Japan Autumn Workshop
2nd - 8th November 2018
Duration – 7 days / 7 nights
Type of Tour – Small Group
Max Participants – 6
Photographers - Andy Yee and Alexander J.E. Bradley
Cost - €3,750 (EURO); $6000 (AUS)
* Kyoto (Arashiyama, Golden Pavilion, Fushimi-Inari, Kiyomizudera, Gion, Byoudin, Geisha)
* Nara Park (Deer!)
* Mount Yoshino
* Mount Koyasan
* Maruyama Senmaida
* Seiganto-ji + Nachi Falls
* Hashiguiiwa Rocks
* Mt Fuji - Five Lakes district
* Minoo Park
* The food!
* The culture!
* The colour!
In early November Japan explodes into a dazzling array of colour as autumn hits its peak. The Japan Autumn Workshop is timed to sees the flora at its fiery peak; the countryside awash in a sea of reds, oranges and yellows. This eight-day intensive workshop encapsulates the most exceptional landscapes, temples, shrines, waterfalls and lakes that Japan has to offer, and there will even be some deer too!
Lead by landscape award-winning photographer Andy Yee, and accompanied by self-admitted Japanophile Alexander J.E. Bradley, this tour will push your photography to the next level. The intimate group size is designed for personal attention to develop your photographic vision.
We begin our adventure in Kyoto: the cultural heart of Japan. Steeped in history, Kyoto has some of the most colourful temples and shrines found anywhere in the world. Our time will be wisely spent in the right locations at the right time. Early morning in the serene bamboo forest, late afternoon along the path of a thousand Torii Gates as the shadows grow long, evenings at illuminated temples. If we are lucky, we might even hear the shuffling of Geisha as they hurry from tea-house to tea-house in the twilight of Gion.
An Evening with a Geisha
Geisha - or Geiko and Maiko as they are known locally in Kyoto, are a living, breathing window into Japan's traditional culture. The word Geisha conjures many different images, but in simple language, Geisha translates as Artistic Person - versed in the art of conversation, dance and music. We will have an exclusive opportunity to meet, interact and photograph Geisha in our own private quarters; a truly once in a lifetime experience.
Our first destination outside of Kyoto will be Nara; home to hundreds of wild deer and tightly packed with historical building such as the Todai-ji, the largest wooden building in the world. The area boasts its beautiful mountain scenery, which will be perfect in Autumn. Mount Yoshino will be surrounded by hills, bursting with vibrant colours in every direction.
Nachi falls is a spectacular complement to Seiganto temple - Temple of the Blue Waves. Along with Koyasan they form the backbone of the UNESCO listed 'Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range'. Along the coast of Wakayama and Mie prefectures lie some of the most unique rock formations found in all Japan. Home to the jagged Hashigui-iwa Rocks and the adorable Wedded Rocks.
Fuji Five Lakes
No trip to Japan in Autumn would be complete without a photograph of the iconic Mt Fuji. The Fuji Five-Lakes district is breathtaking at this time of the year as autumn brings a vibrancy that exemplifies the natural beauty of the lakes and vistas in the region. We will take out time to explore a wide array of shooting locations so you will be sure to capture the shy mountain in its best light.
We will round out our workshop in Osaka with a stop at the Minoo Park. Arguably the best place natural setting to view the Autumn colours in the Kansai Region. The natural beauty of the park and its waterfall is the juxtaposition of the neon lights of Dotonbori in downtown Osaka, where we shall share our final meal before the workshop comes to a close.
We understand getting the photo into the card is only half of the battle. During the workshop, there will be time to go over post-processing to help you create images that pack a punch. Our photographers will sit down with you to assist your selection process, Lightroom and Photoshop workflows and techniques, and develop your best images, so you can showcase the finest Japan has to offer.
The trip is suitable for the photographer with basic knowlege through to expert level.
Group size will be 6-8 people. Cost will cover 7 nights accommodation, ground transport, park entrances fees and all breakfast + dinner meals.
Japan is a gastronomic destination in and of itself. With such a wide and varied selection to choose from, you will see Japanese food is more than just Sushi. From succulent seafood to giant bowls of Raman, crispy tempura, or Kanzi Okonomiyaki, you will come to appreciate all of what Japan has to offer your place. All breakfasts, and either a lunch or dinner will be provided in your ticket. We will be staying in three-star or greater hotels during our trip. Each has been selected for their value and offers a comfortable stay in petite but modern and well-equipped rooms. All rooms on the workshop will be provided as single occupancy.
Spots are limited and you are advised to book with a deposit as soon as possible to not miss out. Please email for further details firstname.lastname@example.org
* Two professional photography guides
* Seven nights accommodation
* Single room occupancy
* All breakfasts
* One additional meal a day (lunch or dinner)
* Transportation in private cars and ferries
* All entrance fees to photography locations
* Post-Processing sessions during the tour
* Airfare to/from Japan
* Alcoholic beverages
* Travel insurance
* Equipment and baggage insurance
* Visas (if applicable)
Tour will be guided by professional photographers Andy Yee and Alexander Bradley.
Andy Yee is a professional photographer who specializes in travel/tourism, architecture and commercial projects. He is the winner of the Sony Alpha Landscape Award. Andy has travelled extensively through Japan in all seasons of the year and worked on projects with Japan Tourism
Alexander JE Bradley is a professional photographer and founder of Aperture Tours. Hailing from Australia but now lives in Paris where he has an irrational fear of being at street level. He can therefore be found happily snapping pictures on rooftops 30m above Paris, or 30m below the streets in the Catacombs. Alexander previously lived in Japan and is looking forward to further exploring. (www.alexanderjebradley.com)