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Experiences


Wake up at 5am and grab a plate of freshly prepared sushi from Tsukiji market, then shop the streets of Akihabara electric town. Then grab a bullet train to north Japan and stay in a hot spring or retreat to a sacred mountain temple hidden beneath the snow. Taste the finest Wagyu beef in the country, or the most dangerous dish in the world, or escape to the blissful shores of the Mysterious Island of Sado.

The best trips are those with the stories you can tell when you return home, and the memories of the people, scenery and cuisine you immersed yourself in along the way. Here you’ll find ideas to turn your trip of a lifetime, into the experience of a lifetime.

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Inside Japan's Most Expensive Bullet Train | $750 Seat

Japan's Bullet Trains are a joy to travel on. Stylish, luxurious and futuristic, we ride inside the premium-first class cabin for the first time and experience railway travel on another level....

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48 Hours at Japan's Biggest Snow Festival

Sapporo snow festival is one of Japan's most popular annual events, but does it live up to the hype? We spent 48 hours in the city, eating, drinking and getting serenaded by random people....

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How Does Japan's Rarest Sake Taste?

Sake is one of the most delicate and prized beverages in the world. We travel deep into the Japanese countryside in search of one of the rarest varieties of sake (Doburoku), to brew it for ourselves and discover how it tastes. ...

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Japan's Most Dangerous Obsession Explained | Drift Racing

Japan's street racing subculture can often feels at odds with Japan's image. We take a look at Drifting and visit the country's biggest drifting circuit to understand why it's popular and to try it for ourselves....

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I Spent a Week with Japan's Biggest Rock Star

I spent an amazing week with Japanese rock legend Hyde (of L'arc en Ciel fame), getting to know the man behind the mask and helping my good friend Natsuki's dream come true....

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Climbing Mount Fuji | 8 Hours of Hell

Climbing Mount Fuji: In August, a friend and I climbed Mt Fuji. The climb was worth it for the amazing Fuji sunrise and for that I recommend it. ...

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6 Must Try Japanese Dishes in Tokyo | Tsukiji Street Food

Tokyo Tsukiji market is home to mouthwatering street food. We wander through and uncover many of the must try dishes in the world famous market....

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I Tried Japanese Language School for a Day in Tokyo

Japanese language schools are one of the most popular pathways into Japan. I spend a day in the classroom and try not to make a fool of myself....

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12 Things You Should Know Before Coming to Japan

Travelling to Japan can be daunting. Make sure you go prepared with this list of tips to help you get the most out of your trip!...

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What Owning a Love Hotel in Japan is Like

Love hotels are big business in Japan, worth an estimated $40bn to the economy. For the first time ever we take a look behind the scenes of a love hotel and meet the charismatic owner who's built his world around the business....

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What to do in Hiroshima & Miyajima | 6 Must Try Travel Ideas

Hiroshima and Miyajima Island are essential places to visit on a trip to Japan. We pass through the city in search of Okonomiyaki pancakes, Itsukushima Shrine and Japan's first Pizza vending machine! Joined by awesome friend and Japan first timer...

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I Ate Japan's Deadliest Dish | Poisonous Blowfish (Fugu)

Blowfish (Fugu) isn't a delicacy to be taken lightly, given that the poison within the fish can cause paralysis. Ryotaro and I travelled to Yamaguchi - Japan's home of Fugu - to see the dish being prepared and to taste it for the first time....

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Why Himeji is Japan's Greatest Castle

Himeji Castle is Japan's most famous castle; but does it live up to the hype? Ryotaro and I visit for the first time as we continue our Journey Across Japan, visiting the world's largest suspension bridge along the way. ...

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24 Hours in Osaka | 6 Things to do in Japan's Nightlife Capital

Osaka is Japan's nightlife capital; a vibrant city home to amazing food and people. On Day 17 of Journey Across Japan we spend a night out taking in the city! Leave us a LIKE if you enjoyed joining our night out!...

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24 Hours in Kyoto | Japan's Best Monkey Park

Kyoto Monkey Park is loved by all. We make our way through it and uncover the mysterious monster street on Day 16 of Journey Across Japan with Pete Donaldson....

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I Got Lost in Kyoto with only a Paper Map

Kyoto is difficult to navigate with Google Maps, let alone using a paper map. On Day 15 of Journey Across Japan we get lost in Kyoto....

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Inside a Haunted Abandoned Japanese Tunnel

Japan is littered with eerie abandoned sites and in Day 5 of my cycle, Joey the Animeman challenges me to enter and explore one....

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Eating a Mountain of Crispy Japanese Fried Chicken

Crispy Karaage Fried Chicken is one of Japan's greatest dishes and on Day 4 of our trip across Japan, I'm challenged to eat a mountain of the stuff....

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24 Hours in SENDAI | 10 Things You Need To Do

We explore Sendai city and nearby Matsushima Bay for 10 things you can do in the area in just 24 hours!...

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Japanese Mountain Training | 24 Hours of Hell

We visit the sacred mountains of Yudono and Gassan to undertake Yamabushi mountain training....

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Japan's Biggest Gaming Obsession Explained | Pachinko

Pachinko is Japan's biggest game. And yet many people overseas have never even heard of it. ...

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We Ate the World's Largest Dumpling | Tokyo

5.5 pounds of Gyoza dumpling. Two people foolish enough to try it. To Tokyo!...

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Escaping to a Secluded Japanese Mountain

People often romanticise the idea of retreating to a secluded mountain, to a temple or shrine. Now I can see why. (Even if the tranquility is somewhat disturbed by the presence of Ryotaro)....

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48 hours in Hokkaido | Road Trip Across Japan

Let's discover Hokkaido by hopping in a car and going on a road trip across its stunning landscape. ...

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Staying at 1,000 Year Old Japanese Hot Spring Resort

Japanese hot spring towns are the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the seasons. Let's drink things and dive into an onsen....

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Tasting a Japanese Horse Meat Barbecue

Horse meat is a popular dish in Japan. We're going to try one of the most famous cuts in the country in the northern prefecture of Aomori. ...

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5 Must Try Meat Dishes in Japan

Japanese food is glorious; especially when it comes to meat dishes. We explore five popular Japanese meat dishes you need to to try....

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48 Hours in Sapporo | 6 Things to do in Hokkaido's Capital

Sapporo in Hokkaido is Japan's most northern major city. We go and explore it in search of the cuisine and fun things to do! ...

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6 Must Try Japanese Dishes in Aomori

Discover six must try Japanese dishes in Aomori prefecture....

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5 Things to do in Akihabara | Tokyo

Akihabara is one of Tokyo's most popular destinations. We go in search of the best the area has to offer....

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Staying on Japan's Most Mysterious Island | Sado

Sado Island: We travel out into the sea of Japan to the island of Sado for the weekend....

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Staying at a Tokyo Capsule Hotel

Capsule hotels in Japan are dream come true for budget travellers - particularly in upmarket Ginza in Tokyo....

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Japan's Biggest Morning Market

Japan's biggest morning market is a culinary wonderland....

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6 Must Try Japanese Foods | Iwate

We discover six must try Japanese dishes in Iwate prefecture....

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Japan's Most Expensive Beef | Wagyu

Wagyu (和牛肉) literally means "Japanese beef". MATSUSAKA wagyu is hailed as the greatest beef in Japan and we went to try it firsthand....

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Monster Ramen Challenge | Akihabara, Tokyo

MEGA PORK RAMEN: On a trip to Akihabara in Tokyo, we went head to head to see who could finish a ridiculous mountain of ramen first....

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Japan's Most Stunning Onsen | Hot Spring

Japanese onsen (hot springs) don't come much better than this. ...

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North Japan's Most Scenic Spot | Geibikei Gorge

I've never felt so relaxed in all my life....

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Okinawa | Japan's Ultimate Getaway | What to Do

I waited 4 years before going to Okinawa. Honestly, I'm not sure why - if I'd known about it sooner, I probably would have gone there every year. Witness Japan's best beaches, snake sake, and the most beautiful waters in the world....

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Experiencing Japan's Biggest Annual Event | Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry Blossom (Sakura) season is a such a huge deal Japan that 60% of the population takes part. This year my friend Ryotaro and I threw ourselves into the festivities at one of the best viewing spots in north Japan....

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Skiing at Japan's Funnest Resort

Skiing in Aizu, Japan! Adventure. Excitement. Swedish Pirates: In the last few months of ski season my friend Ryotaro and I decided to travel to a prominent ski resort in north Japan. It was quite the trip with skiing, snowmobiles, ice fishing and a ...

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How to Suck at Pottery

This video was a tie up with Kasama city. Went out with some friends on a trip to Kasama in Ibaraki and decided to make a casual vlog along on the way. Witness some fine pottery skills and a terrifying robot parrot from your nightmares....

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Staying at a Traditional Japanese Inn & Hot Spring | Ryokan

Staying at a Japanese Inn (Ryokan) and relaxing in a hot spring (Onsen) are two of the greatest experiences you can enjoy in Japan. The third is eating Wagyu Beef. So let's see all three in one video....

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Tokyo's Freshest Sushi | Tsukiji Fishmarket

Tsukiji is the world's largest fish market (It's real sushi - not that awful stuff you get off of a conveyor belt)....

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How much is Japan's most expensive train?

Chris asks the question that’s on everyone’s lips… do you have HIGH ENERGY? And we tear through your messages, still warm from the fax machine. ...

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Why climbing Mount Fuji isn't fun!

Even with those funky little sticks people seem to enjoy using. ...