Osaka & Kyoto

10D(9N) tour of Historic Japan, March 21-30, 2019
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Japan Photography Adventure – March 21-30, 2019

Welcome to the land of the rising sun. Against the stunning backdrop of Spring, join us on a photographic adventure to capture the heart of Japanese tradition and the beautiful landscape. Visiting Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, our trip will explore the rich cultural Heritage of Japan over 10 spectacular days.



What you’ll learn


-Learn how to use your camera like a boss

-Learn how to set up a landscape shot, as well as how to take stunning lifestyle and travel shots

-How to take beautiful travel photos of yourself if you’re travelling solo

-The science behind light, and how to use it to make stunning photographs

-How to shoot travel videos

– Post processing techniques and complete workflow, including Adobe Lightroom masterclass and for those that have mastered it already, an intro to Adobe Photoshop.

-Depending on the group’s interest, we can also cover long exposure and panoramic photography.

You’ll also learn:

  • Equipment selection, shakedown and testing
  • Street & candid photography techniques
  • Cultural documentation & experiences

Bonus: We’ll teach you all about social media and how it allows us travel full time. We’ll also share our experiences with creating an income producing travel blog and how we’ve successfully monetised our social media and escaped the 9-5. Click here to find out more!

  • Accommodation in deluxe western style hotel (based on double occupation, upgrade available)

  • Breakfast

  • All tuition & mentoring

  • Transport during tour

  • Location fees and venue admission

  • Airfare to and from Osaka
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional Activities
  • Meals, drinks, snacks or other discretionary expenses


From $4999* USD (based on double occupancy room) – $4499 if you book before February 7th!

Prefer to use a payment plan? Contact us to see what’s available!



Day 1 -Arrival/Check-in
  • Arrive Osaka International Airport

  • Group dinner

  • Introductory Presentation

Evening Session: Orientation/Goals

Day 2 - Osaka Castle
  • Sunrise at Osaka Castle

  •  Lunch discussion & presentations

  •  Sunset at Dotonbori

  •  Review session

Day 3 - West Kyoto

• Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
• Arashiyama Monkey Park
• Tenryuji Temple
• Kinkaku Ji the Golden Pavillion
• Sunset at Kyoto Tower
• Night Photography Higashihonganji Temple

Day 4 - East Kyoto
  •  Travel to Kyoto

  •  Kiyomizu-dera temple

  • Hokanji Temple

  • Kodaiji Temple

  •  Maruyama Park

  •  Sunset – Fushimi Inari Taisha

Day 5 - North East Kyoto
  • Ginkaku -Ji The Silver Pavillion

  • The Philosophers Path walk to Heinan Shrine

  • Night Photography Gion District

  • Photography Presentation: Finding Your Visual Style

Day 6 - Nara
  • Social Media Presentation
  • Nara Park
  • Social Media Presentation: Cultivating Your Brand
Day 7 - Osaka
  • Review & Presentation Sessions

  •  Universal Studios Osaka

Day 8 - Osaka
  • Breakfast and goodbyes
  • Transfer back to Calgary International Airport
  • Fly Home
Day 9 - Yoshino
  • Breakfast and goodbyes
  • Transfer back to Calgary International Airport
  • Fly Home
Day 10 - Leaving Day
  • Breakfast and goodbyes
  • Transfer back to Calgary International Airport
  • Fly Home

*Itinerary subject to change.

Learn More about the Locations


This is a city of some 2000 temples and shrines: a city of true masterpieces of religious architecture, such as the retina-burning splendour of Kinkaku-ji (the famed Golden Pavilion) and the cavernous expanse of Higashi Hongan-ji. It’s where robed monks shuffle between temple buildings, prayer chants resonate through stunning Zen gardens, and the faithful 8i on tatami-mat floors. Even as the modern city buzzes and shifts all around, a waft of burning incense, or the sight of a bright vermillion torii gate marking a shrine entrance, are regular reminders that Kyoto remains the spiritual heart of Japan.

While the rest of Japan has adopted modernity with abandon, the old ways are still clinging on in Kyoto. With its roots as the cultural capital of the country, it’s no surprise that many traditional arts and crafts are kept alive by artisans from generation to generation. Wander the streets downtown, through historic Gion and past machiya (traditional Japanese townhouses) in the Nishijin textile district to find ancient speciality shops from tofu sellers, washi (Japanese handmade paper) and tea merchants, to exquisite lacquerware, handcrafted copper chazutsu (tea canisters) and indigo-dyed noren (hanging curtains)..



If you don’t know your matcha (powdered green tea) from your manga (Japanese comic), have never slept on a futon or had a bath with naked strangers, then it doesn’t matter as this is the place to immerse yourself in the intricacies of Japanese culture. Whether you watch matcha being whisked in a traditional tea ceremony, spend the night in a ryokan, get your gear off and soak in an onsen, join a raucous hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) party or discover the art of Japanese cooking – you’ll come away one step closer to understanding the unique Japanese way of life.


Japan’s first permanent capital, Nara (奈良) is one of the country’s most rewarding destinations. With eight Unesco World Heritage Sites, it’s second only to Kyoto as a repository of Japan’s cultural legacy.

The centrepiece is the Daibutsu (Great Buddha), which rivals Mt Fuji and Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) as Japan’s single most impressive sight. The Great Buddha is housed in Tōdai-ji, a soaring temple that presides over Nara-kōen, a park filled with other fascinating sights that lends itself to relaxed strolling amid greenery and tame deer.

Nara is also compact: it’s quite possible to pack the highlights into one full day. Many people visit Nara as a side trip from Kyoto, but with an overnight stay (there’s high-quality accommodation for all budgets) you might spend one day around the city centre, another exploring west and southwest of here (areas called Nishinokyō and Ikaruga, respectively) and/or another exploring more far-flung historical destinations.


If Kyoto was the city of the courtly nobility and Tokyo the city of the samurai, then Osaka (大阪) was the city of the merchant class. Japan’s third-largest city is a place where things have always moved a bit faster, where people are a bit brasher and interactions are peppered with playful jabs – and locals take pride in this.

Osaka is not a pretty city in the conventional sense – though it does have a lovely river cutting through the centre – but it packs more colour than most.


The acres of concrete are cloaked in dazzling neon; shopfronts are vivid, unabashed cries for attention. This is not a city that prefers to dress all in black.

Above all, Osaka is a city that loves to eat: it’s unofficial slogan is kuidaore (‘eat until you drop’). It really shines in the evening, when it seems that everyone is out for a good meal – and a good time.

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