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Unique & Classic Photography, Art & Design Trip to Japan in Autumn 2022

Destination Highlights


Classic Photography, Art & Design_Japan Tour

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Osaka is Japan’s second city and an extremely vibrant and lively place in its own right. While it has its fair share of ‘tourist’ sights, it’s the everyday life of this historic port city that makes Osaka so fascinating.

People here are known for getting things done and for having a good time, and this is reflected well by the vast number of options for going out around the city.

Osaka’s aquarium is also world class, and you won’t want to miss a ride on one of the city’s several giant ferris wheels:  just don’t look down if you’re afraid of heights!

Perhaps the most dramatic of these big shiny attractions is perched on top of the Hep 5 department store in the Umeda district.

A reconstructed replacement for the original destroyed in the razing of the city at the end of World War II, Osaka Castle and the surrounding park is still well worth a visit. A number of interesting museums are also scattered around the city.

Osaka lights up (very literally) after nightfall, and a walk through the bright lights of the Namba district is a great way to soak up the atmosphere, with thousands of restaurants, bars and entertainment spots to choose from.

This, and the city’s rich history and relative diversity, all contribute to its reputation as a required destination for Japan’s foodie scene.

Osaka really is one of Japan’s truly all action cities and a stay here is a chance to experience so much of what life in modern day urban Japan has to offer.

Nara (Click Here To See Video.)

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Just 30 minutes by local train from Osaka, Nara is renowned for the wealth of its Buddhist and Shinto heritage (and also its deer).

Nara is recognised as an end point of the ancient Silk Road trading route, and as such one of the first areas to become a mainstay of Buddhist teachings from China across the sea.

The Daibutsu or Great Buddha statue here is hugely impressive. And so too is the  wooden structure which houses it, to this day the world’s largest wooden building (and a third smaller than the original!). The proliferation of shrines and temples here is set against a beautiful background of low lying mountains.

Nara Park at its centre is famously home to a vast population of very inquisitive deer, and is a popular destination for Japanese school group tours, because of its historical cultural significance and because Nara is a delightful place to visit, deer and all!

Koyasan (Click Here To See Video.)

Video Credits: (C) Japan National Tourism Organization – JNTO & Image Credits: Wakayama Tourism Federation)

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Koyasan (Mt. Koya) is one of the holiest mountains in all of Japan, home to more than 100 temples and monasteries. Koyasan is where Shingon Buddhism originates, one of the major schools of Japanese Buddhism which has over ten million members and 4,000 temples nationwide.

There has been a religious community here since its finding in 816 by the monk, Kukai, after his return from two years’ study in China. Koyasan is a peaceful and beautiful wooded area, great for walking in any season and of course for quiet contemplation.

Temple stays or shukubo are especially celebrated by vegetarians: the range and intricacy of their shojin ryori, (traditional monks’ cuisine) made without any animal products is sure to impress the most carnivorous of foodies. Rise early to enjoy a morning chant with the monks.


Tokushima is a pleasant palm-lined town and a centre of the Japanese art of bunraku puppet theatre.

It’s also home to the nation’s liveliest summer Obon dance festival or Awa-Odori, with hundreds of locals performing traditional dances through the city streets.

Indeed, the dancing doesn’t stop year-round at the Awaodori Hall, and a trip to Tokushima would not be complete without a visit.

Tokushima is also famous for its indigo dying, a technique used across many fabric designs throughout Japan.


The Iya Valley is considered one of Japan’s three ‘hidden regions’ and when you see the terrain you will appreciate why! Set deep in the heart of Shikoku, the area is made up of narrow river gorges and steep mountain peaks, covered in thick vegetation.

The isolated location of the Iya Valley and its inhospitable terrain made it a favourite hideaway for defeated clans and exiled political dissidents in days gone by.

Today modern engineering has opened up the area to cars and trains, but even so, you will still get a very good idea of the true nature of the valley as the narrow roads wind their way around the edge of hillsides and tunnels bore straight through previously impassable mountains.

Although now more accessible, the Iya Valley remains very rural and very traditional making it a fantastic place to appreciate a side of Japan very different to the bright lights in the big cities.

Activities in Iya include boat trips along the river, crossing the vine bridges (for the daring!) that once served as quick escape routes for fleeing armies and some interesting museums, as well as simply taking in the wonderful scenery all around you.


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Takamatsu is the largest city in Kagawa Prefecture in the northeast corner of Shikoku island. Takamatsu faces the Inland Sea and has a long history as a port, acting as something of a link between Shikoku and the main island of Honshu.

The city’s top attraction is Ritsurin Koen, one of Japan’s finest examples of a landscape garden, considered by many to be on a par with the famous ‘Big Three’ gardens of Mito, Okayama and Kanazawa.

Also of interest are Yashima, a flat-topped mountain and nearby Shikoku-Mura, a collection of traditional houses and other buildings brought from all over Shikoku to display local architecture and construction techniques.


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Naoshima could easily be another pretty but forgotten island in the Seto Inland Sea scraping a living from fishing. However a unique art project has given Naoshima its deserved global reputation. Naoshima is home to a large collection of contemporary art galleries, exhibits and installations which offer a tour de force of architectural expression integrating art and the natural environment.

Two of the main galleries, the Chichu Art Museum and Benesse House, were designed by the world famous architect Tadao Ando and feature works by Claude Monet, Walter de Maria, James Turrell, Andy Warhol, Richard Long and Bruce Nauman among others. Distances between the main art sites are small and the picturesque island can be explored on foot or by bike. Bicycles are available to hire at Miyanoura Port.



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Image Credits:102_Hioroshima_©Courtesy of Hiroshima Prefecture

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Image Credits: 1074_Hioroshima_©Courtesy of Hiroshima Prefecture

Hiroshima is of course well-known for being the site of one of two atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of the Second World War.

In the decades since, a bright and vibrant city has risen phoenix-like from the ashes.

The Peace Park and Museum with visitors daily from all walks of life around the world are a poignant reminder of this source of Hiroshima’s fame, and its stories of the importance of striving for fellowship over destruction are especially powerful. Other areas to visit in the city include Hiroshima Castle and the baseball stadium.

The Shukkei-en garden is well worth an afternoon stroll, with a number of tea houses dotted about the grounds. No visit to Hiroshima would be complete without sampling okomiyaki, a kind of Japanese savoury pancake before your eyes using the ingredients of your choice. If you have your first okonomiyaki here, it’s certainly not likely to be your last.

Why Travel with Us?


  • Full refund if your tour is cancelled or a travel ban prevents you travelling due to Covid 19.
  • New Safety Measures on all our tours (complying with Japanese Covid guidelines)
  • Free Date Change (If Covid prevents the tour from operating) (T&C applied)
  • Associated with 22 Years Experience Travel Partner in Japan Unique Japan Tours who are expert  in Japan Travel



Our local partner company UJT Services G.K. [also owned by Unique Japan Tours], will oversee all operations of your trip from start to finish. Our team in Tokyo are busy working behind the scenes ensuring each tour runs smoothly, in real time! So, rest assured, no matter what your problem may be, we will be with you all the way. While on our small group tours, your tour leader &/or local guides will be your key contacts for any emergencies

If you are excited to experience magnificent autumn leaves color landscapes in Japan, we are happy to accommodate you for fall color trip to witness beautiful Autumn, so Contact us without any delay.

Book your seats to the extraordinary Autumn Special – Photography, Art & Design Trip to Japan by The Lens India

What is included?
Below things are included with our tour package.
  • Accommodation in standard hotels
  • Full Board including breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
  • Transport and excursions as per itinerary
  • Local emergency support by Team in Japan
  • Ferry Tickets
  • Meals (As Specified in Itinerary)

NOTE: All meals accounted for in local Indian/Asian/Western restaurants or inside hotels/accommodations when staying in traditional Japanese places

What is NOT included?
Below things are NOT included with our tour package.
  • International/Domestic airfares/Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and food not listed in itinerary
  • Portable Wi-Fi internet access
  • Beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic)
  • Personal spending money
  • Tips & gratuities (not expected in Japan)
  • Any other specific not included items

Tour Schedule

21st Nov 2022 ~ 29th Nov 2022

(Refer Itinerary for details)

  • NARA & MT KOYA : Unesco World Heritage NARA Photo Shoot
  • MT KOYA : KOYASAN Photo Shoot

  • TOKUSHIMA: Indigo Dying & Udon Noodle Photo Shoot


  • TAKAMATSU : Ritsurin Garden Photo Shoot


  • HIROSHIMA Photo shoot

Bullet train /Regular train / Private Coach / Taxi (Refer Itinerary for Details)

NOTE: Please note this tour includes extensive use of public transport and walking as main methods of transport. Refer itinerary for details

Small group photography tour

Max: 9 Pax

Moderate (Refer FAQ)

Twin Room Per Person Sharing:           (9 pax): USD.3,950 (Ex.Osaka) (Approx: INR.296,250)

Single Room throughout Per Person: (9 pax): USD.4,300 (Ex.Osaka) (Approx: INR.322,500)

(INR Cost subject to change Based on Ex.Rate Fluctuation Ex.Rate for Calculation is 1USD=INR75)


DAY 1: Monday, 21 November : OSAKA

Arrive into Kansai International Airport on your scheduled flight (book separately)

Shuttle Service From Kansai Airport to your hotel. Evening Welcome Dinner at local restaurant

Accommodation: Harmonie Embrassee Osaka

Services Included:

  • Arrival Transfer
  • Welcome Dinner at local restaurant


DAY 2: Tuesday, 22 November NARA & MT KOYA

Unesco World Heritage NARA Photo Shoot

Train & Cable Car to Mt Koya

Overnight in a Temple

Dinner & Hot Springs at your temple

(Optional Activities include Calligraphy Workshop)

Accommodation: Fukuchiin Temple

Services Included:

  • B’fast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Train Tickets to Nara & Mt Koya

DAY 3: Wednesday, 23 November MT KOYA

Morning Meditation at your temple (optional – we will request if photo’s can be taken of the monks praying) Breakfast at your temple

KOYASAN Photo Shoot

Accommodation: Fukuchiin Temple

Services Included:

  • B’fast, Lunch & Dinner
  • English Speaking Assistant
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Koyasan photo shoot local pre-arrangements

DAY 4: Thursday, 24 November TOKUSHIMA

Breakfast at your temple

Depart Mt Koya for Wakayama to catch ferry to Tokushima

Arrive Tokushima / met by our local assistant

Visit the areas most famous Indigo Dying factory/workshop for photo shoot

Indigo Dying & Udon Noodle Photo Shoot

 Evening entertainment at the Awa Odori Music Hall by local dancers

Accommodation: Hotel Sunroute Tokushima

Services Included:

  • B’fast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transfer to ferry terminal
  • Ferry tickets to Shikoku
  • English Speaking Assistant in Tokushima
  • Japanese Indigo Dying & Udon Noodle Making Photo Shoot arrangements

DAY 5: Friday, 25 November IYA VALLEY & KOTOHIRA

Breakfast at your hotel

Travel to the rural Iya valley by coach. Beautiful scenic day trip with a local assistant.


Dinner at local restaurant upon arrival to Takamatsu. Stay in Takamatsu port city.

Accommodation: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Takamatsu

Services Included:

  • B’fast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Full Day Coach
  • English Speaking Guide

DAY 6: Saturday, 26 November TAKAMATSU & NAOSHIMA

Breakfast at your hotel

After breakfast, visit the magnificent Ritsurin Garden.

Tea Ceremony at garden tea house

Ritsurin Garden Photo Shoot

Before dark, make your way to Naoshima by ferry. Stay at a local minshiku (Japanese style)

Accommodation: Ippuku Chaya

Services Included:

  • B’fast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Ritsurin Garden Photo Shoot & Tea Ceremony
  • Half Day Private Coach
  • Ferry Transfer

DAY 7: Sunday, 27 November NAOSHIMA & HIROSHIMA

Breakfast at your minshiku

NAOSHIMA Photo Shoot

Naoshima Photoshoot:
– Pumpkin & Coastal
– Art House Project
– Chicchu Museum (subject to permission)

Arrive into Hiroshima in the evening.

Accommodation: Daiwa Roynet Ekimae Hiroshima

Services Included:

  • B’fast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Hiroshima Peace Park
  • Bullet train to Hiroshima
  • Ferry Transfer

DAY 8: Sunday, 28 November HIROSHIMA TO OSAKA

Breakfast at your hotel

Hiroshima Photo Shoot

Photoshoot locations:
– Hiroshima Peace Park (exterior)
– Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome (exterior)
– Hiroshima Castle & Gardens (exterior / time permitting)
Bullet train to Osaka in the evening.
Farewell dinner in Osaka.

Accommodation: Harmonie Embrassee Osaka

Services Included:

  • B’fast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Bullet train to Osaka
  • Hiroshima Half Day Guide

DAY 9: Monday,29 November

Breakfast at your hotel

Airport Transfer From Your Osaka Hotel to Kansai Airport

Depart Japan on your scheduled flight [arranged Individually]

Accommodation: N/A

Services Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Departure Transfer

Book Now!

To book your place on the 2022 Autumn Special – Photography, Art & Design Trip to Japan: +91-8308809875 or mail us at and proceed for booking amount through bank transfer or google pay.

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Booking & Payment Schedule: 

USD Equivalent INR (Ex. Rate75)
1st Instalment (Booking) -TLI  $165  $185 ₹ 12,375 ₹ 13,875 On or Before

15th Apr

2nd Instalment – TLI  $285  $285 ₹ 21,375 ₹ 21,375 On or Before

1st May

3rd Instalment – UJT  $500  $500 ₹ 37,500 ₹ 37,500 On or Before

1st June

4th & Balance Instalment -UJT  $3,000  $3,330 ₹ 225,000 ₹ 249,750 On or Before

1st Sept

Total Tour Price  $3,950  $4,300 ₹ 296,250 ₹ 322,500 Ex. Osaka Price

CANCELLATIONS (Applicable for only this tour)

In the event you may have to cancel your Booking or are unable to make the payments in accordance with Booking & Payment Schedule specified we reserves the right to charge the following cancellation fees:

Numbers of Days before

Tour Start Date                        Cancellation Fee as a % of Tour Price

60-48 days                                Deposit plus 10% Tour Price

47-35 days                                Deposit plus 20% Tour Price

34-22 days                                Deposit plus 30% Tour Price

21-14 days                                Deposit plus 45% Tour Price

13-8 days                                  Deposit plus 75% Tour Price

7 days or less (or no show)      Deposit plus 100% Tour Price

Check with your travel insurance provider in the event you need to cancel. You may be entitled to reclaim these charges. Claims must be made directly with your insurance provider.

The date of cancellation shall be decided on the written notice given to the us by You detailing the cancellation request.

Tour price is based on land arrangements only arranged by the us. Flight cancellation charges will be at the discretion of each individual airline. You should be aware of all flight cancellation policies before making payment to any airline.

Cancellations due to airport closures in your country or Japan due to a natural disaster will be handled on a case by case basis where an alternative cancelation policy may become in effect. If you are able to fly the day after your original departure date or 2 -3 days later, your tour can be altered to suit your arrival date at no extra charge. In all cases, booking deposits are non-refundable.

Cancellations due to force majeure: unforeseen events preventing travel to Japan such as; terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire, flood, epidemic, closure of airports or airspace, civil unrest, war, or any other event outside of our control, are considered outside our  control. Regretfully, the we cannot hold any liability in these circumstances. Any changes to the obligations under our contract with you, will be treated on a case-by-case basis.

Got a question?

Frequently Asked Questions

How many years’ experience in photography is required?
No matter what your current photography level is. We can accommodate beginners as well as advanced photographers alike. As we have small group sizes, we can provide individual and personalized attention for each person and help you improve your photography at whatever level you are at. Our one of the main objectives is experience sharing at all levels and grow together.
What will I learn on your tours?
The aim with our tours is to improve your photographic skills, creativity understand and learn different culture and give our participants unique lifetime experience with good memories.
We design our tours to guide you to the best of locations and experiences in the best light where possible. Together with our teaching and feedback, you will learn how create great travel images. If you are beginner you will learn how to visualize a scene better before capturing the moment, explore the environment you are capturing, understand cultural considerations, and develop your own personal style. If you are already master, you will add to your experience and will certainly have exchange of information.
Can a non-photographer attend our tours?
Certainly Yes.
Although our tours (our Photography Tours) are specifically designed for photographers. Since everyone brings a camera with them on vacation nowadays and will take photos for their memories. So even if you don’t have a specific interest in photography, anyone can still be free to join our tours, but since the focus of our Tours (not to discriminate) is on photography first and foremost, so you will have to give consideration to the photographers’ needs first.
One great benefit of our Photography Tours is we spend a lot longer time at specified locations as compared to usual tours, and at the best times for photography where possible. This means you will get enough time to see destinations and sights when they are visually more appealing and can be relaxing for you in real terms, also you don’t have a rushed sightseeing experience or hoping tour experience that is so common among typical group tours.
Wherever possible, we will also recommend a range of activities for the non-photographers in our tour if at all non-photographers prefer to have free time in lieu of visiting a location together with the photographers.
What camera and equipment’s should I carry?
We usually recommend DSLR or Mirrorless cameras, but a digital compact camera or point and shoot camera is also adequate. Based on your photography taste you can also carry different lenses depending on the tour; the full tour itinerary and preparation information will provide recommendations, or just connect with us for further information.
If you have yet to get a camera or are looking to purchase a camera or other photography equipment before taking a tour, please feel free to contact us for any purchasing advice.
Wherever possible we can also recommend you to, go for rental equipment if required.
What is the difference between your and other tours?
Our Photography Tours are best described as great travel experience. We design our Photography Tours in such a way so that you don’t have to worry about logistics once you arrive on tour and can focus fully on photography as we take you to the best locations to shoot. Our tours provide a great mix of photography learnings, multiple opportunities to create great images, and great travel fun among a group of like-minded people.
Particularly our Photography Expeditions are designed to explore different locations trips to learn about new destinations. We would like to run Tours to in future, to visit specific events and festivals, and to look for unique photo opportunities. Additionally, our Expedition have a more flexible itinerary than other tours wherever possible as we assess each location/attraction/weather and spend as much, or as little time as required to achieve our photographic aims.
Our Photography Tours are known for a classic sightseeing experience.
Can you customize tours for us?
Yes, we can. We can customize tour for your subject to max 7 people in a group so that we can give personal attention to every individual during tour to best possible extent. If there are larger groups then, we will recommend a second leader in the tour to join the group. For custom tour pricing, please contact us.
We plan for destination you would like to visit of your choice. If you are interested in one of our standard photography tours or expeditions but want to adjust the itinerary, we can certainly do that. If you’d like to do this, please contact us to discuss things in more detail.
Are there any additional costs?
Wherever possible price covers all accommodation, some meals, most entrance fees, and the domestic travel costs in the Tour country. However, you will still need to pay for your own international flights, visas, and insurance and some places which are not specifically mentioned in inclusions. Apart from this, souvenirs, tips, personal snacks, and optional activity fees are additional costs. For further information, please visit our Tours section and read the Inclusions and Itinerary sections for the Tour you are interested in.
Can you organize my flights, insurance, visa and other travel planning?
No, however our travel booking partners will be able to help you with flight arrangements and travel insurance.
In case if our travel booking do not have their office at your location, then you will need to arrange your own visas, and we strongly recommend contacting the Tour country’s local embassy or consulate for further information.
You will also need to arrange your own vaccination and any travel medication that you may need.
Can you accommodate special dietary requirements on your tours?
This can be discussed case-by-case basis. If you have or on special diet (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten free etc.), you will need to contact us before booking to find out if we can accommodate you. For our Japan tours, we are able to accommodate vegetarians. Contact us regarding other special diets.
What about refunds or cancellation policy?
All cancellations must be received in writing. No refunds will be made for unused services, regardless of the reason. Cancellations are subject to the following cancellation fees applied per person, per confirmed booking from the date the written cancellation is received: Please refer the policy below
46 days or more prior to arrival date in Japan: no penalty
45-31 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 10% of the tour price
30-15 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 20% of the tour price
14- 8 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 30% of the tour price
7 – 3 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 50% of the tour price
Less than 3 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 100% of the tour price.
Cancellation of any third-party suppliers’ arrangements will be subject to fees charged in accordance with that supplier. Refunds will not be given for unused or cancelled services after your arrangements have commenced.
Our cancellation policy indicates the fact that we have to make payments to our suppliers and comply to their booking conditions. It is a condition of attending our tours to have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place. In case of force majeure, no refunds available.


How about bad weather or seasonal variations?
This is something which is beyond our control. All though we assess weather forecast adequately so that we can capture the targeted season, however, but some of the best travel photos have been taken in less than ideal shooting conditions. Certainly, your safety is our priority hence, we won’t venture out in dangerous weather conditions.
Seasonal variations due to weather change may have effect Tours such as our Japan Cherry Blossoms or Autumn Colors Tours. It’s impossible to predict with accuracy month/date in advance for both the cherry blossoms and autumn colors for their peak bloom periods but our tours are usually planned based on typical average opening to peak times for these phenomena.
How much luggage should I carry?
Lighter the better. For our Photography Tours and Expeditions, we strongly recommend keeping your luggage lighter and bear minimum required items in your baggage as our tours run in different locations in different seasons and may have adverse weather conditions.
Do you follow strict tour schedule?
Our tour schedules are generally strict, so that we can get good light and place to capture good images. but the timings are such that there is room for flexibility depending on the shooting conditions and how quickly a shooting session finishes. Our tours also have free time scheduled in to do your own thing or to simply rest and relax if required.
How many people are accommodated in a group tour?
For our Photography Tours, the group size is limited to 7 participants max.
Smaller the group better is the engagement with each other.
What about the fitness requirements on your tours?
Our Photo Tours are suitable for people 15 years and older with a moderate level of fitness and involves plenty of walking each day and you will need to be able to carry all your own camera equipment by yourself too.
Please let us know if you have any special needs due to physical limitations or any other challenges. We will assess people with special needs on a case-by-case basis so that appropriate guidance or alternatives can be provided.
Considering the above fact, please keep your luggage as light as possible so that you will be able to manage and handle this completely on your own as we move between our accommodation.
Can you accommodate people with special diets and/or food allergies?
For our Japan tours, generally we can manage as vegetarian options are available and we can have various source to buy limited options from the convenient store which are open 24x7.
But If you have a dietary restriction like vegan, halal, gluten free, allergies, etc then please discuss in advance before booking the tour. and are interested in booking a tour with us, please contact us first so we can discuss your needs because depending upon the location where we are going situation may differ. Unfortunately, for those with too many food restrictions (e.g. vegan, halal) and severe food allergies (e.g. peanut), we are unable to cater for your needs on our Japan tours and you will not be able to book onto our regular tours.

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