Not every tour or memory you have are going to be memorable while visiting a country. While the times I have been to Japan have been amazing, there have been parts of the trips that have not lived up to the hype. This is probably the worst time I had while visiting Japan (back in 2017).
The first time I went to Japan was in 2017 and after an incredible 2019 trip, I know this was the worst time I had while visiting the country. I had barely slept the night before I went on my big Japan tour, I was nervous, and just had no idea what I was doing. I had planned and researched the trip until I felt like I had seen and prepared for it all, but I was surprised.
I had a buffet breakfast near the hotel and it was pretty bad that first full morning in Japan. The food quality was awful and I stuck out like a sore thumb and I felt like everyone was watching this foreign guy attempt to figure out what everything was at the buffet. I remember barely finding anything to eat after spending too much money. I just knew I wanted to get out of there as fast as I could because I just didn’t want to stand out too much. I’m sure no one cared what I was doing, but I just felt so out of place.
I then walked to Mori Tower and was too early (the placed was closed), which was annoying and of course, being exhausted didn’t help. So I made my way to a McDonald’s to find a cup of coffee because nothing was really open and not knowing any kind of Japanese, it was probably the only thing I could recognize and at least order something to drink. It was lonely, sitting by myself in a McDonald’s in Roppongi drinking an awful coffee trying to figure out what I was actually doing at this point.
I decided to make the decision to head back to the hotel, get my phone recharged, go back through my notes, and get my act together. It had been a failure to go out and explore Tokyo for an early morning but I was able to make the best of it after that and had an incredible trip. It was just that first day (morning in specific) that was the lowest I had been in both moral and excitement. Being anxious and nervous did me no good and kind of set me back for at least a half day. I was able to shake it off and get back to the trip and had a great time.
So no matter how much you research and prepare, low points can happen, no matter who you are.