Arrival at any time at our hotel. We will meet with all participants in the hotel at 8:00pm to make sure everyone has arrived.
Today we will take a bullet train, Shinkansen, to Nagano where we will photograph the snow monkeys while they bathe in hot spring water. In the evening, we will enjoy street photography in narrow old streets at one our favourite hot spring villages where we will stay today. After photographing the snow monkeys in a snowy cold winter day, we will deserve to relax in hot springs and enjoy beautiful and delicious Japanese Kaiseki dinner in our Ryokan, Japanese style inn.
In the morning we will go back to photograph the snow monkeys for a little while just in case we are not satisfied with the pictures or the weather of the day before. Afterwards we will visit the most famous Japanese temple in Nagano. Then we will take Shinkansen to go back to Tokyo.
We will take a Shinkansen to head to Tohoku region. Once we are in Tohoku, we will get on our private van and head to a snow mountain. We will take a ropeway to the top of the mountain where (if weather conditions permit) we will be able to photograph an amazing natural phenomenon similar to hard rime on trees, called “Snow Monsters” in Japan. The thick hard rime covers the trees completely creating “snow monsters” and a very peculiar landscape. This phenomenon takes place only in a couple of places in Japan and almost nowhere else in the world! After freezing ourselves on the top of the mountain with snow monsters, we will go down to the hot spring village to stroll around and enjoy the tinny wooden baths spread around the village. Just put a coin in the box, enter the little wooden house, bathe, relax and go to the next one.
In the morning, we will go back to the mountain to take pictures of the snow monsters again, just in case the weather was not good enough the day before or to enjoy different weather conditions and light. After lunch we will head to a retro photogenic hot spring village hidden in a deep valley. We will stroll around the tinny village and will take pictures during the blue hour. In the evening we will rest in our ryokan and relax in a hot spring bath.
In the morning, we will visit a workshop of Kokeshi, traditional wooden doll from Tohoku region. After enjoying the local artisan, we will head to a nothern town where there will be a traditional igloo festival. Kamakura, Japanese Igloos, are lighted up with candles at night all over the town and local children invite visitors to come inside the igloos.
In the morning we will attend to a traditional winter festival in a shrine, where locals offer 4-meter-long sacred wooden rod with decorations to pray for a good harvest and good health. After witness the tradtional winter festival, we head to a town famous for samurai houses. We will stroll around this beautiful traditional town with samurai houses. Then, we will head towards a hidden photogenic hot springs village in the deep snow country. We will take a bath in a breathtakingly beautiful snow-covered hot spring hidden in the valley. We can take a walk with the camera in the deep snow forest, then relax in the outdoor hot springs with snow.
In the morning, we will leave the deep snow hot spring village to visit the deepest caldera lake in Japan. There is a photogenic Torii, red gate for a Shinto shrine, on the lake. Then, we will leave rural Japan behind heading to one of the biggest town in Tohoku region to take a bullet train to go back to Tokyo.
This is a PRIVATE TOUR which means this is a tour for a couple, family, group of friends. Participants do not travel with others who they don’t know each other.
For more information and book your place for the tour, please visit AKASHI TRAVEL.