In this video I travel by train from Nara to Kyoto, Japan and show how much things cost.
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"Hokkaido Solitude" by Mandala Dreams
"So Lost" by MK2
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HOW TO TRAVEL IN JAPAN | Train Journey to Kyoto
Thought Japan was going to be very expensive but I think it looks pretty reasonable. Only ever been in their airports. Love the food in them, the noodle dishes I have had were delicious. Great video Gabe, keep up the great work!
So happy to see you in Kyoto, Gabe. And staying at Morris too. Love that place. Sets a new standard for a hostel in my opinion. There's a bakery nearby, and in the morning there's always a nice smell of freshly baked bread in the air.
you dont need internet.. for all my times to japan, 5x... you can use google map offline.. you first load maps under wifi, look up the map and make sure you zoom to all areas of travel destination.. that will load up the map down to the street and save it for offline use. it works well... (make sure you dont close the app.. just minimize it )
Hey Gabe, I like the Blue t-shirt. I bought the Grey but I might pick up the Blue also. Also, my wife are following you while we also have a friend and his son that are doing almost exactly the same route (maybe a day or two different from you or maybe even crossed paths!). When you said it rained, they said it rained. They went to Koyasan, then to Nara (they paid $5 for a hostel for the two of them because they had a discount pass - not sure about the exact reason as we are communicating by Facebook). Their pictures are almost all of their hotel/hostel rooms only so we are glad you are doing your thing.
The only problem I found with 711 and family mart there is so much of the packaging is only in Japanese, unlike other countries in Asia where the packaging is usually in both English and the native language 😌
I was in Japan in 1964 at some of the places you are visiting now. The changes are interesting. The old historical sites and temples look the same, as you might expect. Many viewers have remarked about how squeaky clean everything is. It is, but in 1964 many places there looked more like your India videos. There were a lot more dilapidated wood structures with open faced shops on many streets. The shops had bare concrete floors that were regularly hosed down for cleaning. The runoff would go into the open sewage gutters running down the streets. They were often covered with wood planks so people wouldn't fall in. Every once in a while, old women with giant rubber boots and shovels would clean out the gutters. Garbage was everywhere. I took a slooooow train to Kyoto. There was no A/C, and it was not clean. The restroom on the train was a small compartment with a round hole cut in the floor. It was interesting to see the tracks beneath.
There were lots of lively festivals with many people dressed in traditional clothing. Much of the architecture now looks familiar in a related way to some of the old stuff, but it is a mostly new Japan as opposed to 50 years ago. For that matter, even the US is vastly different than it was then. It's nice to see that they are doing so much better these days.
Juan, we left Hashimoto in 63 when I was 9 years old and you are right. I remember the steam engine line from Hashimoto to Wakayama and if you stuck your head out the window you might get a cinder in your eye. At the different train stations there would be men selling Bento's (they would yell "Obento! Obento!") and for something like 100 yen or less (it was 360 yen to the dollar back then) you would get a bento that used bamboo for the edges and partitions and the whole thing was wrapped in paper. I had to go through withdrawals when we moved back to the U.S. with all the canned food, etc.
I'm really not sure what you mean. The video isn't playing properly for you? If so maybe a problem with your computer or internet. No one else has mentioned any issues with the video not playing, and I just checked and it's playing fine.
Awesome video with lots of practical information about how to find your way around in a new place, which I find the most intimidating part of traveling. One question I have is have you been using cash for hotels, restaurants, trains, etc or do they take credit cards? Also, do you know if they use Uber or Lyft there? Thanks!
Thanks. You can use credit cards in some places, I paid for the hostel with my credit card. But cash is necessary at a lot of places. Not sure about Uber or Lyft, I haven't tried since my phone isn't working.
You can buy a tablet (Samsung) with GPS sensor and download prior to journey the maps for a bunch o countries. This way no internet connection would be necessary. I tried and it works. You can have directions from A to B without internet. Maps are offline already downloaded through wi-fi. Tablet with Windows. It''s 12" diagonal so it's a little bit big. The application "Maps" is already there.
Hi, Gabriel! Love your videos. May I know until when you stay in Japan? During summer usually there are Gion Matsuri festival and hanabi (firework watching) in almost big cities. I hope you could see them. It'll be great experience. And btw, I live near your hostel 😁
Love your "in transit" editing with the progressive music. Really cool effect. Have you considered traveling to Taiwan??? Especially to the area dubbed the "second Mediterranean" islands in Taiwan during their festivals?
Sorry, I laughed when I realized you were in Bikkuri Donkey, which means like Surprising Donkey! It’s known to be for families and targeted at kids. That’s why it was a bit more expensive and smaller portions. Huge beer for “dad” though! haha
Loving Your Japan VlOGS Gabriel Man Could I Just Ask You What SD Card You Use For The Go Pro Hero 6 Black I Have Been Looking Into The San Disk Extreme But Just Wanted To Ask You As I Know You Would Know Bro, Thanks In Advance Man :-) Safe Travels
Are you going to try hitch hiking in Japan? Apparently it is quite acceptable, just transcribe the character the name of the name of the town you're going to on a oiece of cardboard and have some authentic experiences.
I don't know if someone else can confirm.. But twice now I left a plastic bag from Seven Eleven in my backpack, and it made my backpack smell really bad. Like in a cheap plastic toxic sickening kind of way. The first time I didn't know what was going on. But the second time it happened, I noticed I was once again carrying a plastic bag from Seven Eleven :P
Looks like a great hostel. Have you considered a capsule hotel for the unique experience? Also, staying in a traditional ryokan? I see Booking.com has a separate booking section on them. They are the traditional inns with hot baths, tatami mat rooms, etc. There are a few in Kyoto as low as $45./night. Also, when you are in the small Japanese neighborhoods like Gyon there are local traditional bathhouses. Of course warming up in a hot bath is better experienced in a colder season. Also, don't miss the Gion geisha quarter in Kyoto. Around 5 PM you can see them walking out to meet clients. Very special.
Glad to be of help. My wife & I travelled to many of the places you've been 30-40 years ago. It is quite interesting what has changed. Trekking around Annapurna in the days before roads and electricity was much different, but the scenery & wonderful people has not. The Japan experience seems to have changed very little. The biggest change, of course, is the internet instead of using Lonely Planet guidebooks. You will love Tokyo!!
"it's almost twice as much, but what the heck" Never thought I'd hear you say something like that! lol
Japan was already high on my list of places to visit, but after watching a couple of your videos, I'm starting to spend time online doing some research to see what I'd like to visit while I'm there. So many places! But for me, doing this research is part of the fun, so it works!
Great video! I'm reading a book about Japan right now, The Inland Sea by Donald Richie. A lot of great insights. Quote: "Words make you visible in Japan. Until you speak, until you commit yourself to communication, you are not visible at all. You might travel from one end of the country to the other and, unless you open your mouth or get set upon by English-speaking students, be assured of the most complete privacy." If true that probably makes the videos a little less awkward to make in the busy street scenes. Thanks for posting.
I am not sure.
Thailand, maybe $500 USD per month living very well like the average Thai does, not as a tourist does. These are shoestring backpacker prices.
For Japan, get the Japan Rail Pass for one month and stay at the local inns, which include Japanese-Style Pyjamas, dinner and breakfast and the local bathing in their hot springs.
Again, backpacker prices.
This may have changed.
Well. Compared to $4 rooms in India or $8 rooms in Chiang Mai.... problem is one would like to spend months in these places but Japan will burn the IRA 😆 You can manage Thailand on $600month after transportation. You can easily triple that in Japan bouncing around. So 3months in Thailand or India or one glorious month in Japan. Or be a couchsurfing king 🤣
For eating? Yes, just eat slowly until 80% of your hunger. This is for adults only. Enjoy the food and eat it slowly. You will feel full. You will feel really good and energized.
Not for children, who should be allowed to eat great food slowly until they are 100% full.
Hi Gabriel, That last hostel is very nice very good use of there space clean and comfortable a little more modern. A falls into the less traditional form but comfortable for taller people who need a little more space in keeping with foreigners in mind a subtle difference.
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