In 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 simply 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 a bit more expensive. Riding the Shinkansen is an experience for itself and definitely worth to try.
Many japanese people are very shy, helpful, nice, and extremely polite. I realised they even apologize after helping somebody. They grew up in a collectivist culture where you don’t question a lot of things.
Japan is known for Karaoke, Cat Coffees, hot springs (Onsen) in e.g. Kyoto and Beppu, beautiful parks, many temples, and an interesting and old culture.
- 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 deers everywhere
- 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).
I loved ramen, sushi and mochi (japanese rice cake) the most.