Here’s my TOP 5 of my favourite (cheap) Japanese accommodations!
Besides the Shinto shrines, Japan also counts numerous Buddhist temples. Both religions can even appear as complementary in the daily Japanese life. Japanese Buddhist temples are called tera or jiin.
The Shinto shrines, also called Jinja in Japanese are shrines for Shintoism religion, the oldest Japanese religion.
Which consist into the celebration of divinities called kami, which are more spirits than actual gods. They are mostly elements of landscape or forces of nature.
A Ryokan is a type of traditional japanese inn, with traditional japanese meals, yukata and futons.
A Onsen Ryoken is pretty much the same thing, except that you have access to some natural hot springs as well.
It’s like a night in heaven.
In Alsace (France), we have a place called ‘la Montagne des Singes’ (‘Mountain of the Apes’). In Japan, they have the Jigokudani’s Monkey Park. And over there, monkeys are bathing themselves in natural hot springs. Like kings.
The very reason why I came to Japan in the first place before flying to New Zealand is called Noriko. She is my penpal, whom I met via the Postcrossing website since last August 2014. When I wrote her about my WHV plans, she wrote me back that I would be welcome in her house in Matsumoto. As crazy as it seems, I believed her. So, here I am, a few months later, meeting in real life my friend Noriko. She is such a nice and loveable person and has a lot of plans for me to enjoy Japan. Amongst them: the Matsumoto Castle.