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Japan is filled with countless hidden gems, you can't let fear keep you from finding them. 

In my free time, I like to explore places I have never visited before.  Thanks to Japan's extensive public transportation network of trains and buses, this is easy to do.  It can be intimidating when you don't know the language very well, but if you remain humble and respectful then you will experience some truly amazing things.

A Shinkansen station in West Japan

How I explore new places:  

"Train Stop Roulette"         

I like to take a chance.  Sometimes I find the most amazing places, and sometimes it feels like I am in the middle of nowhere.  No matter what though, I always have a lot of fun.  I call my method "Train Stop Roulette" and I developed it during my time studying at Hiroshima University.  It's simple, but it guarantees a random destination.

  • First, choose a number between 2 and 25.

  • Second, choose another number from 0 to 2

  • Go to the train station at a random time, preferably earlier in the morning. 

  • Get on the first train that arrives at the station.

  • Go the number of stops decided by the first number chosen.

  • Change trains at any time to total the second number.

**Having data on a cell phone to use can be a huge help to get you back home.

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