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Escapes


Most tourists visiting Japan stay in Tokyo, often missing out so much the country has to offer. Whether that’s other incredible cities each rich in culture such as the vibrant southern cities of Matsuyama, Kagoshima and Hiroshima or the snowy countryside regions of Hokkaido and Tohoku.

Maybe you want to escape to a remote mountain temple in Yamagata, adventure across the luscious islands of Japan’s inland sea by bicycle or sail to the mysterious island of Sado off the coast of Niigata. Whether it’s a city, an island or a secretive spot in between, here you’ll find inspiration for travel destinations you never knew existed, but will someday feel compelled to visit.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Japanese Sake Vending Machines Are Amazing

Sake Vending Machines are the ultimate reward for Day Three of our journey, as I face my toughest challenge yet....

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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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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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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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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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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 Stunning Onsen | Hot Spring

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

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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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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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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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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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Two Weeks More in Japan | Ultimate Itinerary Discussed

Chris and Pete return and they've planned out a very different route through Northern Japan. ...

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2 weeks in Japan | Ultimate Travel Itinerary

Chris gives us his best itinerary ideas for a couple of weeks in Japan. Warning: contains Tokyo bananas....