If you are travelling through a country, what is the best way to see the countryside? I’ve solo travelled twice through Japan, the first time to Tokyo and Osaka, the second to Tokyo and Kyoto and each time when travelling in the Shinkansen, the bullet train, I loved watching the beautiful countryside zoom past. On my latest solo trip to Tokyo, I decided to go on a day trip to the countryside and while many places came to mind when browsing Google Maps, Nikko and its beauty stood out. Just over two hours from my hostel in Iriya, I set out on a journey to explore the countryside of Japan.
I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things to do in another country is to stroll through their supermarkets. A supermarket really says a lot about a country and its people with the range of food available, the convenience items as well as the prices of items. I wanted to discover what constituted a Japanese supermarket. Bounding down the stairs to get out of the humidity of Tokyo, a rush of cold air hit me in the face and instantly, I felt better.
Cup Ramen. Cheap, quick, easy to eat, delicious.
“I guess I should have come on a weekday”, I thought as I walked through the tiled street, following the crowds of hot and sweaty people, just like me. We all sought one goal, Nakano Broadway. People, young and old, Japanese and not so many foreigners. The sign was ahead, Nakano Broadway, in capital letters like a Hollywood stage show. Inside we went, into heaven, and hell.