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  • Apple pie.

  • Our delicacies are baked using extravagant amount of sweet and sour apples

  • Their sweet aroma and flavor of apple overwhelm your mouth.

  • One of the top things to do in Japan is a hot spring.

  • I'm not easily impressed. This is bloody impressed.

  • It's finally mine.

  • Real actual cider in Japan. Took me 4 years to find this.

  • I travelled to the most northern parts of the island of Honshu to get it.

  • And it's finally mine.

  • Feel a bit like Indiana Jones except, instead of going in search of a cup of Christ

  • I've gone in search of real actual cider

  • which is probably better than a cup of Christ.

  • Let's actually see it if it's any good.

  • I only got this plastic cup to drink it as I'm in a cheap hotel

  • but

  • Here we go!

  • Good lord!

  • 48 hours earlier

  • So we're here at Sendai station and we're about to get the bullet train.

  • One of the fastest bullet trains in Japan. It goes about 300km per hour

  • all the way to Aomori, far north.

  • And I'm joined by my friend, Ryotaro who believes they can actually get cider in Japan.

  • I still don't believe it. After 4 years, I haven't seen anything.

  • The only cider that I've ever had in Japan has been imported.

  • So yeah, I'm skeptical.

  • What are you talking about? We have got a cider.

  • And anyway, we are going to a place, a land of apples.

  • A land of apples?

  • -Yeah. -Alright.

  • And after that, we are visiting this awesome hot spring,

  • natural hot spring with natural water fall.

  • Yeah, exactly. Everything is natural.

  • -Super duper natural. -That's right.

  • Alright, I believe it when I see it.

  • Cider in Japan, let's go find out!

  • Okay, let's go!

  • On that train!

  • 320 km!

  • Over 300 for sure!

  • We haven't invented trains in the UK that can do this yet.

  • But we're getting there.

  • When is it coming?

  • Probably never.

  • Aomori is the most northern prefecture of Japan's main island, Honshu.

  • It's a region famous for its fish, apples and ridiculous snow.

  • In fact, the city of Aomori has the highest levels of snow for any city in the world.

  • We weren't going all the way to Aomori just drink cider and relax in the hot spring.

  • This is the only blacksmith in Aomori.

  • Yes...

  • -Have you met blacksmith? -No, I haven't met.

  • This is actually my first time as well. Like I haven't met blacksmith

  • It takes about 1 month to produce a sword from crumpled metal into a meticulous work of art.

  • Some of the more expensive sword costing up to 10,000.

  • This one here, it doesn't have a hand protecter.

  • And this one does.

  • This is for the real fighter

  • People that actually fight every single day.

  • So they actually need this hand protecter to protect themselves, right?

  • But this one doesn't.

  • So it doesn't really protect your hand, right?

  • So these are the for the people who don't go into the war.

  • Yeah, for instance, Shogun or the lords,and they got this cause they don't really go into the war field.

  • So they actually had to carry this one.

  • while the all the soldiers, they carry this one.

  • Which is your favorite?

  • That!

  • Oh, the long one?

  • Why?

  • Because it's long.

  • You're not tall enough to wield such a sword.

  • I'll wear some high heel shoes.

  • I think the pattern on this one is the most beautiful.

  • This is my favorite.

  • It's quite light.

  • I was expecting it to be a lot heavier.

  • This is light enough actually, you can picture waving around

  • Although because it's not a wartime, we are not really allowed.

  • It's a bit disrespectful because the swords now are made for artistic purposes.

  • After visiting the sword smith, we went to a nearby town called Goshogawara

  • to see something truly extraordinary.

  • In traditional Japanese festivals, one of the most common attractions is the floats which you carry and pull through the festival,usually by dozens of people

  • but there is one festival in Aomori where things have gotten some more out of hand

  • where the floats are so huge. They are more like small buildings.

  • I'm not easily impressed. But this is pretty bloody impressive.

  • The floats are 23 meters high, weight 19 tons and 60 people to carry.

  • Takes 10 months to make one of these.

  • You can stand here for hours

  • and still failed take it all in.

  • Look at this path.

  • 4 stories up, right?

  • Look at this, it's like a bridge.

  • Actually, this is like a tower bridge.

  • So it opens up.

  • So this is a 4 story building so there are almost like 4 bridges.

  • And simultaneously they open up.

  • And look up!

  • It's a giant door.

  • It reminds me of a space shuttle. when the rockets come out of the building...

  • That's exactly how it is.

  • In August, on a festival day, these 3 giant floats go out of this building

  • after these bridges go up.

  • That's ridiculous.

  • We are now 4 stories up.

  • I can't believe people can carry it without falling over.

  • These are Nebuta floats go back to the early 1900.

  • But unfortunately around world war Ⅱ, somehow all the plans, how are they built were burnt and lost.

  • And it was until 1980's that

  • And locals around here were pretty surprised to see it, decided to go ahead to re-build one.

  • Took about 17 years and 1996, they finally finished it and showcased it at the festival.

  • The mayer wanted to continue the tradition.

  • So the tradition still survived today.

  • The outdoor hot spring we're visiting was Hoshino Resort Oirase Keryu Hotel,

  • the resort nestled deep in the forest of Towada Hachimantai National Park.

  • The forest is alive with numerous streams gashing down from the lake surrounding the resort.

  • With the hotel itself designed to feel like an extension of the forest.

  • This is the entrance to the Aomori Ringo kitchen. It's the restaurant in the resort.

  • And it's a cabinet with 1,800 apples.

  • And I've never seen so many apples in my life.

  • But I thought they were fake when I walked pass the alley.

  • I thought they were fake. They are acutually real.

  • They are all real apples and they are used for the cooking and all the food that goes on here in the restaurant.

  • Up there as well. It looks like candy apples that are hanging from the ceiling

  • There's a real obsession with apples in Aomori.

  • The hotel let us film in the onsen on the condition there's no other guest around.

  • So Ryotaro and I had to get up at silly o'clock in order to get up to it.

  • But it was certainly worth it.

  • That's very nice.

  • This is the first time I worn shorts in the onsen.

  • I've been quite few onsen before outdoor but it's one of the best, definitely.

  • Definitely, yeah!

  • There's a bloody tree above there as well.

  • Steam over there rising on the water.

  • So as I was saying, one of the top things to do in Japan is hot spring, onsen.

  • And more than just an onsen...

  • And more than just an onsen, you wanna try the outdoor onsen called Roten buro.

  • Like this one.

  • You feel like you are in nature.

  • Look at that.

  • It's just trees above us and there's a waterfall there.

  • We are in the mountains. I'm not even sure where we are.

  • Not near him.

  • So come on and visit.

  • So come here and you're definitely gonna enjoy all the atmosphere.

  • Screw the real life!

  • F*ck you!

  • The real life!

  • Hirosaki park is a home to over 1300 apple trees with 65 different varieties

  • but more importantly, it's where I'll finally be able to buy some authentic Japanese cider.

  • And the best thing about this place is that there's a lots of products with interesting English on.

  • Apple pie.

  • Our delicacies are baked using extravagant amount of sweet and sour apples

  • Their sweet aroma and flavor of apple overwhelm your mouth.

  • I see that and I just wanna buy.

  • Extravagant amount...

  • How do they know it's extravagant amount?

  • At what point do they know?

  • Again.

  • It is a delicious made cookie by using the fruits which is fully exposed to the light of the glaring sun and which grew.

  • I love the contrast. Some of them they put so much effort in and then this one...

  • It says "Lovely apple pie is natural and good taste. Enjoy anytime"

  • Extravagant amount of apple and this one is just lovely apple.

  • Look at this!

  • The yellow one? Kimori?

  • 1450 yen.

  • That cider is a big bottle.

  • -I'm thinking of getting... -The small one?

  • What are you getting?

  • I'm buying some cider.

  • One apple.

  • It is my dream come true.

  • You always talked about cider...

  • It's exiting to find that you can actually buy cider in Japan

  • The proper cider.

  • To my shock and surprise.

  • Oh, just dropped my cup.

  • Lucky there is nothing in it. I already drunk it.

  • It actually tastes a lot like British cloudy cider.

  • If you drank that in the U.K. without knowing what brand it was, you'd easily think it was made in U.K.

  • For me, that is very good sign.

  • It is exciting to know that Japan does actually have cider.

  • Although I don't like the fact Ryotaro was right and I was wrong.

  • That's not good.

  • I won't lie.

  • but it's only 3 hours away from Tokyo station by bullet train

  • and the area is surprisingly easy to visit.

  • Even though Oirase Keiryu Hotel, which is hidden away in a forest, still has its own free shuttle bus from Shin Aomori station or Aomori airport.

  • If you are interested in visiting anywhere in this video, you can find details in the description box below.

  • Many thanks for watching guys. I'll see you next time.

  • I'm off to drink some cider. Hehe...

Apple pie.

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