Japan Winter Workshop 2019 - Andy Yee Photography

Japan Winter Workshop

31st January - 10th February 2019

Duration – 11 days / 10 nights

Type of Tour – Small Group

Max Participants – 6

Photographers - Andy Yee and Paul Pichugin

Cost – €5,500 (EURO); $8400 (AUS) EARLY BIRD BEFORE 31st October 2018

                 €5,250 (EURO);  $8800 (AUS) From 1st November 2018


* Tokyo streets and skyline sunset

* Mt Fuji

* Matsumoto Castle

* Takayama + Hida Folk Village

* Snow monkeys

* Sapporo Snow Festival

* Biei landscapes

* Shirogane waterfall

* Otaru Snow Path Festival

* Ebisu Rocks + Nikka Distillery

* The food!

* The culture!

Come and join us on a Japan winter workshop for some of the most rewarding and unique opportunities for any photographer!

The trip commences in Tokyo and takes in the bustling street life of Japan's very own megalopolis. At this time of year its possible to capture “Diamond Fuji” with the Tokyo skyline that shows the incredible expanse of this modern city. We will also visit some of the picturesque traditional areas and temples at times which suit our goals to shoot without the crowds.

A drive to Mt Fuji and the surrounding 5 lakes offer a variety of beautiful lakes and landscapes all under the background of the majestic Fuji-san.

We will then head north to Matsomoto where the “Black Castle” resides in the centre of town. With its surrounds covered in snow, its a great opportunity to see one of the best preserved castles in all of Japan.

A day with the snow monkeys up in the hills of Jigokudani is something you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Photographing the snow monkeys in their natural winter routine of keeping warm while sitting in hot springs in the snow is something unforgettable. We will then fly to the northern island of Hokkaido.

The largest snow festival in Japan lights up in Sapporo at night, we then head out into the winter wilderness of the Biei area and its snow covered landscapes.

The Otaru Snow Path festival is a held in a beautiful small fishing village which lights the canal and decorates areas around the village with ice installations. It really is a very picturesque and a beautiful time to be in Japan with a camera!

The 11 day tour coverages a wide spectrum of photography and will be an unforgettable cultural experience. The trip will allow enough opportunities to capture key moments and also cover editing techniques and processes to help you get the most value out of the trip.

The trip is suitable for the photographer with basic knowlege through to expert level. Group size will be 6-8 people.

Accomodation will be 3-4 star and booked based upon location convenience, comfort and availability of onsens :)

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. andy@andyyee.com


* Two professional photography guides

* Ten nights accommodation

* Dual Occupancy (Single Supplement for additional $1000 available on request)

* Domestic flights to Sapporo and return to Tokyo (Narita Airport)

* 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)

* Gratuities



Tour will be guided by professional photographers Andy Yee and Paul Pichugin.

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

Paul Pichugin has  worked on photographic projects in 16 countries and Antarctica with his photographs being used for marketing and advertising materials as well as international tourism, marketing and social media campaigns. 

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