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  • Good morning guys, welcome to the first of my vlogs

  • Documenting my journey through Japan. I'm currently on a cycle across the

  • Japan seaside,

  • The coast with my friend Chris, Chris Broad from the channel Abroad in Japan

  • I'm sure you guys know him

  • If you don't I will link his channel down below but he's doing this ridiculous 2,000 kilometer cycle starting in sakata up in northern

  • Japan and going all the way down to the bottom

  • Kagoshima and I've been joining him on the journey

  • I just finished my 4, I think I was with him for four days, four day cycle stretch now

  • I'm on my break. I get to chill in the car with the rest of the Tokyo creative team

  • we've got the the new guest Pete Donaldson is

  • Here with us now, and it's just been so fun

  • You guys I can't wait to start vlogging and show you like the behind the scenes and everything

  • It's so exciting for me because I've actually never been to this side of Japan

  • I've never seen any of these prefectures along the Japan Sea coast, so everything's brand new for me

  • We're currently

  • Chillin at Lake Biwa which is the largest two lake in Japan a largest freshwater lake in Japan and it's it's crazy

  • It looks like the ocean. Let me show you guys it's huge

  • Look at that look at the view our hotel was right in front of

  • The lake there was our hotel last night. We had a view of the lake

  • It's so nice

  • The weather is just perfect! A few people are asking why he decided to do the cycle and in like October and November

  • That's crazy. Isn't it cold but it's still quite warm in Japan

  • I think the average has been about 21 22 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. So I think it's perfect time to cycle really

  • This is Ian meet Ian everybody, he's the, he's the top member of the team we would all be dead without him

  • He's been taking care of us

  • Ian: And this is the greatest moment of the trip because I've met a little dog!

  • Oh, he's so cute, oh he's so happy

  • And you guys there's a

  • Pack of stray cats over here this one now. There's like eight stray cats

  • over here. Hello! Look at them all!

  • ridiculous

  • They're so pretty - that looks like a purebred! What the hell

  • That is adorable. He brought a little camp stove. He's cooking for those

  • *Dramatic music*

  • We're off to the conbini now to get some breakfast some coffee

  • Are we here that's where your hat is right? That's your hats around there somewhere right? That's where the fish stole my hat

  • We're heading to our first location now, which is Shirahige Shrine

  • It actually looks a lot like the one place

  • I've wanted to go to in Japan forever since I first started learning about Japan Itsukushima Shrine.

  • It's the torii gate that's in the water. I didn't realize there was one here at Biwa Lake. So that's pretty cool

  • We're gonna go see that now. Beautiful houses around here,

  • They're all the old style architecture that one back there looked like a castle black and white one

  • It's a lot bigger than I expected

  • You guys can't see it all we're just at the base of it, but the stairs here. There's lots to see up there as well

  • Wow it goes deep into the forest. There's more this is really cool

  • Let's hope we don't run into any more bears

  • Bears are quite common in Japan often when you go out hiking in the woods like this on little mountains and stuff

  • There'll be signs everywhere warning you about bears black bears, I believe.

  • Wow this is really cool!

  • It's so quiet, I feel like I should whisper. There's no one here. It's gorgeous

  • It looks like the paths keep going way up into the forest but, I'm going to head back down and

  • join the team

  • And you guys saw the torii gate the entrance out on the ocean as we were driving in it's so beautiful

  • Almost like I got Itsukushima, but I will be there very soon. I'm super lucky

  • I will be traveling there as part of the cycle trip

  • Finally, I'm finally going to the one place that I've always wanted to go to Japan

  • It feels kind of surreal took me this long to go there, but I'll be there very soon and in a week or so

  • Alright guys off to the next location

  • So dangerous the you've to cross the road a very busy road to get over to the

  • The gate and there's a crosswalk to anything. I'm not quite sure why they

  • Didn't make one of those be careful

  • Look who it is!

  • We're out in a field now to get some drone shots. Look at this place you guys

  • It's ridiculous

  • How beautiful it is and quiet and peaceful so nice. The Sun is just about to set we're gonna get some

  • really nice shots here I think.

  • Today is my first day not

  • cycling on this cycle and

  • It's been nice to just be able to chill in the car and take my time at each of the spots while we wait for

  • Chris and Pete to catch up to us.

  • While I was cycling,

  • We were just more focused on not dying finding our way

  • And like having enough water. We didn't really have enough time to thoroughly enjoy each spot that we stopped at

  • So today's been really nice. I'm really looking forward to the rest of this trip

  • I will be joining Chris for the cycling portion of the trip one more time when we go through the Shimanami Kaido

  • Which I'm very very very excited about because it's probably the most amazing part of his entire trip

  • It's the 70 kilometer long bike road

  • It was specifically made for bicycles that connects

  • Four or five islands and starts at the bottom of Honshu and goes through about four or five islands

  • I really hope we have nice weather for that part of the trip because if we do

  • I think it will be one of the coolest things I've ever done in Japan in my entire time in Japan

  • So look forward to that that will be about a week or two from now

  • I think I'm gonna take this week to just relax chill in the car

  • Enjoy the sights along the way and share them with you guys. So I really hope you enjoy these vlogs

  • Welcome to Kyoto we've arrived in Kyoto we've checked into our hotel. We went out we got some really delicious

  • Tempura for dinner we've reenergized ourselves and now that it's nice and dark. We're going to go explore

  • Fushimi inari shrine in the dark, which is something I really really wanted to do this last time

  • I was in Kyoto with my family, but we didn't get a chance

  • So now that it's Halloween season, and I'm in Kyoto at nighttime. I thought I would take this opportunity to do it

  • I'm here with Ian and Pete Donaldson from

  • Chris's podcast if you watch Chris's brought in Japan podcast, this is his co-host Pete Donaldson

  • So the three of us are going to climb up the mountain in the dark. It's probably gonna be creepy as fuck. I can't wait

  • We're here guys we've made it fushimi inari at nighttime, let's go

  • I'm stoked. I love

  • Creepy stuff like this. There are actually more people here than I expected there to be

  • But nothing like when I came here in the afternoon my god

  • Swarms swarms of people usually so this is really cool. This might actually be the best time to come see

  • fishimene, honey

  • Wow, that looks gorgeous

  • don't know if the camera is gonna

  • Do it justice, but it's beautiful guys

  • I've never been to a shrine like this at night. I'm so much more peaceful. It's lots of stray cats here

  • This looks like something straight out of a horror film.

  • Temple isn't lit at all. So I don't think you guys can see anything. There's a huge building here, but

  • No lights

  • The only Fugees my fortunes

  • A horse? Never seen that before

  • What

  • The fuck?

  • It looks like

  • The gates the part that everybody comes here for that part isn't lit up at night time

  • So the main entrance area is nicely lit up. You could take some pretty photos here through good at night photography

  • But the gate area looks creepy as fuck

  • Wow, that's eerie

  • Imagine walking this alone. Nobody else was here. I don't know if I could do that! I don't think I could.

  • That's creepy!

  • It looks like they might have closed off

  • Going any further. Let's see. It says they're working on it so you can't go through

  • Huh?

  • Come back well, that's too bad

  • I really wanted to go in further and show you guys some more of the creepiness of fushimi inari at night

  • But I did get a good feel for what it's like here

  • It's really peaceful. And it's lit well enough that you don't feel totally creeped out as long as there's two of you

  • I don't think you would feel too scared coming at nighttime, and there's barely any people here. It's wonderful

  • It's so different from when you come in the day and there's crowds and you just have to kind of file yourselves

  • Up through the the gates. It's not it's not enjoyable. This is lovely come to fushimi inari at nighttime

  • It's currently I think it's like 9:30 p.m. 10:30

  • Might be something to add to your list next time you're in Kyoto

  • *whispering* There's something up in the bushes.

  • I don't know if it's an animal or if there's people up there, but it's blocked off from people. So

  • Fucking creepy.

  • There's something up in the bushes up there

  • By the torii gates.

  • There was something like

  • Rustling around up there and people can't go up there right so it sounded big like it sounded like it could be a person I

  • rustling around up there, but

  • Alright guys, we're gonna head back

  • Because it looks like we can't go any further and also that rumbling and the bushes kind of freaked me out

  • We've got a problem guys we have lost

  • Pete

  • We don't know where Pete is he abroad in Japan Podcast might be canceled. Sorry, Chris

  • We've lost your friend and business partner

  • We have no idea where he is. We last saw him when we were up looking at that pile of creepy gates

  • At the top there and neither of us has seen him since but there was nowhere else for him to go

  • So I'm very confused

  • Maybe that was Pete in the bushes. So earlier we were with Pete and somebody air-dropped him this random picture about what was it?

  • Oh

  • So we're in the middle of nowhere and somebody just air drops me that picture of a shed and I thought was one of you guys

  • That's fucking terrifying!

  • I'm gonna end I think I'm gonna die there

  • We don't have any way to contact him either

  • Up there, but I circled that area like a good six times

  • Is he coming? Is it him? Pete?!

  • Pete we thought we'd lost you

  • We're so glad you're alive. Don't worry guys. The approach you've had podcast will continue. We have not lost Pete

  • I've gotta hang out with Chris for three days. We'll see how you feel about him after that

  • This vlog ended on a positive note

  • We will head back. He's not dead! Woo! thumbs up for Pete not being dead

  • We will go back to the hotel now and rest so that we can do this all over again tomorrow

  • So I hope you guys enjoyed my first vlog of this trip. I'm having a lot of fun. I hope you guys will enjoy

  • Coming along for the ride. So I will see you again very soon

  • Probably tomorrow or the next day. I try and post as many videos as possible while I'm out here

  • So keep an eye out on my channel. Thanks for watching guys, and I'll see you again soon. Bye