Born and raised in California, I am a Mexican-American that moved out to Japan way back in 2012 and instantly fell in love. So much so, that I made up my mind then and there that I will live out the rest of my life in my new home.
Cheesy, I know, but the major deciding factor in making Japan my new home came from my newfound obsession with exploring when I first arrived.
You see, back in California, if you wanted to travel, you had to drive through hours and hours of traffic just to get to any of the local areas. If you wanted to see some great views though, you had to plan an overnight trip.
Here in Japan, you can easily pop on a Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and be just about anywhere in the country within 3 or so hours.
Imagine that! Leave early morning for Osaka from Tokyo, hang out with friends or attend a concert, and then leave at night and still make it back home before the last train.
If that isn’t convenience, I don’t know what is.
Ok, Ok, you’re right, but the convenience of being able to travel to temples, shrines, peaks of mountains, and back within a day just blew my mind and inspired a bit of wanderlust to be honest.
You see, back at home I never visited the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the Redwood Forest, etc. etc.
“It’s too far and annoying to drive there.” I always said to myself.
But here in Japan, I can easily fall asleep on a train, play some Pokémon, or work on editing pictures. That is what motivated me to start exploring.
During my 7 years here I have done the following:
So yeah… I love going out and exploring as much as I can in Japan.
I guess, but hey, if you wanna check out what I’ve accomplished and done, and follow what I will do in the future, then give me a follow on my Twitter account at @frameoftravel and on my Instagram account where I post pictures of my adventures throughout Japan daily.
Cheers, and thanks for taking the time to read