Tokyo, on my arrival and first days, presented itself as a megalopolis from high up, that felt like a collection of villages on the ground. Back again, with the Autumn Festival taking place in the Meiji Shrine park and with the hustle and bustle of Shinjuku and Shibuya, it was parkland – and Blade Runner. […]
We don’t often have reason to think of where we’ve come from and where we’ve gone. In this world of instant communication and a fascination with youthful impulsivity, even less so. Travel bloggers just seem to show great views and great experiences, every week in a different place, all somehow the same. Traveling, anyways, is […]
In the center of Kyoto, you can find Nishiki Market, Shijo Dori road with lots of shops and major department stores such as Daimaru and Takashimaya… a lot of busy-ness and business. In the middle of that, if you are not completely enveloped in the shopping mindset, you may notice a shrine.
Have you ever found yourself in a city for a visit, wanting to get the most of your time but not just run after the usual must-see sights (again) – and ended up with a day that was immensely dissatisfying, yet ultimately full of discoveries? That was the day after my tour across Kyoto which […]
Sightseeing shouldn’t be a marathon race. Sometimes, in between exploratory days to just see what can be found by chance, on errant walks, it can be nice to check off the must-see places. It was actually by chance that I ended up doing a sweep across Kyoto, from one famous temple to the next, during […]
I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that you should go to the south side of Uji, from the railway station, should you decide to go there at all. North side, wrong side of the tracks. Nothing to see there.
Going on a spiritual pilgrimage’s path in fastpacking fashion seemed a bit of an oddity even to me. When you go somewhere far away, on some of your last money, with only a few days to spare for the whole trip, you do want to put as much experience as possible into every hour, though. […]
Tokyo. The megalopolis. An urban agglomeration, home to millions of people, unbroken cityscape… Go up the Tokyo Skytree for the view from a distance, and you can easily see that. But if it is that, then the all-encompassing city has become a village. Or rather, a vast and seemingly never-ending collection of villages. And nature. […]