7 Days, 6 Nights

#51 Japan Photo Tour

Capture the vibe, streets, and foods of Tokyo with a guide who has lived here for 10 years. Escape the city for a few days to experience the history and tranquility of Mt Fuji.

  • Places

    • Japan
  • Guides

  • Activity Level

    • Level 1: Easy
  • Skill Level

    • Level 1: New
Moment Travel
#51 Japan Photo Tour
$0 USD
       

What we'll do

It takes very little to convince that Japan is more than just neon lights and crowded streets — it bleeds with natural beauty and breathtaking photo spots. With rich cultural, historical, and environmental diversity, some might recount this country as “other-worldly”. Transport yourself to a universe where tradition meets futurism and immerse yourself in the chaotic, yet poignant way of life that encompasses Japanese society.

In both individual and group settings, we’ll learn about different techniques for getting the perfect shot all while exploring extraordinary places. Every location holds exquisite amounts of detail that can only be understood when experienced up close. Should you love food, architectural, street photography, or even fashion — there’s a unique photo-op around every corner. From Tokyo’s open-aired markets and modern architecture to the mind-blowing vistas around Mt. Fuji, we’ll taste wildly delicious dishes all while cultivating friendships with the most fun and creative group of people.

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Your Guides

    Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Day 0: Half Day Camera Workshop

    • Summary:

      Summary: OPTIONAL ADD ON: Add a half day camera workshop to your trip. You get an extra day (and night) in Tokyo. Your guide will go deep with you on what camera you have, how all the settings work, and then spend a half day shooting with you down the bustling streets and winding alleyways of Tokyo as you learn how to shoot in manual. You’ll learn the fundamentals in settings, ISO, shutter speed, framing, and exposure...and then go outside and shoot Tokyo vibes practicing what you just learned. Whether shooting on your phone or a DSLR camera you’ll walk away with the confidence and knowledge to make the most out of the week. Price: $400 (includes two meals, a hotel, and workshop).

    • Photo Spots:

      Tokyo City Centre

    Day 1: Neon-lit Streets, Hidden Alleyways, & Epic Ramen

    • Summary:

      First day jitters! Upon arrival in Japan, you’ll spend quality time getting to know the awesome crew for the week and begin exploring the quintessential streets and alleyways of Tokyo. Our first night, you’ll delve into neon-lit street photography in hidden alleyways before eating what’s sure to be the best ramen of your entire life. Our exploration mission starts in Shinjuku’s Omoide Yokocho, famous for their small, vibrant and delicious yakitori food stalls. As it gets dark, we'll walk through the narrow alleyways of Golden Gai and Kabukicho — swollen with chaotic street scenes that inspired the movie Bladerunner.

    • Photo Spots:

      Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho, Golden Gai, Kabukicho

    • Lodging:

      Airbnb or Hotel in Shibuya

    • Food:

      Nowhere in the world is Ramen taken so seriously as Tokyo — the Ramen epicenter of the universe. Enjoy a bowl (or two) after all those miles today!

    Day 2: Ancient Art, Impressive Architecture, & Sweeping Sunset Views

    • Summary:

      We’ll start the day with some tips on indoor photography. From there, you'll put those skills to use shooting the futuristic interior of the Tokyo International Forum, a perfect place to use your fisheye or wide lens to capture the vastness of the building. We'll grab brunch at Bills, known for their incredibly fluffy ricotta pancakes. A short trek away is the National Art Center, famous for its massive and unique architecture. Wind through some of the oldest neighborhoods in the city before capturing some city views during sunset from the Royal Park Shiodome. As the city lights start to come on, we'll head out to explore the streets of Ginza, an upscale neighborhood with no shortage of bright signs and fussy street scenes.

    • Photo Spots:

      Tokyo International Forum, Yurakucho, National Art Center, Tokyu Plaza, Ginza

    • Lodging:

      Airbnb or Hotel in Shibuya

    • Food:

      Brunch at Bills for their famous ricotta pancakes

    Day 3: Roll Your Own Sushi in the Alleyways of Tsukiji

    • Summary:

      We’ll start the day by exploring alleys of the old Tsukiji fish market, complete with a sushi-making lesson! Witness fresh fish wholesalers at the world’s largest fish market, where we will sample the freshest sushi breakfast imaginable. Head to Keyakizaka-dori to shoot some fiery fall foliage. We'll then be close enough to snatch views and shoot photos of Tokyo Tower in the distance. For golden hour to night views, we’ll take in sweeping rooftop shots from Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View. This spot is perfect for long exposures so if you have a tripod, make sure to bring it along. Locals say this is the best observation deck in the city, so you bet we’re going to check out its helicopter pad access!

    • Photo Spots:

      Sushi making, Keyakizaka-dori, Roppongi Hills Observatory, Sky Deck

    • Lodging:

      Airbnb or Hotel in Shibuya

    • Food:

      Chinese Cafe Eight for an incredible lunch deal, with unlimited rice/tea/coffee/dessert and Peking duck to share.

    Day 4: Shibuya Crossing, Japanese Pancakes, & Classic Temples

    • Summary:

      We’ll continue to explore timeless temples and the busiest, most colorful intersection in the world. First we visit Asakusa, which is home to the magical Hozomon Gate, bright Nakamise Shopping Street, and the classic Senso-ji Temple. We’ll then move neighborhoods to shoot to the iconic collection of mirrors at the mall entrance of Tokyu Plaza in the Ometasando shopping district. Grab lunch nearby at Sakuratei, where we'll make our own savory okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes). The evening will be dedicated to shooting one of the biggest and largest intersections in the world — Shibuya Crossing. We’ll aim to capture its last light while practicing slow shutter and night shots. A tripod is definitely recommended for this location, so don’t leave it at home. Exercise different focal lengths by bringing your wide to telephoto lenses to capture the full essence of the crossing.

    • Photo Spots:

      Senso-ji Temple, Hozomon Gate, Nakamise Shopping Street, Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando Harajuku, Shibuya Crossing, Center Gai

    • Lodging:

      Airbnb or Hotel in Shibuya

    • Food:

      Lunch at Sakuratei to make our own okonomiyaki, and some of the best Yakiniku (grilled meat) in the city for dinner.

    Days 5/6: Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, & Ryokan Stays

    • Summary:

      Today we'll travel from Tokyo to Mount Fuji by bus, experiencing some of the most unique natural red forests and views of the mountain. At night, we'll stay in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. Catch a train to Lake Kawaguchi for spectacular views of Mount Fuji reflecting in the water surrounded by crimson autumn leaves. We’ll eat a hearty lunch at a local favorite, Houtou Noodles. Head to Arakurayama Sengen Park where we'll take a short hike (400 steps) up to a viewpoint. This is one of the most stunning views of Mt. Fuji, combined with fall leaves the iconic Chureito Pagoda. After enjoying sunset views from the top of the park, we'll head back down for more local cuisine.

    • Photo Spots:

      Lake Kawaguchi, Oishi Park, Arakurayama Sengen Park

    • Lodging:

      In Mount Fuji we will stay in the Yamagishi Ryokan for a classic Japanese lodging experience, complete with natural hot springs.

    • Food:

      Lunch and dinner will be eaten at some of the local's favorite spots, including the mouthwatering Houtou Noodles.

    Day 7: Sunrise Photo Shoot and Final Goodbyes

    • Summary:

      Spend an early morning photographing the Mount Fuji area in the early morning light before it's time to head back to Tokyo for final goodbyes and heading to the airport. Goodbye, pals!

    Where we're going

    Japan is ultra rich in tradition and futurism. From temples dating back to the Edo period to colorful neon lights and advanced technology, this country is nothing short of spectacular for photo and video enthusiasts. We’ll experience the country’s past, future, and every sparkling detail in between. During our adventure, we’ll take you to places that reach far beyond any dream you’ve experienced. The kind of recharge that holds a window into the mesmerizing life you want to live. It’ll be an honor to live, breath, and capture everything this contrasted civilization has to offer as a community.

    • A variety of neon filled streets in the bustling boroughs of Tokyo, including: Shinjuku, Ginza, Shibuya, Roppongi, and Harajuku. Perfect for street, portrait, fashion, and night photography alike.
    • Asakusa: Exquisite and intricately detailed temples that will take you back in time. These temples are picture perfect mementos for anyone who visits the island. This area is the perfect place for souvenirs to take home as a token of your visit and street food to satisfy your appetite.
    • Tokyo International Forum and National Art Center: Discover new angles and perspectives in these architectural mammoths which are best photographed with wide and fisheye lenses.
    • Shibuya Crossing: The world’s busiest pedestrian crosswalk. Get caught in the wave of this four-way crossing for epic videos and timelapses.
    • Mt. Fuji & Chureito Pagoda: One of, if not, the most epic shot one can take when visiting the surrounding Mt. Fuji area. This iconic postcard photo spot is a must when visiting Fuji San. The most intriguing part of this viewpoint is that during every season the view is completely different making this place unique and glorious with each visit.
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    What You Will Learn

    Japan hosts a unique sense of magical realism; it’s the impossible made possible. It is here in these streets that one can learn to enjoy life in an entirely new way as a photographer or filmmaker. From bright neon lights to hidden temples within the city limits, it feels as though there is hardly any time to see it all. It’s a sensory overload in the best, most exhilarating way possible.

    So, what do we cover?

    • Scouting and pre-planning: Behind every great photo is the perfect spot. This doesn’t just mean the physical area, this also alludes to the angles, perspectives, and pre-production of your photograph. Weather and light are huge components when determining the outcome of your visualized result. We’ll discuss the details on how to scout out good areas, conclude what is the best time to shoot, and how to find a perspective that will tell your unique story.
    • Exposure: Finding good light can be tricky, especially if it’s indoors or on a bright, sunny day. We’ll dive deep on different lighting conditions and discover how to make the most out of every scenario.
    • Composition: Composition is the secret language of photography. Have you ever wondered how two people can capture the same subject, yet achieve completely different results? Well, that’s based on the varying angles, subject placement, perspective, and composition. We’ll learn more about this impertinent practice of photo making and how it can take your photos from good to great.
    • Night photography: Night photography is a huge plus in Japan — because the vibrant city lights illuminate nonstop, you’ll be able to shoot at any time of day. We’ll cover the tools and functions needed to achieve such conditions and how to post-process the varying city lights.
    • Post-processing: Within group sessions, we’ll uncover the best ways to edit your images on both your mobile device and laptop to enhance the results you’ve always envisioned.
    • Exploring:The best way to experience a place you’ve never been to is by getting lost — exploring the unknown and unfamiliar. We’ll be waking early to set off to places you’ve always dreamt of. With excellent company, delicious food, and a full itinerary ahead — all you need to is a love for your craft and your camera in hand.

    What's Included

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      6 nights hotel (prices per person, based on double occupancy)

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      Entrance to all activities

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      Transportation to/from airport

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      Transportation around Japan

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      Photography and editing lessons

    • DiscountsCreated with Sketch.

      Discount on gear from the Moment shop

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      20% off listed price for first 4 travelers

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      3 great meals per day (except breakfast on day 1, dinner on day 7)

    What's Not Included

    • Airfare
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Guide gratuities
    • Insurance of any kind, including travel insurance
    • Breakfast on Day 1
    • Dinner on Day 7