Spring in Japan – Jesse Marlow



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Event Overview

Japan is a country full of contradictions – where traditional architecture lies nestled in the shadows of modern construction and exquisitely-dressed Geishas dressed in kimonos walk alongside leather-clad punks.

It’s a place where juxtaposed neon lights and kawaii fashion trends meet serene temples and centuries-old customs.

Tokyo and Kyoto are two of the country’s most engrossing enclaves, especially with the culmination of your trip coinciding with elaborate Japanese Halloween celebrations.

The focus will be on street photography but with time to shoot scenery, and Leica Akademie instructor Jesse Marlow will combine with local guides to find captivating corners beyond the reach of most tourists.

And 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.

This is a fully inclusive trip, all expenses except those of a personal nature are included. Accommodation is in single rooms, all meals, transport, tuition, etc are included. (If you are travelling as a couple, please ask us for a share room rate.) The only thing you need to do is get to the designated hotel in Tokyo on the first day.



Day 1
Sunday April 7

Group arrival and check in
Group dinner

Day 2
Monday April 8

Morning – Explore the surrounding streets of Shibuya

Afternoon – Yoyogi Park – Rockabilly dancers 2pm onwards

Evening – group dinner

Day 3
Tuesday April 9

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 – Shibuya crossing and surrounding streets.
Without doubt the world’s most famous intersection 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.

Day 4
Wednesday April 10

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.

Day 5
Thursday April 11

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.

Day 6
Friday April 12

Morning – Nishiki Market

Afternoon – SURPRISE

Day 7
Saturday April 13

Morning – Kennin-ji is a historic Zen Buddhist temple then explore along Kamo river area and Kyoto city streets
Afternoon – Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Day 8
Sunday April 14

Morning – Group breakfast then bullet train back to Tokyo

Day 9
Monday April 15

Morning  – Free time

Afternoon – Ginza

Evening – Group Dinner in Shinjuku followed by drinks at the iconic Golden Gai bar area in Shinjuku

Golden Gai consists of six tiny alleys – much too narrow to get even a small car down – lined by almost two hundred tiny bars – more than you would find in the whole of most UK cities. The buildings are ramshackle, and the alleys dimly lit – but bear in mind that Tokyo has one of the lowest crime rates of any big city, so the whole area is much safer than appearances suggest. Each building is only a few feet wide and built almost touching the one next door. Many have a steep set of stairs leading to a separate establishment, or a tiny flat, upstairs. The bars advertise themselves with an eclectic mix of artwork and enigmatic logos – ranging from cats and acoustic guitars to painted lips and nudes – adding to their mystique, and making the passer-by wonder what’s to be found inside.

Day 10
Tuesday April 16

Morning – editing of work

Lunch onwards – free time

Evening – Group 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 5 course set menu and drinks.

Workshop concludes

Day 11

Wednesday April 17

Depart Tokyo

Event Details


When: 7 -17 April 2024
Where: Tokyo and Kyoto

Equipment: Please bring a camera with a basic but modest range of lenses (plus a spare camera). Q2 and M11 are ideal, SL2 with 24-90mm perfect too.


Event Details

Start date: 07/04/2024

End date: 17/04/2024

Start time: 10:00 AEDT

End time: 16:00 AEDT

Venue: Japan

Phone: 03 9248 4444

Email: info@leica-akademie.com.au