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HOW TO TRAVEL IN JAPAN | Train Journey to Kyoto

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In this video I travel by train from Nara to Kyoto, Japan and show how much things cost. NEED GEAR FOR YOUR TRAVELS? Visit Gabriel's Amazon e-store for ideas: https://www.amazon.com/shop/gabrieltraveler Check out "Following My Thumb", Gabriel's book of adventure travel stories: http://amzn.to/2EaWk7Q More books by Gabriel Morris: https://www.amazon.com/Gabriel-Morris/e/B001JS0KOS/ Get a Gabriel Traveler t-shirt! https://www.bonfire.com/gabriel-traveler/ Support Gabriel's videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gabrieltraveler Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabrieltraveler Join the "Love of Travel" Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/224985807515334/ Gabriel's travel page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Explore-the-World/226239094115488 Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/gabrieltravel Lots more adventure travel at: http://gabrieltraveler.com Music during the video (in order): "Hokkaido Solitude" by Mandala Dreams & "So Lost" by MK2 Video created by Gabriel Morris, who is the owner of all video or photo content. Filmed with a GoPro HERO6 Black. Get it here: http://amzn.to/2zPXIgm. Gabriel is a world traveler and travel writer who has been adventuring around the world off and on since his first trip to Europe in the summer of 1990 when he was 18 years old. He is author of "Gabe's Guide to Budget Travel", "Following My Thumb" and several other books available on Amazon.com and elsewhere. Thanks a lot for watching and safe journeys! HOW TO TRAVEL IN JAPAN | Train Journey to Kyoto
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Sunil Kumar (12 days ago)
very nice
Birkong Goyary (28 days ago)
Nc vedio making u in Japanese i like 💗 toykiyo
Ashley Van Der Merwe (1 month ago)
Great video
Ok :D (1 month ago)
im the guy who would be lost if not in the city where i grown up. for that reason this video scared me death LOL
chongolongos (2 months ago)
Love the channel. Wish you could check Yelp to find the foodie dive places. That place was like Applebee's.
Maytane Winner (2 months ago)
Nara is a def must see destination, with all of them deer hanging around
Savage Traveling (2 months ago)
Great insight!! Hoping i can make it there next year! Good to see it can be done for a reasonable price and my style. Thanks man
Gabriel Traveler (2 months ago)
Cool, no problem. Japan is amazing, definitely try to get over there.
lucas J (2 months ago)
Cost in Japan is not high compared with Australia,Western and Northern Europe,Singapore. We always need to compared with apple to apple...
Fukuokasimin (2 months ago)
Bikkuri Donkey !!
Victor Marques (3 months ago)
your videos make me hate my life. keep doind it :D
Viper Zero98751 (3 months ago)
,,, Kyoto's Summer is really very hot! Recent summer in Japan is very hot, so please make sure to supply enough moisture and salt. Otherwise, you will die by heat stroke.
arsys68 (3 months ago)
As a Japanese, "Bikkuri (this means surprising, amazing) donkey" is a recommended restaurant. It is popular because it is delicious at reasonable prices.
Ren3 (3 months ago)
You can sign up for free WiFi across Japan. With Google maps you can go anywhere without even asking for directions. It's incredible!
Dieter Fischer (3 months ago)
I'd prefer spending more money on accomodation and less on food. Well, I guess everybody has it's own style of travelling!
Konbini Boy (3 months ago)
The restaurant you went to is called Bikkuri Donkii! Lol it means startled donkey
wtookey (3 months ago)
Hey annoying bastard, you are not a professional guide as you think you are. Just stop these shitty videos, ok?
ill bill (3 months ago)
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!
greg chuchelo (3 months ago)
12:31 organic donkey piss
Jonathan F (3 months ago)
All in one offline maps on Android is also very good. Many different maps to choose from on there.
Jamila Hadade (3 months ago)
Hi Gabriel
Major König (3 months ago)
Very nice video. Thinking of going to Cuba maybe sometime?
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
I'd definitely love to, not sure when.
war zone (3 months ago)
What program r u using for uploading your vid .?
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
I use Videopad to edit them.
Atal (3 months ago)
Which country have you found the most special? Is it Japan?
Waraney Rawung (3 months ago)
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.
PerdidoporJapón (3 months ago)
For anyone interested in the name of the restaurant, it's びっくりドンキー (bikkuri donkey) and it's a chain restaurant in Japan :)
Dean Koch (3 months ago)
Nice video. Cool music on the train and at the end. I can afford to go there and that's nice to know.
Brian Pan (3 months ago)
Gabriel, could you do a video that has a brief review of the products in your store that you recommend ? Thanks in advance .
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
Yeah I need to do one like that, I'll keep it in mind.
Borton Maverick (3 months ago)
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 )
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
Thanks, yeah I do that sometimes, when I think of it beforehand.
Bluehopi Waltz (3 months ago)
u did not have much vegetable on that menu there .....where is the real food ? lol just kidding .....Japan attracts me so much to visit .
Bluehopi Waltz (3 months ago)
did u know u can buy awesome food made to take on board of trains ?? it has a specific name ...i forgot .
AaaaNinja (3 months ago)
15:28 That looks alot like the hostel I stayed at in Zagreb.
Al Rose (3 months ago)
Great channel. Please mention the weather every now and then. Thanks
Sonny (3 months ago)
Great Video. Thank you for posting.
yuvraj mishra (3 months ago)
Some quality content right here
Tony Farrell (3 months ago)
Enjoyed ya vid, thanks🇨🇮
eXpirat (3 months ago)
5:15 what....? coca cola clear? wonder how it tastes
Gary Wilson (3 months ago)
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.
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
I see, that's a trip.
radbcc (3 months ago)
Thanks Gabe...
saurav kumar Jha (3 months ago)
I love ur videos as each video brings something new. You never get bored lol amazing .Keep it up Gabriel ☺
priyabrata pal (3 months ago)
make a tour of china
Franco Ciubi (3 months ago)
Japan is very clean!
Gabriel Alvarado (3 months ago)
Egg and ham..samich...
Charles Williamson (3 months ago)
:-)
Subhajit Ghosh (3 months ago)
I don't think Japan is really that expensive. By the way, Gabriel, it will be really nice if you get a chance to ride on an iconic bullet train and share your experience with us.
EinkOLED (3 months ago)
I need to return to JP
Gato (3 months ago)
How did you know when you reached your destination on the bus in Kyoto?
Gato (3 months ago)
Gabriel Traveler OK that's good that they have the stops in English now, probably not so easy in the not too distant past 😌
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
The woman at the info desk told me the name of the bus stop, and there's a display in the bus that tells you which bus stop is next.
Gato (3 months ago)
I think the cheaper train would be just fine in Japan 😄
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
Yeah it would work fine as well. Might be a little slower. Figure only $5 more, might as well go for the more deluxe experience.
Gato (3 months ago)
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 😌
juan diegas (3 months ago)
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.
Gary Wilson (3 months ago)
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.
Emperor Gongs (3 months ago)
Gabriel, I intend to take a visit to Japan in the fall., being a diabetic would I be able to recognise the sugar free drinks in the vending machines and multi mart. Thanks
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
The packaging is all in Japanese, so unless you know Japanese you won't be able to see what the ingredients are. There are some juices that indicate they're 100% juice, if that helps.
richard horne (3 months ago)
such a clean place looks nice.
Justin Ty (3 months ago)
why you didn’t have visit to China?
Conscious Observation (3 months ago)
Is it me? I can only see the thumbnail picture. Not what you're videoing and talking about 😣😕
Conscious Observation (3 months ago)
Must have been a glitch in the matrix. Today I am able to see the video!
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
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.
Reflex (3 months ago)
What is typical summer weather in Japan like? Is muggy and humid like southeast Asia?
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
It's been pretty warm and muggy in Kyoto. Koyasan was rainy and cool, then hot when the sun came out. Seems like there's a bit of everything. Not as hot as se Asia.
Barb (3 months ago)
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!
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
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.
Valentin Chiriac (3 months ago)
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.
Jimbo M (3 months ago)
Another great and informative video. Could you imagine Amtrak/ here ever leaving on time. I am happy if it is not more than an hour late. Safe travels
Rengga Priska (3 months ago)
can not be equated,vacation to developed countries like Japan can be very expensive,especially,if you come from developing countries
tres050507 (3 months ago)
Fyi Gabriel, You should get Here maps and as long as you have space on your phone, you can download the country map for the country that you are in and have it in offline mode. No service deeded.
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 😁
Richard Fee (3 months ago)
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?
cadari2 (3 months ago)
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
dave nelson (3 months ago)
Have you tried hitchhiking in Japan? Is it possible? Are there cool alternative hippy types you've encountered?
Bruce McIntyre (3 months ago)
Ever stay in one of those small capsule hotels? I’d love to check one out.
Anna Lucia (3 months ago)
Hey Gabriel! Did you ever get food poisoning from any of the foods that you tried out on your journeys? If yes, what was it? Thanks & enjoy your time!
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
I've been lucky, never gotten food poisoning, though certainly there have been some meals that didn't agree with me.
ball keith (3 months ago)
I saw a video on sewer covers in Japan ....they do art work on them and cities compete to see who has the coolest ones. It said there is over 6000 of them. ....keep a look out for us ha ha
Oliver Parke-Gailey (3 months ago)
Loving these videos. I’m going to travel Japan next year (Sept 2019). Your blogs are giving me good insight into what to expect. Keep up the good work.
Reflex (3 months ago)
This video was so helpful! I’ve been subscribed for a while love you videos and I’ve wanted to go to Japan for the longest time!! Thank you this will help(:
Dolores Cardenas (3 months ago)
Hi, have you tried getting a local Sim card for your phone service?
Casey Warren (3 months ago)
Love these videos, can't wait to get to tokyo In july 10th! learned a great deal of Japanese in preparation!
Travel Your Own Path (3 months ago)
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
Travel Your Own Path (3 months ago)
Thanks Man l Will Order It Now :-)
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
Yeah I use the Extreme Plus.
coolrick (3 months ago)
Hey Gabriel..all your videos are awesome. I watch one of your video daily in the night. That refreshes me of all the stress i had during the day. I actually feel bad when your video ends :)
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
Great, thanks man, appreciate it!
Io1564 (3 months ago)
Japan looks really inviting, and so clean. Much unlike shitholes like London, UK.
Curious Nomad (3 months ago)
11:07 if you had maps.me you wouldn't have just had that wonderful experience interacting with the locals.
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
True.
Curious Nomad (3 months ago)
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.
Nick Wilhelm Jo (3 months ago)
It warms my heart to see footage of Kyoto ^^ I love that city so much. You had lunch at "Bikkuri Donkii" or Amazing Donkey. Wow man, enjoy Kyoto, it's the best!!
Mizake The Mizan (3 months ago)
Going to Japan next year! Your videos are bless!!!!
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
Sweet.
Odyssey Amplification (3 months ago)
Another great video. Very detailed informative!. Can’t wait for your next adventure!
Nick Wilhelm Jo (3 months ago)
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
Nick Wilhelm Jo (3 months ago)
No clue, in any case it was really making me feel sick!
vangrails (3 months ago)
Maybe it is bio degradable plastic?
Spurious Flatus (3 months ago)
The Italians say "See Naples and die...", the Japanese say "See Nara and die..." :D
Konami (3 months ago)
"YOU ARE HERE" that is deep
Dean Winchester (3 months ago)
You can download offline Google maps. GPS works without data.
Anthony Carlo Coleto (3 months ago)
Gabe, what video editing software youre using?
JIMMY DAY (3 months ago)
Do they post the ingredients on their food?
JIMMY DAY (3 months ago)
Gabriel Traveler thank you. Your travels are awesome.really enjoy when you wander happy trails
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
Yes, I think....but it's all in Japanese. For example the sandwich states what kind of sandwich it is in English, but everything else on the package is in Japanese, no English.
Andrew (3 months ago)
Gabe, what was the total travel time difference between the express train ($10) and regular train ($6) ?
vangrails (3 months ago)
hyperdia.com provides timetables and prices.
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
I'm not sure about that, I didn't ask how long the cheaper train took.
Peter H. (3 months ago)
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. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3902.html
Peter H. (3 months ago)
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!!
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
Awesome, thanks for the tips, I'll look into it.
T La (3 months ago)
Dude you are KICK ASS! Awesome attention to detail always
City Cycle (3 months ago)
It's worth paying extra isn't it? what a beautiful country !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Martin C. (3 months ago)
"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!
Giant Huda Travels (3 months ago)
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.
Sound Media (3 months ago)
You have to take a journey on the Japanese Shinkansen (bullet train) if you like train journeys! :)
noli sarmiento (3 months ago)
Yes, and it's better to buy a JR Pass (before you go to Japan) for that.....unlimited shinkansen ride if you like......
Lucky Ali (3 months ago)
Looking forward for the video
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
Looking forward to the ride.
Sound Media (3 months ago)
WOW nice. Look forward to that video!
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
Just booked a ticket today.
1001 Rabid Tales (3 months ago)
i dont get why people say Japan is expensive. Honestly, I think it's reasonably priced. Not cheap, not overpriced. Its normal
Der Keit gamer (3 months ago)
its cheaper than Switzerland XDDD
Spurious Flatus (3 months ago)
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.
poet 247 (3 months ago)
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 🤣
Spurious Flatus (3 months ago)
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.
Spurious Flatus (3 months ago)
Yes, average cost for the backpacker.
E vM (3 months ago)
Great to see the world with your eyes! Thanks!
Yonghing (3 months ago)
another great day!
misterjag (3 months ago)
Most Japanese streets don't have names.
iam kotaro (3 months ago)
Reflex address number
Reflex (3 months ago)
misterjag how do people get directions and the post office deliver.
Jordan Trumper (3 months ago)
Hey. Glad you are enjoying Japan. Ive been here for 2 weeks myself and im sad to be leaving on saturday. Im definitely coming back
Jen C. (3 months ago)
Epic. That beer though 🍺 😃👍🏻
Dishwalla 02 (3 months ago)
Hi Gabriel. Just got the copy of your book,Following My Thumb from Amazon.
Gabriel Traveler (3 months ago)
Great, thanks, enjoy the reading.
Wilfredo Torres (3 months ago)
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.
19bendunk (3 months ago)
it seems that japanese people are very polite and the city is so clean! enjoy your trip gabriel
Karl Bryant (2 months ago)
19bendunk They would not be polite anymore to Latinos if more comes in because Latinos are arrogant assholes who act like they are in their own country the way they act and talk

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