Your Vacation Photographer in Kyoto: Meet Coo

Meet Coo

Your Vacation Photographer in Kyoto: Meet Coo

    Coo is also available for minimum 60-minute shoots in Kyoto and minimum 2 hour shoots in Osaka

**Please note: Coo is unavailable to accept new bookings until January 31, 2018.

My style is joy and happiness. I really love to take photos of people, especially wedding, couples and families. I have worked with many travellers in my work.

Three Things

  1. I used to work as a national-licensed weather forecaster, and now, I also work as licensed translator tour guide. So I can forecast weather and recommend where and when is good time for you to go sightseeing!
  2. I really love to go travelling abroad and talk with travellers. I also love to go on picnics in nature with rice balls.
  3. My friends tell me I am friendly and childlike because I have huge curiousity and laugh a lot.

Favourite Place to Shoot in Kyoto
Gion, Arashiyama and Fushimi-inari area

Languages Spoken
English & Japanese


Customer Love for Coo

"Coo was an integral part of the surprise. He agreed to pose as a tour guide to pull the wool over my fiancé's eyes, and he was very convincing!  He made us feel at ease during the shoot, and it was as if we were touring the shrine with a friend. We love how he was able to capture the humour and lighthearted spirit that characterizes us." - Nic

"Coo was the man! So knowledgeable and helpful. He knew all the good spots to take pictures from to capture the essence of Kyoto. We could not be happier with how the pics turned out! He also provided great recommendations on restaurants and things to see in Kyoto for the rest of our stay. Our session was the highlight of our stay in Kyoto." - Jonathan

"Coo really went the extra mile to make the photoshoot such a professional yet enjoyable session together! Both of us felt really comfortable and natural in front of the camera because Coo was so friendly and easy to get along coupled with his excellent command of English which made it easy for us to communicate with! He took lots of beautiful candid shots which were exactly how we wanted our best memories to be captured. Coo had a great eye for photo angles, creative ideas on poses and suggestions on best locations for best shots even in a crowded place!" - Clara

"Coo was definitely an enthusiastic photographer. He had suggested places where I could do my proposal and gave clear and detailed plan on how he would act as a tour guide to trick my fiancée to the proposal spot and what I should do throughout. He constantly kept in contact with me before the proposal day and was even checking out the weather and coming up with wet weather plans if it were to rain on that day! On the day of proposal, he had executed everything so smoothly that my fiancée was indeed caught by surprise. Of course the most important thing was, he managed to capture the ‘moment’ so beautifully! After the proposal, he brought us around places with nice scenery to take post-proposal shots. He even introduced to us some of their local delicacies!"  - Enwei

"Coo was fantastic from start to finish!  Throughout our session Coo was telling us about Kyoto and its history.  He made us feel at easy and this came through in our photos.  Coo gave us a wonderful hand written thank-you note and present at the end.  He also gave us recommendations for where to eat and visit.  We loved working with Coo." - Irma 

"Coo was fantastic! Our photos are better than we could have imagined - he met us promptly on time and took us to beautiful local spots as we'd never been to Kyoto and weren't sure where to go. He is friendly and nice to talk to! Coo has an artistic eye for selecting backgrounds and captured very sweet moments of our engagement. As we've never had professional photos of us taken before, we felt a little shy and awkward at first, but Coo got us skipping and laughing, which lightened us up and made for much better pictures." - Martin

"Coo engaged my toddler girl right from the start and the photoshoot was breezy and easy.  Kudos to Coo as she warmed up almost immediately to him and was happy posing throughout the shoot. The photos turned out really nice, capturing beautiful memories in Kyoto." - Lisa

"I cannot begin to recommend Coo enough. He was on time and although I had picked a very crowded location he was able to take incredible pictures. He managed to get everyone to laugh and enjoy the shoot even though my family was not convinced with the idea of having a photo shoot in public. The pictures came out wonderfully and we are excited to share them with our family and friends. Thank you Coo and the kids thank you for the chocolates you got them!" - AA

"Coo did an amazing job of making the shoot as stress free and fun as could be. I really enjoyed the whole process and would recommend him to other solo travelers like myself. The photos were great and I'm really happy I'm able to have them to remember my year in East Asia!" - Alex

"Coo was just wonderful to work with. He is professional, courteous, and good with children.  What is extremely impressive is that we were a group of 15 people, ranging in age from 2 months to 70 years old, and he was able to keep up with us and corral us for photos which we will all treasure forever. He was able to capture candid moments as we trekked up to a shrine, and was also able to obtain some fantastic posed group photos, as well." - RW

"Coo put us at ease right from the start of the experience. There was no communication barriers as and he spoke very good English . We wanted our photos fun, spontaneous and natural, nothing 'posey,' and Coo managed to capture those moments for us. We enjoyed the experience thoroughly!" - Sheryl

"If it wasn't for Coo, our five-year anniversary and vow renewal wouldn't have been such a memorable experience. Coo gave us great direction, chose interesting corners to shoot and captured candid moments. Not only is Coo a wonderful photographer and tour guide, he is a kind and lovely person to spend time with. Our anniversary was so special and Coo was a big part of that. We're so grateful to have beautiful photos to commemorate the day." - NW

"This was our first family trip to Japan so we wanted family pictures to remember our trip.  Coo, our photographer exceeded our expectations.  He was able to capture our time in Kyoto while giving us a little history of the country, and most importantly, making my 5 year old daughter feel at ease throughout the photoshoot.  While I was nervous about taking pictures in the rain, it turned out great because our photographer was able to recommend a time with the best lighting in respect to the weather." - Kristine

"Coo was a fantastic photographer. We're so thrilled that he was able to capture some candid moments from our family trip to Japan. The best part is that he took us off the beaten path to a small temple we would've never found on our own. It was a magical and peaceful place where we got to relax and enjoy each others' company. Coo was so encouraging and very patient with all of us as, helping us get comfortable in front of the camera. Thank you Coo for the great shots! We will always look back at these memories fondly." - Nicole

"Coo, mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) for capturing our family so beautifully. The garden setting and the bamboo forest were absolutely perfect settings. Your ability to capture all eleven of us smiling certainly reflections your professionalism." - Gail & Allan

"Coo was amazing. Our photos came out perfect - they're everything I asked for and more. I would highly recommend Coo for any photos in Kyoto. He even taught us some interesting info about the location we shot at. He was awesome." - Anthony

"Coo is a fantastic photographer in Kyoto! Highly recommended. He did a great job and the photos he produced were beautiful." - EF

"Coo, our photographer, was very friendly and speaks excellent English - we are quite awkward in front of the camera however he made us feel very relaxed during the photoshoot. There were a few times we were just in our own world, not knowing where Coo was and the pictures came out fantastic!" - Kaitlin 

"Yukiya 'Coo' is absolutely amazing! Not only is he a talented photographer and so comfortable to be around - he's also an excellent tour guide. He brought me to his favourite spots and I was able to experience Kyoto from an insider's view - seeing special places I would have never come across as a traveller on my own." - Andrea

"Coo was wonderful to work with. He took us to some beautiful location and great part of town that we wouldn't have known. He told us stories and history about Kyoto which was informative and wonderful to learned. Our family would most definitely have Coo photograph us again!" - Jason

"During the shoot, Coo had to quickly switch around locations to better deal with the rain and also provided a beautiful umbrella that complemented the kimonos. He also acted the part of a tour guide while moving to different locations. Coo is a great personality and we had a lot of fun during the shoot. The proposal went great and Coo captured it all on camera at the secret Sakura location he knew about that wasn't busy with people. The pictures turned out really good and we couldn't be happier." - Philip

"Coo was such a great photographer and we absolutely love how the photos turned out! We are having a hard time picking our favourites! The location that Coo suggested was perfect and so beautiful. Thank you for making it so easy to get beautiful pictures of us in a location like no other!" - Rebecca

"Coo seriously went out of his way to make our experience in Japan a truly memorable one! He also suggested a little park off the main road that got us some beautiful cherry blossom photos without the hustle and bustle of the other tourist crowds. We are so happy with our bright and beautiful photos!" - Cassie

"Coo gave many good recommendations on locations and we ended up choosing a very beautiful location.  The shoot was very fun and the pictures were very pretty. I highly recommend booking Coo as your photographer to capture your moments in Kyoto!" - PM

"I would like to give Coo a lot of credit for working in a very busy and challenging environment. Coo somehow found quiet but picturesque spots to capture the proposal and other spots post-proposal. The results turned out great." - Rafael

"Coo was friendly and patient with us especially since we had kids running around. The plus side of having Coo is that he was able to tell us the history of the place and assisted us on where to go for sight-seeing, especially since it was our first time in Kyoto." - Rhemielyn