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  • [Impact noise] This is like a first person horror game...

  • ...that I don't want to be in.

  • [Natsuki] OHHH, (beep)

  • Desperation, it's a powerful motivator.

  • This is my master plan.

  • Six days, and a thousand kilometres through Japan's most mountainous region,

  • culminating with spectacular views of Mt. Fuji.

  • But why? Why am I so desperate?

  • Well, in the eight years I've lived in Japan,

  • I've still not had a good clear view of Mt. Fuji.

  • Two years ago, I spent three days at the base of the mountain, just waiting, just trying to get a view.

  • And all I got, were a bunch of clouds, and a bucket-load of disappointment.

  • Worse still, nearly every day in the last two years, I've been bullied by viewers, bragging about all the great views of Mt. Fuji they've had.

  • Look at this.

  • "We were only in Japan for two weeks and these were the views we got of Mt. Fuji!!!

  • Please live vicariously through our photo."

  • No! No I won't!

  • And that, is why we're going on Journey Across Japan.

  • We're not going alone either. We are taking Joey the Anime Man.

  • Now I'd like to tell you I've chosen Joey because he's a good friend. But really, that has something to do with revenge as well.

  • You see, two years ago, Joey took me into a dark haunted abandoned tunnel,

  • and ran off with the torch and left me standing there terrified in the darkness.

  • It wasn't pleasant, and I haven't forgotten it. I never forget.

  • And so this is my chance to get revenge back on Joey, and leave him in a cold dark place as well, so he knows what it feels like.

  • So there you have it! This exciting six-day adventure through the stunning mountainous region of central Japan,

  • is built on a foundation of bitterness, resentment and revenge.

  • Welcome to Journey Across Japan: Escape to Mt. Fuji.

  • Journey Across Japan Intro Music

  • [Chris] So here he is, the man of the moment, Joey the Anime Man. Welcome to Journey Across Japan, Joey. How you doing?

  • [Joey] Thank you, I'm good, how are you?

  • -I am so happy, that you are on this journey Joey, I cannot put it into words how happy that I am.

  • -I am also happy that I randomly teleported into your car.

  • -It's magic.

  • -So yeah, Escape to Fuji. Have you ever been to Fuji or seen- You've been to Fuji, but have you seen Fuji?

  • -Well, I've climbed Mt. Fuji, but I've never had that kind of, picturesque, beautiful view of it.

  • -Oh, from a distance?

  • -That you kind of see in postcards and photos.

  • -Oh that's really funny, because I've been to Fuji once, and I got a great view of it-

  • Intense music

  • -I don't know how hard it could be, to just get a view of Fuji.

  • -(unintelligible stuttering) Right, well, we've got six days on this trip, and if we don't see Mt. Fuji, I am going to kill the nearest Australian.

  • -So pray to god Joey that we see Mt. Fuji, for your sake.

  • -Oh, okay, I'm- I'm excited.

  • -But first things first, let's get some breakfast!

  • -I'm starving!

  • -Wahey! Breakfast time!

  • Leaving Tokyo behind, we begin our three-hundred kilometre journey to Yudanaka hot springs in the heart of Nagano prefecture.

  • We're gonna stop off half way in Takasaki City to pick up Natsuki, as he joins us for the first few days of the trip.

  • But first things first, we have the daunting task of discovering our challenge of the day.

  • [Chris] That is a nasty scratch. And it wasn't me!

  • We've rented a Toyota Sienta, it's a slightly bigger car than I've got, my cars a little bit dirty, a little bit too small.

  • I thought there's a chance we may have to sleep inside it, my car wasn't very suitable for that.

  • Anyway, we're joined on this trip by Ian from the previous Journey Across Japan, who's the kind of project co-ordinator guy that smooths things over.

  • And every day of this trip, we're gonna be taking challenges you guys have sent in.

  • Ian's gonna curate three of his favourites, stick them into here,

  • And then we will spin Anpanman and get those challenges.

  • [Joey] *breathless* Jesus Christ-

  • -Good to see you Ian! And also Tokyo Lens Norm is our assistant camera man. They're gonna be in a separate car helping us along this journey.

  • So, what's the first challenge?

  • -Let's find out!

  • -Four thousand challenges you guys have sent in the first week. Four thousand. And I hope it's not too difficult, as I'm very tired.

  • We had to get up at like 7am, to drive out of bloody Tokyo. What we got?

  • -Alright, the very first one is from Calvin A Y, who says, "make a short horror film".

  • -Make a short...

  • -Make a short horror film.

  • -An entire film?!

  • -An entire film in one day.

  • -We've gotta drive like two-hundred kilometres to Nagano today, and we've got to pick up Natsuki this evening-

  • -Oh yeah.

  • -Later on this afternoon. I don't know how we're gonna do it, but we'll see what happens!

  • Alright, Journey Across Japan: Escape to Fuji, let's do it, let's go!

  • [Chris] So Gunma, very famous, strawberry farm, just up the road.

  • Four different types of strawberries from around the world

  • -A whole four?

  • -What do you reckon?

  • -(sigh) I don't know if a strawberry farm is exactly the most optimal place to film a horror movie trailer.

  • I dunno of any horror movies that are set in a strawberry field.

  • -I dunno what strawberry farms you've been to Joey.

  • -Rather than a strawberry farm though, I know of a better place that is actually a lot closer.

  • -Well, we've arrived, somewhere.

  • Not really sure- where are we Joey?

  • We went through the most terrifying-looking forest I've ever seen.

  • -We're at an abandoned stone quarry.

  • -An abandoned quarry?

  • -Yeah.

  • -Which we can't yet see!

  • -Yeah, because it's up in the mountains there.

  • -Brilliant.

  • Are you sure you didn't want to go to the strawberry farm?

  • [Chris] Good god.

  • [Joey] This is insane.

  • This is huge.

  • [Chris] What is this place?

  • Journey Across Japan? More like Indiana Jones.

  • Looks like something out of the X-Files.

  • Like a lost remains of an alien city.

  • [Joey] It's really bizarre to see just how cleanly cut the walls are.

  • It really does look like a lost city.

  • -It does look like a lost city, this was a quarry that they just took- well just a stone quarry.

  • -Yeah, just took rocks basically.

  • -They took rocks! That's what they did!

  • Credit where it's due to you Joey, it does look like a potential location for a horror film.

  • -Absolutely.

  • -So you've struck gold here. It may just be better than the strawberry farm yet.

  • I've talked in the past about haikyo, abandoned buildings in Japan.

  • Very common. Very easy to find in the countryside.

  • But, I've never really come across a place like this.

  • Joey over there. Having fun in the corner.

  • You alright?

  • -(echo) Yeah.

  • -What are you doing Joey?

  • -(echo) Chillin'.

  • -Don't need to make a horror film,

  • It's creepy enough just Joey standing in the corner over there.

  • [Chris] We're now in the inner sanctum of the stone quarry.

  • And what have you discovered?

  • -Look at these platforms here!

  • It straight up looks like a Zelda dungeon.

  • I can see the level design, just *boop boop boop*

  • And then there's a bunch of vases over there

  • And you can hear the *poor imitation of Zelda open chest music*

  • -It's insane, like there's

  • -What, what is that there?

  • -What is it there? There's like three crates

  • And then there's a branch with a rope on

  • For jumping, and like, hooking onto.

  • If there's anyone at Hollywood that wants to bring the new Indiana Jones film to Japan

  • Look no further.

  • -Indiana Jones and the Abandoned Stone Quarry.

  • -(chuckles) That's what the people want.

  • To be fair, it couldn't be much worse than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

  • -Yeah I was about to say! (chuckles)

  • -I'd kind of wiped that from my memory, for all the right reasons.

  • Honestly, what were they thinking?

  • Well we're in the abandoned quarry, there's only one thing left to do now.

  • -What's that?

  • -London Fish and Chip flavoured Pringles!

  • The flavour of London in the palm of my hand!

  • -The fuck is this?!

  • -Pringles have brought out some new flavours

  • This isn't a Pringles sponsorship

  • I'm not sure I'd accept a sponsorship for something

  • as ridiculous as London flavoured Pringles.

  • -Oh dude I'd take a Pringles sponsorship in a heartbeat, are you kidding?

  • -Absolute sellout. Here you are, give that a sniff. What do you reckon?

  • It smells a bit like

  • someone's taken some cardboard and sprayed it with vinegar.

  • -Yeah.

  • [Crunchy noise of Pringles being consumed]

  • I actually like Pringles but

  • but I don't like this one!

  • -It tastes like sour onion flavour, but they went off like three months ago.

  • -Like really sour onion

  • -One to ten?

  • -I'll give it like a two for effort

  • -Two out of ten, one for effort, two for flavour,

  • Don't buy them.

  • -Sponsor me Pringles.

  • -London flavour, what were they thinking?

  • That's what Journey Across Japan's about;

  • Eating Pringles in an abandoned quarry!

  • -You can't find this content anywhere else.

  • -There's a reason why!

  • After having spent the afternoon lost in a deserted quarry

  • Munching on fish and chip Pringles

  • We suddenly realize we're late to pick up Natsuki, and make a desperate dash for Takasaki City.

  • So we're in Takasaki, one of Gunma Prefecture's biggest cities,

  • And we're about to meet Natsuki.

  • And he's not gonna be in a good mood.

  • 'Cause we're a little bit late.

  • -Only two hours late!

  • -Two and a half hours

  • -Yeah, yeah

  • -But we've got some Pringles.

  • And if anything can save the day, and cheer up Natsuki

  • -It'll be Pringles

  • -What I will say, is I dunno where he is.

  • Can you see an angry-looking Japanese guy?

  • Is that, look, there's a guy there

  • Is that, nah, it's a woman.

  • Oh dear.

  • I do feel a bit bad, but that quarry, that was something else.

  • -Yeah, we needed to create our masterpiece.

  • -Quarry versus Natsuki?

  • The quarry's gonna win.

  • No, come on, where is he?

  • Fucking hell.

  • Go and, uh, go and find him, and I'll sit here, I won't drive off.

  • -Alright

  • -We're not bluffing.

  • Like look; Joey's gone.

  • (Knocking noise)

  • -Oh!

  • Oh but Natsuki, in the back

  • In the back

  • Well done!

  • [Joey] I couldn't...

  • -You've found him,

  • -I guess so!

  • -Good to see you Natsuki, how are you?

  • [Natsuki] Fucking hell.

  • -Fucking hell!

  • -Damnit

  • -Are you in a good mood? Happy?

  • -How many hours?

  • [Chris] How many hours?

  • [Joey] Two hours!

  • -Twenty minutes...

  • - Do you have to wait?

  • Stupid.

  • UK time.

  • -(chuckles) UK time?!

  • -I run on UK time.

  • -Always UK time

  • -But I've got a present for you.

  • Good present.

  • Pringles, London flavour.

  • [Natsuki] (in Japanese) Seriously?

  • -Fish and chip flavour

  • [Natsuki] (in Japanese) Incredible!

  • -London fish and chips!

  • -Very rare!

  • -Very rare.

  • Try it, try it.

  • -So you happy now?

  • [Natsuki] (in Japanese) A little.

  • -Ayyyyyy!

  • That's all you need!

  • -And a beer?

  • -And beer, no beer.

  • [Natsuki] Fuck you.

  • -How are the Pringles?

  • [in Japanese] Delicious?

  • -Sour.

  • -Sour?

  • -Like a sour.

  • -Like a sour? Like fish and chips!

  • -No.

  • -No fish.

  • -One to ten?

  • -Five?

  • -Five? Ayyy, okay! If anyone from Pringles is watching

  • Please put some more effort in

  • Alright let's get out of here!

  • So let's go!

  • So our next destination is Nagano Prefecture.

  • Today's more of a kind of transit day, getting us from Tokyo into the mountains