2019 Japan Photo Tour with Mark Hemmings

PHOTO TOUR/WORKSHOP LOCATIONS – Tokyo, Nagano, Tsumago, and Kyoto

UPDATE AS OF FEBRUARY 20: The 2019 tour has 4 spaces remaining.

International travel photographer and workshop instructor Mark Hemmings is ready for his annual one week Japan photography workshop and tour, scheduled for February 11 to February 17, 2019. We will also be photographing the world famous Japanese Snow Monkeys in Nagano.

Please view the Japan Photo Tour & Workshop video below to get an idea of what you may encounter on this photography trip. Please keep in mind that this was the 2017 photo workshop promo video, and the 2019 schedule is slightly different. Please scroll down on this page for the accurate 2019 itinerary.

 

JAPAN PHOTO TOUR COSTS

The one week workshop includes all meals, all subways and taxis, all accommodations, all teaching time, and all admission fees. Exceptions are mid-meals snacks/drinks/alcoholic beverages, the “JR Rail Pass” (see below), and return airfare from your home city to Tokyo Narita or Haneda airport. This all-inclusive full package is $4,950 USD for a double occupancy room. For single occupancy, please add $400 USD. The JR Rail Pass is the responsibility of the participant because it needs to be purchased from your home country a month prior to your trip. Your local travel agent will be able to purchase the JR Rail Pass for you. This pass will allow you to travel the entire country by bullet train during the photo tour, and before or after if you plan to stay in Japan longer than the photo tour duration.

Please contact Mark for further details about this workshop: mark@markhemmings.com (FaceTime enabled). Also, CBS News did a report on the Japan Photo Tours, specifically the visits to the Snow Monkeys. Press play on the video below to watch the episode.

 

“Snow Monkeys” (CBS Sunday Morning, Feb 2016) from Randy Schmidt on Vimeo.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Since 2005 Mark Hemmings has been leading photography enthusiasts throughout Japan, taking them on an enlightening tour of a visually and aesthetically rich country.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 11 – Most international flights arrive at Narita Airport around 5pm, and similar times at Tokyo Haneda airport. If you arrive in Japan on Monday January 22nd, you will be picked up at the airport by Mark or one of his associates, and delivered to the workshop hotel. If you arrive in Japan earlier than Sunday you will be asked to purchase your own bus or train ticket into Shinjuku, Tokyo. When we are gathered as a group at our hotel we will go out for dinner. After dinner we will practice night street photography in Shinjuku.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12 – This morning is our day of exploring the fascinating sub-cities of Tokyo, traveling along the Yamanote train line. We will be learning about architectural photography, urban/street photography, and techniques for great travel photos.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 13 – After  breakfast we will get on the famously fast and comfortable Japanese bullet train (Shinkansen) for our journey to Nagano. After a coffee break at Nagano Station we will then board a mountain train for our final destination, Shiga Kogen. We will be staying in a beautiful and authentic traditional inn called a ryokan. For those who like natural hot springs, there are plenty in this village and in the inn.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14 – We will be getting up early today for a wonderful hike into the mountains to photograph the world famous Japanese Snow Monkeys. The path that we take into the mountains is all uphill, but at a slight incline, so it is not too strenuous. Please pack a pair of water resistant hiking shoes as their will be a lot of snow in the mountains. We will remain photographing the monkeys until everyone feels that they have taken all of the photos that they need. After photographing the snow monkeys we will eat lunch at a local cafe, and then head back to Nagano Station to get a train to Tsumago and Magome. We will stay in Tsumago and visit the historic Edo-era streets and neighborhoods.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15 – After breakfast at our Tsumago inn we will go straight to Kyoto. We will spend our evening in the Gion district, looking to photograph Geisha as they go from tea-house to tea-house.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16 – Today is our full day in Kyoto, exploring the many photogenic sites that make it a world-class destination.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17 – Mark will be taking everyone back to Tokyo today for their flights home. If you are staying in Japan longer, Mark will make sure you get off the bullet train at the appropriate station, while the rest of us continue on to either Tokyo Haneda or Narita Airport.

 

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