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Back from travels
Murikov
Hello folks

I'm finally back from my 6˝ months trip in South East Asia. Actually I already came back six weeks ago, but shortly after my arrival the annual military service called for my duty...

To put it in a nutshell, it was a half year of adventure, action, culinary climaxes and definitely an eye opener in terms of culture and personhood.

In hindsight I recommend anyone to do the same if he's got the time (money is often not the problem). Pack your backpack, pull out from home for a year or half and make your experiences. It's much easier and uncomplicated than it seems.

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Anyway, I'm also glad I'm back. You guys up for some GOTW again? Wink
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cthulhu
Welcome back!
My arcade stuff

"ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!"
 
LIFE_IN_2D
Welcome back.

One day I'd like to just pick up and leave the US for a whole year, unfortunately that's something I will never have the money to do.

Glad to see you alive and well.
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shot in the eye
shot in the brain
shot in the ass...
 
merlin
Welcome back Murikov! That must have been a very exciting adventure for you. I did look at your travel blog from time to time while you were away. I remember reading that you were attacked by a monkey! You took some great photos.
 
NeoStrayCat
Yay, Muri's back! Grin

Sorry we didn't do much here in your absence, but yeah, it would be nice if you came back doing the GotW as you did before! Grin
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Sensi
Attacked by a monkey? XD
 
Murikov
Thank you guys!

As for that monkey attack, it was a son of a bitch in Thailand who decided to suddenly bite and scratch my lower arm. Nothing serious, but I was lucky that I didn't get rabies or any infection from it.

I made this particular photo before that prick jumped at me one second later. Who knows, maybe the camera was pissing him off. Just look at his frantic eyes.

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If you wanna see more travel footage you can do so on my travel blog. Due to limited time I couldn't write much about Vietnam, but I'll probably upload some posts afterwards.

Anyway, I'll return with the traditional GOTW on Sunday. Thanks again.
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cthulhu
Ah, I really hate that type of monkey (Macaque)...never trust them! I haven't been attacked before, but I know of people who were by those monkeys.
My arcade stuff

"ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!"
 
LIFE_IN_2D
HAHAHAHA @ the absolutely bat-shit crazy look in that monkey's eyes.

Sucks that you got bit man. I would have thrashed that crazy bastard if he did that to me.
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priest
Muri: Welcome back! Must have been quite an experience, wish that I would have the guts to do something like this Thumbs Up
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RiKo
Welcome Back Murikov Thumbs Up will be good to see you around the forums again

Murikov wrote:- I made this particular photo before that prick jumped at me


bastard monkey!
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Sensi
Monkey Island mayhem Smile
 
Murikov
First of all thanks to Stray for updating the GOTMs and sorry for my lack of support! Thumbs Up

If anyone's wondering why the hell I wasn't here to do so by myself, I've been in Asia again for four and half months. It was again hobo backpacking with a daily budget of about $30.

I quickly share some of my pictures. Please, if somebody needs some advice on traveling Asia on a budget, please feel free to ask.

Indonesia:

This was definitely the most adventurous and the cheapest country of this trip. If you want to experience outdoor action on a daily basis, then Indonesia is the place to go.

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Uluwatu, Bali

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Sunset at Uluwatu

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Scooter exploring in Bali

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Lemukhi Waterfall, Bali

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Mount Rinjani, Lombok

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Our tent at the rim of Mount Rinjani

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Hungry fellows in Sape, Sumbawa

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Sunset in Labuan Bajo, Komodo

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Approaching one of the many islands in Komodo

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Padar Island, Komodo National Park

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Deer and Komodo Dragons co-existing in Komodo National Park

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Komodo Dragon

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One hungry fellow

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Spiderweb rice fields in Ruteng, Flores

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Mount Enerie near Bajawa, Flores

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Mount Ebulobo, Flores

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Mount Iya as seen from beach near Ende, Flores

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View from Mount Iya

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Mount Kelimutu, Flores

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Somewhere on a road in South Sulawesi

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Probably fish farms near Palopo, Sulawesi

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Typical Tana Toraja house in Rantepao, Sulawesi

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Random farmer dude trying to kill a snake in his field

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Settlement in Rantepao

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Water buffalo BBQ sticks with curry

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The rice terraces of Rantepao

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Tana Toraja rock grave

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Random cock fight in Rantepao

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Ancient rock graves in Rantepao


Japan:

Definitely the most expensive, but culturally most unique country of this year's trip. But it's still possible to travel to Japan with not such a fat purse and too see quite some things at the end of the day. With the use of regional transport passes and good 'ol internet it's still possible to ball on a budget.

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First accomodation in Osaka, Kansai

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Shinsenkai Area, Osaka

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Plastic food display in Shinsenkai

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Typical restaurant in Shinsenkai

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Dotonbori area, Osaka

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Osaka Castle

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Elderly people playing Go and other stuff in Osaka

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Typical rice bowl at Matsuya's

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Nara, Kansai

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Five-storey pagoda in Nara

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Todai-Ji, Nara

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Purification fountain in front of Todai-Ji

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Shit-Loads of people in Nara

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Inside Todai-Ji

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The friendly deer of Nara

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Nunobiki Waterfall, Kobe

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Hiking Mount Maya, Kobe

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Kinkaku-Ji, Kyoto

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The alleys of Kyoto

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Lanterns in Kyoto

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More alleys in Kyoto

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Fushimi Inari, Kyoto

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Some feudal dudes in a filmset, Kyoto

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Castle Himeji, Himeji

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Capsule Hotel in Okayama

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Cycling the Kibi Plain, Okayama

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Naoshima Island

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Naoshima Island

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Sunset at Takamatsu, Shikoku

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A bridge at the Shimanami Kaido bicycle trail, Shikoku

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Cycling the Shimanami Kaido bicycle trail

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Atom Bomb Dome in Hiroshima

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Mobile Ad Dude in Hiroshima

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Shinto Mess in Hiroshima

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Poison Gas factory ruins in Okunoshima Island

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The friendly occupants of Okunoshima Island

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Hiking around Okunoshima Island

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Old Town of Takehara

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The entrance to Sandankyo Gorge

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Sandankyo Gorge

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Miyajima

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Hashima / Gunkanjima Island

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The ruins on Gunkanjima Island

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Hiking Mount Fugen

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Thermal steam in Unzen

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The ferry from Unzen to Kumamoto, facing Mount Unzen

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The best accomodation ever, located...

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... in a manga café in Kumamoto

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The Hot Springs at Kurokawa

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Cheap Sushi

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One of the Jigoku Hells in Beppu

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Mount Yufu

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Hiking around Mount Yufu

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View from Mount Yufu

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Sakurajima, near Kagoshima

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One of those awesome Japanese prevention posters

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Tokyo Metro

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The smartphone zombies as we know them globally

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The famous crosswalk in Shibuya

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Darth Vader

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The fate of Sarariman

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Akiba as we know it

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Kartin' hard

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One of the iconic Sega Arcades in Akiba

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Akiba at night

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One of the city's best arcades, Mikado (thanks for the tip, Merlin!)

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A life-sized (or so) EVA Unit 01 at Evangelion World / Fuji Q Highland Theme Park

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Actual NERV access card reader / security gate at Evangelion World

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Senso-Ji

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Awesome merchandise everywhere

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The chaos at Shinjuku

Furthermore we went to China for one month, but I'd be spamming the whole thread if I'd post more photos.

Anyway, I'm happy to be back. After all traveling and stuff, coming home still feels good.
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merlin
Wonderful photos Murikov. You're good at taking photos. A few of the image links aren't working for me though.

I regret that I didn't take more photos on my first two trips to Japan and the ones I did take were not that great.
 
Sensi
Welcome back Muri!
Beautiful places you have visited and took so many great photos of them, really enjoyed watching them. Thanks for sharing them with us.

You were able to move again for a long time, this travel more then four months away, lucky guy! How can you do that? Did you experienced some funny moments with people and watched strange animals?
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Murikov
Thanks guys! Thumbs Up

Sensi wrote:
You were able to move again for a long time, this travel more then four months away, lucky guy! How can you do that? Did you experienced some funny moments with people and watched strange animals?


As for time, I quit my last job in April and will start studying full-time in September, so I used that interim for traveling. As for money, I saved a few bucks from work and while traveling always looked for the cheapest flights, accomodation, transport and sometimes even food. Countries in South East Asia are cheap as hell; a good meal costs about 2 to 3 USD, renting scooters are about 5 USD a day, most short-distance flights in South East Asia cost about 20 to 50 USD, good double rooms are maximum USD 10 a night... And if you're traveling with a friend you can even share some of the costs like accomodation or some transport (taxi etc.).

More developed places like Japan, Taiwan or even China need a little more research and effort, but can still be visited with a tight budget. See here or here for example.

As for adventures, we especially had them in Indonesia. You'll experience something crazy every single day, especially if you rent your own scooter. One particular scene that comes into mind was during our scooter trip in South Sulawesi, where we rented scooters for about 7 days to do a loop from Makassar to Tana Toraja and back. On our way back to Makassar we once got lost on a busy highway, so we asked some policemen at a station for help. These guys were so excited to help foreigners that they arranged an exclusive motorbike escort to the next town and to lead us the way. Not many cops in Switzerland would do the same...

Animal-wise we particularly saw black gibbons crossing the road in Indonesia sometimes, some smaller snakes too. Since Thailand in 2014 I'm a bit cautious when approaching any monkeys or maqaques or so... In Japan the deer in Nara or Miyajima were quite fun as well, since they try to steal any food you're carrying with you - soft ice cream and even maps included...

Japan, Taiwan and China were a bit less adventurous, since everything is quite developed and regulated. In Japan I especially enjoyed some of the encounters we had with the locals who wanted to demonstrate their English skills - at some parts we really felt like being in a bad anime. Smile At one point a drunk business man in Osaka once stumbled in front of a Family Mart store and I had to help him to find a taxi. It's needless to say that it was a hilarious scene and often these situations are much more memorable than all the sightseeing locations you actually planned to see.

In China on the other hand the locals are much less shy than in Japan and are normally very interested in foreigners. Once a family in Longsheng invited us to dinner and they prepared snails pickled in chili sauce for us - for them it was hilarious to see us westerner trying to suck out snails from the snail shells.

The good thing at traveling on a long-term is that you will meet lots of new people to travel together - and some of them you will definitely meet again at some point.

But what you cannot see on the photos are the downsides of traveling; the nasty research we sometimes had to do, people who try to rip you off sometimes, a plan that didn't work out because of weather, et cetera.

But at the end of the day I recommend anyone to take the courage to do the trip you always wanted to do. Often it's not a money problem, but a time issue. Work and family are often in the way. But if you find yourself with a couple of months of free time, then definitely do it. On the spot everything is often much easier than imagined.
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Sensi
Thank you for the extended info Muri.
I agree with your story and it's very recognisable. Did you start alone and get along with a few people? Did you plan some accommodations and stick too some kind of route?
I suppose you needed vaccinations too!

The attack of the monkey on your previous trip did come back again in mind.
The photo of him makes me always laugh, those frantic eyes Smile
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vas
Great pics even if I cannot go I recognised a lot of stuff, battleship island the dear who come to the temple also Sadly the Hiroshima epicentre "I have real pictures taken here just after the war my fathers uncle was a Japanese pow on his way home he visited Hiroshima" his pictures are a stark contrast.

Seems like you had a great time and even got a bit of arcade action in.

Great pics thanks for sharing Thumbs Up
 
Sensi
Muri, I'm intrigued by the manga cafe accomodation. You were able to sleep there in such small cabin?
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Murikov
Sensi wrote:
Did you start alone and get along with a few people? Did you plan some accommodations and stick too some kind of route?

I suppose you needed vaccinations too!

The attack of the monkey on your previous trip did come back again in mind.
The photo of him makes me always laugh, those frantic eyes Smile


The first trip two years ago I did alone. But in South East Asia you will meet lots of other travelers everyday to do daytrips with. And even then it's sometimes more convenient to do something alone.

This year's trip I traveled with a German who I actually met back then in Vietnam two years ago. But even that recent rip would have been no problem to do alone!

As for accomodations, in most parts of South East Asia you can spontanously chose your accomodation, since they are vastly available and cheap. In Japan, Taiwan and China it might be better to check the internet (Wikitravel) or the guide book before getting somewhere, since they can be more expensive and sometimes fully booked. But even then it's no problem to book them thanks to booking websites like Hotelscombined, Agoda et cetera.

The route / itinerary is completely up to you - you can have a rough plan beforehand, but you can still change your mind if you want to stay longer somewhere or if you want to skip a place. For the application of the Chinese visa for example you can easily attach fake \ cancellable hotel reservations.

Oh yeah, and that maqaque was a bastard. LOL I'm still happy he didn't have rabies et cetera, haha!

Speaking of vaccinations, I think you're fine if you already have got your basic vaccinations like tetanus or Hepatitis etc. Personally I think that Malaria warnings in Asia are absolutely overpanicked. If you only worry about possible (but unlikely) illnesses, you simply can't enjoy your travels.

vas wrote:

Sadly the Hiroshima epicentre "I have real pictures taken here just after the war my fathers uncle was a Japanese pow on his way home he visited Hiroshima" his pictures are a stark contrast.


You should definitely visit Hiroshima or Nagasaki one day - both are definitely worth a visit and both atom bomb museums are a must-visit. I think everyone should have such an interesting insight into nuclear warfare, since we still face that issue up to today.

But both cities also offer lots of daytrip options and are anyway convenient places to stay. Thumbs Up

Sensi wrote:

Muri, I'm intrigued by the manga cafe accomodation. You were able to sleep there in such small cabin?


Yes indeed, in fact I really enjoyed my stay there! The mattress is comfy enough, it's pretty quiet, you've got your own PC and - the best - there are even free soft drinks and even coffee for refill! Of course the manga books are in Japanese only, but you can still read them online at Mangafox et cetera.

Furthermore you can also use the shower for about 100 Yen and facilities such as toilets et cetera are freely available.

I think everyone visiting Japan should at least try once a Manga café and capsule hotel, since both are quite cheap and absolutely unique! Some capsule hotels even have their own Sento baths and saunas, so you can combine both experiences.
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