My trip to Japan - 2016

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On September 6, 2016, I, Kevin Henrique, embarked on a 27-day trip alone to Japan. I have been struggling for many years and finally realized my dream. After this long period of absence from the site, I now return with a long series of articles writing every detail and impression of my trip. This article will be the guide, index and map of my entire trip.

In this base article I will talk a little about my personal impressions about the trip, create an index of all the places I visited, and a list of all the subjects that I intend to address on the website and that are related to my trip.

I hope that my experience will inspire you all. I want to show in this series of articles that it is possible to know Japan, and that there are different realities. Unfortunately I come across many negative people on the internet, who complain and end up spreading these negative thoughts on other people. If you are a person who dreams of knowing Japan, or have misconceptions about Japan, or live in Japan but don't feel happy, or find life difficult? My articles will help you to have a different and unique view of Japan.

First impressions

Unlike most people going to Japan for the first time, I had no problems or suffered cultural shocks because I had a lot of knowledge about Japan itself. I realized that I had more knowledge than the Japanese I visited. Indeed, a tourist is able to know Japan more than a native during his whole life. But don't think it happens because Japanese works a lot. In my entire life I only leave Goiás twice, I never worked 8 hours a day, and in my trip none of the Japanese and Brazilians I met worked 12 hours a day as most people imagine.

The Japanese houses where I stayed were huge and had nothing small, one of them belonged to a Brazilian. Food? For those who don't like fish, I only ate sushi twice, there are so many varieties of different and cheap foods that you will be completely indecisive and lost. I feel sad for those who think Japanese people are thin because food is expensive and they eat little (笑). Japanese people eat a lot, some even more than us Brazilians... Breakfast is super complete and looks like a lunch, the variety of foods in each meal is amazing, not to mention the processed products, cheap restaurants, etc. The good thing is that I ate a lot and came back thinner.

The conclusion I had on this trip is that Japan is identical to anime and dramas. If you disagree with me, know that just because I am saying something I am not claiming that it is 100% like that. I have no complaints to make from this trip or from Japan. The only complaints and regrets I have are:

  • I couldn't see Mount Fuji;
  • Not having tried all the foods;
  • Not having known Hokkaido;
  • Have to go back to Brazil;

During the trip I stayed 13 days in a Hostel located near Akihabara in Tokyo. and the rest of the trip I went to the Kansai region of Osaka where a friend arranged for me to stay with some Japanese families who were learning the English language. I also stayed for one day at the home of 3 Brazilian families, in Gunma, Hamamatsu and Shiga.

Places I visited

During these 27 days I visited the following sites: (List is not complete and is being updated).

  •  Tokyo Area
  • Kyoto and vicinity
    • Mount Inari (tori)
    • Shiga
    • Mount Eizan and Sakamoto City
    • Kinkakuji (golden pavilion)
    • Arashiyama (bamboo forest, mountain of monkeys)
  • Osaka and nearby
    • Sakai
    • Hyogo
    • Nara
    • Kobe
    • Osaka Aquarium
    • Osaka castle
    • Umeda Sky
    • Shinsekai
    • Many other neighborhoods and places;
  • Other cities
    • Gunma - Isesaki
    • Hamamatsu
      • Aviation Museum
      •  Cable car, Yakiniku, Onsen
    • Nagoya
      • Nagoya Castle
      • Science museum and planetarium;
      • Oasis 21 and downtown;
    • Okunoshima - Rabbit Island
    • Hiroshima
      • Peace Park and Museum
      • Hiroshima Castle

Photos and videos

Anyone who wants to track details of my trip can access my instagram or facebook. I’m also preparing a lot of content for our channel on youtube that is still being modified and unified.

The article is still halfway through, but we recommend also reading:

Travel Articles

Below I will leave a list of articles that I have written or intend to write with knowledge and experience gained on this trip. The list will always be updated.

Culture and Thoughts 

Tourism and Places

Languages ​​and others 

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