Today is the 9th of July and we’ve activated our JR Rail passes. This one is good for seven days. We’re starting here in Kyoto and we’re going to work our way to Kanazawa today. We’re going to go to Nagoya. After that we will get on the Shinkansen and head up Aomori, spend the night there. On our last day we’re going to use this to take this all the way to
Chitose which is the airport next to Sapporo. Where we are renting an RV. We are at Kyoto station. This is our remaining luggage. We sent one large suitcase to our
buddy Yoshi’s house in Saitama which is near Tokyo. We are taking the Thunderbird
Express today. We have a reserved seat. It is not a Shinkansen. There’s a
Shinkansen up there if you can see it. It is a Rapid Express train. These guys
are getting some snacks because the train is not going to stop for a while.
It’s gonna stop but we’re not gonna get off for 2.5 hours. I got a sweet since there wasn’t very good choices and a tea. Would you like a coffee or something? Yeah, I need something. What do you got, Kaisho? Oh my goodness, didn’t you have enough sweets yesterday on Matcha Day? Huh? Alright, let’s see. Let’s see. Coffees are down here. Coffees are down here. We’re on our way to Kanazawa. My and Harumi just out here in the hallway. A little bit of rain today, but that’s alright. Can’t wait to get there. Good afternoon from Kanazawa. It is the
11th of July and it’s a rainy day. We’ve been waiting all morning hoping the
rain was going to stop. But it hasn’t so we have no choice but to go out right
now and Kaisho has something to say. Video the mirror. He wants me to video the mirror. I don’t know why. There you go. Now you can see what we’re holding a
camera and everything. Anyways, we’re gonna go venture out to Kenruku-en Park,
which is just across the street which is awesome and there is a castle and after
that we’re gonna go visit a museum. A minimalist Museum. Which we’re very
excited about because there’s not much in it. And the kids are ready to go. This
is our teeny tiny little place. It’s not so comfortable because we’re kind of
locked in here. Just a room here and over there is the kitchen through that door
and the bathroom. So let’s go out! I’m glad we decided to come to the park after all.
Kids are enjoying it. We had to buy an umbrella. We didn’t even have that.
Usually the Airbnb’s come with one but today’s didn’t so, we got an umbrella. Go that way you guys. Hydrangeas everywhere in japan. This is the Koto bridge. Kaisho look at all the support this tree
requires just to keep it up so it doesn’t fall. Look at all the support on
this tree. It’s what keeps it standing especially in the wintertime when it
snows. We’re gonna go up some twisty stairs! Let’s do it.
It’s raining though. Get this umbrella going. Umbrella going? Yeah, I got the umbrella – see. Alright you lead the way buddy. Nice view down there, huh Kaisho? Yep. Wow that’s so pretty, huh? Even though
we’re getting rained on here. Alright, let’s go buddy. It’s prettier than pretty, actually. We’re getting rained on, but it’s nice. We’re wet. We found some shelter here. We’re on a boat! Yeah, it’s shaped like a boat. Yeah, we’re getting wet. We’re getting wet. We made it to DT Suzuki’s Museum here in Kanazawa. It’s still raining. We’re really excited
because that he is known for introducing Zen Buddhism to the west and minimalism
as well and I think you can already tell that there’s not much here including
that many people which is good. Let’s check it out right, Kaisho? Are you contemplating, Kaisho? Is this place cool? It’s “full”. Dad? Yes.
You know what, according to one of the teachings on the wall says we need to be childlike. She’s already got the meaning of life figured out. Yeah. Haru and Boom-chan, you guys have the meaning of life figured out already, you know that? No worries. You don’t worry about stuff. You can pull on my ear, no worries. There’s no worries here for the kids. She got over there by this! Alright, I’ll see you there buddy. Hi Kaisho. We’re on a quest to learn more about Zen
Buddhism, and more about nature getting more in touch with nature, be more
minimalist. All kinds of good stuff. Oh, it’s another beautiful park out here! There’s always room for some Matcha, even on a cold day. A matcha latte sounded good to me. We spent the last three days here in Kanazawa. Visited Shirakawago and the castle grounds. And now we’re going to get back
on the train and head to Nagoya for a couple days. Before heading up to Hokkaido. Let’s go. You guys ready to get on the road again? Yep. Little tired? Yeah. We’ve got too much luggage. We still haven’t figured that out yet. Where are we going, Kaisho? Nagoya. Let’s pack it up! We’re riding on the train. On the way to Nagoya. And, luckily, the four of us can share two reserved seats. It’s hard to tell, but yeah, we’re all fitting in here. Here Haru. Could you stop videoing now? We just arrived in Nagoya. It’s freaking
hot and it was a very difficult time we had today trying to find our Airbnb.
Luckily, we had an awesome taxi driver. Harumichan was screaming her head
off. Tthe taxi driver didn’t care he was trying his best to try to find the place.
And he even turned off the meter. He was just so set on helping us find the location that he shut the meter off. Which is pretty awesome. We’re at Oasis at Nagoya. Is it cool? Yep! How was that, buddy? Cool. I ran from there all the way around and then came all the way to here. We’re in search for Totoro. Well, we’re not going to see hat but we’re gonna see a house that’s in the movie. It looks exactly the same as in the movie. A Totoro movie. We’re going to see Satsuki and Mae’s house and maybe
if we’re lucky we’ll find Totoro too. “My Neighbor Totoro” is a Japanese anime
movie from the 1980s. While made for kids, I think everyone would enjoy watching it.
And this house is an exact replica from the movie. I wanna go see Neco-no-bus now. Okay, let’s go find Neco-no-bus. It can run on water and jump while going
and can jump up in the movie on top of the tree! That’s craziness, huh? Yeah.
That’s a magical bus. From water! And can go on power cords without falling off or getting shocked. Wow! That’s cool. Is Haru eating flowers?
Picking them. Haru? Oh, is that for me, Sweetie? You gonna give that to Daddy?
Oh. Arigato. Oh, thank you. Ah, thanks sweetie. Pull it down. Pull it. Pull it. Yeah, there you go. Now watch the wheels. You see they made them go? Okay, and then when you push it back it’ll stop the wheels. Watch, see it
stops pretty fast actually I’m impressed. Pull it down! Very good okay let it go.
Pretty good, Kaisho. Yeah, faster faster. Go spin it Haru. Yeah, there you go. Look, you’re going 67. You went up to 67, Haru. Yeah, there you go Haru. Oh! There you go. I want to show you the three different compares. Alright. This one’s the right shape. Look. Ah, I see! Yata, Boom Boom. We’re getting our seat reservations at the
JR ticket office. We will be taking the Shinkansen from Nagoya to Shin Aomori, but first, we’ll need to change trains in Tokyo. Baba, bye! Today we’re riding on Shinkansen to Hokkaido. Is it going fast? Umm, much slower. He got used to, we took the simulation yesterday of the Maglev. Well the simulation Maglev, which went twice as fast as the Shinkansen. So he thinks this is slow. And we’re going to Aomori. Dad, it’s even slower than the normal driving train. Actually, this is more than twice as fast as the express train we took yesterday. Wrooooong! The Shinkansen is too fast for me. If I look out the window I get motion sickness. So, I’ve just been trying to keep this down, so I don’t get sick. Mama’s scared again? Let’s go find a bento to take on the train with us! Do that one look good to you? No. It’s like beef. Hayabusa 1! I’m super excited to ride the Hayabusa
Shinkansen. It’s one of the newest and fastest trains and it travels from Tokyo
to Hokkaido. It’s also reserved only trains so make sure you reserve your
seats ahead of time. Haru, are you ready to eat your bento on the shinkansen? You’re ready, huh? It takes about three and a half hours to
get to Shin Aomori station from Tokyo Station on the Hayabusa Shinkansen. We’re at the train station in Aomori. We’re on our way north towards Hokkaido. We’re just
spending one night just to break up the trip because it’s a long trip.
The boys are eating their bento boxes that they didn’t get a chance to eat on
the Shinkansen. Haru and I already ate our bento box earlier so we’re just waiting for our train. Spend one night in Aomori and get back on a train tomorrow for the rest of the way to Sapporo. It’s cold here up north! This is the northern tip of the island of Honshu. We’ve never been this far up and like you said, it’s cold, so we’re putting our sweaters on. First time we’re having to wear them. Haru is probably saying, “where’s my sweater?” She didn’t want to wear it the other day. You want to wear your sweater, Haru? I know
you’re trying to get an apple juice out of the vending machine. I know you want an apple juice. You keep asking for another drink. I don’t want to buy another one. We just had a
nice vanilla milk. Now she’s trying to buy an apple juice. That’s the moon! Almost a full moon. We are in, Aomori-desu. We are at Aomori, at the ocean! At the ocean. Tomorrow we will cross over to the island of Hokkaido. We are here at Shin-Aomori train station. We’re about to catch the train to Hokkaido. And it’s a beautiful day. Bright blue sky. Ready for one more train ride, Harumi? One more train to get us to Hokkaido. And we’re going camping. Yay! After one night stay in Aomori, we’re back
on the train, early. Well, it feels early. We’re so tired! We’re renting an RV today in Hokkaido. We’re going to pick that up in Chitose, which is near the airport. Can’t wait to start, even though we’re tired.