Japan Snow Monkeys & Wild Winter Hokkaido Japan Photo Tour. - 2020
February 9th - 22nd 2020
Nagano . Hokkaido . Japan
Max group size: 8
Photography is an adventure with no boundaries.
….start your wildlife adventure here in Japan.
The amazing Japan Hokkaido winter wildlife photo tour.
"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 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.
"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.
More client testimonials
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 !
14 Day Photo Adventure - Japan Snow Monkeys & Wild Winter Hokkaido.
Feb 9th - Feb 22nd 2020.
Max group size: 8
Only 3 Space Now Available !!
Day 1: Planning Your Arrival.
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.
Day 1 : Arrivals: Please ensure your flight arrives in Tokyo on or before the 9th February
Very early start out to Nagano by chartered bus.
Full day photography of the Snow Monkeys. This is the start of the Nagano leg of the wild winter tour. (BD)
Half day photography of Snow Monkeys. Mid afternoon Tokyo return and overnight stay in Haneda, Tokyo. (BD)
Early domestic flight to the northen part of Japan, where we meet our driver and head out to Akan and thus the start of our 12 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. (BD)
Day 5, 6
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 6th day, we head out to Lake Kussharo where we spend the next three days photographing the graceful Whooper swans. (BD)
Full day photographing the Whooper swans, conditions permitting we shall visit several locations which have truly breathing taking landscape back drops. (BD)
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 !! (BD)
Day 9, 10, 11
we spend the next three days going out on the "Sunrise" 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 to the Shiretoko National Park to photograph the beautiful landscape and with possible Ezo deer sightings. (BD)
Another opportunity on the early morning boat cruise with the Steller’s Sea Eagles and White Tailed Eagles. In the afternoon, we make our way over to Nemuro, stopping along the way for various opportunities.(BD)
Optional seafood lunch at local Japanese restaurant (Self funded, but highly recommended !!)
We spend the early morning photography various Sea Eagles in various locations in Nemuro, this is an excellent opportunity
capture these amazing birds in flight and with some very good chances of aerial and on the ice combat.
Depending on the light conditions in the evening we head out for Sunset photography. (BD)
Optional seafood lunch at local Japanese restaurant (Self funded)
Optional morning session with the Sea Eagles photography, by mid morning we make our way over to the Airport, for our afternoon flight back to Tokyo. (B)
The Tour ends at Haneda Airport.
We say our farewells and then depart for our respective transfers to Narita / Haneda International Airports.
Cost: US$7,500 per person / Single occupancy for the entire tour period.
Reservation fee: US$1000.00
Double room occupancy available upon request
Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate. Climate: Cold to Very Cold.
Registration Ends September 2019
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.