20 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad In Japan

As you may or may not know back in 2006 I studied abroad in Japan. Now I’ll be honest there were bad times, times where I just wanted to go home, and I still till this day wish I had not stayed with a host family, but I’ll blog about why that is later.

For now I want to focus on the positive when you leave Japan good or bad you can’t stop talking about it probably because if you are an American especially you can’t really find a country that will make you feel strange, amazing, confused and vulnerable more than this one.

With that said here we go here are my 20 reasons on why you should study abroad in Japan.

1. The sightseeing. This is my photo from Osaka it’s the place where the gods came down.

Osaka Gods

2. You will come away with some amazing friends and some weird ones and you may or may not stay in contact, but you will always remember them when you remember Japan and all the crazy stuff you guys saw and did.

Friends Japan

3. 100 Yen Shops are amazing and you will want to live in it and bring it home with you. 

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4. They have the best high tech toilets ever. (Warning: Not all toilets are like this and most public toilets are holes in the ground…I recommend finding the closest McD’s for a Western Style toilet.)

Japanese Toilet

5. They totally respect older buildings no matter how awkward it looks with their skyline. 

SmallBuildingLove

6. There is Ramen everywhere and if you don’t like Ramen by the end of it you’ll love it and no this is nothing like the Top Ramen from the grocery store. 

Ramen Alley Sapporo 

7.  They have crazy amazing festivals like the Snow Festival in Sapporo.

sapporo snow festival

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For realz they got snow sculpture amazingness. 

Snow Festival Sapporo

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One more…

Snow Festival

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8. They are home to Pokemon and about a million other amazing anime type things and yes buses do exist like this over there. 

Pokemon Japan

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9. The temples. Steeped in history you will never find a place more immersed in culture and technology at the same time. 

Golden Temple Kyoto

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10. Your rail pass is a work of art. (Not sure if this is still the design, but it was when I was there)

Japan Rail Pass

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11. This is totally normal and real. A small boat ride from Hiroshima to an Island off the coast and you will be on an Island full of deer with amazing hikes and crazy Monkeys too. 

Deer Island

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12. SUSHI! duh!

 Sushi Japan

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13. Those crazy monkeys. One yes you can get this close. Two be careful in some areas they will rob you and no I’m not joking they have warning signs. 

Monkeys Japan

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14. Shibuya! The fashion district is amazing and if you think Halloween is crazy go during a regular time of the year girls will be all dressed in Lolita fashion and it’s like walking into a really edgy fashion magazine. 

Shibuya Halloween

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15. You will most likely get to go to a Tea Ceremony and wear a sweet ass kimono. 

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16. The Castles. This one is Himeji and it was amazing. (Warning: Wear good shoes when at tamples or castles the stairs are usually wood and get really slippery so basically if you have bad shoes and are uncoordinated like me you will fall down…a lot.)

Osaka Castle

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17. They have a sense of humor and the penis has it’s own festival.

Penis Festival

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18. Cat cafes!

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19. You will never go hungry. 

Snack Machines Japan

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Note on the food: when will you ever get to try this many flavors of KitKats?

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20. Seeing a guy with a pet penguin on the street is totally normal and in no way will you feel like you belong, but that’s the magic of it because you don’t really have too. 

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Well I hope if you do study abroad you get way more photos than I did. In 2006 internet access wasn’t as easy over there just yet and neither were digital photos needless to say most of my photos are printed and with my mom in Michigan, but the experience is with me forever and if you are past the point where you can study abroad there just GO! It was an insane experience I will never forget and I doubt you would too.

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17 Photos That Will Inspire You To Travel

1. We all have to follow our dreams…
Don't Stay Fly Away

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The dreams in my head…in everyone head some of us will ignore them, some of us will find new dream and then there are those of us who will wander creating our dreams as we move to the next adventure.

I’m constantly inspired going through photos of travel so I thought why not share some of that inspiration with you. Most of these are pulled from my Travel Pinterest board, but there are a good few from Tumblr as well. I hope you enjoy them all.

2. Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The places I wish to go. 

Giant Buddha

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3. Glowing Firefly Squids…I have no idea where this is from, but wow. 

Algae Glowing

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4. The most tranquil place I’ve never been. The Forgotten Temple of Lysistrata. Portugal

Forgotten Temple

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5. Cancun!  Xcaret’s underground rivers…I’m going to Cancun I hope I get to see this place. 

Mexican River

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6. Australia’s new Crocosaurus Cove Park. Who wouldn’t want this experience?

Swimming with Gators

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7. Crystal Cave – Svínafellsjökull in Skaftafell, Iceland. I would want to sit there forever. Maybe I will someday ;). 

Icy cave

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8. Chicago in the winter. Tip go while Christmas decorations are up and always remember one does not have to travel far in order to travel . 

Chicago Winter

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9. The Hanging Monastery in China. Terrifying that they built this, but wow what a site. 

Side of the Mountain Buddhist Temple

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10. Victoria Falls. This is nature at it’s finest. 

Victoria Falls

11. Japan. I’ve been here myself, but I need to go back in March when the cherry blossoms bloom. 

Fuji and Cherry Blossons

12. Sometimes a quote inspires us the most.

Happiness is Traveling

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13. The Fushimi Inari Shrine. You can get lost looking at Tori gates all lined up. 

Tori Gates Kyoto

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14. I have no idea where this is, but does it matter?

Italian Streets

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15. Machu Picchu…a dream vacation for sure.

Machu Pichu

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16. Beautiful visual somewhere in Indonesia. 

Gorgeous Beaches

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17. Remember life isn’t meant to be lived in one place. We were born with legs we should use them. 

Travel as Much As You Can

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