Private photography tour with a professional photographer

Regardless of whether you are coming to Japan for the first time, or you’re an obsessed Japan lover, this intimate, private tour will be a unique experience to enhance your treasured memories of Japan.  You will be taken to the most beautiful places in Hokuriku region, guided by a local English-speaking professional photographer.  During the tour I will capture your magical moments, leaving you free to take in the sights without worrying about the best angles and light, or asking a stranger to take your picture!  I am experienced in portrait and travel street photography, and my work has been published in many magazines, guidebooks including Lonely Planet and the city guides of tourism boards. A day out with me ensure you will have a knowledgeable, funny, local professional photographer, and Insta-worthy travel photos will be guaranteed!

1. Gokayama and Shirakawago + photoshoot session private tour

Shirakwago TK Photography tour Kanazawa

Duration 6 - 7 hours

¥49,800 per group (Up to 4 guests 2 adults 2 children)

¥69,800 per group(5-7 guests)

  • Pick up at your hotel in Kanazawa/Toyama at 9:00 and drive to Gokayama UNESCO World Heritage site in Toyama .

  • Stroll in Gokayama gassho-zukuri village and experience Japanese rural life.

  • Photoshoot session by a professional photographer in Gokayama village

  • Move on to must see UNESCO World Heritage site Shirakawago in Gifu prefecture.

  • Lunch in Shirakawago. Try fresh local dish at a Japanese traditional restaurant. (At own expense)

  • Explore Shirakawago village and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the rural village.

  • Visit Wada house and see inside the Gassho zukuri house and be impressed by the architectural details of the unique house.(At own expense)

  • Enjoy the stunning view of the village at Ogimachi castle observation deck.

  • Photoshoot session by a professional photographer in Shirakawago village.

  • Drop you off at your hotel in Kanazawa/Toyama at 15:00-16:00.

The tour includes: 

  • Private English-speaking professional photographer guide

  • Photo sessions by professional photographer

  • Professionally edited 30 digital images of your day out. 

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Private car and driver

  • Parking fee and highway toll

  • All taxes and handling charges

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2. Takayama and Shirakawago + photoshoot session private tour

Duration 8 - 9 hours

¥59,800 per group (Up to 4 guests 2 adults 2 children)

¥79,800 per group(5-7 guests)

  • Pick up at your hotel in Kanazawa/Toyama at 8:30 and drive to Takayama old city in Gifu prefecture.

  • Stroll in Takayama morning market and try local food and visit local handicraft shops

  • Walk around Takayama old street where 300-400 year old houses are well preserved.

  • Photo shoot session by a professional photographer in Takayama

  • Lunch in Takayama. Try fresh local dish at a Japanese traditional restaurant. (At own expense)

  • Move on to must see UNESCO World Heritage site Shirakawago village.

  • Explore Shirakawago village and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the rural village.

  • Visit Wada house and see inside the Gassho zukuri house and be impressed by the architectural details of the unique house.(At own expense)

  • Photo shoot session by a professional photographer in Shirakawago village

  • Enjoy the stunning view of the village at Ogimachi castle observation deck.

  • Drop you off at your hotel in Kanazawa/Toyama at 16:30-17:30.

  • The tour also can start in Takayama finish in Kanazawa/Toyama or Start in Kanazawa/Toyama finish in Takayama

The tour includes: 

  • Private English-speaking professional photographer guide

  • Photo sessions by professional photographer

  • Professionally edited 30 digital images of your day out. 

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Private car and driver

  • Parking fee and highway toll

  • All taxes and handling charges

3. Nagoya - Takayama - Shirakawago -Kanazawa/Toyama + photoshoot session private tour (Itinerary can be reversed) 

Duration 8 - 9 hours

¥86,800 per group (Up to 4 guests 2 adults 2 children)

¥106,800 per group(5-7 guests)

  • Pick up at your hotel in Nagoya at 8:30 and drive to Takayama old city in Gifu prefecture.

  • Stroll in Takayama morning market and try local food and visit local handicraft shops

  • Walk around Takayama old street where 300-400 year old houses are well preserved.

  • Photo shoot session by a professional photographer in Takayama

  • Lunch in Takayama. Try fresh local dish at a Japanese traditional restaurant. (At own expense)

  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage site Shirakawago village and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the rural village.

  • Visit Wada house and see inside the Gassho zukuri house and be impressed by the architectural details of the unique house.(At own expense)

  • Photo shoot session by a professional photographer in Shirakawago village

  • Enjoy the stunning view of the village at Ogimachi castle observation deck.

  • Drop you off at your hotel in Kanazawa at 16:30-!7:30.

  • The tour can start in Kanazawa/Toyama and finish in Nagoya.

The tour includes: 

  • Private English-speaking professional photographer guide

  • Photo sessions by professional photographer

  • Professionally edited 30 digital images of your day out. 

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Private car and driver

  • Parking fee and highway toll

  • All taxes and handling charges

4. Noto peninsula + photoshoot session private tour

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Option 1: Wajima morning market - Kiriko Art museum - Siroyone Senmaida Rice Terrace - Chirihama beach driveway

 

Duration 8 hours

¥42,800 per group (Up to 4 guests 2 adults 2 children)

¥62,800 per group(5-7 guests)

  • Pick up at your hotel in Kanazawa at 8:00 

  • Stroll in Wajima morning market, one of the three biggest market in Japan. Famous for its 1000 year history, and try local produce in Noto peninsula.

  • Visit Wajima Kiriko Art museum for impressive large votive lanterns used for traditional festivals in Noto.

  • Brief stop at Yurari public hot spring foot bath. Great way to relax and rest your feet!

  • Lunch in Wajima city. Try fresh local dish at a Japanese traditional restaurant. (At own expense)

  • Move on to Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terrace, famous for more than 1000 layers of terraced rice fields and its superb view extending to the Sea of Japan

  • Photoshoot session by a professional photographer in Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces

  • Drive on Chirihama beach driveway, unique experience of driving along a beach (If closed due to bad weather we will take you to nearby beach driveway or Ketataisha shrine)

  • Photo shoot session by a professional photographer in Chirihama beach

  • Drop off at your hotel in Kanazawa at 16:30-17:30.

  • The tour also can start in Noto area finish in Kanazawa

Option 2:  Chirihama beach driveway - Siroyone Senmaida Rice Terrace light up + night photoshoot session

(Mid October - Mid March only)

Duration 4 - 5 hours

¥33,800 per group (Up to 4 guests 2 adults 2 children)

¥53,800 per group(5-7 guests)

  • Pick up at your accommodation in Kanazawa at 15:30-17:00 depending on sunset time. 

  • Drive on Chirihama beach driveway for sunset, unique experience of driving along a beach (If closed due to bad weather we will take you to nearby beach driveway or Ketataisha shrine)

  • Photoshoot session by a professional photographer in Chirihama beach

  • Move on to Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terrace, beautifully lit up with 25,000 lights in the night. Famous for more than 1000 layers of terraced rice fields and its superb view extending to the Sea of Japan

  • Night photoshoot session by a professional photographer in Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces

  • Optional dinner(At own expence). Enjoy local produce in Noto peninsula.

  • Drop off at your hotel in Kanazawa at 20:00-21:00.

The tour includes: 

  • Private English-speaking professional photographer guide

  • Photo sessions by professional photographer

  • Option1 - Professionally edited 30 digital images of your day out. 

  • Option2 - Professionally edited 15 digital images of your day out. 

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Private car and driver

  • All taxes and handling charges

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5. Fukui history nature and dinosaur + photoshoot session private tour 

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Duration 8 - 9 hours

¥42,800 per group (Up to 4 guests 2 adults 2 children)

¥62,800 per group(5-7 guests)

Option 1: Natadeta temple -  Eiheiji temple - Eiheiji main street - Tojinbo

  • Pick up at your hotel in Kanazawa at 9:00/Kaga at 10:00.

  • Visit Natadera temple in Komatsu city, the head temple of the Shingon Sector and was established in 717.

  • Photo shoot session by a professional photographer in Natadera temple.

  • Move on to Eiheiji temple in Fukui prefecture, established in 1244. Impressive celling art cannot be missed.

  • Stroll in Eiheiji main street to visit souvenir and handicraft shops. 

  • Try Echizen soba noodle for lunch. Echizen soba is one of the most famous soba in Japan.(At your own expense)

  • Move on to Tojinbo, one km long stretch of rugged basalt cliffs along the Sea of Japan. See 30m tall pillar-shaped rocks formation.

  • Photo shoot session by a professional photographer in Tojinbo

  • Drop off at your hotel in Kanazawa at 16:30-!7:00/Kaga at 15:30-16:00

 

Option 2: Natadeta temple -  Eiheiji temple - Eiheiji main street - Fukui Dinosaur museum

  • Pick up at your hotel in Kanazawa at 9:00/Kaga at 10:00.

  • Visit Natadera temple, the head temple of the Shingon Sector and was established in 717.

  • Photo shoot session by a professional photographer in Natadera temple.

  • Move on to Eiheiji temple in Fukui, established in 1244. Impressive celling art cannot be missed.

  • Stroll in Eiheiji main street to visit souvenir and handicraft shops. 

  • Try Echizen soba noodle for lunch. Echizen soba is one of the most famous soba in Japan.(At your own expense)

  • Move on to Fukui Dinosaur museum, one of the top three museums of its kind in the world, and the largest in Japan. The museum includes an excellent English audio guide.

  • Drop off at your hotel in Kanazawa at 17:00-!7:30/Kaga at 16:00-16:30.

The tour includes: 

  • Private English-speaking professional photographer guide

  • Photo sessions by professional photographer

  • Professionally edited 30 digital images of your day out. 

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Private car and driver

  • Parking fee and highway toll

  • All taxes and handling charges

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6. Suzu and Noto peninsula + photoshoot session private tour

Rokkosaki lighthouse - Blue Cave - Mitsukejima island - Koiji beach -  Tukumall Squid King stature - Chirihama beach driveway

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Duration 8 - 9 hours

¥47,800 per group (Up to 4 guests, 2 adults 2 children)

¥67,800 per group (5-7 guests)

  • Pick up at your hotel in Kanazawa at 8:30 and drive to Rokkosaki lighthouse. Enjoy the stunning view of Japan sea. 

  • Next, to the “Skybird” observation platform, which juts out into open air and offers a sweeping view of the Sea of Japan. Also the mysterious Blue Cavern, a flooded cave with waters that appear to be dyed a deep, cobalt blue..

  • Visit Mitsukejima also known as Gunkanjima "Battleship Island" uninhabited rock island shooting 28 meters out of the sea in Suzu. You can walk out toward the rock in low tide..

  • Brief stop at Koiji beach, pondering the legendary tragic story of the two lovers who died here.

  • Lunch in Suzu city. Try fresh local dish at a Japanese traditional restaurant. (At own expense)

  • Move on to Visit a very famous photo spot of Ika king (Squid king). Massive squid stature 13m x 9m. You cant go home without taking photos with Ika king!

  • Drive on Chirihama beach driveway, unique experience of driving along a beach (May be closed due to weather condtion)

  • Photoshoot session by a professional photographer in Chirihama beach

  • Drop off at your hotel at 16:30-17:30

  • The tour also can start in Noto area and finish in Kanazawa

The tour includes: 

  • Private English-speaking professional photographer guide

  • Photo sessions by professional photographer

  • Professionally edited 30 digital images of your day out. 

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Private car and driver

  • Parking fee

  • Highway toll

  • All taxes and handling charges

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7. Kanazawa - Shiga - Finish in your next destination + photoshoot session private tour

Kanazawa/Kaga/Fukui - Hikone castle - Tagataisha shrine - Hachimanbori old district -  Finish in Osaka, Kyoto, Gifu or Nagoya

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Finish in Kyoto - Duration 7.5 - 8 hours  ¥84,800 per group 

Finish in Osaka - Duration 8.5 - 9 hours  ¥89,800 per group

Finish in Gifu - Duration 8.5 - 9 hours  ¥84,800 per group

Finish in Nagoya - Duration 8.5 - 9 hours ¥86,800 per group

Return to Kanazawa - Duration 8.5 - 9 hours ¥74,800 per group

(Prices are for max 4 guests, 2 adults 2 children)

  • Pick up at your hotel in Kanazawa/Kaga/Fukui at 8:30 and drive to beautiful Hikone castle, One of the top 3 original castle completed in 1622.

  • Next, to Tagataisha shrine, one of the most prominent shrines in the region. It is one of those shrines that can still manage to woo you even if you are tired of visiting Japanese shrines. Great spot for photoshoot session.

  • Visit Hachobori old town district, 400years old man-made canal that runs through the heart of Omihachiman City, and connects the town to Lake Biwa , Japan's largest lake. Many areas along the water have been used as a backdrop for Japanese TV shows and movies over the years because of the historic atmosphere.

  • Option to take a 35 min canal boat cruise at your own expense.

  • Photo shoot session by a professional photographer in Hachobori old town.

  • Lunch stop in Omihachiman. Tender Omi beef is one of the best beef in Japan with history of more than 400 years.(At your own expense)

  • Drive to your next destination. We will drop you off at your hotel.

  • The tour also can start in Osaka, Kyoto, Gifu or Nagoya and finish in Kanazawa.

The tour includes: 

  • Private English-speaking professional photographer guide

  • Photo sessions by professional photographer

  • Professionally edited 30 digital images of your day out. 

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Private car and driver

  • Parking fee and highway toll

  • All taxes and handling charges

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Cannot find a suitable itinerary? Please let us customise your tour!

Additional Info

  • As we only run private tours we are very flexible. We can customise your personalised tour so please feel free to ask any option.

  • The tour duration can vary depending on your pace, and we are happy to accommodate your group’s preferred timing. 

  • Please do not bring large bags. Less is more when it comes to the photo shoot session.

  • 100% of cancellation will apply if cancellation made less than 24 hours before the start time.

  • As many of the sites we visit are historical, we cannot guarantee disabled access.  We recommend a moderate level of mobility and fitness.  Please contact us if you wish to discuss your requirements.  

  • TK Photography Kanazawa will take all due care, but accept no responsibility for any accident or injury during the tour, or for loss or damage to any property.  We recommend all tour participants hold adequate travel insurance to cover you in the case of accident or injury, and loss or damage. 

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