adventuring out of tokyo
May 13, 2010 7:23 AM Subscribe
1.5 months in Japan and I'm loving it. Now that I'm used to the neighborhoods, and had a few great mini-travel experiences, I want to push myself and my time here more. Help me plan adventures?
posted by elephantsvanish to Travel & Transportation around Japan (7 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My time in Tokyo, how do I explain? It's been everything. Delicious, confusing, sometimes rainy. My favorite haunts are Ueno (for its park and people-watching), Shibuya (doing the karaoke and izakaya things with friends), and Jinbocho (used books oh my! so many). I also had an incredibly whimsical 2-day trip to Kanazawa where my friend with better japanese and we stayed at cute tiny monk-hostel, made sushi friends, followed around rivers and stared at statues.
But now that my uni classes are kicking in, I find myself in a routine of commute to school on weekdays and whooparty!@ on the weekends. It's not bad, it just is (i'm going with the flow here, even if that flow makes me a gaijin yknow). After a bout of poor alcohol-infused decision making, however, I think it's a good time to re-evaluate my goals. There's some solid Japan-related knowhow and enthusiasm here, so I thought it would be good to ask you all for some worthwhile directions to wander in, places to see, people to meet, etc.
So any ideas for adventures that I could accomplish, ideally in a weekend? Here are some adventureinterests:
- I like meditation, yoga, peaceful quiet places. Beautiful non-touristy places to explore?
- I'm a fan of coffee shops, friendly people & literary folk. I've heard people are friendly and outgoing in Osaka, any way to plan a trip around that (with my limited Japanese, as well?)
- My favorite author is Haruki Murakami. Anything Haruki-related, hell yes
- I'm writing an anthropology thesis on train suicides. While not a train otaku or particularly morbid, I'm curious how I can learn more outside of ethnographic interviews/riding the Yamanote.
- The intimate hostel experience from Kanazawa is something I'd love to replicate elsewhere. How is couchsurfing?
- Other things that make me say 'sweet!' -- Sheep, folk music, fishing?, radicalartypeople living cooperatively, onsens (Odaiba's was great), old movies, sculpture..