Why hello my friends, it’s been a while since I’ve written a little update.
It’s been a crazy two months, and while I’ve been traveling, I’ve accidentally dropped the ball when it comes to all things blogging related. I know, I’m a terrible person, yadda yadda 😉
Where have I been over the last 2 months? (I know, I have a lot to fill you in on!)
I started off the month in Japan.
This is my third visit here, and I wanted to make sure I visited places I hadn’t been to before. This meant taking more complex transport options (hellooo highway buses!) and doing some intensive research – including getting advice from some friends who either lived in Japan or have traveled here countless times.
Want to read my initial thoughts from my first week here? Check out this post, where I talk about some popular stereotypes and my experiences traveling here.
The Zeniarai Benten Shrine in Kamakura, one of my favorite shrines in Japan
One major assumption from travelers is that Japan is SUPER expensive to visit.
It’s strange because I would have thought so initially and agreed a few years ago, but it seems when you’re based in a country for 2 months you get a little creative when it comes to saving money. I wrote about 10 of my budget tips for Tokyo, but to be honest, I’ve learned A LOT when it comes to saving money over the last few months, and have bucket loads more to share.
Like all major cities – Tokyo has a reputation for being expensive!
One of my favorite and unexpected experiences here has been staying in an internet café.
These babies can cost you anywhere between $20 to 30 USD per night, include your own private cubicle or room, unlimited drinks, soft serve (hells yes!) and shower. One internet café I stayed at, even brought a bowl of ramen to my cubicle – talk about excellent service! I’m pretty addicted to internet cafes – they’re super budget friendly and are great places to wait while you’re waiting for an overnight bus/train or late night flight. Watch out for my upcoming post about all things Internet Café related!
Another thing I’ve recently become obsessed with is collecting Goshuin (temple and shrine stamps).
If you’ve ever visited a Shrine or Temple in Japan before, you may have noticed people lining up near the counter where they sell charms and incense. This is likely what they’re lining up for – Goshuin! I loved collecting Goshuin and seeing the beautiful calligraphy the monks would write in my book.