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Ryotaro


Chris "Abroad" in Japan and his trusty untrustworthy sidekick Ryotaro explore Japan. From secluded mountain temples and remote islands, to mouthwatering dishes, remarkable people and weird, bizarre and breathtaking locales, the series is quite possibly the best way to experience Japan outside of setting foot in Japan itself. Just watch out for Ryotaro's attempts to assassinate Chris.

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Japan’s answer to James Bond has lived in more countries than you have fingers, with stints in America, the UK and Australia to name a few. Fluent in English with an accent that sounds like Christopher Walken fused with East London, Ryotaro is the Abroad in Japan channel’s cheeky Japan Expert. Having met at a party in Sendai and struck up a friendship through their love of Fish and Chips, Ryotaro and Chris’ friendship gets progressively worse with each episode, with Ryotaro’s sordid attempts to kill Chris at every turn.
 His adventures with Chris around Japan’s hidden regions have been watched by millions around the world and as a resident of Tohoku in north Japan, he’ll stop at nothing to help build it on the map by showcasing the weird, wacky and wonderful things the region has to offer - all the while, continuing to assassinate Chris by any means necessary.

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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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25 Useful Japanese Words for Everyday Conversation

You'll hear these 25 Japanese words pretty much every day in Japan - so it's worth knowing them. We wander through Tokyo for the day, using them in natural situations and discuss what they mean and how they're used. (Featuring Natsuki & h...

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10 Things to do Around Tokyo Station | Travel Guide

Tokyo station has a lot going on. We uncover 10 things to do around Tokyo station - one of the biggest stations on earth - as we eat, drink, shop and even exercise our way through the city. Featuring Ryotaro, Japan's foremost expert on everything...

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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 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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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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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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Meeting the Coolest Man in Japan

We go in search of one of Japan's most famous Jazz clubs to meet a man some have called the coolest guy in Japan....

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Is Japanese Vegan Food Actually Good?

Vegan food in Japan can be harder to find than you'd think....

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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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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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What does a $3000 Japanese Hotel Room look like?

Japanese hotel rooms are usually tragically small. This one certainly isn't. Locations visited listed below!...

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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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Japanese Idol Girls Ruined by Marmite & Liqourice

Head to head with Japanese Idols girls in a battle to the almost death, things get a bit unpleasant. Thanks to Kissbee Samurai Girls for taking part in the mayhem....

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Japan's Biggest Morning Market

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

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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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Japan's Most Stunning Onsen | Hot Spring

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

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Travelling Japan in Style | 500km in 3 Days

This week we travel 500km across north Japan in style....

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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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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....