Tour Plan

Day 1-2. Tokyo (Arrival)

We will spend the first 2 nights in Tokyo, where we will visit the best parks with blooming sakura

Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the best spots for cherry blossoms in Tokyo. In the expansive garden with an area of 58.3 hectares (133 acres) and a circumference of 3.5 kilometers, about 1,100 Japanese cherry trees bloom in spring. Since the different kinds of trees have different blossoming times, you can enjoy all kinds of flowers for a relatively long time, making the cherry blossom garden a lovely viewing spot.

Ueno Park is another famous place for cherry blossoms in Tokyo, and it’s said that the trees here bloom a little earlier than in other areas. It has been a popular sakura destination since the 16th century. In the 53 hectare (131 acre) park, about 800 cherry trees bloom, most of them in the center street of the park. Here you’ll find people using blue tarps and tape to claim space for the blossoms.

Megurogawa. This is one of the most famous areas for cherry blossoms in Tokyo. About 800 cherry trees blossom along the Meguro River, which stretches for about 3.8 kilometers from the Ikejiri-Ohashi area to Kamenokobashi under the Tokyu Meguro Line. Each year, this iconic area attracts tens of thousands of tourists and is a popular date spot at night when the blossoms are lit up.

Day 2. Tokyo parks.

The area around Chidorigafuchi on the northwest side of the Imperial Palace is a popular area for cherry blossoms in Tokyo. It’s also one of Tokyo’s most scenic spots for sakura. Around 1,000 cherry trees bloom here, and you can take a picture of cherry trees with the stone walls of Edo Castle, today’s Imperial Palace, in the background. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can rent a boat, row in the moat, and snap photos of the blossoms up close. There is a 700m-long footpath in the area nearby, which becomes something of a ‘sakura tunnel.’ This is particularly popular in the evening when the blossoms are illuminated from below with colored lights.

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens was created in 1629, making it one of Tokyo’s oldest parks. It features Chinese and Japanese landscapes, as well as several different kinds of cherry trees. In particular, the beautiful cherry blossoms reflected on the surface of the pond in the center of the garden called Daisensui makes every park-goer stop in amazement for a moment or two. While picnics are not allowed, they have a tea house for enjoying some matcha and Japanese sweets.

Day 3. Fuji

On the third day for one night, we will move southwest to the Lake Kawaguchiko, and shoot the mountain Fuji in a frame of blossoming cherries.  Lake Kawaguchiko is one of the best places to see the iconic Mount Fuji. It is especially popular photo spot during cherry blossom season. There are about 300 cherry trees planted and stretching for about 1 km along the north shore of the lake.

The observation deck of Chureito Pagoda is another must-go spot to capture outstanding picture of a complex of Mt. Fuji, cherry blossoms and Japanese-style pagoda. The picturesque landscape will be in front of you after climbing 398 steps in Arakurayama Sengen Park. It will be our sunrise photo shooting place

Day 4. Kyoto

We will spend the fourth and fifth nights in Kyoto, the thousand-year-old capital of Japan. And will admire the sakura in the best places.

Fushimi Inari Taisha. One of the must see shrine in Kyoto and not surprisingly, we can also find spectacular cherry blossoms at the shrine site. Still, what Fushimi Inari is most famous for are its hundreds of red torii gates up and down Mount Inari.

Tetsugaku no michi (Philosopher’s Walk).  This path can get seriously crowded but that’s due to its exceptional beauty. Imagine a quietly bubbling stream at your feet and a canopy of pink overhead for two kilometres. We will try start early, it can be the most relaxing walk ever. You will definitely understand the pronounced love the Japanese have for their sakura.

Day 5. Kyoto

We will start with sunrise photo shooting in Arashiyama. It is the second most popular district in Kyoto after Gion. It lies a little outside and you will feel like you are in rural Japan. You’ll love it! Take a stroll along the cherry blossom tree lines river walks and walk up to Kameyama-koen Park, then head to the famous Bamboo Forest. However, while you are at the riverside, don’t miss out on stepping into the local shops. A lot of them offer special sakura themed foodie treats and you can sample a lot of them. Don’t forget to try sakura mochi balls.

During the daylight we will visit Kinkaku-ji. It means the “Temple of the Golden Pavilion”. Constructed in Kyoto’s northern hills in 1398 by Yoshimitsu, the third Ashikaga shogun, it was once part of a much larger villa complex. When he died it became a Zen temple in accordance with his will.

Then we will go to Hirano Shrine. It is most well known for its nearly 400 sakura cherry blossom trees of 60 different varieties. Among the trees, there are ten uncommon varieties that are unique to the shrine.
One of these, the sakigake cherry blossom that sits behind the main gate, is said to signal the arrival of the cherry blossom season in Kyoto when it blooms.

And for the evening time we will see the real gem of Kyoto- Gion. It is the best places to see geisha.  The best time to see them is around dusk (early evening). Elegant kimono, smooth white make-up and that classic demure look—seeing a geisha in Japan is rare, but not impossible. We will give you the best tips how to do it.

Day 6. Osaka.

Osaka is one of Japan’s best cities for hanami (the cherry blossom viewing). Over 4000 cherry trees are planted on the spacious grounds of Osaka Castle. A particularly nice place for a picnic is Nishinomaru Park in the castle’s western citadel with wide lawns, views of the castle tower and light up in the evening.

Kema Sakuranomiya Park. This is one of the best destination if visiting Osaka during cherry blossom season. It stretches out over four kilometers alongside the Ogawa River, its banks densely lined with cherry trees.

Blue sky, white castle and pink flowers are the essential hues of Himeji. As one of three Japan’s most magnificent castles and top 100 spots to view sakura in Japan, Himeji Castle is always heralded as a must-go place during cherry blossoms season. 1,000 cherry blossom trees are planted at the ground of the main keep, along the wall and moats and the west garden.

And for sure we will visit Nara. Nara was the capital of Japan during the Nara period (710-784). It was enough to build one of the most impressive buddhist temples in the world: the Todai-ji. It is also home of hundreds of deers. The deer are wild, but they enjoy eating the special crackers called “shika senbei”, that are sold around Nara Park, and will approach humans. It is an unmissable city in any trip in Japan.

Day 7. Himeji and Nara.

Blue sky, white castle and pink flowers are the essential hues of Himeji. As one of three Japan’s most magnificent castles and top 100 spots to view sakura in Japan, Himeji Castle is always heralded as a must-go place during cherry blossoms season. 1,000 cherry blossom trees are planted at the ground of the main keep, along the wall and moats and the west garden.

And for sure we will visit Nara. Nara was the capital of Japan during the Nara period (710-784). It was enough to build one of the most impressive buddhist temples in the world: the Todai-ji. It is also home of hundreds of deers. The deer are wild, but they enjoy eating the special crackers called “shika senbei”, that are sold around Nara Park, and will approach humans. It is an unmissable city in any trip in Japan.

Day 8. Jigokudani Monkey Park.
Often referred to as the ‘Snow Monkey Park’, the Jigokudani Monkey Park was established in 1964, as a conversation area for the protection of a local troop of monkeys. Though wild, that troop chooses to move through the park each day, offering visitors a unique chance to observe these truly curious creatures up close.  For many people, a hot bath is the perfect way to end a stressful day – and according to a new study, the same is true for monkeys! Scientists observing a group of monkeys famous for bathing in hot springs have found their unusual behaviour decreases stress, as well as helping them stay warm. For us it is great opportunity to take athe unforgettable pictures.
Day 9. Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle is one of the most beautiful of Japan’s original castles. There are about 300 cherry trees planted around the castle moats and inside the paid inner grounds of the castle.

Also known as “Crow Castle” due to its dark exterior and wing-like rooftop, it still retains its original wood and stonework. This castle’s stoic appearance is highlighted by the quiet grounds seemingly isolating it from the surrounding city of Matsumoto. Matsumoto Castle has housed 23 different lords from six different ruling families. As such the castle, although breathtaking in itself, has a surprisingly vast collection of artifacts to view including armor and weapons, as well as some of the first guns used in feudal Japan.

Our next spot is Matsumoto Museum of Art’s. The most popular attraction is their permanent Yayoi Kusama works. Kusama was born in Matsumoto and was able to find relief from her visual and auditory hallucinations through her artistic expressions. Walking through her display in the museum is like walking through her world. With a collection of works starting from childhood, to an apartment of glowing dots and rooms of infinite reflections the viewer gets a sense of the artist’s reality.

Day 10. Tokyo

Return to Tokyo. Departure

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    Meetup at Keflavik airport, arrival time is flexible. It will be a calm adaptation day including walks in the city center and in the port, a visit to hot springs and watching the sunset on the waterfront overlooking the monument of Drakkar. We will spend the first night at Reykjavik’s camping site.

    We leave Reykjavik early morning for the village of Geysir to photograph Strokkur, the most famous geyser in the world, which erupts about every 15-20 minutes at a height of 20 meters. Near the village there is a small, little-known, but very unusual waterfall named Braurfoss, we will take photos of it too and then move on to the largest release of water in Europe, Gullfoss waterfall (the Golden waterfall). If we are lucky with the sun, we will see a rainbow (or a few!) in the background of the waterfall. Then, we will go to Landmannalaugar, the heart of the Colorful Mountains. The name translates as “cupel of the men of this Land.” The hot river flows right out of the lava field in which we can swim and enjoy the incredible scenery. Here we will set up our camp for 2 nights.

    On the third day of this Iceland photography workshop we will do a trek in the Colorful Mountains. These rhyolite mountains are full of various minerals; that is where the wealth of the color palette comes from. We will see many smoking fumaroles, mountain rivers, waterfalls, lava fields, and craters of extinct volcanoes. It will be a very beautiful and life-time memorable track. Another advantage is that the trek is not difficult and even children can walk it. It takes about 5-6 hours with a maximum drop of 500-600 meters. During the trek we will make a lot of beautiful panoramic shots. In the evening we will photograph the sunset with a beautiful view over the golden ridge of the mountains and swim in the hot river.

    We will head to the village of Vik. We will drive along one the most beautiful of roads in Iceland, wading through dozens of rivers, enjoying and shooting incredible landscapes that will include snow-capped mountains, endless velvet fields, rivers and lakes, and a land dotted with lava flows. It will be a scenic unforgettable drive. We will arrive and set up camp in Vik, the most southern town of the country. At sunset we will go to see two beautiful waterfalls. The first one is Glymur, little known, but very beautiful. It is hidden in a narrow gorge, almost in a cave, and is very difficult to shoot, our photo guide will give you a detailed tour that will help you to take unique pictures. Then, in pre-sunset light, we will shoot one of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls called Seljalandfoss. This is the only waterfall that can be photographed from inside, there is a path that allows you to take a walk around it. While the low sun is still shining, we will move to one of Iceland’s most iconic beaches; Reynisfjara. There we will see Atlantic puffins for the first time, and will photograph incredibly shaped basalt columns, caves, and legendary rocks of petrified trolls in the sea. After sunset we return to the camp to rest.

    At dawn we will visit the famous Dyrholay Cape. We will photograph beautiful landscapes of rocky shores with Atlantic puffins in the first sunrays. You will need a 400mm lens or bigger to be able to take good shots. Then we go to the very popular Scogafoss waterfall. This is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, and we will try to get there before he buses with tourists. After our morning photography trip, we will have breakfast, fold tents and head to the east to Skaftafel town. On the way we will stop by the most famous canyon Fja. It will be about an hour’s walk along the cliffs ends with a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the waterfall. We will set up a camp, have some rest and then explore the famous Icelagoon (Jokulsarlon) at sunset. You will enjoy photographing drifting majestic icebergs in the rays of the sunset contour light.

    It will be the most sleepless night of our photography tour, but it will be worth it. We will meet the sunrise in Icelagoon, by the ocean, where the waves of the anthracite beach carry ice floes, and sometimes whole icebergs. To shoot them in the first rays of the rising sun, is, perhaps, the main highlight of our photo tour and if we are lucky with the weather conditions, it will be one of the best dawns of your life. And we will do everything possible to make it happen. Then we go back to the camp and if the weather is favorable, you will enjoy a flight in a seven-seat plane.

    It will be an hour-long flight over southern Iceland, you will enjoy the views of the colorful mountains, beautiful rivers, Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajokul, and the alien landscapes that surround Longisjor lake. This flight might become one of the most amazing visual experiences for you. For the security reasons, there is only one window that can be opened on the plane, so only one person is able to take photos. However, we normally agree that the pictures are shared between all participants and do not have a copyright. If you are interested in an individual flight, we can arrange it for you, the cost is approximately 1500 euros. During the day we will rest, take a walk around Svinofell glacier, and in the evening, we go to photograph the most elegant waterfall of Iceland Svartifoss, its narrow transparent water flow is framed by the basalt rocks. It was this scenic view that inspired the architect… to create the largest temple of Iceland …. kirha. Since it is a very popular place we will take pictures around 21.00 to avoid crowds of tourists.

    On the seventh day of our photography workshop we will head to the North of the island to the shores of the steaming volcanic lake Myvatn and spend 2 nights there. It will be the longest transfer of the tour; about 5 hours. After setting up a camp, we will go on a sightseeing trip around the lake and walk among mini craters, enjoying completely different landscapes compared to the south. In the evening after a long road trip we will relax in the thermal lagoon, which we prefer over the famous Blue Lagoon. There are less people, 2 saunas, cold beer available right in the hot lake, and beautiful views around. We will have a good rest and gain energy before the final part of our eventful trip.

    On the 8th day of our photography trip we will start our morning at Dettifoss, the most mystical and captivating waterfall. We will take pictures and enjoy the primal energy of its powerful muddy stream. Prometheus, the film by Scott Redley begins with the scenes of this waterfall. Then we will go to Sellfoss waterfall; numerous streams of which fall along the walls of a long canyon. After the waterfalls we will go to Husavik, a fishing village where we will take a boat and set off to go whale-watching. We never know if we are going to be lucky, however, in 9 out of 10 cases we photograph the giant tails of these magnificent creatures, and sometimes the whales can even emerge ten meters away from the ship. This trip will end with a hot cocoa from the captain. After whale-watching we return to Myvatn village to relax. In the evening, we will visit the famous Gryms cave, and at the sunset we will go to the famous Godafoss waterfall (waterfall of the gods) that in addition to its beauty has a historical prominence. The old idols were thrown into its three majestic streams, when Iceland accepted Christianity.

    We will go to the north-west of the island to the town of Hvitserkur where we will camp. In the evening, we will go to shoot photos of the seals that are enjoying the sun on the rocks of the surrounding bays. After that we can go to the hot springs.

    It will be your final day of this eventful photography workshop. We will start our day early to photograph the iconic Icelandic rocks, Hvitserkur, that resembles a dinosaur drinking water, in the rays of the rising sun. Then we will fold up the camp and head to Reykjavik. We will arrive at the town after lunch and stay in a camping area. You can fly home in the evening on the same day, or the next day.

    The cost of the tour includes all the logistics from and to the airport, accommodation in comfortable double rooms (exception Iceland, where we will be camping). Since we sometimes rent beautiful historic houses, we cannot always provide one bathroom per room, but it is rather an exception than a rule. For an additional fee of 90 euros/day we can provide you with single room accommodation. The price includes guide services, photo workshops and training, and discussion of photos of the participants.

    It does not include air tickets, food, drinks and souvenirs.

    Our tours are drone-friendly, we will show you the best locations that permit to film from drones and will help you to take stunning shots from a bird’s eye view.

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