A day with Chelsea (2)

When Chelsea and I were walking up Kiyomizu slope’s main road (i.e. the super-touristy path leading to Kiyomizu-dera), we bought ice cream and rested next to a refreshing fountain. Next to it were winding stairs on one side and a western-style building on the other. Once we finished our snack, we decided to mount these mysterious … Continue reading

A day with Chelsea (1)

On one of my last days, my co-worker Chelsea invited me to visit a temple with her. It was also one of her last days, and she’d been wanting to visit this temple for some time. Chelsea had been visiting many temples during her stay in Kyoto (more that the average person when visiting Kyoto … Continue reading

Tako-less takoyaki party!

Last week, I was asked what I eat in Japan, since there’s so much stuff I DON’T eat. Coincidentally, I planned a post about food today, so here’s one answer to that question. 😛 My sweet Canadian friend Danielle, who was my classmate, best friend and travel buddy during my first trip to Japan, was … Continue reading

A day in Osaka (2)

After our rest, we set forth our journey and found yet another temple. This time, we just walked by it and were intrigued by the golden tower. We couldn’t read the temple’s name, but went in to explore. At the entrance they were doing some reconstructing, so we asked whether it was okay to enter … Continue reading

A day in Osaka (1)

Two Korean friends were visiting Osaka at the same time, so we decided to meet up for a day in Osaka. From where I was in Kyoto, it only took around an hour to get there. Since they always have ME chose where to go, I suggested Shinsekai, since I have good memories of that … Continue reading

Cycling around Kyoto

The next day, I choose to bicycle again, since my knee had started hurting rather quickly the day before (after only 3 km or so). Though it’s, in my opinion, pretty dangerous to ride a bicycle on the sidewalks in Japan, it did feel good to go around by bicycle for once. The weather was … Continue reading

Backstreets of Kyoto

After a few days of resting after my visit to the hospital (of which I planned to tell the story, but it’s been too long now… long story short: my knee hurt, hospital couldn’t help me and told me to go to a doctor in Belgium, got surgery in Belgium 3 months later) I finally … Continue reading

Kyoto: first photo walk (part III)

The last part of my walk brought me to Kamogawa (Kamo River), our favourite place in Kyoto. It’s so relaxing there, and lots of people come together to enjoy the weather and each other’s company. Along the river on the west side, you’ll find many cafes and traditional buildings. On the east side, you’ll find … Continue reading

Kyoto: first photo walk (part II)

The next part of my walk brought me to the traditional area in and near Gion, and after that to Yasaka Jinja and the park behind it. From the park, it’s just a short walk to Kiyomizu-dera and the busy streets in front of it. Our guesthouse was located near all these fantastic places, only 10 … Continue reading

Kyoto: first photo walk (part I)

Once we had settled in a little, I decided to go on a photo walk. I had visited Kyoto before, so the usual Kyoto attractions didn’t interest me much this time. With just my camera, my music player and my passport, I wandered through the neighbouring residential area. I love how Japanese try to make that … Continue reading