Swimming in crystal clear sea water in a hidden cove, hiking through an untouched forest and watching spectacular stars shoot through the evening sky are not necessarily things people flock to Tokyo for.
Crowds of pink-haired locals shopping for the latest fashions, costumed tourists navigating Tokyo traffic on go-karts and YouTubers pulling dumb pranks in the streets are all par for the course in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya district.
There are a wide number of things that make Japan stand out, whether it be its unique food, unusual city attractions or their fascinating culture. One thing that is particularly intriguing is Japan’s most popular means of transportation: the train system.
Toshiaki Oohashi, who works for Fussa City, would describe it as a place where traditional Japanese spirit and an American atmosphere meet. With Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples on one side and American-style restaurants and shops on the other, it’s easy to see the crossover.
“Fussa is a kind of fusion town,” says Oohashi.
Even in Japan, Chinese food is a popular choice for eating out. And for those stationed at Camp Zama, Shinryu Hanten, a 10-minute drive away, has been satisfying those Chinese food cravings for 22 years.
Look down the main alleyways of most major Japanese towns and you will probably find one or two small shops with red lanterns, or “akachochin,” at their entrances. The scene is likely to be accompanied by the aroma of skewered “yakitori” chicken over hot coals and the sounds of merrymaking.