WorkAway – International Youth Hostel in Kyoto, Japan

1 Month Hostel WorkAway in Kyoto, Japan In April 2016,  I volunteered for a month in an international youth hostel in Kyoto, Japan. It was my third volunteering experience, the second through workaway, and I absolutely loved it! I saved $800 in accommodations, made new friends and  enjoyed a totally new way of travelling.  In…

Explore the Sacred Graveyard of Okuno-in Temple – Koyasan

Cherry Blossoms by the Sacred Graveyard of Koyasan Just prior to my arrival in Japan, a giant storm swept through the Kansai area scattering to the wind the beautiful cherry blossoms petals that attract millions of tourists to Japan each spring. Bah! Such terrible luck! That perfect picture of the famous Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto lost until my next visit….

Uji, Japan – Byodo-in Temple

Day Trip to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture The following day after my trip to Nara, I set out early in the morning with a new friend from my hostel. Jenni had been staying at my hostel in Kyoto for a reunion with friends whom she met at Doshisha University while on exchange. Having spent a year living…

Nara, Japan – Heijo Palace & Todaiji Temple

Day Trip to Nara City For my day trip to Nara, I met up with a few travel companions, Fred & Gert, from Belgium. Fred and I met earlier this year at a hostel in Pai, Thailand. Fast forward a few months and we both ended up in Japan! Isn’t that the greatest part of…