Japan Photography Tours and Workshops

Stunning landscapes & cityscapes

Japan - packed with photo opportunities at every turn

My Japan photography tours and workshops have been created with photography in mind for the beginner and intermediate photographer. This photo tour covers some of the best places for landscape, cityscape and street photography.

Mt Fuji & The Five Lakes

The gem of Japan is without doubt Mt Fuji, Japan’s most famous location. However, the five lakes that surround it, Yamanakako, Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Shojiko and Motosuko, offer a variety of incredible viewpoints from which to photograph the mighty volcano.

While the view of the volcano is a stunning sight in itself, the possibility of mist inversions around the base of Mt Fuji at sunrise transform this scene into a heavenly picture indeed.

Mist Inversion, Mt Fuji, Japan
Mist Inversion, Mt Fuji, Japan
Sakura Trees, Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo, Japan
Sakura Trees, Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo, Japan

Sakura (Cherry Blossom)

Our tour is also timed for the Sakura season.

Japan is famous for its Sakura (Cherry Blossom season) which takes place between the end of April and the middle of May.

Spectacular displays of the Sakura flower ranges from white to dark pink. The Sakura is the biggest attraction in visiting Japan late April to mid-May.

Torii Gates

A Torii Gate is a traditional Japanese gate that lies at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine. It symbolises the transition from the mundane to the sacred.

This one here is Fushimi Inari Shrine (which incorporates 1000 red torii gates). There is also the 2000 year old Shirahige Torii in Lake Biwa, Shiga.

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
Chureito Pagoda, Japan
Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida, Japan


In Japan, a pagoda serves as a meditation hall and ceremonial space for holy artifacts.

The famous pagoda shown here is Chureito Pagoda, one of the most perfectly located structures surrounded by Sakura with Mt. Fuji in the background. This is the most amazing view to capture in spring.

We will also visit the Yasaka pagoda in Kyoto.

Meteo Iwa (Married Rocks)

This is Meteo Iwa, otherwise known as the Married Rocks. The rope is replaced three times a year and it has a ceremony on each of those three yearly occasions.

According to the Shinto religion, the rocks represent the union of the creator Kami, Izanagi and Izanami. The rocks, therefore, celebrate the union in marriage of man and woman.

Meteo Iwa (Married Rocks), Ise, Japan.
Meteo Iwa (Married Rocks), Ise, Japan.
Kyoto - Traditional Japan
Gion Geisha District, Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto - Traditional Japan

In Kyoto, we will visit Gion, Kyoto‘s most famous geisha district, the Yasaka pagoda and the nearby Chion-in Temple grounds in which you can attend a 6am Buddist ceremony

Tokyo – Modern Japan

Of course no japan photography tour would be complete without a visit to the ultra-bright lights of Tokyo.

Tokyo is bustling and energetic with a million opportunities to capture the wonderful structures of the Tokyo Tower, Shibuya Crossing, Sky Tree Tower, as well as street photography including the Shinjuka district and the nearby Omoide Yokochō alleyway.

Shinjuka, Tokyo, Japan
Shinjuka, Tokyo, Japan
Omoide Yokochō , Tokyo
Omoide Yokochō, Tokyo, Japan

Japan Street Photography

Like many places in Asia, Japan offers a great opportunity for some street photography.

The city streets offer a variety of subjects to shoot and the chance to use a number of different photography techniques such as long exposure, multi-exposure and time-lapses.


Japan is not without its castles, and of course they hold a fascinating uniqueness.

Japanese castles are constructed primarily of wood and stone and many, like the one here at Osaka, are several stories tall.

Castle in Japan
Osaka Castle, Japan

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