Japan
Japan
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Price $8,500.00 Exchange Rate
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Tour Date: April 2018 - Depart USA April 4 and return from Japan on April 17 
Tour Price: $8,500 ***INCLUDES RT AIRFARE from USA gateway city 
Registration Deadline: January 15, 2018
Single supplement $1200
Guest Pro: Jeff Cable - www.jeffcable.com/about.html

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Tour Highlights 
  • World’s largest fish market 
  • Ancient Kyoto 
  • Majestic Mt. Fuji and area 
  • Ancient Kamakura & Nikko 
  • Vibrant Tokyo 
  • Mt. Koya 
  • Mike Gulbraa has Intimate knowledge of Japan and the culture - Mike has been traveling to Japan since 1983 
What’s Included 
  • International RT airfare from USA gateway city 
  • All hotel stays 
  • Meals as mentioned in the program 
  • Land transfer by Japan Rail including Bullet Train 
  • Admission fees to Temples & Shrines 
What’s Not Included 
  • Any Passport and Visa arrangements 
  • Early check-in, late check-out surcharge 
  • Additional drinks and other personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.) 
  • Any services not specifically mentioned in the tour program 
  • Tips for guides or baggage handlers 
  • Airport Taxes 


 Tour Itinerary – subject to change

This trip will expose you to as much of Japan as possible but still keep you in the best photographic locations to give you an excellent cross-section of what Japan is and how she runs.  This itinerary is flexible and we will monitor weather and other factors before finalizing things.  Mike G lived in Japan for more than 10 years and has a great love of the country and many parts of her culture.  Get ready to experience things you’ve only heard of or seen on TV!


April 08 - Depart USA


April 09 - Arrive in Tokyo Narita International in late afternoon/early evening where we’ll meet guests arriving on other flights and then we’ll take a train into Tokyo (Shinagawa area) then taxi to hotel & check-in.  Once we are all settled-in at the hotel head out for dinner and then our first evening/night shoot.  We have many options.
The entire time we are in Japan sunrise will be 6am with sunset about 5pm every day.  We’ll have an average of 10 hours of light per day with a norm of about 5 hours of good sunshine each day.  Temps will be anywhere from 40 to 75 degrees with Mt. Koya potentially being colder.  Let’s keep an eye on the weather and plan & pack accordingly. 


April 10 - Today after breakfast we’ll travel to Kamakura via train (app. 1 hr.) where we’ll explore this former feudal capital of Japan.  We plan to visit and photograph the following – Engaku-ji, Tokei-ji, Jochi-ji, Kencho-ji, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Jufuku-ji, Kotoku-in (Great Buddha), Hase-dera and we’ll wander the two most famous streets in Kamakura – Wakamiya Oji & Komachi Dori.  Of course, something will catch your eye as we wander – feel free to shoot all you want.  We’ll break for lunch and will also shoot Blue Hour in Kamakura and then have dinner there before heading back into Tokyo for the evening/night shoot where we have our choice of Ginza, Yurakucho, Akihabara, Kabukicho, or even Shibuya.


April 11 - This morning we will rise VERY early (I suggest 3AM) and head to the world famous Tsukiji fish market to see if we can get lucky enough to be some of the 150 photographers they let in daily to shoot the tuna auction.  If not, we improvise and find other things to shoot in this massive wholesale seafood/foods market.  Once the market has calmed down we settle in for Sushi for breakfast – yes, sushi/sashimi for breakfast at one of the local shops.  Does not get any fresher than this!  During the day we’ll head to Meiji Shrine, The Imperial Palace area, Harajuku and in the early evening right before the height of rush hour we’ll hit Shibuya Crossing at Blue Hour and when done there have dinner and then head to the Shinjuku area where we’ll shoot the Golden Gai (AKA Piss Alley) – a spot of many small bars and eating places that are full of colorful people, spots and intimate scenes.


April 12 - Head to Nikko via train (app. 2hrs.) after an early breakfast.  Arrive and check-in at our hotel (right across street from station).  Head out to begin the day of shooting – Kanmangafuchi Gorge, Shinkyo Bridge, Toshogu Shrine & Complex, Taiyuibyo, Rinnoji, Futarasan Shrine, and more as time permits.  We’ll time our day to be in a good location for Blue Hour.


April 13 - Spend the morning shooting in and around Nikko.  Afterwards leave Nikko for Mt. Fuji area (app. 4-5 hrs. depending on bullet train connections).  We’ll experience a Japanese Bento box lunch on the train as well as other typical Japanese travel foods.  Check-in to lodging and depending on time prepare for our Blue Hour and evening shoot of Mt. Fuji.


April 14 - Sunrise of Mt. Fuji and then out to explore the area for more images of Mt. Fuji and surrounding lake(s) and landscapes.  Shoot Blue Hour again from a different location.


April 15 - Leave Mt. Fuji area for Kyoto after our sunrise shoot of Mt. Fuji.  We’ll take the bullet train to Kyoto and then take taxis from Kyoto Station to our hotel to check-in.  Depending on arrival time we’ll either get our first shots of local temples/shrines OR make our way to the Gion District and/or Ponto Cho for photos of Maiko & Geisha – hopefully, we’ll get a Blue Hour shoot in as well.


April 16 - Today we have a private bus for 8 hours while we wander the following Temples/Shrines to shoot them and the beautiful (hopefully) Cherry Blossoms.  The bus will pick us up at 8AM (we can go out and shoot before this as well as long as we are back in-time to catch the bus).  We will visit & shoot the following in order – Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion), Ryoan-ji (the most famous Zen Rock Garden in Japan), Ninna-ji, and then Tenryu-ji.  We’ll have 90 minutes at each location.  I have personally selected these locations for their beauty, abundance of Cherry Trees and other beautiful landscapes.  We’ll also have a Japanese Bento box lunch on the bus while traveling between temples to save time and maximize our time today.  After Blue Hour the evening will be spent at the Gion District and/or Ponto Cho again looking for images of Maiko & Geisha and of course, whatever catches your eye – street food-stalls, small eateries/drinking spots, and more.  


April 17 - Today we will wander Kyoto and visit several locations to shoot Temples, Shrines and the fall foliage.  The plan is Kiyomizu-dera, Fushimi Inari, Nanzen-ji, Zenrin-ji, Eikando, Ginkaku-ji (The Silver Pavilion), and more if time permits.  Good walking shoes are a MUST today.  This evening we’ll end with a shoot and dinner at Ponto Cho - a kilometer long, narrow pedestrian street lined with restaurants and bars.  It is a former red-light district and has the Old Kyoto feel.  It is great for taking photos in the early evening, and we might get a glimpse of Maiko walking past.  We’ll select a Blue Hour location – like Ponto Cho and see what develops.


April 18 - Leave Kyoto via our private bus for Mt. Koya – check-in at Temple and have lunch nearby.  After lunch begin our shooting of local temples/shrines – Okunoin, Torodo Hall, Kongobuji, Banryutei Rock Garden, Danjo Garan, Konpondaito Pagoda, and more


April 19 - Start morning with participation in morning prayers at Temple we stay at.  After breakfast we’ll continue our shooting of Mt. Koya in AM & PM of places we don’t hit the day before and we may even shoot Blue Hour in the Okunoin Cemetery or surrounding area.


April 20 - After breakfast head to Osaka for a free day.


April 21 - Depart Osaka and take train to Osaka International for late afternoon flights home.


If you have questions let us know.  We look forward to traveling with you all and enjoying this trip above all.


Suggested photography gear – 2 camera bodies, lenses to cover at least 16-200mm (bring teleconverter to extend range and keep weight down) a 50mm prime with f/1.4 or even 1.8 is a great lens to have as well, plenty of memory, any filters you desire to shoot with, travel size tripod, laptop loaded with editing software, HDD/SSD to back-up images, camera cleaning gear, adapters for electrical outlets, and an open mind.


PACK LIGHT – 1 BACKPACK/BAG FOR CAMERA GEAR & ONE 22” ROLLER FOR CLOTHES.  WE WILL MOSTLY USE TRAINS TO TRAVEL.


This trip is: Moderate


Easy = less than 2 miles walking/day and little climbing; Moderate = up to 5 miles walking per day with some climbing; Strenuous = more than 5 miles/day of walking and several climbing/hills/rough terrain expected.  You should know your health and ability to carry your gear in hot, cold, humid, and dry conditions and be able to walk 5 miles or more per day and make climbs in elevation of up to 1000 feet in gain and be OK climbing many steps or steep terrain.

GUESTS SHOULD PACK LIGHT.  YOU MAY BE EXPECTED TO CARRY, ROLL, SCHLEP, AND/OR OTHERWISE TRANSPORT YOUR OWN BAGS AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL PLACES ON THIS TRIP.  LAUNDRY SERVICES ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE.  M&M RULE OF THUMB IS ONE BAG FOR CAMERA GEAR AND ONE 20-22"" ROLLER FOR YOUR CLOTHES AND TOILETRIES.  INVEST IN A TRAVEL TRIPOD - BENRO (http://www.benrousa.com/products/travel-angel-ii/) HAS MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE.  MEDICAL DEVICES SUCH AS CPAP MACHINES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THIS RECOMMENDATION.  PACKING LIGHT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE.

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