Japan – Street Photography with Jesse Marlow



12 – 19 MARCH 2020 | JAPAN


Pay a deposit of $1,000.00 per item



Event Overview

Japan is a country of contradiction where centuries-old dwellings rest in the shadows of modern architectural marvels and graceful ladies wearing colourful kimonos stroll beside leather-clad punks. It’s a place where a few minutes on the footpath can lead from a raucous inner-city lane occupied by teens dressed in the latest Lolita fashions to a tranquil temple where a bride and groom wearing traditional robes promenade to the ceremony with their guests.

Tokyo and Kyoto are two of Japan’s most engrossing enclaves and the destination for this Leica Akademie adventure set to depart around the time the cherry blossom is blooming. During our springtime sojourn locals will be emerging from months of winter hibernation to enjoy warm blue-sky days when gardens are carpeted by tulips sporting vibrant shades, bygone shrines sit in the shadows of new leaves on ancient trees, and the pastel shades of sakura flank the footpaths.

The focus will be on street photography, but with time to shoot scenery, and Leica Akademie instructor Jesse Marlow will work with local guides to find captivating corners beyond the reach of most tourists. Best of all, the pace will be slow, allowing photographers enchanted by unique urban landscapes to capture the cohesion between new and old cultures in a destination best described as dynamic.

Event Details

Where: Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
When: 12 – 19 March 2020
Time: 7.00pm dinner, briefing and introductions on first day.
Highlights: Spring in Japan, street photography, scenic photography and personalised instruction from Jesse Marlow.
Equipment: Please bring a camera with a selection of lenses – 24/28mm, 50mm and 90mm would be ideal – or maybe a 24-90mm zoom – plus plenty of memory cards and fully charged batteries.

If you would like to borrow a Leica for the trip, please enquire with us.


Arrival Day. You will be transferred from your flight to your hotel in Tokyo and we will officially start our trip with a meet and greet dinner at 7.00pm.


Morning – Asakusa area – Senso Ji Temple, Asakusa amusement park and surrounding streets

Asakusa retains the vibe of an older Tokyo, with traditional craft shops and street-food stalls along Nakamise Street near the ancient Sensō-ji temple. Mid-19th-century Hanayashiki amusement park has thrill rides and cafes, while riverside Kuritsu Sumida Park hosts regular festivals and firework displays. Casual izakaya bars dot the neighborhood, along with yakitori restaurants serving grilled meat skewers and beer.

Afternoon – Ueno Park

Ueno Park is a spacious public park in the Ueno district of Taitō, Tokyo. Cherry Blossom season should be starting.


Morning – Nakameguro streets – bookstores, clothing, river walk etc.

In Nakameguro, you can find good food and great fun within easy walking distance of your apartment, and peace and quiet when you close the door. As is typical of Tokyo, tradition meets the ultra-modern in this neighbourhood and hidden among the back streets you’ll find both sleek architecture and historical temples.

Afternoon – Shibuya crossing and surrounding streets

Without doubt the world’s most famous intersection. This will be the backdrop for the afternoon’s shooting. Participants will be challenged to try and photograph the intersection in a different and new way.

Evening – Group dinner at OUT restaurant in Shibuya

Late Evening – Golden Gai consists of six tiny alleys – much too narrow to get even a small car down – lined by almost two hundred tiny bars. The buildings are ramshackle, and the alleys dimly lit – each building is only a few feet wide and built almost touching the one next door.


Morning – travel to Kyoto via bullet train

Views of Mount Fuji out the window

Late afternoon – Dusk shooting around Gion area streets. Known as the historical Geisha district this part of Tokyo comes to life after dark. Gion is Kyoto’s geisha district, with hostesses in colourful kimonos often sighted on the wooden Tatsumi Bridge, or amid upscale Japanese restaurants and boutiques on Hanamikoji Street. Gion Corner hosts traditional Kyomai dances, while Kennin-ji Temple is known for its Zen garden and Yasaka Shrine has seasonal festivals in a lantern-lit courtyard. Nightlife ranges from quiet sake bars to buzzing, pub-like izakayas.

Group dinner in Gion District.


Morning – A special event organised exclusively for our Leica Akademie guests – a combined cultural and photographic experience that you will not forget.

Afternoon – Explore along river area and streets as well as area surrounding Okura Hotel or if you prefer, take a free afternoon and do your own thing.


Morning – depart Kyoto for Tokyo via bullet train

In the afternoon and into the evening we will explore the world famous Ginza area – shooting ‘street’ and the huge variety of people we encounter. This will be followed by our group dinner.






Morning  – Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks. Located just a short walk from ShinjukuStation, the paid park’s spacious lawns, meandering walking paths and tranquil scenery provide a relaxing escape from the busy urban center around it. In spring Shinjuku Gyoen becomes one of the best places in the city to see cherry blossoms.

Free afternoon for editing.

Evening – Group farewell dinner at Park Hyatt Hotel’s New York Grill. The restaurant and bar with it’s unparalleled views of the Tokyo skyline made famous by the famous Bill Murray film Lost In Translation, the group will enjoy a five course set menu and drinks.




Shibuya Excel Hotel

The very pleasant Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu is right next to the famous Shibuya crossing, the iconic Tokyo image, and makes a great base from which to explore the streets of the city.


Hotel Resol Kyoto Kawaramachi Sanjo

Opened in June, 2018.
Lying at the heart of Kawaramachi Sanjo, Kyoto’s popular hangout area, this hotel offers guests a perfect gateway to famous tourist spots such as Pontocho and Kiyamachi (one minute walk) .
World famous Gion and the Kamo River with various seasonal views are also within walking distance.


Here are some photos which are representative of the places we plan to visit and the images we should be able to shoot.

Further Information

Rooming Basis: The price is based on single occupancy rooms. If couples wish to book we can offer a significant discount which will be reflected in the final payable balance. Please book two places and then tell us you wish to take advantage of this discount.

Deposit: A $1000 deposit will secure you a place on the trip. This is non-refundable unless the trip is fully booked and we can fill your place from the waiting list. Final payment will be due on 12 January 2020.

Inclusions: This is a fully inclusive trip and includes all meals, accommodation, transport, excursions, permits, etc.

Exclusions: Airfare to Japan, personal expenses, travel insurance.

Workshop Style: For more information about how our trips are conducted please click here.


Event Details

Start date: 12/03/2020

End date: 19/03/2020

Start time: 19:00 p.m.

End time: 09:00 a.m.

Venue: Tokyo and Kyoto

Directions: Please arrange your own travel to Tokyo airport and inform us of the flight details, we will then have you met to be transferred to the hotel.

Phone: 03 9248 4444

Email: info@leica-akademie.com.au