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21 Things to do When You Arrive in Japan


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  • TakoyaKyono
    TakoyaKyono 5 жыл бұрын +6379

    Passed a takoyaki restaurant on the way to my AirBnB. Dropped my bags off, rushed back and ordered what I assumed was a meal for one but was actually a family box (16 pieces of takoyaki) The staff looked on in amazement as 6'3' 89kg me devoured the lot, even going so far as to applaud me and give me a free beer after setting my chopsticks down.
    That was my first hour in Tokyo.

    • Silver Fox
      Silver Fox 2 күн бұрын

      That's the most epic journey begin I've ever read of!

    • evilmidget
      evilmidget 3 ай бұрын

      Takoyaki is HEAVEN.

    • Winchester Chua 🐷👑
      Winchester Chua 🐷👑 6 ай бұрын

      And I thought eating 9 under 30 minutes was already impressive.

    • Spartan117
      Spartan117  Жыл бұрын

      @Kiandro UX Asian Mc Donald's have much smaller portions compared to Western outlets.
      But when five guys came to Singapore, damn I can't even get my mouth around the burger

    • Tamara
      Tamara  Жыл бұрын +1

      @TakoyaKyono it's almost 3AM in my country and i'm laughing so hard thanks to your comment, just by imagining that scene of you eating and the japanese looking at you in awe... oh my god lmaoo
      thank you so much, this is my new source of joy

  • Cheddar
    Cheddar 2 жыл бұрын +1272

    As someone living in the UK and drives, I have to agree. There is a sense of accomplishment in running over a cyclist.

    • Jigamanx2
      Jigamanx2 3 ай бұрын

      American here. We also have this across the pond

    • Blueflag Alpha
      Blueflag Alpha  Жыл бұрын +1

      So it's actually true

    • Blade
      Blade  Жыл бұрын

      @Paul Laing cant disagree with that it is very true lol

    • Blade
      Blade  Жыл бұрын

      i also live in the uk and i have to agree

  • Jay Cooper
    Jay Cooper 4 жыл бұрын +387

    I went to Japan in 1986. My high school choir performed on Disney's Small World Stage. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I still have a shirt I was given that day. This shirt is only given to people who perform there. I have actually had people try to buy it from me. This shirt is not available any more and is quite rare.

    • Dhanush Mendu
      Dhanush Mendu 10 ай бұрын

      @PermaJeff It does actually. It’s worth at least $3000

    • Dhanush Mendu
      Dhanush Mendu 10 ай бұрын

      @PermaJeff It does actually. It’s worth at least $1500

    • PermaJeff
      PermaJeff 2 жыл бұрын +1

      lol your shirt is does not have an exorbitant monetary value.

    • Christopher Pham
      Christopher Pham 2 жыл бұрын +2

      3:05 You missed such a great pun! You should've said seven out of eleven!

    • trumpet skelton of the abyss
      trumpet skelton of the abyss 2 жыл бұрын

      @Gamer Mapper they still broke

  • Stephen Wong
    Stephen Wong 4 жыл бұрын +174

    I have been binge watching this channel for a week, I never thought I'll set foot on Japan but somehow I got a free ticket last Nov and I visited Kyoto and Osaka, I definitely love the atmosphere and the friendly people I met and now I'm dreaming I can visit this country and live some part of my life in this beautiful country

    • Hookerman999
      Hookerman999 3 ай бұрын

      You’re not Wong

    • Poiuytster
      Poiuytster  Жыл бұрын +2

      Reading this two years later (and nearly two years into a global pandemic) - pretty epic timing there man.

    • Blueflag Alpha
      Blueflag Alpha  Жыл бұрын

      Give me your free ticket

    • sukhman d
      sukhman d 2 жыл бұрын

      YBN-SHOOTA-RAY Tt i mean im tryna go to japan for free too so like 😳

    • Pangaea
      Pangaea 2 жыл бұрын +11

      One does not simply get a free ticket to Japan.

  • Top
    Top 3 жыл бұрын +231

    #17 was exactly what I did. We got there late at night, took the train out of the airport, thought we went past our station and went back, realized the prior stop was actually correct, went back again, walked to the hotel, and my then boyfriend crashed, I stayed awake almost all night. Woke up fairly early, and he was still asleep, so I got dressed and just went for a walk where I could soak it all in alone without his sarcastic comments. It. Was. The. Most. Beautiful and serene moment. Of my ENTIRE life. I've wanted to set foot in Japan since I was 12. And that experience did not disappoint.

    • Razor
      Razor 2 жыл бұрын

      @PermaJeff lol alright

    • PermaJeff
      PermaJeff 2 жыл бұрын +3

      @Razor You're not very bright. Peace out.

    • Razor
      Razor 2 жыл бұрын

      @PermaJeff exactly, the same question i said when you told me that "my THEN boyfriend" is a real sentence that makes sense.

    • PermaJeff
      PermaJeff 2 жыл бұрын +3

      @Razor Lol, "proof" isn't needed dude. The burden of proof literally lies on you, not me. Peace out my man.

    • Razor
      Razor 2 жыл бұрын

      @PermaJeff if you can bring me proof, i will be assured.

  • Thomas F
    Thomas F 4 жыл бұрын +262

    The one time I went to Tokyo Disneyland with a friend and his family it was pouring rain! Park was almost empty and we got on every ride right away, 10/10. :D

  • Abroad in Japan
    Abroad in Japan  5 жыл бұрын +511

    WHAT's the first thing YOU want to do when you arrive in Japan? Let us all know below!
    Many thanks to everyone who gave their ideas and stories! If this video was a truck, you were the fuel.
    Beautiful imagery.

  • GuardEzio
    GuardEzio 3 жыл бұрын +44

    On my first day in Japan, I got told off by the visa officer in Narita Airpot for filling in my forms in green fountain pen, got stopped and searched by airport security after that, failed to notice the taxi had dropped me off next to my hotel and wandered down the street only to ask directions from a kind old lady walking past - who lead me right back to where I had come from, found a place called "The British Pub" near the Tokyo Dome, then got shipped off by my Sensei (I was there for a Karate course at the JKA headquarters) - alone - to find the Tokyo Dome Hotel, got distracted a few times along the way by a Power Rangers Museum... thingy and an Anime mural. Later after some beer and a Chinese, back to the hotel for some vending machine beer and sleep.
    All in all, it was a good day.
    ...on the second day, we found a bar called Mushroom that was packed to the rafters with Vynl records and who's clientele were all smoking weed. This too was a good day (or at least a good evening at any rate).

    • GuardEzio
      GuardEzio 2 ай бұрын

      No... Well, no when I wen't (probaly still illegal now if I'm honest). Doesn't mean you can't find places though.

    • Rindu B
      Rindu B 2 ай бұрын

      wait you can smoke weed in Japan??

  • Pixoul
    Pixoul 3 жыл бұрын +20

    I was in Shinjuku my first night. Everything was so welcoming and organized. The locals were polite and helpful. Even though Tokyo is a very busy city, it was kinda relaxing in a way.

  • Robbe Nagel
    Robbe Nagel 4 жыл бұрын +13

    Believe it or not, the first thing I did when I arrived in Japan was sleep. I just had a flight of 12 hours behind me without much sleep and of course, the jetlag was killing. After a few hours of good rest from 15:00 to 18:00, my family and I went out for a walk through Tokyo Station, then past the Imperial Palace and then we took the train to Shibuya crossing, which was, as you mentioned, an absolute culture shock.
    One of the greatest trips I've made so far in my life.

  • anima099
    anima099 3 жыл бұрын +19

    My first hour for every time I go to Japan always involves going to the nearest convenience store to buy supplies and perhaps refresh my train card.
    After all the formalities (including checking in my AirBnB), I always make it a point to go out and shop at the nearest supermarket or convenience store for eggs (a whole tray for six days or more), a liter of tea, and of course my breakfast for tomorrow as well as two rice balls.

  • billygowhoop
    billygowhoop 4 жыл бұрын +16

    going to a baseball game in japan was one of the highlights of my trip to japan. the crowd was incredible; there were these great chants complete with coordinated arm waving, a section for the away team with their own chants, girls in short skirts with kegs of beer on their backs running up and down the stairs, and the best concession stands of any baseball game ever. If anyone's in Tokyo, try and go to a Yomiuri Giants game.

  • Lance McGill
    Lance McGill 5 жыл бұрын +28

    Yep, 'strolling without a plan' is an absolute winner. First thing I did on my holiday to Japan, and it's still stuck with me as one of the most incredible moments. I'd checked into my hotel around 7PM and was dead tired from lack of sleep on the plane, but man. Just experiencing the sights and sounds of completely random shops nearby was amazing, followed by stopping at a joint to eat based on the plastic food samples out front.
    Probably also helped that stores in Australia tend to close at like 5PM, so it was kinda unreal seeing *everything* still open at that point.

  • daani zafar
    daani zafar 5 жыл бұрын +1

    Aww now I wanna go to Japan! It looks like so much fun. And the language is so beautiful as well as the sightings. Japanese people are so lucky to be where they are now.

  • Tiffany N Toth
    Tiffany N Toth 4 жыл бұрын +18

    What I've always wanted to do on my first day in Japan is go to the Cherry Blossom festival in the Spring, enjoy the food and being among the locals.

    • julie Wallis
      julie Wallis 4 жыл бұрын +4

      Red Warrior613 my husband and I got married in the uk in April, the photographer we had took some lovely photos of us with the pink blossom of the cherry trees as the backdrop. Cherry blossom has had a special place in my heart ever since. We are still very happily married and in our late 50s now, so maybe there is some magic in that blossom (and my darling husband is even more handsome now)

  • FlowUrbanFlow
    FlowUrbanFlow 4 жыл бұрын +16

    Going to Japan for my birthday in November for my first time. It's been my life goal to go there. Grabbing beer and wandering the streets is exactly what I planned to do. Also going to grab some street food.

    • Br H.
      Br H.  Жыл бұрын +1

      That was excellent timing - imagine if you'd waited a year!

  • Chris
    Chris  Жыл бұрын +6

    If I can visit Japan one day, I would go to Tokyo and explore the city. After a while I would just sit down, look at all those people and buildings, slowly realising that I'm finally in this country.

  • Brandon Borzell
    Brandon Borzell 4 жыл бұрын +4

    The first things my friend and I did was visit Tokyo Tower (Sky Tree wasn’t finished being built yet) and preceded to be stunned by the vast city we were about to try and explore. 11 days later and we barely scratched the surface.
    I’m returning in September to try again.

  • WeeScottishLass
    WeeScottishLass 5 жыл бұрын +831

    'Unlike in the UK where they run over cyclists for fun'
    It's funny because it's true... I've been tempted several times...
    This video is super helpful =D

    • Gewglesux
      Gewglesux 4 жыл бұрын

      James Younger They did something on this on the old Top gear.... if was interesting... NOW i understand the WHOLE meaning.

    • DrFlamed
      DrFlamed 4 жыл бұрын

      Hey! I cycle thats offensive

    • Gewglesux
      Gewglesux 4 жыл бұрын +1

      @Hanim Yeah, i guess you're right.... I saw many Cyclist.. there... I would have to say more than here in NY..

    • Gewglesux
      Gewglesux 4 жыл бұрын

      I found out that in Germany and in France cyclist are accepted.

  • Shawn-Ray Dalinsky
    Shawn-Ray Dalinsky 4 жыл бұрын +4

    I’ve been dying to go to Japan, and this video just makes me want to go so much more.

  • f l y m e t o t h e m o 0 n
    f l y m e t o t h e m o 0 n 4 жыл бұрын +13

    After sleeping I would definitely walk around the city I would be staying. I love walking around and exploring cities and places and I believe that if you do not walk around the city (and you use transport for example) you do not actually see the city. Beautiful ideas ❤

  • James Gerth
    James Gerth 4 жыл бұрын +1

    The cities are pretty cool, but all my favorite trips have consisted of snowboarding, canyoning, and hiking and Japan has some world class places to do that. The ski resorts in Hakuba, Nagano are absolutely incredible, the canyoning in Gunma Prefecture with the accompanying party was a fantastic experience, and I left with a lot of new friends.

  • Josh Marshall
    Josh Marshall  Жыл бұрын +1

    it's funny you mentioned Shibuya, not being your sort of thing. It's the same way for most New Yorkers concerning Times Square. Most of us avoid it like it's the plague, unless we have business in the area. Oddly enough, though I do visit Shibuya Crossing for at least a short time whenever I visit Tokyo, mainly because everyone I know always asks to see the street photos from there when I get back. I take maybe 5 photos and then get out of there like I'm running from a zombie horde!

  • By the Numbers
    By the Numbers 4 жыл бұрын +13

    I got off the plane at Haneda and went straight to the toilet, impeccably clean. Which is adtounding since it was the men's. Cleared immigration and customs so easily I wondered if I'd missed something. Then on to the Tokyo Monorail which hawisked me into central Tokyo in minutes. If geting there is half the fun, then I knew that the next month would be great. Since I arrived in late March, I joined the massive crowds for Sakura viewing. And the amazing rail transport. And the food that I stuffed into my face. It was a good first day.

  • Tane Tenshi
    Tane Tenshi 5 жыл бұрын +10

    I'm going to be going to Japan soon! This will be my third trip. The plan is to go to Nagoya, Ise, Nara, Kyoto, Niigata, and then Tokyo. I can't wait to experience my first matsuri in Niigata! Thanks for the information about the Tsukiji Fishmarket. Despite travelling to Tokyo before I haven't experienced the fishmarket. I need to get my butt over there!
    Can't wait for Summer Comiket!!! :D

  • fatalshot009
    fatalshot009 3 жыл бұрын +4

    I finally was able to go to Japan! One academic year ago I studied abroad there. Going back to this video I have done 12 things that were on this list. Can't wait to go back someday.

  • Matthew Jura
    Matthew Jura 2 жыл бұрын +4

    My wife and i wondered around Ginza before randomly ending up in a restaurant called Zenigata (respect to the inspector) and eating an enormous sahshimi plate. Super friendly staff, most delicious sashimi ive ever eaten. Could have flown home then and had an awesome memory and the trip would have been worth it.

  • Park Mochi
    Park Mochi 4 жыл бұрын +7

    My first day in Japan, I rested for 5 hours in the hotel with a wonderful bath in the hot tub (I stayed at a hotel which provided special spa treatments, it was amazing) then in the evening headed to Shibuya and had a buffet Shabu shabu dinner, it was delicious and quite affordable for the quality! Took a stroll around the city and went to see Tokyo tower.
    Also just wanted to add my unfortunate experience on my first day.. It was almost 1am and I was on the subway back to my hotel and well yeah I forgot to keep track of the time and the subway lines shut down. Me and my friend had to get down at Ikebukuro station with so many other passengers (majority of them were all drunk!!) We had to stand in a huge line for a taxi at ungodly hours, good times. I had a weirdo breathing heavily behind me pacing up and down (I think he was about to throw up or something) after all that we finally got our taxi and paid a whooping 8000 yen for the ride!
    We wanted to save money so we asked the driver to just drop us at the station closest to our hotel. He brought us to said station and as we paid the fare he said he would drop us to our hotel for no extra charge and said this was his "service" boy do I love the Japanese culture for service 😍 I learnt my lesson though and since I'm trying to visit as many places as I can within a day I make detailed plans for my day before hand and keep track of how much time it will take me to go from point A to B. I'm still here in Japan currently in Kyoto and watching your videos for ideas 😚

  • Masheeio
    Masheeio 4 жыл бұрын

    Im getting the chance to go through a company called labo in 9 months. Ive never felt so excited and nervous at the same time. So in preparation of the chance of going I'm gonna binge watch all your vids about going to Japan so I'm not completely lost.

  • sirmione905
    sirmione905 2 жыл бұрын

    On the day we went to Tokyo Disneyland, it was not crowded at all because rain started in the morning. It stopped by noon but seemed like people had just given up coming to the park so we could ride various attractions until closing time.
    You should check weather forecast and if it rains only in the morning, go!

  • Nael Al-shamkhani
    Nael Al-shamkhani 5 жыл бұрын +90

    Hi Chirs I am glad your back to making regularly videos keep up the good work also your looking healthier keep up whatever your doing I look forward to watching you documentary when its out 😀😀 regards a loyal viewer

  • MalcolmTiese
    MalcolmTiese 5 жыл бұрын

    I'm going on a month long trip in October, and I have to say your videos have been a big help to me in my planning. So thank you! ^ ^

  • RocKM001
    RocKM001 5 жыл бұрын

    Finally got to Japan for the first time back in 2016. After organising all my stuff when I arrived at the airport such as grabbing wifi, having breakfast and taking some photos of Haneda airport I did exactly what happened on no.18 once I got to Kawasaki :D
    Dropped off my stuff at the hotel and just wandered around the streets (and grabbed a random Yuzu Ice Tea from Starbucks!) till it was time for check-in... and promptly crashed =P

  • Ieva
    Ieva  Жыл бұрын

    I came to Japan in August. So the first thing I did was survive a shockwave of hot air, when the doors of the airport opened to the open station. Unforgettable experience, especially coming from North Europe with cold rainy summers and then a 7h ride in a rather cold airplane.

  • Clari M
    Clari M 4 жыл бұрын

    We went to Disneyland on my birthday, which was also their 30th anniversary day. We hadn’t realised when we booked so then expected it to be really busy. We got there early and stayed for the entire day. We went on all the big rides at least twice, made use of the fast passes, wondered happily around Tom Sawyer Island in the morning, went on the more chilled out rides a few times. The last hour of so of the day is the best time because loads of people have gone home by then.
    I think you just have to get a map straight away, plan your day, and start at the furthest point and work back, everyone starts by the entrance. I was disappointed not to see many Disney characters though, I always just thought they were wondering around but they are corralled in certain areas and only a handful of people in the queue get a photo before they go again, we chose not to spend our time waiting for one of these.

  • stink
    stink 2 жыл бұрын +9

    There’s actually one of those table flipping games in one of the local malls by me, and I can vouch that it is indeed, very ridiculous and fun

  • ZenkaiSlip
    ZenkaiSlip 5 жыл бұрын +326

    Don't need to go to Japan to play Chabudai Gaeshi, easy enough to play at home! Though I've quickly ran out of relatives who will come around for dinner now...

    • raven blackwood
      raven blackwood 4 жыл бұрын +2

      I actually found one of those games. In an arcade in a theme park in Pennsylvania

  • Acap Roseknight
    Acap Roseknight 4 жыл бұрын +2

    went to this Izakaya named Osamu, near Musashi-Koyama Station. my first time there, my 2nd experience going to izakaya, the shop owner is really friendly and we received lots of service because my friend's mum and the owner's mum are ex-co-workers.
    he knows all his customers and treats them like family. when one of them are going back home they're like "take care of yourself. good night" and he personally went outside and talk to them for a bit before bid them farewell.

  • Exiled Rick
    Exiled Rick 5 жыл бұрын

    In March 2017, my buddy and I spent our Spring Break in Japan. We arrived in Shinjuku at ~4pm. Despite check-in being at 3pm, our AirBnB host wasn't finished cleaning the apartment so he pushed our check-in to 6pm. This was a good opportunity for us to just aimlessly walk around Shinjuku while waiting. We checked out the 711 and Book-Off nearby before returning back to the apartment to clean ourselves up from that dreaded 18 hour trip. We explored some more afterwards and then my friend's brother, who is stationed in Atsugi, met us in Shinjuku and we ate at a Cajun style restaurant. Very chill first day in Japan.

  • Lauren
    Lauren  Жыл бұрын

    100% agree that Mario Kart and Taiko-no-tatsujin are the best arcade games! And I miss CoCo Ichibanya SO much!!
    When we arrived it was the evening, and we'd be travelling for about 24 hours, we were exhausted. We were basically dumped in the company apartment and abandoned. Our main priority was food. We stumbled out of the apartment and literally ate at the first place we found with an English menu. We then went back to the apartment, gave up figuring out the bedding for the futons, and just slept for about 16 hours.

  • Meng Lee Lim
    Meng Lee Lim 5 жыл бұрын

    I just want to touch up on the Tokyo Disneyland trip. I went to Japan in Oct 2010. Stayed in my wife's company affiliated hotel few stations away from Shinjuku (Shinjuku Gyoenmae). We woke up at 5am and left the hotel before 7am. Arrived at Tokyo Disneyland before 8.30am and there were a huge crowd. Mind you we went on a weekday. However, it was an enjoyable trip with all the Halloween parade.

  • springcaresnot
    springcaresnot 3 жыл бұрын +2

    Dude, I wasn't prepared to laugh so much while planning my trip. Thank you for your videos, they are the best!

  • Jamie Trotter
    Jamie Trotter 4 жыл бұрын +30

    Was in Japan some years ago. Started of in Shinjuku about 3 minutes walk from the station. Arrived about 8pm local time so after a quick look around the local area I popped into a small bar ( had to suck my bely in to get past the other customer's at the bar it was that small) next to my hotel. The jetlag was catching up with me so intended to have one bear. Left several hours later completely drunk as the two young barmen at the bar found out I was from Scotland and then made me try nearly every brand of Japanese Whisky they had. Why not a Scotsman must be an expert on Whisky. Good night only paid for the first drink and some food.

  • Iavra
    Iavra 2 жыл бұрын

    Went there during summer last year. We had to wait a bit for the hotel room to get ready, so we wandered around Shinjuku a bit, making plans for the upcoming days. The jetlag on the way there wasn't so bad, though, compared to the flight back, after which i woke up at 3am for the next 3-4 days.

  • IG-88
    IG-88 2 жыл бұрын

    Japan was an amazing trip for me. The convenience stores sold the best Egg Salad Sandwiches I ever ate and I thoroughly enjoyed everything I did:
    Tokyo National Museum
    Kinkakuji Temple
    Nijo Castle
    Fushimi Inari Shrine
    Osaka Castle
    Among many other smaller experiences such as restaurants, arcades, and shops. I'll never forget it.

  • Lorie Franklyn
    Lorie Franklyn 2 жыл бұрын

    I would love to travel to Japan. Three things I would like to try are Japanese ramen, green tea based desserts and drinks, and one of their famous convenience store meals. I hear they have great egg salad sandwiches, of all things. Probably have some 7-11 ramen to compare to restaurant ramen. Oh yeah, it's all about the noodles to me.

  • SteelAmeba
    SteelAmeba 4 жыл бұрын +1

    I played Cho Chabudai Gaeshi in an arcade called Round One at Great Lakes Crossing in Michigan, it is surprisingly entertaining flipping the small table as hard as you can and watching the people react. I didn't realize it was a sought after game lol

  • Pookachino
    Pookachino 2 жыл бұрын +1

    After arriving in Japan, I dropped off my bags at the hotel and then walked around Ginza for a bit, trying to get a pit of a feel for the city. I was so jet lagged and overwhelmed after a couple of hours that I went back to the hotel and just spent the rest of my evening in my room. It was actually really nice though as I stayed in one of the Artist Rooms at Park Hotel Tokyo. Gave me something nice to look at inside the building while also having a great view of Tokyo outside my window.

  • Munozl360
    Munozl360 3 жыл бұрын +79

    Japan is a quiet, reserved, peaceful, ordinary society...

  • TheSlackerKing
    TheSlackerKing 5 жыл бұрын

    the sky tree and Akihabara was the highlight of my time. i mostly just enjoyed wandering around. Amazing country, cant wait to go back.

  • buisyman
    buisyman 4 жыл бұрын +1

    When I went to Thailand, I was amazed at all the western fast food places and stores. In a 100 yard circle of my hotel, I found 4 seven elevens, 2 Starbucks, 3 McDonald's and a Burger King attached to my hotel. While I hit 7-11 fairly often, I didn't eat at the fast food places. You can eat like a king for dirt cheap from the street vendors. Someday maybe I will go to Japan.I'd like to.

  • emma k
    emma k 4 жыл бұрын

    (And I totally agree, tuna mayo onigiri are the bEsT)

  • Brady Blake
    Brady Blake 3 жыл бұрын

    hey man this is a little far removed from your actually upload but I've been reminiscing and really enjoying your videos. I stayed in Shinjuku the first time and I still remember getting to that train station at the beginning of september, in about 33 degrees 100% humidity weather.....what a crazy, but utterly amazing, experience. :)

  • Dagigaming
    Dagigaming 3 жыл бұрын

    I went to Tokyo last year. After arriving at Narita Airport we went to Shinjuku Station. Just the size and amount of people in the station as astonishing. After that, we meet up with a Japanese Friend, walked to our Hostel in Shinjuku left our bags there and went to Kabukicho in an Izakaya and we drank and ate for around 150 Bucks. I can recommend the UNPLAN Shinjuku hostel for anyone traveling in the feature.

  • Mustache Wizard
    Mustache Wizard 5 жыл бұрын +561

    If any of you are from California, and can't visit Japan to experience the glory of the table flipping game-- you're in luck! In Japantown in San Francisco, that very game is located in the arcade there. Needless to say, 'twas a flipping good time.

    • matthew natividad
      matthew natividad 2 жыл бұрын

      Or in Las Vegas game nest

    • Ali Hassan
      Ali Hassan 3 жыл бұрын

      Sensei Toinal I see what you did there

    • Antediluvian Clockwork
      Antediluvian Clockwork 3 жыл бұрын +1

      @Jordi W Nah it's because you don't know the people who run some of them. A lot of sushi restaurants in the bay are owned by Chinese/Koreans.

    • Jordi W
      Jordi W 3 жыл бұрын

      @Antediluvian Clockwork lmao no dude maybe you were in Chinatown in sf

    • Antediluvian Clockwork
      Antediluvian Clockwork 3 жыл бұрын

      SF Japantown is more of a Chinese/Korean-ran restaurants town.

  • Jessie Carty
    Jessie Carty 3 жыл бұрын +1

    I so wish I'd tried onsen when I was in Japan, but I was traveling with guys. I was too nervous to go by myself. When we went to Tokyo we got in in the evening and were staying in Roppongi. We dropped our bags and wandered. We ended up eating at Hard Rock Cafe randomly but had a seriously delicious burger. On our trip to Kyoto I totally can't remember what we did first!

  • trisha Emanuel
    trisha Emanuel 4 жыл бұрын

    Our first morning in Tokyo we were up at 5am and went for a jog in Yoyogi Park before the sun was up. The jog was interrupted many times by all the dogs who wanted a pat and when the sun came up we jogged to Meiji Shrine where we were completely alone except for a guy sweeping leaves of the main path with a straw broom instead of using the leaf blower he had in his barrow. We then went down to Harajuku but it was still asleep so we went back to our apartment and showered before returning an hour later when it was packed full of people

  • Alice Adzowa
    Alice Adzowa 3 жыл бұрын +1

    Wasn’t my first day in Japan, but my first night in Tokyo I jumped in a taxi and said “TAKE ME TO DISNEYLAND”
    Night time Disneyland is pretty great, managed to do 5 rides in 3 hours

  • Harry
    Harry 4 жыл бұрын +1

    My brother and I arrived at Haneda airport at 2am, after finally finding a ATM that took international cards and picking up our wifi hotspot we caught a cab to our hotel only to find that we had booked for the night after, tried unsuccessfully to get a room so we went to a local karaoke bar and drank beers until the early morning, got our jr pass in Tokyo station and walked to akihabara and spent the morning watching the stores open and city come to life. Still on our trip and having an amazing time. Truly a wonderful country to get terribly lost and confused in

  • chrivo1975
    chrivo1975 3 жыл бұрын

    My first day in Japan was also randomly walking around Tokyo with a jet lag and getting hopelessly lost. Best way of seeing stuff you wouldn't consciously head for.

  • Tricksterking
    Tricksterking 5 жыл бұрын +3

    I was just thinking about this channel so I was so excited to see a video had been uploaded! Keep the quality content coming Chris :')

  • lacewing
    lacewing 4 жыл бұрын

    I am hopefully going soon, (within the next year if things work out) with my spouse, and the two of us are massive history nerds, so we're visiting several historical locations and smaller towns and such to stare at old buildings.
    have to say, likely first thing we're doing will be to get some food before crashing and then heading off to our first location. That way we can enjoy a lovely few weeks of Ryokan and old temples.
    I plan is to travel in cooler seasons. Since we plan to be outside most the time. So not the height of summer!

  • Luana Moreno
    Luana Moreno 2 жыл бұрын

    I can't believe no one mentioned Harajuku or other fashion district! That'd be in my top 5! See the street fashion trends and buy some unique pieces for myself.
    My plan is to go and visit as many onsens as I can. I wanna soak in hot water so long I'll have to get full body Botox when I get back 😂😂 also can't miss the Fox park

  • David Corden
    David Corden  Жыл бұрын

    You should do custom tours of Japan. I’d totally sign up for that.

  • Gracekim24
    Gracekim24 9 ай бұрын

    You know… I’m grateful for discovering this channel a little while ago. I love videos about Japan because I hope to someday visit there😊

  • Asha
    Asha 2 жыл бұрын

    When I go to Japan, I usually schedule a bike tour on my first day. It gets me up on that first day and into my new awake/sleep schedule while possibly showing you a new part of the city that you might not know about.

  • M J
    M J 3 жыл бұрын +6

    Abroad in Japan is one of the BEST shows for Westerners looking to live, work, or travel in and around Japan! I always look for his updates!

  • Aestyra
    Aestyra 5 жыл бұрын

    I love these videos, so thank you so much for making them! But i got one question! I recently saw a documentary about the love hotels being closed down, and the fact they arent allowed to have themes anymore, but in this video i can see you are in themed love hotels. Is the documentary just a "scare" or is it true that most hotels are closing down, or becoming plain and boring? Thank you

  • BanicDurn
    BanicDurn 3 жыл бұрын

    Walking around with no goals in Tokyo is one of my single favorite things to do. But also because I am a mad man I can't overstate how much fun riding a motorcycle is in Japan (Tokyo is not easy rising and requires very good slow speed skill to make it fun, also comfort with going between cars)

  • Vanessa Satie
    Vanessa Satie 3 жыл бұрын

    When i went to tokyo disneyland with my cousin (she lives in Japan and goes to Disney twice a year), she set up a plan that allowed us to go to most of the attactions. :)
    It was a sunday during the summer. So it was packed! And still, we had an amazing time there. I think if u want to go there, you should try to find someone who is used to go there.

  • Deaf Bunny
    Deaf Bunny 2 жыл бұрын

    I never rode in any rides in Tokyo Disneyland. I went around the shops and trying out all the popcorn stands all over the place. Even bought a Cinderella pumpkin carriage container(for my sister), I really wanted the teddy one though, but apparently those were sold in Disney Sea. I think I did ride the boat tour and the cruise ship. And there’s the Dream Light Parade, and I saw Elsa and I almost cried out of joy. I was 26 then. XD

  • novakiin010
    novakiin010 4 жыл бұрын +1

    I’d love to go to Japan at some point but I’m a little scared to go because I would be outside of my own country and comfort zone. I also would want to go with my family but that can be expensive even for a few days.

  • Vänni Kallio
    Vänni Kallio 4 жыл бұрын +4

    You have literally become my favorite youtuber in a week or so, I have been binge watching your videos like every day. Much love

    • Anvilshock
      Anvilshock 4 жыл бұрын

      As opposed to figuratively become your favourite KZclipr?

  • Codell Schofield
    Codell Schofield 5 жыл бұрын

    I grew up in okinowa (I kept 2% of the Japanese) and there's so much you can do. There's tons of tide pools with different sea creatures on the coast and a terrible fish market, a bustling city next to a scary as heck bridge and you can stare at the ominous american air force base while enjoying the earthquakes.

  • w.d.g
    w.d.g 2 жыл бұрын

    I stayed at a capsule hotel with restaurant, big tiled bathroom, with small adjacent pool and near that outdoor hot tub on the roof, and for two days I let myself sleep or eat as needed, until jet lag was gone. Then I walked and walked, changing capsule hotels every couple days, taking thousands of photos and many hours of video. Tokyo is beautiful, safe and relaxing. As a structural engineer I found myself staring at buildings a lot, or renting bicycles here and there. So many perfect parks with fish ponds. I'll go back soon and often. Chris, your videos helped a lot. Thank you.

  • T Ishii
    T Ishii 2 жыл бұрын

    A walk from Shibuya station to Shinjuku is one of my favorite routes, especially in the night or better; early morning

  • Maureen Miaullis
    Maureen Miaullis 3 жыл бұрын

    When my family arrived in Jspan in 2004 our first trip was taking the train to Tokyo and then repeatedly getting lost trying to find Kogenei Park. We had a lot of fun asking for directions.

  • VaporWave_198X
    VaporWave_198X 4 жыл бұрын +6

    Love your channel. I'm off to japan today for a few weeks. Been a lifelong dream to visit. Thanks for all the advice. I'll be in Akibahara first couple of nights. Stoked.
    🥂 Cheers.

  • Allison Lovejoy
    Allison Lovejoy 4 жыл бұрын +195

    The first thing I do in Japan is propose to my girlfriend! ❤️ She’s the best thing that’s happened to me and when I see her I’ll be almost 6 years of us being together!

    • Blueflag Alpha
      Blueflag Alpha  Жыл бұрын

      Go find a new one

    • Allison Lovejoy
      Allison Lovejoy 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @Ray Gardner me too buddy but I'm in a much better relationship now going a year strong and I love him he's much better to me than she ever was.

    • Ray Gardner
      Ray Gardner 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Damn the comment was so sweet.. But the replies... Big ooof!

    • Pink Desserts
      Pink Desserts 2 жыл бұрын

      @Not Forgotten well you see the relationship failed like the other comments have explained my partner now I'm expecting him to pop the question and I'm very confident more than I was with her that he is "the one"

    • Not Forgotten
      Not Forgotten 2 жыл бұрын

      @Allison Lovejoy just don't get ahead of yourself. Make very sure this person is "the one" before you pop the question.

  • Highlord91
    Highlord91 5 жыл бұрын

    What I love about this guy is he's giving realistic opinions of Japan, my view has been corrupted by Anime so it's nice to understand the real Japan over what you get on Anime or Japanese Drama

  • TheAquilaSamurai
    TheAquilaSamurai 3 жыл бұрын

    First of your videos I watched on the start of my prep for a planned Japan trip. Only a few days left and I've rewatched it to refresh my memory. That and see it with a different perspective now I know of Natsuki and Ryotaro :D

  • Fearless Paladin
    Fearless Paladin 2 жыл бұрын

    Mine would be similar to "Lost in Translation", visit the parks and temples, go to Tokyo Tower and see the view, try the Ichiran Ramen and local Sushi, see Shibuya crossing, and like u said experience the lights of Shinjuku and Shibuya, and of course go to Akihabara, and buy figurines 😆🥰 and try the arcades and Gacha machines.

  • Lil Jez
    Lil Jez 5 жыл бұрын

    If anyone could answer me I would really like to know if the country side of Japan is as peaceful yet exciting and mesmerizing as I imagine. I picture in my head wonderful sights, great flower fields, kind simple people and just that internal peace feeling in general with somewhat of a quiet environment. I would like to see the two sides of the Japan and I wonder if one will be as exciting as the other

  • The Galactic System
    The Galactic System  Жыл бұрын

    What I plan to do is go to MiPig Cafe and maybe a Cat Cafe :) then just explore other food related places so I can try new things and I might even check out some secondhand shops to see what cool clothing I can find :)

  • KazakhToon
    KazakhToon 5 жыл бұрын +153

    If you end up having this channel made into a hit feature film, I recommend you have Peter Serafinowicz play you, and Stewart Lee do the voice-over narrative.

    • patterjak
      patterjak 3 жыл бұрын

      Oh yeah, he is similar looking ain't he, I like them both

  • Lettie McGreevy
    Lettie McGreevy 5 жыл бұрын

    CAT CAFES! There are so many and all the cats are absolutely gorgeous! My favourite one was in Shibuya. I personally loved Shibuya for all the fashion and the restaurants (Eight Men and Shibuya Gyoza are amazing!)

  • BurntBacon
    BurntBacon 4 жыл бұрын +1

    The more I watch these videos, the better Japan seems, I think I'm gonna go live there

  • moonstar
    moonstar 2 жыл бұрын

    14:15 Same goes for Disneyland in America, me, my mom, and my sister waited in line for almost 4 hours just to go on space mountain (a 2 in a half minute ride)...it was also pretty dang hot out so that day was pretty traumatizing. (Luckily we were staying there for 4 days)

  • Krissy Diggs
    Krissy Diggs 4 жыл бұрын

    Thanks for making these videos! They have eased a lot of my nerves about my upcoming trip in April. I feel confident in my ability to get around and have fun. You da bes.

  • ChoppedInHalf
    ChoppedInHalf 11 ай бұрын

    I'm definitely with you on the whole Shinjuku vs Shibuya thing!

  • Lotte
    Lotte 5 жыл бұрын +16

    To be honest, because of how anti-social I am or I guess anxious around large crowds. I think that visiting the Japanese countryside might be something I should look into.

  • Theo Chua
    Theo Chua 4 жыл бұрын +2680

    I recently went to Japan with a bunch of friends who were anime nerds (like me) so the first thing we did was go to Akihabara and visit a bookstore.
    My friend literally bought 16kg of hentai home

    • Theo Chua
      Theo Chua  Жыл бұрын

      @yokunna Well for starters that was a few years ago. I've come a ways since then. Back then yea we were crazy and just went to Japan for that.
      I've been back many times on short visits but have grown to appreciate more than just thw anime side of Japan, whether you want to believe that or not is up to you. But I don't indulge in hentai nor will I buy any from Japan.

    • Thorn
      Thorn  Жыл бұрын

      when you have to measure hentai in kilograms, then.. actually i don’t even know

    • yokunna
      yokunna  Жыл бұрын

      @Theo Chua going to a country for the purpose of content isn't a good reason to be honest! i dunno.. kinda giving off some "real life anime girls" vibes by the way you call yourselves nerds, then go on to mention the amount of explicit japanese content your friend bought with you in a form of exaggeration

    • Theo Chua
      Theo Chua  Жыл бұрын

      @yokunna I'm not into that kind of shit so I didn't buy it, and frankly u thinking ur opinion matters is just sad.

  • Joshua Rodriguez
    Joshua Rodriguez 3 жыл бұрын +1

    Grabbing a beer and walking around drinking in any beautiful city sounds like a blast in itself

  • Rachel Lowden
    Rachel Lowden 4 жыл бұрын

    First thing I did was actually sleep 😆 But to be fair it was an overnight flight from Sydney and I didn’t sleep a wink. Landed at 6am. We needed to wait until 9am to pick up a SIM card from the post office so I napped in the domestic terminal on my husbands lap.
    After that we spent the evening in Shibuya. It was raining so we sat in the Starbucks and watched all the people with umbrellas on the crossing. Looked in a cd shop and went to Labi to buy an umbrella 😂☔️

  • Mary Basco
    Mary Basco 5 жыл бұрын

    Haha, I am totally doing the onigiri and pudding bingo 😁 the love hotel alone though just to have something risqué to talk about my journey.
    But seriously, the McDonald's ain't bad. Like seriously, being the top fast food around the world ain't no joke - they know how to cater to each culture and society. For example here in the Philippines, they sell chicken with rice and majority of their meals offered here have rice with them. I haven't seen the same anywhere else.

  • DariusQ
    DariusQ 3 жыл бұрын +1

    Food is always the right answer. =)
    I've been to Tokyo a few times and stayed in different districts each time. Finding the local ramen shops is my preference.

  • alireyisboss
    alireyisboss 5 жыл бұрын +103

    Number 7 is the sole reason tourists visit the city where I live, New Orleans, to drink their face into the street. You could play bingo with how many tourists need to be peeled off the ground during a holiday or festival here. Although it's technically illegal it is not enforced whatsoever, especially if you're a tourist. As a matter of fact, I did not know public intoxication was a crime until I was about 17 or 18 and when I had to move away for a while. If I'm ever in Japan for a while and get homesick I will look for the plastered tourists, it will remind me of home lol ^_^

    • こCandllish
      こCandllish 5 жыл бұрын

      Im from New Orleans too! And I'm definitely planning on visiting Japan

    • alireyisboss
      alireyisboss 5 жыл бұрын +1

      i watched this video of a guy named ice poisedon (i think) who visited new orleans looking for ghosts. he didn't find any unfortunately

  • Stonewall Jackson
    Stonewall Jackson 5 жыл бұрын

    I've been carefully watching your videos as to not watch any videos that would spoil any surprises. But finally Im leaving for Tokyo on Tuesday! this video was great info and no spoilers

  • Sofa
    Sofa 2 жыл бұрын

    Something I don't see often: Maybe not a first day thing, but visiting the battleship Mikasa in Yokosuka. Last surviving pre-dread in the world and one of two survivors of Tsushima (along with the cruiser Aurora in St. Petersburg).

  • Dredgon Yur
    Dredgon Yur 2 жыл бұрын +1

    I'm planning to go next year and I'm planning to visiting the temples in Kyoto just experiencing the history is why I am planning a 2 week long trip