The 2017 Photo Tour was such a success that I’ll be doing it all again in 2018! We had a great group join for the adventures in 2017 and mixed with perfect conditions, vibrant autumn foliage and plenty of photography locations, I’m so excited to venture back and take a new group to explore Japan’s beauty.
November 21st-29th, 2018 (Fully Booked)
New tour – November 12th-20th, 2018 (Two Spots Left!)
When vibrant leaves decorate the landscape and the chill of winter is on the way bringing with it a morning mist perfect for moody images in the historic streets. We’ll be exploring the shrines, city lights, forests and all the little details that make Japan unique and along the way I’ll share my tips on how to work as a professional travel photographer.
Japan is a crazy, quirky, cultural wonder; join us to explore from Tokyo to Kyoto for one week of creative adventures to kick start your travel photography or blogging career. We’ll be photographing the beauty of Japan in autumn when the leaves turn bright colours blending beautifully with the temples and city streets.
Dates: November 12th-20th or 21st – 29th, 2018
Group Size: Limited to just 8 participants to ensure a small group and plenty of one on one time for photography advice (if you want!).
Tokyo Street Scenes
Shibuya Crossing + Harajuku
Asakusa Temple at Sunrise
Kyoto’s Historic Street Scenes
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Japan is filled with cultural wonders and we will be visiting photogenic places throughout Tokyo, Kyoto and the beautiful Nara.
In Tokyo for 3 nights we’ll be based in Asakusa for easy access to the historic Senso-ji Temple in the early hours or evening for photos without crowds. Get ready to photograph the famous Shibuya Crossing, character filled Harajuku and the bright lights of Ginza and Shinjuku. Think long exposures, street photography, portraits and quirky Japanese gems.
Taking the famous Bullet Train to Kyoto we will be staying right in the centre of the cities charming Gion and Higashiyama District. From there we will explore the naturally stunning Arashiyama, Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji Pavillions, the red Tori Gates of Fushimi Inari and Kiyomizu-dera which sits high above Kyoto amongst the autumn leaves.
There will be some free time in both Kyoto and Tokyo to explore on your own if you wish to relax a little, wander the markets or hit the streets if you catch the photo bug!
*Please note, the trip is not a group bus tour. I will be there to provide directions, host workshops along with arranging transport and accommodation however this isn’t a group bus tour with a completely set itinerary. It’s a real world tour where we explore the cities, forests and sights like travellers; catching trains, buses and walking between locations. If the group is loving a particular location, we’ll stay longer, if you’re not feeling it, we’ll move on.
It’ll be a fun, relaxed and immersive experience exploring this incredible country!
8 Nights Accommodation Twin share rooms in comfortable hotels
Japan Rail Pass for 7 days Including the bullet train + metro
All Tickets + Entrance Fees For temples, shrines and sights we visit as a group.
Photography Tuition In the field workshops + as much or as little help as you like for the duration of the tour. Creative advice, camera settings, Lightroom + Photoshop editing tips.
Hello! I’m the founder and photographer behind The Wandering Lens. With 14+yrs experience as a professional travel and landscape photographer, all advice found on this site is from my personal experience on the road. I hope it’s useful for your own travels and would love to hear in the comments about your trips and experiences around the world.
I'm Lisa Michele Burns, a professional photographer and founder of The Wandering Lens from Australia. Welcome to your guide to photographing the world, improving your photography and scouting unique and inspiring places to experience with your camera. After three years online, The Wandering Lens has turned into the leading publisher of photography focused travel guides and I'm always so excited to hear from readers as they're travelling and improving their photos!