I really like Japan and would love to spend more time there (I know it’s expensive!), but I generally dislike the stereotypical Asian city (aka soulless concrete jungles).
To define what I consider “cool”, I really like those young, laid-back, green and open places, where you can bike around and sit outside and meet people, even better with mountains, forests or beaches in range.
I haven’t been to Tokyo (I just supposed it would be too big to fit my expectations), but there might be some good areas there. So far Matsuyama was the closest I found to a “cool” place in Japan. I’ve met loads of laid-back “anti-culture” people and even hardcore hippies from Japan, so I’m sure they must gather somewhere
Anyone has some hints where to find a place like this? Or a recommendation of a nice area in one of the big cities?