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Hospitable Tour Around Japan for Birthday! A Special Present From the Locals!

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By Huber

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Adam and Maggy are brother and sister from Germany. A trip to Japan was a birthday gift to Maggy since Adam loves Japanese culture and wanted her to travel in this wonderful country!

They traveled through seven cities in Japan from east to west. Their route looked like this: Tokyo – Kyoto – Hiroshima – Beppu – Mt.Fuji – Tokyo.  The most important point for their trip was “meeting local people while exploring towns.” What made him travel with local guides was the experience that he had during his trip to Korea, where he met local people and traveled around small towns as well. Then, he found Tomodachi Guide, a local guide matching platform.

In this article, I would like to share little pieces of their wonderful memories with Tomodachi Guides! You may find a new way of fulfilling your trip to Japan!


Tomodachi Guide in Tokyo

Their first trip to Japan began in Tokyo. Speaking of Tokyo, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Asakusa, Ueno, and Akihabara with each unique characteristic are the most popular spots among most first-time visitors. Besides, many travelers wish to see efficiently as much as they can during their trips. Adam and Maggy did not share this belief and wanted to visit spots you cannot find in guidebooks. What they wanted to do was to meet Huber Tomodachi Guides to see and experience their local lifestyles as if he and Maggy lived in Shibuya.

The Tomodachi Guides – Hanako and Ken started the tour at Adam and Maggy’s hotel and headed to Shibuya. First, they visited must-visit spots such as Hachiko Statue, a statue of a loyal dog who waited for his owner even after he passed away, and Scramble Crossing, where about 3,000 people cross the street during a single signal change.

After that, their “real” Shibuya adventure began! They visited a hidden shrine in a nightlife entertainment district, took purikura (“kawaii” photo booth), and played a Japanese drum music game.

Then, they went to a locals’ favorite store to buy lots of Japanese snacks at a reasonable price and had crepes with whipped cream and fruits while walking. While Adam and Ken went to eat ramen, Maggy who is a vegetarian, went with Hanako to eat something more vegan-friendly.

At the end of the day, they all reunited at a tiny bar in Nonbe Yokocho Bar Street in Shibuya and stayed there as long as they could. This is just one way how local people spend their weekends in Shibuya. But Adam and Maggy enjoyed their night in Shibuya with Huber Tomodachi Guides as they were hanging out with local friends who showed them the unique culture of the area!

Japanese Culture?! Karaoke in Kyoto!

Tomodachi Guides, Miyu and Yu, waited in Kyoto for Adam and his sister. Maggie’s friend from her online game also joined them on the trip! Instead of heading to one of the many temples or shrines that are more abundant than convenience stores in Kyoto, the five of them went to a matcha fondue shop after visiting some of the popular spots on the way! In addition to Miyu’s plan, Adam wanted to try singing in karaoke. So, they added it to the plan as well. While at karaoke, the smile on Adam’s face, showed his satisfaction and the achievement of finally trying karaoke.

 

Whenever Adam was curious about any Japanese thing, he asked the nearby Tomodachi Guide.
At the Kyoto cafe where they ate matcha fondue, Adam was surprised by the milk and exclaimed: “What’s this?!” It’s considered normal in Japan, but as you can see in the picture, sugar and a small cup of milk are prepared separately. In Germany, coffee and milk are already in a cup when served. You can add milk and sugar as much as you like. In Germany, Adam’s home country, it is normal for the milk to be already added in the drinks.

 

Adam was very quick to point out the cultural differences between Japan and Germany. I would love to list all the questions he asked, but this article won’t fit everything. Come to Japan and have fun while finding many cultural differences between Japan and your country!

Trip to Beppu – a Hot Spring Town

Originally, Adam did not plan on going to Beppu. He initially planned to go to Okinawa. However, due to a typhoon, he was unable to go to Okinawa. A Tomodachi Guide in Tokyo, Hanako, recommended Adam definitely visit Beppu if he likes hot springs.

 

Hot springs masters and Tomodachi Guides, Timo and Junya, waved as Adam and his sister showed up at Beppu station. Once everyone gathered, the tour where you can enjoy the hot springs using all five senses began!

 

 

 

While dipping their feet in the foot hot spring bath, everyone ate eggs that were boiled using the steam from the nearby hot spring. At this foot hot spring, located in the mountains, everyone listened to the calming sounds of the trees and water, surrounded by greenery, and the pungent smell from the hot springs filling the area around. In the hot springs, local people casually joined the conversations.

After taking their time and enjoying the foot bath, they talked to locals and went to look at one of the area’s unique hot springs. The hot spring that they saw is of mysterious turquoise blue color, which waters naturally come from the earth’s surface. They also saw how the steam was rising from the ground, which is a famous scene in Beppu.

 

 

After smelling, feeling, eating, listening, and seeing, everyone was able to fully experience the hot springs using all five senses indeed. It was truly a hot springs trip. At the hot springs, Junya and Adam spent an hour learning about each other, Beppu, and even studied some Japanese, enjoying the intercultural exchange. Finally, they met some locals in the area, ate dinner, and parted their ways.

 

When saying goodbye, everyone hugged each other! Traveling with Tomodachi Guides, there are of course fun times, but there are also new encounters and with them, farewells. When parting ways, everyone said: “See you again! (“Mata ne” in Japanese)”.
Now, to the next journey!

Reuniting with the Tomodachi Guide in Osaka

In Osaka, Adam and Maggy met with Kyoto’s Tomodachi Guide Miyu again. Together, they went to the shopping arcade and had a lunch. Afterward, it was time to head back to Tokyo.

What to do around Mt. Fuji ?

Adam and Maggy visited Mt. Fuji with local guides, Kouki and Mana, from Tokyo. Tomodachi Guides let you travel as if you are with your friends. They enjoyed every single moment of the journey.

 

 

During the trip, two miracles happened! The first one happened when they finished lunch and left the restaurant. A traditional festival was approaching with the beat of Japanese drums! While they walked along the line of local people, the locals shared snacks and beverages with them. If they came even a little early or late, they wouldn’t have been able to experience this festival.

 

The second miracle happened when they were seeing Mt. Fuji. The mountain often hides behind the clouds, so it is uncommon to see the whole mountain clearly. This was a rare opportunity when they could clearly see the entire mountain. They were fortunate to see this great view. With this sight, their excitement grew progressively!

Closing Remarks

All travelers in Japan have different expectations for their journeys. Traveling has different meanings for everyone. Tourists interpret things differently even when they see or do the same thing. Visiting places mentioned in this article, traveling with local guides, and meeting new aspects of Japanese culture are all great ways to spice up your journey. Tomodachi Guides wish you to have an amazing journey while in Japan!

When you plan a journey to Japan, you want you to discover something new while you spend your valuable time here. We hope to Adam and Maggy’s story will help you to find a new way of enjoying your time in Japan. Japanese people may be shy, but are born with a philosophy of Japanese hospitality called “Omotenashi.” We wish you to meet lovely local friends during your trip with us!

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