Grauw’s blog


Two weeks ago, I returned from Japan and am back in the good old Netherlands. During the past year however I got to know the Shugakuin area of Kyoto and Kyoto itself pretty well, so I decided I’d pass on that knowledge to whomever will live there in the future.

I wrote an article called Guide to living in Shugakuin and Kyoto, which should contain a good amount of information for when you’re a foreigner just getting to Kyoto.

I hope it will be useful :), drop a note in the comments if you like it!

» Guide to living in Shugakuin and Kyoto



by MAG at 2008-03-14 17:42

hello Grauw,

i came across your website from an internet search. I can’t remember whether I’ve seen you in Kyoto area or not but maybe. anyway, your info about shugakuin was very detailed and sufficient enough for foreigners/students planning to stay there. i think you forgot to mention whether you enjoyed your stay here or not.. see ya

Re: by Grauw at 2008-03-18 19:29


Thanks for commenting. Of course, I enjoyed my time in Japan very much :). I’ll add a small note to the article to make that clear ^_^.

thank you ! by jomanah at 2014-03-10 14:15

I would like to pass my thanks to you for the valuable information you gave me through your blog.. I did like it !
I am gonna be a foreigner student in kyoto university starting from next April. So this was so useful for me, but what about life expenses there ?? how much does one single female roughly spend in a month ?

Re: thank you ! by Grauw at 2014-03-14 19:46

Glad you liked it!

Living expenses were comparable to living expenses here in the Netherlands. The room in the university’s Shugakuin dorm was very cheap, less than 100 euros / month if I recall correctly. Also if you don’t like to cook, eating out in those small restaurants they have there is not expensive at all :).

Kyoto by Hope at 2014-12-07 18:58

thanks for your tips! i am learning from it.