My list of favorites in Ghent and Japan.
Sushi Palace Gent: the best sushi in town.
Japan-Square Festival: Festival celebrating the Japanese movie in Studio Skoop (March)
Mr. Crazy: Japanese hair salon.
Cafe Independants: cool bar/music store.
Rakuza: guesthouse in a beautiful ochaya in Gion.
Waraku-an: guesthouse in a traditional Japanese house near Heian Jungu.
Gojo Guesthouse: guesthouse in a traditional Japanese house in Higashi-yama.
Funaoka onsen: old onsen (hot spring public bath) in Kyoto with outdoor bath.
Andon Ryokan: modern hotel in tradtionele Japanese style: beautiful architecture. At night Andon (literally lantern) literally lights up.
Ryokan Sawanoya: friendly ryokan welcoming western guests for decades. The owner, Isao Sawa, wrote an interesting book about his experiences.