A couple booked my photoshooting tour in Arashiyama Kyoto. They wanted to wear Japanese kimono, So I told them some kimono rental shop near from Arashiyama station I recommended. I met them at the shop and they wore special authentic kimono. Kimono is so many patterns and colors. Their kimono were high quality one and looked very very gorgeous!! It was suit of them and good for Japanese sceneries. We have visited in Bamboo grove and Seiryoji temple. There are many people in Bamboo forest but not so many people when we visited. It was easy to take pictures and they liked the photos which bamboo forest on background. They like to take photos as well and they took my photos when I was taking photos. I received the photos from them and it’s amazing!! They are nice models and good photographers as well. We had very nice time and got many beautiful pictures. I was very happy they liked photos and they decided to take my tour again in Nara. I met them in Nara after a few days and held the tour in Nara with deers. I will write about that next time. Anyway they are super nice couple and I was feeling like a part of their family. Thank you so much!!!
Arashiyama is one of the best place to see autumn leaves in Japan. I have been many times this Autumn leaves season in 2019. A awesome family joined my tour and I took great family photos with Autumn leaves at temple, Bamboo forest and more. They were very very friendly family and a boy was super cute. I don’t have any kids but I really like them and like to take their pictures as well. The boy played with Autumn leaves and looked fun so much. Mom and Dad played with him and I captured some moments. They like all of photos I took and I really like them too. They came from US and I have been US a few times every year. We talked about US and Japan. Japan and US are very different but both are beautiful and have nice foods. I like hamburger so much and they like Japanese foods. I have learned difference culture whenever I talk my guests. I am interested in every culture and like that so much.
Autumn leaves are begging to fall and will be over soon. But ground is many colors by Autumn leaves now in Arashiyama and other places in Kyoto and Osaka. It is also beautiful Japanese scenery. I will write other photoshooting tour in Autumn soon. Thank you!!
Autumn leaves have been changing color from the beginning of this month and they changed to beautiful color totally this week. I took many photos with Autumn leaves and met many great people. I was very glad to show beautiful sceneries in secret spots which aren’t known in Kyoto and Osaka. I will write about one of the tours and show you some photos.
A couple took my tour and we had a plan to go to Arashiyama and Fushimiinari shrine. But we didn’t have much time, So we tried to make rush and take photos many spots. Mountains are super beautiful and changed color to red, orange, yellow, and some parts were still green. I took their photos along Okawa river with Togetsu bridge, Mountains in background. It was nice place and very less people because we started early morning. After this, we walked to Kimono forest. It is usually very crowded places here but we saw just a few people. It was easy to take pictures!:) Tenryuji temple is the most popular places to see Autumn leaves in Arashiyama. A lot of people were heading this place. We went across Tenryuji temple and walked to Bamboo forest (Actually we took some photos around entrance of Tenryuji). Autumn leaves are very beautiful everywhere in Arashiyama. But not only Autumn leaves, Bamboo forest is so beautiful all year. I took them to nice place to see Autumn leaves where away from main street. This place is my favorite place because very peaceful and I am relaxing whenever I visited. Autumn leaves are very red and that great time. They liked this place and pictures with leaves. It was awesome day for me and hope them too. I will write about other tours soon!! Thank you!!
Autumn leaves season is one of the best season in Japan. I took many great pictures of a family in Gion area with Autumn leaves!! They joined my tour in Osaka first, and loved the pictures I took, So booked my tour in Kyoto again. I was very glad to see them and take pictures a lot with Autumn leaves. We have been Yasuikonpira temples and Yasaka shrines in Gion area. I explained about these places and how to pray and they were interested in everything of what I explained. It was not so crowded at some photo spots and easy to take photos. In Maruyama park where is close from Yasaka shrine has many Cherry blossoms trees. It is very beautiful in April because Cherry blossoms bloom in this season. But not only April, The trees were beautiful now as well. Leaves have changed from green to red and orange. Autumn leaves make a scene to warm color. It is great to take photos with them. They loved to be taken photos and it was very fun to take their photos because they were so excited when I showed them whenever took their photos. I was very happy that they really liked photos. I was also excited because of them. So it was very happy time for us. I hope they take my tour again in different season.
Hi!! It is autumn season in Japan and it is snowing in Sapporo, Hokkaido already. I like winter and cold weather, So I am getting excited!:) The beginning of Autumn, a couple joined my photoshooting tour in Kyoto. It was 4 hours tour and we were able to visit two area, Gion area and Arashiyama area. It was very fun and these area are the most popular places in Kyoto for tourists.
We started the tour at 8:30am. It was very nice to start early morning because almost nobody even in popular places of Gion area such as Gion shirakawa, Konpira shrine and around Yasaka tower. It is so crowded every time When I hold the tour but It was much less people early morning. Thanks to that, We were able to take many pictures easily! I explained about Japanese culture, Shrine and temple has many colorful balls. They were very interested in these things and asked me many questions about Japan and I was very glad to answer them. At Maruyama park in Gion area, Some trees are changing color from green to yellow, orange and red. They were telling us that Autumn is coming soon. We will be able to see beautiful Japanese maple leaves in Kyoto and Osaka. I am looking forward to taking pictures with them.
We moved to Arashiyama area after Gion area. It was very nice weather and some trees were changing color this place more. Arashiyama bamboo grove is very nice photo spot but it’s very crowded whenever I take pictures. So I took them to smaller and less people bamboo forest. It much easier to take pictures than main one. We are almost same age and talked about many things especially the guy and I are playing Pokemon Go and we traded Pokemon! Hahaha It was so fun! They were super friendly and I was so happy to made a new friends!:) I am looking forward to seeing them again in Japan!! Thank you!!
About 10 days ago, I have held the surprised proposal photoshooting tour in Enkoji temple, Kyoto. I got a message from a guy about surprised proposal photoshooting before a month and he wanted me to capture of the moment. We were making a plan where to do and searched the best place and told each other. Kyoto has many amazing places such as Yasaka shrine, Kiyomizudera temple, Kinkakuji temple (Golden temple), Heian jingu, Kyoto imperial place and more. Everyplace are not same but traditional and authentic place and great for Photoshooting. Some places are very popular and crowded, So we chose Enkoji temple where is not known well by tourists because it is a little far from Kyoto city and we need to take bus from Kyoto station for an hour or take train and walk for 20 mins. Actually I have never been there but checked some pictures on the web, It looked very beautiful. We thought Enkoji temple is the best spot for surprised proposal.
On that day, Unfortunately It was raining… We checked weather report many times but it was not good weather. Enkoji temple open at 9am, So we met there around 8:50am and waited for opening. There are nobody and very quiet and peaceful. Many trees, moss plants, Bamboos, traditional buildings and traditional Japanese rock garden ( Zen Garden), Everything was very very beautiful. I took some pictures with Japanese garden and trees and was looking for good spot for surprised proposal. I found a bridge looked very nice and tried making him to propose there. I and he were very nervous (Of corse he was much more nervous than me Hahaha) but it was succeed!!! I was able to capture some of the moments and it was awesome happy time. They looked so happy and I was happy too!! Thanks to them, I got great new memories. I was so glad to take their pictures in Enkoji temple. Hope they come back in the future and see them again!!:)
It will be great season for photoshooting in Japan. Leaves are changing color from green to Yellow, Red and Orange now. You can see beautiful Autumn leaves and get great pictures with Autumn sceneries about for a month from the middle of November. Some big park has trees like Osaka castle park in Osaka and Maruyama park in Kyoto. I will take you to secret Autumn leaves place and take your pictures. It is very comfortable in Japan now, not so hot and so cold and easy to sightseeing.
Arashiyama is very popular place to see Autumn leaves because the mountains will be changed color from green to warm color. It is super beautiful and many tourists and Japanese people go there to see. You can get on a boat and be relaxing on wide river and see leaves. Some temples in Arashiyama has Japanese maple trees and this scene is very very Japanesey. You must like it and be memories you don’t forget. Of course, not only Arashiyama, Kyoto has many good point to take pictures with Autumn leaves. I will take you to the best point in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Please check TOUR pages and book it if you like! I am looking forward to taking your pictures with Japanese Autumn sceneries!!:)
A family from Singapore joined my tour in Fushimi inari shrine. They found out my tour from their friend who joined my tour twice in Osaka castle park and Ueno park in Tokyo. I was very happy they introduced me and joined my tour. I have heard these two families are very close and it made me want to go and see them in Singapore.
Anyway, It was great day and I was able to get many good family photos! The kids are very cute and good in front of camera. Older sister was used to posing and younger sister as well. Fushimiinari shrine has big power of business and many tourists visit here everyday. It is very crowded even early morning. I took them to less people place and took some pictures. The pictures are took under Torii gates are must be beautiful but we need to wait good timing to get this kind of picture every time. Children can’t wait for long time but they waited, they were good girls. Thanks to them, I got many good pictures under Torii gates. Other photo spots are also beautiful and I was very happy because children looked enjoying my tour and their mother and father liked the pictures I took. They were very nice and friendly family. I hope see them again in Singapore. Thank you for taking my tour!!
The tour was held the beginning of September, but it was like summer day and so hot and humid. So we were worrying before starting the tour. But we were able to walk around Gion area and got many good pictures.
We met at Kimono rental shop after they changed to Yukata (Summer style Japanese traditional clothes). They chose nice color such as purple, pink and navy. Girls are sisters and younger sister was proposed by her fiance. So this tour was engagement photoshooting tour in Kyoto for them. Actually older sisiter took my tour in Osaka before a week and we already made friends. younger sister and her fiance were very nice couple and very friendly, So we was able to get closer easily.
We visited in Yasui Kompira shrine where has big power of relationship. I explained them about this shrine and why many Japanese girls came here. I would like my guests to know some Japanese culture, Not only taking pictures. After this place, we went to Yasaka tower and Kongoji temple has many colorful wish balls and explained about it too. I was very happy because they were very interested in Japanese cultures. I got many engagement pictures at these places and they were very beautiful. Ninenzaka has many souvenir shops and one of them is Starbucks. This Starbucks looks traditional Japanese house but you can have coffee and some drinks and snacks like other Starbucks. They were interested in it and I took some photos with this Starbucks. Around this shop, they found Studio GHIBLI shop and actually I am big fun of this and they are too. We were very excited and took pictures with big TOTORO. We walked around Ishibekoji and Maruyama park and I took some pictures of engagement ring. It was so beautiful and became one of my favorite picture.
It was very fun time and I would like to see them again!! Thank you for taking my tour!!!
It has just began autumn rainy season in Japan. It was rain in Osaka and Kyoto many time last a week. We were supposed to hold the photoshooting tour in Arashiyama but it was heavy rain, So we changed date and time to next day. We met at JR Saga Arashiyama station and it was sunny day rather than hot day. They are very nice family, Mom, Dad and 2 kids. They were very easy to communicate and got closer easily.
I took them to Bamboo grove first. It took about 10 min walk from JR Saga Arashiyama station. There aren’t crowded so much because we went go there in the morning. It was nice weather to walk and take pictures. I took a lot of pictures of family, only parents, only kids and Jump shots. I was very glad because they liked the pictures. After that, we were heading to Seiryoji temple. This is my favorite place because we can see beautiful buildings such as traditional tower, large temple, gate. Not only that, Many autumn leaves in November and December, large hanging Cherry blossoms in March and April. These trees were right green when we visited and they were so beautiful too.
We walked for long time and kids looked tired a little. So Mom and Dad got some smoothes for them and they got energy for photoshooting a more hour. Kimono forest, along river with Arashiyama mountains, Togetsukyo bridge, We were able to take pictures many places after that. I was so happy because they looked enjoying my tour and liked the pictures. Thank you for taking my tour and see you again!!
Surprised proposal Photoshooting in Kyoto, 2019!!
I have taken surprised proposal photos many times. Please check these blog if you want to see my works of it. I will write the surprised proposal photoshooting tour in Spring, 2019. It was cherry blossoms season in Kyoto and very comfortable weather and many people came to Japan to see beautiful full blooming Cherry blossoms. A nice guy contacted me about surprised proposal photoshooting for his partner. I thought it is great time to propose her with Cherry blossoms and pictures must be beautiful and awesome. We talked about how to make her surprise and I checked where is the best place for proposal. The place I chose is Maruyama park because it has big Cherry blossom tree in the park and there are not usually so many people. We prepared and made a route and schedule together. And the day has come…
We met at Inari station is the nearest station to Fushimiinari shrine. They wore Japanese Kimono for this Photoshooting and It looked good on them. First impression of them was very happy and both of them have nice smile. We walked to inside of the shrine and I explained them about Fushimiinari. This shrine has power of business and the most popular shrine for tourists. Many companies in Japan donated to this shrine and made Torii gate to get the power of business and grow it. You can see some sentences on the gate and they are donated date and name of company or people donated. I was very glad because they were interested in everything which I explained about Fushimiinari shrine. They were very nice my students Hahaha. I took their pictures with many Torii gates but many tourists visited there and took pictures with gates too, So We needed to wait to get to take pictures are nobody on background. The pictures are very beautiful and great because they were so natural in front of camera. Red gates and their kimonos are good for Photoshooting too!!
After Fushimiinari shrine, We moved to Gion area by Keihan train. It took about 7-10 mins and not so far. I recommend this route to everyone who have a plan to visit in good places of Kyoto. Gion area had many Cherry blossoms then and we could see them as soon as got at Gion Shijyo station. It was very crowded there because of Cherry blossoms but was very beautiful scene. We walked Gion Shirakawa and get to Yasui Kompira shrine. This shrine has defferent power as Fushimiinari shrine and it is power of relationship. I have seen a long line is made by Japanese girls because the shrine is very popular to pray to get good relationship and without bad relationship. Especially on weekend, A lot of girls (not only girls) came this place and prayed. My customers didn’t need to pray because they already had great relationship. After this place, We visited many spots like the tower of Yasaka and Kongoji temple has many colorful balls which were written wishes on it, Ishibekoji street where is very traditional and narrow one and Yasaka shrine. Finally we were at Maruyama park where he propose her…
Maruyama park has many cherry blossoms and we saw many people around every Cherry blossoms trees. I took them to a place away from the entrance of the park. A big hanging cherry blossom tree waited for us. I think he was very nervous then. I took some picture of them and told her ‘I will take your back solo photos’ and then he prepared a ring while a moment. I made her to turn around and then she saw him has the ring. She looked very surprised and cried and said ‘Yes’ after he asked her ‘Could you marry me?’. It was awesome moment and I could take many pictures and they looked super happy on every pictures. They hugged many time and other people looked this proposal celebrated them. Everybody was very happy around the hanging Cherry blossoms tree. We got many pictures with the ring and their happy pictures with Cherry blossoms. After that went to Yasaka shrine and took pictures a little more.
The day was big day for them and it was great memories for me too. I am checking their instagram and they look so happy in their home. Surprise proposal is very important because a time in life. I would be happy to help people have a plan to surprise propose in Japan. I love taking pictures of the moment. Please check tour page and contact me if you are interested in it.
There are really beautiful red leaves in Kyoto in the end of October to November. We visit to Chishakuin temple to see leaves and take pictures there. They were super red and looked very beautiful with a little greens. It was the best season to see them and travel in Japan. After that, took pictures with many Torii gates in fushimiinari shrine and visited Arashiyama area. There are many people especially in Bamboo forest everyday. But some bamboo forests aren’t known very well and I took them there and took pictures a lot. Arashiyama area is very nice places such as Tenryuji temple, Arashiyama monkey park, Togetsu bridge and Kimono forest to sightseeing and take pictures. You should go there in Cherry blossoms season and Autumn leaves season. You can see amazing scenes there!!
Couple Photoshoot in Kyoto, Japan
A couple came from Hawaii and we visited in Fushimiinari shrine and Gioa area, Kyoto. It was first time to came to Kyoto for them and I was so excited to show them many beautiful places and take them pictures there. They were a little nervous when the tour was began but they were getting used be taken pictures. We got many awesome pictures thanks of them. Thank you so much and see you again in Hawaii!!!
Surprise proposal Photoshoot in Kyoto
It’s too late to write about great Photoshoot early summer 2018 but I will write how amazing here now. A guy contacted me about surprised proposal in Kyoto and I was so excited when I got a message from him. We have considered many time where and when the best for proposing and decide Chishakuin temple where is very famous for Hydrangeas. It was very awesome everything on the day. He proposed in front of many Hydrangeas and his partner was crying when she heard the word from him. I could see the best happiest time in their life. After that, We enjoyed photoshoot in Kyoto and had great time. I hope they are well and see them again in Japan.