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  • hey guys welcome to only in japan i'm  luca nicora the host of this episode  

  • again today we'll be talking about  traveling

  • and i wanted to invite my really good friend daniel jordan

  • to be the guide slash co-host

  • of this episode because he's the person who taught me how to get around japan when i first moved here

  • and here he is hi

  • hello there my name is daniel jordan

  • he calls me dj and sometimes if you want to find me on social media you can just say hey dan joe

  • and i'll come and chat with you a little bit

  • i've been living in japan

  • we actually got  here at the same time but i had lived here

  • uh two years previously from 2015 to 2017

  • so i was able to figure out a little bit of my way around

  • so when he moved here i was able to kind of show  him the ropes a little bit

  • and thanks for joining us for this video no problem it should be pretty  fun to kind of have a stroll around and

  • explore some new parts of osaka that i haven't seen yet

  • nice it's kind of one of those fun things that at least in osaka

  • really all around japan because  the public transport and everything is so easy

  • it's kind of simple to pick out a day trip and  just go somewhere

  • and explore a new side of japan that you haven't seen before

  • so today we're gonna  explore the uh the 1970s world expo it's like uh

  • where they had the world's fair in 1970

  • and  there's some different sculptures and art exhibits and some stuff there that should be pretty cool

  • pretty cool yeah well that's really exciting

  • and check this out

  • we're out of pancakes  how dare they

  • what are we going to do

  • we're at OSAKA-KOU train station right now

  • we're gonna be headed to the site of the 1970s world expo

  • putting on my wi-fi egg first

  • there's  a lot of pocket wi-fi options in japan

  • some train stations have wi-fi at the stations that you  would have to sign into usually you just have to sign in with your email address or something like that

  • yeah one thing that's cool about this thing is that it shows you all the different spots

  • where you would want to go on this train line

  • and if we wanted to go to

  • i don't know wherever  some somewhere else down the line like here

  • it would tell us exactly how much the ticket is

  • i think it's pretty cheap to get around

  • and this is even more expensive  because

  • the jr lines are a bit cheaper

  • the jr line is like the national train line  that kind of goes across the whole country

  • in japan the use of prepaid rechargeable  cards or ic cards are widely used

  • in the greater osaka region mainly the icoca card  is used

  • other regions have their own ic card

  • each of these cards can be used throughout japan  to pay for public transportations at vending  machines

  • shops and restaurants

  • you can charge them  at convenience stores or at any train stations

  • just fit it in so like the amount right away you  don't even have to do anything shows the value  

  • here i have 617 yen

  • which is about 6USD and 17 cents  more or less i'll just put 2000 which is about 20dollars

  • bills here yeah it's like the  casino you know

  • i got the money

  • now most train stations have their own  

  • chime

  • basically that sound tells you  that their train is coming this way

  • and then there's a different train or a different  time for the train that's going the other way

  • in japan every train station has these um yellow markings which i forgot the word foot braille! foot braille

  • because there's a huge community of  elderly and

  • wait for the lady to stop talking

  • the next stop is

  • so much to talk about right

  • you gotta make sure we know every single thing

  • anyways the hootrail so yeah they make sure that uh the

  • blind is that the right term uh

  • can get around  any station and around the city as well

  • yeah cause it's all over the sidewalks too

  • i've seen  this before somewhere else but not to that extent

  • because here in japan is everywhere everywhere

  • i don't know if there's a proper term for it but we're gonna call it foot braille for right now

  • now yeah we'll find the official terminology later

  • people really respect the when you're standing and  not moving you're on the right on the right side  

  • yeah and they leave the the space for people  that are in a hurry or that need to like run  

  • to the next thing

  • it's also a osaka thing osaka  people stand on the right side of the escalator

  • and then in tokyo they stand on the left side

  • no way or in kyoto which is on the left side as well

  • it's one of those weird things that  like osaka is on the right and then kyoto and tokyo are like on the left

  • no i don't really  know why i like to do things different here

  • it's nice that there's plenty of decent signage

  • well actually it was really daunting for me at first when i moved to japan

  • and i would see a lot  of signs a lot of color everywhere

  • really so at first i got really like overwhelmed and i wasbit like where where do i go where do i go

  • but i just had to like realize and first take a breath  and calm down and realize there's always the

  • ROMAJI spelling or the western alphabetguess so you can actually find the name of every  

  • station everywhere so if you know where you're  going it's actually really easy to get around

  • Women only train cars

  • which I have been in by accident

  • couple of times

  • i think they're really only enforced during  

  • certain times of day

  • that's right  so really during rush hours to give

  • the ladies a place to be where they don't have  to feel like they're surrounded by weirdos

  • yeah there's signs everywhere even if you get  lost for a second you'll always find your way  

  • how do you get around if you don't know where  you're going though

  • so i use google map it's a pretty reliable source

  • i found it shows you the  map

  • classic

  • what's quite interesting is that they also tend to give you the crowd crowdedness uh

  • other information the platforms and sometimes even uh which car to get on

  • for for an easier  transfer

  • which is pretty cool

  • and every transfer takes usually five to ten minutes always enough time for you to get around and to change all right

  • no it's gotta be out here

  • i don't know where  we went

  • did we just go outside

  • we were too busy talking we didn't notice if there was  a sign

  • it's probably not the grocery store though

  • google maps is pretty useful here in japan

  • and  then what's quite incredible is that it's always the trains are always on time

  • it's what  i love in japan is that they just like

  • keep some funky looking structures at times  

  • which feels like you're traveling in time there's  like plenty of really old looking high schools and

  • i don't know what this is but  it looks really cool how is it  

  • it's delicious but there's no cream inside

  • maybe it's a bit of butter

  • butter maybe  sweet bun with cream

  • false advertisements

  • so every train station has bathrooms  available they're clean and free  

  • and what's pretty cool is that a lot of the  urinals have a little ledge so you can like  

  • hang your umbrella and put your bags so we don't  put them in the bowl

  • so hygienic

  • look look at that it's just like japanese pragmatism it's just

  • simple design i'm just gonna put that right there

  • i know we're on the wrong side oh no we're  on the wrong side

  • you did the wrong thing let's look at that thing over there

  • so this was made for the 1970s world's fair and  

  • i don't really know a whole lot about itknow that there's some big structures that  

  • have like weird faces and stuff and some  kind of like art exhibits

  • i'm the best host

  • but we'll just have some b-roll and  have a voice-over of explaining what  

  • this park is about that's probably gonna be  smarter well you can keep on improvising about it  

  • expo city it's a city of exponential art

  • what i don't know

  • expositional exponential  art

  • you want to ride the choo-choo chain

  • no that's a little bit too much of a thrill  for me

  • nothing says english like a weird little animal or park

  • it's so with expositional

  • Expositional Art

  • check out the robot

  • what's the difference between transformers and gundam

  • i mean transformers were  like cars and stuff that turned into big robots

  • gundam is like big robots  that turn into cars?

  • kind of

  • no luca it says don't enter

  • i didn't see the sign

  • here lies luca murdered by giant robots

  • that's what happens when you don't read signs

  • something i wasn't aware but uh it's not just  an open park you have to pay to get in

  • but the tickets are only 260 for adults

  • it's actually  really cheap

  • power of the sun tower of the sun

  • welcome to expo park

  • the face on its belly represents the hunger  games of humanity

  • i wonder if the eyes can spark

  • like lights?

  • They actually follow you

  • they follow  you no matter where you are in the park you can

  • see them

  • you can see and they can see you

  • there  it is you can go home now okay they're done

  • what's really useful in japan is that you will  find vending machines everywhere

  • this one is a little bit more old school

  • some of them have  a way to pay even with your ikoka card

  • it gets really hot in the summer

  • and so it's just  great that you can find sports drink water all kinds of drinks

  • everywhere even on train  station platforms

  • and all of them usually have the trash next to them for the bottles as well

  • and  that's usually the only real place where you're going to find trash cans in japan

  • next to vending  machines

  • there's not really like rubbish bins out in the world

  • i heard it's because there were  some kind of terrorist attacks a while ago oh really

  • people dropped bombs and  trash cans i mean that would make sense

  • the eye of sauron

  • is it normal that i'm starting  to hear a voice in my head

  • oh have you not?

  • as soon as i saw that thing it was chanting in my  mind

  • all right i don't know who's chanting but

  • i'm the tower"

  • so at every train station you'll  find lockers which is great when you travel around and

  • uh you don't want to be carrying your bag  all day so you just leave it at the train station

  • and here they even have them at the  entrance of the park

  • so if you had your suitcase because you're on your way to the  airport because it's on the line over here

  • you can leave your suitcase walk around enjoy  the view without having to sweat all day

  • it's the purge starting

  • in this park

  • well that's  what you signed when you bought the tickets yep

  • you said it was part of the hunger games

  • it is it's the announcement of it

  • so i'm  not exactly sure where the announcement was but maybe the park is closing soon

  • i think that's  yeah i think that we waited too long to come here

  • in switzerland a bunch of kids robbed a jewelry store and then they tried to escape on  

  • these little paddle boats

  • oh through the lake to  get to france

  • they didn't they didn't get there

  • did you get the getaway car

  • nogot something better

  • paddle boats

  • why did we do this

  • in another swan boat

  • cops  in another swan boat

  • swan boat with a siren on top

  • some of them are not really getting  where the sun is though

  • yeah these are interesting

  • it's over there guys

  • i don't  think i've ever looked at a sunflower

  • these aren't even sunflowers because sunflowers  have like a dark center don't they

  • that's true i don't know what kind of flowers these  are

  • maybe they're in the sunflower family

  • yeah i'm not a flower doctor  

  • i don't know

  • they're not even flowers they're  not even flowers

  • those are fake

  • crime stamps

  • yeah so this center has a [ __ ] stamp check  it out

  • sun tower knows how to break it down

  • shark snake eating oh yeah because it's just the  

  • sneaking in the statue and then  it has like the weird like arms

  • well usually in the summer  they take the hot drinks out  

  • and just leave the cold ones

  • but here they're all  like blue sign that's because they're cold drinks

  • but usually in the winter they'll have at least  one row of red signing

  • and they're all like hot drinks like hot tea and coffee

  • being able  to have a hot drink from a vending machine

  • is so nice

  • especially in the mornings when you're like on your way to work you're hopping out to the train there's usually  some vending machines at every train station  

  • it's so nice to be able to just like okay toss in  a coin grab a hot coffee and you're on your way

  • so this bird sound is to indicate people that  they are stairs

  • so it's really helpful for people that have trouble seeing but also if you're just looking at your phone or distracted then you hear  

  • the bird sounds like oh stairs

  • so from what it  says on the sign

  • the next train should be at 4:51.

  • it says the same on google map

  • yeah google maps  also says the same thing

  • what time is it right now no it's 49.

  • 49. so uh let's line up and we've  even got some helpful lines to allow people to queue up for the train i

  • in big train stations where  there are multiple trains stopping there's even different lines with little signage

  • that's  going to tell you what train is going to stop

  • so everyone is waiting in line but not everyone  is waiting for the same train

  • people pretty much stick to these lines it's not like you're gonna  have a bunch of people crowding around the door  

  • you you queue up where you're supposed to queue up  

  • oh the train just arrived what time is it it