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After sending off blister-suffering Pierre to the hotel by taxi, Yasuko and I strolled in a quiet lantern-lit stone-paved quarter to the Yasaka Shrine.  The crowd of daytime tourists was gone by the time and the area very atmospheric. The shrine… Continue Reading →

Hidden Food Heaven in Kyoto

It’s very unlikely we would have known this restaurant if it wasn’t recommend by Yasuko’s friend Mayumi, a food fanatic who travels hundreds of miles for a good meal and who, unfortunately, couldn’t join us. It would have been close… Continue Reading →

Most hotel check-in procedures are typically accompanied by a couple of nervous “oh-oh-ohs” when the host sees the size of my shoes and my length. A couple of seconds later, “beam me up, Scotty” style, the staff member is back… Continue Reading →

Japan Mountain Top Sound

One thing hard to find in Japan (and that may be hard to believe) is a quiet place. Listen to the sound of a viewing platform at the top of a cable car at 2100m. Japan Mountain Top Sound

Magome (Village) & Minshuku Tajimaya (Inn)

We have moved slightly south of Japan Alps to a very pretty town called Magome. It is the starting point of a historical trail that used to be part of the route Kyoto-Tokyo which was of great importance during the… Continue Reading →

Hiking in the Japan alps

We spent a couple of days in the Japan Alps. We took a train to Matsumoto, continued to Kamik?chi and spent a first night at the entrance of the national park. On the second day the hiking started against an… Continue Reading →

If you want to take the one gondola into the Japanese alps at Shinhodskaonsen, you first need to buy a wicket. If you also buy a meal coupon, you may consider bending it. There is a friendly machine assisting…

Bento Box Lunch

We’re on a train during lunch time. As we had quite early breakfast before Pierre’s departure we knew we would be hungry. So we bought a japanese lunchbox. There are thousands of those, one for every taste and hunger.

Dave. Day fifteen. Sayonara.

Arigatou Gozaimasu Guido-Sensei & Guido-San & Ojiisan. Dave and I enjoying our last Japanese meal at Osaka Airport. Udon, tempura, fried eggs and pickles!!! Had an amazing time on all levels. Thanks again for all! Sayonara

Bon Voyage – Pierre heading back

It’s been a fun two weeks with a lot of action and quality time to get to know my friend Pierre a bit better… Now Pierre is heading back to his family and Yasuko and I visit the Japanese Alps… Continue Reading →

Sanzen-in temple, Kyoto

Sweeeeets!

Pierre and Yasuko going for some popular Japanese sweets. Warabi Mochi is that green rice based treat with a tea after taste. and Mitarashi Dango a water and rice flour dough coated with a sugar and soy sauce mix. Not… Continue Reading →

Dave. Day Fourteen. Temple Day

Off to Sanzen-In Temple!

Ninomaru Goten

Scenes of Ninomaru Goten

Dave. Day Thirteen. Ninomaru Goten

Dave was off to visit the Ninomaru Castle in Kyoto.

Yakitori…

… again. Well, everybody has his own way to remember things. Ours seems to be food. This time in a small restaurant in a small side street of Kyoto’s Ponto-cho Dori.

In the middle of Kyoto

… an oasis of piece and calm around Ponto-cho Dori.

Scenes of Kyoto

First day. First impressions.

A hole in the wall…

@ Kanazawa Castle

Tempura in Kyoto

It was time. One of the last items in our culinary lists was crossed out this evening. Love the lightness and freshness at the same time!

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