He also considers it his biggest adventure. "...I went to Japan for the first time but alone. And I was really scared. I was terrified. But yeah, I went to Japan by myself. And I stayed there for a week. I went around to different places by myself and no one spoke English. It was really scary but it was a fun adventure."
James added: "I was very stressed out. I wanted to get away from the Philippines. This was like maybe 2016 or 2015."
Since that fateful trip, James has frequented Japan with his girlfriend Nadine Lustre and their family and friends, especially during the Halloween season.
This is not the first time James has opened up about feeling the pressures of showbiz. During an interview in Tonight With Boy Abunda, he talked about wanting to quit the industry and how Nadine helped him get through the "darkest time" of his life when he was going through depression.
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.