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Friday, April 22, 2016, 11:27 PM
How #10mountainsinjapan mission started

Yong made this for me. So sweeettt!



It has always been one of my biggest dreams to travel far from home. To experience hiking mountains in other country and to explore what their forest has to offer. I often hike in Indonesia as it is one of the cheapest and nearest country to go. But I want to go further and Indonesia is not enough (greedy, i know. hehe)


So, right after my Rinjani trip way back in August 2013, a friend of mine (Ijan) invited me to join his hiking trip in Japan in 2015. Without thinking twice, I said yes, I want to join him. Few months later in December 2013, I bought a return ticket to Japan. Wait...What? Why so early? I know it was way early and I did not wait for any flight ticket promotion. But buying flight ticket is a sign of commitment to your plan and I was committed to my plan. Besides, I could not do research if I do not know how long my travel period is.


The hiking trip was actually a week. But a week was not enough for me (again, being greedy. hehe) and it is not everyday you can go to Japan. So I extended my trip to 3 weeks, about 21 days. First week, I spent travelling alone (solo travel! wohooo~ nahhh...). Second week, hiking trip with Ijan's team and third week, traveled with my friends, Bibi and Kodeng. 


At first I just want to hike few mountains, maybe about 6 mountains, I think? But somehow during the research and planning stage, it added up to 10 mountains. Haha. But trust me, when I was in Japan I did not really follow my itinerary. 50% of it changed, including the 10 mountains list. Haha. But still, planning an itinerary is a must especially if you are planning for hiking trip as you need to be fully aware of the surrounding, the trails as well as the nature of the mountain. You have to be fully prepare for the worst. Most of the experienced backpackers said itinerary is not important. Let them be, they are backpacker, not hiker. Don't risk your safety and life. 
                
Before
After
           



Research and planning were the most tiring parts (apart from working to fund the mission) because you have to read a lot, like A LOT. I'm not kidding when I said that I spent a year to prepare for Japan. I started with reading Lonely Planet 'Hiking in Japan'. I know certain backpackers hate Lonely Planet. But who cares, Lonely Planet is my savior. I read it in order to get a rough idea about Japan mountains and where to hike. I also asked a lot, asked for itinerary and such. But you know what? None of it I used as reference because different people have different mission. It was no use for me. So, I decided to just make my own and start from the scratch. 






I also made friends from social media. I knew Anas from twt_backpacker (he was a curator) and Sato-san from Instagram (which I will talk more about these two fellas later in my next post). Both of them are currently staying in Japan. Anas is a student in one of the universities in Niigata while Sato-san is a Japanese hiker and photographer who is staying in Saitama (no, not that Saitama one punch man -.-). And these people were so helpful, like ALL THE TIME. They helped me a lot. They wouldn't mind answering my never-ending questions and entertained my curiosity. Haha. 


And yes of course, I trained (both physical and mental), not too often but I was fit enough to complete the mountain list. Huhu. 


And I have amazing people around me that helped me in realizing my dream. I would not have done it without them. Friends who always give me advice and support 24/7. My mother for always being my number one supporter. Though she is not a hiker, but she always encourages me to hike further and I definitely  would not be who I am today if it was not for her. No word can describe how grateful I am to Allah  S.W.T for sending these people into my life.


#10mountainsinjapan is the most memorable experience for me. It taught me a lot and changed me into someone better in many ways. 





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Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 5:03 PM
Yadoya Guesthouse, Nakano, Tokyo

picture credit : kodengmolly




Finding a cheap and convenient hostel/guesthouse is easy in Japan IF you do it early. But if it is a last minute decision, things might be a bit hard. At first, I had no clue on where to stay.  I mean, like, where is the most strategic and cheap place that is near to the city? And also has female dorm room? I was lucky that even though I was a bit late, I managed to find a cheap (price may be vary due to currency) and cozy guesthouse through Hostelworld








They had few spots left for female dorm room during that period. So, without thinking twice, I booked the room for two weeks (but not two weeks straight). Done! Why two weeks? It was a hiking trip and I was too lazy and tired to pack and unpack the rucksack because my rucksack was BIG and HEAVY with food and hiking gears. And I spent another week in the mountain.
I'm not joking when I said my bag was big and heavy.
Mostly were side ration for hiking trips
My space. I love bottom bunk bed
My room mate, Martina! I miss you :D









The location of Yadoya Guesthouse is very strategic. Located in the middle of a peaceful neighborhood in Nakano, it is near to JR train station, Shinjuku, laundry and public bath are few blocks away and the most important thing, 7E is JUST ACROSS THE STREET. HAHA. 
















They were so nice, they also gave Nakano map for me to explore the city. Terharu... T.T








I did not have trouble communicating with the staffs as most of them can speak English. They were very helpful and friendly too! It was fun talking to them because some of the staffs are actually backpackers who work while traveling. We shared lots of stories while eating in the kitchen. Oh ya, they have kitchen, iron and hair-dryer as well. Moreover, they also provide luggage storage for only 200 yen per day/bag which is CHEAPER than the other luggage lockers! I left some of my stuff there for a week because I had to go to Minami Alps for hiking trip, and it only costed me about 1000 yen!






         



If I were to repeat Japan trip, I would definitely come here again. I love the environment, and the people too. But most of all, I miss this.. T.T
Ebi Mayo Onigiri





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Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 8:22 PM
Navitime for Japan Travel and Japan train system


Travelling in other country can be a bit stressful if you are not familiar with their public transportation system. Japan is quite famous for their efficient public transport. But even so, with so many trains and buses come at once, one can get lost easily. This is when Navitime comes in rescue, which I'll talk more about it later.

I stayed in Japan for 3 weeks. So, public transportation means a lot to me. It was my only way to travel from one place to another, from one mountain to another. A bit information about Japan's mountain, most of the mountains can be easily accessible by public transport. But, though it is easily accessible, you still need to plan your journey. If you don't, you will waste lots of time and money. Unless if that's your intention, then feel free to do so. 

**Sorry, I will not cover about Japan rail pass nor the shinkansen as I did not use it during my stay in Japan.



Understand how Japanese public transport works and how to use it.


1. First, get your prepaid IC card.

When you know where you are staying and going, it's easier to decide which card you should buy. Japan has 3 different prepaid train cards that function like Touch n Go. The maximum amount one can load may be vary with each card, but for Suica, you can reload up to 10,000 yen maximum. And good news, there's discount when you use the IC. A bit, but oh well, it's better than none. And you can use Suica card anywhere as long as you see the Suica logo.

I found a very good website about this prepaid IC card. Read more here.






                 





2. Don't forget to ask for the train map.


Ask around for the train map. Even if you don't feel like reading it now, take it anyway. You NEED it. (I only stayed at Tokyo area, so I will cover around this area)







3. Now, you have got your prepaid IC card, and your train map. Let's download the Navitime app. 

All you have to do is search for 'Navitime Japan' on Apple App Store/Playstore and download it. It's free (but has in-app purchases to unlock certain features). This app is accurate and fast. It gives you information on lots of things like train (obviously), weather, free wifi in Japan, places in Japan and such. When you search for train, it will also state the train's time of arrival and fare, which is good because it gives you rough idea on how to manage your time and plan your journey. And the best part is, it will notify the user if there is a train delay! Awesome!

          
    
                     


    



    



    





Japan train has 37 lines from different companies. Currently, JR East is the leading train company in Japan.






You can download the full map here.





4. Train categories


All types of Japanese trains, from local to shinkansen, are typically classified into the following categories:





Local (kakueki-teisha or futsu-densha) 
Local trains stop at every station.





Rapid (kaisoku) 

Rapid trains skip some stations. There is no difference in the ticket price between local and rapid trains.




Express (kyuko) 
Express trains stop at even fewer stations than rapid trains. Japan Railways (JR)charges an express fee in addition to the base fare.







Limited Express (tokkyu)
Limited express trains stop only at major stations. A limited express fee usually has to be paid in addition to the base fare. It is typically between 500 and 4000 yen. JR railway companies always charge this fee, but some other private railway companies do not.







Super Express (shinkansen)
Shinkansen are only operated by JR. Shinkansen run along separate tracks and platforms. A limited express fee has to be paid in addition to the base fare. It is typically between 800 and 8000 yen.



(Taken from Japan-guide.com)


Here for more information on Japan train guide.



5. How to use the app?

Easy peasy. All you have to do is type in your current location and stop point, choose your route (I always opt for the cheapest fare route.huhu) and follow the instruction/map. Usually you will have to change train, sometimes few trains in one journey. This is where most people get lost as you are confuse on which exit you should take, which train line you should use. I advise you to always read the signage and train map. 



   



For example, you are from Nakano and you want to go to Takaosan. From the app, it shows that you have to take JR Chuo Line. So find JR train station. Don't simply go to any train stations, make sure you go to JR train station okay, not Metro train station, not Keio . Find the signage of 'JR Line Tokyo-Takao, once you found it, follow the signage to the train lane. Take the train and stop at Takao. From Takao, you have to find Keio Line and go to Keio Line Takao-Takaosanguichi. Take the train and stop at Takaosanguichi. Walk a little bit from the train station, about 8 minutes, you will then find yourself at the entrance of Takao-san (Mount Takao)! 


Usually if you are familiar with our country's LRT system, using Japan's train will not be so hard for you. It is more or less the same system, it is just that you have to hop from one train to another to get to the destination.



Another thing that will confuse your brain is...


THIS!


credit : getteimages


The so-many-number-signage inside train station! But don't worry, take your time to read the signage. Read carefully. If you still confuse, just ask around. I usually go to the ticket counter and ask the train workers. Hehe. Japanese are kind and helpful. They will surely help you. :)




6. Another tips!

Don't forget to keep the train tickets as souvenir! Before leaving the station, instead of using the automatic gates, go to ticket counter and tell them that you want the train ticket as souvenir. They will stamp the ticket and give it to you. I have been doing this for countless time. Haha.


     



Also, bring blank note book everywhere for some stamp hunting fun! Each JR train station has its own stamp, fill your notebook with the stamps and collect as many as you can! (Even the mountains have its own stamp okay)





Minami Alps's stamp




And have fun travelling in Japan! It was definitely a fun and exciting journey for me. 
Hope it helps :D



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