Memoirs of Kyoto

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)

¥9,900per person

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Adventure Type


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4 people


2.5 Hours






Professional photography guide


Hotel Pickup
Train Fare (~¥170)

Recommended Gear

18-55mm zoom lens or similar
35mm prime lens
Camera capable of manual modes

Enhance your photography with powerful composition techniques

Have fun training your eyes for interesting photo opportunities

Slow down and create iconic and unexpected photos of Kyoto

Take hidden yet photogenic paths and interact with locals

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Start your photo adventure just before sunset to take advantage of the best light conditions. Meet your photography leader in front of Kiyomizu temple and get acquainted with the necessary techniques for this workshop. We won’t go inside the temple so make sure you visit it before the start.

You will kick off by slowly walking down the photogenic slopes of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka. You will make sure to explore in depth all the hidden back alleys as you go. On the way, your photography leader will dispense powerful composition techniques to refine your shots. We’re talking: subject vs. backdrops, leading lines, color theory, depth of field, figure to ground, negative space… In no time, you will master these tools in a hands-on and fun way. Through the prism of photography, we will challenge the way you see Kyoto. You will learn how to create fascinating and artistic images out of an overly touristy area of town.

Once at the bottom of the hill, as the ambient light dims, you will make your way to Yasaka shrine and the Gion district. Shooting in low light conditions requires proper adjustments of camera settings. Your photography guide will be on hand to show you the best setup to get full advantage of your surroundings. Who knows you may even be lucky enough to spot a geisha walking down the streets. If so, you’ll be prepared!

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    It was a wonderful experience photo documenting Kyoto with Axel. He was very helpful and provided useful tips for taking different perspectives. Axel is well versed with finer details of photography and his critics were useful in pushing my limit and coming out of my comfort zone and trying new ideas.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joanne M

    A “must do” in Kyoto! Axel is an extremely strong teacher and Kyoto guide who works with the spontaneity of the environment, people and culture along the walking tour while critically providing tips for use of the camera settings. He shows you the best angles, composition, lighting, subject matter and overall emotion the photos can evoke. In the few hours we were together, I was so pleased with the walk around Gion and the improvements I made with my own photography. I truly value the learning experience and highly recommend this walking tour of Kyoto!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    We went to the back alleys of Gion and were able to photograph a real Geisha. The instructors are very helpful and you can see they are very passionate about photography.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I did the Tokyo night tour with Lukasz and Memoirs of Kyoto with Axel. It was a lot of fun, informative, and there were some great pictures (still processing the pictures from the trip). Thank you Lukasz and Axel

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is my second session with axel (the first was memories of Kyoto) learned a lot and took some amazing shots. Axel knows his way around the city and with the locals very well, which made it really easy for me to just focus on what I wanted to do.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    I booked the Kyoto Photo walk after doing one of EyExplore’s Tokyo workshops. As a fairly new photographer, I learned so much and have a wonderful portfolio of photos from Kyoto that I never would have taken on my own. Don’t hesitate to book any of EyExplore’s Photo Adventures. I’ve now done 4 of them and they were all equally amazing.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bianca V

    Amazing two hours in Kyoto with a guide willing to give the best tips for street photography. Axel seems relentless with the light, the different angles, the observation of the decisive instant. I highly recommend this photowalk.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donna P

    Had a great time on this tour with Axel as my guide. I learned a lot about composition and subject framing, and different ways of looking at the photos I intend to take, so as to end up with something unique to my visit. Some of the photos were of other visitors who were dressed in gorgeous authentic kimonos, and Axel was able to ask them if they were willing to be the subject my photos, while also getting a unique perspective for their own photos. Thoroughly enjoyable for us all. Wasn’t quite fast enough to get many photos of the traditional Geiko in the Gion district, but certainly not for the lack of trying on Axel’s part! I had a great time on this tour, and learned so much! I would definitely recommend this for learners wanting to know a bit more about photography or for those just wanting to brush up on some skills, or even to see more of the less touristy parts of Kyoto.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Javeer P

    I had a very special time on the EYExplore Kyoto tour where we went to Kiyomizu Dera and Fushimi Inari. My host Axel was able to share a really fresh perspective of capturing these historic places on camera in ways that I hadn’t thought about before and took me to many spots I’d likely have missed on my own. It was so fun to capture other visitors dressed in their stunning kimonos after Axel had politely asked them permission. On this tour I also learned about using light trails in my photography and it’s something I’m going to enjoy doing much more of in the future. Thoroughly enjoyable for anyone interested in photography. Thanks EYExplore!

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We meet under the big red entrance gate of Kiyomizu temple. This is called Niomon. It is the first gate you will see as you come up. There are 2 lions statues on each side of the stairs leading up to the gate.

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