The island of Hokkaido is located at the north end of Japan, near Russia, and has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the Pacific Ocean. The island’s center has several mountains and volcanic plateaus, and there are coastal plains in all directions. Major cities include Sapporo and Asahikawa in the central region and the port of Hakodate facing Honshu.
You can enjoy the four seasons in Hokkaido. Spring & autumn are very comfortable but relatively short, summer is warm but much less humid than on the mainland, and winter is long! The temperatures vary depending on the elevation, distance to the sea, and time of the day/night. Air conditioning is typically available at hotels, shopping centers, etc. so there is no problem even during the coldest & hottest periods.
During winter, Hokkaido is covered with snow and you can enjoy a clear starry sky, winter festivals, shows with fireworks, hot springs surrounded by snowy mountains, and various winter activities! Particularly famous ski resorts include Niseko, Furano, and Sapporo Teine. Pile up layers of clothes to adapt to the situation because you may feel hot inside buildings but super cold outside… and remember that Asahikawa city holds Japan’s low-temperature record: -42°F (-41°C)! You may consider buying “Kairo” heating patches to put under your clothes; they are sold at many convenience stores. Hokkaido one of beautiful places in the world, offers some of the most desolate and rugged yet sublimely. Beautiful winter landscape photography opportunities on the planet. It’s the minimalist winter photographer’s dream.
- Single room supplement $850
- Suggested arrival of guests H1 before the photography tour starts
- Flight arrival at New Chitose Airport of guests who didn’t arrive the day before
- Afternoon photoshoot at Otaru Canal
- Check in hotel at Otaru
- Prepare for an early photoshoot at Mount Yotei and Toya Lake
- Mount Yotei
- Toya Lake
- Headed back to our hotel in Otaru
- Prepare for an early photoshoot at Yochi to photograph Daikoku Iwa and Ebisu Iwa
- Daikoku Iwa and Ebisu Iwa
- Headed back to our hotel in Otaru for check-out
- Travel to Biei or Furano for check-in hotel
- Afternoon photography of Snowy Hills and Alone Tree
- Visit Blue Pond illumination in the evening
- Prepare for exploration Biei and Furano
- Prepare for move head to Haboro
- A long trip to Shosanbetsu Shrine in the north
- Move head back to Biei
- Prepare for check out the hotel and start the long drive to Kushiro
- Afternoon photography at Kushiro Lake
- Check-in hotel at Kushiro
- Prepare for an early morning travel to The Red-Crowned Crane Sanctuary
- The Red-Crowned Crane Sanctuary
- Afternoon shoot in Akan Lake
- Prepare morning photography with the Red-Crowned Cranes at Otowa Bridge, Setsuri River
- the Red-Crowned Cranes at Otowa Bridge, Setsuri River
- Check out and head to Kushiro Airport for departure
- End of tour
Necessary Covid-19 Vaccinations, International Medical and Travel Insurance Coverage.
Your deposit is a firm commitment, and will be subject to a cancellation fee. For this reason, we recommend trip insurance. Please refer to the Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds section in our terms and conditions for the full details of our policies. Please do not make air travel arrangements until checking with us first.
While these descriptions represent the photo tour’s planned itinerary, we reserve the right to revise it without notice as we see fit. Details on this page are also subject to change without notice, including substitutions of tour leaders. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants is not met. And while we don’t anticipate this happening, we reserve the right to adjust the fees for this photo tour due to factors outside of our control, such as fluctuations in currency rates, political or governmental action, new applicable taxes, and related issues. Please do not purchase air travel before confirming with us. Participants are expected to be in fair health and be capable of spending days walking around the various areas while carrying their own equipment and luggage. We can never count on the weather patterns in our destination. For this reason, we have our list of beautiful locations we’ll be going to, but we need to keep our schedule fluid, as we will be adapting to changing weather conditions on the ground.