As my time in Japan is slowly coming towards an end I started thinking about if I really have made good use of my time so far and what I am still missing. I came up with this list:
- Visit at least 3 major Islands (Honshu, Kyushu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, Okinawa)
- Do Karaoke until dawn
- Stay at a Japanese friend’s house
- Visit Onsen regularly
- Talk to a Japanese person every day
- Go to a Karaoke with a girl you like
- Get lost in Tokyo
- Visit a rural place
- Go to a Hanami (花見) with only Japanese people
- Go to a Purikura (プリクラ)
- Sleep at a temple
- Sleep in a Ryokan (旅館)
- Soak in a wild hot spring
- Eat Sashimi (刺身)
- Spend a night in a Love Hotel
- Visit Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社)
- Eat Fugu (ふぐ)
- Have a BBQ with Japanese friends
Some items are already checked, but others are still open. . .
More suggestions are always welcome!
This morning I left my hostel and took a local train to get closer to the highway. I took a 30-minutes walk to the next Service Area (サービスエリア). Accessing it was easy and legal. Like a miracle it just took me less than 5 minutes until a truck driver picked me up.
This morning I left the beautiful beach of Omiko (大神子) and headed towards west of Shikoku (四国). I was very lucky. I could get a ride after less than an hour and the man actually drove all the way to my destination.
Every year in July Kyoto celebrates the Gion Festival. It is probably the oldest and most famous annual festival in Japan and attracts visitors from all over Japan and beyond.
Our university offered for international students to participate in a field trip with students from Shibuya (渋谷). The Junior High School students came to Kyoto for a weekend excursion and on Sunday international students joined their tour in order to improve their English communication skills.