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Red crowned crane, Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan

Winter Wildlife Photography with Sue Flood

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Sue Flood 1

Expert wildlife photographer

Travel and learn from expert wildlife photographer Sue Flood.

Hokkaido crane, Japan 2

Winter Wildlife

Photograph red-crowned cranes, the extraordinary Steller’s sea eagle, whooper swans and the Japanese macaques.

Traditional Ryokan Accommodation, Japan 3

Traditional style accommodation

Experience the best of Japanese hospitality with stays in traditional guesthouses and ryokans.

Red paper lanterns 4

Cultural attractions

Enjoy a visit to the Hokusai Gallery and Crow Castle in Matsumoto, one of the premier castles of the country.

This group tour can be arranged on a tailor made basis, contact us for more information

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1-2
    Tokyo
  • Day 3
    Tokyo - Kambayashi Onsen
  • Day 4
    Kambayashi Onsen
  • Day 5
    Kambayashi Onsen - Tokyo - Kushiro
  • Days 6-7
    Kushiro
  • Day 8
    Kushiro - Kawayu
  • Day 9
    Kawayu
  • Day 10
    Kawayu - Rausu
  • Days 11-12
    Rausu
  • Day 13
    Rausu - Tokyo
Hokkaido crane, Japan
Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido

Hokkaido is the second largest, northernmost and least developed of Japan’s four main islands. With its unspoiled nature, Hokkaido attracts many outdoor lovers. For those seeking breath-taking scenery with National Parks, wetlands, volcanoes and mountains.

Snow Monkeys, Nagano, Japan
Nagano, Japan

Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani

Located in the heart of Japan between Tokyo and Kyoto and stretching to shores of the Sea of Japan, the Japanese Alps offers a scenically stunning area with several mountains over 3000 metres. The Jigokudani Monkey Park is one of the most visited places in this region, as it offers visitors the unique experience of seeing wild monkeys bathing in a natural hot spring. The park is inhabited by Japanese Macaques, which are also known as Snow Monkeys.

Red crowned crane, Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan
Hokkaido, Japan

Shiretoko Peninsula

Located in the north-east of Hokkaido, Shiretoko Peninsula is one of the richest integrated ecosystems in the world. The site contains extraordinarily high productivity of marine and terrestrial ecosystems due to the formation of seasonal sea ice at the lowest altitude in the northern hemisphere. Shiretoko has particular importance for globally threatened seabirds, migratory birds and marine species.

Steller's sea eagle in flight with prey on a background of the frozen sea, Shiretoko Peninsula. Shiretoko National Park, Japan, Hakkaydo
Steller sea eagle

Rausu

Winter brings a thick blanket of snow on the town of Rausu and a layer of drift ice on the sea allows for an ice-breaking cruise in search of the Steller’s Sea Eagle, the largest eagle in the world, as well as other marine life. The flexible nature of the boats we use means we can adapt our itinerary to changing local weather conditions, maximising photography opportunities.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Sue Flood throughout
  • Accommodation (as detailed in the itinerary)
  • English speaking guide throughout
  • Domestic Flight tickets from Haneda to Kushiro in economy class
  • Transportation throughout
  • Entrances to sites visited including Jigokudani Monkey Park on days 4 and 5
  • Boat in Rausu

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Internal flight from Nakashibetsu to Tokyo
  • All drinks
  • Visa
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
24/02/2010 Days £10,950 ex. flightsSue Flood10 LIMITED Reserve your place

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Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this escorted tour get in touch. They would love to help.

01285 601 784

We look forward to you joining us on this tour.

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With an average group size of just eight to ten people our group tour itineraries enable you to travel to some of the most intriguing regions of the world in the company of experts guides in the field and, of course, with likeminded people.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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