hell yeah finally i got time to write my Japan Trip journal! well i think it’s no longer a journal because i write it almost 2 weeks after my arrival at Jakarta, and i can hardly remember the details about this and that. But fuck them. Let’s just write and share anything. This is my home, anyway.
I’m gonna write it as a summarize, plus i give you some tips, if any of you guys are planning to take a day, or days, or a month off to visit Japan, maybe i can share a bit.. here we go!
Especially if your previous country (a.k.a the place you are living right now, is a car-centric country, or a motorbike-centric)well, you can follow this tips, or not. But you will find it really expensive if you spend your days in taxis. It will cost you around 100USD to reach some places that take 35-50km distance far. I’m not joking and no one here is. You will use the most famous subway trains in Japan, JR (the cheapest), or you can choose another name, but still, a train! It takes you to places, and most of the Japanese use the train to go to places, work, school, date, and other things. And you will easily get tired if you don’t prepare yourself at first (because 10-30km walk is normal for most Japanese), like go for a morning jog starting today, until the day of your departure. It helps a lot!
2. Find low costs air fares, go for Promos!
Japan is the 3rd highest GDP in the world, you’ll be a goner if you don’t prepare yourself to book the promo tickets, or the low cost air fares like Air Asia (although you’ll transit in one place for some flights). It will help to cut your expenses a lot, because trust me. Shit will get serious when you arrive at Japan and look at their price tags!
3. Washing the parts of your body never been this hard.
well, if some of you have already known about Onsen, the public bath in Japan, you will find it almost everywhere, and thanks to the Civilization, some hotels or ryokans have private showers for you that don’t get easily accustomed to Japanese ways of living. I said it have never been this hard, because you will find yourself washing your dick with some other guys beside you washing their owns shamelessly. A friend of mine said that they have the principle : “There’s nothing to hide between us.”
4. Practice the simple common Japanese language
Simple daily languages like, “where to go to..”, or “i don’t speak Japanese language”, or “Where is the Toilet?” will come in handy for your overall trip. They usually don’t speak English, or they will speak their own English, which you have to decode it for seconds before you dig what they said. But i give up for the letters (hiragana katakana and things). Countries with roman-letter languages will get confused with the Japanese letters at first, or maybe for the whole trip.
5. Bring your own Electric Socket Connector
For some hotels won’t provide the Connector for your country’s electric socket. For your info, japanese use this kind of Socket. Again, they don’t usually speak english so you will have troubles for saying some tongue-trill words like Electric Socket. You will have to pronounce it like “Erekturiku Sokutu”, and no guarantees they will understand at that time. Pictures would help anyway.
6. If you’re not Really like Theme Parks, think again to visit Disneyland and DisneySea
For the eyes and ears will be the only parts of your body that has been satisfied by those places. Trust me, the Japanese will the the most traffic visitors at anytime you visit those damn dream places. And the queues for any vehicles will take about 1 to 2 hrs long. Again, for eyes and ears, those places are irreplaceable (especially if you love Disney’s music and ever dreamed to see the Characters live). But for the other parts, it will be a shit. Information about those places, visit here.
7. Heaven for Foreigners, to find girls here
Well, i haven’t take photos with any girls, but i did some conversations. Most of Japanese girls consider Foreigners (or Gaijin, according to their language) are sexy and friendly. A japanese friend told me about that. Well i have been there and it’s quite true. They are somewhat… open to foreigners. But if you’re white, then you’re the boss. J-girls love white people the most. Some known places for hanging out or just looking around (for partner, yes) are Roppongi and Shinjuku. You can visit this web for more infos.
8. Don’t forget to visit Ghibli Museum and Fujiko F Fujio Museum
Only if you’re a die hard fan for the men behind those two. Which are Fujimoto Hiroshi and Hayao Miyazaki. Oh don’t tell me you don’t know These Characters?
Infos about those museums : here and here. picture source : here
9. if you love Japanese noodles, you’ll probably will look for another options there
Because it’s everywhere. Every-fucking-where. It’s delicious, yes. It’s addictive, yes. The type of the restaurants are unique, yes. You love to eat more, yes. But eventually you’ll get sick of it. Try the curry, the Bentos, or any other foods in Japan! Oh by the way, they have unique ways to order foods. Maybe i won’t tell anything for this one. Experience yourself!
10. Never miss Akihabara.
Akihabara is the weirdest district in the world. You are an alien there. You’ll get surprised of the scattered Porn shops, Weird doll store, Game Store, Arcade Game store, Maid Café, and anything that might be out of your imaginations. And the ordinary faces and expressions make it seems more weird like everyone’s trying to say to you, “Welcome to Japan, aliens!” You can reach to it by Trains.
11. Never miss Ochanomizu (for Musicians Only)
you can find everything about music there. Literally Everything. Any kinds of instruments, music scores, effects, CDs, DVDs, LPs, used items, blah-blah-blah aaaaaaaaannnndd your money gone. For you guys who’d like to hunt these items, better to prepare the picture of the CD covers, or DVD, or else. Or atleast, show them the name (written), because loud music will worsen the communication between you and the clerks.
12. Choose the best season to come
If you’re used to live in four seasons country, well this one should be no problems for you. But if you live in an equator-crossed country like Indonesia. Japan would be a problem for you. I suggest you to visit when Spring season, or at Fall. pass the winter and summer without curiosity. Visit Accu Weather for more infos about japan current temperature and weathers.
13. Explore other places out of Tokyo
Tokyo is the most sophisticated city in Japan. You can find almost everything there, from the japanese traditional houses to the Hachikō Statue in Shibuya. But you are incomplete if you miss the most heritage place in Japan which is Kyoto, and the Place where Takoyaki was born, Osaka. Or maybe you wanna hit some historical places like Nagasaki, Hiroshima? Your choice! You can take the bus, or Shinkansen, or Commuting through trains. Yes, they are all connected.
14. Well don’t forget to bring enough money
As mentioned before, japan is the 3rd highest GDP around the globe, so even USD users will have to prepare for the worst. Everything is almost expensive in Japan. CDs, books, foods, drinks, trains, hotels, anything. Save the best for the last, and save yourself from the most fancy items in the world. Trust me, you will always intrigued by the things there. Because design is the most important for Japanese products. And shit just got really serious, the contents were also incredibly intriguing.
Okay, i hope these 14 things will help you a lot. For i don’t have any personal stories to tell. You can visit this web for most informations that will help you, written in English. Some invaluable informations or tips might not be written here for i write this one based on my personal experiences. Visit another web or ask people before you visit Japan!
Here some photos to end this blog :