A few years ago I did a trip to Iceland with some fellow photographers, whilst there I finally met the very awesome photographer and fellow Aussie: Andy Yee. We had interacted a few times online previously and had some laughs in the process, that just continued when we met in person.

Andy is an inspiring photographer and the current recipient of the Sony Alpha Landscape Award, he will be leading a photography tour / workshop through Japan in February next year.  I’ll be assisting him with the tour / workshop, we’re going to be photographing Tokyo streets, the skyline at sunset, Mt Fuji and SNOW MONKEYS!

Here is a quick run down on the highlights:

  • Tokyo streets and skyline sunset
  • Mt Fuji
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Takayama + Hida Folk Village
  • Snow monkeys
  • Sapporo Snow Festival
  • Biei landscapes
  • Shirogane waterfall
  • Otaru Snow Path Festival
  • Ebisu Rocks + Nikka Distillery
  • The food!
  • The culture!


The trip commences in Tokyo and takes in the bustling street life of Japan’s very own megalopolis. At this time of year its possible to capture “Diamond Fuji” with the Tokyo skyline that shows the incredible expanse of this modern city. We will also visit some of the picturesque traditional areas and temples at times which suit our goals to shoot without the crowds.

A drive to Mt Fuji and the surrounding 5 lakes offer a variety of beautiful lakes and landscapes all under the background of the majestic Fuji-san.

We will then head north to Matsomoto where the “Black Castle” resides in the centre of town. With its surrounds covered in snow, its a great opportunity to see one of the best preserved castles in all of Japan.

A day with the snow monkeys up in the hills of Jigokudani is something you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Photographing the snow monkeys in their natural winter routine of keeping warm while sitting in hot springs in the snow is something unforgettable. We will then fly to the northern island of Hokkaido.

The largest snow festival in Japan lights up in Sapporo at night, we then head out into the winter wilderness of the Biei area and its snow covered landscapes.

The Otaru Snow Path festival is a held in a beautiful small fishing village which lights the canal and decorates areas around the village with ice installations. It really is a very picturesque and a beautiful time to be in Japan with a camera!

The 11 day tour coverages a wide spectrum of photography and will be an unforgettable cultural experience. The trip will allow enough opportunities to capture key moments and also cover editing techniques and processes to help you get the most value out of the trip.

The trip is suitable for the photographer with basic knowlege through to expert level. Group size will be 6-8 people.

Accomodation will be 3-4 star and booked based upon location convenience, comfort and availability of onsens :)

Spots are limited and you are advised to book with a deposit as soon as possible to not miss out. Please email Andy for further details and mention you found out about it on my website: [email protected]


  • Two professional photography guides
  • Ten nights accommodation
  • Dual Occupancy (Single Supplement for additional $1000 available on request)
  • Domestic flights to Sapporo and return to Tokyo (Narita Airport)
  • All breakfasts
  • One additional meal a day (lunch or dinner)
  • Transportation in private cars and ferries
  • All entrance fees to photography locations
  • Post-Processing sessions during the tour
  • Airfare to/from Japan
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Equipment and baggage insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Gratuities

All the photos in this blog post are copyright Andy Yee, they are not my photos.

For all the details visit Andy’s Website: https://www.andyyee.com/Pages/Workshops/Japan-Winter-2019/Japan-Winter-Workshop-2019