JAPAN Travel Guide: Osaka, Koyasan & Nara | Little Grey Box

JAPAN Travel Guide: Osaka, Koyasan & Nara | Little Grey Box


Hey you guys Phoebe here from Little
Grey Box now I am really really happy and so excited today because Matt and I are in Japan and this is one of our favorite places in the whole world now
as part of this trip we’re going to be exploring the Kansai and Hokkaido
regions and today we are starting in Kansai right here in Osaka yes I am so
excited let’s get into it and see just what in Osaka has to offer All right you guys so Osaka is famous
for being the birthplace of three things any ideas what they are I’m gonna give you a
second to guess any ideas? any ideas? any ideas? all right they are… karaoke! the ancient Japanese art of
singing like a complete idiot sushi train! the other ancient Japanese art of stuffing
yourself with plates of sushi and thirdly cup noodles! yes, cup noodles were
started right here in the Osaka and we are at the Cup Noodles Museum let’s go
inside and find out what it’s all about So we are going to build our very own
cup noodle and it is going to be the only one of its kind in
whole world so the way it works is you get this cup noodle container you can
draw on it and then you get to choose your ingredients so you color in your
cup you take it over there you get it made keep the lid on and it’s good to go
for one month you guys oh my gosh all my years of pumping up a Matthews’s
led to this and now you can put it around your neck and just walk around
and you’ve got a ready to go snack just add hot water and now we are jumping
back on the bus that we are hitting mm bori which is like the hot of a sock out
we’re gonna try some local food oh my gosh
I am so excited I live the Japanese food let’s go pick it out okay so Asaka is known as the kitchen of
the nation and for good reason the food here is amazing they specialize in the
number foods including this which is takoyaki
these are octopus balls and we’re gonna try them with these guys okay is also famous for Oscar to be happy if
you’ve never had it before it is basically a screen cake with a yummy
filling inside me anything from chicken or beef I believe but we have gone visit
seafood options day and this is amazing I think I’ve ever had this before so
let’s give it a go I really like this little utensil you
know really when the company first Hyman
so given life so together ways and so we acting without beautiful local
guide IKEA has been showing us around the Sokka and I asked I came she could
teach us a few local phrases yeah also good people big or secondary I have ever
heard Oh kini Oconee what is that means thank
you thank you okay I think I don’t know that yes okay okay okay so do that
Cologne with a my dog my tall I love that and what about what if I want to
say you’re really cute like oh cute babies up and what about if something’s
delicious good tap or she ninja my shame oh I got a oconee we are on the road in denne denne town
and Denton town is kind of the Akihabara if you’ve ever been to Tokyo it’s like
the electric district and Auto Road translates roughly to dig Street
so this is where you gonna find dragon Boldini costumes are gonna find video
games because it combines all kinds of tech there are all of these vending
machines this is just beep heaven there are a lot of men walking around and
sassoon this is like a blast from the past I was obsessed with my Game Boy
Donkey Kong super Donkey was my jam that and obviously Super Mario that was
incredible when these came out I begged my mom to color on I felt like a pea
iamp when I got the color on this is Tai yaki this is like a fish shaped ruffle
and this one is full of sweet potater I have never tried this before
I mean the sign says the old the ladies love it okay yum it’s crunchy it’s sort
of a little bit sweet oh that is really really good we are back in Danbury and I thought
this place is busy during the daylight one tip this is something our amazing
guide rocky told us if you go back a few streets and that’s how you’re going to
get you’re better quality food you know none of the stuff of a Main Street is
bad just that it might be a little bit better a little bit fresher and better
quality a few streets back now there is plenty to see and do in this area and
one thing I really want to do is go and check out the variety still donkey Rd
which is behind this would be ferris wheel there this is just a wild of shop
I’ve been to one in Tokyo and they just sell everything and anything I’m so
excited to get in there and have a look around now you guys know I’m making no secret
of it I have terrible social anxiety I hate crowds in this right here inside
don’t Garrity is testing me but I’m motivated by food that’s why I’m in here
this is choco baby it is so delicious a guy just like yeah you eat them one by
one I’m like nerve babe you pop the hatch this lately different days we are going away
from Osaka the main city and we are going to go out and see some of the
nature around the area and I’m really excited to guys sir I will see you in
the morning good morning you guys so it is day 2 in
the Kansai region and today we are exploring Koya Sun yes that is right so
behind me you will see the beautiful diamond gate and that is kind of the
official entryway to this whole area of koyasan now the temple behind me dates
back to 17 or 5 and you have a closer look there are actually two deities so
they’re like two Guardians the one on the left my left has his mouth slightly
open you might see and that is because the Buddhism belief there is that
everything it starts with the sound ah the one to my right has his mouth closed
and that’s because the belief there is that everything ends with the sound mmm
so it’s about endings and beginnings that beautiful balance you know you see
that a lot in Buddhist culture this place is absolutely beautiful the
history the temples the nature the trees are incredible so if you did visit Osaka
while you’re visiting the Kansai region it would be really easy to get yeah our
guide said all you have to do is catch a train it is two hours from Osaka to here
and you could organize a guide I’ll put the guides details below I’ll pin that
in the comment for you guys and you could just have the guides come and meet
you at the train station to make your life easy but I mean why not go get out
into nature and see a different side of Japan because away from the cities know
the hustle and muscle I mean you saw dotonbori yesterday this is just
incredible so amazing that local guides have
brought us to a beautiful Japanese restaurant we’re gonna have a
traditional lunch and this food is incredible everything is so fresh and
you’ll be presented and I love that there’s lots of different foods to try
so I’ve got some fresh sashimi Ivania I’ve got some fish with some beautiful
soy sauce I’ve got tempura I’ve got miso soup
everything is amazing it just melts in your mouth is so fresh so this is a conduit in and this is a
large cemetery and a guy who’s telling us a lot of the people who are buried
here are actually samurai and it’s an area that is frequented by monks because
at the top which is where we’re going now is the mausoleum of Obadiah he’s a
really important and revered monk it just is a beautiful place to be and
you’re in say that about all of the cemeteries but this place is stunning so just came out of Cobra she’s mostly
in but also it’s more of a temple kind of a thing and it was absolutely
incredible now we couldn’t film in there or photograph so I’ll just tell you
about it and you can google image it if you want to say but there is an energy
in there unlike anything else you know we lit candles and incense and our guide
is I believe a part-time monk and he was doing some beautiful chanting and the
whole thing was just magical if you ever get the chance to come I highly
recommend it it’s just a transformative experience and the amount of respect for
history and tradition it’s humbling they this company used to produce the parts
for zero fighters during the War two but after the end of the World War two they
supplied parts to the Apollo or satellites Rockets in need for the
United States this is a monument of Apollo 11 a guy just told us that there
are a lot of different grave sites in here that are earned by companies
dedicated to employees that they’ve tied and I probably wondering why I’m
laughing he just told us that this one is the funniest one in the whole
cemetery and that is because it is owned by a pest control group and the sign
behind me reads something like it is dedicated to all the termites that have
died this is the official termite gravesite rest in peace
termites so I want to show you guys where we’re staying tonight because it
is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced
it is freezing cold outside it must be getting below zero and it is so toasty
warm in here at the moment they’ve got the heaters on for us but this room is
incredible look at all the tatami mats everywhere they’ve got this table set up
for us see ya and underneath this table is
heated so you can get like your feet under there and stay cozy while you
drink your tea through here you’ve got where we’ll be sleeping on our
traditional Japanese futons and you guys it looks so cozy Matt and I gonna be
having a snuggle session cat pile in there later we’ve got some outfits here
and the interesting part of the evening is going to be the public bath so
there’s men and women’s it’s separate as I understand it I haven’t seen it yet
but it’s a big just communal bath for ladies and you get naked and get in
front of the other gals you cut that Tapani it’s pajama oh great yeah Sunday
only at the morning ceremony please do not to be a displeasure mother yeah
please wear your Brodie’s but at the time when you care we are anything which
should you wear that to the bath like I am about that that’s out to be nice okay
okay amazing thank you see with you there you go but perfect timing the
perfect explanation about what that is so it is dinner time at the temple and
this spread is unlike anything I’ve seen before this is so beautifully presented
and this whole feast is vegetarian long we are trying to find some way to have a
drink and we found somewhere but we don’t know what this place is
this is above we didn’t walk around town be able to find all right so that
karaoke bar in the middle of nowhere is absolutely wild I have to say I was a
little too tired for karaoke so we are gonna go and check out the public bath
the situation and then how could a whole bunch of foreigners to edit to share the
Instagram and yeah we couldn’t early start tomorrow I think we’ll be out
really early for some kind of special ceremony here so that was the beautiful morning
ceremony here at the temple and we got to be part of it where you pick up
incense you bring it to your forehead and then you put it on this I guess it’s
heated and it all smokes up and you send your wishes up to Buddha with it so it
was a really really beautiful thing to be part of something I’ve never done
before and yeah both Matt and I really enjoyed it
and today we are off to Nara and I am so excited to meet all my bamboo fantasies
come to life they’re gonna be deer everywhere we’re gonna be exploring some
beautiful gardens and I just cannot wait this has been on my bucket list for so
long let’s go we are in Nara and it is drizzling rain and gray skies but that
doesn’t matter because the deer behind me are absolutely beautiful now amazing
guide vinegar has told us she thinks there is something around a thousand
three hundred and sixty Ardea and the vast majority of them about 80% of
female now looking at their cards you can see that they’re getting their
winter coats on and the more that dusky gray kind of color but it’s during
summer months that’s when you see them looking exactly like Bambi
now there are some special crackers that you can buy around the place and the
proceeds from those go back into the conservation they’ll have a special
wrapping on them and they’re really good for the deer they don’t have any sugar
or additives or anything like that let’s have a go a feel at feeding them I’m so
excited to do this the temple behind me is home to a giant
Golden Buddha sir it is well worth going inside and
checking it out it’s couple hundred and two enta but hey
why not check it out while you do something really really cool about these
dear is that they bow now bowing is really really important in Japanese
culture it’s a mark of respect and the deer about okay I’m not rewarding a big
day of wrangling dear it’s time for lunch we’ve come here and this is just
like the food we’ve got some serve animals which ones are coming through
these when I speak thick ones it’s another nice vegetable broth topped with
seasonal veggies here we’ve got some sushi wrapped and coastal and leaves if
I take it down what you really only gonna be your best friend
you can’t come to Japan without visiting a traditional Japanese garden now we are
at the zoo en garden here in nara and this place is incredible
it just has the best energy and as our guide was saying nothing here is near it
is like stepping back in time nothing here has been changed nothing has been
altered and the beauty here is in the details through these old twisted
branches and there are jus drops and raindrops hanging from branches like
golden little crystals this place must look sensational in a
spring or fall and the owner Nakamoto sang he is so passionate his
great-grandfather bought this place and it has been handed down through
generations from his grandmother to his mother to him and I just loved that as
such a hallmark of Japanese culture to keep those traditions alive and keep a
place like this I mean when he’s talking about it he’s
saying get away from you know the big skyscrapers and the buildings and the
intensities and come to a space like this take a walk back through time and
just enjoy some traditional Japanese culture and a little piece of history
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say tonight we are staying in a traditional ryokan here in nara and i
just wanted to show you so it’s quite a small room but it has everything that
you need so we’re staying on the tatami mats
the beds are on the floor we’ve got our futon mattresses with a look that’s a
suspiciously thin pillow by yes that made of it feels like a heap back when
you’ve could have backpack then over here we’ve got a little table we’ve got
a little tea set we can boil some water over here there is this very very cute
tiny television I love these screens so we also have a
really small ensuite just over the other side I mean anybody who’s a business in
Japan will tell you the rooms are small but I have to say ryokans make a really
good use of space now this place also has another public bath like an
experience last night and hey I really like it Matt’s experience was a little
more intense in the men’s area but in the women’s public baths it was
fantastic so you you go in you strip off you soap up you wash off again then you
allowed to get in the bath once you’re clean and I just loved it I found it to
be so enjoyable it was just a nice hot soak in a great way to end the day so if
you are visiting Japan and you want to have that authentic accommodation
experience ari Oken is the way to go we are here at
a lovely little Tsukuba in Nara and if you didn’t know Nara is the birthplace
of sakae so that makes it the perfect place to try it now originally Sakae was
an offering to Shinto day at ease but today it’s an offering to me and we
never had to do a delightful tasting sake is made from rice and I am both
excited and nervous spoons I think it’s gonna be quite busy but this guy who’s
serving you seems to know he’s talking about so let’s jump in and try a few
different types of Sukkot Oh this one is kosher ooh it is aged socket
age 16 years and yes I think it’s gonna be a very spicy meatball it’s got some heat on it or at Bury allows dinner in case them
right here in dali we are at yokai watch and I’m about to try something I’ve
never tried the whole which is eel it’s a specialty here this is very fancy
restaurant barnak the teeth actually delicious I mean I would
imagine you would get what you pay for it this place is really nice it’s a
great spot to try I think it’s a little bit smoky a barbecue and then a
beautiful dinner just a fantastic way to end past night and just like that our
time in Japan’s amazing Kansai region is done we have had an incredible few days
exploring a Sokka Nara and koyasan and it is so hard to choose a highlight
there’s just been so many good moments and so much good food all right you guys
well that is it for me I really hope you enjoyed this video if you don’t already
be sure to subscribe and say konichiwa in the comments below have a great
weekend and I will be back next week with our Hokkaido video love you

68 thoughts on “JAPAN Travel Guide: Osaka, Koyasan & Nara | Little Grey Box

  1. Hey dear, I will come Cambodia next month for visit, I do not know what should I do or not and also I do not know anyone so can you take me the some beautiful or turist place and spent some times with me, it will be very pleasure….
    If you agree…….?

  2. If you’re looking for the Koyasan Guides we loved they are in the Koyasan link in the video description for you 🙂

  3. Choco Baby down the hatch! haha – love it Phoebe! 💓💓 Making us fall in love with Japan.
    Favorite spot so far??

  4. HEY! This was my last comment which didn't show up on LIVE STREAM 😱😪
    3:03 PM

    Annie​ BTW … I risked getting BANNED on a LIVE STREAM that I frequent, for posting this link! 😂😂 You guys are WORTH IT … I'm so NOT appreciated over there! 😢😬👈 YES! Angry face Matt! HA HA HA 😘

  5. Great work on this video ! I knew about Cup Ramen but didn’t know karaoke and conveyer belt sushi were invented in Osaka ! Thanks for the interesting info too.

  6. Konnichiwa! That was the first Japanese word I heard when I left my hotel room. Greeted by a happy lovely lady. I was so happy when this video was posted, I loved the way you showed the off-the-beaten-track of the Kansai region. All highlights you showed were new to me and I fell in love especially with the Okuno-In and Kobo Daishi's Mausoleum 😍. Those places were amazing in the way you showed it. Japan feels like coming home, talking about coming home, when I got back home from Japan there were 2 disappointments. I was surrounded by Dutch people instead of Japanese, and the Dutch people aren't as mannered as Japanese, and the toilet seats weren't heated! In case you are missing the sweet Japanese snacks, I highly recommend TokyoTreat, which gives you a monthly surprise box full of Japanese sweets and one drink, see this link http://fbuy.me/lh1ke. Also I am curious if you have done the Kumano Kodo hike? I want to combine this hike with the highlights you have showed in this video when I head back to Japan. I am in love with this country 🥰. Keep up the excellent videos and have a great weekend! ✌️

  7. Some great slowmo shots! And loved the music!
    It’s a pity Japan is on the other side of the globe! Looks really great. And what happened in the men’s bath…? 😄

  8. I need to book a trip to Japan!!! Please, please can you do a video where Matt discusses his intense local bath experience 👏👏👏 Can’t wait for next weeks edition x

  9. I can't believe someone gave you a thumbs down !!!!!!! that person needs to get his/her head checked. This was a brilliant video.

  10. Sorry I missed the premiere babe, my hubby was quite demanding that night 😉 he now owes me dinner ! excellent video !

  11. The contrast between your blonde hair and Japanese paper windows (I think they call it "Shoji"?) at 21:35 was stunning. A true East meets West moment. I wouldn't be surprised if Kill Bill director offers you a job for their sequel.

  12. Phoebe, you and Matt should come to Scotland!! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  13. New sub here! I'm an Aussie living in Osaka 😁

    Great travel guide, guys. Informative and a nice snapshot of Kansai. Love the music choices and cinematics.

    Can I please offer a tip? Kansai is pronounced Kahn-sai not Can-sai.

    Taiyaki is one of my favourite street foods. Sweet potato is a seasonal taiyaki during winter. Right now, they're doing sakura (cherry blossom) flavour in prep for sakura season.

    The Choco Baby scene was hilarious 🤣

    Koyasan is on the bucket list! Loved the drone shots and B-roll.

    By the way, Todaiji Temple's Buddha is bronze and the largest of its kind in the world.

    You guys are going to be huge travel vloggers!

  14. I agree with you on Koyasan! So peaceful, lovely and spiritual. You have the cutest personality that comes across so well when you're describing things.

  15. 楽しそうな笑顔がとても素敵でした。またいらしてください。ARIGATOU!

  16. Very nice video of the Kansai area. I went to Japan last Oct/Nov and loved all of the places that I visited in Kansai, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and even stayed a night in Koyasan. Amazing experience! I"m planning to go back in 2020 after the Olympics.

  17. I'm taking my mom to Koyasan and Nara in April! So glad you made this video, just confirmed I made the right planning choices 🙂

  18. Nice video👍
    Okonomiyaki looks so good as well!
    Koyasan! My favorite place!
    Next time when you guys come to Osaka, let me know, I will be the tour guide for you ^^(I was born and raised in Osaka🥋)

  19. Love your vlogs! Informative as well as entertaining. Full of positive vibes, too. Your personality shines through! Those bowing deer are so cute!

  20. 日本是美麗的,無國界旅行是愉快的,觀眾學到知識也是高興的!感謝你分享了你的傳奇!

  21. 俺は東京下町の浅草生まれだけど大阪好きだな、人間丸出し人間が大好き!!正直、東京都心は疲れるよ!!下町の人間は行かねえけどね。近所のおじさんや叔母さん、おじちゃんやおばちゃん、いたずらガキどもが大好き!!植木鉢が狭い通りに沢山!!地震が来たら此処で死ぬよ俺は。しょうも無い奴もいるけどさ、皆好きだよ。

  22. I am watching the whole video becuase the vloger is pretty and like the way she talk.. Cheers and hope that I can enjoy my Osaka trip next month too. 😊

  23. 男か女か解んない。どっち?

  24. สวย ครับ น่ารักด้วย

  25. nice trip & video(^^)
    それにしても大阪は陽気な人が多いねw

  26. All lives are respected in Buddhism. Like each termites, all whales caught in the past are named and worshiped in temples in Japan.

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