Kyotographie International Photography Festival

¥0 – ¥5,500

Kyoto and photography merge to create Kyotographie, one of Japan’s largest international photo festivals. Explore this year’s theme — “Source” through the snaps of talented photographers from around the world.

What to expect

Kyotographie has been held in Kyoto since 2013 and is a photography festival that harmonizes with the city. This year, there are 13 different exhibitions in 12 different venues. Each of them follows the theme “Source” — the beginning or cause of something new in the world.


There are 13 exhibitions, both paid and free, at Kyotographie.

Free exhibitions

  • Birdhead at Kondaya Genbei Chikuin-no-Ma and Kurogura (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Viviane Sassen at The Kyoto Shimbun (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) — needs reservation
  • Tetsuo Kashiwada at Ryosokuin Zen Temple (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Yoriyas at Demachi Masugata Shopping Arcade (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Paid exhibitions

  • James Mollison at Kyoto Art Center (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) (¥800)
  • Claudia Andujar at The Museum of Kyoto Annex (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) (¥1,200)
  • Lucien Clergue at Shimadai Gallery Kyoto. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) (¥800)
  • Thierry Ardouin at Nijō Castle (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) (¥1,200)
  • Yoriyas at Asphodel (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) (¥800)
  • Iranian citizen and photographers at Sfera (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.) (¥600)
  • Jaisingh Nageswaran at TIME’S (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) (¥600)
  • Kikuji Kawada at Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) (¥1,200)
  • Rinko Kawauchi at Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) (¥1,200)


There are several options for tickets to the exhibitions. You don’t need a ticket for the free exhibitions and if you’re only interested in one paid exhibition, you can buy a single-entry ticket.

If you want to visit several paid exhibits and save some money, then there’s the Kyotographie Passport. It costs around ¥5,500 for a general passport, with discounts for seniors and children. The passport gets you one entry per paid venue and unlimited entry to free venues.

How to get there

Even with 12 locations, the exhibitions are all reasonably close together. They can be accessed using Kyoto City Buses, or the Kyoto Subway Lines. Take the Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to get to Shijo Statio, for the first of the exhibitions. From there, you can walk or continue taking buses or trains around the other exhibits. Check out our handy guide for getting around Kyoto for more.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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