13 Reasons Why I Fell in Love with Japan

Last month, I toured Japan for three weeks with G Adventures. As you know, I was very excited. I had high expectations for a country that I had for years dreamed about seeing. And when you have high expectations, you can be easily disappointed. But Japan didn’t disappoint—it exceeded my expectations. I loved Japan. Loved it beyond anything I expected. The food, the people, the architecture, the culture—it was bliss. Just how much did I love it? Let me count the ways:

Temples and Zen Gardens
sushi in japan
The temples of Japan are beautiful. The bells, the Zen gardens, the bamboo, and the torii gates really do instill a sense of peace and serenity. I’m going to create one of these for my future home.

temples in Kyoto
Sushi was one of the things I was most looking forward to eating while in Japan. After all, Japan is the birthplace of sushi. Even the worst sushi I had was still as good as the average sushi I’ve had elsewhere in the world. The sushi trains (those little conveyer-belt sushi shops) even had great toro (high quality tuna)! And the best sushi? The Michelin star, drain-your-wallet kind? So good, it makes you cry tears of joy. The flavor, the soft texture, the moist rice—heaven.

I couldn’t get over how amazingly polite everyone was. People went out of their way to be helpful. While getting lost looking for my Couchsurfing host, a guy walked me all the way to the address to make sure I got there. A security card who spoke no English just walked me to the ATM because he couldn’t explain the directions. There was always an offer of helpfulness at the slightest indication of confusion. There was always an apologetic “sorry” and even the signs, when letting people know something was not allowed, began with “sorry.” There is simply a courtesy and helpfulness that permeates the soul of Japan.

friendly locals in japan
The woman who ran out of her house to talk to our tour group. The man who let everyone take 1,000 pictures of his dog. The college students to whom I gave English lessons. The owner of the noodle shop who spoke no English but wanted to have a fake game of baseball with me when I told him I was American. The old couple who just smiled at me while I ate at their sushi restaurant and gave me a thumbs up every time I said “oishi” (“delicious” in Japanese). The man who helped me place my order in Japanese and was shocked when I knew the names of fish in Japanese. Everyone was just helpful and genuinely friendly.

Boyfriend/Girlfriend “Service”
While in Osaka, my Couchsurfing host took me to the nightlife area and we did a little people watching. There on the street were young men and women dressed in bad pop star outfits chasing down rich men and women in order to be their “friend for the night.” And I don’t mean in a hooker way. They are simply paid for their company (and even bought stuff!). Weird, right? How come no one pays me to hang out with them? Apparently, they earn up to $1,000 USD for this per night and there’s no expectation of sex at all! This makes the list for one reason: it’s fascinating. Talk about something that is culturally Japanese! I could sit there on the street with some popcorn and watch as girls and boys dressed like anime characters chased after sugar daddies and mamas who might buy them drinks or bad outfits.

Bullet Trains
fast bullet trains in japan
Bullet trains cut nine-hour journeys down to 2.5 hours. That’s what more of the world needs. Spacious, clean, fast, and semi-perfect—they just need Wi-Fi and electrical outlets.

Sidewalk Vending Machines
sidewalk vending machine
You are never more than 10 feet from a vending machine in Japan. Everywhere you look, two or three machines are lined up to give you everything you need—beer, sake, water, tea—to quench your thirst. Even on tiny, small-town streets without a soul in sight, you would see the glow of one of these machines. Now, if only they had food vending machines!

Crazy Fashion
I love the crazy and wacky outfits people wear in Japan:
crazy fashion in japan

Multipurpose Train Stations
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When is a train station not just a train station? When it’s a Japanese train station. In Japan, train stations aren’t just for trains, they’re also for malls, supermarkets, huge restaurant areas, and office buildings. Talk about using space effectively.

Asian countries always have much better hotel service than in the West, but Japan takes it to another level. I left my bags out one day and they were brought to my room. Towels brought up just because they thought I might need extra. At the traditional hotels, my bed mat was set up at dinner and taken away while I had breakfast. Hotel owners wave you good-bye. Everything is done with a bow. Everyone is helpful. American hospitality is great, but even we could learn a thing or ten from the Japanese.

Japanese Onsens
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I’m not a fan of bathhouses. Sitting around naked with a bunch of people isn’t my thing. I gave the Japanese onsens a try, but there were just too many naked men for me. However, I did venture out when they opened first thing in the morning to have them to myself. I have to admit—sitting in a hot bath with a little waterfall near you is pretty damn relaxing. I want one in my house…when I get a house.

sushi in japan
Japanese rice wine is one of my favorite alcoholic drinks. The smooth taste, the fine finish, the fruity flavoring—mmmmm. It makes for the perfect accompaniment to Japanese food. Sake in Japan doesn’t taste better than anywhere else in the world, there’s just more of the good stuff (a fact I took full advantage of!). I especially enjoyed how you could get free sake samples at stores!

High-Tech Toilets
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Leave it to the Japanese to turn a simple toilet into a technological marvel. There you sit down on a warm seat, while music is playing, and (sorry for getting graphic) have a jet of water come and wash you from the front or back. It’s pretty awesome.

As I watched the sunrise over Mt. Fuji towards the end of my trip, I dreaded leaving Japan. Japan exceeded all of my expectations, and I only scratched its surface. What wonders did I miss? What other secrets does Japan have to offer? From the Hokkaido to Okinawa, my mind darted to all the sights on my list I didn’t get to see. I already long to go back. Within a day of leaving, I had withdrawal. Like a bullet train, Japan had sped to the top of my favorite countries list.

I’ll be back soon. And when I do, this list will surely get longer.

    • haqim

      Yes,its so wonderful place,I was go to nagoya japan,I never see sakura tree,and this country its so calm,there is no one driver push the horn, and everything doing by the rules,and only japan we can found the name of “kaizen”,and also,I have to go to nagoya castle,and are still natural,I just can say,I have dream to living there one day….

    • Jordan R

      Why does Japan have so many more futuristic things than the U.S.? The vending machines and the toilets look so different compared to what we are used to. It seems like it would be a very cool experience to visit Japan.

  1. Two of my favorites are the vending machines and the toilets – basically anything futuristic. I love that you can get just about ANYTHING in the vending machines and had so much fun picking out different drinks to try as I explored the cities.

  2. Couldn’t agree with you more! Japan remains my favourite country in the world for all those reasons you’ve just highlighted. Can’t wait to go back!

  3. Mike

    I was there for three weeks in March and totally agree with your comments. They are spot on and Japan is an amazing place! I am very thankful my son lives there now and thanks for sharing!!!

  4. One of my favorite things about Japan (especially Tokyo) is that it’s Geek Central for whatever you’re obsessed about.

    –Vinyl records: Udagawa-cho
    –Fashion: Harajuku
    –Antiques: Oedo Antiques Fair
    –Street racing: Bayshore Route of the Shuto Expressway
    –Giant robots, ninjas, and Power Rangers: Kyoto Studio Park
    –Video games, anime, electronics, and everything else: Akihabara Electric Town and Nakano Broadway.

    Whatever you’re into, the many Japanese otaku guarantee that there will be outlets to feed your interests.

    Cool to hear that your trip went so well. I felt the same, as I was leaving Japan, I was already scheming for how I could go back.

  5. Hey Matt,
    One quick question, what is the best place for money exchange? I am leaving today from India and reach Japan tomorrow. Please, will appreciate a quick answer.
    Thanks. Your posts and tweets have helped me immensely:)

  6. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the next level of vending machines that are in a few train stations – the touch screen ones! They gradually show you what you can afford as you put in money too.

    The next gen ones (there are like 2 in the country now) read the ambient temperature and your height and recommend a drink based on it. If you’re a child in you might like orange juice in summer. If you’re an adult you may like hot green tea in winter, so these ones flash up to draw your attention to them.

    Also there is hot food vending machines (it’s basically frozen food and a microwave inside) but they don’t seem to have taken off in a big way. Usually I find them in bowling alleys of all places.

    I do wish they’d upgrade the shinkansen’s with wifi too actually. They are cheaper than planes too its worth noting, whereas most other rich countries have a budget airline, Japan doesn’t (maybe a tax law to prevent it at a guess).

  7. Great post, Matt. I’m really looking forward to the sushi in Japan (well, all the food really) and I can’t wait to see some of the gardens as well.

    Also, I realize it’s not currently the heat peak in Japan, but I’m wondering what you might think of onsening in August? Will it just be miserable, even disregarding all the naked people?

    • Mariko

      Steph! Same as you have a shower all year around, you can enjoy Onsen anytime!!!
      As for being naked, you should cover yourself (front of you, perhaps) with a middle sized towel (not a big bath towel…) when you walk around the bath tub but I suppose you are suppoed to remove it when you are in the bath . They don’t examine each others’ body so you don’t need to feel super awkward! Just relax!!!

  8. Couldn’t agree more! Great post. In my case I did find electrial outlets in the Bullet Trains and I guess japanese have 3G (soon 4G) so they don’t need wifi.


  9. Daniel

    Couple of items I would add to the list:
    – Willer Express busses (very convenient and cheap)
    – Toyoko Inn, the BEST hotel chain in the world!

  10. cloudio

    spot on
    All food is really great, not just sushi

    Also listen to japanese speaking, even if you can’t understand them, is very funny with all this “eeeeeeeeeeeh”, “sugoii”, “kawaii” and their facial expression

  11. Love the sound of how polite they are in Japan! We need some of that in Australia. The hot bath look so nice – not sure I could handle naked bodies!
    Sounds like you have a blast while touring Japan.

  12. I’ve never really thought much about Japan, but after reading this I really want to visit. I’ve always found Japanese tourists to be lovely and polite people. Japan looks so “futuristic”, it’s definitely going on the bucket list.

  13. I whole heartedly agree about the general politeness, generousness and friendliness of practically all the Japanese we met. More than once we looked a bit lost in a railway station and we’d be approached by someone to help us out. Whether they be a spiky haired punk or an eighty year old geriatric who spoke no English it was very generous of them to point us in the right direction unasked.

  14. Some bullet trains have wifi and electrical outlets. I think the wifi is a subscription service. Electrical outlets in every seat in first class and only in a few seats in the lower class.

  15. Jeff

    There are electrical outlets and wi-fi for the major cell services on the bullet trains. It may be limited to the reserved seats though… I’m not sure.

    There are definitely food vending machines as well, but you won’t see them if there is a convenience store nearby. I’ve seen steaks, rice, cup ramen, and the usual snacks.

    I don’t think there are beer vending machines anymore. They used to be very common, but I’ve only seen them inside hotels and onsens recently.

  16. Great List! We are starting our backpacking trip in Japan and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Especially excited for all the sushi and ramen shops! Can;t wait!

  17. Wow, when I first saw the toilet I thought it was some sort of phone or fax machine. Japan sounds amazing! I think I’d especially enjoy the bullet train and vending machines :)

    Thanks for sharing, Matt!

  18. Hiroko

    after the earthquake, the counselling phones were set…..every day more than 20,000 phone messages, saying ‘ I haven’t eaten for days………I want to die ”

    In Tokyo , almost half the population live alone…….and very serious problem among the seniors who die alone. NO neighbors talk to them.
    some of them dies starving to death……

    Japan is polite and nice as the foreign travellers see like this article, but there are a lot behind the scene who need this kind of kindness.
    I want to see the Japanese extend this kind of thoughtful ness to the neighbors.

    • Kimiko

      Hiroko san,
      You are not kind to Matt.
      You are like a person who tries to break someone’s love to another by speaking ill of him/her. Furthermore, let’s not say what seldom happens as if it often happend.

      • Eddie

        Wait so you are saying Hiroko is being “unkind” to Matt for choosing to speak the truth? o.0 I think it’s legitimate to say that every country has its list of pros – of which Matt did a fantastic job of compiling here – and cons. Sure Japan’s nice but it also has its fair share of problems like anywhere else! Don’t you think it’s a bit rude and misguided on your part to accuse Hiroko of being “not kind” to the poster, who I’m sure will be more than interested to learn about Japan beyond the superficial “kindness”, “hospitality”, and the “exotic-Asian-Zen” gardens that seem to attract millions of tourists every year?

  19. Maybe you should move there 😉 My fiance was stationed in Okinawa for two years, and says that the Okinawan people thoroughly dislike the American presence there, and thus aren’t as kind to the Americans who are in the area.

    • Buttercup

      I’ve lived near the US air base in Tokyo (Fussa) and I noticed that many Americans have horrible behavior :( That’s the main reason why some Japanese dislike Americans. Except that, most Japanese like Americans and American stuff.

  20. Japan really is a very unique country and because of most of the mentioned reasons i also put it on my list for my RTW Trip. I’m curious about going to tokyo and diving into a completely different world. This is what makes traveling so cool!

    Thx for sharing this nice list, Matt

  21. I don’t really know much about Japan, so reading this list was especially interesting! Glad to hear that you were able to find such good sushi! :)

  22. Matt, I’m having major Japan withdrawal. Started my own list and it’s never ending. Sushi will never be the same again back home in the States. Bum we didn’t get to meet up when we were there.

  23. I’ve only been to Okinawa, but it was pretty awesome. I can’t wait to hit up mainland Japan someday! Looks like you had a BLAST! :)

  24. If he have to choose, politeness and friendliness, 2 of the most difficult things to find out of Japan, almost everywhere and every moment.We are sure they are the 2 reasons that explain the rest… The delicate gastronomy, the warmness of onsens and… Their passion for nature, even in huge cities like Tokyo.It is difficult to explain… It has to be experimented!

  25. Well, beside all of those things u’ve mentioned, I also Miss to climb Mount Fuji on summer. A really great experience to see sunrise on the top of the mountain. Fantastic . . .

  26. Fidel

    Nice list, Matt. I guarantee that sushi and sashimi will not be the same for you after you’ve had it in Japan.

    The bf/gf service you talk about is one lucrative part of Japan’s second most profitable business (auto industry is number one). It’s almost entirely used by and for Japanese people. Foreigners are really not allowed to see it, yet it makes up a billions of dollars per year industry. I’ve read that some of the top “hosts” and “hostesses” earn up to $100,000 USD per month just keeping salary workers company. It’s crazy!

  27. Alex

    Are there any festivities recommended for this area at this time, and can we expect reasonable weather? What are the sites to see and things to do?

  28. Kumi

    I’m so happy to hear you fell in LOVE with my country!
    I just let you know about your pic of SAKE.
    I am sure you tast some sake(made from rice), but that pic is not Sake, it’s Syocyu, made from Mugi(wheart). Syocyu has many kinds, made from wheart, sweet potato etc. If you haven’t try them, you should tast them!


    That’s it! I’m sold – just from the picture of the sushi alone – now thats sushi! The portions are huge! Honestly though, I have always been interested in the Japanese culture, and only hope to visit some day.

  30. You got me sighing about Japan…My 6 year-old nephew is dying to go to Japan (and learn japanese!) and maybe we can take him, I hope.The sights and the people must be lovely, but I admit you got me with sushi and sake :-)

  31. Irma

    Great post Matt. I worked for a Japanese company for 12 years and visited Tokyo on average about twice a year. I agree with everything you said however, since leaving the company, I don’t envision ever being able to return; the reason being, the COST! Everything is so ridiculously expensive. I think this should have been shared with the readers especially since many of your readers are on a budget and will not be supplemented by a sponsor!!!!

  32. Sunny from Bangkok Sightseeing

    I read it make me wanna travel there. I think so,Japan have many thing to interesting. High technology, beautiful place, nice people, and art of food. I dreams wanna go there too

  33. I was desperate to go to Japan before reading this, and now I’m tempted to start planning my trip!

    That boyfriend/girlfriend service sounds rather strange!

  34. I completely agree with all of these reasons. My mom is Japanese-American, so I always had wanted to go to Japan. I went this winter and was not disappointed. I LOVED Japan, and I can’t wait to go back!

  35. Keep going Matt! japan is full of surprises! i’m leading tours there for http://www.gadventures.com since 5 years, and i’m still surprise and discover things all around the country! they’ve got a culture of endless mouvements, so rich, so dense, that everyday is a lesson! weird is mix with fun, food is mix with excellent service, sights are amazing, politeness are so impressive that even make me more polite, me, a frenchy, where i born with a language that can make a dictionnary of bad words!! japan blow mind and make people begin better! viva japan, please, all come here, you are more than welcome! :)
    ps: u can check some of my japan pictures.

  36. Nice post Matt! You are absolutely right about the technological achievements of the modern Japanese toilet! haha…Also did you know in some of the washrooms in the restaurants there, the moment you open the door to the washroom there will be some kind of sensor that will trigger the toilet seat to automatically lift up! Now that is technology!

  37. Lorena

    I got back from Japan in April and I had the same experience…I fell in love with the place. I actually had the feeling of being in love when I got home–with all the warning signs…thinking about it all the time, wanting to learn the language. I am going back as soon as I can. And although I am not naive about the state of the human race in any culture, I found the kindness (people also walked out of their way to take me to where I needed to go when I asked directions), the reverence for teachers (I was there teaching psychology), the organization of things like the efficient help available when my plane was late arriving at Narita and I missed my plane to Fukuoka (they had already rebooked everyone on the next flight), the care taken to wrap groceries and gifts, the esthetic, really touching and refreshing. Thanks for sharing.

  38. NomadicMatt

    I just want to say I read all of the comments and want to thank you for them. I am glad I’m not the only one who is obsessed with Japan! I think we should organize a massive “I miss Japan” support group. Who’s in?

  39. According to my research and from other travelers, a trip to Japan is expensive. And daily transportation is the major reason. Traveling in those awesome bullet trains is pretty cool, but it’s costly. The food, authentic Japanese cuisine, is a thing of love! I love it and I am will to spend good money for it. Lastly, everyone will enjoy the advancements of technology in Japan – it’s everywhere! Then again, a little out of the budget for a standard travel guy, but I know it’s all worth it!

  40. Love these photos. I have long since had an obsession with Japan, although I have yet to visit there, ever since I watched my first travel programme about the country when I was younger. Some of the sushi looks more adventurous than your usual California or raw fish roll, but am definitely excited to give it a try!

  41. Love your post!! And the photos.
    I love Japan and I plan to go soon, its such a beautiful unique culture.
    Your right, Japan has some crazy fashion out there, its so cute ^^

    Cant wait to go!

  42. I moved to Japan nine years ago to teach English for a year. I ended up staying three years. I really enjoyed Japan too and Tokyo has become probably my favorite city.

    I like your list as well, although I would remove the hot springs. All the naked, old Japanese men aside, I just couldn’t relax sitting in a pool of near-scalding water. I felt like I was melting away on the spot and actually ended up sitting in the cold pool, which got me a lot of “What’s the crazy foreigner up to now?” looks. Deservedly so, since I was freezing, but it was still more pleasant than being cooked alive.

    I’m also not a huge fan of the robo-toilets. Heated seats sound like a good idea and while they are pleasant in the winter, I really started to hate them the rest of the year.

    The Japanese people as a whole feel cold much more easily than I do (than most Westerners, really), so they will turn the heated seat all the way up even on days I consider to be sweltering. As a result, you start sweating the second your butt hits the seat and when you come out of the stall, you look like you’ve just completed a days worth of hard labor. I actually started to seek out the squat toilets as a preferable alternative outside the winter months.

  43. Madelieve

    Oooh, I love the awesome fashion there, the smell of the gardens, the temples, the contrast with Tokyo. It is amazing there! I hope I could come back once more…

  44. Kris

    Gotta love Japan, I’ve been here 8 years and I’m never planning to go home. You listed my favourite things but missed out the great mountain climbing, the fun nightlife and how hot the chicks are.
    On a side note, your blog design is flippin’ fantastic my man, what’s the name of the font that you used for this page? It’s one of the best-looking blogs I’ve ever seen (and I’m an artist). Congrats for that.

  45. Instead of mentioning host clubs I would put in incredibly awesome movie theatres. They give you goodies, pamphlets, shirts etc. In America you just go in, buy your overpriced popcorn and walk out. In Japan going to a movie is like a totally different experience.

    Also I have to disagree on the politeness. In Harajuku a lot of the people are rude because they see so many foreigners they just assume all of us are obnoxious idiots and treat us horribly. I got some pretty awful service there when I stopped to have lunch even though I tried my best to order and speak in Japanese ._.

  46. Sakae

    Please come to Northan Japan if you have time.
    You will see real Japan and Japanese.
    My Australian friends come to Japan every year.
    And they visit me and enjyoy Nothan Japan,Tohoku and Hokkaido.

  47. I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed Japan so much!

    Japanese people are indeed very polite and helpful. It’s a different story when you actually live here, but for tourists it’s really great!
    I once forgot to take my exchange money with me and they ran out of the restaurant and after me to make sure I got it back. It’s really amazing!

    I love Japanese bullet trains (called “Shinkansen”). Actually a lot of them have electrical outlets and Wi-Fi service is provided on certain routes now (e.g. from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka).

    I totally hear you! I’m also not a fan of being surrounded by other people, all being naked, but I just can’t resist Japanese onsen. They are great! When you have them all for yourself it’s like paradise! :)

    Glad you spread the word. Since the natural disaster (tsunami, earthquake followed by the nuclear power plant incident) in March 2011 the tourism in Japan has suffered quite a bit. A lot of people were too afraid to come and visit.
    There’s really no need to stay away – especially if somebody just plans to stay for a few weeks!

    Thanks for this great and enthusiastic post about Japan!

  48. Lachie

    I disagree with zoomingjapan on “it’s a different story when you actually live here.” I loved living in Japan. It’s when all those good things you mentioned become normal (after over 7 years) and then you move back to the west (Australia) that it really hits home. The Japanese are a pleasure to work with (design and engineering), everything gets done on time and so efficiently. Thanks for the list you put up, it brings back good memories.

  49. I know this is an old post but I love reading about other peoples experiences of Japan. I have lived there for two years now and completely agree with everything you’ve written. Just so you know, there are food vending machines everywhere, some even have hot food. You’ll have to look out for them on your next trip 😉

  50. Anand

    Its my dream to visit japan…it all started with “Anime” and “Manga” for me. Watching naruto, bleach and fairy tail in japanese with english subs. I fell in love with the language itself. Arigatou gozaimasu for thank you, ohayo for good morning and Itadakimasu before meals.It is so much fun. All the things matt mentioned above, i wanna try it all and much more. Japan skiddate…:)

  51. Shana

    This is a great post. I recently just got back from Japan (withdrawals making me read/buy/eat everything Japanese) and love it for every reason you’ve listed and more. I’m already planning my next trip which will fall hopefully within the next 6 months.

    If you haven’t been to Japan, go! It’s one of the most amazing cultures I’ve ever experience and it will change your life. :)

  52. Tassy

    Agree with your article and a lot of the comments. I got back yesterday and want to go back for more. I would add to the list bicycles and how there is no angst between them and motorists as it is in Australia.

  53. Steven

    One of the things that amazed me was that you could be in the middle of nowhere and there would be vending machines to quench your thirst. And they were never broken or vandalized. Can you imagine that in any American city? I can’t wait to go back. I plan on going on a K-ON! pilgrimage as a side trip!

  54. Tracy

    Matt, I completely agree with you!! I went to Japan in 1997 and I LOVED it!! I agree with everything you’ve listed, and the majority of comments!! I’m going back in October and I cannot wait. I’ll travel a lot, meet some friends and do a few touristy places like Disney, Universal Studios and the Ghibli Museum, as well as temples, shrines, parks, museums and zoos. I’m so excited, I want to go NOW and yep, I’ll have the exact withdrawls you did when I leave again. One thing you didn’t mention was the Ryokans – Japanese style inns!! They are cheap to stay in too, half the price of the cheapest motel I could find!! Most include breakfast and some include dinner. I’ll be eating at convenience stores and 100 Yen stores will become my best friend!! I love sushi and ramen, excited to try sake… All in all, I’m over the moon excited!! I’m so glad you had an amazing time, and like you, I’m glad I’m not the only one obsessed with Japan. The people are so kind, friendly and helpful!! I’d love to live there someday!!

  55. nova

    My dream is visit Japan, someday. But not over 40 th.
    But go to Japan is very2 expensive for me.
    Go to japan $ 3.000.
    I can save $25 for 1 month.
    Must 10 year.
    N is big problem, i can’t speak english.

  56. Hello Matt,

    I have been living in Japan for over a year now but next year will be my last year (we will move back to U.S. ugh) and I felt that I will be super depressed when I move out. There’s really more to explore and I actually never seen the girlfriend/boyfriend service yet HAHA! I will surely miss this country. I wish I can live here forever!


  57. virgini

    It’s spring time when i went there a dream vacation, we’ve been on the top of Mt. Fuji, so cool, the flowers were different and very beautiful. I love to come back this August.

  58. Nihon

    Being Japanese, this article and many warm comments about Japan make me very happy (^^) <- this is Japanese ':)'

  59. Biebie

    Hey Matt!
    I love reading your blog. It’s easy-reading and page turning. And especially in this Asian section you wrote a lot about Japan which is my fav country too. Fyi, Japan has food vending machine too. I bought choco bread and even french fries in a Japanese vending machine while I was in Japan around 2012. And they were warm!
    Maybe you’ll find more vending machine selling beverages in the street. But, some hotels in Japan have food vending machine too. You should try them in your next visit to Japan :)

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