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JP/CTS/PHOTO | 5 Night(s) Package

5 Nights Hokkaido Winter Wildlife and Nature Photography (Dep: 26Feb19)


This spectacular wildlife photography tour is specially tailored to provides opportunities for seasoned photographers to enjoy the very best photography "bucket-list" experience that Hokkaido has to offer. Attendees will get to observe and capture the ravishing Japanese national-treasure Tancho (red-top cranes) dancing in the snow of Tsurui Village, the huge but rare Blakiston’s Fish Owl, flocks of gigantic Steller’s Sea Eagles and the regal Whooper Swans of Lake Kussharo.

Inclusion

***SMALL GROUP - TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY (MAX 6 PARTICIPANTS)***
~ Professional Photographer Coaching by Jensen Chua (Canon Council Member, Associate Instructor).
~ 5 nights accommodation with daily breakfast as follows:-
* 2N Kawayu - Kita Fukuro or similar
* 1N Tsurui - Hickory Wind with dinner
* 2N Rausu - Marumi with dinner
~ Professional Photo Guide, Driver - Kato Tsuyoshi
~ All transfers, sightseeing and lunch as per itinerary.

*** ITINERARY (SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE) ***
You’ll be provided with more details in our final itinerary before we depart for the tour, below is an outline of our itinerary during our 6 days wildlife, nature and landscape photography adventure in the frozen far north of Japan.

DAY 1 (26FEB) - SINGAPORE > HOKKAIDO > KUSHIRO

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS ON JAPAN AIRLINES (Not included in package price)
Singapore - Haneda / JL036 / 26Feb / 2225-0555HRS +1
Haneda - Kushiro / JL541 / 27Feb / 0755-0935HRS

Make your own flight arrangements to arrive by 10am in Kushiro or do contact us for flight booking assistance if required.

DAY 2 (27FEB) - KUSHIRO > LAKE KUSSHARO (LUNCH & DINNER)

On arrival in Kushiro airport. Meet & greet by our experienced photo-guide, who will take us to Kussharo for lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, we will proceed to beautiful Lake Kussharo. This scenic lake is frozen during winter and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Despite frozen, small parts of the lake are kept ice-free by geothermal activity and you will see colonies of Whooper Swans which migrated here from Russia . The swans can be photographed in various angles, be it on the lake, on the ice or while in flight!

This evening, our choice of accommodation at Kita Fukuro in Kawayu (or similiar) is a local ryokan with large communal bath and open-air baths facing the forest with water drawn directly from the hot spring source. Dinner will be served in the ryokan. Have a good night rest for an early morning photography session the following day.

Overnight: Kawayu - Kita Fukuro or similar

DAY 3 (28FEB) - LAKE KUSSHARO > LAKE AKAN (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)

Head off to Lake Kussharo again early in the morning. The combination of ice and snow, and sometimes falling snow, as well as steam rising from the water in the early morning, makes for some surreal wildlife photography opportunities.

Return to the hotel for breakfast followed by checking out before we proceed on a short drive to Mt. Iou. for a quick stop before heading on to the next destination. Iozan is an active volcano in the vicinity of Kawayu Onsen. Its yellow, sulfurous vents can be viewed from a close proximity and visitors are free to walk around the steaming area.

Following that, we will head to Lake Akan where you will see people fishing on the ice! Why not keep the camera aside to experience fishing on the ice OR you will still prefer photographing the scene.

Overnight: Kawayu - Kita Fukuro or similar

DAY 4 (01MAR) - LAKE AKAN > TSURUI VILLAGE (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)

Another opportunity for morning shooting at Kussharo before we head for Tsurui Village. Tsurui Village is where you will see the magnificent Japanese wildlife treasure- Tancho (Red-crowned Cranes), which in the winter months are concentrated in the complex of damp fields and marshlands.

On arrival at Tsurui Village, we will meet host Mr Makoto Ando who is also the owner of the Hickory Wind. Makoto san is also a passionate photographer who has regularly won Smithsonian and various contests in Japan and overseas. (P/S: He knows all the best place for photography around the area!)
He will be taking us to some of his secret locations for the best vantage points to capture the best picture of the Red-crowned Cranes. Ando-san will keep the itinerary of this day a secret till you got there.

NOTE: A Telephoto Zoom lens (minimum 300mm and above) is highly recommended.

Overnight: Tsurui: Hickory Wind

DAY 5 (02MAR) - TSURUI VILLAGE (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)

After breakfast, we will proceed with another photo session with Makoto san before we check out and head for Rausu where we will be having lunch in a local restaurant.

This afternoon, we will try to spot some deers at Notsuke Peninsula and be prepared to do some dramatic landscape photography. If you enjoy minimalist photography, this will be the best opportunity.

Overnight: Rausu: Marumi (local ryokan)

DAY 6 (03MAR) - RAUSU (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)

Depart for an 2 hours Wildlife watching cruise right after breakfast. We will be cruising into the northern Nemuro Strait with sea ice. Get your long lens ready to capture the Stellar's sea eagles and White-tailed eagles in action!

Thereafter, proceed for lunch before we head on to Betsukai for photo shooting in Notsuke Peninsula (Betsukai).

This evening, we will take a quick dinner before heading to Washi no Yado to try our luck to shoot Blakiston's Fish Owl.

Overnight: Rausu: Marumi (local ryokan)

DAY 7 (04MAR) - RAUSU > MEMANBETSU > SINGAPORE (BREAKFAST & LUNCH)

On the final day we'll spend the morning searching and photographing Steller's Eagle around Rausu areas and inland winter landscape on the way to the Memanbetsu Airport where we will board our domestic flight to Toyko for connection to Singapore (Flight on own arrangements).

NOTE: This morning is intentionally kept free & easy in case the wildlife cruise has to be re-scheduled due to weather.

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS ON JAPAN AIRLINES (Not included in package price)
Memanbetsu - Haneda / JL566 / 04Mar / 2020-2215HRS
Haneda - Singapore / JL035 / 05Mar / 0005-0645HRS+1

Additional Information / Supplement

(Subject to change without prior notice)
**HONEYMOONER **
Not applicable


Important Notes


~ Valid for travel on date shown only.
~ This is a LAND only Package , International airfares to Hokkaido are sold separately.
~ Strict cancellation policy apply once booking is confirmed.
~ Minimum group size: 6 adults
~ Non-photographer will also enjoy this nature immersive trip as long as they enjoy experiencing beautiful places and wildlife. The itineraries are expertly planned to be in the choicest locations at the best time of the day. It is not by chance that our clients who are not photographers, enjoy the trips just as much because that's the magic of Hokkaido.
~ Sightings of wild animals are deemed to be of the highest chance but being nature, we are unable to fully guarantee due to "acts of god".
~ Payment may be made in Singapore Dollars by cash, NETS, cheques and credit cards.
~ Due to fluctuation on currency exchange and changes on airfare, prices are subject to change without prior notice.


Surcharges (Airlines / Hotels)


Above prices quoted exclude the following surcharges which will be collected upon confirmation of package.

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS ON JAPAN AIRLINES (Not included in package price)
Singapore - Haneda / JL036 / 26Feb / 2225-0555HRS +1
Haneda - Kushiro / JL541 / 27Feb / 0755-0935HRS
Memanbetsu - Haneda / JL566 / 04Mar / 2020-2215HRS
Haneda - Singapore / JL035 / 05Mar / 0005-0645HRS+1
* Airfares is approximately S$1050 including all applicable taxes, please check with our friendly tour consultant for more details.

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Above prices quoted exclude the following surcharges which will be collected upon confirmation of package.

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS ON JAPAN AIRLINES (Not included in package price)
Singapore - Haneda / JL036 / 26Feb / 2225-0555HRS +1
Haneda - Kushiro / JL541 / 27Feb / 0755-0935HRS
Memanbetsu - Haneda / JL566 / 04Mar / 2020-2215HRS
Haneda - Singapore / JL035 / 05Mar / 0005-0645HRS+1
* Airfares is approximately S$1050 including all applicable taxes, please check with our friendly tour consultant for more details.
Room Type 5 Nights Hokkaido Winter Wildlife and Nature Photography (Dep: 26Feb19)
Adult (A)
1A 2A 3A 4A 5A
2018-02-26 ~ 2019-03-04
As per itinerary 5575 4520 4520 4520 4520
Price per person in SGD$

Additional Information / Supplement

(Subject to change without prior notice)
**HONEYMOONER **
Not applicable