Travel day (11/2)
Flight to Kushiro airport.
Day 1 (12/2) (Middag)
Arrival at Kushiro Airport. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2 (13/2) (Breakfast – Dinner)
We spend the whole day photographing Red-Crowned Cranes. For the morning session we choose the best sites according to weather. We will spend some of the day at the different feeding stations for cranes. There, you can photograph Whooper Swans, White-Tailed Sea Eagles, Sika Deer and Fox.
Day 3 (14/2) (Breakfast – Dinner)
Just like the previous day we photograph Cranes in the morning. After an early lunch we head for Lake Kussharo, stopping on the way to photograph landscapes when there is an opportunity. Depending on when we arrive at Lake Kussharo there will be a chance to photograph Whooper Swans.
Day 4 (15/2) (Breakfast – Dinner)
We spend the day by and around Lake Kussharo, photographing Whoopr Swans at different sites. If weather and road conditions permit we will go to the Bihoro Pass in the morning for some landscape photography.
Day 5 (16/2) (Breakfast – Dinner)
Depending on weather and the results of the previous day’s photography we might head for the Bihoro Pass in the morning. The rest of the morning is spent at Lake Kussharo photographing Whooper Swans. After lunch we head for Rausu. On the way, we stop at louzan, Sulphur Mountain. The area is volcanically active and there is a chance to photograph sulphur springs and other volcanically active things.
Day 6-8 (17-19/2) (Breakfast – Dinner)
The day starts with a boat trip on the Sea of Ochotsk to photograph both Steller’s Sea Eagle and ”ordinary” Sea Eagles. Afternoons will be spent photographing landscapes at Shiretoko National Park. During two of the evenings we will visit a site where we can photograph the world’s largest owl, Blakiston’s Fish-Owl.
The days begin with boat trips out into the drift ice in the Sea of Ochotsk to photograph Steller’s Sea Eagle and ”ordinary” Sea Eagles. Here, there are incredibly good conditions for photographing these birds of prey. In the afternoons we will look for photogenic birds in the surrounding ports and go to the Notsuke Penisula to look for Sika deer and foxes. On the evenings of 17 and 18 February, we visit a place where we hope to photograph the world’s largest owl, Blakiston’s fish owl. On February 19, we leave Rausu during the day and slowly make our way back towards Kushiro and our hotel.
Dag 9 (20/2) (Breakfast)
We spend the morning photographing Red-Crowned Cranes, choosing sites depending on weather. In the afternoon we fly to Tokyo Haneda airport and then home, if you haven’t chosen to join our extension tour.