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Tour Background

Japan is extremely popular for its 4 distinct and spectacular seasons.

Among which the Fall colors or autumn leaves colors being magnificent many tourists, travel photographer, landscape photographer visit Japan to capture beautiful autumn.

Join us in the ravishing Autumn leaves photography tour to Japan this 2022.

As temperatures starts dropping after fiery summers, the nature starts changing its colors of the leaves change into vibrant shades of orange, red, yellow, and brown.

In Japan, this natural phenomenon is called koyo (紅葉) or momiji (meaning red leaves) and observing the most striking shades of leaf is known as Momijigari (red leaf hunting) has been extremely popular in Japan and is now the major attraction for tourist, travel photographer, landscape photographer and artist.

Maple-shaped cakes are typical during the fall season, and the leaves themselves are often eaten as tempura: a delicious, deep-fried, sweet snack.

There are various varieties of maple leaf tempura served throughout the country during the season, often accompanied by a cup of Japanese tea.

Based on the Buddhism philosophy in Japan, spiritually and symbolically this season represent the cycle of life and it transient.

There are abundant locations in Japan to experience this beautiful season.

But, across Japan the locations and its days differs within the span of this season starting from Mid-September to Early December and the peak typically last for two weeks in each region.

For an utterly unique autumn color (Koyo) experience at a relaxed pace, our Japan Photography Tour capturing Autumn leaves Colors is based on this theme to capture breath-taking images of changing colors which will have a very heavenly feel in our images.

This Japan photography tour is bit exclusive in nature to shoot Japan Dreamscapes photographs.

The colorful shades and tones of the nature with the changing nature means pictures or the photograph of a lifetime.

We have carefully selected off-beat yet top autumn leaves color locations of Japan which will be truly enticing for photographers at all levels.

Itinerary of the Japan Photography tour includes 5 Main destination and opportunities to follow the Japanese autumn time color celebrations and culture closely.

This will allow photographer enough time to capture and create stupendous images for their portfolio

Apart from autumn leaves color locations, we will visit other places of Japan which includes iconic historical and natural sites.

Some of our time will be spent in couple of cities nearby Tokyo, however majority of our time will be in the countryside, time to be with nature and around rustic villages and to enjoy less populated areas.

You will have dual benefit during this Autumn photography tour, as the organizer who himself has travelled to Japan for several times and is a good Japanese Language expert as well as a good photographer who can be mentor for the beginners too.

We will take care of all logistical matters.

We will provide all necessary information and guidance when needed and leave you free to explore place so that you can capture the images you want, to enjoy the company of like-minded travellers and to enhance your understanding and appreciation of visions of Japan.

This Autumn photography tour to Japan includes accommodation, meals and transport specifically selected with your comfort, convenience, and satisfaction in mind to best possible extent.

The schedule of our Japan- Autumn photography tour is based on the timing so that there is a best chance of quality autumn color viewing, however, change in temperature, elevation, and latitude may lead to shift in the season slightly.

The transitory gorgeousness of the Autumn Color awaits you.

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 Photography tour by The Lens India

Japan is extremely popular for its 4 distinct and spectacular seasons.

Among which the Fall colors or autumn leaves colors being magnificent many tourists, travel photographer, landscape photographer visit Japan to capture beautiful autumn.

Join us in the ravishing Autumn leaves photography tour to Japan this 2022.

As temperatures starts dropping after fiery summers, the nature starts changing its colors of the leaves change into vibrant shades of orange, red, yellow, and brown.

In Japan, this natural phenomenon is called koyo (紅葉) or momiji (meaning red leaves) and observing the most striking shades of leaf is known as Momijigari (red leaf hunting) has been extremely popular in Japan and is now the major attraction for tourist, travel photographer, landscape photographer and artist.

Maple-shaped cakes are typical during the fall season, and the leaves themselves are often eaten as tempura: a delicious, deep-fried, sweet snack.

There are various varieties of maple leaf tempura served throughout the country during the season, often accompanied by a cup of Japanese tea.

Based on the Buddhism philosophy in Japan, spiritually and symbolically this season represent the cycle of life and it transient.

There are abundant locations in Japan to experience this beautiful season.

But, across Japan the locations and its days differs within the span of this season starting from Mid-September to Early December and the peak typically last for two weeks in each region.

For an utterly unique autumn color (Koyo) experience at a relaxed pace, our 2022 Japan Photography Tour capturing Autumn leaves Colors is based on this theme to capture breath-taking images of changing colors which will have a very heavenly feel in our images.

This Japan photography tour is bit exclusive in nature to shoot Japan Dreamscapes photographs.

The colorful shades and tones of the nature with the changing nature means pictures or the photograph of a lifetime.

We have carefully selected off-beat yet top autumn leaves color locations of Japan which will be truly enticing for photographers at all levels.

Itinerary of the Japan Photography tour includes 5 Main destination and opportunities to follow the Japanese autumn time color celebrations and culture closely.

This will allow photographer enough time to capture and create stupendous images for their portfolio

Apart from autumn leaves color locations, we will visit other places of Japan which includes iconic historical and natural sites.

Some of our time will be spent in couple of cities nearby Tokyo, however majority of our time will be in the countryside, time to be with nature and around rustic villages and to enjoy less populated areas.

You will have dual benefit during this Autumn photography tour, as the organizer who himself has travelled to Japan for several times and is a good Japanese Language expert as well as a good photographer who can be mentor for the beginners too.

We will take care of all logistical matters.

We will provide all necessary information and guidance when needed and leave you free to explore place so that you can capture the images you want, to enjoy the company of like-minded travellers and to enhance your understanding and appreciation of visions of Japan.

This Autumn photography tour to Japan includes accommodation, meals and transport specifically selected with your comfort, convenience, and satisfaction in mind to best possible extent.

The schedule of our Japan- Autumn photography tour is based on the timing so that there is a best chance of quality autumn color viewing, however, change in temperature, elevation, and latitude may lead to shift in the season slightly.

The transitory gorgeousness of the Autumn Color awaits you.

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 Photography tour by The Lens India

What is included?
Below things are included with our tour package.
  • 8 nights’ accommodation. Twin Sharing (3star hotels or its equivalent)

     (Should you need Single Occupancy Please let us know in Advance as there will be additional cost involved)

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner as indicated in Itinerary

(Although we have booked Hotels with breakfast attached, however, depending on Photoshoot timings we may have to skip at times and have it outside)

  • Local Land transport of Metro’s/Rails/Van/Bus at 4 destinations as indicated in Itinerary

     (Please note this tour may include extensive use of public transport and walking as main methods of transport.)

  • Japan Rail (JR) Pass
  • Entry fees as indicated in Itinerary
  • Guide (English speaking) as indicated in Itinerary
What is NOT included?
Below things are NOT included with our tour package.
  • International/Domestic airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • 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

Stay Tuned for the Dates.!!

Usually this will be finalized closer to the dates and is from Oct-End ~ Nov-Begining

Arrival at Narita Airport: TBD

Departure from Narita Airport: TBD

(Refer Itinerary for details)

4 main Locations includes 32 Tourist spots

  • Nikko
  • Mount Fuji
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

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

 Min 7, Max 10

Moderate (Refer FAQ)

USD5,500 (Ex-Narita)

Itinerary

Narita Airport – Narita | Date: TBD

Arrive at Narita Airport.

Make your own way to Hotel

(Hotel check-in time is 3:00 PM)

A welcome dinner will be held at Hotel, and we will discuss the photography and activities we will undertake in tour over the next few days.

Accom: 3star hotels or its equivalent

Meals: B/f – N, L- N, D-Y (Dinner at Hotel Restaurant) (No Indian Food available)

Entry Fees: Not Applicable/Not Included

Guide: Not Applicable

Locations: Not Applicable

Train/Bus/Taxi: Make your own way to Hotel (Hotel Shuttle Bus)

Premier Narita by shuttle bus (15 minute per way / bus departing every hour from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

Narita – Nikko| Date: TBD

Nikko is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, most famous for Toshogu, Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries before Toshogu was built in the 1600s, and Nikko National Park continues to offer scenic, mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, wild monkeys, and hiking trails.

Nikko and the Okunikko area around Lake Chuzenji, in particular, are well known for their beautiful autumn colors (koyo).

In the average year, the colors start descending from the higher elevations of Yumoto Onsen in early October, are best around Lake Chuzenji and the Irohazaka road in mid to late October and reach the town of Nikko in the first half of November.

Accom: 3star hotels or its equivalent

Meals: B/f – Y, L- N, D-Y (No Indian Food available)

Entry Fees: Included

Guide: Not Applicable

Locations: 6 Locations

Shinkyo Bridge, Iwasaku Shrine, Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple, Toshogu Shrine, Tamozawa Imperial Villa, Kanmangafuchi Abyss

*Covering all the locations depends upon the pace of participants and there is a high possibility that we may not cover all the locations if we spend more time on one location.

Train/Bus/Taxi: Private Coach (Private coach tour for 10 hours)

Nikko | Date: TBD

Accom: 3star hotels or its equivalent

Meals: B/f – Y, L- N, D-Y (No Indian Food available)

Entry Fees: Included

Guide: Not Applicable

Locations: 4 Locations

Kengon Falls, Kurokami Daira (Irohazaka Winding Road), Ryuzu falls, Yudaki Falls

*Covering all the locations depends upon the pace of participants and there is a high possibility that we may not cover all the locations if we spend more time on one location.

Train/Bus/Taxi: Private Coach (Private coach tour for 10 hours)

Nikko – Mt. Fuji| Date: TBD

Mount Fuji (富士山, Fujisan) is with 3776 meters Japan’s highest mountain.

This mountain is perfectly shaped volcano and has been worshiped as a sacred mountain.

Mount Fuji is an active volcano, which was erupted in 1707.

It is on the borders between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures and can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama if the weather is clear.

However, at times due to poor weather visibility often block the view of Mount Fuji, and you have to consider yourself lucky if you get a clear view of the mountain.

Mostly visibility is better during the cold seasons of the year, and in the early morning and late evening hours.

Accom: 3star hotels or its equivalent

Meals: B/f – Y, L-N, D- Y (Indian Food available for dinner subject to time factor)

Entry Fees: Included

Guide: Not Applicable

Locations: 4 Locations

Chureito Pagoda, Oshino Ninja Village, Oshino Hakkai, Swan Viewpoint

*Covering all the locations depends upon the pace of participants and there is a high possibility that we may not cover all the locations if we spend more time on one location.

Train/Bus/Taxi Cost: Private Coach (Private coach tour for 10 hours)

Mt. Fuji – Kyoto | Date: TBD

Accom: 3star hotels or its equivalent

Meals: B/f – Y, L- N, D- N

Entry Fees: Included

Guide: Not Applicable

Locations: 6 Locations

Panoramic Ropeway, Maple Corridor, Momiji tunnel, Fugaku Wind Cave, Drive around lake shoji, Trails in Aokigahara Forest

*Covering all the locations depends upon the pace of participants and there is a high possibility that we may not cover all the locations if we spend more time on one location.

Train/Bus/Taxi: Private Coach (Private coach tour for 10 hours). Tour ends at Shin-Fuji Station, move to Kyoto by Bullet Train (7 Days JR ordinary passes included) Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto-Hachijoguchi is located at 3-minute walk from Kyoto station.

Kyoto | Date: TBD

Accom: 3star hotels or its equivalent

Meals: B/f – Y, L- Y, D- Y (Indian Lunch & Dinner available)

Entry Fees: Included

Guide: Yes

Locations: 4 Locations

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Tea Ceremony with Geisha, Gion Geisha District. Photoshoot of Geisha/Tea ceremony

Train/Bus/Taxi: Private Coach (Private coach tour for 10 hours)

Kyoto – Tokyo | Date: TBD

Accom: 3star hotels or its equivalent

Meals: B/f – Y, L- Y, D- N (Indian Lunch available. No Dinner)

Entry Fees: Included

Guide: Yes (Only till Kyoto Tour ends)

Locations: 5 Locations

Nijo Castle, Nishijin Kimono Show, Golden Pavilion, Arashiyama – Bamboo Grove , Tenryuji Temple & Garden

Train/Bus/Taxi: Private Coach (Private coach tour for 10 hours)

Tour ends at Kyoto Station, move to Tokyo by Bullet Train

(7 Days JR ordinary passes included

Tokyo | Date: TBD

Morning we will visit Sensoji Temple at Asakusa which is one of the most popular temples in Tokyo

As an alternative, we can have a brief visit to place called Akihabara. Akihabara know for the second sale market where you can buy electronic items, camera’s, lenses or else,

We will spend our second half our day at Tokyo Skytree. This is the second-tallest structure in the world and tallest in Asia at 634m! In the late evening we can capture beautiful Tokyo cityscape literally beneath you as the sun sets and the night lights illuminate the city.

Individual may select the option to take rest, packing, etc. or can move around to nearby places.

Accom:3star hotels or its equivalent

Meals: B/f – Y, L- N, D- N (India Food available. Self arrangement)

Entry Fees: Not applicable/Not Included

Guide: Not Applicable

Locations: 3 Locations

Asakusa – Sensoji, Skytree, Akihabara

Train/Bus/Taxi: Not Included. JR pass can be used depending on destination

Tokyo – Narita | Date: TBD

Accom: Not applicable/Not Included

Meals: B/f – Y, L- N, D- N (Thanksgiving & TOUR ENDS at 10:00am)

Note: Depending on individual return flight schedule, they may choose to leave early/late

However, hotel check-out time on at Tokyo is 10:00am)

Entry Fees: Not applicable/Not Included

Guide: Not Applicable

Locations: Not applicable

Train/Bus/Taxi: – Move to Narita Airport by Narita Express Train (7 Days JR ordinary passes included)

Book Now!

To book your place on the Oct-2021 Autumn Color Photography Tour “Nature’s Paradise” to Japan, contact: +91-8308809875 or mail us at contactus@thelensindia.com and proceed for booking amount through bank transfer or google pay.

Call Us
+91-8308809875
Mail Us
contactus@thelensindia.com

EARLY BIRD SCHEDULE

(ON OR BEFORE 30th JUN 2021)

Payment Schedule: 

15% BOOKING AMOUNT ON OR BEFORE 30TH JUNE 2021

45% ON OR BEFORE 25TH AUG 2021

40% ON OR BEFORE 20TH SEPT 2021

*Any delay in the payment further to booking amount discount will be void.

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For Participants Registering on or after 2nd Jul-2021

30% BOOKING AMOUNT

30% ON OR BEFORE 25TH AUG 2021

40% ON OR BEFORE 20TH SEPT 2021

60 days or more prior to arrival date in Japan: No penalty

Below 60day’s no refund available, however, the same will be adjusted in the next upcoming tours

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.

NOTE: ABOVE IS GENERIC POLICY. HOWEVER TOUR SPECIFIC POLICY WILL SUPRSEDE THIS GENERIC POLICY

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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