Japan

Sapporo
– Sapporo Beer Brewery
– Ramen Alleyway

Saroma
– Quiet small village
– Bike up to the coast

Abashiri
– Shiretoko National Park, good hiking
– Good Napalese restaurant (forgot name)

Asahikawa
– Camping and drinking

Hirosaki
– Apple Orchards
– Castle not worth going to
– Old weird themed restaurant (50s japanese paraphanelia)
– Onsen

Tsuruoka
Haguro-san
– Very difficult hike
– Wooden Pagoda
– Certificate for having climbed stairs
– Taiko Drumming lessons with couch surfer

Tokyo
– Tsukiji Fish Market
– Yoyogi Park
– Harajuko Youth
– Shinjuku Fashion Shops
– Akihabara Maid Cafes, Arcades, Anime and Karaoke
– Tokyo Tower
– Sumo Wrestling
– Kabuki Theater Kabukiza
– Godzilla statue in Ginza
– Ginza high end retail
– Asakusa market with food
– Ueno Park and free concerts in open theater some days
– MOMAT
– Nakano for weird old toy shops
– Nekobukuro – shop where you can cuddle with tons of cats
– Waseda Tram – enjoyable ride
– Ebisu Beer Brewery paired with visit to Photography Gallery
– Tokyo Game Show
– Odaiba – cool architecture, missed Museum of Technology
– Ghibli Museum

Nikko
– Nice old style temples
– Original three evils monkeys

Kanazawa
– Pongyi Guesthouse
– Gardens
– Castle
– Samurai District
– Geisha District
– Old traditional candy
– Ninja house
– Meditation at temple

Osaka
– Ramen Museum
– Aquarium was way too full
– Walking around
– Went up towers for good view
– Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki (Food big thing there)
– Walk down main street
– Very strange red light district
– Walk around city
– Sky train around city

Kobe
– Bird and Flower Garden
– Sake breweries
– Art stuff happening
– Festival in nearby Himeji

Kyoto & Nara
– Many temples and historical sights

Hiroshima
– Atomic Bomb Museum
– Okonomiyaki area

Iya Valley
– Nice fall colors and disappointing “ivy” bridge

Matsuyama
– Dogo Onsen
– Mt. Ishizuichi with chains to climb steep area, beautiful colors in fall
– Relax after climbing at onsen
– Very very good small Okonomiyaki place kind of at a three way intersection and a river, south area of the city

Takahama Ferry – Abandoned Building

Fukuoka
– ACROS building
– Ramen restuarant very popular with locals

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