Japan is that place that I want to go back to and never leave. It’s been a few years since our trip but I constantly catch myself thinking about it and wanting to go back, I have extremely fond memories of our time there. I spent about two weeks in Japan and it wasn’t as much of a culture shock as I thought it would be. I have so much respect for their culture and it was so interesting to see how different it was from the US. Since it’s been on my mind so much lately, I came up with 5 Reasons why I loved my visit to Japan, just incase you’re thinking about visiting!
5 Reasons Why I Loved My Trip to Japan
I am definitely a foodie through and through and one of the things I loved the most about my trip to Japan was the food. It was awesome! Of course, the sushi was amazing. We went to a sushi-go-round that was attached to a shopping center, it was basically a sushi lovers dream. You could eat as much sushi as you wanted for a very low price per plate and they only charge you for the number of plates you have so it can really end up being as inexpensive or expensive as you want it to be.
There was a place called the beef bowl (I don’t know the Japanese name, sorry!), it was a type of fast food place in Atsugi, Japan that had thinly sliced and seasoned beef over a bed of rice. I tried finding some restaurants in the States that were like it, but nothing could take its place! My husband and I had a fun (and some times stressful) time trying to figure out how to order because the menu’s weren’t always in english, which is understandable, but the employees were always helpful and tried to be as informative as possible!
You might have heard something about Japanese vending machines, and maybe this is only because I’m used to American ones, but Japanese vending machines are the best. They had all sorts of different teas and fruit drinks to choose from, my favorite flavor was the peach! They have a lot of peach flavored drinks and candies, sort of like how we have a lot of blue raspberry flavored candies.
I have a small stomach so, small portions are my best friend. They have A LOT smaller portions over in Japan (for the most part and of course depending on the place) so, I never had a problem with over eating or feeling to full after I was done.
Their desserts were out of this world. You could tell that the way their food appeared was very important to them. Every dessert I saw, from the smallest little convenience store to the biggest bakery, was adorable and looked absolutely delicious. If you’ve ever seen anime, or read manga they basically look exactly like the pictures.
And lastly, good old fashioned, Ramen! I have found a variety of places in the states that have come very close to what we had in Japan, and I don’t know if it was just being in Japan that made it taste better, but I have never had anything like it again. I don’t want to talk it up so much that you have it and it doesn’t meet your now probably high standards, but all I’ll tell you is that it was great.
Coming to Japan I was concerned about the language barrier. It ended up not even being an issue! All the locals were so helpful, some were happy to speak to us in English and those that didn’t speak English did their best to explain things using hand gestures. They were extremely considerate, and willing to help us with whatever we needed. It was also interesting to see the differences in our culture.
One thing that took some getting used to was the amount of people, especially when we decided to go to Tokyo Disney. I’m not sure if it was some sort of special holiday, but I’ve never in my life seen so many people at an amusement park! Everyone was very patient though and the over all attitude of the crowd was very relaxed and laid back.
Even though I’m sure we looked like those typical touristy Americans, not a single person was rude to us. Of course, everyone has different experiences and maybe we were just fortunate, but I was very impressed.
Of course, I love shopping! And Japan loves to sell cute, feminine products that basically have my name written all over them. There’s such a huge variety of shops, both Japanese and American. The clothing sizes were a little different and took some getting used to. Our Mediums over here, are the equivalent of the large sizes over there! It was interesting to see the different styles of clothing and accessories, it also took some practice when it came to using Yen instead of dollars.
Yokohama station was my favorite place to shop. There was a huge selection of things to look at, and it was, well, a train station so, very easy to access! Surprisingly, they were very big on Barbie! There were whole outlet stores that sold all types of Barbie products, and I saw quite a few places that sold crocks, it was interesting to see how popular these things were over there, but not so over in the States.
Their public transportation is so much better than any public transportation I’ve seen in the states. They’ve basically turned it into an art. You can take a train almost anywhere or if you wanted to take a taxi that’s a pretty easy option as well. I’ve always been wary of riding in taxis, but I was very impressed by the taxis we took in Atsugi. They were always very clean, the drivers wore nice uniforms and even gloves and they were always very polite. I was very comfortable, it felt like more of a private car we’d rented than a taxi!
Japan is also very pedestrian friendly, they have strict laws when it comes to pedestrian right-of-way and safety. You’ll see lots of cross walks and guides, not to mention lots of opportunities for bike riding!
I wish we could have seen more! We stayed in the Tokyo area, but there was plenty to see and do! Of course we went shopping in areas like Yokohama station and Ebina, there were also a ton of different restaurants to choose from. We went drift racing (go karting), Tokyo Disney, and down town Tokyo. It was also interesting to see how much American stuff they had like restaurants and clothing stores, they were always tweaked a little bit to fit in more with Japanese culture.
Japan had this atmosphere about it that I just fell in love with. It was so clean and fresh to me, and when the cherry blossoms bloomed it actually rained pink petals. The air smelled sweet during the cherry blossom season, that was probably my favorite part. I could tell that they took a lot of pride in their homes and communities. I barely saw any litter while we were there and all the gardens and trees looked well taken care of. I would love to go again and visit the country.
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