Japanese have an endearing affection with mountains. In fact, anything that involves mountain climbing can quickly brighten their mood. No matter the size of the mountain (big or small), you’ll surely get a positive reaction when such a topic gets in the conversation. They even have a Mountain day (Yama no Hi), which is celebrated annually on the 11th of August. If that isn’t a testament of how much they love and adore their mountains then I don’t what is.
Sea of clouds, Pinoy Gaijin in Fuji-san 2017
I love mountain climbing myself. As a matter of fact, I have climbed Mt Fuji in 2017. It was a surreal and otherworldly experience. The trek going up the peak is a laborious one, but once you get in there, the view of the sunrise at the summit will definitely take your breath away. That’s why I highly recommend you go on hiking at least once in your lifetime. Nonetheless, I’m pretty sure once you get to partake in it you’ll never going to stop. It’s addicting, albeit a healthy one.
If you are planning to get into mountain climbing or if you are a seasoned one, and are looking for the best mountains to climb in Japan, you are definitely in the right place (or blog?). Here are the best mountains to climb in Japan:
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Summers in Japan are some of the hottest I’ve experienced in my lifetime. The season officially starts from June until through August. The combination of hot and humid weather can make you soak in wet the moment you step out from your house.
Dreaming of being at the beach, while being kissed by the sun with winds coming from the sea, is a thought that we all want to experience while the summer season is still in. Whether you want to get yourself refreshed by soking yourself in hot sea water or you just want to have some relaxation by basking in the sun while simultaneously reading a book, then a trip to a beach is a must.
If you are looking for ways to enjoy your summer in Japan and experience one of a kind relaxation by visiting beaches near Tokyo, then you come at the right place.
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This pandemic creates havoc since January till the present that made the world halted at some point. The virus is still there and cases are rising and falling but had no plans of slowing down especially in big metropolis like Tokyo. Its very important to know where to get help when you suspect you might got COVID base on the known systems.
The Metro Tokyo Government had a guideline on how to get help. Please follow below.
You are experiencing symptoms and have a primary care doctor
- If you are pregnant or at higher risk for serious illness (elderly, receiving dialysis, taking immunosuppressive or anti-cancer medication, or have an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or respiratory disease such as COPD), call immediately. For others, call after 4 days of continued symptoms.
- Severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, severe sense of fatigue, or high fever If you think your symptoms are severe, or you are taking and need to remain on an antipyretic, call immediately.
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Health is an important aspect of one’s wellbeing. A good health means a person can perform optimally on a given task, be it at work, school, or sports. Getting sick however, is a reality that we all go through at least some few times in our lifetime. That’s why an access to proper medical facilities is tantamount to you getting the adequate healthcare you need so you can recover fast.
Being sick in your own country is a totally different experience compared to being sick in a foreign one. There are so many factors that can affect your overall experience, especially with how you’ll navigate your way through that country’s healthcare system. Add to that problem are the issues you’ll encounter such as unfamiliar customs and language barrier. If you happen to live in a foreign country, particularly Japan, then you are in the right place. I’m going to share with you some tips and tricks on how you can ease your way through in finding a good doctor in Japan.
Japanese healthcare system overview for a foreigner
It is mandatory in Japan to get yourself enrolled in the Japanese healthcare insurance system particularly when you’ve been residing here for longer than 3 months. Even if you are already covered by your insurance company in your country of origin, you still have to get yourself enrolled in their healthcare insurance system.
If you have a full time job, most likely, your employer will process your health insurance in which part of your salary will be deducted in order to pay for it. Consequently, if you are self-employed or not working you’ll be required to get yourself enrolled in Japan’s National Health Insurance. You can process the application at any local city hall near you.
Once you successfully get yourself registered in their healthcare insurance system, when you visit a doctor you’ll pay more or less 30 percent of the actual amount. Concurrently, the govt will shoulder the remaining 70 percent of the remaining balance. And don’t forget to always bring yourself with you your health insurance card since they’ll ask you to present it if you are visiting for an appointment.
How to set an appointment with a doctor
- Once you find a nearest health care facility/ Clinic/ Hospital, call them and set for an appointment. Usually, clinics in Japan don’t accept walk in patients.
- Be on time on your schedule, otherwise they will give your slot to the next patient.
- Register at the information; fill out the forms for clinic records. Show your medical insurance card.
- Ask for a bilingual doctor if you can’t understand Japanese.
- Wait for your number to be called. Then the waiting game begins (approximately 30min-1hr of waiting before your name gets called).
- Once your name is called to see the doctor, be meticulous in detailing your condition as much as you can.
- When you’re done talking with your doctor, they’ll prescribe a medicine and will ask you to go back to information desk.
- Pay your medical consultation fee and get the medicine slip. You can also ask for a medical certificate if you need one. And that’s it, you’re done with your appointment.