2018 Japan Photo Tour with Mark Hemmings

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

International travel photographer and workshop teacher Mark Hemmings is ready for his annual one week Japan photography workshop and tour, scheduled for January 28 to February 3, 2018. 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:



The one week workshop includes all meals, all in-country transportation, all accommodations, and all admission fees. Exceptions are mid-meals snacks/drinks and alcoholic beverages at meals, which are the responsibility of the participant, and return airfare from your home city to Tokyo Narita airport. This all-inclusive full package is $3,950 USD for a double occupancy room. For single occupancy, please add $300 USD.

Please contact Mark for further details about this workshop: 1 506-721-8284 (Canadian phone number) or mark@markhemmings.com. 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.


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

SUNDAY – Most international flights arrive at Narita Airport around 5pm, and similar times at Tokyo Haneda airport. If you arrive in Japan on Sunday January 28th, 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.

MONDAY – This morning is our day of exploring the fascinating sub-cities of Tokyo. Before we leave the hotel Mark will do an instructional slideshow on how to create great urban/street photographs. This interesting lesson filled with real-world examples will lay the foundation for the rest of the day. After the slideshow lesson we will hit a lot of the cool locations on the Yamanote Line, the train system that stops at all of the major Tokyo locations. We will be learning about architectural photography, urban/street photography, and techniques for great travel photos.

TUESDAY – 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.

WEDNESDAY – 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 boots/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 head back to Nagano Station to get the bullet train for Kanazawa, Ishikawa. We will stay in Kanazawa and visit the historic Edo-era streets and neighborhoods.

THURSDAY – After breakfast at our Kanazawa hotel 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.

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

SATURDAY  – Mark will be taking everyone back to Tokyo today for their flights home. If you are staying in Tokyo longer, Mark will make sure you get off in Tokyo Station, while the rest of us continue on to either Tokyo Haneda or Narita Airport.


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