Traditional Japanese Pre-Autumn Getaway - Japan Dreamscapes Photography Tour October 9 - 12, 2018
This tour is offered annually in October for 2019, 2020, and 2021. Contact JDS to prebook your spot.
• Mt. Fuji Maple Leaves • Lake Ashinoko Pirate Ship Cruise Views of Fujisan • Stroll on the Original Edo Period Tokaido-Hakone Cobblestone Expressway • Tea Time at Amazake Chaya, Serving Customers For Over 350 Years • Active Volcanic Steam Vents • Fuji Five Lakes Including Subaru 5th Station, Chureito Pagoda, Lake Kawaguchiko, Oishi Park, Music Forest, and Yagizaki Park
Day 1 - October 9, Tuesday Meet and greet at Tokyo Haneda International (HND) Airport at 9 am (place inside the airport to be announced). After meeting, we immediately depart the city for Hakone, a power spot known for its mineral-rich, healing onsens and breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji which we will photograph. Tokyo residents and citizens from all over Japan, such as the former capital Kyoto, have visited the onsens for more than 500 years and do to this day. Our lodgings welcomed the Taisho and Showa Emperors, and the current Imperial household enjoys the service of the same establishment to this day. During our evening, we will be served unforgettable Japanese cuisine comparable to the service provided at Masa as seen in the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/dining/reviews/masa-nyc-restaurant-review.html).
Day 2 - October 10, Wednesday After breakfast and check-out, we will follow the ancient pilgrim's trail. Your JDS Photography Workshop Leader will use her experience to guide you off the beaten path to places without the prying eyes of countless tourists taking and re-taking the same photos. However, there are some must-see locations where many other visitors will be, but your JDS leader knows the best times to visit to minimize foot traffic and maximize photo opportunities. This day's highlights will include Chisuji Falls and Hot Springs, the Amazake Chaya Tea House, The Tokaido Cobblestone Roadway, Hakone Shinto Shrine, Hakone Wood Mosaic Work, Pirate Ship cruise on Lake Ashi, Ancient Buddhist Pilgrim stopover off the beaten path, transfer to Mt. Fuji.
Day 3 - October 11, Thursday Before breakfast at our lodging in Mt. Fuji, during the blue hour, we will set up at one of the Fuji Five Lakes, readying our camera gear for another spectacular golden hour sunrise on Mt. Fuji. After the golden hour, we will return to our lodgings for breakfast and then continue our day exploring Japan’s most holy and revered mountain and all the Fuji Five Lakes. Over 95% of Japanese and 99.5% of foreign visitors have never visited all the Fuji Five Lakes: Yamanakako, Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Shōjiko, and Motosuko Lakes, but you will. Your JDS Photography Workshop Leader will carefully consider weather conditions and logistics knowing the best locations and times to shoot around Fujisan. Throughout the day, we will take in the ecological biodiversity and enjoy Shinrin-yoku, Forest Therapy, the curative power of simply being in the healing power spots of Mt. Fuji.
Day 4 - October 12, Friday During the blue hour, we will set up as we did the previous day at a different location to supply you a different perspective for your personal compilation of Mt. Fuji Dream Photo Tour Time.
Return to the lodgings for breakfast and a time to reflect on our shared journey. We will then leisurely return you to Tokyo-Haneda (HND) International Airport or Domestic Terminal.
Why Choose This Photography Tour/Workshop? - All levels of photographers are welcome. - Any type of camera is welcome: digital, pocket camera, scoping with an iPhone, large format, and others. - Professional Photo Instruction available when requested (included in tour cost). - Activity level varying from leisurely to moderate. - Provided transportation: Sports Utility Vehicle with Business Class Seating. - Small group size (minimum two people; maximum eight) means quality, in-depth time with your workshop leader. - All questions are welcome and encouraged throughout your JDS adventure, and you may e-mail us afterward for editorial suggestions and locations! - No precious moments are wasted in needless seminars - 2018 is the 21st year that your workshop photography instructor has lead workshops & tours throughout Japan.
Tour Cost: $2250 per person (based on double occupancy) in 3 - 5 star accommodations with western style toiletries, and all breakfasts and dinners included. All group ground transportation will be in sports utility vehicles with business class seating. All entrance fees and all donations at temples and shrines are included in tour cost. Also included is professional photography instruction as well as a detailed itinerary with clothing and gear recommendations.