- Escalators: wait on left, walk on the right.
- Everyone is so polite. Don’t be scared to ask for help or directions.
- Get a haircut and a shave. It’s luxurious, a bit expensive, but the amazing head massage is worth it.
- Are you supposed to bring coffee on the subway? I was the only one
- Expensive coffee: A small cup and not very good = $7
- Stay in a hostel! Generally people are really happy to practice their English with you. And you get to hang out, drink and eat on the floor with Asians – which is actually pretty fun.
I stayed a night at the Nagoya Guesthouse Otohaya. You should too.
- Lot’s of places don’t speak much English. Hint: order food at a places with lot’s of pictures. Beer is pronounced “beer-roo”. Just like kangaroo.
- Get caffeine from vending machines! Vending machines have the most tasty caffeine drinks in them. It probably makes more sense to deal with your caffeine addiction here than in a restaurant.
- Safe: I got so lost so many times, wandered down some strange alleys, but never did I feel unsafe
- They put on great parties: tea, Japanese guitar, dancers, drumming
- Go to Nagoya castle. I’m pretty sure everyone who goes here probably has this exact photo…
Really wish I took a few more days to go explore the city.