My journey was set for Tottori, since my first week in Japan I’ve been so interested in making this trip. But Tottori is so far and out of the way it just never seemed to line up right.
Finally weather, time and community support helped me get out there, and the first major destination I visited was Amanohashidate, which is one of Japan’s top 3 beautiful sights. I had to make this a stop along the way.
Its amazing that this sandbar was created naturally and stretches out across the this bay on the Sea of Japan. Absolutely loved the view and you can walk/bike it to the other side and enjoy a completely different view from that side:
With a beautiful shrine in the middle dedicated to Dragon Gods with a famous historical spring right next to it, this place was amazing!
In todays adventure, we decided to check out a less touristy location that features old buildings and a lot of history.
There are so many of these old style Edo Era buildings that you get used to seeing them, it’s a really enjoyable walk through these neighborhoods.
A “Kura” or storage house. Having one of these was a huge flex, they took time and money to build and it also was a sign you have things valuable enough to store in a special unit. The clay siding helped keep the temperature inside regulated, so it was also a good place for making ume she, sake etc.
It was interesting how businesses used these buildings as if they were a normal shop building
The remains of an old real estate agency…the clothes hanging up inside indicate maybe someone lives here….
Along a historic river was what almost seemed like relics of the past. It was really fun to see these places as we took a stroll on the river.
Come join us and see some really unique sites along the way!
If you watch my videos, you know I love to use my drone. Up until now I’ve been using DJI’s Mavic Mini, and every single issue I had with it has been addressed in the new Mini 2. Come check out my new video and see how using drones in Japan is, and a first look at the Mini 2!
The Mavic Mini was great, but I had a few issues…and it seems like DJI read my mind, cause the new model has nailed every point.
My complaints, the 2.7k (not 4k) video, the range from the remote, the lack of propeller restraint for storage, and the weakness to wind. They addressed every single point and made an amazing upgrade!
Hideo Makabe is a very inspirational man. He set out to study how to be an electrician at a school in Tokyo, joined a TV jazz band, and at the age of 50, started a Yakitori shop.
27 years later, at the rocking age of 77, he is running this place single handedly and does an amazing job. This is one of my all time favorite restaurants. He doesn’t use premade things, he does every single dish from scratch and you can taste it in every bite.
Here is a preview of some of his basic dishes:
Definitely check out the video, his story is interesting and motivating, and we make some food together (tsukune!)
Located in Chichibu, Saitama, is a beautiful mountain park that has over 4,500 Hydrangeas. It’s a gorgeous location and I take you on a tour through this quiet and breathtaking environment. Here are just a few of the sights you can see!
We’ve all seen those classic style rock bars in movies and music videos. And if you have ever been to one, I don’t think you have seen one quite like this place
There is just something really amazing about this bar. The owner runs it with his wife, who cooks up some delicious food. He understands English, and always seems to have the best music playing. I hope you all have a chance to check this place out.
I would say that every time I go is a unique and fun experience. It’s located in Chiba, so even if you are in Tokyo you can find a way out there pretty quickly.
Located right next to either Shin-Yahashira station on the Musashino Line, or Yabashira station on the Shin-Keisei Line, it’s accessible from many places.
6 months ago we applied for this service, and finally we were able to get our first delivery. Kirin now has a home tap solution where you can pour draft beer from a tap in your kitchen with ease. The subscription includes craft and seasonal beers that make this system very exciting.
the unit with basic Kirin Ichiban beer, even this level was amazing so I can’t wait to try the special beers!
1 liter each but they really put out some good brew. As always impressed with Japan and how they can make anything micro and efficient!
It’s no surprise that Japan is full of active volcanos, being on the Ring of Fire and all. But it is surprising to find a walking path around the devastation created by a massive volcano in the almost center of Japan in 1783.
Enter “Onioshidashien” which most likely refers to the locals believing that a demon inhabited the mountain and pushed out all these rocks.
Come join this little adventure into the middle of nowhere, enjoying the scenic view of what must have been mayhem hundreds of years ago.