Some highlights of the trip:
- Japanese Macaques bathing in hot springs.
- Dramatic winter scenery.
- Traditional Japanese lodging, with hot-spring baths.
- Fantastic Japanese food.
- The tour guide will show you all the best spots, and give photographic advice, in a small group.
- We promote conservation by economically supporting The Wild Bird Society of Japan.
Visiting Japan in the winter time is a natural experience that lacks comparison. Japan provides us with a snow-covered mountain landscape that not only gives us amazing opportunities for landscape photography, but also a beautiful background when we photograph animals and birds. On this extension tour will we have unique encounters with Japanese Macaques. From Tokyo we will head towards the Japanese Alps to photograph the Japanese Macaques bathing in the hot springs.
Japanese Macaques at Jigokudani Yaen-koen
In the mountains north of Nagano lies Jigokudani, or ”The valley of Hell”. The Yokoyo River runs through the valley, originating from hot springs. We will be there to photograph the famous Japanese Macaques, also known as Snow Monkeys. With a little luck we will also be witness to snow-ball fights between younger monkeys. There are often good opportunities to photograph young ones sitting with their mothers. The monkeys are quite unafraid and we will be able to get all sorts of images.
20th – 24th February 2021
Number of participants
Last date to register
30th December 2020
Share in twin room and meals according to itinerary. All entrance fees, photo workshops, local transports, transfer to and from Haneda airport. Accommodation in hotels, ryokans (traditional Japanese guesthouse) and lodges of middle standard.
Single room fee
Price does not include
Flights in and out of Tokyo Haneda airport, insurance, cancellation insurance, beverages, meals that are not specified in itinerary, phone and internet charges, personal items.
Haneda international airport, Tokyo. The tour starts and ends here.
A wide range of subjects will be available to us, from landscapes to mammals and birds. Therefore it is good to bring everything from wide-angle to telephoto lenses. For some of the species we will photograph during the tour we will be able to get really close. This makes wide-angle zooms a perfect lens even for wildlife. Lenses from 70-200 mm up to 500 mm are excellent for the wildlife that we will encounter. To increase focal length you can use a teleconverter.
Snow fall are likely during the tour so bring some protections for your cameras and lenses. If you have two camera bodies, bring both in order not to have to change lenses as much. Tripods will be useful in many situations.
The temperature in the Japanese Alpst can in February and March can vary from some degrees above freezing to well below (approx +5 – -20 degrees Celsius). You need proper winter clothing and winter boots.
Group and language
Our tours are open to all nationalities, so the group may be international. Our tour leaders speak Swedish and English.
*Terms of payment
Registration fee to be paid on registration. Remaining fees to be paid latest 60 days before the tour starts.
Contact your insurance company about insurance, including cancellation insurance. Contact your doctor about vaccination requirements.
Day 1 (20/2) (Dinner)
Arrival at Tokyo Haneda International Airport. Transfer to hotel in Tokyo.
Day 2 (21/2) (Dinner)
We travel with bullet train (Shinkansen) and local trains to Yudanaka. Afternoon free.
Day 3-4 (22-23/2) (Breakfast – Dinner)
After breakfast we go to Jigokundani Yaen-koen in order to photograph the Japanese Macaques bathing in hot-springs, playing in the snow etc. We spend both days with the Macaques. In order to get to Jigokundani Yaen-koen we need to walk about 1.5 km along a forest trail.
Day 5 (24/2) (Breakfast – Dinner)
After breakfast we return to Tokyo and Haneda Airport. In the evening we fly back home.