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  • welcome to hakudate city gateway to hokkaido i'm  taking one last look at it because we're about  

  • to embark on a 500 kilometer three-day journey  to japan's most extreme northern point across  

  • one of the most remote and isolated places in the  entire country if we make it back from this road  

  • trip in one piece it'll certainly be one hell of  a journey to remember complete with noisy clothes

  • hokkaido is japan's second largest island and  home to the country's most extreme northern  

  • point cape soya a thousand kilometers north of  tokyo and just 45 kilometers south of the russian  

  • island of sakhalin our epic three-day journey  across the island will take us 500 kilometers  

  • to wakana japan's most northern town and finally  on to cape sawyer as we battle through blizzards  

  • colorful barns frozen seas and scenery both jaw  dropping and utterly bizarre and because i don't  

  • want to freeze to death alone in a field joining  us on the trip is my best american friend pete  

  • a presenter on japanese tv who promises to drive  me insane along the way but our road trip begins  

  • here in hakodate the southern tip of the island in  1854 the city found its way into the history books  

  • by becoming japan's first port open for trade  with the west and that legacy lives on today  

  • in its western influenced architecture it's  here not too far from the red brick buildings  

  • that we grab a much needed breakfast at the  iconic seafood market before we hit the road  

  • oh so it's seven o'clock in the morning guys and  we're at hakodate morning market before we begin  

  • this long journey i thought get some breakfast  get some seafood given that's what this place is  

  • famous for and also worth introducing you to the  guy who's coming on the journey with us pete my  

  • best american friend probably there you think you  are that's quite the compliment i'm probably your  

  • only american friend um chris i gotta say we've  been friends for many years we have we met in  

  • a we made a video game bar in shinjuku about four  or five years ago that's quite real i remember you  

  • did announce yourself you don't know me i'm the  great chris broad i didn't say that and you said  

  • like who the hell are you oh you're one of my mini  fans okay just get it over with nice to meet you  

  • i'm chris broad you pulled out a business card and  you said it says right there 250 000 subscribers  

  • wow look how far you've come so you're probably  wondering why we've come on this trip to hokkaido  

  • in winter to the most northern point because i've  always wanted to go to cape soil but certainly not  

  • in the height of winter but pete is the reason  we're coming why did you choose air pete of all  

  • places like okay i know it sounds crazy but you  and i have been friends for a long time and one  

  • of the perks of being your friends is you guys may  know him i'm buddies with natsuki who last year  

  • got me a really nice gift and i'm very thankful  for it why'd you get you a gift it was my birthday  

  • for god's sake some of us remember awkward what  is that this is a shattered mug i know i get it  

  • i know i sound insanely stupid and this is crazy  but listen to me this was important to me he got  

  • it for my birthday i immediately broke it and he  specifically said he got this in a town called  

  • waka knight well i know natsuki did cover hokkaido  last year it seems a bit unlikely he got it in  

  • wakana the most northern town in japan right andknow this sounds stupid i get it but i think that  

  • if we can have a chance to hang out together and  there's a chance a small one that i can replace  

  • this gift that he got me wow i'd feel good whatgreat man you are i don't know whether to cry or  

  • be physically sick save your strength it's a long  drive well we're gonna finish up this breakfast  

  • guys then we're going to hit the road let's do  it for a mug i feel like a mug to be honest god

  • our first stop on our three-day road trip  is the coastal town of otaru 250 kilometers  

  • north of hakodate and neighbouring the regional  capital of sapporo it's here that i've booked us  

  • a traditional brick house for the night first  things first we've got to get there in one piece  

  • i have seen some snow in my days chris but this is  absolutely insane and i wouldn't want to drive in  

  • it yes thank you pete there's a reason i wasn't  overly enthusiastic about this uh this road trip  

  • like we're currently in between sapporo and aomori  city and both of those cities have the highest  

  • levels of snowfall on the planet do you get like  this kind of snowfall in kansas of course in  

  • northern america it's immense amount of snow but  i've been in tokyo for 10 years and the most we'll  

  • get is like a light little dusting of snow and  it's a big deal so what goes on in kansas is one  

  • of those states you never really hear that much  about america right i don't know we're very famous  

  • for our barbecue and um of course the wizard of oz  barbecues and the wizard of oz what what a legacy  

  • a film about a band of idiots going on a journey  that ultimately ends in massive disappointment why  

  • does that sound eerily familiar as we head west  around hokkaido's stunning coastline towards the  

  • city of otaru the blue sky quickly disappears  and we get our first taste of the region's  

  • infamous winter weather but amidst the snowfall  pete spots something rather odd out to sea  

  • what the hell was that crisp chris pullover whatjust i saw like a a glitch in the matrix it was it  

  • was a floating rock a floating rock yes you gotta  see it what have you been drinking this morning

  • holy [ __ ] look at that look at that rock  chris yes have you ever seen something like that  

  • no trying to be a little more excited please

  • i gotta say that is pretty [ __ ] cool it's one of  the most amazing things i've ever seen your whole  

  • life ever yes i don't go outside much so this is  really unique i really like that little torii gate  

  • too i don't know how they got that up there but  it looks like something out of ghost of tsushima  

  • a drumstick shaped rock that sticks out of the sea  somehow defying the laws of physics and gravity  

  • yes a drumstick because that's all you think  about is chicken how dare you how dare you

  • just half an hour away from hokkaido's  main city of sapporo otaru has something  

  • of a steampunk vibe going on thanks to  its old world european architecture left  

  • over from its days as a bustling  port town in the 19th century  

  • from the steam clock puffing away the heart of  the city to its famous canal lined with stunning  

  • historic warehouses it's a refreshing change  of atmosphere from the many shrinking run-down  

  • towns you typically find along the sea of japan  coastline here it is the picturesque otaru canal  

  • finished construction in 1923 as the booming  shipping market was full effect this quiet and  

  • idyllic place is perfect for a romantic getaway  or a special time with that someone in your life  

  • stop it get that on my face as it's not a large  city otaru is perfect for strolling around for  

  • a day trip and undeniably at its best in the  winter months because look there's a snowman  

  • hey look at this man there's a bunch of snowmen  and well there's about a dozen look at that one  

  • right over there we found the little chris broad  special he's got oil top hat and a scarf or pipe  

  • which one's you then uh that one in the back  right want the smiling face oh you just fell over  

  • just make sure if you do come to hortado in winter  don't forget to bring some gloves otherwise you'll  

  • end up like this oh it's so cold oh [ __ ] my  hands look at this i'm a weak little kansan boy  

  • take me to the hospital my hands are freezing as  the blizzard picks up and pete's hands require  

  • defrosting we head off to seek shelter in our  accommodation which looks more like a pirate's  

  • lair than your typical japanese inn which is  why i like it because pirates are cool in it  

  • so we've just had a long arduous drive through  the mountains of hokkaido but we're finally here  

  • in otaru in our beautiful converted barn that's  been turned into a hostel and pete and i are the  

  • only guest tonight and we're about to give you  a whirlwind tour of this place because it is  

  • pretty magnificent from what i've seen so farmean the walls are made of brick which is pretty  

  • rare in japan first off otaru is famous for its  kind of brick architecture but uh before we get  

  • to all that p are you ready to take us on a tour  absolutely let's do it welcome chris has already  

  • unloaded the bags thank you chris let's go ahead  and take a look at the master bedroom i'm told  

  • oh god it's it's we're sharing it  that's awesome thank you chris very cozy  

  • god damn it well let's go ahead and take a look  at the shower bath combo right in here oh this is  

  • a capsule hotel okay change of plans all being  here perfect for a party of six or 12. oh wait  

  • look at this this is one of those old false  windows let's take a look behind this guy oh

  • oh [ __ ] we're trapped okay nope  let's go with that not that way  

  • let's leave that one alone  let's try the third floor

welcome to hakudate city gateway to hokkaido i'm  taking one last look at it because we're about  

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    Yiu Fung Chow posted on 2021/09/17
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