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  • - [Micaela] Tokyo.

  • It is one of the ten most populated cities

  • in the entire world.

  • Streets are constantly buzzing,

  • people are always on the move,

  • and there's hardly a moment of silence

  • in between the chaos.

  • But did you know that the Greater Tokyo Area

  • is comprised of the seven surrounding prefectures as well?

  • It's true that Tokyo Metropolis is an exciting place to be,

  • but an hour away in any direction

  • will bring you to wide open spaces, fresh air,

  • small communities and old-fashioned towns

  • that are still largely untouched by tourism.

  • Today weʼre going to take a laid-back look

  • at some of the scenery that lies

  • one step beyond Tokyo as we think we know it.

  • (typewriter clicking)

  • - [Micaela] Hey guys, how's it going, it's Micaela,

  • and I'm currently on a four day trip

  • exploring the the Greater Tokyo Region.

  • These are the suburbs of Tokyo

  • that tourists don't normally come to,

  • so it's pretty interesting to get out here

  • and see what it's actually like.

  • So, day one we're here in Tsuru City in Yamanashi Prefecture

  • and it's a small town near the foot of Mount Fuji.

  • The really defining thing about this area

  • is the natural spring water

  • that it sources from Mount Fuji itself.

  • They're these gorgeous waterfalls

  • and crystal clear rivers flowing throughout the city.

  • (water flowing) (grooving music)

  • (water rushing)

  • We're catching a beautiful sunset tonight.

  • After an overcast day,

  • it's nice to see some color in the sky, it's so gorgeous.

  • We've got this giant waterfall right here too.

  • (sighs) Fresh air, beautiful scenery.

  • (typewriter clicking)

  • I love little farming towns like this.

  • So we're on a very bumpy dirt road

  • and we are heading into the mountains

  • here in Otsuki City. - Yes.

  • - We're going to have lunch.

  • - Great. - At a Yakuzen place,

  • like a medicinal, herbal lunch, and I'm really excited.

  • We have gone deep into the forest.

  • - [Norm] Yeah.

  • - [Micaela] And this is like a bumpy dirt road,

  • and it's so,

  • what's the word?

  • It's like narrow. - It's a pretty wild ride.

  • - Yeah. - It's pretty wild.

  • - [Micaela] This is a place that you would never

  • think to come to on your own. - No.

  • I would stop driving.

  • - Yeah. - Way down there.

  • - I wouldn't be brave enough to

  • try to find this place - No.

  • - without a tour guide.

  • So I'm really glad that we're getting brought out here.

  • - [Kim] Yeah.

  • (dog barking)

  • ("Guessing Game" by Justnormal)

  • - So, this is Yakuzen-Ryouri.

  • It's medicinal food that

  • according to today's menu is based on the Libra horoscope,

  • which is very interesting.

  • And it's supposed to have medicinal properties

  • that are good for like your back and your liver, and,

  • stuff like that. - All in general.

  • - Yeah, probably in general.

  • - Yeah. - This is probably

  • the healthiest meal I've had in awhile,

  • but I actually, I love stuff like this.

  • I love food. - I don't think I've ever

  • had a meal this healthy.

  • - Really? - At like, ever.

  • This will be new experience

  • all in it's own. - You're gonna be

  • a brand new man.

  • - Here we go. - You're gonna walk out

  • of here 10 years younger.

  • - I'm about to eat a vegetable.

  • (group chuckles)

  • - [Man] Don't do it.

  • - These are real things that are happening.

  • (Micaela laughs)

  • - From what I can see,

  • Otsuki City is a very traditional town,

  • which quietly reflects on days gone by.

  • Itʼs attractions are mainly the outdoor type

  • with hiking trails, mountains, and rivers,

  • with a few historical monuments scattered around as well.

  • ("Pullen Park" by Sarah, the Illstrumentalist)

  • So, now we're heading down to Saruhashi Bridge,

  • Monkey Bridge.

  • And it's one of the spots

  • that I've been looking forward to most

  • during this trip to Otsuki City,

  • just because it looks to be like

  • one of the more photogenic spots here in the area.

  • So, we're gonna see if we can get down on the river.

  • This water, oh, my God, the color is just gorgeous.

  • I love stuff like this.

  • I love vibrant, natural colors. (laughs)

  • (water rushing)

  • I hope I don't fall.

  • (camera shutter clicking)

  • So, we've left Yamanashi Prefecture,

  • we've entered Kanagawa,

  • and now we are driving through this winding, twisting road

  • in Fujino Art Sanctuary where

  • you can actually pass multiple art sculptures

  • and things, on the way.

  • It's kind of interesting.

  • If you like art.

  • ("Teenage Lullaby" by Ooyy)

  • So, another thing that Sagamihara is famous for

  • is the JAXA,

  • space exploration campus.

  • Lots of displays here where you can learn about

  • things that Japan is doing

  • to move forward in space exploration.

  • Kim thought this was a missile.

  • (both laughing)

  • It's a rocket.

  • - It's a rocket.

  • They look the same, okay?

  • And I'm tired, so. - I understand, they do,

  • they do look the same.

  • They look, I don't know.

  • One of the things I love recommending to people

  • when they visit space exhibitions, is to try the space food.

  • In Japan you can find flavors like takoyaki or mochi,

  • and ice cream, and even canned bread.

  • - (laughs) I'm kinda nervous

  • about this one. - Yeah.

  • Well done. - That's literally

  • can-shaped bread. - Yeah.

  • - Oh no. - Into the can.

  • Ooh, okay.

  • Well, I'm just gonna break off a little bit

  • and try it. - Yeah.

  • - I mean...

  • (laughs)

  • - [Micaela] Itʼs definitely an experience.

  • Just one hour from Central Tokyo is the Akikawa Valley,

  • one of the closest natural retreats to Tokyo Metropolis.

  • Autumn is the perfect time to visit,

  • especially if youʼre a fan of hot springs.

  • Whoa, you guys.

  • It has been an incredibly long day

  • and I'm feeling wrecked, and like,

  • I know that I don't look that cute right now,

  • and I don't really wanna be on camera,

  • but I want you to see how excited I am for this room.

  • I have not had cottage,

  • like an actual legit cottage,

  • like this in Japan, ever.

  • (gasps) I have a kitchen?

  • You serious, how do I turn it on?

  • How do I turn on the kitchen?

  • I have a kitchen.

  • I have a kitchen.

  • Whoa.

  • Whoa.

  • Oh, my God.

  • Oh, wow, this is beautiful.

  • And so spacious, you don't get spacious rooms like this

  • in the city anywhere in Japan.

  • This is the type of stuff

  • you gotta come out to the countryside for.

  • All right guys, it's about 10 p.m. at night.

  • Dead quiet, we're in the middle of of the mountains,

  • it's like, you can hear the river.

  • - Yeah. - The running water.