EYExplore
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Challenge your photos! Have fun creating beautiful images. Make the most of your time shooting in the city. Get the expertise of a local photographer. We strive to provide a fun and educational photographic travel experience for people in all walks of life.
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

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Marios F
London, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I came to EYExplore with very exacting and high demands for a very specific shoot and Lukasz and the team came through in the best way possible! Timely communication (even considering the time difference), detailed answers and information, quick updates leading, ultimately, to a very productive shoot and some amazing images. I am really looking forward to repeating this (with some changes) in the near future.
Written January 8, 2024
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Marios, thank you for the kind review! We are glad to hear it was a fruitful experience!
Written April 14, 2024
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Chris K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Second time that I've used eyeexplore because they provide a unique experience that truly is second to none. They really do help you achieve your vision while offering the personal level of assistance that you need, while also curing you in to things you may not even notice.

It may seem a pricey choice but it is the sort of experience you just can't get with your typical "geisha dinner" or staged performance.

Written November 29, 2023
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Thank you so much for the awesome review! We're very glad to hear that you had a great time photographing a geisha!
Written December 25, 2023
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Shirley
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
I was in Kyoto for 3 days and one of the afternoon was dedicated to a photoshoot with a Maiko (an apprentice training to be a Geisha). I had a good session as the Maiko was accommodating and just before the actual session Lukasz showed me some possible photo ideas. This was especially good because my time with the Maiko was limited. After looking at the photos I’ve taken, I wished the lighting was better. There are some unflattering shadows on her face despite her being only 18 years old. Overall the session was good.
Written December 14, 2020
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Hi Shirley, thank you for your review! Although our response is late, we took your feedback to heart and have improved how we handle lighting during the workshop. Thank you for joining us!
Written December 25, 2023
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rileyralph
Houston, TX3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The Geisha Studio photo workshop in Kyoto was a fun and unique experience. Paul with EYExplore was an excellent teacher and provided many helpful tips, ideas and advice on how to get the best photos during the shoot.
I had the opportunity to photograph a lovely Maiko named Masane and she was truly a delight to meet and work with. I was able to photograph her in many different scenarios and poses, some were Paul’s suggestions but they also allowed me to use some ideas of my own. Once Masane arrived I first had the opportunity to talk with her and get to know a little bit about her. Once the photo session started it seemed to go by quickly but I was able to get some great shots.
The Geisha Studio was truly a memorable experience and definitely the highlight of my trip to Japan.
Written April 13, 2024
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Thank you for the awesome review! We very happy to hear you had a wonderful time on the geisha shoot!
Written April 14, 2024
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Angela B
San Antonio, TX2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Charles was a superb guide/instructor. He was knowledgeable, kind and easy to hang with. Charles helped me capture some phenomenal images I would have never achieved on my own. I highly recommend Eyexplore Tokyo by Night your.
Written January 20, 2020
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Thank you so much for the great review!
Written February 17, 2020
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Sanjaya Wijeyekoon
Bournemouth, UK586 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
After taking one of their sessions in Tokyo I arranged for two sessions in Kyoto. Paul was my guide and we had a superb day seeing some of the excellent hidden away sites that Kyoto has to offer. He provided some valuable insights into some of the technical aspects of photography and was also a great companion for the day when we discussed a range of topics. Many thanks for a brilliant and memorable day. Money well spent.
Written September 14, 2019
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Hi Sanjaya, we're glad to hear you has an awesome time on all of our workshops! Thanks for the great review!
Written September 28, 2019
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photofish70
Bryn Mawr, PA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
These guys were great. We went to the shrine and got some great shots. One actually won an award. Axel was patient and very helpful. If you are into photography this is very worthwhile
Written July 14, 2019
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Congratulations on the award! That's great to hear. And thank you so much for the review!
Written July 23, 2019
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Jemkh
Melbourne, Australia715 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Light Painting at Fushimi Inari, could not think of anything better and what unique photos you can get (with a lot of help!)- would have liked there to be more opportunities to use the light- especially in different colours and get really creative!
Written May 19, 2019
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Thank very much for the review! We're glad you enjoyed the concept and got some cool photos out of it!
Written July 23, 2019
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Paul R
Cobargo, Australia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Meeting a geisha one-on-one was a surreal experience. Having Axel as our guide/translator and photographic guru was awesome. The time we spent with Hinayu discussing her life and photographing her was a once in a lifetime experience.
We try to do a photo tour whenever we visit a new city, and highly recommend this workshop if you have an afternoon to spare in Kyoto.
Written October 14, 2018
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Thanks Kelly for your lovely review. We were blessed with Hinayu's beauty and the weather on that day. I hope to see yo again in Japan. Keep shooting!
Written October 16, 2018
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David O
Sydney, Australia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
Inari shrine is beautiful and peaceful at night, and the crowds are thin. Axel is an articulate and friendly guide who very clearly talked through his thought process. We would take the same shot over and over, sequentially altering something in order to improve the photo incrementally. A fantastic tour, especially if you're interested about lighting and exposures. Advice - bring spare batteries.
Written January 27, 2017
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Hello David, I am happy to read your review of your photo adventure with us. I am glad you had a fun and educational time with us. I look forward to seeing you again for new adventures... in Osaka maybe? Best, Axel
Written February 6, 2017
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