Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 on Channel NewsAsia
This week, two teams embark on a four-day driving trip across Japan, during which they have to try different types of curry. One team travels North while another heads South. The goal of the North team is Hokkaido while the South team’s final destination is Kyushu.
The teams, comprising curry lovers, will start their trip from Jimbocho in Tokyo. The area has over 300 curry restaurants. Both teams first gather at the Kyoeido restaurant, known for its popular pork curry which features 26 kinds of spices. The race begins and the first stop for the North team is Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, where the mission is to try a “100-year-old curry”. After arriving in Nikko by car, the team asks the locals about this mysterious curry and finds out it can be found at Nikko Kanaya Hotel. Founded in 1873, it is said to be Japan’s oldest resort hotel. The team members also learn the secret behind this special curry. When the hotel celebrated its 130th anniversary 10 years ago, the staff opened an old cellar and found a curry recipe from 100 years ago inside. So the staff decided to follow the recipe, hence the “100-year-old curry”. What makes the curry special is
12 Jul 2014
We continue our four-day driving trip along Izu Peninsula, while enjoying more local food and hot springs. On the third day of this 260-km trip, begin by driving to Shimoda from Kawazu. At Shimoda, visit a fish market located in front of a roadside station.
05 Jul 2014
Hot springs and delicious food await us as we embark on a four-day driving trip around Izu Peninsula. We will travel 260km from Higashi Izu in East Izu to Osezaki, Nishi Izu in West Izu. Begin the trip at Atami and drive along the Jyogasaki Coast towards Ito. You will arrive at Ito Station after 40 minutes. Ito is a popular hot spring town located in the east of Izu peninsula.
30 Jun 2014
The Hot Spring Sommelier and Gravure Model teams continue their “bingo” race while visiting hot springs in the Okuhida Hot Spring region.
21 Jun 2014
This week, two teams compete in a “bingo race” around the Okuhida Hot Spring region. Located at the foot of North Japan Alps, it is one of the most popular hot spring areas. The Hot Spring Sommelier team and the Gravure Model team will visit hot springs while playing bingo over three days.
07 Jun 2014
Japan boasts several beautiful bridges so this week, we will visit the country’s famous bridges. Let’s first check out some bridges in Kyoto and Nara. Start by travelling by Super Express Hashidate from Kyoto to Amano Hashidate. After alighting at Amano Hashidate Station, walk through a street lined with souvenir shops to a unique rotating bridge called Shotenkyo.
31 May 2014
Two teams comprising two men and two women each continue to race around Hakone over three days. Their goal is to reach Heiwa no Torii first, and the losing team pays for all the expenses of the other team. The teams race with the help of a dice, which determines how fast they move forward to the final destination.
24 May 2014
Two teams comprising of women’s team and men’s team, compete to win. They shoot a dice at station/bus stop to decide how many stations they can pass at one time. There is also a mission waiting for them at the next station/bus stop. And, they have to complete the mission in order to get to the next station/bus stop. The team that loses has to pay the cost of this trip.