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Japan Winter Workshop

TBC Early February 2024


11 Days / 10 Nights



Group Size

Max 6 participants


All skill levels

Fitness Difficulty

Easy / Moderate

Type of Tour: Small Group 

Photographers:  Andy Yee and Paul Pichugin

Cost: $7450 (USD)


From the majestic Mt. Fuji to the adorable Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani and the fantastic festivals in Hokkaido, winter is the perfect season to capture the beauty of Japan. 

We will embark on an 13 day intensive photography workshop covering the most photographic sites, from buzzing cities to the calm atmospheric landscapes, stretching the length of Japan. Lead by landscape award-winning photographer Andy Yee, and accompanied by renown travel photographer Paul Pichigun, this tour will push your photography to the next level. The intimate group size is designed for personal attention to develop your photographic vision. 


* Tokyo streets and skyline sunset 

* Mt Fuji 

* Matsumoto Castle 

* Takayama + Hida Folk Village

* Snow monkeys 

* Steller Eagles - Ice Breaker Cruise

* Red Crowned Cranes of Hokkaido

* Biei landscapes 

* Shirogane waterfall 

* Sapporo Snow Festival 

* 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! 

Japan Winter Itinerary


Days 1 & 2 — Tokyo

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. 


Day 3 — Mt Fuji

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. 


Day 4 — Takayama

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. 


Days 5 & 6 — Jigokudani

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. 


Days 7 & 8 — Sapporo + Biei

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. 

Days 9 & 10 — Abashiri + Kushiro

We spend this part of the workshop on the eastern side of Hokkaido in search of Steller Eagles on drift ice and the Red Crowned Cranes in the wetland sanctuaries surrounding Kushiro.

Days 11 & 12 — Otaru

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!

We then conclude our tour with a flight returning us from Sapporo to Tokyo on the last day.

The 13 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.


Japanese Cuisine and Accomodation


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 knowledge through to expert level.


Group size will be maximum 6 people. Cost will cover 12 nights accommodation, domestic flights from Niigata to Hokkiado and return to Tokyo, 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 learn that Japanese food is more than just Sushi. From succulent seafood to giant bowls of Raman, crispy tempura, or Kansai Okonomiyaki, you will come to appreciate all of what Japan has to offer your palate. When we aren't leaving in the dark to shoot sunrise, breakfasts will be provided. All dinners will be offered, but lunch and drinks will be up to you. We will be staying in three-star or greater hotels during our trip. We will spend one night in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn, which will be quite the experience. Each hotel 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 dual occupancy (single occupancy is not available for this tour due to high season with bookings)


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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



* Two professional photography guides 

* 12 nights accommodation 

* Single Occupancy (where possible)

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

* All breakfasts 

* One additional meal a day (lunch or dinner) 

* Transportation in private cars and ferries 

* Ice Breaker Cruise

* All entrance fees to photography locations 

* Post-Processing sessions during the tour


* Airfare to/from Japan

* Lunches

* Train transport

* Alcoholic beverages 

* Travel insurance 

* Equipment and baggage insurance 

* Visas (if applicable) 

* Gratuities

To reserve your spot for this workshop, a deposit of $1000 (USD) can be made via Paypal.

Remaining workshop tuition amount will be due 90 days before workshop. A reminder invoice will be sent out 120 days before the workshop commencement