Hokkaido Winter Wildlife

Red-Crowned Cranes . Sea Eagles . Foxes

Wild Hokkaido Winter Photography Tour.
February 12th - 23rd 2024.

Hokkaido . Japan

Group size limited to 8 guests ONLY.

Photography is an adventure with no boundaries.
….start  your wildlife adventure here in Japan.

See more on YouTube: DISCOVER HOKKAIDO

The amazing Japan Hokkaido wildlife photography adventure !!

"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

THANK YOU ADE for making me feel welcome again! This was my second tour with Ade Photography and a return to the wonders of Hokkaido. The trip certainly didn't disappoint but in fact, exceeded my expectations! The wildlife of Hokkaido is truly amazing and the landscape simply stunning. With every detail organised on this tour for you, all you have to do is relax and put your energy into taking wonderful photographs. Excellent accommodations and meals to warm you up after a shoot, along with the friendly assistance of local guide, Kaori, made the traveling in extreme weather conditions very easy. As always, Ade is there to guide and encourage you with your photography, no matter your skill level. The small group size makes you feel as if you are traveling with friends and everyone shares the same goal, in capturing great images of the graceful cranes and swans, spectacular soaring eagles and many other beautiful creatures! I would definitely recommend Ade Photography if you are interested in experiencing a truly wonderful and unique side of Japan!
	Jacqueline . Melbourne, Australia . Feb 2018

Thank you for a GREAT trip! Your tour was amazing! Most importantly, you got us unbelievable photo ops throughout the trip and your expert instruction helped us make the most of them. (Let me add that this is a critique from an art teacher of 30+ years.) I left Japan a much better wildlife photographer than I arrived! Additionally, the tour was exceptionally organized - attention to detail was very apparent. The arrangements for lodging and travel were made with our comfort in mind - single accommodations were a welcomed bonus! You hold yourself to very high standards and we benefitted. I’ve since had the opportunity to compare your tour with other photography tours. You’re exceptional! We received much more than we paid for!! I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend your tours!
	Patti  . Austin, Texas, USA. . Feb 2018

The photo opportunities on this tour were superb. It was really great that we had multiple days to shoot at the locations. It gave me plenty of time to improve on my wildlife photography techniques, to understand what kind of images I wanted and to be able to have multiple opportunities to get just the right shot. The small group was a positive factor in the experiences we had. Thank you.
   	Doris  . USA . Feb 2018 

A very big Thank You to Ade. The Sea Eagles were amazing !!! Excellent photo tour.
   	Fredrick  . U.K  . Feb 2018 

Nous sommes ravis d'avoir choisi AdePHOTOGRAPHY pour ce périple au Japon. C'est un workshop entièrement dédié à la photo animalière, parfaitement organisé, bon choix des hôtels. C'est très dense, pas de temps de perdu avec des allers/retours à l'hôtel qui coupent la journée, on se débrouille pour manger le midi sur place et donc profiter au maximum de la journée et de la photo. La taille du groupe limité à 8 était parfait, ADE est un excellent guide qui connaît parfaitement le terrain et les habitudes des animaux. Il est à tout moment disponible pour chacun de nous avec des conseils sur la prise de vue ou de l'aide en cas de souci technique ou de matériel. Snow monkeys, grues, renards, cerfs, cygnes chanteurs, nous avons bien rempli nos cartes mémoires. C'était juste top.
 	Christine And Patrick  . France . Feb 2017 

This tour was well organized from the planning phase to the end. Ade is most helpful in every aspect of the tour and I truly enjoyed the adventure, accommodations and mostly the photo opportunities. I took over 19,000 photos on a 9 days tour which is a record for me. I highly recommend Ade to anyone who want to take great wildlife photos in exotic Hokkaido.
	Raymond Chu . California, USA. Feb 2017 

This was a very good photo tour . I traveled to Japan alone, but the small group made it very easy get to know and make friends with all the guests on the tour.
Now , standing in the cold and snow with at least 4 layers of thermals and 2 sets thermal socks at 05:30 was a first for me !! but the results prove Ade's aim is to ensure you leave Japan with some very good photos.
The Eagles and that amazing red sunrise in Rausu will remain a cherished memory of Japan and your amazing tour.....
	Sharon . Ireland. Feb 2017 

This tour exceeded my expectations and it's clear this was due to two main factors - the amount of preparation Ade put into preparing it and his priority being that his clients leave Japan with great images.
The itinerary is well balanced, providing lots of opportunities not only to see the different wildlife of Hokkaido, but to experience it in diverse conditions and improve on images throughout the tour.
The small group size helps make the most of the energising remoteness of Hokkaido and whilst the tour itself is far from relaxing (lots of early starts and long days), I left it feeling energised and more appreciative of the culture and wildlife of Japan. Thanks Ade!
	Kellie Netherwood . Australia. Feb 2017 

Very well organized, very satisfied with the photo tour and locations.
       Ted And Mary . USA. (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.
	J.F. U.S.A.

"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.

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 continuous 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 definitely recommend Ade Photography! Thank you again for a fantastic photo tour!
	Jacqueline . Melbourne, Australia.

I had a wonderful time! The tour was well organized, small group size and multiple-days stay in each location gained flexibility to accommodate unpredictable natural elements. Thanks Ade.
	Rita. Canada.

More client testimonials

Come join us on an amazing photo tour of the very best of Wild Hokkaido Winter !

Our tours are tailed to provide maximum photographic returns, we run small groups ( Max 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.

The Beauty Of Wild Hokkaido Winter.

Amazing  Wildlife  !

Eagles,  Hawks, Foxes,  Deer,  Red Crowned Cranes , Swans and more

Amazing Wildlife !

The Majestic Red-Crowned Cranes !

Witness and capture the  amazing "Love dance"

Dancing Red-Crowned Cranes

Magical Colours Of Hokkaido At Dawn

...Now Imagine Being Here With Us.

12 Day Wild Winter Hokkaido Adventure

February 14th - 25th 2022.

Registration Now Closed.

Space Available On The Hokkaido 2023 Photo Tour

Arrival Day: 13th Feb.

To ensure we are all on the ground and ready for Day 1, the hotel room for the night before the start of the tour is included in your package.
Participants to make own way to the designated city 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.

Arrivals: Please ensure your flight arrives in Tokyo on or before the 13th Feb.

If possible book your flight to arrive at Haneda International Airport.

Day 1 - Red-Crowned Cranes.

Early domestic flight to Kushiro - northern part of Japan, we head out to Akan and thus the start of our Hokkaido photography adventure.
We spend this day and the following two days with the Red-Crowned Cranes in locations around Akan and Kushiro. (BD)

Day 2, 3 - Red-Crowned Cranes.

Red-Crowned Cranes photography in locations around Akan and Kushiro, if we are lucky we will also encounter Black Kites, White Tailed Eagles, Foxes and Ezo Deer.

On one of the days, we will make a side trip for Owl Photography. (BD)

Day 4 - Red-Crowned Cranes.

Morning Red-Crowned Cranes Photography.
After an amazing four days in Kushiro / Akan area by midday on the 4th day, we head out to Lake Kussharo where we spend the next two days photographing the graceful Whooper swans. (BD)

Day 5, 6 - Whooper Swans.

Early morning and late afternoon Whooper Swans photography.

By mid morning on the 6th day, we make our way by over to the Shiretoko Peninsula and the quaint fishing town of Rausu. Time and weather permitting we may have a short side trip for Fox photography. (BD)

Day 7, 8, 9 - Sea Eagles. - At Sea.

we spend the next three days going out on a boat photographing the magnificent Steller’s Sea Eagles and White Tailed Eagles amidst an amazing world of ice floe
On two of the days we will make a side trip for some Fox photography. (BD)

Day 9 - Sea Eagles.

Another opportunity on the early morning on the boat with the Steller’s Sea Eagles and White Tailed Eagles.

By mid day we make our way over to our final location for more Sea Eagle Photography. (BD)

Day 10, 11 - Sea Eagles. - On Land.

We spend the early morning with Sea Eagles, this is an excellent opportunity to capture these birds in flight and on land with some very good chances of aerial combat. (BD)

Day 12 - Sea Eagles.

Another amazing morning with the Sea Eagles, by mid day we make our way over to the Airport.

Afternoon flight back to Tokyo Haneda Domestic Airport (B)

The Tour ends at Haneda Domestic Airport.

We say our farewells and then depart for our respective transfers to Narita / Haneda International Airports.

The Price:
US$6,950 per person.
Reservation Fee: US$1,000.00
Single occupancy for the entire tour period !! - No room sharing required.

Difficulty level: Moderate. - Several very early starts. Limited walking.
Climate: Very Cold to Freezing Cold.

NOTE: This Photo Tour Does Not Include The Snow Monkeys.

Tour Leader.

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 Svalbard

Additional Details for Tour.

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 low digits  and sometime  well below freezing , while Nagano will be in the mid  10's range .

>>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 may come in handy  )

• 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 for your adventure will be sent  along with your confirmed booking details

Payment  Method:

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.

What is NOT included:

• Your flight / transportation cost to / from Narita International Airport.

• Your flight / transportation cost to / from  Haneda Airport.

• Hotels costs while traveling prior to the start or after the Photo Tour.

• Costs  of meals / beverages on Arrival  Day 0 .

You are advised to schedule your arrival a day before the start of the Photo Tour, this not only reduces the impact of any international flight delays, but also enables international guests to sleep off any jet lag - Assistance with this additional booking is available , please make this know at the time of your tour  booking.

• Your Travel and Medical Insurance

• Visa fees ( If applicable )

• Laundry , Phone calls, Internet use (most places will have free WiFi )

• Any kind of drinks (alcoholic, non-alcoholic ,mineral, aerated)

• Snacks, Souvenirs , Tips


• Comfortable traditional Japanese hotels / Inns and some western style hotels

• Single  room accommodation for the entire tour. You do not need to share your room at any location .

• Double / Twin rooms are available upon request.

( Additional expense will be confirmed at booking )

• Please make any dietary needs known when you fill in the online booking form


You are  advised to  take  out comprehensive insurance to cover your entire time on the tour

Your insurance should cover  but NOT limited too the following  -  Medical , Travel , Camera equipment , in addition to any other areas you deem required.

Personal Care Information:

Please seek  professional medical  advice from your Doctor/GP/Physician on your intention to travel  to an  area of extreme cold  . Vaccination might be required prior to travel !!
Will we be  traveling in rural Japan , where  little medical facilities  will be available, please ensure you bring any needed medication along.

Participants with any form of  breathing difficult or health issues in environments with extreme cold are advised to seek medical advice before booking a place on this tour  .

>> Small Groups - Max  8 . Couples are welcome <<

Click  >> HERE << for  the Booking Form 

If you have any questions on the tour or reserving  a place , please  contact us by email

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