Japanese Scenic Train Ride Experience in Kyoto ★ ONLY in JAPAN
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Japanese Scenic Train Ride Experience in Kyoto ★ ONLY in JAPAN

November 13, 2019


  • Reply Nosh Abroad March 29, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Proving once again that John & Only in Japan is the best "ワンマン” show on YouTube! NHK's "Japan Railway Journal" better watch out! But seriously, it is fun to see videos on rail passes other than the JR Pass. Japan has MANY of these regional tickets. One could dedicate a series to exploring these regional passes. Additionally, tourists can get these passes at a great discount without the need to pre-purchase. (The JR pass must be purchased before leaving to Japan and it's quite expensive.) These regional passes often come in 1, 2 and 3 day unlimited travel varieties and can can be purchased at the station after showing your passport.

  • Reply Sebastian Flores April 18, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Damn that was a good video!!

  • Reply L. art April 18, 2019 at 5:11 am

    This was well shot, edited and presented. It was so beautiful and insightful. I wish I can go there one day. Thank you for showing us all of this.

  • Reply captainkanji April 20, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    We stayed at the Kurama Onsen for two days. The ride from Demachinayagi is quite scenic.

  • Reply Tony Padgett April 21, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I really like how you blend in and not seem like a tourist or just focus on yourself or how different the Japanese culture is. Keep up the great work!

  • Reply Aboriginal Ancient April 23, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    The original so called Japanese were dark skin negros

  • Reply Simon DC April 24, 2019 at 11:05 am

    This video was really relaxing! I hope you can do more train related ventures in the future!

  • Reply Remco S April 30, 2019 at 4:00 am

    I spied a Kevin Riley cameo! I sure like that dude.

  • Reply 菅野雄平 April 30, 2019 at 10:54 pm


    I feel your affection to Japan through your you tube.

    I am glad that Japan's fascination is introduced to the world by your magical explanation.

    Thank you for your devoting guide.

  • Reply Matthew Eppley May 2, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Fantastic video! I was in Kyoto in January and rode this line, but not as far out as you did. It's a beautiful line for sure and I truly enjoyed my time on it. I'd like to go back in fall and ride it out till the end.
    Thank you for your hard work in producing this!! 🙂

  • Reply SINGAPORE 001 May 5, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Now can you do the ENODEN line

  • Reply Garlic Avenger May 6, 2019 at 12:02 am

    7:05 is that shopping arcade the inspiration for the location in the Kyoto Animation anime series "Tamoko Market"?? Looks nearly IDENTICAL… Even the Mochi shop… Anime studios are well know for using/repurposing local locations/architecture in their shows under fictional names.

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  • Reply Lynden Simon May 12, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Great video and with interviews too! Good to see footage of tracks lesser traveled. I used to ride this line twice a week when I was on contract at Seika Daigaku. Went all the way up to Kurama a couple of times. There's this place up there with open tatami dining areas suspended above the river and you can eat with the sound of running water under you and a 360 panorama of forest around you. Couldn't afford it at the time but had a good bowl of nishin soba near by.

  • Reply salistyan simanungkalit May 12, 2019 at 11:56 am

    What I like from Japan are:
    -) the people are not dirty, they maintain the cleanliness of the environment👍👍👍
    -) never disturb the personal life of others.
    -) never interfere with sleeping people
    -) items that are dropped or left behind are not lost.
    -) responsible even though it does not intentionally damage other people's goods, even if the owner does not know
    -) respect all religions, because Muslims always get verbal and physical violence in other countries.
    -) parents feel safe for their children to grow without being overshadowed by the kidnapping of minors.
    -) the government is concerned about the lives of investors and foreign workers.
    -) hospital fees are very cheap.
    -) tuition fees at the best universities are also cheaper than my own country.

    I think Japan are worth for next investment and live in😀😀😀👍👍

  • Reply BT Trade May 13, 2019 at 2:23 am

    It's amazing that no matter where you go, it's so clean and neat in Japan and there is no garbage or gum or spits on the ground. Being there is truly like being in a different world.

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  • Reply anne neilsen May 20, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Very nice train🚂🚋🚃🚋🚃🚋🚃.. Thank you fit for sharing.. Enjoy your day ☀

  • Reply Kalum Batsch May 21, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    The video stabilization effect is a bit irritating, stuff wobbles around and changes shape.

  • Reply Dirk Sobotka May 24, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    I really like how the conducter is smartly dressed, ride any city/suburban train in the U.S. and they are sloppy and dressed like they dont give an S'. From New York to Atlanta and LA they all are really dirty trains and the employees do not give an F.

  • Reply Mox Avenger May 29, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Very nice work. You do an excellent job of drawing the viewer in. I felt totally absorbed in your videos like I could really be there.

  • Reply Paitoon Khemapanon May 29, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Wow you are Japan resident
    Congrats man

  • Reply Grissana Takeyama June 4, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Excellent vdo.

  • Reply Man June 4, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    One train man

  • Reply kaito tatsuya June 5, 2019 at 8:51 am

    7:28 Tamako market

  • Reply Sakura Ébène June 10, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Thank you so much John ! Back in Japan in November & focuses on Kansai, this gem tour is now added on my trip 😍

  • Reply Mox Avenger June 10, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Hay, this place looks just like the Anime!

  • Reply Shavez Khan June 12, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    I love japan

  • Reply Allison Croft June 12, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you John for this amazing report .

  • Reply Tyrone H June 13, 2019 at 4:53 am

    I'm on this railway line right now cause of this video

  • Reply aGuy June 13, 2019 at 8:30 am

    In Germany those one man trains are seen more often due to personal lack, but there’s no system to control any tickets.

  • Reply San Angelo June 15, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Very interesting rail ride
    Love Japan from USA

  • Reply Toybanaza June 16, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Gosh, I used to love Trains when I was little, now this might have sparked my interest again!

  • Reply Gato June 18, 2019 at 6:52 am

    I did that with the Kansai thru pass all the way from Osaka 😁

  • Reply Gato June 18, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Japanese have a way of performing the most routine mundane tasks extremely efficiently without looking or sounding the least bit bored

  • Reply Gato June 18, 2019 at 7:04 am

    I'm jealous you always seem to get the onsens all to yourself 😞

  • Reply Kefumna Anmufek June 20, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Really enjoyed. Thank you.

  • Reply Shipwright1918 June 20, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    It'd be neat to see one about the historic steam engines of Japan, otherwise known as the "SL's".

  • Reply Fact Buddy! June 21, 2019 at 5:07 am

    I'm a Indian🇮🇳 and a teen so I can't afford to go internationally and even my family go abroad they only go to europe countries,
    But I love Japan🇯🇵,And one day I will go there
    Love Japan from INDIA🇮🇳🇯🇵🇯🇵🇮🇳

  • Reply Nyonyo Reservoir June 21, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Yeay, my apato.

  • Reply Arnel Samonte June 21, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I love Japan

  • Reply Joshua Peli June 21, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I rode the HIEI line last time I went in Kyoto but I will try to ride the other line if I'm going back in Kyoto in the next years ^^
    The commercial district is famous about some Anime fans, since is where "Tamako Market" takes place.

  • Reply Vigo in Rayda June 22, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I am from Kenya and this is so fascinating.

  • Reply Hector Alvarado June 23, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Wow John, amazing video. Top quality, seriously.

  • Reply Panda June 24, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Is it weird that I enjoy sitting at the station and listening to trains come and go?

  • Reply 銀河ちゃん大好き June 24, 2019 at 1:51 pm


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  • Reply thebluetarp June 25, 2019 at 3:34 am

    These are NOT LONG ENOUGH!

  • Reply phaze1053 June 25, 2019 at 9:26 am

    omg this is so funny to watch because just last month, (May 2019), my hubby and I did the trip from Kyoto to Kurama and on the way back, we rode the Kirara Train which we nicknamed the "Aunty Jane Train" but only because for us (we're olde) it's slang for Marijuana. We know it's not on purpose but we giggled out heads off because the one we rode had the leaf motif everywhere throughout the train inside and out and it just looked like an advert for pot. Best, memories, EVA!

  • Reply Austin Dyer June 25, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    4:30 – eeerm.. is that a ganja leaf?

  • Reply Mr. Enderman And Sir Creeper June 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    I actually am Japanese my mom is from Japan but not my dad

  • Reply Yoper au June 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Naruto..Kurama and ramen

  • Reply Joe McKiernan June 29, 2019 at 7:11 am

    i notice the trains arent very handicap accessible !

  • Reply Just Bagas July 1, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    I love Japan, because they always maintain the culture despite the progress that has progressed

  • Reply Designguide.tv July 3, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    i feel relaxed just looking at that bath

  • Reply Demselflyed July 6, 2019 at 6:26 am

    How long would it take to go from demachiyanagi all the way till kurama? does the one day ticket offer unlimited rides on the eizan railway?

  • Reply tsaikoboy July 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    japan is so clean! amazing people and culture

  • Reply LunaTwi01 July 8, 2019 at 12:17 am

    I guess it works the same way as a bus. Looks like fare chart up there which you have to collect the departure ticket and pay that amount.

  • Reply Dan Caffrey July 10, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Did you refer to Demachiyanagi as central Kyoto? It’s way up north! 😂

  • Reply Cloudis July 25, 2019 at 2:31 am

    You need to do less of the GO channel videos and more of these, you stopped doing these videos which is what hooked most of us to your channel.

  • Reply EXXON July 29, 2019 at 2:11 am

    what is their pay for the driver , dont they go loo ?

  • Reply Mikael Pernlind August 15, 2019 at 7:39 am

    I rode the same type of train between Himeiji-Takeda, ou should try it. And you should do a segment of Takeda, That would be lovely.

  • Reply J Wilcox August 17, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Hello Mr. John Daub; You remind me so much of late Freddie Mercury. That I just have to watch this show and spread it around. Peace. Just finished with your train ride from Toyoko to IZu?? it was a great train ride. I would need the most privacy for train overnite sleeping. But very great that they have unlimited options. I wonder if a little dog can get on overnight trains also. Japan has two ? Going to enjoy Kyoto train scenic ride .

  • Reply jacob kanal August 20, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Informative video, sir. Greetings from Northern Europe 🇩🇰

  • Reply jacob kanal August 20, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    If I want to see a “ONLY in JAPAN” video with Nice japanese Nature in it. Which one do I watch? Thanks in advance

  • Reply Nothing August 21, 2019 at 4:02 am

    5:55 The wood paneling and benches of the older trains remind me of the subway in Pyongyang with their Soviet era trains.

  • Reply Rani S Ekawati August 24, 2019 at 6:13 am

    I found the passes that include eizan line a bit confusing before. I need one that include Kurama temple but with so many sightseeing pass I nearly making a mistake which pass I should buy..now it makes sense after I watch the video. Thanks for breaking down each of the lines thoroughly. I can't even thank you enough!

  • Reply Cindy V September 16, 2019 at 3:25 am

    9:44 😍😍😍 I want to go!

  • Reply hulago1234 September 21, 2019 at 11:28 am

    there is also one-man train between toyama and takayama run by JR…scenic too and the railway runs through the mountainous Gifu prefecture

  • Reply Rise and Shine September 25, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    3:20 when he gently lowers his hand to the throttle, it's art.

  • Reply Jurgen Pagel October 4, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    You pay when you leave the Train that got you there . Thats a HONESTY SYSTEM by the People . Try that with Amtrak 😅😅😅😅😅

  • Reply Jurgen Pagel October 4, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Did you see the Floor in the beginning of this Video ?? Woahhhhh ❤❤❤

  • Reply 羅德夫 October 5, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Diesel smell on these "scenic" diesel trains and on railway stations is a health hazard.

  • Reply Stranded Alien October 6, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    So clean and orderly. Not one piece of paper on the ground, not one. There's no place like Japan.

  • Reply Tanco plays October 10, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Ok can you visit the owigowa railway

  • Reply landscape detective October 16, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I really like the relaxing pace of this video. It reminds me (a little) of the 2011 film 'Hankyu densha' (A 15 Minute Miracle), a charming story that follows the lives of various people who commute on the Imazu Line between Nishinomoya and Takarazuka (Hyogo prefecture).

  • Reply Black Orchid Faerie October 17, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    That was really interesting; I especially loved seeing the Maple tree lined parts of the trainline. Very beautiful and I'm glad they were able to repair it as much as they did. 🙂

  • Reply 後藤パオロ October 18, 2019 at 8:37 am

    so one man trains are kinda like buses on rails

  • Reply rapha7788 October 18, 2019 at 11:32 pm


    Japan: everything is balanced, as it should be.

    how can a country be so organized, at such point?

  • Reply Marée October 19, 2019 at 4:57 am

    They also have English announcements of the next station 😮 wow. That's great especially for tourists who love trains and riding trains.

  • Reply Scotty Kei October 19, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Great video! Please more expand Japanese good culture for the world,thank you! 😊

  • Reply Ambient Walking October 19, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Wow! What a great tip for Kyoto! I'm going to try it the next time I'm there!

  • Reply Rᴏʏᴀʟ Rᴀʙʙɪᴛ October 19, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I'm sorry for asking, since this might seem like a silly question but I've always wondered what would happen if someone wouldn't be able to pay for the ride and how they would deal with the situation? Will the one man conductor hand out a fine or something? Of course that would be extremely embarrassing though…

  • Reply Sebastian Flores October 19, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    These trains look hot!!

  • Reply Sasu Attiogbe Redlich October 20, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    There is someone known as anko o.o

  • Reply Trish Cooper October 23, 2019 at 10:23 am

    I was sure I saw in your guide a mention of a great place in kyoto to stay but maybe I imagined it?

  • Reply Benjamin Man — iBenTV October 23, 2019 at 11:15 am

    I'm living in Kyoto and on a sunny day it is absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply ?:? October 24, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Climate Change is not a hoax. There was a long time when major typhoons didn't hit mainland Japan. Now Typhoons are almost a yearly occurrence. The climate is constantly changing. Whether this is mostly anthropogenic or not, may still be up for debate.

  • Reply Vietnamkid1993 October 25, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Dentetsu でんてつい or Denshya でんしや

  • Reply Ian Diru October 26, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Very informative all the waaaaaaaaaaaaay from Kenya

  • Reply i know you know LEE KNOW MINHOE October 27, 2019 at 5:35 am

    11:55 Urokodaki-san 😁

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  • Reply Untari M October 27, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    How do I get the information there if all are in japanese and the people cannot speak English? I visited Japan in 2004, and want to visit again this end year, but afraid I can get lost cuz this time I might be traveling alone…

  • Reply Barry Hough October 28, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    The calmness makes it beautiful and popular.

  • Reply Strage Faith Apernum October 30, 2019 at 11:51 am

    the Market Area was shown in a Anime Called "Tamako Market" and it was only altered to not Resemble most of the Shops Around but the Area did resemble the Anime

  • Reply Brantley Thompson October 31, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Isn't Red Bean pasta the most popular flavour over there?

  • Reply MrMeatyHD November 1, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Honestly, you could take away my phone and most of my electronics and send me here for a month or two and I will still have a good time and even might find a little more inner peace 👌🏻

  • Reply Key November 7, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Bro nice video. Bro is there any private nude beach for man only in japan? If there is one, can we allowed to do masturbation in that beach?

  • Reply ALEX November 8, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I wish to go to Japan.

  • Reply j3 November 11, 2019 at 2:25 am

    The 7:48 red bean paste treat reminds me of those awesome fish waffles around Tokyo, Taiyaki, I believe it was.

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