Come and Enjoy a private Dreamscapes Japan Photo Tour of Niigata, Japan!
Niigata is Huge. During the Edo Period, then called the Echigo Province Japan, was the economic center, connecting Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kyoto, Yokohama, Kanazawa, and Osaka. The prefecture was a site of constant samurai activity with the accompanying cultural mores such as: sumo, geisha, and festivals - festivals that have been handed down from generation to generation to present day. Not only does it maintain its festivals, it preserves its Conservative Japanese value system that Kyoto and Tokyo are trying to reclaim. If you want to experience authentic Japan, then the Niigata photography tour - workshop is right for you. You probably will be the only westerners visiting some of these off the beaten path locations. Our clients from Maryland, USA, Gary & Nikki Kohn, commented, “Wow, we haven’t seen any westerners for days! We weren’t expecting this. It’s refreshing and rejuvenating.”
There are 47 prefectures, and Niigata is ranked fifth in size. Although most commonly known because of the book “Snow Country” by Yasunari Kawabata, Niigata only has snow for two months of each year, and only a small part of the prefecture is blanketed and would qualify as “Snow Country.” Niigata has attractions that span the entire prefecture, and there is something for every photographer to enjoy. If you fancy birding, there’s no other place like Niigata because hundreds of the birds from China, Korea, and Russia nest and/or pass through on their seasonal migratory route. Autumn and spring are the high seasons.
Highlights of this tour can include: Tokamachi, Rice Terraces, especially during golden and blue hour, Northern Culture Museum known locally as the Gono Manor House, Tsubame Sanjo Craftsman and Artisan factory tours, Swans at Lake Hyoko, the Yahiko Shrine or the famous Yahiko Autumn Leaves, Fukushimagata, Niigata Soh-Odori Festival, or the Niigata Furusato-mura, traditional crafts and arts display center, Iwamuro Onsen and its picturesque surrounding areas.
From ¥77,000 per day (approximately USD $700) per person all inclusive based on 3-4 participants, 2 participants from ¥110,000 (approximately USD $1000) per day per person; single from ¥200,000 (approximately USD $1800) per day.
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).
Opportunity to photograph cultural and architectural masterpieces.
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!
During each morning and evening meal, your JDS photo workshop leader will discuss with you and the group the best shooting options with weather conditions in mind so each tour member will be well prepared to take spectacular photos.
No precious moments are wasted in needless seminars
2020 is the 23rd year that your workshop photography instructors have lead workshops & tours throughout Japan.
The Perfect photography vacation adventure awaits! To start your adventure, all interested parties should fill out the contact form below to begin to process for a personalized cultural photography Japan adventure. Please include in your message your desired dates of travel. The number of participants. A few keywords of what you would like to see and experience while in Niigata, such as rice terraces, autumn leaves, Yahiko, an onsen experience, Japanese cuisine, Niigata Festival, or Iwamuro.
Perhaps you want to try a tour that JDS is already leading but with a more personal focus? Please let us know!