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Hidden Japan


First time travellers to Japan often think all the best parts of Japan start and end with Tokyo. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Japan is a treasure trove of wonders waiting to be discovered, whether you’re a returning traveller looking to uncover somewhere new, or a bold first time traveller looking to escape the city.

Road trip across snowy Hokkaido, relax at a secluded mountain temple, cycle Japan’s shimmering inland sea and befriend a stranger at a castle overlooking a city. These are the places and experiences that turn a simple holiday, into the trip of a lifetime.

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I Drove to Japan's Snowiest Town | Winter Road Trip Feat. @CDawgVA

Japan's Snow Monkeys are famous the world over located deep in snow territory. On this Wacky Weekend we explore sake vending machines, venture into a creepy tunnel and meet the monkeys face to face! ...

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24 Hours in AKITA | 4 Things to do in Japan's CHICKEN Capital

Akita is home to Japan's most luxurious chicken called Hinai Jidori. We go in search of the juiciest chicken, the cutest Akita dogs and the scariest monsters in Japan on our road trip across the region!...

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Inside Japan's WORST Hotel Room | Feat. @CDawgVA

Japan's hotels are typically amongst the cleanest in the world. This one wasn't. As Connor and I head off for a Wacky Weekend around Shikoku, we confront a terrifying bridge, a village inhabited by 350 scarecrows and the worst hotel room in J...

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I Spent 48 Hours on a Japanese DESERT Island

Japan has 6,852 islands. Around 430 are inhabited, but that number grows fewer each year. We sail out into the Sea of Japan to spend 48 hours on Tobishima Island in search of long lost 8th century treasure armed with questionable equipment....

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Inside Japan's SLEEPER Train | $160 FIRST CLASS Room

Japan's overnight sleeper train is stunning. We ride 11 hours & 600km from Tokyo to Tottori on the Sunrise Express in search of the Tottori sand dune desert. FEAT. Natsuki who's on extended holiday after Journey Across Japan....

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24 Hours in Nagasaki | 6 Things to do in Japan's Hidden City

Nagasaki is hidden away on Japan's southern coast. We explore the abandoned Gunkanjima Island, enjoy mouthwatering street food and bring back Dr Jelly one last time....

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What ¥1,000 Buys You in Japan's No.1 Dollar Store

1,000 yen can go a long way in Japan's no.1 dollar store. With stunning views of Mount Fuji, the greatest car gadgets ever devised and Japan's cutest volcano, Joey and I end our odyssey through the Japanese Alps. EPISODE 6 in our blockbuster ...

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I Spent a Day in Japan's Biggest British Theme Park

Not far from Mount Fuji is Japan's biggest British theme park; a park so large it has its own working railway! This week on Journey Across Japan we visit the most iconic viewing point of Mount Fuji, wander the streets of a British theme park and ...

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I Rented an ENTIRE Japanese Capsule Hotel | $500 Room Tour

Japanese Capsule Hotels are an experience everyone needs to have. (Only once). This week we escape from a Typhoon by staying in our own capsule hotel, and find ourselves lost in the tomb of Japan's largest pyramid (yes, seriously). EPISODE 4 in o...

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Inside a PRIVATE Japanese Hot Spring Hotel Room | 1,000 Year Old Bath

Japanese Hot Springs (Onsen) can't be beat. This week we produce a Japanese commercial in a single day, walk the streets of Takayama and hop in a private bath as we continue our Journey Across Japan. EPISODE 3 in our blockbuster 6 part series!...

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I Tried Japan's WORST Food (So You Don't Have To)

Japanese cuisine boasts the most delicious food on the planet. BUT there are spectacular exceptions. Continuing our Journey Across Japan, we find the worst food in Japan, stay in a log cabin and discover an incredibly creepy location. EPISODE 2 in ou...

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Inside an ABANDONED Japanese Love Hotel

Love hotels are big business in Japan. But not all stay open forever. As we begin our Journey Across Japan from Tokyo to Mount Fuji, we get lost in a quarry, stumble across an abandoned love hotel and taste Fish & Chip Pringles. EPISODE 1 in our bloc...

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What Driving in Japan is REALLY Like

Driving across Japan can be a lot of fun. Now that I've bought a new car it's time to go on a road trip from coast to coast in search of adventure and mayhem. ...

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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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Relaxing in a Japanese Hot Spring | 24 Hours in Kagoshima

Kagoshima is a hot spring wonderland and having arrived at our final destination, we explore a public bath house, a unique martial art and the award winning Wagyu beef as we finish Journey Across Japan. (I can't believe it either). ...

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24 Hours in Fukuoka | Japan's Ramen Capital

Fukuoka is home to Tonkotsu Pork ramen, known as Hakata Ramen. In this episode of Journey Across Japan we spend 24 hours eating ramen, seeing Japan's biggest bronze statue and diving into the nightlife....

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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 Made Friends with a Stranger at Japan's Oldest Hot Spring

Meeting strangers is half the fun of travelling. On my 2,000km Journey Across Japan, I arrive in the city of Matsuyama, where a friendly Japanese woman takes me under her wing for the day....

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Japan's Most Expensive Tuna | $3.1Million Catch

In January 2019 a single tuna was sold for a staggering $3.1m. The week before I set off for my 2,000km cycle across Japan, we set off to north Honshu, where all of Japan's most prized tuna is sourced, to watch them get caught firsthand....

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24 Hours in Japan's Inland Sea Paradise | Shimanami Kaido

The Shimanami Kaido cycle across Japan's Inland Sea is the most beautiful place in the country. The cycle route across the chain of islands that span it, is the best way to experience it. Even if it's one brutal undertaking on par with Mount ...

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I Tried Being Vegan in Japan for a Day

I attempted to be a vegan for a day. It wasn't an overly fun experience, but at least I got to do it in the town they call the "Venice of Japan". And so our 2,000km Journey Across Japan continues....

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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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Eating Brunch at a Japanese Market | Kanazawa Street Food

Kanazawa city! We enjoy a 5 course brunch of Japanese street food at one of Japan's greatest markets on Day 12 of our Journey Across Japan....

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I Got Stuck on a Japanese Mountain

Cycling in the Japanese countryside is an absolute joy - until your bike goes wrong. On Day 11 of Journey Across Japan, we get stuck on a mountain and I suffer my first crash....

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Mount Fuji RUINED My Day

Mount Fuji is a spectacular wonder to behold. We head to Lake Kawaguchi at the base of the mountain to get a glimpse....

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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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Is this Japan's Most Mouthwatering Ramen?

Ramen is one of Japan's best loved dishes. We're off to Kitakata, where the dish has shaped the towns identity. 日本語字幕付!...

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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. ...