GROUP / pre-organized
  • Japan photography tour in the colors of Autumn
  • Fuji Five Lakes / Kyoto / Nara , Japan


  • Small group photography tour: maximum 6 participants (minimum 4 participants)
  • Accompanied by Native Japanese photography guide and English speaking Tour leader
  • Autumn, when tree leaves change their colors, is one of the most beautiful seasons of Japan and weather is also stabled in Novmeber. This 7days photography tour includes visiting of Fuji Five Laks for Mt.Fuji, Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto and Nara. Our Japanese photography guide will take you to a lot of locations to shoot various autumn scenes of Japan.

Photographing Mt.Fuji the highest mountain of Japan from various locations including the chance of “Diamond Fuji”

The first half of the tour will be based at Lake Kawaguchi and will take you to various locations to photograph snow capped Mt. Fuji. Visiting Niikura Sengen Park, known for its five-story pagoda and Mt. Fuji in the early morning before breakfast as it is expected to be very crowded during daytime in this season. Also we visit Iyashi-no-satonemba with its thatched village, Lake Shojin and Lake Motosu as well as the chance to photograph "Diamond Fuji," the sun sets over the top of Mt.Fuji.

Japan's two ancient capitals, Kyoto and Nara

Late November is usually the best time to experience the autumn colors both in Kyoto and Nara. Enjoy photographing the ancient capital where tree leaves change their colors to red and yellow and add color to the scenery. We visit the popular Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari shrine early in the morning to avoid the daytime crowds. On the sixth day, we will take a day trip from Kyoto to Nara, another ancient capital. The tour will take you to Todaiji Temple, where a huge Buddha statue is enshrined, Nara Park, famous for its Japanese deer and many more.

Photography Guide: Atsushi Kamizuru

Photography guide and certified guide of the Japan Mountaineering Guides Association. He has guided through mountains and nature as well as culture photography tour of all around Japan and conveying the richness and beauty of Japan. He has completed the ascent of Japan's Three Hundred Famous Mountains.


  City Summary
1 Tokyo Meet with our tour guide and photography guide at Shinagawa Prince hotel in Tokyo at 15:00.
Overnight in Tokyo :Shinagawa Prince Hotel | Meals included : Dinner
2 Tokyo
Lake Kawaguchi
After breakfast, we will take bullet train to Mishima. After arrival, transfer to Lake Kawaguchi area by private vehicle. Passing through Gotemba and Myojin Pass, we will reach Panorama-dai, where panoramic view of Mr Fuji, Lake Yamanaka and the Southern Alps of Japan can be viewed. At the Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine, the trailhead for climbing Mt. Fuji, you can photograph the huge cedar and cypress trees and the splendid approach to the shrine. The other photography points are Oshinohakkai, known for its spring water from Mt. Fuji. During this period, there is a chance to photograph the mysterious “Diamond Fuji” at sunset time.
Overnight in Lake Kawaguchi :Route Inn Kawaguchiko | Meal included: Breakfast and Dinner
3 Fuji Five Lakes Early morning, we will visit Arakurayama Fuji Sengen Park famous for its view of Mt Fuji and Japanese Pagoda. We come back to the hotel for breakfast. Then we will depart for full day photography around Fuji five lakes, visiting various locations like Lake Kawaguchi, Saiko Lake, Iyashi-no-satonemba with its thatched village, Lake Shojin and Lake Motosu.
Overnight in Lake Kawaguchi :Route Inn Kawaguchiko | Meal included: Breakfast and Dinner
4 Lake Kawaguchi
After breakfast, we will photograph at Shiraito waterfalls, where spring water from Mt. Fuji is turned into a waterfall. Then we will head to Shinfuji station and take bullet train to ancient capital Kyoto. After arrival, we will photograph at eastern part of Kyoto in Autumn colors such as Kiyomizu temple, Yasaka Pagoda.
Overnight in Kyoto : Vessel Hotel Campana Kyoto Gojo
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
5 Kyoto Early morning, we will photograph at Fushimi Inari Shrine famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. We come back to hotel for breakfast, then we visit various photography locations of Kyoto by public transportation such as Kinkakuji Temple known as Golden Pavilion whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf, Ryoanji Temple the site of Japan's most famous rock garden, Sanjusangendo where 1001 statues of thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara(Kannon) are enshrined. At night, we will visit Toji Temple for Autumn leaves night illumination.
Overnight in Kyoto : Vessel Hotel Campana Kyoto Gojo
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
6 Kyoto
Early morning, we will head to Arashiyama by private vehicle and photograph at bamboo forest as well as Togetsukyo Bridge which is its central landmark. After breakfast, we will take local trains to the other ancient capital, Nara. We will walk and photograph at Nara Park, which is well know as home to hundreds of freely roaming deer and Todaiji Temple. The massive building houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha there. On the way back to Kyoto, we stop at Uji, small city situated between Kyoto and Nara for visiting Byodo-In Temple. You will fully enjoy photographing these two beautiful ancient cities in the autumn colors. Dinner at Kyoto cuisine at the restaurant with beautiful Japanese garden.
Overnight in Kyoto : Vessel Hotel Campana Kyoto Gojo
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
7 Kyoto After breakfast, we will have last photography in Kyoto by public transportation. Shooting in Gion, with its beautiful streetscape typical of Kyoto, also in the bustling Nishiki Market etc. Then transfer to Kyoto station at 15:00 and the end of the tour.
Meals included: Breakfast


Departure Price per person
Nov 20th – Nov 26th 2023
6nights 7days
Fully booked
from JPY398,000 based on sharing twin rooms
Single room supplement:JPY30,000

**Minimum number of participants: 4 people (Maximum 6 people)

Including :

6 Nights of Accommodations | Japanese photography guide and English Speaking Tour leader throughout | Private Vehicle mentioned in itinerary (We also use public transportation on Day5-7)| Bullet train tickets | Meals (6 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 6 dinners) | All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Exclusive of :

Transportation to/from Japan | Travel & Medical Insurance | Meals not included in the itinerary | Personal Expenses (Souvenirs and Beverages, etc.)


Lake Kawaguchi area Maximum temperature: 10-15℃、Minimum: 5-10℃
Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara Maximum temperature: 15-20℃、Minimum: 10-15℃
There is possibility of rain any time, so please bring own rain jackets or an umbrella. Walking shoes or sneakers are suitable for this tour.


Please note that the time of autumn foliage may shift depending on the climate of the year.

About Accommodation

Standard class hotels. All of the hotels have western style room with beds and private bathroom.


While we travel by Bullet train, luggage space is limited and you might need to use, lifting your suitcase to upper luggage shelf by yourself.
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