Photo tour of Japan – May 15 to 24th 2019
Ariana Wong Travel and award winning Australian photographer, Andrea Francolini, are ready to take you on a photo tour of Japan.
Group of 6-12 people max – AU$8129.20 (single supplement AU$ 1875) per person all inclusive.
Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, three dinners and one afternoon tea, all transportation as stated, sightseeing, activities and entrance fees as mentioned in detailed itinerary. This tour will be escorted by Andrea Francolini as well as a qualified guide from Inside Japan and local guides as stated
Day 1 : ARRIVE in Tokyo
15th May 2019
Airport Meet & Greet by IJT Tour Leader
Private Coach from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Hotel and early check-in
Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park
Welcome Dinner at a Local Restaurant
DAY 2 : Tokyo
16 May 2019
Start your day looking around Tsukiji’s outer market. The inner market will be closed after October 2018 where it will be moving to Toyosu Market. You will however be able to visit the outer market which has a huge range of small market stalls selling everything from fresh seafood to knives.
Ginza is Tokyo’s most famous shopping district. A wide variety of shops and architecture.
Yebisu brewery visit: this museum commemorates the original brewery, displays exhibits about the history and science of beer brewing in Japan. You can also try some beer here!
DAY 3 : Tokyo
17th May 2019
Half Day Private Guide Service in Tokyo
Tokyo Station, Imperial Palace Garden: the visit of Tokyo station with its unique architecture and the Imperial palace will give you a good chance to mix architectural photography and landscape
Shinjuku: this is the Tokyo of the imagination with flashing kanji signs, screaming pachinko parlours, karaoke bars, cat cafés, department stores, restaurants and izakaya all straining for space and rising skywards from the busy streets below. Shinjuku is also a popular area for street photography and neon lights. This day will hold plenty of photography variety for your lenses
DAY 4 : Tokyo
18th May 2019
Meiji Shrine: the huge Meiji shrine area is situated at the end of Omotesando (the so-called Champs-Elysees of Tokyo) and just behind Harajuku Station, it is one of the most impressive sights in Tokyo. The shrine itself is dedicated to the Meiji Emperor (1852-1912) and his wife. The entrance, located in a sprawling, peaceful forest, is marked by an enormous wooden torii gate constructed from the trunks of giant cedar trees
Harajuku: is where you are most likely to catch a passing glimpse of a visiting overseas star. The focal point for many as the centre of Japanese alternative fashion. Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) is widely regarded as the birthplace of kawaii culture. At the far end of Takeshita Dori, across the main street (Meiji Dori), you will discover a labyrinth of side streets full of second- hand clothing and cool designer stores, less well known and less busy than the Takeshita shops.
Shibuya Crossing is where you will experience iconic pedestrian, one of the busiest ones in the world!
Sumo Tournament: the sumo tournament in the afternoon will be a great chance to see a traditional sport unfold. Arriving there prior to the final matches will allow us to see the wrestlers walk in the arena, be greeted by all their fans and then we go in to see the matches. Indoor photography will be a challenge in low light and depending on where we are seated you should be able to get some action shots.
Sumo dinner at a local restaurant: this evening we will arrange chankonabe dinner at a local restaurant for the group. You’ll get to try the hot pot dish which sumo wrestlers regularly consume. Make sure you arrive with empty stomachs
DAY 5 : Kyoto
19th May 2019
Luggage forwarding from Tokyo to Kyoto
Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto. This is the fastest train in the world and our trip will take us 2hr 20min. Enjoy the views, edit images or just read a book.
Nishiki Market: an undercover market lined with more than a hundred shops and restaurants. Upon our arrival the Nishiki market is a great undercover area to shoot people, shops and details of food.
Gion at sunset: this is the old part of Kyoto. You will wonder through the narrow streets and you may spot a Geisha going to a tea ceremony.
DAY 6 : Kyoto
20th May 2019
Full Day Private Guide Service in Kyoto
Kiyomizudera: perched daringly on a steep hillside, Kiyomizu-dera is possibly the most beloved temple in the nation. Founded in 798, its present buildings date mostly from 1633, and it is entered from ‘Teapot Lane’; so-called because of the numerous shops lining the approach that sell Kiyomizu ceramics.
Ginkakuji is a visit to the golden pavilion which is perhaps Japan’s most famous temple.
Ryoan-ji: in this world-renowned rock garden, 15 stones, which vary in shape and size, are laid out in exquisite balance. Despite its limited size, the garden expresses infinite space. This is the supreme example of a dry landscape garden.
DAY 7 : Kyoto
21st May 2019
Arashiyama Bamboo Groves and Fushimi Inari Taisha
Inside Japan’s favourite corner of Kyoto is the suburb of Arashiyama on the banks of the Hozu River. Literally meaning ‘storm mountain’, Arashiyama has many pretty temples, preserved Meiji Period streets, cafes and shops to explore as well as stunning views down the Hozu gorge. But the most well-known sight is the bamboo groves; an atmospheric 200 metre path through swathes of stories high bamboo. Unique view of a bamboo forest. Great occasion for seeking patterns and abstract images apart from the traditional landscapes you will see. A unique place.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Very close to both Keihan Fushimi-lnari Station and JR Inari Station, the head shrine of some 40,000 Inari shrines located throughout the land, it was founded in 711 and is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice-cultivation and business. More than 10,000 vermillion torii gates straddle the four-kilometre path up the mountain.
DAY 8 : Kyoto
22nd May 2019
Calligraphy class: have a break and enjoy a calligraphy class. It is not as easy as you expect. Should you want to take pictures this is a good chance to do some close-up photos of the various paint brushes we will use. Let your creativity flow
Afternoon Tea with A Maiko: for many people the quintessential image of Japan is a graceful geisha in an exquisite kimono darting through a sliding screen door into a traditional tea house. It’s a scene that embodies both the geisha’s beauty and mystery, as the geisha and their maiko apprentices move almost in secret through a world largely hidden behind closed doors. Often misunderstood in the West, geisha are essentially artists, highly skilled in traditional arts such as fan dancing and shamisen playing and are masters of wordplay and social etiquette.
DAY 9 : Kyoto
23rd May 2019
Nishijin Textile Centre: located in the Nishijin district, the famous centre of weaving where beautiful silk has been produced for centuries.
Farewell Dinner at a Local Restaurant
DAY 10 : Kyoto
24th May 2019
Private Coach from Kyoto Hotel to Osaka Kansai Airport
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