Paul Crouse is an English speaking photographer and tour guide based in Kyoto, Japan.

He is a former daily newspaper photojournalist from the USA with more the 30 years professional photography experience. He has lived in Kyoto for more than 23 years.

Paul is the owner of Kyoto Photo Shoots and Tours, which offers photography services to travelers:

  • individual, couples and family portraiture
  • marriage proposals, pre-wedding and wedding photography
  • social media photography
  • guiding photo tours and walking tours of Kyoto
  • teaching individual and small group photography lessons

Other Photography services

  • Photography for local residents and business owners
  • Advertising, commercial and editorial photography for international clients


Born in Michigan, USA, he is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied journalism and worked as the managing editor of the Daily Cardinal student newspaper. He then worked for seven years as a staff photographer at the Grand Rapids Press newspaper in Michigan.

Seeking a new life, Paul moved to Kyoto in 1995, the ancient Japanese Imperial capital, where he has lived ever since.

(Photo by Olga Antononoka)