Japan Wildlife Photography Tour
I co-lead this wildlife photography tour to Japan in 2013 and am considering offering it again. The previous trip’s itinerary was as follows.
Depart USA. Arrive Tokyo Narita Airport. Take the free shuttle bus from Terminal 2, Gate 26 to the Hilton. You will have to make your own reservation at the Hilton. Overnight Hilton Hotel, Narita
Day 1 – Limousine Bus to Tokyo Haneda Airport. Catch our flight to Kushiro on the island of Hokkaido, where we will pick up our rental vehicle. It is a short drive to Tsurui where you will spend the next three nights at the rustic Hickory Wind Wilderness Lodge. Our goal will be to photograph the rare red-crowned cranes for the next 3 days.
Day 2 – Crane Photography. International Crane Center. We will have various opportunities to photograph snowy landscapes as well as resident red foxes if we are lucky.
Day 3 – Crane Photography. International Crane Center. You will have another chance to photograph white-tailed eagles (and maybe a steller’s eagle) in flight when they feed fish to the birds.
Day 4 – Travel to Rausu. Landscape Photography. Overnight at the charming Hotel Rauskuru.
Day 5 – Early morning start to take the cruise out to the ice floe to photograph Steller’s eagles and white-tailed eagles. The rest of the day we will explore the peninsula looking for scenics and wildlife.
Day 6 – Early morning start to take the cruise out to the ice floe to photograph Steller’s eagles and white-tailed eagles. The rest of the day we will explore the peninsula looking for scenics and wildlife.
Day 7 – Early morning start to take the cruise out to the ice floe to photograph Steller’s eagles and white-tailed eagles followed by our departure for Lake Kussharo to photograph the whooper swans in the afternoon. Overnight Hotel Misono.
Day 8 – Swan Photography. Early morning shoot at Lake Kussharo to photograph whooper swans. We will also visit the caldera lake Mashu where will have views of the Shiretoko Peninsula on a clear day. We will cruise the area looking for landscape opportunities. Evening shoot at Lake Kussharo. Overnight Hotel Misono
Day 9 – Swan Photography. Early morning landscape shoot at Lake Mashu. We will spend the rest of the day in the area looking for more landscape opportunities. Hopefully there will be an extreme freeze and trees will be covered with hoar frost. Evening shoot at Bihoro Pass.
Day 10 – Flight back to Tokyo Haneda. Limousine Bus to Tokyo Station. Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagano. Overnight Hotel Metropolitan
Day 11 – Bus to Kanbayashi Onsen. Snow monkey photography at Jigokudani Onsen. We will spend all day with the snow monkeys photographing their comings and goings. With luck we will get some falling snow to enhance the overall experience. Since we will be there during the week the site should be pretty peaceful and you will get some great photo opportunities. Overnight at the traditional Hotel Yamanoyu
Day 12 – Snow monkey photography for the whole day. There is a chance of seeing the elusive Japanese Serow foraging on the hillside above the hot spring.
Day 13 – Bus to Nagano. Shinkansen (bullet train) to Tokyo Station. Limousine Bus to Narita. Flight back to USA