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.