For GW, I wanted to try something new: traveling alone!
This travel taught me some important things about myself.
2 weeks before GW, I didn’t have any plans for GW.
I have never experienced such a situation in my 30-year life, because I always make some kind of plans with friends for BBQ and/or travel.
Then I remembered, that I have been to many sightseeing spots in Hokkaido, but I have never been to Hakodate.
So I decided to go to Hakodate!
I had 10 free days for GW (from April 30th to May 10th), so I decided to go to Hakodate, using only local trains!
So I named this trip “Jibeta travel” (“Jibeta” means ground) .
On the way to Hakodate, I decided to stay in each major city:
Nagoya, Hamamatsu, Yokohama, Tokyo, Utsunomiya, Sendai, Morioka, Aomori, and finally Hakodate.
I decided to move to the next city in the mornings, go to sightseeing spots in the afternoon, and enjoy local gourmet food in each city.
Before leaving, I made reservations at 10 different hotels for each night, a ferry from Aomori to Hakodate, and a return flight.
This suitcase broke my heart on the first day!
Because I didn’t know that I couldn’t leave my suitcase at the first day’s hotel before check-in at 3pm.
So, I had to drag the suitcase all day in Nagoya, and I was extremely exhausted.
After checking in, I slept in my room immediately, and when I woke up in the evening, I actually wanted to quit the trip, cancel all my reservations, and go home, I was so depressed!
But, I wanted to refresh myself, so I decided to go to a nearby public bath instead of the hotel shower.
The old public bath near the hotel had a nice atmosphere, and the bath was so comfortable.
The bath cured my depression, and I felt like a new man!
Until then, I didn’t know that taking a bath was so effective in adjusting my feelings.
In the middle of the trip, on the 4th day, I realized that 10 days was too long for me to travel alone.
I realized that it was important to have meals and conversations with other people!
In Hamamatsu, I went to the Honda museum, cool!
In Yokohama, I ate around in Chinatown. I love that atmosphere so much!!
In Tokyo, I enjoyed the team lab’s beautiful light exhibition.
In Utsunomiya, I visited World Heritage Site Nikko Toshogu.
In Sendai I ate huge raw oysters the size of my palm.
In Morioka, I went to a famous cheesecake shop called Tirol.
In Aomori, I went to a museum of the famous local Nebuta Festival.
In Hakodate, I ate fresh seafood bowls and enjoyed the night view of Mt. Hakodate, which is said to be a million dollar night view.
Hakodate was very cold that day and the lowest temperature was 4.4 degrees Celsius.
Because of that I caught a cold! So, I took another two days off from work!
This year’s GW was the most exciting and best learning experience ever.
But, for my next trip, I will definitely travel with friends!