• “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld
  • “The pictures are there, and you just take them.” – Robert Capa

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:


The world

Solo Portrait



Rain & Snow

Amazing Humans

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.

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

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

I met Javier on what I thought was a normal day of sightseeing in Gion. He was extremely professional, personable and knowledgeable - which was affirmed when I found out that my fiancé had been working with Javier to plan a surprise proposal! We couldn't be happier about the quality of photos and our experience working with Javier, particularly on such a happy, personal and memorable occasion.

Jen M

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.

Notice:  My schedule is already fully booked for February 2024, and as much as I would like to accommodate requests, I am only available from March 2024