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  • Tokyo and Kyoto are two of Japan's most popular tourist destinations and are commonly

  • traveled between via the Tokaido Shinkansen along what has become known as Japan's 'Golden Route',

  • stretching along the main island's relatively urbanized Pacific Coast.

  • For this trip we thought we'd do things a little differently, instead taking advantage

  • of the recent extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen to reach Kyoto from Tokyo via the Sea of Japan

  • coast along this 'New Golden Route'.

  • The aim of our journey is to experience a different, more tranquil side of Japan full

  • of natural beauty and rich culture, and to partake in some memorable experiences along

  • the way that are different those found along the more populated southern route.

  • The entire trip will take seven days in which we'll cover 11 prefectures in total, presenting

  • our journey over three episodes.

  • A great way to travel along the New Golden Route is by using the Hokuriku Arch Pass,

  • a 7-day pass exclusively available to oversea tourists that allows for unlimited use of

  • all the JR lines shown on the map including the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

  • Episode one of this series will document our journey from the bustling metropolis of Tokyo

  • into Japan's interior.

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

  • Day 1

  • We'll begin our journey by checking out a couple of Tokyo's popular sites before

  • heading on to Saitama Prefecture and the Omiya Bonsai Village as well as the Railway Museum.

  • Come late afternoon, we will head up to Gunma Prefecture, to end our day in Ikaho Onsen,

  • a historic hot spring town.

  • It's the first day of our seven day tour from Tokyo to Kyoto, and what better place

  • to start it than at the magnificent SkyTree.

  • Its 634 meters tall and its the world's tallest communications tower.

  • I cannot wait to go and check it out.

  • Let's go!

  • At 350 meters above street level, the Tembo Observation deck allows visitors stunning,

  • panoramic views of Tokyo, with Mount Fuji even visible on clear days.

  • The lower levels of the huge complex house a variety of shops and restaurants giving

  • the Skytree something for everyone.

  • From the Skytree we take a bus to Tokyo Station and walk to the Imperial Palace.

  • Before we head on with our trip we've got a little bit of time so we made the short

  • walk from Tokyo Station to the Imperial Palace, the home of the japanese imperial family.

  • Not only is it a great place to stroll in the midst of royalty, there's also some

  • pretty good photo opportunities too.

  • From Tokyo we take the Shinkansen to Omiya, where we'll transfer to the JR Utsunomiya

  • Line to Toro Station and head to the Bonsai Village.

  • We are at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum which opened in 2010 and is a beautiful addition

  • to the Bonsai Village.

  • Inside there is a permanent exhibition which educates on the History and other aspects

  • of Bonsai, whilst outside in the garden, where we are now, visitors can admire a variety

  • of different trees and its generally a very pleasant place to be.

  • Not far from the bonsai village stands another of Saitama's popular attractions: the Railway

  • Museum.

  • We're at the railway museum in Saitama one of the largest railway museums in all of Japan

  • Among its other impressive features this place boasts an abundance of retired trains and

  • is a must for train lovers.

  • It's now time to take Hokuriku Shinkansen to eastern Japan's hot spring mecca Gunma Prefecture,

  • where we'll be staying at Ikaho Onsen, an old hot spring town known for its iconic stone

  • staircase that bisects the town as it climbs hillside.

  • After an amazing first day here we are at Ikaho onsen in this beautiful ryokan.

  • Where among other things we are going to enjoy a delicious looking traditional japanese meal,

  • a relaxing outdoor bath as well as an exploration to see what this town has to offer.

  • Day 2

  • After a traditional ryokan breakfast it's time to head on to Nagano Prefecture where

  • we'll first pay a visit to the famous Snow Monkey Park.

  • Following this we'll make our way to the nearby town of Shibu Onsen where we'll explore

  • and stay the night.

  • From Nagano Station we take an express bus to the Snow Monkey Park bus stop from where

  • the monkeys are about a 30 minute hike along a gentle forest trail.

  • We're here in the Jigokudani Monkey park where visitors can see the Japanese macaque

  • in its natural environment.

  • Now the park comes into its own in winter when snow typically covers the ground and

  • monkeys can be seen bathing in the park's hot spring.

  • But as you can see any time of the year is a good time to come and see the monkeys.

  • It's seems like it's a bit of a hard life being a monkey.

  • After our fun at the monkey park this afternoon, we have arrived in the nearby Shibu Onsen, an attractive

  • and historical onsen town known among other things for its nine bath houses like this one.

  • Now, the ryokan in which we will be spending the night has given us this!

  • Which is a master key to all of nine of them.

  • So right now, I cant wait to get exploring because this place just seems great.

  • Nothing like a foot bath after a day of exploration.

  • Another evening, another delicious looking ryokan meal.

  • Now tomorrow we are going to move over to Niigata prefecture where we will start the

  • day with a bike ride along the coast, but for now let's eat because I'm starving.

  • So in true Japanese style: kanpai!

  • And with that, the first part of this incredible journey has come to an end.

  • Be sure to join us in episode 2 as we continue towards Kyoto and enjoy more amazing experiences,

  • trying delicious local foods and taking in breathtaking views.

  • 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.

  • Thanks for watching, and be sure to subscribe for more videos about Japan.

  • Happy travels.

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