Greater Than a Tourist- Hekinan City Aichi Prefecture Japan

Greater Than a Tourist- Hekinan City Aichi Prefecture Japan

50 Travel Tips from a Local

Bree Crandy

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try
something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If
you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than
a Tourist book is for you. Greater Than a Tourist- Hekinan City,
Aichi Prefecture, Japan by Bree Crandy offers the inside scoop on
small-town, rural Japan. Most travel books tell you how to travel
like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of
the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel
tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination.

In these pages, you will discover advice that will help you
throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses
or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge
from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel
books.

Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to
know the people and culture. By the time you finish this book, you
will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

Inside this travel guide book you will find:

  • Insider tips from a local.
  • Packing and planning list.
  • List of travel questions to ask yourself or others
    while traveling.
  • A place to write your travel bucket list.

INTRODUCTION

“One’s destination is never a
place, but a new way of seeing
things.” -Henry Miller

The first thing to know before coming to Hekinan City
is that Japanese culture is unique, and ensuring that
you’ll have a great experience may require a bit of
mindfulness on your part. Japan is an incredible country
with a rich, enduring culture, nourishing traditional
cuisine, and fascinating history. Comprising several
sprawling metropolises interspersed with a vast number
of small rural cities, towns, and villages, your
experience in Japan will vary greatly depending on
where you go.

Hekinan City is a charming town with friendly people
and a strong sense of local pride. Here you can visit
ancient temples, enjoy fascinating festivals, and get a
taste of small-town, Japanese life. Centrally located on
the eastern coast of Aichi prefecture, about two hours
from Kyoto and less than four hours from Tokyo, it also
offers great access by train to some of Japan’s most
famous sites.

Follow these tips to make the most of your trip and to
truly experience Hekinan City like a local!

COMMON COURTESIES

1. BE POLITE

In Japan, politeness is paramount. Be sure to keep this
in mind as you navigate the city’s sites and shops. You
will generally find people to be very considerate and
thoughtful, and the expectation is that foreign visitors
will respect and follow these social norms as well.
Since definitions of politeness and rudeness are not
universal, there are some simple rules of thumb to
follow.

Bowing is the customary greeting in Japan, and you’ll
likely meet people who are entirely unaccustomed to
shaking hands. Whether being introduced to someone
new or just passing a stranger on the street, the polite
thing to do is to bow.

Another rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t eat or drink
while walking in public, as this is considered rude
behavior. Whether you’ve just purchased a drink from a
vending machine, a snack from a food stall, or a quick
bite from the convenience store, the polite thing to do is
find a place to sit or stand out of the way before
enjoying it. Even standing against a wall just off of the
sidewalk is acceptable, just make sure you finish your
snack before you set off again.

As you will undoubtedly notice, Japan has countless
rules of behavior that contribute to the overall fabric of
daily life. As long as you remember to be kind and
considerate, you should have a great time in Hekinan.

2. REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE

Japan takes recycling seriously, and Hekinan City is
particularly strict in this regard. All said, there are
around twenty different classifications of recyclables
each requiring its own sorting container. Fortunately for
you, there’s no need to worry about all of them unless
you plan to turn your visit into a long-term stay.

The main categories that you will encounter at public
recycling bins are PET bottles, metal cans, and burnable
waste, but some receptacles will also include glass or
hard plastics. These categories are often written in
Japanese characters and are only sometimes
accompanied by illustrations, so don’t be afraid to peek
into the bin to make sure you're using the correct one.

Although Hekinan is a clean town, it might feel like
there is no place to put your garbage. It's not at all
uncommon to explore for hours without ever seeing a
recycling or burnable waste bin, and catchall trash cans
are rare. Just exercise patience; you may have to hold
on to your trash longer than you are used to.

Read all 50 Tips in the book
Greater Than a Tourist- Hekinan City Aichi Prefecture Japan
available at Amazon.

TOP REASONS TO BOOK THIS TRIP

Festivals: The festivals are fun, interesting, and
exciting.

Temples: The temples in Hekinan’s Temple District are
incredible.

Rural Lifestyle: The way of life is peaceful and
fulfilling.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bree is an English Language Specialist, originally
from Las Vegas, Nevada, who has made a career of
traveling and teaching English to students from all over
the world.

After graduating from university following a
semester abroad, she put off her return to the states to
teach English at a private language school in China.
What began as a post-university gap year became a
lifelong endeavor to explore the world through
teaching, learning, and cultural exchange.

In the summer of 2016, Bree moved to Japan with
her partner to embark on what would become a nearly
three-year-long adventure living and working in
Hekinan City. During her time in Japan, she fully
immersed herself in the culture learning the language,
enjoying the food, and embracing the local arts,
customs, and experiences.

Bree loves to read, practice yoga, and explore new
cultures. She maintains a great passion for travel and is
currently embarking on a new adventure in Central
America.

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