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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 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. ...

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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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Japanese Nightlife Etiquette | Beginner's Guide

Japanese nightlife etiquette can be a bit intimidating when visiting Japan for the first time. We go over some useful tips for first time visitors....

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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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Where's the Best Place to Live in Japan? City vs. Countryside

Japanese city life and country life are a world apart. In this video I discuss my experiences of both lifestyles and weigh up the pros and cons....

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6 Must Try Japanese Dishes in Aomori

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

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Why Japan is the Snow Capital of the World

We visit Fox Village and enjoy snow whilst nearly getting frostbite in a horrific blizzard....

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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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Japan's Biggest Morning Market

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

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Meeting a Japanese Mummy | Fukushima

We come face to face with Japan's best preserved Mummy....

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6 Must Try Japanese Foods | Iwate

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

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The Village in Japan Where they Believe Jesus Died

We visit a town in north Japan where the locals genuinely believe Jesus visited and was ultimately laid to rest....

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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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HAVING AN IDENTITY CRISIS at Japan's Deepest Lake

Hashtag retweet loads of fun....

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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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Wandering through the Aokigahara Forest | Japan

The Aokigahara Forest (青木ヶ原) , or "Suicide Forest" has an infamous reputation for being a suicide hotspot and in recent years, it's received global attention to numerous films, documentaries and articles. ...

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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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Can the introverted thrive in rural Japan?

Still very much topless, Pete hands more of your fax machine questions to Christoper-chan! ...

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Why climbing Mount Fuji isn't fun!

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

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The cabin in the woods

Pete and Chris are back on the pod trail, and they're oddly enough stuck halfway up a mountain in a spooky cabin in Kobe! Who will get eaten first?...