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  • In this three-part series we are taking a seven-day six-night trip from Tokyo to Kyoto,

  • but not by the usual route along the Pacific coast known as theGolden Route”, which

  • most tourists take.

  • Instead we are traveling through Japan's “New Golden Routewhich delves into the

  • country's rural interior, continues along the beautiful Sea of Japan coast, and finishes

  • in Kyoto.

  • A great way to travel along this New Golden Route is using the Hokuriku Arch Pass, a seven-day

  • pass exclusively available to overseas tourists that allows for unlimited use of all the JR

  • Lines shown on this map, including the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

  • In episode one we made our way from Tokyo to the Snow Monkeys before episode two saw

  • us traveling along the Sea of Japan coast, through Kurobe gorge and to the mountain town

  • of Takayama.

  • Now in this third and final episode, we spend the last three days exploring an historic

  • city, beautiful countryside spots and an old merchant town before reaching our final destination:

  • Kyoto.

  • So join me, Sam Evans, as we travel from Tokyo to Kyoto along Japan's New Golden Route.

  • Day 5

  • Here's the plan: We wake up in Takayama, where we will spend the morning at one of

  • its popular morning markets.

  • We then head to Kanazawa, where we'll have a lunch and visit the famous Kenrokuen Garden,

  • before staying the night at a traditional Japanese ryokan.

  • So we've arrived this morning at one of Takayama's two morning markets.

  • Now these morning markets that are open daily sell a selection of crafts, local vegetables

  • and street food.

  • I'm starving, so let's go and get breakfast.

  • We then head over to Toyama via the Takayama Line, before taking the Hokuriku Shinkansen

  • to Kanazawa.

  • From Kanazawa Station we make the 15 minute walk to Omicho Market.

  • We've just arrived in Kanazawa and first of all we're gonna get some local cuisine

  • for lunch and following that we're gonna take a trip to Kenrokuen, one of the three

  • most beautiful gardens in all of Japan.

  • Let's go!

  • Two of the things Kanazawa is most famous for are its incredible seafood and gold leaf.

  • Now this restaurant that we are in today in Omicho Market combines the two and it looks

  • absolutely delicious.

  • We're here in Kenrokuen, a garden that was made for the enjoyment of the local lord who

  • in the feudal era was the second richest in all of Japan after the Shogun.

  • Today this garden is opened to the public

  • and stands at Kanazawa's number one tourist attraction.

  • Following our exploration of Kenrokuen,

  • we make the short walk to our accommodation for the night.

  • I'm currently enjoying a course dinner of Kanazawa haute cuisine accompanied by some

  • delicious local sake.

  • After this it's off to bed because we've got a big day tomorrow.

  • Kanpai.

  • Day 6

  • We leave Kanazawa behind and head on to Fukui Prefecture, where we'll partake in a Kimono

  • wearing experience and visit Maruoka Castle.

  • After a morning of kimono fun, we head to the Hakusan Heisenji Shrine before making

  • our way to Shiga Prefecture and the town of Omi Hachiman,

  • where our day will come to an end.

  • We take the Hokuriku main line from Kanazawa to Awara Onsen station, before taking a bus

  • to Maruoka Castle, where we will make the short walk to the kimono rental shop.

  • We have arrived at Maruoka Castle, one of only twelve in Japan whose keep has survived

  • since the feudal era.

  • From Maruoka Castle we take a bus to Eiheijiguchi Station and then board a train all the way

  • to Katsuyama Station, from where a taxi will take us to the Hakusan Heisenji Shrine.

  • We've just arrived at Hakusan Heisenji Shrine and this place is well known for the moss,

  • which as you can see covers a lot of the shrine grounds.

  • Now the atmosphere in this place is just absolutely serene, so let's go and check it out.

  • To end our day of exploration we take a train back through the countryside from Katsuyama

  • to Fukui, where we board a limited express train to Maibara before heading to Omihachiman

  • via a special rapid train.

  • The ryokan we will be staying at is around 30 minutes' walk from the station, or around

  • ten minutes by taxi.

  • So we've made it to the end of Day 6 of this incredible journey from Tokyo to Kyoto.

  • And tomorrow we've got yet another amazing day planned.

  • But I think for now it's time for a little bit of relaxation

  • before getting a good night's sleep.

  • Day 7

  • For the last day of our trip, we start with a boat ride along the Omihachiman canal, after

  • which we'll explore the old merchant district and indulge in a local delicacy for lunch.

  • Following that it's off to the final stop of our journey: Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Shrine.

  • So the canal that we are sailing on this morning was made by the local lord some centuries

  • ago and later it contributed heavily to Omi Hachiman's ascendency as a commercial hub.

  • Only a few minutes away from where the boat ride docks is Shinmachi-dori Street, along

  • which many historic buildings have been well-preserved.

  • So we're here at a restaurant inside the old merchant district and this restaurant

  • specializes in Omi Beef, the local delicacy.

  • Today we're going to eat it Sukiyaki Style and the way you do that is by cooking the

  • beef in this broth before having it with a little bit of raw egg.

  • It looks delicious and I cannot wait to dig in.

  • Back at Omi Hachiman Station, we take a 35-minute train ride to Kyoto, where we take the Nara

  • Line a couple of stops to Inari Station.

  • So we finally made it to our last destination on this 7 day tour from Tokyo to Kyoto, and

  • what better way to end a trip like this than at Kyoto's fantastic Fushimi Inari shrine.

  • And that concludes our amazing adventure along Japan's New Golden Route.

  • If you are looking for more information about this itinerary, click the links on the screen

  • now, or head over to japan-guide.com, your comprehensive, up-to-date travel guide, first-hand

  • from Japan.

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  • Happy travels.

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