As we head into autumn (in some parts of the world) you may be considering what trip to arrange next, so I wanted to share details for our next Travel Girls Getaway in collaboration with Lisa of The Wandering Lens to Japan! Lisa and I will be heading there in November for a week long Photography & Blogging tour and we want you to come with us! Here are 5 reasons why you should book your spot on the tour.
1) IT’S IN JAPAN!
Japan is a crazy, quirky, cultural wonder that needs to be seen at least once in your lifetime. We will be taking the group to explore from Tokyo to Kyoto for a full week of creative adventures. We’ll be photographing the beauty of Japan in autumn when the leaves turn bright colours blending beautifully with the temples and city streets.
The Highlights Of The Tour Will Include:
- Tokyo Street Scenes
- Shibuya Crossing + Harajuku
- Asakusa Temple at Sunrise
- Kyoto’s Historic Street Scenes
- Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
- Fushimi Inari Shrine
- Kiyomizudera Temple
- Gion District
- Nara (Roaming Deer + Big Buddha)
*Full itinerary in the Other Details section at the end of this article
2) LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS FROM A PROFESSIONAL
There are lots of courses out there and plenty of ways to learn online, but nothing beats working in person with a professional to learn a new skill or to take your photography to the next level. Lisa Michelle Burns of TheWanderingLens, will be hosting the photography tour and is a professional photographer with years of experience ready to share with you!
She has taught tonnes of other students on her photography tours in Iceland, the South Pacific and Provence so I am really excited to be collaborating with her on this one. During the trip Lisa will be sharing tips throughout the day on how to use your camera, capture different lighting situations and how to truly reflect the beauty of Japan in your images. Once the photography itself is done, Lisa will be mentoring you on how to enhance your photos in Lightroom and Photoshop. (Note – all the photos in this article were taken by Lisa!)
3) FRIENDSHIP’S & NETWORKING
One of the best things about our Travel Girls Getaways and group tours are the friendships and connections that you make on them. We Are Travel Girls is all about community and women supporting other women. We have seen some great friendship’s and business relationship’s created at our meet-up’s and events in just a few short hours, so imagine the networking and friendship opportunities that can be made in a week long trip together!
4) BLOG & SOCIAL MEDIA MENTORSHIP
I studied Business & Economics and then worked in finance for over 10 years. In 2016 I quit my job to focus on creating We Are Travel Girls and building a travel business. In the year since we launched our website we have grown our monthly unique visitors to over 50,000. Coupled with this we have grown our presence on social media organically to over 350,000 followers across our platforms. And we have have hosted meet-ups all over the world, worked with many international brands and launched Travel Girls Getaways.
During the trip I will be sharing my knowledge with you on to create a successful blog or business, focusing on Business Planning, using Social Media and Digital Marketing. I will also be giving you access to a set of 10 detailed eBooks written by me, including Blog Business Planning, The Power Of Pinterest and Effectively Working With Brands and Securing Collaborations.
5) AUTUMN IS THE PERFECT TIME TO VISIT & PHOTOGRAPH JAPAN
Japan is beautiful year round with different seasons bringing a range of colours to photograph. Autumn is a perfect time to visit Japan, as the vibrant leaves decorate the landscape and the chill of winter brings with it a morning mist that is perfect for moody images in the historic streets. We will be taking advantage of the season and getting up early to capture some unique images in some of Japans most iconic spots!
DATES: November 20th-28th 2017
BOOKING: Please visit TheWanderingLens.com to submit your application and book your spot
PLACES AVAILABLE: At the time of writing we have three spots available on the tour and expect these to sell quickly, so please submit interest asap
PRICE: USD $2,800
TRIP ITINERARY: Japan is filled with cultural wonders and we will be visiting photogenic places throughout Tokyo, Kyoto and the beautiful Nara. In Tokyo for 3 nights we’ll be based in Asakusa for easy access to the historic Senso-ji Temple in the early hours or evening for photos without crowds. Get ready to photograph the famous Shibuya Crossing, character filled Harajuku and the bright lights of Ginza and Shinjuku. Think long exposures, street photography, portraits and quirky Japanese gems.
Taking the famous Bullet Train to Kyoto we will be staying right in the centre of the cities charming Gion and Higashiyama District. From there we will explore the naturally stunning Arashiyama, Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji Pavillions, the red Tori Gates of Fushimi Inari and Kiyomizu-dera which sits high above Kyoto amongst the autumn leaves.
From Kyoto we’ll take a day trip to Nara where deer roam free beneath the autumn trees and the giant Tōdai-ji Buddha is one of the most impressive sights we’ll see. There will be some free time in both Kyoto and Tokyo to explore on your own if you wish to relax a little, wander the markets or hit the streets if you catch the photo bug!
*Please note, the trip is not a group bus tour. We will be there to provide directions, host workshops along with arranging transport and accommodation however this isn’t a group bus tour with a completely set itinerary. It’s a real world tour where we explore the cities, forests and sights like travellers; catching trains, buses and walking between locations. If the group is loving a particular location, we’ll stay longer, if you’re not feeling it, we’ll move on.
- 8 Nights Accommodation
- Twin share rooms in comfortable hotels
- Japan Rail Pass for 7 days: Including the bullet train + metro
- All Tickets + Entrance Fees: For temples, shrines and sights we visit as a group
- Photography Tuition: In the field workshops + as much or as little help as you like for the duration of the tour. Creative advice, camera settings, Lightroom + Photoshop editing tips
- Blogging Tuition: If you’re looking to get your own blog or website started
We have three places available on the tour so head over to TheWanderingLens.com to join us for a fun, relaxed and immersive experience exploring this incredible country!
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