Marco Polo introduced Japan to the world in the 13th century. The country still fascinates travellers — especially those looking for unforgettable images. It's a nation where photographers can find inspiration around every corner, in every temple, down each narrow alleyway and among its exquisite world-class gardens.
A decimated country at the end of World War II, Japan has reinvented itself while still maintaining and enhancing its unique culture. That culture has consciously rejected foreign influences for centuries, ever refining its own society, which in turn has led to the unique and vivid scenes that stimulate the creative juices in every photographer.
The character of the island state's rugged landscape, its distinctive architecture, the fine detail in craftsmanship and the outgoing friendliness of its people all merge to offer a great destination for travellers with a camera. But capturing those images digitally can be a challenge, and sometimes the advice of a professional photographer comes in handy. That's where I come in.
I am offering my advice, suggestions, assistance and critiques to all with a digital camera in a boutique photography tour of Japan's largest island, Honshu — from the bright lights of the country's uber-urban capital Tokyo to the calm shinto and Buddhist shrines of the ancient capital Kyoto … and far beyond.
Travelling by means as varied as rickshaw to Shinkansen bullet train we'll visit the National Special Historic Sites and Landscapes that go back a millennium or more.
Whether you are a keen amateur, casual hobbyist or a happy snapper with a point-and-shoot camera, you'll encounter an extraordinary number of photography opportunities, from atmospheric alleyways, complete with hanging lanterns and intimate counter restaurants to the 500+ year old temples and their sacred gardens. I'll help you capture those striking images.
Highlights on the itinerary include:
This 12-day tour, organised by a leading Japan tour specialist, will be a great opportunity to not only experience the history of this unique destination and secure memorable photos, but also take away the photographic knowledge and experience to shoot successfully anywhere in the world.