The year abroad adventures of a Scottish otaku in the North of Japan

This is my little blog about my adventures into the wilds of Japan (Akita to be exact). It’ll detail all my misadventures, interesting facts and photos, and any useful information I can pass on to future travellers.

5 Comment(s)

  1. bunsongpayat

    January 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Hey!, I would be visiting Akita this coming April. Just in case, may I ask you the best places to visit there and maybe you can recommend a place to stay?

    • ghibligirl93

      January 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Hi there,
      I’m afraid I probably won’t be very useful with the question of where to stay, but there are some wonderful places you can visit in Akita. In April, you should get the beautiful cherry blossoms so the scenery should be even better. Some good places to see them include Kakunodate (an old samurai village). Lake Tazawa is also a lovely place to visit – the water is really clear andt here is some beautiful mountain scenery (they may even have snow on them, still)! You could also take a trip up to The Oga peninsula for some sea views, or over to the Yuzawa geopark, which has some tourist spots that are still volcanically active. While you can get to them using public transport, it’s a bit annoying. If you are able to rent a car, or make friends with someone who can drive, that would be your best bet – I’m afraid Akita’s public transport isn’t very useful!

  2. fiobros

    August 13, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Hey there! I’m moving to Akita next Sunday to begin studies at AIU for a year- any tips for a student? I love your blog by the way, I’m currently working through all your posts!

    • ghibligirl93

      August 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Oh wow! I just got back yesterday, missing it already! One tip I have is, clothes are important. If you’re there for the whole year, you’re going to have to deal with all seasons! As for other things, on the first two days the student council runs a flea market where you can buy all the things you need for your apartment really cheaply (they’re all donated by people who’ve left, there’s a whole bunch of my stuff there). So don’t worry too much about buying cooking bits, etc. If you’re a booky person, don’t bother bringing them. There are loads of English language books in the library. When you get there, get out and about. There are loads of places for walking around campus (watch out for the spiders). Also, get as involved as you can – AIU is a small campus, so you will be able to meet people easily. Join a club, go on trips, do the COS (volunteer) activities. It’s going to be a brilliant year, so have fun!

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