Backpacking Japan

tmp_290091123I Love Japan. If it were cheaper to travel in, and if I had more time, I’d never leave.

The high standard of living, the politeness and respect shown amongst the people, the girls, trains that go unbelievably fast, the girls, and advanced technology used just about everywhere.

For example, when a train employee enters and exits a rail car, he turns around, pauses, bows, then continues on his merry way- every time.

The average person on the street will go out of their way to help you, more so than in any other country I’ve visited.

My favorite example of the advanced technology? The toilets.

These past months traveling South East Asia have been an exercise in lowering my standards so that I don’t mind “going” through a hole in the floor if need be.tmp_859410853 sn’t any supplied, or wadding through a 1/4″ of rank toilet water that sits upon the floor. Never mind the “normal” crouching asian style toilets I still don’t know which way to face…

No More.

This past week, when I sat down to answer the call, I was greeted with a heated seat. A fully adjustable, water heated bidet. A button that makes a long flushing sound to hide any noises you may not wish to share. Self cleaning, and a button to deoderize the toilet. There were models with many more buttons- but couldn’t figure them out. So very nice indeed.
Anyways.
From the start, landed in Kagoshima, a beautiful southern port town.IMG_20130319_0639361237523802 d a business class flight, and was treated like royalty. Good times.
Garam Masala guesthouse definitely deserves praise as being the coolest stay around- great people and it’s at the base of a volcano!
Took a 25 hour ferry ride to the Islands of Naha, stayed for a day, but it was too big and touristy, took the ride back to Kagoshima and met a cute girl along the way- hi Mako ;)

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Hopped on the first train to the next big volcano- Mt. Aso! Freezing cold, rain, but it’s supposed to be good, and finally have some horse riding.


OK, no more horses. Just -freezing- cold, grey sky and rain. Next please.

Immediately took the Super Express train to Hiroshima, absolutely beautiful city, and K’s Guesthouse rocks! Did a full days worth of hiking through Itsukushima Island (land of the many deer?)

IMG_20130319_212201-1765155845 Hey... your driving the wrong way! Dammit IMG_20130322_141928-79630451 It costs about a US $ per  KMPH it travels at. Very fast...
Short Journeys: Japan
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Japan-China-Thailand Aug-Sep 2004

by spyglass007

Hi,
I'm planning on a backpacking Japan-China-Thailand trip this Aug-Sep 2004. Is anyone planning anything similar? I don't mind traveling alone, but a good companion would make the trip all the merrier. I'm a SAM, 25, and a young professional already tired of an OfficeSpace lifestyle. Write me at sobeboy007@yahoo.com if you're interested!
Bryan

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