Sunchoen – 순천

Coordinates: 34.950637,127.48721350000005

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.

Winter is coming – 冬到来

Coordinates: 35.020507667285315,135.71033477783203

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.

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Things you should do in Japan

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!

Fukuoka – 福岡

Coordinates: 33.59118916755179,130.41227459907532

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.

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