Arrival at Tokyo Airport Airport (either Narita or Haneda Airport). Please inform us in time at which airport you will arrive at.
Transfer from airport to Hilton Tokyo;
Dinner on your own
Hot Springs - Snow Monkeys - Winter Birds
Thinking about Japan conjures up diverse and contrasting mental images. It is easy to imagine fast paced, high tech modern Japanese cities and yet envision mystical shrines set within landscapes softly colored with spring cherry blossoms or autumn maple leaves. All of these things are Japan today. But winter in Japans reveals a different type of mystical beauty. It is the best season to visit Japan. Besides having fewer tourists and less crowds, rural Japan, which is almost seventy percent mountainous, is covered beneath a glistening blanket of snow during the winter.
It is during this time that we will visit the island of Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands. It is known for its volcanoes and natural hot springs (onsen). On Hokkaido, with a snow-covered backdrop, we will witness and photograph the intricate and choreographed mating dance of the endangered red crowned-cranes. Set in a beautiful winter landscape, we will photograph the Steller’s sea eagle - a magnificent and dramatic raptor. We will also be able to experience the beauty of hundreds of whooper swans floating in a wintry mist-fringed lake providing us with opportunities for dramatic winter photography or just a time of quiet to absorb Japan’s ethereal beauty.
A visit to rural Japan is a unique adventure. We will leave our Western expectations back in Tokyo and embrace the traditions of Japan. We will try different Japanese foods, drink warmed saki, bathe in natural hot springs called Onsens and sleep on Japanese futons behind shoji screens. This trip needs participants who have a spirit of adventure!
When we leave Hokkaido, we will embark upon one of the wild highlights of Japanese winter - a visit to the Japanese Alps. We will journey into the forests of the Jigokudani valley in Yamanouchi. It is here where we will see and photograph Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys. We will find these charismatic and highly approachable macaques relaxing in one of the natural hot springs. We will spend ample time photographing them, and we may even have one or two join us in our open-air onsen belonging to the ryokan where we will be staying. We hope you will join us on this special adventure. Travel Different!
Wild Focus Expeditions provides specialized, small group photography tours. Our photography expeditions are designed to get participants into distinctive, engaging locations around the world at the optimum times for photography. Our photo tours are created by our team of photographers who want to experience and photograph the world's top wildlife, nature and traditional cultures locations.
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