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  • Previously on Episode One.

  • 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

  • at Kyoto.

  • A great way to travel along this New Golden Route is the Hokuriku Arch Pass, a 7-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, which covered the first two days of our adventure, we made our way from

  • Tokyo to the Snow Monkeys in Nagano.

  • Now in Episode 2 we'll make our way along the Sea of Japan coast and end in the mountain

  • town of Takayama.

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

  • Day 3

  • We start the day traveling to Itoigawa City in Niigata Prefecture, where we'll enjoy

  • a scenic bike ride along the coast before having lunch at a local sushi shop.

  • We then head to Toyama Prefecture where we will take a train into the Kurobe Gorge, one

  • of Japan's deepest and most beautiful gorges, and end our day at Kuronagi Onsen.

  • After getting off the Hokuriku Shinkansen at Itoigawa Station, we backtrack a little

  • and take a local train to reach the town of Nou, where we head to theMarine Dream

  • roadside Station.

  • From there we'll enjoy a scenic 40 min bike ride along the coast, all the way to Sushi

  • Katsu, a sushi restaurant not far from Itoigawa Station.

  • It's the morning of Day 3 of our adventure and we are here in Nou in Niigata Prefecture.

  • Now what we're going to do this morning is hire a rental cycle and cycle a few kilometers

  • down that way into central Itoigawa.

  • It's a beautiful day, the birds are singing, so let's get on with this!

  • So we've got the rental bike, let's go!

  • We just arrived at Sushi Katsu, a traditional local sushi restaurant right by the coast

  • so you can bet the fish is going to be amazingly fresh.

  • Following our delicious sushi lunch we make our way by Hokuriku shinkansen and local train

  • to Unazuki Onsen.

  • There, we transfer to the Kurobe Gorge Railway to Kuronagi Station.

  • Our stop for the night is the remote riverside Kuronagi Ryokan located a picturesque 20 minute

  • hike from the station.

  • So we finished our wonderful riverside bath and we've sat down to our 3rd night's

  • meal.

  • And it's a traditional ryokan meal, which we've had now 3 nights in a row but notice

  • that they are all different, depending a lot on local specialties.

  • Day 4

  • After an enjoyable ryokan breakfast we head further up the gorge to Keyakidaira, the final

  • station of the Kurobe Gorge Railway, where we will take in some of the beautiful landscapes

  • before travelling all the way to Takayama, to enjoy some of the local cuisine.

  • We just arrived at Keyakidaira the final stop on the Kurobe Railway.

  • This place is famous for its natural beauty so let's go and explore.

  • It's now time to make a journey towards Takayama via the Hokuriku Shinkansen from

  • Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen to Toyama, and then take the Takayama line to Takayama, where we'll

  • head to the famous Old Town district to end our day with some local delicacies.

  • After starting out the day in the kurobe gorge we finally arrived in Takayama, which is famous

  • for its Old Town, and it's one of the most beautiful and well preserved in all of Japan.

  • When in Takayama there are 2 must try things: the delicacy of Hida Beef, and the local sake.

  • Tonight we're in a sake brewery's restaurant where I am going to enjoy both, ahead of our

  • big day tomorrow in which we are going to explore Takayama's old town before heading

  • on to Kanazawa.

  • Itadakimasu!

  • And that concludes Episode 2 of our journey.

  • Make sure to join us in Episode 3, as we explore more beautiful locations

  • and enjoy unique experiences

  • and finally make our way to Kyoto where our adventure will come to an end.

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

  • now, or head over to, 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.

Previously on Episode One.

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