With having connections below the equator, it is a privilege to have a loyal contributor, native Indonesian Iko who is sharing his experience and visual from recent trip to Japan. An extended member of VM family, an advisor to us in the South East region for the last few years. Luckily, the waiver for Japan visitation policy opens up doors of opportunity to visit this unique country. Here’s his story.
Like many creative minds alike, Iko values the Japanese culture and craftsmanship since many years ago. Waiting for the right moment to strike, he took a 4-city journey through the freezing winter of Japan. The first is Osaka, best known for its culinary. The second is Kyoto, city of temples. The third is Takayama, small town covered in a great deal of snow. Last stop is Tokyo, the largest city in the country. Roaming Tokyo, quite obvious that he’s captivated by Shibuya famous crossing street, fetish shows in Shinjuku and the fashion of Harajuku. Other notable mentions are these places, Odaiba, Asakusa, Kawaguchiko, Mount Fuji and Central Tokyo.
Surviving the subzero weather for a tropical islander wasn’t likely taken. But with the mindset of experiencing winter at its peak moments, still he claimed the best time for winter is between December to February. Great sushi, udon and bread are served during this season. Then there’s shopping – “Local made products are much cheaper than other countries in Asia. But the best things were the cities. Mainly its cleanliness and its great public transportation and facilities. Best in Asia.”
Last but not least, are the people, their kindness, proved to be hospitable. It’s always important for visitors to know how well they assist when you’re lost for direction. Well these guys, they will help you with their courteous service and hospitality.
Images & story by Iko. IG: @iko15. Copy edited by Arga