Today we’re taking the train from Sapporo in Hokkaido To Matsushima A small town on the coast Near Sendai We spent one night here To see one of Japan’s top scenic views I’ll show you that in a separate video Today I’ll take you with me on the train Then I’ll show you the fanciest hotel I’ve stayed in, in Japan There’s new Japan travel videos on my channel every Thursday If you want to subscribe First we’re taking the Hokuto Limited Express From Sapporo to Hakodate It takes about 3.5 hours But there were some lovely views along the way This isn’t a bullet train BUt they’re working on one for this route between Sapporo & Hakodate So in a few years’ time This journey will be much quicker They’re aiming to make the whole trip between Tokyo & Sapporo Less than 5 hours It’s not quite as comfortable or spacious as the shinkansen The bullet train But it’s not bad At the moment it’s quite crowded Because it’s Sapporo Snow Festival time This is warm coffee in a bottle From the convenience store You can find it in what looks like a fridge But it’s warm It’s really sweet I think it’s got about 20 sugars! We changed at Hakodate To the bullet train This is the Hayabusa And it’s the fastest one The name means peregrine falcon So it’s named after the world’s fastest bird I think the shinkansen looks really cool I just love how it looks This line goes from Hakodate in Hokkaido All the way down to Tokyo But we’ll be getting off at Sendai To go to Matsushima We just wanted to break up the trip And explore a bit more of Japan on the way There’s actually lots of interesting places in Tohoku along the way I’d love to see more of them Now usually on the bullet train Reserving a seat is optional But on this train you have to reserve You can do it online before you go It’s pretty comfortable on the shinkansen So doing a long journey really isn’t a problem We were on here for 2 hours 40 minutes From Hakodate to Sendai And for a long journey You gotta have snacks Let’s take a look through the shinkansen This is a rest area between the carriages There’s places to freshen up And if you need to make a phone call This is where you can do it You have to be quiet when you’re in the carriages This is also the only rubbish bin you’ll find on the bullet train I had to be quiet Because there were some people standing there Who probably thought I was kind of strange for filming the toilets Don’t make the train cry From Sendai it’s about half an hour on the local train to Matsushima Which is on the coast This was quite a long travelling day We left Sapporo at 10 in the morning And got to Matsushima at quarter to six But this was one of my favourite places from the trip So I’m really glad we went There’ll be videos coming up to show you what it’s like We’ve arrived in Matsushima After about 6.5 hours on the train today On the way from Sapporo It was quite a long journey But we’re here at our hotel, which is the Ichinobo Matsushima And it’s a very big room we’ve got! This is a much fancier hotel Than I’d normally book But I had a voucher So we splashed out For our final night of the trip Ok this was the final night of the trip But it’s not the end of the series I’ve mixed it up, so we’re not in chronological order any more When you first come in there’s this little entranceway This is the same in Japanese houses You have a little area by the door Where you put your shoes Then you don’t wear shoes inside the house They’ve given us these slippers to wear Inside the room We also get these disposable slippers Which it says you can take home with you if you want to It looks like a whole apartment when you’re here It’s a bit of a strange arrangement for the bathroom In here we’ve got the sink Here’s the amenities You a Ladies Set Which is a hair band, some cotton buds & some cotton wool pads That’s what ladies need apparently! There’s some hair brushes What’s this? A hair band A head band Some toothbrushes Then the shower’s in here Let me put the light on & show you The shower’s a separate bit on its own With 2 shower heads That looks good That’s quite spacious in there Then the toilet’s over here In a little cubicle on its own There’s some more slippers here To wear in the toilet Here’s the Japanese toilet buttons This is another quite Japanese thing When you flush the toilet The water comes out here As a tap so you can wash your hands I guess it saves space & water This arrangement for the bathroom isn’t typical of Japanese hotels at all Most of the ones I’ve stayed in Have had really tiny bathrooms Or those bathroom all-in-one pods So this is really different Now let’s go through to the main room Look how big it is! This is massive compared to all the other hotels I’ve stayed in, in Japan But we’re not in the city here Matsushima is a seaside town The whole place seems a bit more spacious so far It’s got a nice traditional Japanese look In here There’s a fridge-style wardrobe The light comes on when you open the doors And they’ve given us pyjamas To wear around the hotel It says it’s ok to wear these outside your room And we also get these stylish waistcoats This hotel’s also got an onsen It’s got an outdoor bath on the top floor So you can wear these as you’re going to the onsen Or to the bar in the lobby There’s a little area with tatami mats Down here by the phone We’ve got a little sofa Phil’s modelling You can’t see at the moment But this view is amazing The hotel’s got a really nice garden There’s a swimming pool out there It’s February at the moment So I don’t think anyone’s going to be using that for a while But you can see the bridges are lit up Earlier on they had flaming torches out there And it looked really pretty I don’t know if you can see, it’s still snowing a bit It’s quite a big hotel You can see the rest of the building going round that side The sea, over there It was dark when we arrived So we haven’t seen it yet But the sea is that way I’ll show you in the morning when it’s light Another unique feature This door here You think it’s a cupboard No it’s not! It’s a mirror?! That’s hidden behind a door For some reason There was a time when I was staying in a hotel I got up in the night Put the light on Hadn’t realised there was a mirror right beside me I saw someone standing beside me And it really scared me So if only I’d had a mirror like this with a door It wouldn’t have been so scary Round this side of the bed We’ve got a sideboard with tea & coffee making facilities And cupboards down here to put stuff in BUt we’re only here for 1 night So I don’t think we’ll be doing much unpacking This is so much bigger Than a normal Japanese hotel room And it’s really nice As I said, this is much fancier than a hotel I’d normally stay in So I’m really looking forward to breakfast tomorrow morning There’s a buffet And I think it’s going to be really good There’s also an open air onsen On top of the hotel Now this is February And while it feels warm to us Compared to how cold it was in Hokkaido The temperature’s still just above zero degrees C So we didn’t really fancy it But apparently they also have free ice cream up there The view was beautiful This was such a lovely place to stay You can see some of Matsushima Bay Which is known for hundreds of tiny islands There’s more of that coming up Now it’s the morning And we’re at breakfast I wish I could show you more of the buffet But I didn’t want to disturb other people having their breakfast We felt a bit out of place Because everyone else was wearing the pyjamas & waistcoats from their room We don’t usually have breakfast at the hotel But they had a really good buffet A lot of it was cooked fresh And there was a lot of fish I had udon with sesame dressing I think it was supposed to be for the salad But I love sesames Then we went for a walk outside in the gardens No one else was out there Because it was pretty cold The garden probably looks better when it’s not the middle of winter And everything’s a bit more green But I think it’s still a lovely view Even if I was just there fore 1 night This was a lovely hotel I forgot to mention The other good thing is In the evening, they have free beer in the lounge I can’t wait to show you the rest of Matsushima It was really beautiful Remember to have a look at my designs On Especially when you’re starting your Christmas shopping And I’ll see you next week on Thursday