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Your Private Vacation Photography Session In Kyoto
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Your Private Vacation Photography Session In Kyoto

By Your Travel Story Japan
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Duration: 60–90 minutes
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Live guide: Japanese, English
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  • About 50 beautiful edited photos (could be more)
What's not included
  • Transportation fee
  • Japanese traditional Kimono


Start:
  • Japan, 605-0074 Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, Gionmachi Minamigawa, 571 COFFEE SHOP NOEN
    This meeting point is the sample. This is the private photo session, so we can meet up wherever you want.
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  • Yasaka Shrine, 625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0073, Japan

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 92281P2

  • Join with less luggage will be better for photography
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 92281P2

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    This meeting point is the sample. This is the private photo session, so we can meet up wherever you want.
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  • Nicholas B
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible experience
    Great photo shoot, highly recommend, it was a very enjoyable experience with great photos! Satoshi is not only super professional, but he was so nice and he took amazing photos! Definitely would do it again, loved the experience!
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Andrew H
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour and photo shoot!
    My fiancé and I had a wonderful time on this photography tour. The experience was amazing. Our tour guide and photographer Satoshi was really what made it so great. Easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and an excellent eye for photography. We would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get high quality pictures together while in Japan. A perfect score, 10/10 would highly recommend!
    Written May 25, 2023
  • 245jeeminh
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Dealing with Satoshi san was a pleasure throughout the whole process. He was very responsive and accommodative to my last minute enquiries and because of that we could complete the shoot which i very much had hoped for. The shoot was fun and the pictures turned out great!! Thank you so much for the precious memories which we will treasure for a lifetime!
    Written May 12, 2023
  • 402steffin
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic photo shoot
    We had an excellent time with Satoshi san! We have done a few casual photo shoots before but Satoshi san was the best! He was so friendly and even shared with us the stories of each location making the shoot even more meaningful! We were also extremely satisfied with the edited photos and we are grateful to have met him!
    Written November 19, 2022
  • uryv2022
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing photoshoot in Kyoto
    We are super happy with Satoshi's excellent work! He is an incredible photographer who knows how to perfectly capture the beauty of people and places. He made us a spectacular photoshoot in Kyoto!! 100% recommended!! Also, he has a very good level of English, a fact that facilitates communication and allow us to enjoy even more (he was explaining curiosities about the areas we visited while we were doing the photoshoot).
    Written November 19, 2022
  • RDoshi32
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great photoshoot
    Satoshi was incredibly nice and took some amazing photos! He also gave me nice pointers on what do in Kyoto while touring me round the amazing sights. Would highly recommend!!
    Written February 8, 2020
  • MoloG1
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Booked photography tour both in Kyoto and Osaka with Satoshi and it was an amazing expreience. He knows the best spots for pictures unexpected spots actually. He is very talented and he speaks good English too so you will have good conversations with him. I will recommend Satoshi and definitely will book with him again soon.
    Written January 26, 2020
  • Trip699729
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Night Photoshoot in Osaka
    I booked my experience with Satoshi in Osaka and it was beautiful. Satoshi was able to capture photos in various angles and settings that really showed the beauty of the city. He also took us down streets that were less touristy that we would not have found otherwise. We had the photos done at night and Satoshi made sure that all the vibrant street lighting accentuated our pictures. On top of all of this he was very friendly and had great stories and recommendations to share with us as we talked and walked around Osaka. I would definitely book another experience with Satoshi.
    Written January 13, 2020
  • Shareeee94
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very skilled photographer
    Satoshi was friendly and professional from the very beginning. He showed me different areas around Kyoto and took photos when he felt the location or lighting was perfect. I was nervous beforehand but Satoshi was very encouraging and would give tips and show me progress photos as we went. He also explained the history and culture of the areas that we visited. I am very happy with the final product and if I am in Kyoto again in the future I will definitely book his services once more!
    Written January 9, 2020
  • tiancai_xinxin
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Kyoto Experience with Beautiful Photos!
    The photos are amazing - Satoshi always finds the best angle and lighting and makes good use of surrounding objects to create a dream-like effect. He speaks fluent English and we had great conversations. I went on the tour with my bestie and was so happy that he captured these precious lovely moments.
    Written January 3, 2020
  • Sea3anderson
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Pictures
    I have no regrets about booking this event with Satoshi. He was kind, professional, and fun to work with! He took great pictures and was super speedy in sharing them with us, we had them only a few hours after the tour! We now have these pictures to remember our trip to Kyoto. Highly recommend!!
    Written December 28, 2019
  • Ashleykuong
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning photos in Kyoto - UNMISSABLE
    I’m really glad that I signed up for this tour for my mum and I because the photos are just breathtakingly stunning. Satoshi was really friendly and hospitable. His welcoming personality especially made my mum feel at ease when posing. What’s more, he was extremely skilful at taking the photos from different angles, so much so that even if the weather was not perfect on that day, the photos still looked wonderful. This photography tour highlights our trip to Japan. Highly recommend!
    Written December 18, 2019
  • Shirron13
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Photoshoot in Nara
    Had a chat with Satoshi weeks back on some plans to have a photoshoot session for my family.. Satoshi was prompt in replying and very accommodating in the necessary planning. Everything was confirmed and we were pooking forward ti the photoshoot.. The day before the photoshoot, Satoshi gave a gentle reminder on the photoshoot session and confirm the location of meetup. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we were running alittle late. And Satoshi was very nice to arrive slightly later then the initial meetup time. Finally, we met! He gave us a huge wave from far and he was very approachable. Throughout the entire session, Satoshi had a warm smile on his face.. He was nice to ask us to slow down in our walk as we were in kimonos. He brought us around the entire deer park, sharing with us information of the park, and at the same time looking for outstanding scene to take a shoot of us.. Satoshi even prepared a umbrella when he came down for the photoshoot and borrow it to us when it started to drizzle. That's a very kind gesture of him. And as most review have mentioned, Satoshi's english was great! Conversing with him was an ease and we had alot of fun! Thank you for making this trip memorable Satoshi!! We shall meet again.. Cheers!
    Written December 17, 2019
  • Lykabossxx
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome host and beautiful pictures
    Satoshi was very warm and welcoming. He made us feel very comfortable and confident at the same time. We were able to talk, have fun and walk around the streets of Kyoto while taking pictures. He was able to provide us with nice tidbits of information as well as entertain us with stories about a certain place. It’s obvious that he’s very knowledgeable about the place. He also knows how to work the camera well and how to instruct people on what to pose. I love that he showed us his favorite dango store and I have to say that the dango there was very delicious. The best part would definitely be the photos, he sent them on the same day. So many beautiful pictures that we will cherish and share forever. Thank you, Satoshi, for a wonderful day. Thanks for being a part of our first Japan trip.
    Written November 26, 2019
  • achengg
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Recommend!
    Satoshi did a wonderful job capturing our photos in Kyoto. My husband and I had our photos taken with another couple. If you don’t want to have to share your time with others, a private tour may be a better option. However, it was so wonderful to meet other tourists from other parts of the world. Satoshi spoke very good English so it made us feel very comfortable. He was very friendly and did a wonderful job of explaining Japanese culture. He delivered our photos the next day.
    Written November 25, 2019
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Stephanie L
Fremont, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Since we're not huge picture takers of ourselves, we wanted to get some professional photos done while we were on holiday around Japan and found Satoshi's business page a couple of months ago. We decided to get them done around Kyoto, and Satoshi was the perfect host! He took us around several picturesque locations, some bustling, some quiet, but always managed to get great photos of my partner and me.

The session lasted around an hour and a half, and once we were done he let us know that he'd have the photos edited and sent within a few days, and he did not disappoint! There was close to 1GB of photos ready for us within three days and they turned out beautifully.

I highly recommend him and his work (especially for English-speaking folks; communication was perfect and informative) and if we ever come back during Springtime, we'll absolutely try to book another session with him.

Also: when we told him we'd be staying in Kyoto for a few more days and then moving on to Osaka afterward, he gave us a whole list of his favorite restaurant and cafe recommendations for both cities. So grateful for such brilliant hospitality!
Written October 19, 2023
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Dreamer03205831358
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I hired Satoshi to capture my surprise proposal, and the experience was absolutely perfect! Satoshi was professional, attentive, and incredibly skilled at capturing the essence of our special moment. He provided excellent guidance to ensure the proposal went smoothly and managed to capture everything discreetly.

The photos are stunning, full of emotion, and beautifully composed, reflecting the joy of our engagement wonderfully. The turnaround time for the edited photos was quick, and the quality was exceptional.

I highly recommend him to anyone looking to capture a once-in-a-lifetime event. Thank you, Satoshi, for making our engagement unforgettable and providing us with memories to cherish forever!
Written April 22, 2024
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Celine M
Punaauia, French Polynesia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Satoshi was amazing, he made the whole experience a smooth process and made us feel really comfortable. It was like walking around Nara with a friend.
The photos were absolutely gorgeous and we could not be happier!
If you want high quality memorable photos of your trip to Japan we strongly recommend Satoshi. On top of it we learnt a lot about the city and Japan because Satoshi was a wealth of information.
Written April 9, 2024
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Lemuel W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We couldn't be happier after our experience with Satoshi. Neither my wife or I consider ourselves particularly photogenic, but Satoshi did an excellent job of making us feel comfortable and getting some AMAZING photos that we will cherish forever. You wouldn't think that the area was mobbed with tourists just by looking at our photos -- it really looks like we had all of Kyoto to ourselves!

We would recommend this experience to anyone looking to get some professional photos to commemorate their time in Kyoto. 11/10
Written June 20, 2024
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Zheng Wei T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great experience throughout, even though it was raining, Satoshi was able to take amazing pictures regardless! The entire process went extremely smoothly, Satoshi was very friendly, was easy to communicate with (in English) and responsive prior to the session. (We suggest to go early in the morning, otherwise it will get too crowded!)
Written March 25, 2024
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Hans T
Woodside, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Satoshi was knowledgeable, patient and thoughtful. My family rented kimonos near Kiyomizu-dera (at Rental Kimono Okamoto, which we also highly recommend). Satoshi met this store, and started to take our photos in the nice backyard to warm us up. He then took us around the neighborhood and took advantage of amazing lighting from sunset at diff spots. He is a great conversationlist and asked my kids and wife questions to find the best poses for them. He ended his session with wonderful recommendations for his hometown Osaka. Satoshi went to college in Kyoto and lived here for 4 years. So he knows Osaka and Kyoto (as well as cities nearby) well. We will definitely work with him again.
Written April 9, 2023
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Wander823904
Taiwan5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the most wonderful time with Satoshi. He was patient with my 2 young children (age 3 & 5) and he was super accomodating with our requests. The photos turned out wonderful and they are natural and captured our true happiness, couldn’t have asked for a better photographer and photography session.

It was also easy to communicate with Satoshi, response on Whatsapp was fast and all communication was done in English. Superb and smooth arrangement. I highly recommend Satoshi and I would definitely engage him again if we return to Osaka//Kyoto
Written February 19, 2023
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Sean C
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I reached out to Satoshi, the photographer who runs this event, maybe two months prior to the trip. I had a big ask for him and that was to see if he could help setup this up as a secret engagement photography session. He was more supportive of this than I ever could of asked for!

We talked through different area options in Kyoto, what places might be best to propose, the cherry blossom season, and ultimately went with his recommendations. It was all perfect - the pictures, my fiance's reaction to the proposal, and the unbridled support from Satoshi.

He was always 1000% all on in this event and even was eager to be a part of it in the kindest of ways. You can clearly see his passion for photography (on top of his skill) just based on how dedicated he is to getting the right shots. He responded quickly to messages, spoke great English, shared about Kyoto and Japan, and was just all around amazing. You won't be disappointed!
Written April 18, 2023
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kentonngo
Denver, CO1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Would definitely recommend Satoshi to anyone in Japan looking for photos. We had Satoshi take our engagement photos in Kyoto. He had the perfect recommendation for location, and showed up early to make sure he captured the moment. It was both of our first times doing a photoshoot and Satoshi made it feel all very natural and easygoing, like hanging out in the park with a good old friend. Photos came out spectacular, could not be happier. We received them a lot faster than I expected even though Satoshi had a lot of our pictures to process and multiple bookings that day.

Very communicative, professional, personable, and great at photography! He also had great recommendations for food spots as a local. My favorite restaurant was one of his recommendations. Would never have found it without him!

Thanks for everything Satoshi! We feel very lucky to have found you.
Written July 8, 2023
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Notcalvin
San Francisco, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Satoshi was so fun and easy to take pictures with! My brother's family had used Satoshi in their last visit to Kyoto, and we loved their pictures so we booked Satoshi to do our Kyoto family photos too once we knew our itinerary. He took us around to various places, and captured our small family of 3 very well. Turnaround for pictures was quick, and we are now able to use a couple of them for our holiday cards. Thank you so much for an awesome experience!
Written December 5, 2023
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