Prior to my arrival in Japan, it was clear to me that I would stay in a Japanese private home. I had rather thought of a typical Japanese apartment with futon on the floor. I knew I would try to find an accomodation with Airbnb. I looked only at ads with instant booking, as I am a late booking a room for the night. So I had to leave the vicinity of the Tokio airports to find such accommodation, however it was but more american than I had anticipated. There was a large bed instead of the mat on the floor, a cozy living room with a couch and coffee table. I was very pleased to stay there.
Kyoto is full of foreigners. So I looked for a room outside the city. Otsu you can reach after two trainstops. You might be the only tourist on this local train and you will not meet many englishspeaking japanese.
I was glad that my host Yukiko was a very friendly japanese woman, speaking an excellent english, due to her marriage with english native speaker. Our conversation was cheerful and pleasant. On the same day another traveller from Brazil arrived late, so we were surprised about the very warm invitation for dinner at a typical japanese restaurant. This evening will be remembered as one of the best of my journey.
The possibility of meeting new people is far greater in such a location as in a typical hotel or guesthouse, where everybody stays for himself. I liked the good atmosphere as I got acquainted with a group from Taiwan. We went to Kyoto together.
And most grateful I was to meet Rachel Heller, an inspiring blogger from the Netherlands. She gave me very valuable new clues how to make my blog bilingual.
Rachel Heller covers Japan and other parts of Asia with style. Her blog has been awarded. She has posted a fine post about the rule to enter the house without shoes. You can find her post on rachelheller.org:
a-bumbling-fool-in-japan a post where to wear shoes and which ones in a japanese house.
Being on route for a long time, you appreciate the little daily things in life. To be able to make just a coffee or tea or making a sandwich is very helpful. We could use all of Yukikos kitchen and her laundry machine. I could clean all my belongings and I had everything fresh when I left.
For me this was the perfect Traveller Meeting Point in the Japanese suburb.