Our original schedule did not have us in Niigata, but then I received a call, from friends filming a movie. An email & photo of the area, a meeting with friends/clients poof we were off. It’s not unusual that we make schedule changes, taking advantage of the weather, environment. Most photogatphy tour leaders will not change their itinerary, or are not able to, when overseas. For us in Japan, it’s our duty and pleasure to take advantage of photo opportunities. Of course at no, extra charges to friends/clients.