Japan

KyotoIn spring 2014 I went to Japan for 6 weeks. Japan is a highly developed industrial country with a lot of history. Since only a few people speak English there I learnt some Japanese before my visit. For the rest I used body language or google translate. I went to Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Fukuoka and Beppu by bus, metro, and train (Japan Rail Pass for the Shinkansen). Most I liked Kyoto and Beppu. Metro and bus is cheap. Trains are expensive.

PEOPLE

Many japanese people are very shy, helpful, nice, and extremely polite. They even apologize after they helped me! I wish they would question more things.

ACTIVITIES

Japan is known for Karaoke, Cat Coffees, hot springs (Onsen) in e.g. Kyoto and Beppu, beautiful parks, and many temples.

beppu

  • Tokyo: Shibuya by night, Odaiba with Monorail
  • Yokohama: Bay, China Town
  • Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine and Bamboo Forest hike (highly recommended), another hike: Mt. Kurama + Kurama Onsen, Kamo River (swim, BBQ, lay in the grass, go for a run), Ginkakuji Temple, Path of Philosophy, Nanzenji Temple, the golden pavilion (Kinkaku), good club: @world Kyoto in devil street
  • Nara: Free deer everywhere
  • Dazaifu
  • Yanagawa river
  • Beppu (not very known yet fortunately): Mount Takasaki with Monkeys, Kannawa Onsen for your feet, Umi Jigoku (hells): spectacular hot springs for viewing rather than bathing

FOOD

I loved ramen, sushi and mochi (japanese rice cake).

Sushi restaurant

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