My journey to seeing the world started in Japan. When I was 19, I decided to buy my tickets, booked my first hostel, and headed off to the other side of the world not knowing anything about traveling or Japanese. This was challenging but was a trip that changed my life.
Japan was such a beautiful and interesting country. I went from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Fukui on my first trip. It was such an enlightening trip that not only I know I got to know my friends better but to also see another kind of lifestyle. I have never ridden a subway or a bullet train, and I have never imagined myself to be traveling alone.
Taking the subway was fun. It’s kinda like an elevator in that you hop in and as soon as you know it, you hop out. One of the most interesting is that a lot of Japanese people take power naps on the subway. And I often wonder how do they know it’s their stop when they have been sleeping for the past 10 minutes.
Independence was a big one. I learn that I need to take care of myself, that I was thousands of mile from home and that this was my one chance to meet new people, learn about the temples, the museum, the history, and way of life in Japan.
Japan was indeed my second home. I was able to make another trip to Sapporo, Hokkaido. It was similar to home in that all it did was snow because I went in the winter. But it was good to see the snow festival and to spend time with a friend. I got to spend a day at a middle school and talk to Japanese students and teachers. I also explore parts of Sapporo and had some relax home bum time.
My favorite place is Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto.
If you want to go traveling alone I recommend going to Japan, it is also one of the safest countries.