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Strict regulation against shooting at GION KYOTO

[Date: 06/09/2018]

A strict regulation
Finally, what we didn’t want to be happened is happened now. It’s a sad new here.
 
In Kyoto which is one of the most popular spots for photo shooting, the manners of photographers and couples’ pranks are regarded as problems and it has been guessed that shooting at Gion (祇園), Arashiyama (嵐山), and other locations might be regulated by town association. And this time, we are reported by the association that they started to charge us photo shooting permission fee since 1st September 2018 against shooting at GION area. Permission fee differs depending on if the crew is member of the association.
 
Due to this regulation, it is extremely difficult for you to bring your own photographer from oversea. So if you are planning it, please pay attention carefully.
 
This regulation affects to whole Gion area such as Tatsumibashi (巽橋) and its around, and the violators need to pay penalty fee. Even engagement photographs and snap shots with your casual clothes are also subject to this regulation if the professional photographers serve shooting.
 
Some or our partner crew are already member of association, some are going to register soon and some will not be registered. So please ask us about the amount in advance after you select photographer.
 
Yes, this is a very sad news for everybody. But it’s still better than complete prohibition. We cannot say there’s no charge increasing or complete prohibition in close future, so it might be better to contact us as soon as possible if you are considering about photo shooting at Gion.
 
*We are so sorry to announce this affects to those who already made order and waiting for shooting. GION.
 

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Basic information of Kyoto

About Kyoto
Kyoto city is the former Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, has lots of historical temples. Kyoto is next to Osaka and Hyogo prefecture. These three cities are called “三都 three capitals”, and very popular for foreign tourists. Compared to Osaka and Kobe cities Kyoto is not very modern city, but no city in Japan offers traditional scene and atmosphere like Kyoto. Luckily Kyoto is removed from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb in world war II, so lots of historical temples, shrines and other structures still survive today in the city.
Weather of Kyoto
The average temperature: 15.9 °C
The average annual rainfall: 1,491.3 mm
The highest temperature: 33.3°C (August)
The Lowest temperature: 1.2°C (January)
*Investigation: 1981 – 2010
Weather of Kyoto
Rainy season of Kyoto
Rainy season in Kyoto prefecture starts on 6th – 10th June and end on 18th – 23rd July. After rainy season, temperature get higher and humidity is also still very high due to basin terrain. This hot weather make leaves on three colour fresh green and it makes us feel a bit cooler. Normally it rains more in September than August, it seldom rain hard in maple leaf season (October and November).
Rainy season of Kyoto
Population of Kyoto
The population of Kyoto prefecture is around 2,607,000 as of June 2016 (13th highest population density). 1,500,000 people in all population lives in Kyoto city.
Geography of Kyoto
To the south, it faces Osaka and Nara Prefectures and it faces Hyōgo Prefecture to the west. Kyoto is known that one of the three main cites (三都) in Kansai area with Kobe and Osaka.
Total area of Kyoto prefecture is around 4,613 km2
Area rank: 13th / all 47 prefectures in Japan.
Popular local food of Kyoto
Kyoto’s traditional dishes are called “Kyo-Ryori 京料理”, looks like set menu that has many kinds of dishes served by many small bowls. Mostly all dishes are cooked with local organic ingredients. Especially tofu hotpot, Japanese pickles and grilled fish are their regular menu and all those are decorated by chef such as work of art. Not only tasting but also seeing dishes is one of our pleasure.

kyoto local foods
Transportation of Kyoto
●JR West ●Kintetsu Kyoto line ●Hankyu Kyoto line ●Keihan Electric Railway
●Kyoto city subway ●Kyoto kotsu ●Keifuku Electric Railway ●Eizan railway

IF you move around in Kyoto city, we highly recommend you to buy one day bus card (Adult: 500 Yen , Child: 250 Yen). In front of JR Kyoto station, there is bus information centre and they sell 1day pass ticket for one day and you can get bus map that shown all bus numbers, destinations, locations of bus stop and so on. It’s fixed fare (Adult: 500 Yen , Child: 250 Yen), and you can take buses as many times as you need. On the first ride of a day, when you put your card into machine it mark the date on the back of your card and from 2nd time you ride, you just need show the driver the date printed. It’s very convenient.

(Kansai international airport to Kyoto)
>Airport Limousine bus (Adult: 2,550 Yen, Child: 1,280 yen | Round trip: 4,180 Yen)
*Time schedule: http://www.okkbus.co.jp/en/timetable/kix/t_kyt.html

(Osaka station to Kyoto station)
>JR Kyoto Line (Shin-kaisoku / 29 mins / 560 Yen)

(Sannomiya station (Kobe) to Kyoto station)
>JR Kobe Line (Shin-kaisoku / 51 mins / 1,080 Yen)
Recommendation of sightseeing spots in Kyoto
Arashiyama (嵐山), Kiyomizu temple (清水寺), Amano hasidate (天橋立),
Fushimi Inari Shirine (伏見稲荷大社)
Number of travelers from Hong Kong who stayed at Kyoto
(2014) 111,400 people
(2015) 193,230 people (+ 73%)
Major events and festivals of Kyoto
●Gion festival (at Yasaka shrine in July)
●Aoi festival (at Kamigamo shrine and Shimogamo Shrine at middle of May)
●Jidai festival (at Kyoto gosho, Heian shrine on 22nd October)
and much more.
Celebrities from Kyoto
Kumi Kouda, Emi Suzuki, Masakazu Tamura, Tetsuji Tamayama, Kimiko Date, Shinsuke Shimada, Daisuke Matsui, Katsuya Nomura, Aya Sugimoto, Kazumi Saito, Misono, Chihara brothers, Daisuke Miyagawa
Professional sport teams of Kyoto
●Football
>Kyoto Sanga FC >Amitie Sports Club
●Basketball
>Kyoto Hannaryz
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Maple leaves come early this year

[Date: 30/08/2018]

Momiji season
Summer is going to last soon and many websites have updated Autumn weather forecast lately. As the average temperature of this March was 2 degree lower than last year, most of them forecast maple leaves come early in this year.
 
For example for shooting at Kyoto, the one of the most popular regions, every year we had recommended our customers to select a day before the middle of December. But since 2017, four seasons has come earlier than usual. Sakura in Spring and maple leaves in Autumn come and end early. One of the crew told us not to expect maple leaves in December so much and asked us to recommend customer to select November.
 
Autumn forecast of 2018
Today, we are showing latest forecast for Hokkaido (北海道), Aomori (青森), Miyagi (宮城), Toyama (富山), Tochigi (栃木), Nagano (長野), Kyoto (京都), Kagawa (香川) and Oita (大分). According to many Autumn forecasts on internet, best period will be ended in November or earlier no matter which region you select. Even you select December, we guess that there still be leaves but not much like November.
 
Because of these information, the photography crews are getting more and more orders now for photo shooting in November. Yes, we are still in freaking hot weather. But it’s not too early to fix your pre wedding with maple leaf. Never be late to contact us if you are considering.
 

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Oita, Yufuin, Beppu come into your choices

[Date: 24/07/2018]

Great landscape in Oita prefecture
Yufuin comes into your choices.
 
We are always excited every time we start to work with a new photography crew. This time, we are about to introduce a new crew from Oita that we’ve not worked for. The first cooperation was Hong Kong wedding expo held on November 2017, we worked together with another crew from Fukuoka. Most couples gave us official orders in our event history and made our event so much successful. On the same time, we recognized that many people were interested in pre wedding at Oita, Yufuin and Beppu. It made us move forward to work together regularly.
 
SAKAE Photo Studio is one of the most famous photography crew in Japan, constantly holds training events for many photographers all over Japan. Their outfit choices are also so plentiful, and you will find suitable shooting locations from their suggestions for sure.
 
For the beginning, we decided to offer 3 different packages. “Wedding gown & tuxedo package”, “KIMONO package” and “Wedding gown & tuxedo + KIMONO package”. But! We will provide Wedding gown & tuxedo too for those who order “KIMONO package” as privilege for our first year. So you will get 2 pairs of outfits with the amount of KIMONO package. It must be attractive for you.
 
Shall we consider about shooting in Oita that you easily access from Fukuoka and Kumamoto. We have real confidence to offer very unique style photo shooting that you have never seen. The crew will pick you up your accommodation and send you after fitting/shooting as long as you stay in Oita city, Beppu city, and Yufuin, so there’s nothing to worry even if it’s your first time to visit to Oita.
 

 
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“Free for extra outfit and location” by Bridal Photo Works

[Date: 10/05/2018]

Hakama for young couple
The 2nd summer promotion is offered and announced by Bridal Photo Works (Kyoto and Shiga branch). It is our first time ever that we provide HAKAMA (袴) for bride. If you join a package of Bridal Photo Works, not only groom but also bride will have extra HAKAMA for shooting.
 
HAKAMA is not much known by foreign people, but it has been known as traditional yet formal trousers in Japan since long time ago. In ancient times it was used as Samurai’s trousers and so on, and is used as formal attire at official scene and uniform or work wear at some occupation recently. In addition, many female students wear it at graduation ceremony of university and colleges, also waitresses wear it at authentic Japanese restaurant.
 
So, this time, the crew decided to offer “casual looking formal attire” for your photo shooting. Apart from locations that you select in package, we will add another location that you can walk around wearing a HAKAMA! No price change and no additional charge for extra location and extra attire.
 
This promotion is available at Kyoto branch and Shiga branch. Both Kyoto and Shiga are quite tasteful location, must suit the scene you wear HAKAMA. It’s available for those couples select shooting date in July to September 2018.
 
Japanese traditional wedding
 
Would you like to prepare your pre wedding in summer with beautiful fresh green leaves??
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
 
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Get extra KIMONO for free

[Date: 09/05/2018]

kyoto kojitsu
 
In this year, we had headache due to sakura (cherry blossom) has come much earlier than average year. But thanks to professional photographers, we are now getting nice photos from the crews and thankful message from our precious customers.
 
It’s been just a couple of weeks since sakura season is gone, we are becoming happy with happy news coming. First promotional news is “Extra 1 KIMONO campaign” offered by Kyoto Kojitsu Photography which was selected by many couples last year too.
 
June promotion
 
Those couples who take photo shooting in June, they offer free extra 1 KIMONO for bride. You can pick from either choices of Iro-uchikake (色打掛) or Siromuku (白無垢). No matter which package you choose, the crew serves shooting in at least 2 locations. So you will be able to different KIMONO for each location. Of course no extra fee will be charged for it.
 
Compared to crowded March and April, tourists will be much less in June. So shooting goes very smooth, and photos must make you satisfied.
 
Please fill up the following form and send it now if you want to get this privilege!! We are looking forward to your contact. Thank you so much.
 
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Sakura coming soon

[Date: 03/02/2018]

Don't miss the most beautiful season in Japan
It’s been a month since 2018 starts and still very cold in Hong Kong and Japan. How are you doing lately?
 
Every February and March, we had unfortunately needed to reject customer’s order due to full reservation. As you know, since pre wedding / post wedding photo shooting in cherry blossom season is the most popular with not only foreign couples but also Japanese couples, many photography crews get fully reserved. Some of them are already reserved 90% of whole availability by the end of 2017, and it’s quite difficult for them to accept new orders.
 
We also feel sorry to reject your order of photo shooting due to late decision and no choice. We already got a lot of contract for this period but still can offer packages. We are showing current booking situation here. Kindly refer it, consider well and decide as soon as you can.
 
Sakura calendar
Ema Mino has been working with many Japanese photography crews and offer various package for you. There is no choice if they are completely sold out, but it is possible for us to suggest suitable crews and locations. Please share us your idea and let us offer the most suitable package for you.
 
We normally do never push you for early decision. However it’s different situation now. If you are seriously thinking of order for this season, we highly recommend you to make your decision now.
 
Sakura will never wait for you.
 

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What a cute temple! Pre wedding at 正寿院 (Limited offer)

[Date: 09/09/2017]

Have photo shooting at this cute temple in Kyoto
There is no other place like this. “正寿院 (Shojuin)” attracts many people’s attention as the place that looks great on Instagram. Heart shape is actually one of the symbols called “猪目 INOME (warthog’s eye)”, had been marked on roof and pillar of shrine and temple for long time. It’s named because it looked like warthog’s eye and believed as talisman. We haven’t seen such cute yet meaningful windows.
 
And now we start to sell a package that we take photo at this fantastic temple. Photos are taken not only indoor but also outdoor in the facility. So you will be able to enjoy shooting while you take a walk. This package is served for 1 couple in a day and the couple needs to arrive at salon by 7:30 am.
 
cutest temple ever in Kyoto
 
Pre wedding at cute temple in Kyoto
free gift for all customer
 
It’s a quite unique photo shooting package and we want many couples to choose and enjoy this package. But it’s a limited offered and we already got lots of orders so far and there are many days that we can serve it. So if you have interest, contact us as soon as possible.
 
Those who choose shooting package, will get cute ring made by MIZUHIKI (good luck string) and our optional kimono fabric album! We are looking forward to hearing from you.
 
(*Other privileges are not enjoyable with this package)
 

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Basic information of Kyoto

About Kyoto
Kyoto city is the former Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, has lots of historical temples. Kyoto is next to Osaka and Hyogo prefecture. These three cities are called “三都 three capitals”, and very popular for foreign tourists. Compared to Osaka and Kobe cities Kyoto is not very modern city, but no city in Japan offers traditional scene and atmosphere like Kyoto. Luckily Kyoto is removed from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb in world war II, so lots of historical temples, shrines and other structures still survive today in the city.
Weather of Kyoto
The average temperature: 15.9 °C
The average annual rainfall: 1,491.3 mm
The highest temperature: 33.3°C (August)
The Lowest temperature: 1.2°C (January)
*Investigation: 1981 – 2010
Weather of Kyoto
Rainy season of Kyoto
Rainy season in Kyoto prefecture starts on 6th – 10th June and end on 18th – 23rd July. After rainy season, temperature get higher and humidity is also still very high due to basin terrain. This hot weather make leaves on three colour fresh green and it makes us feel a bit cooler. Normally it rains more in September than August, it seldom rain hard in maple leaf season (October and November).
Rainy season of Kyoto
Population of Kyoto
The population of Kyoto prefecture is around 2,607,000 as of June 2016 (13th highest population density). 1,500,000 people in all population lives in Kyoto city.
Geography of Kyoto
To the south, it faces Osaka and Nara Prefectures and it faces Hyōgo Prefecture to the west. Kyoto is known that one of the three main cites (三都) in Kansai area with Kobe and Osaka.
Total area of Kyoto prefecture is around 4,613 km2
Area rank: 13th / all 47 prefectures in Japan.
Popular local food of Kyoto
Kyoto’s traditional dishes are called “Kyo-Ryori 京料理”, looks like set menu that has many kinds of dishes served by many small bowls. Mostly all dishes are cooked with local organic ingredients. Especially tofu hotpot, Japanese pickles and grilled fish are their regular menu and all those are decorated by chef such as work of art. Not only tasting but also seeing dishes is one of our pleasure.

kyoto local foods
Transportation of Kyoto
●JR West ●Kintetsu Kyoto line ●Hankyu Kyoto line ●Keihan Electric Railway
●Kyoto city subway ●Kyoto kotsu ●Keifuku Electric Railway ●Eizan railway

IF you move around in Kyoto city, we highly recommend you to buy one day bus card (Adult: 500 Yen , Child: 250 Yen). In front of JR Kyoto station, there is bus information centre and they sell 1day pass ticket for one day and you can get bus map that shown all bus numbers, destinations, locations of bus stop and so on. It’s fixed fare (Adult: 500 Yen , Child: 250 Yen), and you can take buses as many times as you need. On the first ride of a day, when you put your card into machine it mark the date on the back of your card and from 2nd time you ride, you just need show the driver the date printed. It’s very convenient.

(Kansai international airport to Kyoto)
>Airport Limousine bus (Adult: 2,550 Yen, Child: 1,280 yen | Round trip: 4,180 Yen)
*Time schedule: http://www.okkbus.co.jp/en/timetable/kix/t_kyt.html

(Osaka station to Kyoto station)
>JR Kyoto Line (Shin-kaisoku / 29 mins / 560 Yen)

(Sannomiya station (Kobe) to Kyoto station)
>JR Kobe Line (Shin-kaisoku / 51 mins / 1,080 Yen)
Recommendation of sightseeing spots in Kyoto
Arashiyama (嵐山), Kiyomizu temple (清水寺), Amano hasidate (天橋立),
Fushimi Inari Shirine (伏見稲荷大社)
Number of travelers from Hong Kong who stayed at Kyoto
(2014) 111,400 people
(2015) 193,230 people (+ 73%)
Major events and festivals of Kyoto
●Gion festival (at Yasaka shrine in July)
●Aoi festival (at Kamigamo shrine and Shimogamo Shrine at middle of May)
●Jidai festival (at Kyoto gosho, Heian shrine on 22nd October)
and much more.
Celebrities from Kyoto
Kumi Kouda, Emi Suzuki, Masakazu Tamura, Tetsuji Tamayama, Kimiko Date, Shinsuke Shimada, Daisuke Matsui, Katsuya Nomura, Aya Sugimoto, Kazumi Saito, Misono, Chihara brothers, Daisuke Miyagawa
Professional sport teams of Kyoto
●Football
>Kyoto Sanga FC >Amitie Sports Club
●Basketball
>Kyoto Hannaryz
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