Media Services

About Our Media Services

We know that nothing can be more frustrating for foreign media than trying to overcome language barriers and cultural differences when you are on a strict timetable and budget. Therefore we offer all media related groups and individuals the chance of having all your needs prearranged before you even step off the plane. Gaining access in Kyoto can be very difficult and we pride ourselves with being the only company that can guarantee that you will receive the best possible introductions to locations and people that your business needs require.

We have helped media from all over the world in such ways as arranging and interpreting for interviews, gaining permission to shoot in locations that are usually off-limits, and just acting as a bilingual go-between to make interaction between the involved parties run as smooth as possible. Please contact us to inquire about how we may assist you.


Service Fees

Full-day fee: 50,000 yen (approx. $500 U.S., food and transportation excluded). Package fees can be discussed.

Half-day fee of 30,000 yen (approx. $300 U.S., food and transportation excluded) for pre-production (up to 8 hours).  Please contact us directly by phone or by email if you have any questions or special needs.

Note: A 30,000 yen half day (up to four hours) and 50,000 yen full day (up to 8 hours) preproduction fee will be charged for each service.


Terms and Conditions

For first time customers, half of fixing fees must be paid within 72 hours of signing of contract and the rest upon arrival.

If hotel bookings are required, a credit card number must be provided prior to arrival. A detailed receipt for all costs incurred for locations, interviews, driver, equipment rental etc. will be issued to the crew leader or producer by Kyoto Sights and Nights at the end of the project when all fees have been fully paid.

Location and model releases will be turned over to the crew leader or producer when all fees have been fully paid.


Cancellation Fees

Japan, especially Kyoto, is a place where saving face is important  and losing face is very detrimental. Securing locations is not just a case of money but requires great care using connections and asking favours of friends and other acquaintances. A cancellation fee of 50% of prepaid fees will be charged up to 7 days prior to the start date.  Cancellations within 1 week prior to the start date will result in 100% loss of prepaid fees.


Print Media

Peter MacIntosh is a professional photographer who has been published in many publications around the world, and works with a group of professional photographers who are bilingual and culturally sensitive to Japan.  We also have a comprehensive stock photo/image library and therefore it is not necessary to provide another photographer for your projects. Using our photographers will not only save you time and money (hotel, airfare), but guarantees you the best possible images.


Film and Television Production Credits

The Great Outdoors (Australia)

Getaway (Australia)

B.B.C. News Night (U.K.)

Memoirs of a Geisha (Hollywood movie)

Sakura “The Blue Eyed Samurai" (Hollywood movie)

Swiss Television: Geisha documentary

B.N.N. Television (The Netherlands)

National Geographic Television Taboo Series

Canadian Film Board Tokyo Girls

Kimberly Sheldon’s Design for Living

NBC Channel 5 News

N.H.K (Japan) Hello Nippon

A&E The Secret Lives of the Geisha

BNN At Work

Kimono CBS

The Pleasure Zone Discovery CTV traveler

As well as smaller production groups from Australia, Chile, Denmark and Italy

Print Media Credits

The New York Times (U.S.A.)

Aftonbladet (Sweden)

Glamur (Slovenia)

Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong)

San Francisco Chronicle (U.S.A.)

National Geographic Traveler

G.Q. Magazine (U.S.A.)

Has Been Featured in (with Photo Credits)

The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Eye-Ai Magazine (japan)

The Hirangana Times (Japan)

The Tokyo Weekender (Japan)

Amakara Teccho (Japan)

The Daily Yomiuri (Japan)

The National Post (Canada)


The Guardian

The Sun

The Times

The Independent

Sydney Times

Has Written Articles for (with Photo Credits)

The Kansai Time Out (Japan)

The Kyoto Journal (Japan)

The Kyoto Visitor’s Guide (Japan)