• “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld

Hello, I’m Javier Montano. I’m a photographer based in Kyoto.

I love this city and the beauty it contains.

Let me help you capture your special experiences while you’re in Kyoto or in other areas of Japan.

I can accommodate short, few-hour shoots or provide you with full travel packages

with photographic curation.

Whatever desire you have, no matter how large or small the photoshoot project,

I can help—just get in touch.


I can provide custom curation & art direction. Not just photos, I'll capture the memories.


Let me help you find the perfect place to profess your love, one that you'll remember forever.

Special memories

Short photo tours or full-package trips—tell me your desire, and I'll make your dream come true.


Beautiful, personal photographic dreams of Kyoto for your memories.

Photo sessions are customized for every individual. They can be done however you want them:


Amazing Humans

Solo Portrait

The world

Rain & Snow


Business & Corporate



Let's make something great together

Shichi-Go-San, weddings, proposals, and other traditional Japanese events in the Kansai area. I capture these milestones with portraits at the local Shrines (Jinja) and event coverage at different locations.

He captured every moment beautifully and his composition and content is out of this world. We are over the moon and although we knew Javier's work was fantastic, we were left utterly speechless when we saw the pictures.

Dhruvin Falguni, Melbourne, Australia

Excellent experience with Javier, makes you feel in a space of trust conducive to the best photos. Professionalism and kindness in one place. We liked the photos too much and in general, I highly recommend him. Super recommended! (translated from Spanish)

Ana Luna

Rapport after the reservation was very smooth, and I was relieved to hear this answer about my questions and respond clearly about what to do in case of rain. While talking about various things on the day, I was able to relax and release any tension so we had the shoot in a natural way while receiving suggestions for poses. I really enjoyed the shooting time, and I am very grateful that the photos are all very nice. I'm really thankful to you! (Translated from Japanese)

Xenia Monzon, Japan

Our tour with Javier was honestly one of the best [Photo] tours I have ever taken in all of my travels across the globe.

Ian Pak, Syosset, New York

Let's see what beautiful memories we can create.

Feel free to message me no matter how clear or not your idea is—I can help you develop a concept or an itinerary for any scale of shoot, project, or curated trip. If possible, please also provide me with the specific date you have in mind for the photoshoot. Let’s get started. We’ll figure it out.

I'm looking forward to talking with you.