Private photography tour with a professional photographer

Regardless of whether you are coming to Japan for the first time, or you’re an obsessed Japan lover, this intimate, private tour will be a unique experience to enhance your treasured memories to our beautiful city of Kanazawa.  You will be taken to the city’s most beautiful places, guided by a local English-speaking professional photographer.  During the tour I will capture your magical moments in Kanazawa, leaving you free to take in the sights without worrying about the best angles and light, or asking a stranger to take your picture!  I am experienced in portrait and travel street photography, and my work has been published in many magazines, guidebooks including Lonely Planet and the city guides of tourism boards. A day out with me ensure you will have a knowledgeable, funny, local professional photographer, and Insta-worthy travel photos will be guaranteed!

Places for backdrops

Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen is justifiably classified as one of Japan's ‘three most beautiful landscape gardens’. The spacious grounds used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle, constructed by the ruling Maeda family over a period of nearly two centuries.  Kenrokuen features a variety of flowering trees which provide the garden with different aspects and features depending on the season. No matter what time of year, you won’t want to miss a visit to this magnificent, quintessential Japanese garden. 

Kenrokuen garden in Summer Kanazawa TK photography tour things to do
Kenrokuen Garden winter Kanazawa TK photography tour things to do

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle was the seat of the Maeda Clan’s power over the Kaga Domain, which was the wealthiest han, or fiefdom, in Edo period Japan. The castle's thick outer walls still stand ranked and angled like a massive ziggurat, while in its day the Ni-no-maru (second bailey) residence was so expansive that it was known as the Palace of 1,000 Tatami Mats. 

Kanazawa castle cherry blossom Spring Kanazawa TK photography tour things to doIMG_1145.JPG
Kanazawa castle cherry blossom Spring Kanazawa TK photography tour things to do

Higashiyama chaya teahouse district

Chaya is a traditional place of feasts and entertainment, where Japan’s famous geishas  have been entertaining people through dances and playing traditional musical instruments since the Edo period. Higashiyama is the biggest chaya district in Kanazawa, and provides the opportunity for a glimpse into Japan’s rich cultural past.

Higashi chaya cherry blossom TK photography tour things to do
Higashi chaya Kanazawa TK photography tour things to do

Nagamachi Samurai house district

Nagamachi was a samurai district located at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle, where samurai and their families used to reside, close enough to be ready to protect and defend the castle from marauding invaders. The area preserves a historic atmosphere with its remaining samurai residences, earthen walls, private entrance gates, narrow lanes and water canals, perfect for those shots of Japan’s most famous by-gone era.

Nishi chaya teahouse district

Similar to Higashiyama chaya district, Nishi chaya offers the experience of traditional places of entertainment and dining in a uniquely Japanese setting, but is less crowded compared with the more famous eastern district.

Nagamachi Samurai house Kanazawa TK photography tour things to do
Nishi chaya Kanazawa TK photography tour things to do

Kanazawa train station

Kanazawa Station is no ordinary train station!  Famous for its imposing Tuzumimon gate and contemporary Omotenashi dome, Kanazawa Station provides an awe-inspiring architectural backdrop for your travel photos. At 13.7 metershigh, Tuzumimon gate is supported by two thick pillars, and is designed to evoke the image of the tsuzumi - the drums played by hand in Noh theater and Kaga Hosho performances, for which Kanazawa is well-know.  

Kanazawa night view spot

Surrounded by mountains to the east, and the ocean to the west, Kanazawa is a thriving city by day and night. A beautiful cityscape can be captured atop Utatsuyama mountain, although this spot offers the best views of Kanazawa at sunset, with stunning night views of the city lights

Kyu Takamineke Japanese historical house

Kyu Takamineke is a historical house formerly owned by Jokichi Takamine in 19th century. Jokichi Takamine was a well-known scientist famous for his discovery of adrenalin, and made fortune in the United States. This house is often used for Kimono photography and private tea ceremonies known as Chado, Sado, or Chanoyu.

Kanazawa train station TK photography tour things to do
Night view Kanazawa TK photography tour things to do
Tatami room Kanazawa TK photography tour things to do
Japanese garden cherry blossm Kanazawa TK photography tour things to do

Private Photography tour itinerary

Select one of these 5 itineraries visiting your choice of Kanazawa’s most famous sites. Each itinerary can be personalized to suit your group’s preferences and pace.  Alternatively, if you’d like to design your own unique itinerary, please contact us.  Prices upon request.  

1. Kanazawa private half day + Photoshoot session

Higashiyama teahouse district - Shima teahouse museum - Kanazawa castle

- Kenrokuen garden

 

Duration 3 hours     

 

¥21,800 per group (Up to 4 guests 2 adults 2 children)

¥36,800 per group (5-7 guests)

  • Pick up at your accommodation at 9:00 or 13:00 and drive to Higashiyama district.

  • Stroll in Higashi Chaya district and experience the history of Kanazawa's former geisha era. We will have a photo shoot session with a iconic backdrop.

  • Visit Shima teahouse which is now a museum and gives visitors a look at the life of the geisha who once entertained here.

  • Visit Kanazawa castle, the seat of the Maeda Clan’s power over the Kaga Domain in Edo period Japan.  

  • Our last stop is world famous Kenrokuen garden. You won’t want to miss a visit to this magnificent, quintessential Japanese garden. You cannot miss a photo session here. It is a must do!

The tour includes: 

  • Private English-speaking professional photographer guide

  • Photo sessions by professional photographer

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Professionally edited 15 digital images of your day out. 

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Private car and driver

  • Car parking fee

  • All taxes and handling charges

2. Kanazawa private full day + Photoshoot session

 Higashiyama teahouse district - Kazuemachi teahouse district - Nagamachi

Samurai district - Omicho market -

Kyu Takamineke - Oyama Jinja shrine - Gyokusenin Maru garden - Kanazawa castle - Kenrokuen garden

 

Duration 7 hours 

 

¥34,800 per group (Up to 4 guests 2 adults 2 children)

¥49,800 per group (5-7 guests)

  • Pick up at your accommodation at 9:00 and drivre to Higashiyama district by private car

  • Stroll in Higashichaya district and experience the history of Kanazawa's former geisha era. We will have a photo shoot session with iconic backdrop.

  • Visit Shima teahouse which is now a museum and gives visitors a look at the life of the geisha who once entertained here.

  • Step into the shoes of Kanazawa locals with a visit to Kanazawa’s largest fresh food market, where we will have lunch break. We can recommend restaurants depending on you preference. (Lunch at own expense) 

  • Explore Kyu Takamineke historical house for a step back in time (not available when privately used)

  • Stroll in peaceful Gyokusenin Maru garden

  • Stroll around Kanazawa castle and its fabulous, intricate gardens.  In spring, this spot is popular for cherry-blossom viewing and offers wonderful photo opportunities

  • Visit world famous Kenrokuen garden. Depending on the time of year, we will take in the park’s best seasonal features for the best pictures for your album

The tour includes: 

  • Private English-speaking professional photographer guide

  • Photo sessions by professional photographer

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Professionally edited 30 digital images of your day out. 

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Private car and driver

  • Car parking fee

  • All taxes and handling charges

3. Kanazawa by Night + Photoshoot session

Higashiyama teahouse district - Kazuemachi teahouse district - Utatsuyama mountain

         

Duration 2.5 hours

¥23,800 per group (Up to 4 guests 2 adults 2 children)

¥38,800 per group (5-7 guests)

  • Pick up at your accommodation at 18:00 or 19:00 and drive to Higashiyama district.

  • Stroll in Higashichaya district and experience the history of Kanazawa's former geisha era. Ideal time for photo shoot session as not many people visit the area in the night.

  • Wander around Kazuemachi teahouse district. 

  • Drive to Utatsuyama mountain and enjoy the stunning night view of Kanazawa

  • Drive back to your accommodation or drop off in downtown Katamachi area where hundreds of dining options available. 

The tour includes: 

  • Private English-speaking professional photographer guide

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Photo sessions by professional photographer

  • Professionally edited 10 digital images of your day out. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Private car and driver

  • Car parking fee

  • All taxes and handling charges

4. Kanazawa night photography tour for camera lovers

 Higashiyama teahouse district - Oyama Jinja shrine - Gyokusenin Maru garden - The Fourth High School Memorial Park - Ishiura Jinja shrine - Kanazawa castle - Mt Utatsu

 

Duration 3 hours

 

¥19,800 per group (Up to 4 guests 2 adults 2 children)

¥34,800 per group (5-7 guests)

  • Pick up at your accommodation and drivr to Higashiyama district by private car

  • Stroll in Higashi Chaya district. Experience the history of Kanazawa's former geisha era. Awesome night photo spot. 

  • Visit Oyama Jinja shrine which was established in 1599 with 25 meter high Dutch stained glass tower gate. Icon of the old city Kanazawa

  • Stroll in peaceful Gyokusenin Maru garden. The garden is beautifully lit at night.

  • Next stop is the Fourth High School Memorial hall. An old red brick building. It will be lit at night. Good night photography spot.

  • Move on to Ishiura jinja shrine where offers photo opportunities of a torii gate tunnel. Miniature version of the famous Fushimi-Inari shrine in Kyoto. You will get stunning images of the torii gate tunnel. 

  • Stroll around Kanazawa castle. In spring, this spot is popular for cherry-blossom viewing and offers wonderful photo opportunities

  • Our last stop is Mt Utatsu. Surrounded by mountains to the east, and the ocean to the west, Kanazawa is a thriving city by day and night. A beautiful cityscape can be captured atop Utatsuyama mountain, This spot offers the best views of Kanazawa with stunning night views of the city lights.

The tour includes: 

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Private car and driver

  • Car parking fee

  • All taxes and handling charges

5. Professional Engish-speaking photographer on demand

 

1 hour session - ¥23,000

2 hour session - ¥33,000

1 hour night session - ¥33,000

2 hour night session - ¥48,000

Professional English-speaking photographer will meet you anywhere in Kanazawa for 1 hour or 2 hour photo session.

If you wish to hire Kimono, we can guide you to book at one of Kimono shops in Kanazawa.

Just relax and we will capture your magical moments!

The tour includes: 

  • Photo sessions by professional English-speaking photographer

  • Location-based photography tips 

  • Professionally edited 30 digital images for 1 hour session, 100 images for 2 hour session.

  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Up to 4 pax, 2 adults 2 children)

  • Private car and driver

  • Car parking fee

  • All taxes and handling charges

Additional Info

  • As we only run private tours we are very flexible. We can customise your personalised tour so please feel free to ask any option.

  • The tour duration can vary depending on your pace, and we are happy to accommodate your group’s preferred timing. 

  • Please do not bring large bags. Less is more when it comes to the photo shoot session.

  • 100% of cancellation will apply if cancellation made less than 24 hours before the start time.

  • Pick up from your accommodation can be arranged if the service is not included in the tour (max 4 guests).

  • As many of the sites we visit are historical, we cannot guarantee disabled access.  We recommend a moderate level of mobility and fitness.  Please contact us if you wish to discuss your requirements.  

  • TK Photography Kanazawa will take all due care, but accept no responsibility for any accident or injury during the tour, or for loss or damage to any property.  We recommend all tour participants hold adequate travel insurance to cover you in the case of accident or injury, and loss or damage. 

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