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  • In the last 6 years of living in Japan.

  • I've been incredibly lucky to travel the whole country, but this place is hands-down the most beautiful place in all of Japan.

  • Good morning, guys!

  • Welcome back to Journey Across Japan never-ending cycle of despair. Today...

  • you join me on the big one, the big cycle across the Inland Sea of Japan.

  • A chain of 5 or 6 islands, numerous bridges, mountains, hills.

  • Many people describe this as "the best route to cycle in all of Japan"

  • and having done it a few years ago, I can attest to that being accurate.

  • It really is an incredible journey and I've been really looking forward to this the whole last month of doing this cycle.

  • Joining me today is Sharla in Japan.

  • We're just gearing up, and in fact, we're gonna-- we're gonna miss our ferry

  • This is the ferry that takes you to the first island, which is where you begin.

  • We better hurry up, 'cuz we're gonna miss it.

  • So it's a very quick ferry ride about 5 minutes.

  • And this takes us over to the first island, and there I'll show you the map and show you what we're doing today.

  • - How are you feeling? - Good, look at the castle

  • There's a little castle up on the mountain behind us.

  • Feeling good, the weather is amazing, we are so lucky.

  • Very lucky, the last time I did this 3 years ago it was in the height of August.

  • Oh my god.

  • And it was about 36-37 degrees or something and I got sunstroke, I was able to complete the cycle.

  • How long did it take you?

  • It took me the whole day, like this is going to.

  • And we've arrived. - We're here.

  • So Charlotte's got a map here, guys.

  • This gives you a sense of perspective. We are here, right now.

  • We'd go across this island over a bridge, over this island, over a bridge, round this island, over a bridge, round this island,

  • over a bridge, round this island, over a bridge, over this island, over a bridge, the end.

  • And that's the day about 5 or 6 bridges.

  • I like how it warnes you where the steep hills are.

  • Steep hills, you can do it!

  • Frequent up and down hills.

  • The motivation we need.

  • The last time I did this, I actually found it more difficult than climbing Mount Fuji (富士山).

  • It lied to be quite difficult, because my legs are fucked from cycling a 1,000 kilometres or whatever it is. - Have you stretched?

  • Or...

  • Yeah, I haven't stretched yet, or it'll be easy because my legs are... really strong and brilliant now.

  • All I know is, let's go.

  • There are almost 3,000 islands in the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海).

  • And amongst the most famous Miyajima (宮島) home to the Itsukushima Shrine, one of Japan's most famous landmarks.

  • And Ōkunoshima (大久野島) also known as "Rabbit Island".

  • Where weirdos come from across the land, to roll around in a pile of rabbits.

  • Sadly there are no rabbits on our journey today, though.

  • But we do have an abundance of tranquil beaches and emerald green seas at every turn.

  • This is another reason I love this cycle, you have these little beautiful beaches all to yourself.

  • The sea is rather calm, because it's the Inland Sea of Japan.

  • And it's just a very peaceful calm route the whole way.

  • You can do it, Sharla! You can do it!

  • Charlotte's tired.

  • We have to go up a nasty little hill to get to this bridge.

  • Alas, we're here.

  • You can't even see the end of it.

  • Oh~~, fuck, water break.

  • Water break? But we've got a sick GoPro time-lapse to do.

  • Prepare to make the jump to hyperspace.

  • 3

  • 2

  • 1

  • Start

  • Woo~~!

  • Yeah~~, one bridge down.

  • Yeah, the first bridge is done. - Yeah. - 1 bridge down... 5 to go.

  • That was Enoshima bridge, that was 770 meters.

  • And look everyone, it's an orange orchard. Yeah! Is that a symbol of hope?

  • Is that a symbol of good things to come? - It is. - A positive omen? 'Course it is.

  • Oranges. Probably. I think I've just made that up.

  • I must admit though after doing that first bridge, I feel like anything's possible.

  • Nothing can stand in our way now.

  • Funny it's been 3 years and 2 months since I last did this cycle route, and yet I remember the day incredibly clearly as though it was yesterday.

  • Like I remember this bloody hill where we're at now, I don't know why that is, my memories is not that great.

  • But I remember this cycle trip this day so clearly I think that's because, I really was in the moment that day.

  • I was very mindful of my surroundings. I wasn't thinking, I wasn't filming, I wasn't doing anything.

  • I was just cycling and enjoying the scenery...

  • around me and.

  • When you in the moment like that, without a care in the world, without a thought in your mind.

  • I think it's really easy to capture that time and place, and keep it in your memory very clearly.

  • As I have done... with this fucking hill.

  • Having triumphantly conquered our second bridge of the day.

  • Sharla and I stopped off for a healthy nutritious Lawson's lunch.

  • So we're now about 20 kilometers in, guys, which is about a third of the way.

  • Yesterday I did a challenge for the cycle where I was a vegan for the whole day, which is a tough challenge.

  • Today that's all gone out the window though.

  • Because I've got fried chicken on a skewer and beef and rice.

  • Back to my old ways, I didn't learn a thing.

  • I'm not a better man for being a vegan for a day.

  • Why're you laughing?

  • You did well for the day, I am impressed.

  • I came to the realization being a vegan for a day, that...

  • I just can't ever do, I can't be a vegan...

  • ever.

  • Just the, my lifestyle the way I do things, I just can't ever do it.

  • And I'm never-- never gonna be one.

  • How're you feeling?

  • So far?

  • Good, the hills were really tough, but...

  • as long we take breaks afterwards, it's totally doable.

  • Yeah. What's-- what's this?

  • What is this? What is going on?

  • Trying to make a youtube video here.

  • What do you think of the scenery so far?

  • I actually...

  • It's a lot different than I expected Hiroshima to be, my image of Hiroshima wasn't this... tropical.

  • The water is such a pretty blue color, but it's beautiful here.

  • Not gonna lie, It's not the most romantic... location.

  • Sitting at the front of Lawson's with my fried chicken on skewer and my rice ball

  • I don't deserve this, I've got a YouTube channel.

  • So I don't deserve to sit on the floor.

  • As beautiful as this journeys being today.

  • I have faced more hills in the last 6 hours than I think I faced...

  • in all the other days combined of this month-long cycle.

  • The only good thing is...

  • the scenery keeps you going, the scenery keeps you motivated.

  • Because you just pull over... at any point on the cycle and you are...

  • rewarded with an incredible view.

  • Like this.

  • Or.

  • Look at that.

  • Beautiful.

  • Beautiful stuff.

  • And there.

  • Over there's our next bridge, our next challenge.

  • Come on, we're nearly there. How're you feeling?

  • I feel fine when I'm not going up hill and then as soon as you start to go up hill...

  • my upper thighs burn.

  • Well I've got some bad news, we're about to go downhill.

  • That's good news.

  • And then up a hill. - Stop it. - No, we've been climbing up a hill - Don't tell me that.

  • We've been climbing up a hill for 10 minutes. - We have, I've noticed. - And we've gotta go put a...

  • more hill and yet there's, it's going downhill now

  • Let's just enjoy this, enjoy this while it last.

  • So we just crossed this gigantic, majestic, spectacular, wonderful, incredible bridge.

  • We have.

  • I feel like I should say something profound or brilliant on camera. - Yeah. - To mark this moment.

  • You should.

  • What should I say?

  • Say something. - Say something.

  • Say something. I'll say something.

  • I'll try and say something profound.

  • There's a mosquito on your face. - Brilliant.

  • Profound statement, take 1.

  • This isn't just a bridge, this is a crossing to a new me.

  • Naw, fuck it, I'll do it again.

  • Profound statement, take 3.

  • Ever since the dawn of time mankind has loved bridges. But what are bridges?

  • Why are you laughing?

  • This was gonna be really good.

  • This was gonna be really good.

  • And you've ruined it by laughing.

  • There's only one more bridge to go.

  • A better bridge.

  • A better bridge, the biggest bridge you ever did saw.

  • I'm excited.

  • It's pretty big.

  • This is it, guy's. The last bridge, shit.

  • The.

  • The hill.

  • Up to the final bridge... is brutal... and after a day of cycling...

  • 50-60 kilometers.

  • A hill

  • Lucky son-of-a-bitch, he's got a moped.

  • Damn you.

  • We are so close. I'm a bit gutted, I thought we'd got here... 20 minutes earlier.

  • We would have made it.

  • We would have got the best sunset view known to man, like the sun setting.

  • I've never seen a sunset like this.

  • With a 4 kilometer suspension bridge in front of us.

  • But it does look cool, it's like a blood red sky.

  • Looks like we're cycling towards the apocalypse.

  • Keep going, Sharla! You can do it!

  • My legs are... just feel like they're on fire.

  • But I feel pretty good, like we've made it to the last bridge.

  • Don't know how we're gonna get across it before it gets dark.

  • But we're not, It's gonna be dark by the time we get over it.

  • Go, go, go.

  • Yeah~~.

  • Look at that view.

  • Seriously.

  • That guy looks 3 times your age and he shot past you like a rocket.

  • He's 3 times as fast.

  • 3 times as old.

  • To be fair, he has a proper bike.

  • You have a proper bike.

  • No I don't. - Yeah, you do.

  • You saw that one. It's one of them fancy ones, where you go like this.

  • It's definitely easier.

  • I've been incredibly lucky over the last 6 years to travel Japan extensively.

  • But this is hands-down the most beautiful place in all of Japan.

  • No competition.

  • I just hope... I've done it justice today.

  • With GoPros and drones and cameras, hopefully we've done it justice.

  • How do you feel?

  • I'm really happy that we made it for at least the end half of this.

  • Golden Hour, the sun looks like it's exploded.

  • It's ridiculous, I've never seen a sunset this beautiful.

  • Only thing I'll say, the only downer in all this, is...

  • I do feel quite sick at the moment.

  • It's been hill, after hill, after hill.

  • My legs are trembling from the exertion.

  • I don't think I ate enough energy jelly or drank enough energy jelly.

  • I don't know what it is. Is it eating or drinking jelly?

  • Do you eat or drink jelly?

  • Slurping.

  • Slurping jelly.

  • Well guys, today was officially the hardest day of the cycle so far.

  • I think we might have broken Sharla's legs for good.

  • The last time I saw her, she was just sort of falling down some stairs.

  • I don't think we'll be seeing her again for a while.

  • But today was a nightmare by all accounts, not just because of Sharla it was...

  • A really, a real slog 70 kilometres, half a dozen bridges.

  • I really feel like I pushed myself... to the limit today.

  • But I stand by what I said on the bridge earlier, the Shimanami Kaido Cycle Route

  • and the Inland Sea of Japan does have the best scenery in Japan.

  • And whether you like cycling or not.

  • If you come to Japan on a holiday for 2-3 weeks.

  • Try and set aside 1 or 2 days and just do it.

  • Because it will be difficult will be hard but it will be extremely rewarding and you won't regret it.

  • So definitely do it if you get the chance and then afterwards you can go and see Bunny Rabbit Island and live the dream.

  • Rolling in a pile of rabbits, in it.

  • So now we are in Shikoku (四国), Japan's smallest main island.

  • And tomorrow we're gonna be checking out the city of Matsuyama (松山市), which is one of my favourite cities, actually.

  • So I'm looking forward to having a slightly more relaxed day checking out the city tomorrow.

  • But for now guys the matter way might be out there in the big wide world.

  • Thanks for joining us today on Journey Across Japan and I'll meet you right back here tomorrow, to do it all over again.

  • Have a good one.

  • Learn something interesting about the town you're in, from a local.

  • [...], I've known you about 40 minutes.

  • And I get the impression you really like oranges.

In the last 6 years of living in Japan.

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