We looked through the bus windows, light of the big colorful screens shining on our dark faces. It was late evening and Tokyo was alive. River of people on the streets. Coming, going, meeting. It was dark but it was so light. We made our way to the metro station and expected chaos. Tokyo has over 13 million people (6,5 times more than our country). But there was no lines at the ticket machines, no crowds at the metro stations or feeling claustrophobic on the metro. It was…

Our plan was to get a good look at Mt. Fuji and spend a night in Kofu, a bigger city in Yamanashi perfecture. We said goodbye to our family/hosts in Matusmoto and Masaki took us to a service area by the road which led to Kofu.  Hitchhiking in Japan again! It was very hot and at first people didn’t even look at as out of their cars but after getting complimentary ice coffee from Starbucks girl (so sweet!) we got lucky and a young family picked us up…

First of all, I’m so late with the posts. So much has happened in a short time! Here’s a post about our experience with Couchsurfing. We sent some requests in the beginning of our travels in Japan but people didn’t have time or they just didn’t reply. Because our spontaneous schedule it was hard to make a request on a specific date. But then Hiromi in Takayama confirmed our first request on a very quick notice and we were ecstatic! Finally 🙂 Satoe, the guesthouse owner, took us…

We needed a break, so we decided to spend 3 days in a small town Kanazawa, famous for samurais and gold. Yes, they produce gold for whole Japan and the souvenirs are very gold induced. Gold sheet mask, chocolate pudding with gold flecks, body lotion with gold leaves. We stayed in a brand new guesthouse called Good Neighbors hostel, owned by a young man Taku, who traveled the world for 3 years. Don’t be fooled by his young looks – he is much older and wiser than his…

After the second attempt of flying to Osaka (our Jetstar flight was canceled due bad weather conditions and the staff barely spoke enough English to explain the situation to us) we finally made it. It was raining (I was starting to regret that we decided to visit Japan in June – nevermind, we were both cranky) when we arrived to Osaka. It was quite easy to find our ‘bussines’ Diamond hotel but when we were walking towards it we noticed that the people in that area were kinda…diferent….

After we survived the freezing night at the Chaya No Hara camp, a car picked us up in the morning from Ryokan Sanga. We were invited to spend a night in one of the most famous ryokans in Kurokawa Onsen. Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn with tatami mats on the floors, thin walls with slide doors and minimalistic style. Ryokan Sanga is set in a forest, a short drive from Kurokawa Onsen. A stream runs by and gives the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere….

Mount Aso, the second biggest active vulcano in the world, is a shorter train ride from Kumamoto. The countryside view from the train is amazing and when you step off at the station you can take a deep breath of fresh air. Aso looks like a small alpine village. It’s cute, small and people are very friendly. We booked our stay in the Asobi Gokoro guesthouse (2500 ¥ for a dorm) as the weather was rainy. The streets are beautiful, everything is impecably clean. I’ve noticed that the…

We have been in Japan for 2 days but it feels like a week has passed. We flew to Fukuoka (from Bangok, Jetstar airways) and immediatly took a bus to Nagasaki. The countryside to Nagasaki was beautiful – hills with thick forest and green grass. I was trying to stay awake but caved in because we had a rough couple of days in Bangkok preparing for the trip, not to mention the night flight. Nagasaki is known to the world for the atomic bomb that erased the city…