Everyone has spirit guides that watch over you and guide you. You simply have to acknowledge them and tune in. You can call them whatever you want as well. They have lived the human experience and know what's up. They are your spiritual guidance counselors, GPS, and overall BFFS. I have called on my spirit guide numerous times while traveling the southern cities in Japan. These cities are considered the more "laid back" parts of Japan. They can also attract more "laid back" travelers and locals. You can define it as you wish. I've pretty much written about the types that I've run into though. The male car honker is one that I can't stand. Yes you'll hear honks in Japan too! I also came across someone who blasted their hip hop music loud as they passed me. Seriously? Japan too? I'm Not Interested!!! Intellectuals and Talented Men Only for this gal! You know what...Just Kpoppers Only! lol I still have you know who spirit around me too! You gotta put it out there Ladies and Gents to keep the "extras" away! Oiiiieee... lol
Anyhoo, here is what I've learned so far though...
* Stay in the Off Season - You get more space in accommodations, more upgrades, and more room to move around for touring. You may have to head out during an overcast drizzly day for some touring. Just throw on a convenience store neck scarf, gloves, hat, shoes or slippers, winter dust mask, and enjoy!
* Stay around Locals - Japan's cities and tourists can be loud! I really went in thinking everyone was Zen in Japan. Nope! lol However, the side streets, local residences, etc can be quiet! :)
* Get lost - You can always use public transportation if that's your thing. I simply prefer walking in Japan. You may get lost on your way if you're not paying attention to a map guide. I appreciated my spirit guide for it though. She knew what she was doing. She wanted me to get some exercise, check out the fall foliage (it arrives late in southern cities of Japan), enjoy a little rain drizzle, and finally get some photos of Japan to share with others. I didn't even know some of these areas existed among the city streets!
* Enjoy Quiet Areas - Libraries, Symphony Halls, Upscale Shopping Centers, etc are all great places to bide some time. The ACROS arts/symphony/shopping/eating center was a lovely and quiet visit. I spent my childhood in places like these thinking they were boring. I feel at home in my later years. It reminded me of Korea for a bit with the classical music playing and hearing Korean in some areas. Some Koreans seem to gravitate towards similar places. The lovely Fall foliage and step garden architecture was captured without much effort!