Japan Snow Monkey & Wild Winter Hokkaido Photo Tour.
Nagano . Hokkaido . Japan
Small Groups Max 6 - 8 people per tour
Photography is an adventure with no boundaries.
….start your wildlife adventure here in Japan.
"I have traveled around Hokkaido every year since 2009, and each year I return I am completely awestruck by the sheer natural beauty of the landscape and amazing wildlife !!!" - Ade
Very well organized, very satisfied with the photo tour and locations.
Ted And Mary . U.S.A. (Private Tour)
Excellent photographic instruction in the field and Ade gets you to the places for the best opportunities. I would highly recommend Ade and his Hokkaido Winter Wildlife Photo Tour.
"The workshop was outstanding, and I definitely recommend it for people of any level of experiences in photography. It was well-organized, and there was an indoor session in the evening covering knowledge on photography"
Kaku . Taiwan.
Visiting Japan had been on my "To Do" list for some time, but I am so glad I waited to join this tour.. I had never photographed in the snow before, but with Ade's guidance and patience I came home with photos I could have only dreamed about. Snow monkeys , cranes, ducks , eagles all just amazing. Thank you for a wonderful time.
Delores . Little Rock, Arkansas USA.
Very well planned. You clearly have very sound local knowledge of Hokkaido. Excellent locations and at the right time. Well done Ade.
Oh....And you're forgiven for all those very early morning starts.
Jack . USA.
This is a 100% focused wildlife photography tour that delivers ! The early mornings and the freezing cold don't make this a holiday, but the photo opportunities are worth every minute standing in the cold. Nice one Ade.
Alan. London UK.
For me this was a completely new experience. I am a hobby photographer for quite some years but I have learned enormously on this fantastic wildlife photo safari tour. The group size was small and perfect. Ade was a very professional guide and a fantastic photographer. His knowledge on the best spots around was more than excellent. I am looking forward doing other photo trips with him. Thanks again for giving me this wonderful experience !
Erik . Belgium.
A BIG congratulations to Ade and Anette who made this trip so wonderful! Their continous encouragement and help with my photography was greatly appreciated, despite the fact that I wasn't always coping with the cold conditions. The wildlife that we experienced on the trip was truly outstanding against the spectacular scenery of Hokkaido and far surpassed what I had imagined we might see. The quality of the hotels and the small group of fellow photographers (thank you for being such a great group to travel with!) made this a really comfortable and enjoyable trip. I would definately recommend Ade Photography! Thank you again for a fantastic photo tour!
Jacqueline . Melbourne, Australia.
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Come join us on an amazing photo tour of the very best of Wild Winter Japan.
Our tours are tailed to provide maximum photographic returns, we run small groups ( max 6 - 8 guests ), these small groups afford a higher degree of flexibility with plan changes during the Photo Tour, when possible we are able to spend as much time as deemed required per location if something captures our interest.
we travel through truly breathtaking scenery to some of the most amazing wildlife locations in Japan, giving you the opportunity to witness the drama of Japan winter wildlife and capture stunning images.
Witness the amazing love dance of the majestic Red-Crowned Cranes, graceful Whooper Swans, the aerodynamics display of the Seller’s Sea and White Tailed Eagles, kleptomaniac Ravens and to top it all serendipitous encounters with Ezo Deer and Northern Red Foxes.
Come see Japanese macaques ( Snow Monkeys ) as they enjoy the warmth of a geo thermal pool high up in the mountains of Jigokudani, Nagano.
Be amazed at their uncanny human like features as they brave the cold elements and huddle together for warmth.
Amazing Wildlife !
Eagles, Hawks, Foxes, Deer, Red Crowned Cranes , Swans and more
The Majestic Red-Crowned Cranes !
Witness and capture the amazing "Love dance"
The Snow Monkeys !
Tour 1:See Tour Summary below for details
Max group size: 8Booking Now Closed.
Max group size: 8
Anette Mossbacher is a professional photographer based in Switzerland, who has lived in Africa and Asia. She has spent a great deal of time in the remote wilderness and bush getting face to face with wildlife.
Anette’s nature and wildlife photographs have been published in magazines, books, commercials and have won several awards including the International Photography Awards in 2014
"I currently live in Switzerland and work as a nature and wildlife photographer. Travelling around the world presents endless opportunities to capture nature and wildlife images in a variety of situations. I journey alone through countries in a 4×4 Jeep, by boat, by foot or in any other vehicle which is needed to afford me the opportunity to visit some of the most remote places in unending places."
Tour 1 & 2 Summary:
The day prior to the start of the tour, participants to make own way to the designated airport hotel. This Hotel room is included in the tour price. ( Excluding meals and beverages )
During the evening we take time to meet and greet all participants and discuss the tour.
Very early start out to Nagano by private bus, full day photography of the Snow Monkeys. This is the start of the Nagano leg of the wild winter tour. (BLD)
Full day photography of Snow Monkeys. Evening Tokyo return and overnight stay in Haneda, Tokyo. (BLD)
Early domestic flight to Kushiro - northen part of Japan, where we meet our driver and head out to Akan and thus the start of our 9 day Hokkaido leg of the tour . We spend this day and the following two days photographing the Red-Crowned Cranes in locations around Akan and Kushiro, if we are lucky we will also encounter Black Kites , White Tailed Eagles, Foxes and Ezo Deer.
If the roads are not blocked due to heavy snow fall, we will also try to make at least one visit to the Kushiro-shitsugen National Park. (BLD)
Day 4 and 5
Photographing the Red-Crowned Cranes in and around Akan and Kushiro.
After an amazing three days in Kushiro / Akan area on the evening of the 5th day, we head out to Lake Kussharo where we spend the next two days photographing the graceful Whooper swans. (BLD)
Full day photographing the Whooper swans, conditions permitting we shall visit several locations which have truly breathing taking landscape back drops. (BLD)
We spend the early morning photographing the swans on Lake Kussharo, by mid morning we make our way by chartered bus over to the Shiretoko Peninsula and the quaint fishing town of Rausu. Time and weather permitting we may have a short walk around the local fishing port seeking various ducks and perhaps the first sighting of eagles. If we are lucky we get to photograph ravens and seagulls fighting for fish scraps !! (BLD)
Day 8 and 9
we spend the next three days going out on the early morning boat cruise photographing the magnificent Steller’s Sea Eagles and White Tailed Eagles amidst an amazing ice world. On one of the days we head over the Shiretoko National Park to photograph the beautiful landscape and with possible Ezo deer sightings. (BLD)
Another opportunity on the early morning boat cruise with the Steller’s Sea Eagles and White Tailed Eagles. (BLD)
Backup plan for morning boat cruise. (In case weather does not permit the boat cruise on any of the previous days. )
Afternoon flight back to Tokyo Haneda Airport (B)
The Tour ends at Haneda Airport.
We say our farewells and then depart for our respective transfers to Narita / Haneda International Airports.
Ade is a wildlife photographer based in Japan, specialised in winter wildlife photography,
His work has been published in wildlife magazines, books and newspapers.
When not knee deep in snow, he runs photo tours to big cat locations in India and Sri Lanka
Favourite Winter Wildlife Locations: Hokkaido and South Georgia
Scheduling Your Arrival:
It is imperative you ensure your flight arrives in Tokyo at least a day before the start of the tour.
We are able to assist with pre and post tour accommodation bookings if required.
What Do You Need For These Tours ?
• Love to travel and a passion for wildlife photography - All level welcome - Newbies to Guru !
• At bare minimum a camera ( film or digital ) and a telephoto lens .
Note:: A long range 300 - 600mm telephoto lens is ideal for this tour.
• Thermal clothes , Gloves, and Thermal boots - It will be very cold .. Trust me !
During the tour , the average temperature in Hokkaido will be in the single digits to the low 10's and sometime well below freezing , while Nagano will be in the mid 10's to low 20's .
>>It is imperative you wear appropriate clothing<<
The early morning and evening being the coldest time of the day.
• Anti-slip Ice Cleats Boot Grips ( Not a must , but will come in handy in Nagano )
• A relatively good level of fitness ( A degrees of walking and standing is required )
NOTE: Full details on what you need bring along and how to fully prepare your adventure will be sent along with your confirmed booking details
Paypal or Bank Wire Transfer instructions will be sent upon completion of the online booking form.
Please see the Booking Information and Cancellation Fees
What is included:
• All accommodation and meals ( BLD - see schedule ) during your tour.
Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
• Flights from Tokyo Haneda airport to Hokkaido and back.
• Internal bus ( Chartered ) transfers within Hokkaido and Nagano for the entire trip . Ample space for all !
• All location admission fees / cruise boat fees.