The Beginner’s Guide To Climbing Mt. Fuji

Mountain Day here in Japan is in 2 days (Aug.11) and people are gearing up for the hike ahead. My friends and I decided to go earlier in August to avoid the massive crowds that climb Japan’s many mountains.  Another reason was that we decided to climb Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan.  SomeContinue reading “The Beginner’s Guide To Climbing Mt. Fuji”

Being Part Of The Gion Matsuri

This is the story of how I became part of the Gion Matsuri (祇園祭).  Not just a spectator this time, but an actual participant!  Yes! A Filipino in the Gion Matsuri! #proudfilipino right here.  Hopefully, many of you could experience what it feels like to be part of this in the future! Matsuri (祭) means”festival”Continue reading “Being Part Of The Gion Matsuri”

Kyoto: Daimonjiyama

My friends and I have started a travel group called DIY Travel Japan. We aim to share our DIY travel experiences in Japan to the world through blogging and vlogging. Since I am co-contributing to the group, I’ll be sharing our content here in my blog as well. If you have been following my blog,Continue reading “Kyoto: Daimonjiyama”

Karainya: The Best Curry in Kyoto

Indian food is amazing.  Of all the places in the world, I never thought I’d find amazing Indian food here in Japan. Karainya is one of the best Indian restaurants near my school.  It is located on Imadegawa dori just before Horikawa dori.  You cannot miss it as it is situated on a busy intersection.  Going in,Continue reading “Karainya: The Best Curry in Kyoto”

Otsu-karesamadesu: The Japanese Riviera

This post has been written reluctantly due to all the video footage I lost.  For this one, we would have to stick to good, old-fashioned photos.  No time lapses this week, sorry.  I am not a Japanese language expert but Otsukaresamadesu (お疲れ様です) roughly translates into “Great work!” in English.  If I’m wrong, please let meContinue reading “Otsu-karesamadesu: The Japanese Riviera”

Kyoto Time Lapse! +GoT Ep. 3 Is Now Loading

You know that feeling when you’re so immersed into whatever you’re doing that you don’t realize a week just passed?  That was last week.  Whew. First, nothing delights me more than speaking to my girlfriend properly.  Not just sending some random emoticons and late messages.  I’m talking about real conversations in real time.   MaybeContinue reading “Kyoto Time Lapse! +GoT Ep. 3 Is Now Loading”

Going to Japan Soon? Check Out DIY Travel Japan!

Okay.  The reason I’m super busy this week is because me and my friends are starting to build a community for travelers in Japan. You might be saying: Oh, another one.  But this one is different.  Why? With visa restrictions all over the world getting more relaxed (especially in Japan for the past 5 years) andContinue reading “Going to Japan Soon? Check Out DIY Travel Japan!”

Time Lapse: Kyoto Sunset

Found a way to break out of the apartment rooftop contraption.  All it took was opening one of the laundry room windows. *insert clever laugh* Golden Week went by really quick. Too quick.  I’m still recovering from all the lost footage in Otsu but it is what it is. Sunsets are always beautiful.  The transitionContinue reading “Time Lapse: Kyoto Sunset”

Kamukura: The Sleeper Ramen

Every once in a while, you encounter a sleeper – someone/something that looks ordinary but is actually very extraordinary.   I went to Osaka last week to buy some stuff and get a breather from school.  After a couple of hours running around, I was super hungry.  And no one likes to walk around hungry.Continue reading “Kamukura: The Sleeper Ramen”

In Kyoto, We Bike, Bike, Bike!

It was only here in Kyoto that I reacquainted myself with biking.  Prior to Kyoto, I could not remember the last time I rode a bicycle.   Biking was one of those things that you just had to do when you were a kid.  It was part of childhood (my childhood, at least).  This isContinue reading “In Kyoto, We Bike, Bike, Bike!”