After another terrible nights sleep I woke to a typical Japanese breakfast of grilled salmon, scrambled egg, rice, yoghurt, fruit and garlic bread rolls (I think these were added to cater for the western tourist, ie., moi). I was touched at the effort Taka had gone to make me feel at home. It was a…Continue reading Uncovering traditional Japan: Ehime Japan
I was nervous about my first couchsurfing experience as I got off the cargo ship from Osaka port. I was staying with 63 year old Japanese retiree, Taka. Taka and I spent a long first day together in Ehime. We visited rabbit island, local shrines, Imabari castle and cycled some of the Shimanami Kaido cycle route. A lot happened that day!
A must-visit on everyone’s Japan itinerary, Kyoto gave me a glimpse of old-style Japan with traditional wooden houses, beautiful countryside and geishas. Shiori-an hostel deserves a place in my top ten hostels across the world and my time spent sleeping in Manga cafe wasn’t too bad either. Good food, friends, temples and adventure. Kyoto is a blast.
Osaka was my first stop in Japan and it was a perfect welcoming. My first night was spent in a capsule hotel, totally weird and wonderfully unique. Just like the rest of the city which surprised me at every corner. My visit was packed with crazy adventures including a trip to the local food market where I was met by the kindness of others.