I really enjoy taking photos of Kyoto. It's an amazing city and a real paradise for photographers. Almost everything is photogenic here. Look around, the temples, the shrines, the gardens, the old preserved streets, the canals, the trees and their flowers and leaves. And the people! The people of Kyoto are really special -- they are so proud of being born, raised and still living in Kyoto.
Kyoto is a city that lives with the seasons. Its look changes with the season and it's why I recommend visiting it at least four times, once per season. Sure, the two main ones are the spring with the famous and wonderful cherry blossoms and the fall with the colorful and surprising foliage of the maple trees are a good start.
Kyoto is home to three large and popular festivals, hundreds of years old. One of the largest one in Japan, the Gion Matsuri Festival, lasts a complete month! The other two, the Aoi Matsuri and the Jidai Matsuri are a perfect opportunity to see hundreds or even thousands of participants dressed in historical costume. And with hundreds of temples and shrines, there is something going on int he city almost every day.
Together with my friend Richard, I've co-authored a guide for photographers, to share our enthusiasm and passion for this city. And I've put together a few eBooks to help visitors make the best of their limited time in Kyoto. I hope these eBooks prove useful and that you'll enjoy them.