In Europe, there are an endless amount of amazing structures and buildings to check out. Tourists have been exploring Europe for centuries and tourists are sometimes treated with seasonal apathy. Thus, it’s harder for the traveler to experience the local culture. However, in Japan I found the opposite experience. In Japan, the real beauty of the place is in your every day encounters with the culture. From climbing Mount Fuji with the locals to something as simple as going to a corner store and trying to figure out what exactly you’re buying. Even in Japan’s larger cities many will treat an encounter with a foreigner as a novelty worthy of a photo or a chance to brush up on English. Give it a whirl next time you’re in Japan.

Written by Joe Hammond