• Photography,  Travel

    Kyoto: Fushimi Inari-taisha, Tofukuji Temple

    At five in the morning, I was dropped off in Kyoto from my overnight bus. At 11 degrees, it was the coldest I’ve ever been. I grabbed my scarf from my backpack, put it on, and started my kilometer-long walk in the cold to my hostel. The streets were empty, and if it were any other place like *coughs* Philippines *coughs*, I would be shitless scared to walk alone. And while I was a little bit scared, I was happy to be there and was fascinated by the difference of Tokyo and Kyoto. I found a way to perfectly describe Japan, from what I’ve seen on the trip – TIME…

  • Photography,  Travel

    Tokyo in Autumn: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

    Aaaaaaah!! Going through these photos make my heart skip a beat! Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is located smack center of Shinjuku, and easily my most favorite place in Tokyo! It’s almost unbelievable how nature, a huuuge garden in this case, and bright lights of a modern city can coexist in one place! Did you notice that all those four sentences ended with an exclamation point? This beautiful garden opens at 9am, with an entrance fee of 200 JPY (~90 PHP), and just a kilometer away from my hostel. I got there before it opened, and there were about 15 people waiting by the gate. Because of the enormous size of…

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    Japan Itinerary: 6 Days in Tokyo & Kyoto for 29,500PHP (600USD)

    On November 4-9, I went on a solo trip to Japan. With enough research and planning, I’m very proud to say that it was a successful trip. First, because I got to see so much of Tokyo and Kyoto. Second, because I did this without breaking my pocket. I ate some good food at convenience stores, food stalls and restaurants. I went on a hectic schedule every day without thinking much of train and bus expenses. Even under a tight budget, I did not feel like I missed out at all. I went inside temples, gardens and a castle. Some of them were free but for those that weren’t, I…