After a very amazing breakfast, we hit the road again and headed more down south. The mountains were steep but riding downhill in between was fun.
We stopped at the Huaeom Temple (화엄사) for a rest and continued our journey shortly after.
Later we checked in a Jjimjilbang and have a relaxing stay.
It has been a long time since my last post, therefore a brief summary and after that an explanation of my whereabouts.
Just right after Halloween had ended, the enterprises in Japan switched their decoration to Christmas inspired themes. So starting from November I could listen to Christmas songs while I went shopping, and admire Santa Claus figurines advertising the latest products. Autumn is known to be the finest season in Kyoto and therefore thousands of domestic and international tourists are streaming into the city to take pictures and buying souvenirs (お土産omiyage - souvenirs A very important word in Japan.) for their friends.
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.