Couchsurfing in Japan!
First of all, I’m so late with the posts. So much has happened in a short time! Here’s a post about our experience with Couchsurfing.
We sent some requests in the beginning of our travels in Japan but people didn’t have time or they just didn’t reply. Because our spontaneous schedule it was hard to make a request on a specific date. But then Hiromi in Takayama confirmed our first request on a very quick notice and we were ecstatic! Finally 🙂
Satoe, the guesthouse owner, took us from Gokayama to Shirakawa-go and we said our goodbyes. We had a glimpse of the traditional village where all the tourists go from Kanazawa or Takayama and the started hitchiking. A young couple oicked us up almost right from the parking and took us to Takayama. We saved 5000 ¥ in a hour ride. That’s how expensive bus can be!
It was raining so we spent an afternoon in a Holoholo’ss cafe, Hiromi’s place where we slept (on the second floor). She has a traveler’s cafe and a cool shop with cliothes, accesories and more. We talked till evening about traveling with a globus as our guide 🙂 She’s a traveler by heart and a good host by nature. She made us dinner and breakfast and we made plans to meet in Slovenia.
We were off to Matsumoto, where our second Couchsurfing host awaited us. Masaki, Naoko and their two girls confirmed our stay only one day before. They immediately took us for their own and off we went to a birthday party with their extended family. It was so pleasant. Even if we had a language and age barrier, we felt at home. The food was delicious and Masaki’s father made soba (buckwheat) noodles which we happily slurped 🙂
The next two days felt like we found a home away from home. We talked, we laughed, we ate delicious food. Masaki and his family took such good care of us we almost didn’t want to leave 🙂
We also met Fujita, a man who we talked to in Laos for 10 min before larting ways. He found our blog and drove 3,5 h to meet us in Matsumoto. We spent a day in Azumino, on a wasabi farm and in Matsumoto, sightseeing in the castle.
What a lovely experience it has been, peeking into lives of Japanese people.