Articles by: Hugo
I was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and enjoyed my teenage years during the peak of the "Flower Power Hippie" generation. I hitchhiked through Europe, living on a beach south of Agadir, Morocco for some time to learn English. For most of my adult life, I was a public relations representative for a Christian NGO in the Benelux area. Aside from Japan, I have lived in Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Singapore, just to name a few. I love baking things such as bread, pies, and fruit cakes, and am an avid Blues lover; some of my favorite artists are B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. I enjoy a good movie with a glass of wine or a Belgian Trappist and some Roquefort blue cheese. Since September 2012 I have been an honorary member of the " Kyoto Guide Club". I have been living in Japan for almost 25 years; 5 years in Tokyo, and then 20 years here, in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. My aim is to provide information about this extraordinary city to the future traveler. If you have any questions related to Kyoto or Nara, don't hesitate to drop me a line. We offer guided tours in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. For info please email me at info@kyotodreamtrips.com. Our guided tours are conducted by licensed Japanese guides. Languages supported are English and Spanish.

by / on December 11, 2017 at 7:06 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Kita-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Iwato-ochiba-jinja and the Fallen Golden Yellow Gingko Trees Leafs in Kyoto.

Iwato-ochiba-jinja, an unspoiled spot in Kyoto: In late November, I ventured out to the north of Kyoto, deep in the mountains of Kitayama to visit the Iwato-ochiba-jinja (岩戸落葉神社). This more than 1.000-year-old Shinto shrine is famous for its golden yellow colored ginkgo leafs. It’s not so easily accessible which means not so many people and lots of time to enjoy […]

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by / on November 14, 2017 at 6:49 PM / in Adashino Nenbutsu, Arashiyama, Autumn-Momiji, Gio-ji, Higashiyama-ku, Hokyo-in, Jojakko-ji temple, Kamigyō-ku, Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Nison-in, Nonomiya-jinja, Otagi Nenbutsu, Sakyō-ku, Seiryo-ji, Temples-Shrines, Tenryu-ji, Tenryū-ji

3 Days of Autumn Bliss, A Carefully Selected Travel Planner.

Three Days of Autumn Bliss in Kyoto! A few days ago, I posted my first travel guide book to Kindle and iBooks. I have carefully selected some of Kyoto’s most scenic autumn spots. This guide book will take you on a three day trip through the ancients streets of Kyoto. On day 1, we’ll walk along the Higashiyama range and downtown […]

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by / on September 9, 2017 at 5:50 PM / in 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage, My Travels, Out Of The Box, Shikoku, Temples 1-23

Kirihata-ji: Tenth Temple of the Sacred Shikoku Pilgrimage.

Kirihata-ji in Awa-shi, Tokushima-ken, Japan: Kirihata-ji (切幡寺): tenth Temple of the Sacred Shikoku Pilgrimage (四国八十八ヶ所巡り) is located in Awa-shi, Tokushima-ken, Japan. Kirihata-ji is located in the middle of Mount Kirihata (切幡山) and is about 800 meters above sea level. From National route 139 you turn into a narrow street lined with minshuku (民宿) and shops catering to the henro pilgrims. […]

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by / on September 6, 2017 at 7:19 PM / in Fushimi-ku, Temples-Shrines

Saigan-ji: Jizō Statue that was Drenched with Oil.

The Jizō Statue that was Drenched with Oil: Saigan-ji. Yesterday, I was in Fushimi-ku (Kyoto-City), and while driving around I saw a sign post. Decided to take a look, I found a hidden temple (Saigan-ji (西岸寺), also known as “Aburakakezan Jizō Saigan-ji”) in a back alley. While reading the sign post, I discovered an amazing story from times past. From […]

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by / on September 23, 2016 at 9:33 PM / in Out Of The Box, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

A Jizo Statue that Walked the Ancient Streets Of Kyoto.

A Jizo Statue, that Walked the Ancient Streets Of Kyoto: Walking the streets of Kyoto you come across many Jizo Statue’s. In fact Jizō Statue’s are found everywhere you go in Japan. This particular one is being worshipped for Easy Childbirth and Child-Giving. The other day, I was in the Hyakumanben area (百万遍) of Sakyō-ku, Kyōto. There was a large […]

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by / on July 13, 2016 at 10:53 PM / in 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage, My Travels, Out Of The Box, Shikoku, Temples 1-23

Gokuraku-ji: Second Temple on the Sacred Shikoku Pilgrimage.

Gokuraku-ji: Gokuraku-ji (極楽寺), is the second Temple of the 88 Sacred Places of Shikoku Prefecture (四国八十八ヶ所巡り), in Japan. Founded by Gyōki in 815 and visited by Kōbō Daishi when he was 42 years of age. The garden on your left, as you walk towards the main hall, is a paradise garden called Unkai no Jōdo (雲海の浄土). Chōsokabe Motochika (長宗我部元親) and […]

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by / on July 9, 2016 at 6:05 PM / in 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage, My Travels, Out Of The Box, Shikoku, Temples 1-23

Ryōzen-ji, First Temple of the Sacred Shikoku Pilgrimage.

Ryōzen-ji (霊山寺): Ryōzen-ji (霊山寺) is the starting point of the Sacred 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage Sites (四国八十八ヶ所巡り) in Tokushima, Japan. This temple is grouped with the “Hosshin no Dōjō” (発心 の 道場) or “Dōjō to Awaken Your Faith” comprising of temples 1 to 23. It has a store where you can buy the necessary items to start the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Yūben Shinnen […]

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