Inari After Dusk | Private

Rated 4.92 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)

¥24,000per session

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Hotel pick-up

Hotel pick-up is NOT included in this photo adventure. Include it for an extra ¥8,000.

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Adventure Type


Max Size

4 people


2.5 Hours


Fushimi Inari Shrine




Professional photography instructor


Hotel Pickup
Tripod (available for rent)

Recommended Gear

18-55mm zoom lens or similar
Camera capable of manual modes
Tripod is required (available for rent)


Light Painting

Long Exposure

EYExplore Kyoto Photo Tour & Workshop - Painting with light in Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto during Inari After Dusk
Painting with light in Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto during Inari After Dusk

What’s the Story?

The Vermillion gates of Shinto, adorned with holy symbols, lead us up the forested mountainside. Deep in the cover of night we enter a sacred garden brimming with mysteries veiled in a ghostly atmosphere. But fear not—we will cast our artificial light into the darkness and illuminate the beauty of the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

What We’ll Shoot

Learn the secrets of light painting in a setting ripe with potential. We will use a variety of artificial lights to reveal the shrine’s details in the dark. You’ll get coached on the best camera settings for light painting but also on the subtle handling of light sources to create impressive images.

Where We’ll Explore

We will go to Fushimi Inari, the most visited shine in Japan, after sunset when all the tourists have gone home. We will hit the iconic ‘tunnel of torii gates’ of course, but also hidden sub-shrines peppering the mountainside. We will climb a short way up the mountain into spooky and otherworldly parts of the shrine grounds.

Meet the Trainers for this Photo Adventure

  1. Rated 4 out of 5


    My husband and I were fortunate enough to book on Axel’s Inari after dusk workshop. Not knowing exactly what to expect we went with an open mind. It was a very pleasant way to spend the evening at an iconic landmark without the teeming crowds as we almost had the place to ourselves which enabled shooting with tripods without getting in people’s way and vice versa. This Shrine is one of my favourites, so it was great to be able to shoot it at a different time (evening) to give a whole new look and feel to the shots. Axel was very patient and informative, he knew exactly where to shoot from, which angles and was instrumental in encouraging us to try light painting. It was also great that we walked quite deep into the shrine where it’s quite dark and deserted, but Axel was well prepared with torches to light the way. I would definitely recommend anyone interested in night photography or Fushimi Inari Shrine to book this workshop.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    We completed a night time photography tour of Fushini Inari Shrine with Axel. It was a magical night – we captured interesting and very cool photos of this beautiful shrine, after the tourists had left! Walking around the shrine was so peaceful. Axel was excellent in helping us set up awesome photos. If you are not familiar with manual settings on a camera- don’t worry- Axel will lead you through. No tripod? No drama- hire one cheaply. Max of 4 people make this tour very personal and special. Highly recommended! Thank you Axel!!

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We meet under the big red entrance gate of Fushimi Inari. The gate illuminated with spotlights. You will see foxes on each side of the gate and a water fountain to the left.

In the case that you have booked a hotel pick-up, please ignore these instructions. Your guide will be at your hotel at the booked start time.

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