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Previous Episodes

  • 18 Oct 2014

    Road Trip to Hot Springs (Part 2)

    We continue our 300-kilometre hot spring road trip from Kusatsu to Hakone. On the second day, enjoy a dinner of seasonal dishes at your hotel in Funayama Onsen. Feast on appetizers featuring edible wild plants such as wormwood and bamboo shoot; char and horse sashimi; grilled char fish; handmade soba with grated radish; miso-flavoured wild boar hot pot; and seasoned rice cooked with bamboo shoot.

  • 11 Oct 2014

    Road Trip to Hot Springs (Part 1)

    Join us as we embark on a 300-kilometre road trip from Kusatsu to Hakone in spring. We will check out several hot springs and scenic spots and also savour local delicacies. Start by going to a large open-air bath in Kusatsu before driving towards Shinyu Onsen in Tateshina. Enjoy the view of Mt. Asama, one of the world’s largest active volcanoes, as you enter Nagano prefecture.

  • 04 Oct 2014

    Enjoy spring flower in Izu

    This week, we will travel on the Izukyu Line from Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture to the port town of Shimoda. During the two-day trip around Izu Peninsula, we will check out scenic spots to view spring flowers and soak in relaxing hot springs. 

  • 27 Sep 2014

    Explore beautiful winter scene in Yamagata

    This week, we will visit scenic spots in Yamagata during winter. First, travel from Tokyo by bullet train and local trains to Yamagata. Then, take a boat trip around Mogami River and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery of the icicles and mountains as the boat slowly makes its way down the river.

  • 20 Sep 2014

    Enjoy the winter atmosphere of Nagano

    This week, we embark on a two-day trip to Kita-Shinsyu in winter. We start by taking a bus from Nagano to Togakushi, also known as a “ninja town”. In the past, it used to be a training place for mountain ascetics. The first place we will visit is Togakushi Shrine. It has a history of over 2,000 years and attracted many monks in the past. 

  • 13 Sep 2014

    Hot Spring Trip to Beppu and Yifuin

    Join us as we visit several popular hot springs in Kyushu’s Beppu, Yufuin and Bungo-Taketa over two days. Our first hot spring is a mud bath at Beppu in Oita prefecture. Mud baths have been popular since the Nara period. 

  • 06 Sep 2014

    Discover sightseeing spots in Enoshima and Oyama

    Join us as we embark on a two-day trip to two popular sightseeing spots in the Kanto area - Enoshima and Oyama. Start by travelling on the Enoden Line to Enoshima Station. Enoshima has a circumference of only 4km so one can walk around the island easily. 

  • 30 Aug 2014

    Travel by local trains to Obuse in Nagano Prefecture

    Join us as we take a tour around Shinshu (Nagano) this week. We will try autumn specialities such as chestnuts and matsutake mushrooms and check out the famous hot spring town of Shibu. The budget for this two-day trip is 40,000 yen (S$ 493), including transportation.