Staying at a Traditional Japanese Inn & Hot Spring | Ryokan

Staying at a Traditional Japanese Inn & Hot Spring | Ryokan

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No matter how many expressions I pull,
or faces I make, or things I say I can’t describe how good that was. So in Japan there are five types of famous beef. And today we’re off to go and see one of them
and that is Yonezawa beef. The city of Yonezawa beef is in the south of Yamagata,
which is the place where I’ve been living the passed 3 years. But somehow I’ve never actually
eaten any steak from there. So this is it
this is what I’ve been waiting for, for 3 years. I’m joined today by Ryotaro. -Hello
-He is Japanese -I’m Japanese.
-But he thinks he’s British. Alright I am….what do you think. That’s exactly what we sound like in the UK. Do I sound like a pom? Incredible impressions of a British person aside, what are we doing today? We’re eating the beef tomorrow,
so today we’re going to a Ryokan? A traditional Japanese inn. That’s right. Why this ryokan?
Why did we choose this one? Ok so, when I sort it on the website I saw this really great outside bath with a waterfall. Ah like at onsen? That’s right. And with the snow I think it’l look very nice. So we’ve got an onsen -a hot spring, a ryokan – a traditional Japanese inn and Yonezawa beef. This is going to be a good trip. This is Ryotaro’s music. Madonna. Madonna. This is what…this came out in 1980 something. And you know it right? I’ve never heard it in my life. Seriously. I don’t mind Madonna’s 80’s stuff though
– it’s quite good. Yeah it’s quite good actually,
the one’s she released in the 80’s. Then it all went downhill after the 90’s. Yeah. Before checking in we first decided to explore the local town, famous for it’s hot springs after the ryokan gave us both some stylish silver coats. Trury… the fun never ends. Look at him go. What is this? It’s a hot spring actually
– a natural hot spring that you can drink. It is quite hot. It’s 72 degrees. Is it quite sulphuric? It is and it’s salty actually.
I tried it. So I think you should as well. How much do you drink? Well, just a little bit. I don’t know – as much as you want.
It’s good for your blood circulation. -Oh my god it smells like a rotten egg.
-Just try it. Just sip… It’s good for your health! That’s horrible. It is isn’t it! But it’s good for your health. So what did you think? No. It’s just like seawater. Drinking seawater that smells like rotten eggs. That’s true. What’s she doing?
Fishing for eggs? No actually she’s soaking eggs. She’s soaking eggs. Actually they soak eggs in the hot spring for,
I think 10 minutes or something. 10 minutes. Yeah, so that it gets half soft, half boiled. And you put some soy sauce on the top and you can eat it. So you can eat it? Yeah you can eat it. We’ll get to eat it tomorrow morning actually. So here are some eggs that are being boiled now…presumably. -So how long will they be there? For 12 minutes?
-12 minutes. So who’s eggs are they? I don’t know. They’ve just left them there. They’re pretty confident. I mean this shows just how safe it is. The safety of Japan you can leave your eggs boiling in some water down
the street, and no-one will ever come and take them. You couldn’t do that in the UK. You couldn’t leave your eggs boiling in the water down the street. They’d be gone in 25 seconds. The most dangerous thing in Japan…Isis. Real Isis. Look at the size of them. It’s massive isn’t it? How many people a year do you think, meet their demise standing underneath those? Well it actually happens a lot actually. I had it once. It just came off on to my head. And you didn’t die? I didn’t die.
I’m a strong guy you know. After exploring the town and it’s delicious mineral water, we headed back to the ryokan to check into our rooms, before entering the hot spring. So the thing I love about ryokans is the rooms are just so peaceful and relaxing. You can see why Japanese families come here to relax. In many ways you do feel like you’ve gone back in time – with the exception of the Panasonic television and a few other items. And I find it a really great place to just disconnect from the outside world and just relax and unwind With the view of the snow coming down outside, it all comes to together to create just this,
really peaceful, wonderful atmosphere. With the exception of the snow
coming off of the roof like that. just your colour. Yeah? Am I a purple guy? I think you are a purple guy. Oh really. When you coming into a ryokan room,
then you’re going to have this. This is a Yukata. Some people say its like a kimono. But a kimono is like a really thick and colourful. The one that we would wear to celebrate something. But in ryokan we call this a Yukawa – it’s really thin. What else… okay. You’ve got this big towel. And then in the bag with a small towel inside. Big towel, is to wipe your body off
after you get out of the bath. Small towel is the one you take in. Modesty towel! Sure. Modesty towel you cover the private parts of the body.
So you can take this into the bath. But one thing you must not do is
– please do not soak this one into the water. So what you do, what you do while you’re in the bath
– you put your towel, on your head. Let’s see what you look like with the yukata. Okay, alright. Oh yeah… So we’re about to go into the onsen
– let’s change into the Yukata….so… Woah. So there you go – like a Jedi knight. But better. Only problem with Yukata is it really does make your stomach stick out. So if you’re like me, you have to stand up straight
and give the illusion, you’re fit. Let’s go! What a way to enter an onsen. You have to put you underwear into this. And the towel. Remember I told you before
– big towel inside, small towel – with you. That’s about it. So we have to take our clothes off, so over. Freezing cold! I can’t actually show you much, because we’re not wearing anything. But this is what an outdoor onsen looks like. You’ve got a bench there for
when you need a bit of time out. Hot bath. Awesome waterfall… falling snow. This is the reason this is
like my favourite thing in Japan. It’s so cold! Right now, it’s January, it’s snowing and we’re still not in the bath! Let’s go! This is it Look at that So….there you go. That’s what it looks like in an onsen. And…it’s so nice…absolutely beautiful. I feel very mellow after that, very – very relaxed. Did you enjoy that? Oh I loved it.
I just absolutely loved it. With the waterfall and everything. The waterfalls, the snow… I know! It was perfect. After relaxing in the onsen, we headed over to our private dining room for an incredible feast, which would be hosted by the owner of the Kajikaso Ryokan, Mr Satou. Look at that. Fantastic. The meat! It’s Yonezawa beef Look at the presentation absolutely amazing. Yeah! This is what it’s all about.
And the beautiful snowy scene outside. Had such an amazing dinner this evening. To call it a dinner wouldn’t seem right.
It felt more like an experience. What with all the little dishes,
the amazing, beautiful presentation. The copious amounts of sake. And i think the best thing about eating at a ryokan like that is the pacing of the meal. It’s very nicely paced out, so you never feel stuffed.
You never feel too full. Shabu-shabu is a Japanese dish
where thinly sliced beef is boiled in hot water. The term shabby shabu is an onomatopoeia,
derived from the sound emitted when the beef is stirred through the boiling water. And before eating it you dip it into a vinegar soy sauce. And it tastes incredible. Smells good! Very good? Very good! Very very good. And, this beef, drink with Nihonshu (sake). It’s very nice. Ah yeah! Nihonshu (sake) is very good. I agree. Best of all we were joined by the owner Mr Satou,
who’s such a really nice guy. Maybe I’m saying that because he gave me copious amounts of sake. Or maybe I’m saying that because he genuinely is a really nice guy. Ah beef and sake – good combination. It’s very fruity! Yeah! Like white wine. But it’s Nihonshu(sake). So nice. Such great hospitality! Yeah! Top notch. The next day Mr Satou generously arranged for us to go for lunch at a nearby famous Yonezawa beef restaurant, and even got us access to seeing the beef being prepared behind the scenes. You know it’s serious business
when you have to wear this… And that. You look very nice with the hat. Yeah? Yeah.
It’s like a rapper. Dj Beef…guy. Japanese beef or wagyu as it’s known in Japanese,
is famous for it’s marbling, whereby the beef contains a high amount of fat. The uniqueness of Yonezawa beef is that the fat, compared to other beef is very soft. Even at a lower temperature,
it starts melting. So we need to keep the room very cool. Okay It melts! When you touch it, it starts melting. Oh yeah. wow! It’s like ice cream. Due to the fat’s low melting point, it means the steak quit literally melts in the mouth and has an incredibly rich, almost buttery flavour, creating one of the richest, juiciest steaks in the world. As someone who absolutely loves steak ,
I can tell you now, once you’ve tried it, regular steak will never, ever, taste as good again. To produce the marbling effect,
the beef comes from the finest cattle, which are fed an intensive high grain diet. Whilst regular cattle are slaughter around 15 months, wagyu cattle are raised until 36 months. And this obsessive and length process of quality control, leads to some of the best tasting, and most expensive beef on the planet. Chris. He is also marbled. Cut! Cut! It’s marbling! Cheeky Mr Satou. This is the definition of Yonezawa beef,
what makes Yonezawa beef so special. The farmers need to be local people,
meaning the cows are from local and grown here. Ok so local cows. That’s right. Also this is quite important.
It has to be the female cow. Why? She needs to be a virgin actually. It say here… The male cow gets too big,
and the female cows taste finer. Really? So only female cows that haven’t given birth? That’s right yeah. Wow! This is the 300 gram steak. This is the 200 gram steak. Medium rare. This is the rump steak. Oh my god. 300 grams of awesome. So Chris, I’m Japanese and grew up here. However, I must say I’ve never seen Yonezawa beef at 300 grams. So what do you say? It’s the meal of Kings. Look at that. That’s mental.
It looks and smells amazing. Such a good smell. First of all, just one piece. You see that. Yeah I see that very well. It’s so tender! So tender! So soft! Very very good. Very very very god. Just cutting through it
you can feel the texture can’t you. Look at this. Look at this marble. Look at the texture. It’s phenomenal isn’t it. Yes! Did you get it rare or medium? I got medium rare. For those of you who like well done, don’t ever do it in Japan. Yeah it ruins the flavour of the steak. Let’s just try it. The tears of joy. You know what I’m doing now? Almost crying. No. I’m climbing the stairway to heaven. Not quite yet, as I’ve still got some left. The juice is coming out of the meat and spreading in his mouth. If he could describe it in one word, in English,
what would that word be? Happy Happy! How was it? That was the best female cow I’ve ever eaten. Female cow. Perhaps the best cow in general that I’ve ever eaten. That was amazing. No matter how many faces I pull, or expressions I make or things I say, I can’t really describe how good that was. Last year I ate Kobe beef, which is the most famous. But I couldn’t finish it. I didn’t really enjoy it. It was too rich,
there was too much fat and it was too rich. This was perfect. Amazing, from start to finish. Come here again in Yonezawa. Yeah! -Okay?
-Okay! Thank you Satou san. Thanks for everything. If you’re in Japan and have the chance,
staying at a Japanese inn and relaxing in an onsen, should be at the absolute top of your to do list. Japanese ryokans can be found throughout Japan, but if you’re interested in staying at the kajikaso ryokan in Yonezawa, ranked as one of the best ryokans in north Japan,
you can find all the details below. And if you’re looking to try some of the finest beef in Japan, whilst the Kongoukaku restaurant we visited is also in Yonezawa, fortunately they also have a branch at Tokyo station. The details of which you can find in the description box below. I can’t recommend it enough to anyone looking to try what might be the best steak you’ll ever have. As for me, I’m going to sit
in this chair and pretend to be cool, even though I’ve obviously set up the camera for this closing scene. Many thanks for watching guys, I’ll see you next time.

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  1. This Video is Great! I've been planning to go to Japan when I'm either 20 or 21, I still have to learn the language tho 😫

  2. Makes have the one small towel but what about women? How does that work? Or do they just expose their chest and only cover the bottom?

  3. Place wonderful , i show it to my friend girl and she was worrie than wouldn't let her entry because she has tatoos … it's alright ???

  4. Come on! You can do the egg thing in most small villages around the world. In the Netherlands, you can just go to the toilet and leave your laptop on the table of a café and no one will steal it… unless there are some immigrants, then you'd better take it with you.

  5. This was only missing the girls talking sexy talk and grabbing each other's boobs and other things on the other onsen on the other side of the bamboo wall and Kurisu-san and Ryotaro-san trying to peep.

  6. Ryotaro so sexy bum.
    Me love him long time…. 7 hours, 8 hours,, maybe 9 hours.. no sleepy sleepy and only sexy snax.

  7. thanks for showing us the hot-spring and all (prob a bit awkward trying to balance camera and nudity). was curious about them. need to go on a trip to japan one day.

  8. In the video for Borderline, Madonna savagely vandalized a gorgeous Nissan Fairlady Z (Datsun 280ZX in the US at the time). This old cranky man is not a fan.

  9. I've noticed over the years that other people like a hotter shower/bath than I do; so I'm wondering if onsens would be a form of torture for me (too hot) rather than a nice relaxing dip.

  10. Out of ALL the places you have shown in Japan this is my favourite and where I want to go and visit.

  11. "In the United States, about 15 people are killed by icicle-related accidents each year. Unfortunately, this number climbs to 100 in Russia. In 2001 alone, at least 74 Muscovites were struck by plummeting ice, one of which was an 18-year-old conscript."

  12. i drank a can of orange juice with sake flavouring once that was sensational, but when I drank sake that is sold in the UK to me it tasted like weak warm beer and I never liked it, and now I cannot find that orange with sake flavouring drink any more. Did you know by the way that Asians physiologically are more susceptible in the body to damage from alcohol, so they never developed drinks as strong as in the west?

  13. they all use their right hands, he`s the only guy with the attitude using left hands hahaa to receive things and to "cheers"

  14. I'm binge catching up on these videos. I've always been interested in Japan and these videos are very educational. Thank you!

  15. Sorry but if its not well done its not cooked….. worked at a high life restaurant once, and ill never see the appeal of eating something that still bleeds like it just came from the slaughter house… thats just not fresh its alive! I had been given complimentary free meals to try the menu to better to describe to the guests the taste and I can easily say fine dinning is not for me. I like my food cooked and will stare at you like your a cannibal or at least mental if you eat anything that still bleeds.

    I straight gave my steak away infront of the cook cause I asked for well done and I got a damn bloody massacre, I had to show the fucker he was an ass so I straight gave it to another worker and said make me a burger instead well done. He did and it was even more bloody so I just threw it away jokes on him he wasted his time and I stole an amazing 35 dollar slice of cake to compensate, my buddy worked in the desert area so he bagged it for me while no one was looking gotta love justice!

  16. God dammit, Chris. Do you have any idea how much money I’m gonna have to spend for the holiday to Japan? You and your incredible videos are gonna deflate my wallet!

  17. Really fantastic experiencing the Third way thru your vids. Plus, I don't recall Chris ever using the informal adjective "Top Notch" very often.

  18. Your friend Ryotaro has a really nice English and a great sense of humor! I love this video!!!!!

  19. I`ve never eaten the most expensive regional wa-gyu in spite of I`m seventeen japanese.
    you are very happy Chris-san.

  20. My love for Japan and Japanese people goes very deep in my heart and soul. Greetz from the Netherlands with Love! 🙂

  21. The worst part about being in Japan, by far, would be the constant mini panic attacks I'd have whenever I'd be in a car thinking we were moments from death due to being on the wrong side of the road. Then I'd realize we were fine, but I'd still have another panic attack next time I got into a car. It would haunt me.

  22. I've also stayed at a ryokan, and I also cannot recommend it highly enough. I stayed at one in 2008, and I still remember the experience.

  23. 日本の温泉を紹介してくれて日本人としてとても嬉しいです。雪景色の温泉は素晴らしいですね^^

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