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Kushiro, Hokkaido - Red-crowned Cranes - One Day Photography Workshop

10 Hours
up to 8 people
English ( Native ), Japanese ( Conversational )

The Red-Crowned Cranes known as snow ballerinas are our main photographic subject. You'll capture their mesmerizing dance courtship dance as they bow to one another, raise their heads towards the sky; a pair, or the entire flock, will leap into the air and call in call in unison to sanctify their bond. Your photography workshop leader will use his years of experience to get the best shots fast.


  • Kushiro City Red-crowned Crane Natural Park

  • The Kushiro Marshland (釧路湿原, Kushiro Shitsugen)

  • Photograph the endangered Red-Crowned Cranes in Japan known as Snow Ballerinas

  • Possibly photograph The Steller's Sea Eagles and other species of eagles who drop in from time to time to visit with the Red-Crowned Cranes

  • Potential encounters with the Eizo Red-tailed Fox

  • Hokkaido Winter Wonderland Landscape Photography and One of the Most Spectacular Sunsets

Departure & Return

Starting time 06:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point La Vista Hotel Lobby, Kushiro
Ending Point La Vista Hotel Lobby, Kushiro or your lodgings

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Meeting at La Vista Hotel Lobby, Kushiro
All-inclusive(lunch, transportation - taxi, all entrance fees, professional photographer instruction fee)

What‘s not included

Travel Health Insurance (about ¥5,000 per person)
Extended Tour Time (beyond stated tour time limit - ¥20,000 yen per each extra hour beyond allotted tour time)
Alcoholic Beverages (not included and generally frowned upon during course of tour - about ¥150 per drink)
Items of a Personal Nature (snacks - widely varies, but about ¥200 per snack purchased)
Transportation to Kushiro meeting point from Tokyo (about ¥50,000 yen, but depends on clients use of JR Rail Pass and flight schedules)


All levels of photographers are welcome and enthusiasts
Any type of camera is welcome: DSLR, pocket camera, scoping with an iPhone, large format, and others
Activity level, yours
All questions are welcomed and encouraged before and throughout your photography tour/workshop
2020 represents the 23rd year Blain has been leading photography workshops for visitors and enthusiasts in the Mt. Fuji region, yet due to weather conditions, he may adjust the itinerary accordingly
Professional photography instruction, to help you improve your photographic compositions.
The best way to capture the essence of any location is with and through the eyes of a professional photographer. Local guides know the locations, but they are not photographers and overlook key elements that allow to compose once in a lifetime gallery quality prints. read more

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 31 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 22 to 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 25% Refund - 9 to 21 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 8 day(s) prior to meeting time

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