Sato was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. He graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1992. He joined Kyodo News as a staff photographer after graduating from the First Department of Literature at Waseda University in 1995 and has worked as a freelance photographer since 2002.

Sato was the recipient of the Photographic Society of Japan, Newcomer’s Award in 2009 and Tadahiko Hayashi Award in 2012. He has held many exhibitions in and out of Japan including, Night Lights (P.G.I., 2014), The spirit of the place (Canon Gallery S, 2014), and has published photo-books including, Night Lights, Risen in the East, Tokyo Twilight Zone from Seigensha.