How to Propose in Kyoto

Featured Kyoto Proposal Tips
  • Choose a special location to pop the question in Kyoto
  • Practice getting down on one knee beforehand
  • Think about what you will say
  • Make reservations so you have a reason to dress up
  • Hire a proposal photographer to plan and capture the moment

Since 2013, Flytographer has captured thousands of surprise proposal photos all around the globe. Explore romantic proposal ideas and tips from real couples, including their top proposal ideas and tips, and the best ways and the best places to propose in Kyoto. Explore our customers’ heartwarming Kyoto proposal stories below.

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charles's Proposal Story in Kyoto

What is your love story?

Our cat, Greco, was diagnosed with cancer last year. It was a tough time for us and the vets didn't give him much time to live. However, Fiorella was willing to go into debt and do anything possible to ensure that he get the best treatment possible. She truly went above and beyond with her care of him, and he was able to survive a year longer than what the Vets thought. Seeing how much she cared for her cat made me realize this is the person that I want to be the mother of my future children. If something were to ever happen to me, I'd be at peace knowing they'd be well taken care of and loved by her.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I always knew I wanted it to be in Japan due to our mutual love for Japanese culture. I am of Chinese heritage and the Bamboos represent the values of strength, integrity, and loyalty. Fiorella is obsessed with plants so I knew I wanted the proposal spot to involve nature somehow.

What is your proposal story?

We woke up super early at 5am to get ready for the photoshoot. We knew that we needed to get to the forest early before the crowds came. We were getting close to the proposal site and that's when the photographer signaled that it was time to propose. The problem is that people were already at the forest so I had to wait a bit. I got down on one knee and started to propose. My girlfriend thought I was playing a prank on her and wouldn't believe that the proposal was real! I didn't expect that a truck would come and that a crowd would start to gather. Fortunately the crowd and truck were patient when they saw I was proposing. I had an epic speech ready but I honestly forgot everything in the moment. At least I was able to remember to ask if she'd marry me!

Proposed in Kyoto in December

Photo Shoot Location: Arashiyama

Coo and Yurika in Kyoto for Flytographer


Marcus's Proposal Story in Kyoto

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Kyoto is a beautiful city with amazing backdrops.

What is your proposal story?

Under the guise of family photos, we walked to a secret bamboo grove that our photographer knew about. He gave us the cues to get ready and to propose. She said "yes!" and our pictures are amazing.

Proposed in Kyoto in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Coo and Yurika in Kyoto for Flytographer


Dean's Proposal Story in Kyoto

What is your love story?

We met on a plane to church camp ( corny I know ! ) I knew she was the one because I didn’t need to ask myself , simple as that .

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Japan is a completely different culture and looks straight out of a fairytale , and I my queen deserves a fairytale proposal.

What is your proposal story?

I was shaking ( apparently I hadn’t noticed ), she wanted to move passed the proposal location and I had to

Proposed in Kyoto in April

Photo Shoot Location: Arashiyama

Lucas in Kyoto for Flytographer


Robin's Proposal Story in Kyoto

What is your proposal story?

We rented a set of kimonos and did the photoshoot by Coo, which was meant as a total surprise (it was disguised as a photoshoot package around Kyoto in the kimonos). Coo gave recommendations on where to shoot, and he even updated me along the way of my trip of the weather plans for Kyoto. Fortunately, he had forecasted well and change the venue of the proposal shoot, as the salura season came early to Kyoto. The revised proposal location was equally beautiful and I’m Glad Coo was so meticulous and attentive in his planning. He placed importance on this photoshoot and ensured that it went really smoothly. Lots of personal attention.

Proposed in Kyoto in April

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Coo and Yurika in Kyoto for Flytographer


Samuel's Proposal Story in Kyoto

What is your love story?

Jazelle and I met on Instagram. I created a "blasian" instagram account to connect all blasians around the world. I would follow all blasians and shout them out on that page for people to follow them. Jazelle being blasian as well found my personal page from that blasian instagram page. She ended up commenting on one of my photos and the rest is history.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I knew she liked cherry blossoms a lot. I started planning ahead for our future vacation so that it would line up with cherry blossom season in Japan. After that I started researching where are good cherry blossom spots in Japan. I ended up liking the concept of proposing then taking a romantic walk through Philosopher's Path.

What is your proposal story?

The proposal went excellent. I expected it to go very well and it did better than that. I did have a plan with taking the taxi there but that morning of the proposal, I couldn't find one at first and I did panic a little lol When I did find one, we ended up getting to the proposal spot a little too early. I took my time walking around the river area where Coo was going to be until I found him. Thanks to him taking photos of us from far away, I was able to find him lol Once spotting him, I pointed at the cherry blossom pedals built up in the river by Coo to show Jazelle how awesome that looked. We walked closer till I was close enough for Coo to approach us once we started taking selfies. His approach to us was flawless, no suspicion whatsoever. Jazelle had no idea this was going to be a proposal from the being all the way until Coo said , "ok now give me a romantic one" and I got on one knee. lol She was very surprised and even cried. I told her we have more pictures to take after this and she stopped crying asap to keep her makeup in place lol We then took more engagement photos along philosphers path and honen temple. The entire session was beautifully done, well executed and we had blast. Can't thank Coo enough.

Proposed in Kyoto in April

Photo Shoot Location: Philosopher's Path

Coo and Yurika in Kyoto for Flytographer


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