Soaking in a natural hot spring, or “onsen,” is one of the most popular Japanese pastimes during the cold winter months. I know just the place to enjoy this truly amazing way to kick back and take in nature – a must-do activity while you’re in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The following could be helpful and you navigate Japan and try to find a place to park your car.
“Koko ni kuruma wo tomete mo iidesuka?” = Can I park here?
(“koko” = here, “kuruma” = car, “tomete” = park, “iidesuka?” = Can I?)
Trains are the main mode of transport here in Japan. They will take you from A to B via C and loop round to D if required. The systems in place to facilitate the public transport system take some getting used to. However they are worth it as everything is on time.
Capsule hotels (also called pod hotels) are very popular in Japan. You see them in most cities, and a lot of people really like them for overnight stays because they are relatively cheap (¥3000 – ¥4000). I’m claustrophobic and never really had any interest in staying in a tiny space only big enough for a bed.
Imagine soaking outdoors in a steaming hot pool made of natural rocks. You take a deep breath as you survey the panoramic mountain scenery and all your stress just melts away. It can be pretty liberating.
Locale, a 10-minutes walk from Sagamihara Housing Area, is popular among locals thanks to the highly-reputable chef Toshiharu Nakamura, who has used his training to create a unique take on Italian food.
It’s necessary to give yourself some alone time to unwind and go over the day and what better way than with a tasty meal. This is especially important in Tokyo, the best place for solo dining in the world.
A tasty and traditional dish of Japan awaits just a quick 10-minute bus ride from Hardy Barracks. If you find yourself in the area, or possibly staying overnight, Udon SAKAIDE is the perfect place to experience a great-tasting version of the Japanese udon noodles.