Hokkaido Island, Japan, Trip Details

Lone trees & minimalism, the quintessential Japanese landscape

The Japanese island of Hokkaido perhaps conjures up the most quintessential metaphor for the Japanese landscape. 

11-Day Photographic Adventure

During our time together we will visit many minimalistic areas of the island while immersing ourselves in the Japanese culture and cuisine.


We meet in the city of Chitose, on Hokkaido. There are direct flight connections from Tokyo's international airport. 

Please arrive before 5pm so we can all meet at the hotel for evening dinner at 7pm.


The last night of the tour finishes in the town of Kushiro. There is a local airport that has connections to Tokyo's domestic airport (Hadena).

Please note that Tokyo's Hadena domestic airport is approximately 1 hour away from the International terminalTransfer is very easy when using the Airport Limousine company (regular bus service that has frequent transfers between both Hadena and Narita airports.

11-day Itinerary *

In this section I'll give you a break down of what we're doing each day, in terms of location. There's a further section down the page which deals with what to expect as a daily schedule.

Day 1:
Arrival in Chitose. Evening meal at local hotel & restaurant.

Day 2:
This morning we depart for Yoichi and arrive around mid-day. In the afternoon we explore the Yoichi bay with rock formations and Tori gate. Evening meal and hotel near Yoichi.

Day 3:
Sunrise shoot at Yoichi. After breakfast we depart for our next destination of Biei towards the centre of Hokkaido. This area has much farmland with single lone trees. Evening meal and hotel in Biei.

Day 4:
Today we spend all day around Biei shooting the landscape. Evening meal and hotel in Biei.

Day 5:
Today we depart from Biei for the north east of the island. On the way we will stop to photograph one of Bruce's favourite lone trees near lake Samora. Evening meal and hotel at lake Samora.

Day 6:
Today we depart from Samora for Akan National park. This is my favourite area of Hokkaido offering a variety of natural landscapes. Evening meal and hotel in Kussharo.

Day 7 & 8:
Today we explore around Akan national park. Evening meal and hotel in Kussharo.

Day 9:
We head south today for a visit to see the red crowned crane birds and also explore another area of lone trees around Teshikaga. Evening meal and hotel in Kussharo.

Day 10:
Today we move to the south of the island towards our Hotel for the night close to our departure airport. But before we do, we will spend one last morning shooting around Akan national park. Evening meal and hotel in the city of Kushiro.

Day 11:
Today we depart from Hokkaido after breakfast from Kushiro domestic airport back to Tokyo's Haneda domestic airport.

* We may alter the tour itinerary due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.


We will be moving around from many hotels throughout Hokkaido. Each room has western style bedding with en-suite bathroom facilities.

Daily Schedule Outline

Each day will have the following format:

The days are short in January, but this has plenty of benefits. Because the sun is low in the sky all day it means we have beautiful light lasting all day and it's possible to make great photos even at mid day.

Sunrise is at approximately 7am while sunset is early at 4pm, meaning we'll be back at our hotel for dinner and some well earned time off in the evenings.

6:00 - 8:00am
On location for sunrise.

8:30 - 9:00am

9:30am - 12:30pm
Heading back out to shoot for the remainder of the day.
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lunch at a local Japanese Restaurant.

1:30 - 4:30pm
Late afternoon shooting where we will stay out until after sunset and twilight has finished.

6:00 - 7:00pm
Evening dinner at a japanese restaurant either at the hotel or in town.

Back to the hotel where we can try the Onsen (Japanese spring baths - highly recommended).

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Contact Details

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P.O Box 24113, 
Edinburgh, EH7 9EY

Tel: +44 (0) 787 621 0051
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