Japan Photography Workshop

For me, Japan is where my love for travel all began. I’m sure I’m not alone in that sentiment. Japan is the sort of country that tugs at the heartstrings. So, I’m excited to dig even deeper into Japan.

In the autumn of 2025, I’ll be running a Japan Photography trip where the focus will be scouting fall colours and nature.

Though we’ll be starting and ending the trip in Tokyo, we won’t be setting the sights of our lenses on cities too much. Rather, we’re going to dig deep into the underrated beauty, nature, and landscapes of this incredible country.

This trip is going to be brilliant!

Costs / Info

  • Dates: November 14-24, 2025
  • Start / End City: Tokyo, Japan
  • Days: 10
  • Maximum Group Size: 6
  • Trip Style: Scouting
  • Fitness Level: Moderate. Some walking, hiking.
  • Price: €5,395 (€800 deposit)
    • Optional Single Supplement: €1,800

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The 2025 Japan trip sold out in less than 15 minutes.

If you’re interested in the 2026 version or want to join the waiting list for the 2025 trip, please email me at brendanvanson at gmail dot com

What’s Included

  • Transport within Tour Dates
  • Accommodation within Tour Dates
  • Breakfast on Tour Dates
  • All meals within tour dates
  • Local Entrance Fees
  • Photography Instruction by Brendan van Son

What’s Not Included

  • Transport to/from Japan
  • Airport transfers (can be arranged)
  • Visas for Japan (if needed)
  • Snacks and beverages

The Workshop Itinerary

The beauty of this trip is the flexibility.

At this point, the only known is that we’ll start and end the trip in Tokyo. Since our goal is autumn colours, once we get closer to knowing when the colours blooms, we’ll make a more concrete plan. If the fall colours are only popping in the north, we’ll head north. If they’re in the mountains around Nagano, we’ll head there. If the fall colours are in the south, that’s where will focus.

With a small group (and my access to flexible hotel bookings) we’ll be able to hop around the country chasing the absolute best views, and best photographs, while still maintaining the security of a group trip.

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To reserve your space on this trip, please pay the deposit below. Before booking, please read the terms and conditions of payment here. If the tour is sold out, or you have any questions, please send me an email to inquire (brendanvanson at gmail dot com).


The 2025 Japan trip sold out in less than 15 minutes.

If you’re interested in the 2026 version or want to join the waiting list for the 2025 trip, please email me at brendanvanson at gmail dot com

Photos of Japan

Attached is a gallery of some of my photos from Japan. It’s worth noting that I haven’t been fall colour chasing in Japan, so none of these images showcase how special it looks in the autumn.

Kyoto, Japan
When you wake up at 4am to go take pictures like this, there should be coffee.
Mount Fuji
Believe it or not, as this photo was exposing, I walked 50m to a vending machine to get a hot coffee.
Harajuku, Japan
So many people. So few bins.
Shibuya Crossing
The most chaotic street in Japan. Most are NOT like this.
Snow monkey
This monkey came out of the hot springs, and didn’t even have a hand dryer. The audacity.
Hitachi Seaside Park

Meet The Workshop Instructors

Brendan has been a professional travel photographer for over a decade. Over those years, he’s visited well over 100 countries and worked for some of the world’s most renowned companies and publications.

His journeys around the world are documented on his travel photography YouTube Channel.

FAQs For the Japan Photography Workshop

What Style Trip is This?
This is a scouting trip.
On scouting trips, we keep things flexible and we explore. These trips are as close as it gets to feeling what it’s like to be on a travel photography assignment. We don’t take a lot of downtime, and explore/photograph as much as we can.

Find out the difference in my trips here.

Is the Deposit Refundable?
Yes. The deposit is refundable up to 90 days before the tour’s start date. I do charge a 10% fee. You also have the option to move your deposit onto another trip or to keep on file as credit without a fee.

What’s a Single Supplement?
If you’re booking solo, you’ll be paired up with a roommate of the same gender as the pricing is based on double occupancy. However, if you’d like your own private single accommodation you can pay the single supplement.

When are Final Payments Due?
We send a request for final payments about 180 days before the tour’s start date. Final payments are due 90 days before the tour’s start date.

What does the average day on tour look like?
Honestly, no two days will be the same. So it’s kind of hard to predict. However, I will say that we will be putting some time into making photos! Some days can be long, but there is usually downtime in the middle of the day to relax and catch up on sleep – or photo editing.

500-700am: Sunrise Photo Shoot
8am: Breakfast
9-11am: Location scouting
noon-2pm: Lunch
2-5pm: Location Scouting
5-7pm: Sunset Photography
7-830pm: Dinner
8:30-1030pm: Free time or night photography option in certain areas.

Obviously, most participants won’t be able to do everything (without exhausting themselves) so everything is optional.

Will we be there for Fall Colours?
Obviously, I can’t guarantee anything. However, in Japan the autumn colours vary wildly depending on where you are. In the north, they happen in mid-October, in the south as late as mid-December. We’re going mid-November in hopes of catching the autumn in the mountain regions. But if we’re late, we’ll travel south. If we’re early we’ll travel north. It would be extremely unlikely for us to not hit any fall colours at all.

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