June 1 - 10, 2018  SALE

September 14 - 23, 2018

May 31 - June 9, 2019

September 13 - 22, 2019

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Nature and People Photography


  1. -10 Days

  2. -Only 4-8 Guests

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -4 or 5 Star Hotels

  5. -Breakfasts

  6. -2 Dinners

  7. -Local Transportation

  8. -Geisha Photo Session




Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, Himeji and more


Discover the magic and mystery of Japan.

Japan Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

The world is becoming homogenized more every day. With modern communication and technology, countries are starting to blend together. But amidst all this world-shrinking, Japan still maintains a very unique identity that is unmatched by any of it’s neighbors. Even if you visit the country just briefly, you’ll come away with a strong appreciation of all things Japanese. Things are just done differently here. Come and see for yourself. 

Our adventure in Japan will give us many experiences that are just not seen anywhere else in the world. We’ll visit Japanese castles, spend time with Geishas and Sumo wrestlers, eat sushi that will numb your tongue, visit calm zen gardens and temples, and ride the rails at breakneck speeds. Japan’s curious blend of tradition and modern is unlike anything you’d experience anywhere else. 

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. 

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. Join us in Japan for the adventure of a lifetime.


Group Size

4-8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by train

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)

Photographer | Guides

Ian Robert Knight  |  June 1-10, 2018  SALE

Ian Robert Knight  |  September 14-23, 2018

Ian Robert Knight  |  May 31 - June 9, 2019

Ian Robert Knight  |  September 13-22, 2019

Weather | Sun

May/June - Temps 76/66 F  24/18 C  Sunrise 4:25 | Sunset 6:54 (18:54)

September - Temps 79/69 F  26/20 C  Sunrise 5:35 | Sunset 5:28 (17:28)


Travel, landscape, architecture, cityscape, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Geisha photo session

Small group size (4-8 guests)

4 or 5 star hotels


2 Dinners

Local transportation (including 3 trains)


Osaka - Hotel Hankyu International, Imperial Hotel or similar

Kyoto - Century Hotel, Hotel Okura, Villa Aneyakoji or similar

Himeji - Dormy Inn, Hotel Wing International or similar

Toyko - Daiichi Hotel, InterContinental Tokyo Bay, Hotel Okura Tokyo or similar

Travel Information

Arrival Airport: Kansai Airport (KIX) or Osaka International Airport (ITM) - Transfer time to hotel 45min

Departure Airport: Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT)

If you are flying in and out of Tokyo, you and either connect to Osaka or take the bullet train (3:50 ride)

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.



Photo Adventure Vacation | June 1-10, 2018:  $7,695  NOW $6,995  SAVE $700

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 14-23, 2018:  $7,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 31 - June 9, 2019:  $8,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | September 13-22, 2019:  $8,395

Single Supplement:  $1100

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350

Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.


Friday (1)  Osaka - Dotombori - Shinsekai

We begin our adventure in Osaka, Japan’s third largest city. Osaka is situated in the lower third of the country, and close to many of the most impressive sites in all of Japan. Nearby cities include Kobe and Kyoto. After we are settled into our classic hotel in the city center, we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “The Art of Seeing” photographic technique. During our “Welcome Dinner” in one of Osaka’s best restaurants, we will have informal discussions about what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. A walking tour of the Dotombori and Shinsekai areas at night will allow us to shoot the city streets and abundant late day activities. (D)

Saturday (2)  Osaka - Osaka Castle - Japanese Farm Houses

A full day of activities await us in Osaka. We’ll spend time exploring many of the very impressive sites showcasing traditional Japanese architecture and style, including Osaka Castle, the Open Air Museum of old Japanese Farm Houses, towers, other landmarks. (B)

Sunday (3)  Kyoto - Fushimi Inari-Taishima

We begin the day with a short train journey to Kyoto by bullet train, and check into our hotel. Our afternoon will take us to one of the most incredible temple in the area, the Fushimi Inari-Taishima, which is a large complex of shrines and gates. A true highlight. (B) (L)

Monday (4)  Kyoto - Arashiyama Bamboo Grove - Kinkaku-ji Temple

We spend the day visiting more beautiful areas, like the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kinkaku-ji Temple. These two sites are going to bring you some very memorable images, with their striking colors and forms. They are probably among the most iconic images people think of, when they think of Japan. At night, we will have a chance to review and discuss the photographs we’ve taken over the past few days. (B) (L)

Tuesday (5)  Kyoto - Gion District - Geishas

Today will introduce us to the world of Geishas, when we visit the Gion District where the Geishas live and work. We’ll meet a local Madam, and get to know and understand what it is really like to live as a Geisha. We will also organize a special photo session for several Geishas. The Gion District is a historic area of Kyoto, and continues to be the primary entertainment district in the city. (B)

Wednesday (6)  Himeji - Himeji Castle

We will take a 90 minute journey by train from Kyoto to Himeji, and check into our hotel. Himeji is a small city, and known specifically for the Himeji Castle, the most impressive in all of Japan. This castle, built in the 1300’s, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a stunning site to see and photograph. (B) (L)

Thursday (7)  Tokyo - Shibuya

We take the bullet train from Himeji to Tokyo (about 3.5 hours) arriving in mid/late afternoon. There is a lot to see in this massive, sprawling city, and we will get to as many as we can. Today we will visit Shibuya for a blue-hour shoot of the busiest intersection in the world, and one of the coolest places to shoot in the city. (B) (L)

Friday (8)  Tokyo - Tsukiji Fish Market - Shinjuku - Roppongi

Tokyo has one of the largest fish markets in the world - the Tsukiji Fish Market. The market limits how many tourists can enter each day, so we get an early morning start at 5 AM. and follow up with extremely fresh sushi for breakfast. The rest of the day will take us around the city stopping in districts like Shinjuku, Roppongi, Akihabara, and more. (B)

Saturday (9)  Tokyo - Shimokita - Harajuku

Our final day in Tokyo will include visits to some more quirky districts like Shimokita and Harajuku. We’ll have our “Farewell Dinner” in one of Tokyo’s Michelin-starred restaurants. Tokyo boasts more Michelin starred restaurants than any other city in the world - over 500! Here we will discuss the events of the trip, share our favorite photos and enjoy the fun and laughter.  (B) (D)

Sunday (10)  Tokyo

Our journey comes to an end today, but only after we have one last chance to observe the size of this massive city. We will venture up to the observation deck of one of Tokyo’s tallest towers. A farewell to our guests over lunch and a chance to exchange contact information and share some of the photographs we’ve experience over the past 10 days. (B)

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  Options and Benefits

Private Guided Tours & Adventures

We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Travel Insurance

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We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.

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Gift Certificates

Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.

Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials

We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.

Combination Tours

You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Loyalty Club**

All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.

**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  

NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.