10 things to do in Japan

Japan is awesome. Prepare to be amazed by culture, gastronomy and general weirdness. This is our list of top 10 to do in Japan.

  1. Buy a future advise from a fortune telling machine (located near Taoist temples). Even if they could fill the machine with only positive prophecies, you’re very likely to end up with a dark future of dying in a bad way. If you don’t like it though, you can attach it to a rope and try a new one 🙂
  2. Eat shaved rainbow ice. We had never seen this anywhere in Europe, so this was quite existing. As a general rule: if you see some street food you don’t know and it costs less than €2, don’t hesitate for a second.
  3. Conveyor belt sushi. Better than anywhere near home. Also cheaper and free hot tea ^^ In the middle of the conveyor belt is a sushi chef you can inspect closely so he doesn’t fuck with your next roll.
  4. Hike the smoking mountains in volcanic Hokkaido. Greatest adventure of this trip due to snow storm. I won’t wish it for you.
  5. Visit the Blue Pond. Quite unknown and a bit remote, but deeeep blue water. Some white dead trees in the middle top off the unnatural scenery.
  6. Buy bento box. You’ll be likely to travel by train so buy these pregifts at the railway. Always beautifully presented like Asian tapas.
  7. Crawl through the nostrills of Buddha. In Nara the Great Buddha is so big you could crawl through its nostril. So what those Japanese do? Create a hole of the exact size in a pillar in the temple. Crawl through it for good luck. Parents almost throw their babies in there. (Never nuke a country twice …)
  8. Walk the Bamboo Forest. A bit touristy, but still a surreal feeling.
  9. Hike Mount Fuji. Stay the night at a stinky cabin, spooning with some bearded German to watch the astounishing sunrise in the morning. Make sure to reserve your bunk.
  10. Couchsurf. Seriously. I try to do this in every country we go to. It provides such an extraordinary experience, close to reality and daily life. In Kyoto we stayed 4 days with an eggplant farmer whose house was filled to the gills with written messages from previous guests.

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