We’re sure you’re already excited to explore the wonderful country of Japan. Whether you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, or elsewhere, we’re sure you’re going to enjoy every part of this adventure! Of course, what is an adventure without some pictures? Here we’ve compiled just some of the best photoshoots you can avail on your trip to Japan. The twist? These specific photoshoots are the best when it comes to kimonos!

Kimonos are beautiful traditional Japanese garments. They are quite important in Japanese culture. Not to mention, they look so beautiful — especially when captured by a professional photographer! The options below will tell you all the best spots to have a glamorous kimono photoshoot.

1. Traditional Kyoto Photoshoot

Since kimonos are traditional garments, wouldn’t it make sense to have a photo shoot while wearing these against some traditional backdrops? And when it comes to traditional places, you can’t go wrong with Kyoto. Considered the most traditional city in Japan, Kyoto is known for having incredible traditional architecture. Its temples, pagodas, and shrines are just some of the best in the country.

For this photoshoot package, your photographer will tour you to some of Kyoto’s most iconic spots while also letting you in on some of the city’s hidden wonders. Expect to visit Ninen-zaka, Yasaka Pagoda, Kiyomizu Temple, and more! Of course, this photoshoot wouldn’t be complete if you’re not decked out in traditional Japanese clothes. Complete the look with a traditional hairstyle and you’ll be good to go. Don’t worry — your local photographer will definitely make sure to link you to some of the best kimono rentals in the area!

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2. Kimono Photoshoot in Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

When it comes to gorgeous picturesque sites, we have to recommend the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Located in Kyoto, this place has been steadily building a reputation as one of the must-see spots in Japan. As soon as you see it, you’ll know the reason why. It’s an otherworldly place — as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the ears. You will really feel like you’ve been transported straight into a Studio Ghibli movie because of how magical this place feels.

Aside from the Bamboo Forest itself, this local photographer can also tell you a lot of cool spots around the area that you can check out. This includes the Nonomiya Temple, Togetsu-kyo Bridge, and more! You could also ask your photographer for any restaurant and cafe recommendations. Because they frequent the area, they’ll be sure to give you a lot of great recommendations. This photo shoot also wouldn’t be complete without wearing a gorgeous kimono to stand out from the majestic green backdrop.

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3. Kimono Photoshoot in Higashiyama

Up next we have another photoshoot in one of the most scenic places in Kyoto. Higashiyama has a lot of gorgeous temples, natural parks, and more which just make it perfect for sightseeing. During this photoshoot package, expect to visit some of its most well-known spots like the Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park, Hokan-ji Temple, and more! Aside from these, your photographer will also tour you to some of the area’s secret spots. That way, you get to enjoy why Higashiyama is so iconic while also getting to explore some of the less tourist-y places!

While this photo session doesn’t include kimono rentals, rest assured that your photographer will act as your local guide into the world of kimonos. They know all the best kimono shops in the area that offer beautiful yet affordable garments. Pick out your best one and enjoy exploring Higashiyama — traditional style!

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4. Fushimi Inari Shrine Photoshoot

Another amazing Kyoto spot you simply have to visit is the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Famous for its jaw-dropping torii gates that number over 10,000, this is one of the best photo spots in the country. Indeed, thousands of people flock here just to catch sight of the majestic view. That means this place can get pretty crowded at times. But if you have the right local guide, you can go to some areas that aren’t as well-known by tourists!

The local photographer for this photoshoot can show you all the secret spots of the Fushimi Inari Shrine so that you can still get an amazing photo even during peak season. Even during the most crowded times, you can count on this photographer to give you clean and professional-looking photos that are worth every penny. Of course, if there is ever one place to have a kimono photoshoot in, then it must be the incredible traditional backdrop provided by the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

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5. Retro Asakusa Photoshoot

You might think that Kyoto is the only photoshoot-worthy city out there, but you would be wrong. In fact, there are plenty of gorgeous and memorable places right here in Japan’s capital city! This particular photoshoot focuses on the Asakusa district of Tokyo. Here, your photographer takes you on a tour to some of the most atmospheric places in the area.

This photoshoot is also a retro-themed one — which makes it perfect for kimonos! Put on your best set and tour the most traditional buildings and streets all around the area. Your photographer will also guide you on choosing the best kimono rentals if you don’t know where to start. For just 1 hour, you get to explore many of Asakusa’s hidden spots while taking some of the most unique and memorable photos!

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6. Professional Kimono Photoshoot in Tokyo

If you want to cover a bit more ground, then you might want to check out this next photo shoot. This one is specifically designed to tour you around some of the most scenic places in all of Tokyo — perfect for having a kimono photo shoot! You might think Tokyo is already completely modern, but there are still plenty of spots that show off its amazing traditional past.

Travel back to the Edo Era as you explore ancient temples, blooming gardens, charming shrines, and more. Not only will you get professional photos of your adventure, you’ll also be able to explore the rich cultural heritage of Japan. This photographer also knows tons of rental shops in the area, so they will be more than willing to help you find the perfect outfit for your photoshoot.

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7. Traditional Little Edo Photoshoot

Kawagoe Kimono Photoshoot

Speaking of the Edo Era, this next photo session is specifically designed to make you feel as if you have traveled back in time! With your local photographer, you get to explore the gorgeous little town of Kawagoe. Located in the Saitama Prefecture not far from Tokyo, Kawagoe is a wonderful place that has retained the charms of the bygone era.

For 2 hours, you get to explore every nook and cranny of this town while also taking some extraordinary photos. From Kawagoe Station, you can then make your way through this incredible traditional area. To add the cherry on top, why not rent a kimono while you’re at it? The photos will definitely come out much better! Because your photographer lives right here in Kawagoe, they will be able to point you to all the best kimono rental shops.

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8. Kimono Photoshoot in Asakusa & Sensoji Temple

And finally, our next photo session takes us back to Asakusa — specifically the Sensoji Temple area! We’re sure you’ve probably seen photos of this iconic temple online. It’s one of the must-see spots in Tokyo for its dedication to preserving the country’s cultural and built heritage. For this session, your photographer can take you all around Asakusa. You’ll be able to explore popular areas as well as some secret spots that you will definitely enjoy.

Keeping in with the traditional theme, we definitely recommend renting a kimono for this one! While kimono rental fees are not included in this package, your photographer will be more than happy to tell you everything you need to know about kimonos. Don’t worry if it’s your first time — your photographer will make sure every part of this photoshoot is as enjoyable as possible!

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We hope you enjoyed our recommendations on the best kimono photoshoots in Japan you can avail! Which one caught your eye the most? Let us know in the comments!

Hiring a professional photographer to document your Japan trip is just the extra icing on the cake. If you want to really treat yourself while on this trip, then we recommend getting a professional to document all the precious and beautiful memories you’re going to make. Besides, these are not just photographers. Think of them as your very own local cultural guides that can tell you everything you need to know about the area, as well as just Japanese culture in general!

For more recommendations, you can also check out our articles about the best Kimono photoshoots in Kyoto and the best Kimono photoshoots in Tokyo!

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