advice or suggestions to enjoy the plenty beauties of the capital.
The photographic techniques we will approach during our Workshop :
The goal of our trip is first to discover some regions of Japan but also how to take them in photos. We would like to share our knowledges with the following lines :
Long exposure : management of shutter speed on landscapes, waterfalls, crowd movements, etc.
Night photos : stars, milky way, low lighted street
Panorama : creation of panoramas with several images
Bracketing : bracket option to have high coloured and resolution photos6
Composition : understand the light, how to create a good balance of the elements and how to manage with meteorological phenomena
Architecture : creation of gigantism effects and how to manage with parallels on buildings in Tokyo
Equipment and settings : explanation of the camera lenses, filters or accessories on field and settings.
Taking photos is good but editing them is not as easy as you may think. During our trip, we’ll take the time to speak about how to use some editing tools like Lightroom and Photoshop
Import photos into Lightroom
Contrast and colour adjustments for beginners and advanced
Creation of masks and adjustments on Lightroom and Photoshop
Export into print and internet format
What to bring:
For a Workshop in optimal conditions, we’ll recommend you on the following list what you certainly will need about camera, accessories and clothes.
About the camera :
A DSLR type camera
A Wide-angle lens 16-24mm
A Normal lens 24-70mm
A telephoto lens 70-200mm or more
Lens filters like polarizing or N type
A laptop with Adobe Lightroom or other (optional)
Loading cables and type C adapter
A drone (optional)
A camera bag
Some details that could be important :
Most of the Workshop is created by us and designed in collaboration with Connections.be. We will pick you up at your hotel from the first day and will be together all the trip long. We will have the opportunity to take the metro, local trains, taste good food and visit some temples several times.
Next to this organisation, we would like to offer you as much freedom as possible. Evenings are not planned in advance. We will do our best to adapt ourselves to you, to your wills, to those who want to have a little privacy time and those who want to eat in group.
Your JR Pass : This is your “holy grail”. It allows you to travel freely on all the main lines in whole Japan. We will take care of your JR Pass application and will activate them at your arrival.
This pass is unique!
Here is the list of what is included and not during the Workshop :
Hotels: simple or double room
Your JR Pass
Transfer, from Tokyo to the airport, for the last day
Luggage transfer between hotels
Tour guide during the entire stay
1 session on Adobe Lightroom
The entry of temples included in our tour
Not included :
Occasional and personal metro transport out of our trip
Lunch and evening meal. Restaurants in Japan are mostly single menu, according to your tastes, you’ll be free to eat what you want
Round trip from and to Japan
My name is Nicolas and I’m proud to be your tour guide through Japan for 14 days.
Today established in Tokyo, I left my country in 2013 to live my dream in Japan. At my arrival, I created my tour guide company and for 8 years, I had the chance to guide thousands of travellers and take photos of Japan from its most beautiful landscapes.
Photography and tour guide are more than simple jobs for me. These are the two truly hobbies that drive me.
I would like to share all my knowledges of the country and the photography with you. More than a simple Workshop, it will be a real travel experience with people sharing the same interests.
I’m a photographer and videographer located in Lyon (France).
I’ll be very happy to accompany you during this photography Workshop in Japan.
I share my photography passion on my YouTube channel “Nico DT” and I would like to do the same with this trip; sharing my different knowledges in landscape, street photos, portrait and post-processing with you.
Besides the experience of an amazing country, my goal is that you leave the country with your spirit and camera full of unforgettable photos. More than the acquired knowledges, your portfolio won’t be the same anymore.
Day 10 : Before our comeback to Tokyo, we wanted to organize a visit in a temple located deep in the countryside. In the heart of the Tsu region, the Senju-ji temple will be at your full disposal for our photo tour. You’ll have a “privileged” access to the different rooms of the temple, normally forbidden to the simple tourist. A Buddhist ceremony and a tea degustation will be accessible as well.
We will take some pictures of the temple and its outside architecture at dawn. At 7am, we will first take part on a Buddhist ceremony to finally take some pictures of its inside rooms and participate at “the life in the temple” with its monks.
This temple will also be an opportunity to put into practice all the things learned during our trip. We’ll organize a little contest as well with a special prize of having 6 photos being published in a famous photo magazine in Japan.
In the afternoon, we will go back to Tokyo for the final step of our trip.
Price : 5.299 € double room
Single room extra charge : 4.999 €
Participants : min 6 – max 10
Language : French
Difficulty : beginners, amateurs and semi-pro photographers