Me and the missus were on our honeymoon, and we basically drove all over Hokkaido. One of the things we discovered about ourselves during our honeymoon (unfortunately) is that we really, really don’t like small towns. We’re fine in either huge bustling conurbations or tiny hamlets (in 2 day doses) but small towns just… bleh.
How do you live in a small town? There aren’t nice shops around, food is kinda so-so and the variety is really limited, and I can’t imagine that there are many more jobs in Kitami (population 126,508) than in Tokyo. Public transport is practically non-existant, barely any entertainment or nightlife to speak of, and it’s not even any cheaper than in big cities!
I suppose I’m a bit biased, having grown up in Singapore and only lived in London briefly. So, to people who prefer to live in small towns, why do you prefer to live in small towns?