Red-Crowned Cranes . Sea Eagles . Foxes
Japan Wild Winter Hokkaido Photo Tour.
February 8th - 20th 2021.
Hokkaido . Japan
Group size limited to 9 guests.
Photography is an adventure with no boundaries.
….start your wildlife adventure here in Japan.
The amazing Japan Hokkaido wildlife photography workshop and 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 Hokkaido !
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.
Amazing Wildlife !
Eagles, Hawks, Foxes, Deer, Red Crowned Cranes , Swans and more
The Majestic Red-Crowned Cranes !
Witness and capture the amazing "Love dance"
Guy Edwardes has been a professional nature and landscape photographer for over twenty years.
He supplies several leading picture libraries and has been awarded in both the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Landscape Photographer of the Year.
Guy runs over thirty photography workshops each year all over the globe and his favourite locations are the cold, icy and snowy places, like Hokkaido !
Arrivals: Please ensure your flight arrives in Tokyo on or before the 7th Feb.
If possible book your flight to arrive at Haneda International Airport.
Day 1 ~ 3
Early domestic flight to Kushiro - northen part of Japan, we head out to Akan and thus the start of our Hokkaido photography adventure. We spend this day and the following three 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.
On one of the days, we will make a side trip for Owl Photography.(BD)
Morning Red-Crowned Cranes Photography.
After an amazing four days in Kushiro / Akan area by mid morning on the 4th day, we head out to Lake Kussharo where we spend the next two days photographing the graceful Whooper swans.
On the way to Kussharo, we will make a short side trip for some Landscape Tree Photography. (BD)
Day 5, 6
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
we spend the next four days going out on a chartered boat cruise photographing the magnificent Steller’s Sea Eagles and White Tailed Eagles amidst an amazing ice floe world.
After each boat cruise we will make a side trip for some Fox photography. . (BD)
Another opportunity on the early morning boat cruise with the Steller’s Sea Eagles and White Tailed Eagles. Mid morning, we will make a side trip to photograph the cute Flying squirrels (If there).(BD)
We spend the early morning photographing the cute Flying squirrels (If there). By mid day we make our way over to our final location for more Sea Eagle Photography.(BD)
We spend the early morning with Sea Eagles, this is an excellent opportunity capture these birds in flight and with some very good chances of aerial combat. (BD)
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.
UK Pounds 6,950 per person.
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.
Registration Ends September 2020
This Tour Does Not Include The Snow Monkeys.
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
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 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 for 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.