1/30-2/10 – Ultimate Winter in Japan

1/30-2/10 – Ultimate Winter in Japan 2017-05-27T16:45:33+00:00

Ultimate Hokkaido/Nagano, Winter in Japan
January 30 – February 10, 2018 | $6450 per person


This workshop is now sold out. We are working on arranging another. Please contact Jack for more information.

This workshop is limited to 5 attendees.

Please consider joining us on this memorable journey to the north of Japan in winter. On this photographic adventure you are sure to experience the best of two different worlds; the beautiful Island of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost territory, and the wonderful culture of Kyoto and Tokyo.
We will be in the right places at just the right time to photograph the incredible wildlife of Japan. We’ll see the famous dancing Red-crowned Cranes, and look for the Steller’s Sea Eagles in and around Lake Akan. While in Hokkaido we’ll visit the famous Otowa Bridge, and we’ll venture to Rausu to photograph the Steller’s Sea Eagles. Landscape photography in this area of Japan is exceptional. We’ll be stressing the minimalistic style for which this area is well known.
We’ll travel to Nagano to photograph Japan’s famous and exceptionally cute snow monkeys. And, in addition to the wildlife, we’ll visit and photograph some of the temples and shrines in Hokkaido, Tokyo and Kyoto as well as one of Japan’s most beautiful temples in Nagano.
We will spend a day In Tokyo, upon arrival while getting ourselves acclimated to the time change as well as in Kyoto at the end of our trip. Detailed itineraries will be sent to you upon registration. 

All skill levels are welcome. You should have a basic understanding of photography; how your cameras and lenses work and some basic concepts such as the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. 
Jan 29   Travel to Tokyo, meet there PM
Jan 30   Arrive in Tokyo (time change) – meet PM
Jan 31   Day in Tokyo (Markets, City areas etc.)
Feb 1  Travel to Nagano via bullet train. Arrival. Explore Nagano and area by vehicle
Feb 2 Snow Monkeys
Feb 3 Arrive in Haneda, Kushiro… winter landscapes
Feb 4 Tsuri, Otowa Bridge… drive to Rausu via Notsuke Peninsula
Feb 5 & 6 Lake Akan… Snowscapes and wildlife (eagles etc.)
Feb 7 Fly Kushiro to Kyoto, late afternoon Shrines, evening. Old City photography
Feb 8 Kyoto—Full Day. Shrines, temples
Feb 9   Mt Fuji and area
Feb 10 Return to Tokyo, then Narita for departing flights
We will travel at times by bullet train, by air, as well as a vehicle. Using a vehicle allows us to be able to adjust our itinerary based on light, weather and the best photographic possibilities.
What is included in the trip package?
All transportation after you land in Narita, Tokyo through arrival back at Narita for departure (i.e. bullet trains, other flights, vehicle costs etc.). Breakfast and dinner as well as hotel accommodations starting from the night of January 31 ending with the night of February 9.
What is not included in the trip package?
Flight costs in and out of Japan
Any hotel cost(s) prior to January 31 or after February 10, 2018
Lunches, or additional items (snacks) etc.
Deposit and Cancellation Policy
Prior to 1 year before the start of the workshop—FULL REFUND

A $600 INITIAL DEPOSIT is required and can be paid by CREDIT CARD (Visa or MasterCard) or by CHECK (Make payable to: Jack Graham Photography) 

To CONFIRM a registration, an additional $600 should be received at least 4 months before the start of the workshop.

PAYMENT IN FULL is due 45 days prior to the start of the workshop.

A $250 deduction FROM YOUR DEPOSIT(S) will be taken if withdrawal from a workshop occurs between 120-90 days before the start of the workshop;  $350 if we are informed 90-60 days before the start of the workshop and a $250 deduction if we are informed under 30 days.
A 5% service fee will be deducted from all refunded deposits (5% from the deposit total, not the workshop cost).
Jack Graham is a professional photographer with over 24 years of experience. Jack resides near Seattle, Washington, in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Jack leads both small group and One on One photo workshops both domestically and internationally. Along with Bill Fortney, Jack conducts workshops dedicated for Fuji “X” camera users. These events can be found on the FUJI “X” PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTO WORKSHOPS Website. Jack uses exclusively Fuji “X” series cameras and Fujinon Lenses. Jack has been named as an “X” Photographer by the Fuji Corporation. Jack’s images have been used extensively by Fuji for commercial and promotional purposes.

Jack also conducts workshops for the Pacific Northwest Art School located on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Jack has been successful in publication and stock photography. Jack’s three successful e-books are available on his website.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Susan Myers has always had an eye for the world around her and a desire to explore it – both visually and physically. This desire led Susan to her current profession as a Nature Guide throughout Southeast Asia. When Susan isn’t lurking behind a tree in a forest in some remote corner of the globe, she usually has a camera in her hand and an eye on the people and places that surround her. 
Susan has lived in Australia, England, the U.S. and after completing university studies in biological sciences, moved to Japan for several years, where she became fluent in the language and studied the natural history and culture. As an author, Susan penned Birds of Borneo, a field guide published by Princeton University Press and is has just published her second book about the wildlife of South East Asia.