THE ACTUAL LIST
- Climb to the top of Mt. Fuji.
- Travel in an overnight bus.
- Sing in a karaoke bar!
- Try out an onsen.
Do ‘hanami’ (cherry blossom viewing) while in Japan.
- Stay in a ryokan.
- Visit all main islands of Japan.
- Try authentic sashimi (raw fish).
- Visit the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Experience the capsule hotel lifestyle! Go up the Tokyo Tower. (Try not to be scared of the height, too.)
- Go to a local izakaya.
- Participate in Aomori’s Neputa festival.
- Visit the Sannai Maruyama site in Aomori.
- Visit Saishoin Temple in Hirosaki.
- Visit the Iwakisan Shrine in Iwaki.
- Visit Gappo Park in Aomori.
- Go up APSAM in Aomori and take an awesome photo of the skyline!
Go to Sensōji Temple in Asakusa.
- Go to a host club in Tokyo.
- Get photos of the cosplayers on Harajuku Bridge.
- Buy something incredibly useless at the huge Daiso on Takeshita Doori.
- Buy something incredibly useful at the huge Daiso on Takeshita Doori.
- Visit Shibuya 109.
- Visit Kabukicho (Tokyo’s red light district). Interesting.
- Buy a yukata. Suggested place to buy: UniQlo!
- Visit Closet Child on Takeshita Doori—the secondhand Lolita palace.
- Find a geocache in Japan.
- Eat at a conveyor belt sushi bar (and try not to break the budget.)
- Go to a maid café.
- Take a day trip to Kamakura.
- Go to see the ‘Little Edo’ Kawagoe’s buildings.
- View the Tokyo skyline from Tokyo Park Hyatt’s New York Bar on the 52nd floor. With a Bellini.
Do the Shibuya scramble crossing.
- Find a plastic food shop at Kappabashi-doori.
- Get a photo at the Imperial Palace.
- Ride the Yamanote line (and not get lost.)
- Go to some sort of massive party in Tokyo.
- Explore Tokyo Narita Airport.
- Find a really, really interesting toilet.
- Find a really, really disgusting toilet.
- Get a photo in the cherry blossoms.
- Get rip-roaringly drunk on sake.
- Buy/rent a bicycle in Hirosaki and go everywhere on it. I mean everywhere.
- Visit Misawa.
- Visit Aomori.
- Visit Hachinohe.
- Visit Tsugaru.
- Visit Kuroishi
- Find a koto teacher.
- Learn to play (even just a little) tsugaru shamisen.
- Go through the underground tunnel to Hokkaido.
- Visit Sapporo, land of the beers.
- Get over my vendetta and try natto.
- Visit the Studio Ghibli Museum.
- Make a lasting friend.
- Befriend the wildlife.
- Teach a lesson.
- Find someone from my own country I don’t know (New Zealand!)
- Ring a shrine bell and pray.
- Watch a kabuki play.
- Watch a sumo match.
- Pick the most interesting purikura machine I can find, and do it.
- Try a weird flavour of Kit-Kat. (I hear there’s lemonade, watermelon, green tea… mmm, green tea.)
- Participate in a tea ceremony.
- Try 3 kinds of sushi I haven’t tried before at a kaiten-zushi.
- Wear a kimono.
- Spot a geisha.
- Join a club at my university. (Secretly hoping there’s a Japanese archery or kendo club!)
- Go for a day-long bike trip.
Make backpacker friends. Visit Meiji Shrine. Visit a cat cafe Do my omikuji (paper fortune!). Drop in at a Pokemon Center!
- Go to ‘hanamatsuri’.
MORE SURELY TO COME. (: I will also be adding some things I have already done in Japan along the way, from my 3-month school stay in Hiroshima. Here’s the add-on list of things I have already done and will write posts on;
Visit Hiroshima. Visit Nara. Visit Kyoto. Go to the famous temples of Kyoto; Kiyomizu and Kinkakuji. Visit Osaka. Dress up as a geisha. (I looked completely ridiculous.) Learn to play the koto. Go to Universal Studios Osaka. Go to high-school in Japan. Ride a shinkansen (bullet train). Go to a Japanese theater play. Visit the A-Bomb Dome and the Peace Park.
- Participate in Setsubun.