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Tour Background

The Japan cherry blossom also known as “Sakura” is incredibly unique and is awfully close to the hearts and culture of the Japanese. Japanese call this viewing of Cherry Blossom as “Hamani”. 

Our Apr-2022 Cherry Blossom photography Tour is based on this theme to capture breath-taking images of cherry blossom which will have a very heavenly feel in our images.
These Cherry blossoms have very typical characteristics depending on where they are in Japan and what part of the season, they are blooming. 

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

The contrast of the pictures with the pink blossoms and the shades of green and the white-eye of the mejiro mean pictures of a lifetime.

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

Itinerary includes 5 Main destination and opportunities to follow the Japanese springtime floral celebrations and culture closely.

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

Apart from cherry blossoms 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 the tour, 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.

Tour accommodation, meals and transport have been specifically selected with your comfort, convenience, and satisfaction in mind to best possible extent. 

The schedule of our tour is based on the timing so that there is a best chances of quality cherry blossom viewing.

The fleeting beauty of the cherry blossom awaits you. 

Contact us now and Join The Cherry Blossom Photography Tour to Japan and witness the “Nature’s Paradise”- Japan and chase the rare delight of the beautiful season.

What is included?
Below things are included with our tour package.
    • 7 nights’ accommodation. Twin Sharing (3star hotels)
    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner as indicated in Itinerary
      (Although we have booked Hotels with breakfast attached, however, depending on Photoshoot timing’s we have to skip at times and have it outside)
    • Local Land transport of Metro’s/Rails at 4 destinations as indicated in Itinerary
      NOTE: Please note this tour includes extensive use of public transport and walking as main methods of transport.
    • Japan Rail (JR) Pass
    • Entry fees 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

TBA (Tentatively From Mid-April to 1st week of May for 7N/8D in Japan with us) 

Dates will be released after appropriate weather forecast is available by Jan-2022

  • Fukushima – Aizuwakamatsu
  • Aomori (Main Cherry Blossom attraction)
  • Kitakami
  • Tokyo
  • Bullet train
  • Regular train
  • Taxi

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

Small group photography tour.

 Min 2, Max 7

Moderate (Refer FAQ)

USD4,500 (Ex -Narita, Tokyo) + Taxes if any. (Call for Group Discount)

Itinerary

Narita- Tokyo- Fukushima – Aizuwakamatsu | Date: TBA

Arrive at Narita Airport move to Fukushima. Meet at Tokyo and move to Fukushima.

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

Accom: Check-in at Aizuwakamatsu Hotel

Meals: B/f – N, L- N, D-Y Dinner at Indian Restaurant

Entry Fees: Not Applicable/Not Included

Train/Bus/Taxi Cost: JR Pass Included (Narita Express & Bullet train)

Fukushima – Aizuwakamatsu – Tadami River Bridge | Date: TBA

Visit Tadami River Bridge for full day for photo-shoot.

Go to Tadamiyama by Train

The Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint is a location that accentuates that love; a place that you can come to any time of the year and get a completely different shot—subject, background and all—depending on the season you’re in and the conditions you so chance upon. The viewpoint shows off a grand panorama of mountains and the Tadami River. However, the main attraction here is the arched bridge that crosses it and the JR Tadami Line trains that pass by just a few times a day.

Accom: Stay at Aizuwakamatsu in Hotel

Meals: B/f – Y, L- N, D-Y

Entry Fees: Not Applicable/Not Included

Train/Bus/Taxi Cost:  Train Cost included. Taxi cost Not Included

Day 3 – Fukushima – Aizuwakamatsu – Sazaedo Temple & Tsuruga Castle, Aizu | Date: TBA

We will be visiting two locations.

Sazaedo Temple, Sazaedo temple is one of those unique experiences; built in 1796, it’s a doublehelix spire made entirely of wood.That means structurally on the inside it looks very similar to how DNA is

structured; two paths intertwined up and down the temple, where people who walk up it never actually see people who come down it. Not only is the actual path walking up and down the temple a mind twister, but the inside of the temple is completely covered with stickers from pilgrims of the past who commemorate and prove their arrival. The name Sazae is Japanese for the sea snail “Turbo Cornutus”; a delicacy commonly eaten in Japan, and the twisted shell of the seas snail resembles the temple

Tsuruga Castle, Aizu. Tsuruga Castle was built in 1384 and changed hands many times between the different rulers of the Aizu region. It was destroyed after the Boshin War of 1868, a rebellion against the newly formed Meiji government, which had taken over control from the Tokugawa shogun and put an end to Japan’s feudal era. Tsuruga Castle was one of the last strongholds of samurai loyal to the shogunate.

Accom: Move from Aizuwakamatsu – Shin-Aomori- Hirosaki in Evening by 4pm Bullet train Hayabusa. Shin-Aomori to Hirosaki Stay at Hirosaki (Approx. 5 Hours by Bullet Train Travel)

Meals: B/f – Y, L- Y, D-N

Entry Fees: Included

Train/Bus/Taxi Cost: Bullet train to Aomori + Taxi cost any not included

Aomori | Date: TBA

We will be visiting following two locations in two days. 

  1. Hirosaki Castle / Park (Day-4) – This is one of the top 10 hanami spots in all over Japan. And has 2,600 cherry trees of 50 different varieties including one 134 years old Yoshino cherry tree. Is it not amazing to explore such place?
    Do not worry about how much time you spend at this place, because you are certainly going to enjoy sakura illumination at night. So be ready with your tripods too.
  2. Ashino Park (Day-5) – Thousands of cherry trees where you create a breathtaking landscapes images and we are sure you won’t say “I don’t like it.” Better we visit and see with our own eyes.

Accom: Stay at Aomori – Hirosaki 

Meals: B/f – Y, L-N, D-Y (Day-4) ; B/f – Y, L-N, D-Y (Day-5)

Entry Fees: Day-4 Aomori Castle Included, Day-5 Not included

Train/Bus/Taxi Cost: Day-4 Not applicable/Not included, Day-5 Train to Ashino Park Included

Kitakami | Date: TBA

We will have a brief stop to Kitakami will travelling back to Tokyo. 

We can keep our luggage in lockers available at station. Locker rent expenses are to be borne by individuals.

One of the best sakura viewing spots worth exploring in Iwate prefecture. Kitakami Tenshochi Park is one of the top hanami locations in Japan. We can variety of activities such as delightful boat ride (boat ride charges not included and are optional) in the Kitakami River and ride on a horse driven carriage including walking along the sakura tunnel. In fact, these rides are particularly introduced to visitors so that they can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms and surrounding picturesque scenery.

Accom: Aomori – Kitakami – Tokyo. Stay at Ueno

Meals: B/f – Y, L-N, D- N

Entry Fees: Not applicable/Not Included

Train/Bus/Taxi Cost: Kitakami stn to Tensochi Park Taxi charges included

Tokyo- Uneo| Date: TBA

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

Afternoon we will have our Lunch at Indian Restaurant.

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.

Accom: Tokyo -Ueno. Stay at Ueno

Meals: B/f – Y, L- Y, D- N

Entry Fees: Not applicable/Not Included

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

Tokyo- Ueno- Narita | Date: TBA

1st half of the day is kept free. Individual may select the option to take rest, packing, etc or can move around to nearby places.

Afternoon by 3:30 pm we will move to Narita Airport and stay overnight.

(Ueno – Tokyo – Narita)

Tour ends once we reach Tokyo.

Accom: Check-out Hotel at 3:00pm. (Thanks Giving & TOUR ENDS)

Narita Airport Hotel (Optional for People traveling back and Not included in package)

Meals: B/f – Y, L- N, D- N

Entry Fees: Not applicable/Not Included

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

Narita – India | Date: TBA (Optional for People traveling back and Not included in package)

Travel back to India for Indian Nationals

Accom: Narita Airport Hotel

Meals: B/f – Y, L- N, D- N

Entry Fees: Not applicable/Not Included

Train/Bus/Taxi Cost: – Not applicable/Not Included

Book Now!

To book your place on the April-2022 Cherry Blossom 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.

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45% ON OR BEFORE 6 MONTHS FROM THE TOUR

40% ON OR BEFORE 3 MONTHS FROM THE TOUR

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

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 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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