Ira Schack and Edie Schack, Private Cherry Blossom Photography Tour/Workshop April 18 - May 1, 2020. .
Now extended to May 1, 2020. 13 Nights 14 Days.
Day 1,2, April 18 - 19, Saturday - Sunday. Meet in Tokyo 10am. Transfer to Mt. Fuji and visit the Fuji Five Lakes. Mt. Hotel.
Day 3, 4, April 20 - 21, Monday - Tuesday. After checking out of our lodgings in Mt. Fuji, we will stop at Suwa Shrine and Matsumoto Castle on our journey to Snow Monkey territory. Hotel Kanaguya built in the Edo period. These two days, we will spend about 6hrs with snow monkeys, and the rest of the time exploring and photographing our historical JapaneseRyokan, and if time allows, we will visit a Buddhist shrine by appointment only. Hotel Kanaguya
Day 5, 6, April 22 - 23, Wednesday - Thursday. Depart Snow Monkey territory and drive to Saitama, drop our vehicle, and board a Bullet Train to Aomori, pick up our rental vehicle, then we will book into our lodgings, and if the time permits we will photograph Hirosaki Castle after dark when the grounds and castle have the annual lighting event with cherry blossoms. Day 6, April 23, explore Hirosaki castle and area, at sunset, we will be in the castle grounds for the light-up event. Hotel new Castle
Day 7, April 24, Friday. Hirosaki Castle & Aomori City and region. Richmond Hotel.
Day 8, April 25, Saturday. Ocean photography in Aomori, then overnight ferry to Hokkaido.
Day 9, April 26, Sunday After arrival Tomakomai, we will drive ☞ Akanko. Tsurugawings Hotel.
Day 10, April 27, Monday Visit Lake Mashuko volcanic complex, Lake Kussharo for landscape photography, and migrating Whopper Swans if still in the region then drive to the Pacific Coastline and travel to Rausu. Also, in the region may be brown bears, we may get lucky to photograph them and caution will be taken for our safety. Overnight Rausu Daiichi Hotel
Day 11, 12, April 28 - 29, Tuesday - Wednesday Whale watching by boat, photographing The White-Tailed Eagle and other raptor species. Brown Bears may be awake and we might get lucky to photograph them, and extra caution will be taken for safety. Make our way to Shibetsu Hokkaido, usually about a 90-minute drive; we will take about 5hrs, stopping for wildlife and landscape photo ops. In this area resides the large Sika Deer population on this planet. Two Nights Seaside Hotel.
Day 13, April 30, Thursday, Depart Shibetsu (SeaSide Hotel) in the am for Kushiro stopping to photograph The Red-Crowned Cranes either in Nemuro or in the Kushiro wetlands district, once in the region I will know which direction is best depending on weather and colleagues who are my neighbors in Hokkaido, but I am positive we will have encounters with them on April 29th. Overnight Hotel LaVista Kushirogawa. Dinner will be at a Japanese Izakaya next to the hotel, the chef is a friend. Also, on our last morning May1, Friday the chef who is an amateur photographer may join us for photographing the sunrise with us, Kushiro is said to be in the top 10 sunrises on our planet.
Day 14, May 1, Friday After Sunrise photo opportunity and breakfast we will transfer to the Airport ☞ Tokyo Haneda Airport, JAL540. 10:30☞12:15 Tokyo. JAL has changed flight scheduling for summer and our flight time will be Kushiro (KLH) 10:20 ☞ Tokyo Haneda Airport, 12:10.
Workshop total price was paid in full by Ira Schack March 31, 2020. Ira Schack and Edie Schack Private Cherry Blossom photography workshop/tour April 18 - May 1, 2020. This is a fully inclusive photo workshop includes all lodgings, all meals, all ground transportation, ferry travel to Hokkaido from Aomori and whale watching boat in Rasusu, domestic flight return to Tokyo from Kushiro Hokkaido. Not included: flights to or from Japan, Health or travel insurance, items of a personal nature, or Hotel amenities.
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