Hokkaido Island, Japan

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Hokkaido Island, Japan

1,678.00

January 8 - 18, 2018
January 21 - 31, 2018

Price: £5,595
Deposit: £1,678

Lone trees & minimalism, the quintessential Japanese landscape

11-Day Photographic Adventure

 

Introduction

The Japanese island of Hokkaido perhaps conjures up the most quintessential metaphor for the Japanese landscape. 

During our time together we will visit many minimalistic areas of the island, many lone-trees and also one of Japan's most beautiful national parks, while also immersing ourselves in the Japanese culture and cuisine.

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Lone trees & minimalism, the quintessential Japanese landscape

I've spent the past two years working with one of Hokkaido's most experienced landscape location guides.

Hokkaido does have those quiet, minimalist landscapes, but they really need to be sought out and are often a highly selective view of an island that is more industrious and populated than one would think. With the aid of our Japanese guide, we will be in a highly fortuitous position to find these quiet minimalistic areas of Hokkaido Island.

Informal small group setting

I like to run my photography-adventures in a friendly, intimate group setting. This trip has a maximum group size of six.

Unlike a lot of tours with up to 12 or 16 people on them, running with a smaller number allows everyone to have space in which to photograph. It also means more quality time for me with each participant.

This trip is more of a tour* than my normal mentoring workshops, due to the logistics involved, but you will get a lot of hands on experience from Bruce while at the same time, immerse yourself with plenty of time out in the field on your own. 

* Please note that this is not a workshop. It is a photographic tour, focussed on getting you to great locations for the best light.

Required Fitness Level


Easy to occassionally Demanding


Most locations are very close to the car, but the weather in January can be extremely cold with temperatures down to -17ºC and beyond. Coupled with occassional snow storms and occasional very deep snow, this tour may be more physically demanding than a standard photo tour.

What's included

• Single room occupancy (ensuite bathroom)
• 10 nights bed & breakfast
• 10 evening meals
• 9 lunches at local japanese restaurant
• Snowshoes
• Transportation between shooting locations in mini-bus
• One to One Guidance & Group Guidance
• Professional Japanese guide

Considerations


If coming to Japan for the first time, it's a good idea to be prepared for the following:

Limited western food options

Japanese food is a real culinary experience, if you don’t have too many dietary restrictions.

If you like fish, rice, vegetables and noodles then you will have one of the best culinary experiences in the world. You do however need to be a flexi-tarian as they have no concept of vegetarianism here, and don’t cater for special dietary requirements.

Cold temperatures

We will be outside during sunrise and sunset and it can get cold. Very cold. Temperatures of -17ºC and below are not uncommon during the winter here. Dress appropriately and bring a neck warmer in addition to the usual winter outdoor apparel to be comfortable outdoors.

Payment Terms

Initial Depost of £1,498 Required to secure your booking.

50% Refundable Deposit

All deposits are 50% refundable up until six months prior to the trip departure date, at which point they become fully non-refundable.

Final Balance

The final balance is due 3 months prior to trip departure.

Your space is only secured if payment is made on time. We reserve the right to cancel your space if we cannot get in touch with you or your final payment is past due.

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