Red-crowned cranes captured on our Hokkaido photography tours

Wild Hokkaido in Winter : Feb 2026 – With Guy Edwardes

Red-Crowned Cranes : Sea Eagles : Foxes : Ezo Deer

Date: Feb 16th – 27th 2026

Duration: 12 days

Group Size: 8

Full Price: GBP £8,950
Deposit: GBP £1500



Tour Summary:

Arrival Day:  15th Feb 2026.

Arrivals: Please ensure your flight arrives in Tokyo on or before the 15th Feb.

If possible book your flight to arrive at Haneda International Airport.

Day 1 – Red-Crowned Cranes.

Early domestic flight to Kushiro – northern part of Japan, we head out to Akan and thus the start of our Hokkaido photography adventure.

We spend this day and the following two days with the Red-Crowned Cranes in locations around Akan and Kushiro. (D)

Day 2, 3 – Red-Crowned Cranes.

Red-Crowned Cranes photography in locations around Akan and Kushiro, if we are lucky we will also encounter Black Kites, White Tailed Eagles, Foxes and Ezo Deer.

On one of the days, we will make a side trip for Owl Photography. (BD)

Day 4 – Red-Crowned Cranes.

Morning Red-Crowned Cranes Photography.

After an amazing four days in Kushiro / Akan area by midday on the 4th day, we head out to Lake Kussharo where we spend the next two days photographing the graceful Whooper swans. (BD)

Day 5, 6 – Whooper Swans.

Early morning and late afternoon Whooper Swans photography.

By mid morning on the 6th day, we make our way by over to the Shiretoko Peninsula and the quaint fishing town of Rausu. Time and weather permitting we may have a short side trip for Fox photography. (BD)

Day 7, 8, 9 – Sea Eagles. – Chartered (Private) Boat

We spend the next three days going out on a boat photographing the magnificent Steller’s Sea Eagles and White Tailed Eagles amidst an amazing world of ice floe.

This is a fast paced action packed birds in-flight photography session that will leave your heart pounding and the desire for more!!

Time permitting on two of the days we will make a side trip for some Ezo Red Fox photography. (BD)

Day 10 – Ezo Red Fox (vulpes schrencki)

We dedicate mid morning and the afternoon in search of the Ezo Red Foxes. Seeing and photographing these beautiful creatures in a snowy background is a very popular part of the tour. (BD)

By late afternoon on the 10th day, we make our way over to our final location for more Sea Eagle Photography. (BD)

Day 11, 12 – Sea Eagles. – On Land.

We spend the early mornings with Sea Eagles, this is an excellent opportunity to capture these birds in flight and on land with some very good chances of aerial combat. (BD)

On the afternoon of the 12th day after a morning of action packed bird photography, we fly back to Tokyo Haneda Domestic Airport (B)

The Tour ends at Haneda Domestic Airport.

We say our farewells and then depart for our respective transfers to Narita / Haneda International Airports.

Guest Photographer
Guy Edwardes - photographer

Guy Edwardes

This tour is specifically tailored for Guy Edwardes. We will have exclusive use of a chartered boat to ensure you have an unparalleled unique experience in Hokkaido.

Guy Edwardes has been a professional nature and landscape photographer for over twenty years.

He supplies several leading picture libraries and has been awarded in both the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Landscape Photographer of the Year.

Guy runs over thirty photography workshops each year all over the globe and his favourite locations are the cold, icy and snowy places, like Hokkaido!



• Comfortable traditional Japanese hotels / Inns and some western style hotels

• Single room accommodation for the entire tour. You do not need to share your room at any location .

• Double / Twin rooms are available upon request. (Additional expense will be confirmed at time of booking)

• Please make any dietary needs known when you fill in the online booking form


What is included:

• All accommodation (Single occupancy) and meals ( BD – see schedule ) during your tour.

• Meals as indicated  (B = Breakfast,  D = Dinner)

• Flights from Tokyo Haneda airport to Hokkaido and back.

• Internal bus ( Chartered ) transfers within Hokkaido and Nagano for the entire trip . Ample space for all  !

• All location admission fees / cruise boat fees.


What is excluded:

• Your flight / transportation cost to / from Narita International Airport.

• Your flight / transportation cost to / from  Haneda Airport.

• Hotels costs while traveling prior to the start or after the Photo Tour.

• Costs  of meals / beverages on Arrival  Day 0 .

• You are advised to schedule your arrival a day before the start of the Photo Tour, this not only reduces the impact of any international flight delays, but also enables international guests to sleep off any jet lag – Assistance with this additional booking is available , please make this know at the time of your tour  booking.

• Your Travel and Medical Insurance

• Visa fees ( If applicable )

• Laundry , Phone calls, Internet use (most places will have free WiFi )

• Any kind of drinks (alcoholic, non-alcoholic ,mineral, aerated)

• Snacks, Souvenirs , Tips



You are required to take out comprehensive insurance to cover your entire time on the tour.

Your insurance should cover but NOT limited to the following – medical, travel, camera equipment, in addition to any other areas you deem required.

You are advised to ensure your medical insurance covers COVID-19.

Personal Care Information

Personal Care Information:

Please seek professional medical advice from your Doctor/GP/Physician on your intention to travel to an area of extreme cold. Vaccination might be required prior to travel!!
We will be travelling in rural Japan, where little medical facilities will be available, so please ensure you bring any needed medication along.

Participants with any form of breathing difficult or health issues in environments with extreme cold are advised to seek medical advice before booking a place on this tour. .

Scheduling Your Arrival

Scheduling Your Arrival:

It is imperative you ensure your flight arrives in Tokyo at least a day before the start of the tour.

We are able to assist with pre and post tour accommodation bookings if required.

What Do You Need For This Tour?

What is required for this photo tour?

• Love to travel and a passion for wildlife photography – All level welcome – Newbies to Guru!

• At bare minimum a camera (film or digital) and a telephoto lens.

Note: A long range 300 – 600mm telephoto lens is ideal for this tour.

• Thermal clothes, Gloves, and Thermal boots – It will be very cold. Trust me!

During the tour, the average temperature in Hokkaido will be in the single low digits and sometimes well below freezing, while Nagano will be in the mid  10’s range.

>>It is imperative you wear appropriate clothing<<

The early morning and evening being the coldest time of the day.

• Anti-slip Ice Cleats Boot Grips (Not a must, but may come in handy)

• A relatively good level of fitness (A degrees of walking and standing is required)

NOTE: Full details on what you need bring along and how to fully prepare for your adventure will be sent along with your confirmed booking details.


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Booking & Cancellation Policy & Fees

Booking & Cancellation Policy & Fees

Booking your Place on the Tour:

Booking deposit – Non Refundable.

You can book online through this website by either paying the deposit or full payment upfront.

If you pay the deposit, then the full Balance payment must be made 120 days prior to the start of the photo tour.

Your booking and place on the photo tour will be confirmed once all forms and deposit are received.

Booking and Payment Methods: 

Online bookings here on this website:

You can choose between paying with a card (processed via Stripe) or Bank Transfer. Please note that card payments are all done using Stripe, and no one involved with this website will see your card details, and neither will they be stored on this server. If you choose to save your card details for future purchases, the details are saved securely on the Stripe server, and not this website.

Payment should be made in currencies quoted on the tour page.

Please complete the online booking form after paying the deposit or full amount.

Cancellation Policy / Fees / Refunds:

  1. All cancellation notices must be sent by email and will become effective as of the date of the email receipt.
  2. Cancellations made 90 days or more before the tour start date – The full 100% of the balance payment will be refunded. The booking deposit is non refundable.

Cancellation Fee: 100% of booking deposit only.

  1. Cancellations made 89 to 31 days before the tour start date – 50% of the balance payment will be refunded. The booking deposit is non refundable

Cancellation Fee: 50% of Balance payment, 100% of booking deposit.

  1. Cancellations made 30 days or less before the tour start date – No refund of the balance payment nor booking deposit can be made. We can accept no further liability.

Cancellation Fee: 100% of balance payment, 100% booking deposit.

  1. Any bank transfer charges incurred due to payment refunds will deducted from the amount due for refund.


Travel Insurance:

We travel to some remote and exotic locations, it is mandatory that you arrange comprehensive medical and travel insurance before the start of the photo tour and that covers for the entire period of your travel and photo tour.

Your insurance should at least cover the following – Life, Medical, Travel, Camera equipment, in addition to any other areas you deem required!!

You will be required to produce a copy of the insurance certificate prior start of the photo tour.


We have tried to keep the rules and policy conditions very simple, but if you have any questions about the tours, policies, or would like to discuss your specific circumstances or ask any questions at all, please contact us as soon as possible at

or you can call us  on the number below-

Tel No: +81 3 5542-0879 (Timezone GMT +9)

Please note: If you live outside Japan, international long distance dialing rates may apply.

Feedback from other participants

Thank you for a GREAT trip! Your tour was amazing! Most importantly, you got us unbelievable photo ops throughout the trip and your expert instruction helped us make the most of them. (Let me add that this is a critique from an art teacher of 30+ years.) I left Japan a much better wildlife photographer than I arrived! Additionally, the tour was exceptionally organized - attention to detail was very apparent. The arrangements for lodging and travel were made with our comfort in mind - single accommodations were a welcomed bonus! You hold yourself to very high standards and we benefitted. I’ve since had the opportunity to compare your tour with other photography tours. You’re exceptional! We received much more than we paid for!! I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend your tours!
Austin, Texas, USA.
The workshop was outstanding, and I definitely recommend it for people of any level of experiences in photography. It was well-organized, and there was an indoor session in the evening covering knowledge on photography
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