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Akita – Japan’s Onsen Paradise

November 11, 2018

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A couple of weeks ago we took a Shinkansen up north to Akita.  The last two weeks of October are when the leaves change color.  We were told that a week later than that and they’d be all gone.  They weren’t kidding.  We were there for three days and the landscape looked a lot different from when we arrived to when we left.  Or maybe it didn’t change so much.  We changed.  

Wow that was too artsy to not smack myself for.  We weren’t changed, but we were definitely rejuvenated.  Our skin felt AMAZING.  And, really, being up there in the cold, fresh air feel so different from Tokyo.  Life is slower.  Places are wider, shorter, emptier.  Many roads but not many cars.  When we came back to Tokyo we were shocked at how packed it was.  And that’s just from us being away for a couple of days.  I can’t imagine how my parents felt when they first came here.  It’s really surprising.

Otherwise right off the bat let me say how tough this video was to title, and as I write this sentence I still haven’t settled on one.  Because I wanted to call it “The Most Beautiful Onsen in Japan” but it turns out that Sharla already did a video called that, in the exact same Onsen we went to.  She wasn’t lying.  Not clickbait title.  It’s absolutely stunning.  We couldn’t get footage good enough to do it justice.  We could show you how the onsen looks, or the village looks, or the trees look, but there’s an air there that we couldn’t catch.  An air of timelessness and deep history.  It definitely punches you in the stomach while the views slap you in the face.  Overall very abusive in a good way.

I don’t know what came over me today with this post.  We just had a really great time here and I hope you can go out and experience it as well.  If you want more of it to experience, here are some bloopers and extra scenes!

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  1. I love onsen (I love everything Japanese). I love you guys. Hence I double (gezillion millions) times love this video.(and almost every videos let’s not kid ourselves) First time I ever went to read your blog(yeah sorry. Mianhe. Gomenne) and I question myself why I didn’t go here sooner (I’m just insane). As I was reading the blog the Voice changes from Martina’s to Simon’s and vice versa and overlapping between the two..it’s like I’m reading the blog version of your videos in my head. well duh this is the blog for your videos.. And I can hear the sound of your voices vividly (as I said I’m insane with voices in my head and my mind wander around in the clouds most of the time so it can be full of fluff or dark and scary with lightning and thunders. Yeah I don’t make sense in the flow of what I’m writing. I don’t know anymore.. haha) our internet will be down on Friday and I’m sad that I won’t be able to see your new and old videos until it’s up again.. huhu.. but that’s not the point of this comment. I wanted to say that you guys are awesome and keep being awesome. Love you both and you too Dan

    1 month ago
  2. I’ve got warm and fuzzy feelings while wathching this video. First the nostalgia of w.a.n.k.ing (oh, that music!). Then the beautiful shots of nature. Third joyful coulply time. I’ve got a great day with my boyfriend too, so now I’m extra happy thanks to this video, even though I had to go to work for a night shift.

    1 month ago
  3. Oh man that music, that intro – it feels good to see it back, even just this once. I am glad you are well enough to go on adventures! I love Onsens (and jimjilbangs). I hope I am able to go to Akita next fall and soak in the onsens and find some cute Akita inus! In February my friends and I have a trip planned to Kusatsu which is an onsen town in Gunma. So it’s not too far from Tokyo but it will be real winter there and I am looking forward to sitting in a piping hot onsen amidst the snow and ice.
    PS that bench shot actually reminded me of a friend who is a 3D modeller and he freaks out over things like that because of all the textures and such – so being friends with him made me also appreciate things like that and honestly I don’t mind artsy bench shots.
    PPS congratulations on not getting lost in the woods Hipsters survive the forest!

    1 month ago
  4. Yes, it’s tough to be unique when you go on an onsen tour with a bunch of other youtubers – LOL! I kinda wondered why your harked back to WANK until I saw the bloopers but yeah, dem nostalgiaz, they is nice. I dunno, the “show names” with openings and musiques were some genius marketing, might as well use ’em :D – could literally go right to tv. It’s onsen, it’s Onsen time – did you have on your onsen socks? ;) I really enjoyed this video and you did make it seem really easy. Would be nice to get more details about the “onsen hopping”, is this a tour? is there extra cost? travel links? The leaves and scenery were pretty breath-taking and of course the bench, that was extra special, thanks for the closeup! Probably grows flowers in the spring from the moss. Seems like the weather was perfect for this trip, nice and cool. Glad you guise had fun XD

    1 month ago