Hitchhiking in Japan solo female traveller experience and Sakata living mummies + Maiko & Geisha house !
(Which i forgot in the temple in sakata later on ) .
From there i had to walk a bit as it was a corner , i held sign in my right arm pointing to drivers but walked straight so drivers could see only my back . I wasnt really hitching at that stage , just walking around the corner , i was surprised when a white car pulled over . Inside was male in his late 20ties looking bit punk and listening to some rock like music , car was expensive , and he looked super chilled , i decided to jump in . This man spoko nothing in English .. I mean zero , nul , none , nada ... So we spoke by writing . I would draw my answer and he would understand and draw his ! I fould out that he is not married , no children or gielfriend . He is 29 hears old , works something with roofs and his car is year 2012 and spends only 2 L of fuel on 100 km ,its Toyota . The reason i know about car is that it had battery + fuel . I always wondered about it .
He typed in his GPS a temple i was going to and brought me straight there . I thanked him and left , It was a little bit akward with language barier, but it worked !
From there i explored Sakata (More in next post )
Then at 3PM i decided to hicthhike back . Did not want to stay in the dark . From sakata to good hitch hiking spot is a long distance , maybe like 3-5 km , i tried everywhere , but too much traffic .
First car i got was not going to shinjo , just half was . I was a housewife with 1year old baby . Her car was amazing , with sliding doors and tv inside (she was watching Japanese Michael Jackson (Thats what she calls him)
She gave cookies and drove me half way , from there i tried for a bit , but no luck , after a while a car stopped very far from me , i thought that its not for me, then i see girl walking my direction and waving ! They were family .Mom and 2 daughters (Looks like having 2 daugthers in Japan is common ) .
They said they can drive me to Shinjo , but after longer talking turns out the were going ot Murayama . Exactly where i need to go ! I was on for the ride .
But this hitch was different , They visited grandmas house like 20 away from Shinjo and took me with them , so funny and then drove me to the doorstep ! Amazing . It was so funny , they drove in forest , more and more and more and i already thought , could the serial killer be an adorable family with 2 daughter .. Then i see village in maintains .. Guess NOT - is my answer !
Mom was a dentist and daughters was a writer and bank work !
So i had a great time hitch hiking ! 4 cars and ~200 km . Day trip to Sakata . Next 3 holy mountains !