• Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions and Exclusions

Japan is a country of over three thousand islands extending along the Pacific coast of Asia. The main islands, running from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu (the main island), Shikoku and Kyushu. The Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, are a chain of islands south of Kyushu. Together they are often known as the Japanese Archipelago.

About 70% to 80% of the country is forested, mountainous, and unsuitable for agricultural, industrial, or residential use. This is because of the generally steep elevations, climate and risk of landslides caused by earthquakes, soft ground and heavy rain. This has resulted in an extremely high population density in the habitable zones that are mainly located in coastal areas. Japan is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

Hokkaido is an island at Japan’s northern extremity, surrounded by sea in all directions. It is an extensive land, and accounts for 22% of Japan’s total land area.

In Hokkaido you can enjoy the magnificence of nature to your heart’s content: Daisetsuzan National Park, which forms the roof of Hokkaido; the secluded Shiretoko Peninsula; Kushiro wetland, home to many precious living things such as Japanese cranes; Shikotsu-Toya National Park, which is full of volcanoes and lakes; and the ever-changing Shakotan Coast. There are also numerous hot springs, like the Noboribetsu, Jozan-kei and Sounkyo, where you can enjoy a leisurely bath to help you get over the fatigue of your journey.

SIGNATURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit one of the remotest places to photograph various wildlife at its best
  • See and photograph white-tailed and stellar's sea eagles in the wild
  • Shoot alongside wildlife photography master, Daryl Yeo, as he leads this expedition and provides valuable tips throughout the trip

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : 11/02/2020

FLIGHT TO HOKKAIDO

Depart for Hokkaido (Kushiro) with a transit stop in Tokyo. Arrival next morning.

Day 2

Date : 12/02/2020

KUSHIRO

After Akan Crane Center, Lake Kussharo for Whooper Swans in late afternoon light. There is also landscape photography opportunities at this beautiful lake. Overnight in onsen town of Kawayu.

Day 3

Date : 13/02/2020

YOROUSHI

Early morning, we will photograph swans flying into the lake, against the picturesque backdrop. After breakfast and check out in late morning, move on to Yoroushi. Along the way, we can stop by at Mount Io and Lake Mashu if time permits. Arriving in Yoroushi in late afternoon, you can photograph birds right from the comfort of the hotel lobby! Lots of forest birds- woodpeckers, tits, jays to name a few. Occasionally there is also Red Fox, and Japanese Marten. It may be possible to photograph Blakiston’s Fish Owl here too. Overnight in Yoroushi.

Day 4

Date : 14/02/2020

TSURUI

In the morning, you can still photograph birds from lobby. After breakfast, we can go to nearby farm and/or Akan Crane Center for Red-Crowned Cranes before heading to Tsurui. After lunch we will be in Tsurui, we will finish with Red-Crowned Cranes at or near Tsurumidai. Here you can capture courtship dancing, and cranes in flight against the evening light. Overnight near Tsurui.

Day 5

Date : 15/02/2020

TSURUI

Early morning, we will photograph sunrise with Red-Crowned Cranes at the iconic Otowa Bridge. Then after breakfast, we move on to Ito Tancho Sancturary in Tsurui for more Red-Crowned Cranes. In the afternoon, we will be back at Akan Crane Center followed by Tsurumidai. Overnight near Tsurui.

Day 6

Date : 16/02/2020

RAUSU

Another sun rise shoot at Otowa Bridge before breakfast. We will check out after breakfast, and proceed to Ito Tancho Sanctuary. After lunch, we will proceed to Notsuke Peninsula. Targets will be Sika Deer and Red Fox in the late afternoon glow. Then proceed to Rausu.

Day 7

Date : 17/02/2020

RAUSU

Rise early for the 5am boat ride out to the sea, capturing sun rise, gulls and eagles on the drift ice. It will be a 3hr journey and shoot, which we can capture plenty of action- eagles on drifting ice pack, flight action and interaction. Here is where we will see a lot of Stellar’s Sea Eagles, though there are also White-Tailed Eagles. During afternoon, we can go to Notsuke Peninsula, weather dependent. At night, Blakiston’s Fish Owl shoot will be arranged. Overnight in Rausu.

Day 8

Date : 18/02/2020

NEMURO

Second attempt at eagle shoot out in the drifting ice pack. Capture shots which have been missed, and opportunity to adjust composition. After checking out of Rausu after lunch, we will move on to either Notsuke Peninsula, or downtown Nemuro. We will arrive at Nemuro for the night.

Day 9

Date : 19/02/2020

INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

After breakfast, it will be raptors galore- Black Kites, White-Tailed Eagles and Stellar’s Sea Eagles. Here the majestic eagles, which congregate by the shore, compete with one another for limited food supply. After lunch we will proceed towards Kushiro airport for our return flights. You will reach Singapore on the 20th of February 2019.

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation inclusions as per the itinerary above
  • Admission fees to attractions and parks
  • All ground transport and tours as mentioned above
  • Photo tuition and tour leading services by a professional photographer
  • The current Japanese Tourism Levies and all relevant Government Taxes

EXCLUSIONS

  • International and domestic air-tickets (return) into Hokkaido, Japan (return)
  • Any additional meals as indicated in the above itinerary
  • Items and expenses of a personal nature
  • Drinks, entrance fees, portage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified above
  • Cancellation, baggage or medical insurance;
  • Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
  • Visa fees where relevant
  • Comprehensive personal travel insurance
  • Tips for your tour leader & driver
  • Other language guides sourced locally
  • All Other Services not mentioned above

Note:  Itinerary subject to change.  This would be dependent on weather and availability conditions nearer to the commencement of trip.