Japan Photo Tour in Winter
Itinerary and pricing to be announced
Winter Light is one of the most spectacular times of year to visit Japan. Strabo takes you from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto, to mountain villages of Takayama and Kanazawa in the North. Kyoto represents the heart of old Japan. Spend your days with Tillman and a local friend who is an American photographer that has lived in Kyoto for many years. Then move on to the historical mountain village of Takayama, with traditional Gassho style farm houses. Travel further north to Kanazawa.
Kanazawa is one of the overlooked jewels of Japanese tourism. Its relatively remote location, off the beaten, has perhaps unfairly contributed to a lower number of foreign tourists. However for those travellers who want to see perhaps the best-preserved major Edo-period city in the country (along with Takayama), it is hard to beat. Japanese history and culture is not just about the temples and shrines. The samurai, the merchants, the geisha, and the lords have all left their mark on Kanazawa in a compact, easily navigable central area. Kanazawa is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Crafts and Folk Art.
- Enjoy the immersion in to Japanese traditions, today’s culture, and stunning photography locations.
- Six nights in colorful Kyoto, with its many gardens and temples.
- Takayama with traditional buildings and beautiful landscape covered in snow.
- Kanazawa is one of the overlooked jewels of Japan, with its remote location it is one of the best preserved Edo-period cities.
Tillman Crane is a veteran photographer specializing in the creation of platinum/palladium photographs. Artist and teacher, Crane has been professionally involved with photography for over thirty- five years. He uses available light, texture and space to bring the spirit of the ordinary and extraordinary in his photographs.
A skilled teacher, Crane offers workshops for all levels of expertise and camera formats in a variety of locations, for his own as well as other photography workshop venues. These Spirit of Structure workshops include locations in the US, Scotland & the Orkney Islands, Japan and China. Crane also teaches the craft of platinum printing for groups and private individuals.
Crane has published four limited edition books: Tillman Crane/Structure (2001), Touchstones (2005), Odin Stone (2008) and A Walk Along the Jordan (2009). The Alchemy of Light (2016) is a hard cover catalogue of his solo exhibit of over 100 platinum prints at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Crane also collaborates with collectors to create one-of-a-kind handmade books of his platinum/palladium prints.
Pricing and Details
US Dollars based upon minimum of 0 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.
Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.
Terms and Conditions
Unless otherwise noted, this information applies to all tours.
Contact Strabo Tours if you would like rates on International Airfare. Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties. Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.
The land cost includes:
- Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
- Accommodations based on two people sharing a room, singles are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
- Services of driver, English speaking cultural guide (if applicable) and photographic leader, during the tour.
- Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
- Park entrance fees, day tours and excursions as shown in the itinerary.
- Extensive pre-departure information and services.
The land cost does not include:
Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.
Fitness and Health
The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions below for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.
If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).
You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.
The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.
Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds
A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic tours) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.
If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:
- 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee ($150 fee on domestic tours), plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.
- 61-90 days before departure: $500 ($250 on domestic tours) minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
- 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND.
Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.
Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.
We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure).
Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.
There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.
Subject to Change
Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.
Strabo International Tour Company, Inc. reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Strabo International Tour Company, Inc.