6. Get ready for the weather !: Depending on the month of your visit, the weather can vary considerably so we recommend you to be prepared. We visited Japan in the month of June, the weather at that time is hot and humid, particularly in Kyoto. Wear light clothing and sunscreen! For the days of intense heat, refresh yourself in the bamboo forest of Arashiyama, one of the most impressive places in Kyoto.
7. Talk to locals and enjoy their daily activities: One of the favorite pastimes in the summer is walking on the banks of the Kamo River in Kyoto that runs through the city. There are several green areas where you can stop to eat an onigiri and enjoy the day. You will observe many locals doing the same thing at any time of the day, even late at night. On this site, we spent the best moments, sharing Kirin beers and guitars with friends, learning Japanese songs and exchanging stories. So don’t be afraid to talk to locals and perform the same activities as them: a new way to experience the trip and make friends.
8. Don’t stress out thinking about transportation: Japan as a highly developed country has many options so you can move from one city to another and at different prices. It’s a matter of asking or, finding out on the Internet the available options. For example, we chose to travel between Tokyo and Kyoto by bus because it’s usually the cheapest option anywhere and we were a bit short on budget. We took the bus from the Yokohama City Air Terminal (YCAT) station and takes approximately 9 hours to arrive. Several stops are made in restaurants or shopping centers during the tour, which allows you to get to know the landscape a bit and, at the same time, buy souvenirs or try some food. If you have a little more budget, use the preferred method: the popular Shinkansen bullet train that makes the journey in only 140 minutes! The price is 120 dollars approximately. Both Kyoto and Tokyo have bikes for rent for a comfortable price so you can move around the cities. Don’t hesitate to rent one! You can visit the historic center for example, at your own pace.
9. Explore every corner: In cities as big, chaotic, populated and different as in Japan, the best you can do is to get lost in every corner and venture. The last night of our trip we walked through the streets around the Shinjuku station. As you can see in the movies, we were able to cross pedestrian crossings with hundreds of people around, we entered the red light district of Kabukicho with streets full of illuminated signs, hotels, shops, restaurants and lots of nightlife.
10. Don't be afraid to learn: Different doesn't mean bad. Don't feel scared of the shinto's traditions, temples or people doing their prayers to gods. Respect the culture, learn everything you can and even if you don't understand it, try to be open minded and receive new knowledge and spiritual growth. Japanese culture is amazing and every symbol, every detail or sound in a place has a special meaning. Different, new is what I enjoyed the most: the possibility to expand my knowledge.