Japan Hour: Road Trip to Shizuoka (Part 2)


Local lines. Trains travel through
beautiful places of Japan, making us feel nostalgic. Season by season,
we enquire local residents to find breathtaking scenery, delicious
cuisine, and wonderful accommodations. It’s a journey to uncover recommendations
only the locals know. All aboard to find
the home in our hearts. This time, the journey takes place
on Akechi Line, Gifu Prefecture. It’s a local line with scenic views. Outside of the train windows
spreads peaceful rural landscape. -I feel like I’m the operator.
-Me too. Hidden spots with breathtaking views
only discovered by enquiring the locals. -That sounds nice.
-Here it goes. Our travellers devour local delicacy. Here it is.
The noodles are transparent. They find exquisite
yet healthy ramen noodles. Very smooth. Heartwarming interaction with people
on the local line. It smells great. I used to do ice skating. -Did you really?
-Yeah. -Were you fast?
-Yeah, a bit. -He’s a gold medallist.
-What? -Of the Olympics.
-What? Our travellers are also amazed
by the treasures they find. Geta skates? -What is it?
-It’s something new. -You wear tabi socks with them.
-What? However… I think I made a mistake. Are there any restaurants or anything? There’s nothing around here. On top of that… What? A clipper? -Finding entries doesn’t go so smoothly.
-Really? Does this really have anything to do
with our journey? An unpredictable two-day journey
filled with excitement and surprises. And a miraculous encounter! Let’s get started. All aboard our journey
of enquiry and discovery! -What’s that?
-Here’s your loach. Wow, I wasn’t expecting it
to look like this. -Deep fried loach?
-Yes. -You cooked them as is.
-Yes. -What?
-I’ve never eaten them this way. (Deep fried loach 580 yen) Is it good? -It has a good aroma.
-Oh, yeah? It’s a bit bitter, too. I personally love this.
Especially the bitterness. -A complex taste?
-Yeah. It’s sweet at first, and gets bitter after that. (Raw horse meat 1,080 yen) Our duo also orders raw horse meat, and grilled aubergine. They are very happy with what they got. The fifth entry in the guidebook,
a unique pub in the castle town, Izakaya Tono. -Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much. -Thank you very much.
-Thank you. With their stomachs full,
they go back to the guest house. What will our rooms look like? I’m excited to see it. -I’m quite excited, too.
-Me too. (8:10 pm) We’re back. -We’re back.
-We’re back. -We’re back.
-Hi. -We had dinner.
-Welcome back. -Thank you.
-Mr Shimizu, Yes? there’s something I’d love to show you,
which I just remembered. -What is it?
-Over here. What is it? -What is this?
-Skates made of bamboo? I mean, geta (Japanese sandals) skates. -Geta skates?
-What is that? It’s from pre-war. -Pre-war?
-Right. These are the skate blades. These are from pre-war. No way. How come you have these here? I love skating a lot. In this area,
there’s nothing else to do. So you used these? They wore these in old times. -With tabi socks.
-What’s that? It’s locked now. Look. So skates were like this in the old times? Yes, I’ve only seen them in books. You knew about it? Yes. -You own these, Mr Fuji?
-Yes. You skated like that? I’ve always wanted to skate like this. In the early Showa period,
Mr Fuji had a blacksmith in town build these skates. There wasn’t much entertainment back then, so they poured water in rice fields
and let it freeze and everyone went skating on the ice. I’m happy that I was able
to show this to you. That’s great. -This is great.
-Amazing. I’m happy. That’s great. He says now he can
go to heaven in peace. -So interesting.
-Can we see our rooms? -Yes, this is your room.
-Great. It’s very spacious. I’ll move the table
and put a mattress there. -I’ll do that.
-Great. -You’ll have a room on the second floor.
-Sure. Can I take a look, too? Sure. -Follow me.
-I’m excited. Mr Shimizu will have two tatami rooms. Through the paper sliding door
called Satori no Mado, there’s a view of their charming garden. Here’s Ms Nishioka’s room. Wow, it’s made of wood.
It looks nice. -It’s real wood.
-So spacious. Placed on the floor. It looks wonderful. Thank you very much.
We built this room for my daughter. We have a daughter,
and we talked about me getting retired. We changed to wooden floor
to bring a bed in. Yes. The room has some traditional elements while it also has new elements
added little by little. The bamboo beam was already here
when we bought this place. I see. You use them very nicely. They also have a bath made with Japanese
cypress that keeps you warm. (Japanese cypress
is used for the walls) The sixth entry in the guidebook, Tojiya.
A heartwarming guest house. -Let’s talk about tomorrow.
-Yeah, what should we do? Let’s think about it. Let’s go take a look at the town
a bit more. -Let’s do that.
-So we’ll take a train later. Sure, what time should we start? What about 10:45 am? What do you think? I think that would be perfect. -Shall we leave here around 10 am?
-That sounds good. As for the entries, including this guest house, -we have six.
-Six. -That’s good.
-It is good. It’s going very well. We have four entries left to find,
and four stations. It’d be great if we could find one entry
at each station. -So we’ll get off at each stop?
-Sure. -Let’s do that.
-I hope tomorrow will go smoothly, too. -I’m sure it will.
-Yeah. (Gifu Prefecture) On the journey on Akechi Line,
Gifu Prefecture, our duo found six entries
on the first day. Let’s keep up
the good work tomorrow. (The second day) -Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. -Can she?
-Bye. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. The two were 100 percent happy
with the guest house. As they still have time
until the train arrives, they decided to make a little detour. They sell castella cakes there. Where? Here. I want to try that. -Castella cakes for breakfast sounds nice.
-Right? I wonder if it’s open? -Oh, it’s an automatic door.
-Yeah. -Good morning.
-Hi there. -It smells sweet.
-It does. -Sorry, can we film this store?
-Sure. Great. Is this area known for castella cakes? It’s our shop. Two hundred years ago,
there was a castle in Iwamura. There was a doctor named Untaku Kamiya
at the castle. He went to Nagasaki
to learn medicine there. The famous Doctor Siebold not only taught him medicine, but also told him
that castella cakes are good for health. He then taught my ancestors
eight generations ago to make them. We’ve been making them ever since. Eight generations ago? -Yes.
-You’re the eighth? Yes, I’m the eighth generation. This Japanese confectionery store
has 200 years of history. Castella cake was introduced
at the end of Edo period. (Castella cake 480 yen) They still use the name and recipe
from the time period and continue making it the same way. I’ll buy some for gifts. -Yes, for gifts.
-Thank you. -We’ll eat it on the train.
-Can I shake hands with you? I used to be a skater. Really? This is a town of skaters.
It’s popular in Gifu Prefecture. Do you speed skate? -Yes, I did speed skating.
-Really? He was in a national competition. Seriously? Where did you compete in? I went to Kushiro,
Hokkaido, and Iwate. -Really?
-So you were shocked to see him? -Yes, I worship him.
-He’s the legend. Can you strike the starting pose? -I’d love to see it.
-That’d be embarrassing. -Why not?
-Let’s do it together. That’s the starting pose? Amazing. -I also did 500-metre races.
-Really? -Great.
-Thank you so much. I want to take a photo. Sorry. Should I strike the pose, too?
How do I do that? -Do the same as me.
-Okay. I’m so happy. Thank you very much. Sorry, we don’t have time. Thank you very much. Thank you. That was very moving. Thank you very much. -I’m glad we stopped by.
-Me too. -It’s a miracle.
-How amazing. We should have asked them
for recommendations. Yeah, we should have. I want to do that. Only 15 minutes left
until the train departs. Let’s hurry. This isn’t good. I see the train track. We barely made it in time. We’re back. The second day starts
at Iwamura Station. Next station, please.
Hanashiro-Onsen. Hanashiro? -How many?
-Two. There are four stations left
and four entries to find. Their plan for today is to get off
at each station like yesterday. The time limit of the journey is 5 pm. You’re going to Akechi? We’re going to Hanashiro-Onsen. Hanashiro? The second day of enquiry and
discovery begins now. (10:45 am) Did you have breakfast? -Not yet.
-No, right? I didn’t either. Should we eat at the next stop? -Let’s do that.
-Okay. Akechi Line connects Ena Station to Akechi Station
in the southeastern part of Gifu. There are 11 stations total
and the total distance is 25.1 km. It’s a short local line that runs
through the peaceful rural landscape. Their goal is to get recommendations
from local residents and create an original travel guide
with 10 entries. Let’s go to the front
to see the scenery. Yeah, let’s admire the scenery. Okay, this looks great. -It’s nice to stand here.
-Let me see. It’s right in front of us. It’s impressive. So dynamic. Don’t you think? This is the best seat. I feel like I’m operating the train. Me too. I feel like a kid again. It’s only a six-minute ride to their
first stop of the day, Hanashiro-Onsen. Hopefully, they can find a hot spring. We’re arriving. -I think so.
-That was so quick. We’re here. What will this town be like? Wait a minute. What did you find? Hanashiro-Onsen? He’s already found something. In front of the station? Is this it? It says “hot spring”. -What?
-The building in front of the station? Oh, you’re right. (10:51 am) We’re here. Yes, we’re here. Good morning. Are you going to the hot spring? Hot spring? Are you from here? -Hot spring?
-Are you going there? To the hot spring? Yes, I’m from this town.
You can go to the hot spring. -Can we?
-Yes. The hot spring has been here
for a long time and it’s a wonderful place. -You should try it.
-Okay. For me, I had an agar jelly shop. -Agar jelly?
-Yes. Is agar jelly popular in this area? -Yes.
-I see. I used to make it in my shop. You used to make it? Yes, I did. -Now too?
-Not anymore. -Pot.
-Pot? The pot I used to use is here. The pot you used to make jelly with
is here? -It’s right here.
-I want to see it. Can we go with you? This is it. -Let me see.
-Here. -There it is.
-This? I used to use that. -You had that at your place?
-Yes. -Really?
-Why is it placed by the station? They asked, -so I gave it to them.
-Okay. -You gave it to them? Such a big pot.
-Yes, I did. -It says big agar jelly pot bath.
-Yes. -It’s very deep.
-Let me see. Wow, amazing. You used to own this? It used to be yours? Yes, it was ours. We used it,
but now that my husband is gone, I gave it to them. You used to put jelly in it. No, plants. Plants? Agar plants? Agar plants. We made jelly by boiling the plants. Yamaoka Town is a leading producer
of agar jelly where they have a share of 80%. At the beginning of the Showa period, people started to make it in winter
when they couldn’t farm. The temperature drops a lot at night
in this area, which is perfect for making agar jelly. Where can we go to taste it? -Jelly?
-Yes. -You can try it here.
-Where? -Here?
-Here? -The hot spring joint makes it?
-Yes. They don’t make it here,
but you can eat it. They have agar jelly ramen. -Jelly ramen?
-They have that? -Is it good?
-Yes. You should try it. You can eat it here. Take care, ma’am. Thank you very much. -Keep it up.
-Thank you. Before tasting jelly ramen, they check the timetable
for the next train. 11:55 am? That’s… -That’s too rush.
-Yes. When is the next one? 1:03 pm. But this is an express train. -Is that so?
-Yes, it has a star. -Let’s take that one, then.
-Okay. Let’s have breakfast. Our duo decides to spend
two hours at this station. -We can eat jelly at the hot spring.
-Yeah. -But we need to ask for permission to film.
-Oh, yeah. -Hello.
-Good morning. -They said, “Okay”.
-What a relief! -Great.
-Yes. (Hanashiro-Onsen) I’m glad. This way, please. Thank you very much. -There’s a terrace, too.
-Oh, yeah. The hot spring facility
in front of the station opened after a renovation in 2009. Inside, there’s a restaurant
where local speciality dishes are served. (Restaurant Hanashiro Chaya) We want some agar jelly. Sure. The dish that has the most jelly
is the jelly ramen here. We use noodles made of agar jelly. Noodles made of agar jelly? On the journey on Akechi Line, our duo visits a hot spring facility
with a restaurant by the station. We want some agar jelly. The dish that has the most jelly
is the jelly ramen here. We use noodles made of agar jelly. Noodles made of agar jelly? What flavour is it? It’s Baitan. -Baitan?
-It’s white. -Chicken broth, right?
-Exactly. What other jelly dish do you have? The vegetable salad here
has some agar jelly placed on top. Also, we have a parfait made with it. -Okay.
-Or… -You like it?
-Sure. What’s in the parfait? We’ll get two of that. Great, thank you. Dishes made with Yamaoka’s speciality,
agar jelly. It’s very exciting. Thank you very much. Thank you for waiting. -What’s that?
-It looks great. The transparent noodles are agar jelly? Yes, these are the noodles. I see. The noodles are made 100 percent
from agar jelly. It goes very well
with the light chicken Baitan soup. On top of that… There’s a lot of agar jelly
on top of this. -It looks healthy.
-I’ll get you some plates. -Look at all of these skinny agar jelly.
-Yeah. Great. -Let’s eat. Thank you.
-Thank you for it. I’ve never had ramen
with agar jelly before. It’s very rare to have that. Here it is. The noodles are transparent. They’re cut in small pieces. That’s right. Thank you for it. -It’s very smooth.
-I like the sound it makes. It goes down my throat smoothly. It’s good. They’re melting a little. So the surface is a bit sticky. It’s delicious. It has a lot of jelly. Doesn’t it have a great texture? It’s crunchy. Yeah, that’s it. It’s heathy, so I can eat a lot
without feeling guilty. -Here it is.
-Thank you for waiting. -Here it is.
-The parfait? That’s it. Where’s the jelly? It’s inside, in the middle. I see it. Look. This is it, right? Yes, that’s the agar jelly. You can use it for desserts, too? What a surprise. How can I get it out? It’s in this layer. Can I take it out? Here I go. -Look.
-Nice. A lot of jelly. Yeah. Can I eat it in one bite?
Let’s try. It’s good, very jelly-like. Let’s try it. You’re right. It’s a completely different texture. It matches with the ice cream. When I eat sweet things,
I worry about the calories. But this is healthy. It’s a nice balance. Yamaoka’s agar jelly is a registered
local trademark brand of Gifu Prefecture. Their jelly contains a lot of fibres
and low calories. Therefore, it’s healthy. It’s now used in
various popular products. After the meal, they take a hot spring bath
which they have been looking forward to. (12:00 pm) Hanashiro hot spring is a famous medicine
bath that started in the Edo period. In the old times
when there was an epidemic, many people were healed after taking a hot spring here,
according to a legend. It warms me up
to the core of my body. The seventh entry in the guidebook,
Hanashiro-Onsen, where they serve agar jelly dishes
and hot spring baths are possible. -It was a great bath.
-Right? We’re full, too. This is a paradise. I think so, too. We have three stations left. -Let’s get off at the next stop, too.
-Sure. -Let’s do that.
-Next is Yamaoka. -The next one?
-Yes, here. It sounds like
there are only mountains there. On the second day,
they continue to get off at each station. Next, they will go to Yamaoka Station,
one stop away. Four… three train cars. Three of them! That’s quite long. -I see many people aboard.
-Is that a dining car? They’re having lunch. -Can’t we go there?
-What’s this train? -I’m jealous.
-Can we get on? It’s me again. Hi there. -Is this the fourth time we met?
-Maybe. What’s that car? That’s our dining car. -You have a dining car?
-We do. Can we go look? Sure. Excuse us. Hi there. -Great.
-This looks fun. -Hi there.
-Look at them. It smells great. What are you all eating? Goheimochi. Goheimochi! So that’s what I’m smelling.
Nice, roasted soy sauce smell. I want to see it. -We already finished.
-You did? Too bad. Akechi Line has a gourmet train car. A dining car is attached
to the express train where seasonal course meals
are served. On this day, they had Goheimochi and a lunchbox
with seasonal ingredients. This looks fun. Thank you very much. So cute. Thank you very much. We’re getting off here. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. After spending four minutes together
with the lively guests, our duo arrives
at Yamaoka Station. (Yamaoka Station) -Have a nice trip, everyone.
-Have a nice trip. Thank you very much. (1:07 pm) That looked fun. Where’s the timetable?
Here it is. This station is quite new. -It looks nice.
-It does. Okay? Now it’s 1:15 pm. The next one is at 2:24 pm. -So we have about an hour.
-Yes, about an hour. They look for people to enquire. Over there. Where are you from? Are you from Tokyo? I’m from Hokkaido. -Yes.
-I see. Are you on a trip? I’m the president
of the residents association. -The president?
-Yes. -Really?
-Yes. We want to walk around this town. -If that’s the case, you can go there.
-What’s there? Iwakura Park. -Iwakura Park?
-Yes. Iwakura Park is actually there, you see a fire watchtower, right? Oh, yeah, I see it. Below the watchtower,
we have a rice field art. Rice field art?
So we can see from there? -No, not during the winter.
-I see. In spring,
we use seven different colours. -Of rice plants?
-Yes, rice plant colours. We then make a design. So there’s no rice field art now,
but we can see… -the entire town from there?
-Yes. This isn’t really a town. -Thank you.
-Thank you. Sorry to bother you. Don’t worry, I don’t expect you
to pay me to be on TV. -Thank you very much.
-He’ll charge us a lot. To be on TV. Our duo heads to the observatory platform
in the park. How should we get up there? Over there? From the right? Why don’t we eat our castella cakes
up there? Yeah, let’s do that. They walk up the mountain
from the park entrance for about five minutes. I feel it’s the end of winter
as well as the beginning of spring. -Here we are.
-Yeah. -I see it.
-Great. Wait. Let’s try not to see the scenery
until we climb up to the watchtower. Sounds good. I’m not looking. -Just look down at your feet.
-Okay. -Let’s climb up.
-Okay. How’s the scenery? It looks incredible. -Amazing.
-What a wonderful view. The journey of enquiry
and discovery on Akechi Line. Our duo is at the observatory platform
near Yamaoka Station. How’s the scenery? It looks incredible. -Amazing.
-What a wonderful view. We can see the entire town. -Right?
-Great. I can see the train track
in the far background. We can see the Akechi Line. And a river, too. -I see a river flowing.
-Yeah. They also do rice field art here. Maybe they use the rice field
in front of us for that. I love this. It’s beautiful. Rice field art started four years ago
as a part of town revitalisation project. June is the perfect season to see it,
as the rice plants grow. Let’s eat the castella cakes. -Let’s eat it.
-Yeah, let’s eat our castella cakes. -This looks amazing.
-It does. They bought this at Iwamura Station
this morning. That looks great. It looks good. It’s spongy. -It’s chewy.
-Great. -You’ve got a big piece.
-I love sweet stuff. This is incredible. And this view… -It’s amazing.
-Very good. You ate that much just by yourself? I ate a lot. I only had a bite. There’s not much left now. -There’s nothing left.
-Look. You said we’d share. -I hear the railway crossing alarm.
-I hear it, too. The train is approaching? Where? Isn’t that it? -That’s it.
-Here it comes. -Here it is.
-I’m happy we got to see it. Here comes the Akechi Line! It’s so cute! -I love the sound.
-They did that for us. They made the sound for us. This is such a beautiful view
of Yamaoka Town. That train was the centre of attention. It passed at the perfect timing. I’m glad that we got to see it. Yay! I’m impressed. We’re lucky. The eighth entry in the guidebook,
an incredible scenic spot in Iwakura Park. I’m full now. You ate too much. -We have until 5 pm, right?
-Right. It’s past 2 pm now,
so we have less than three hours now. What’s next? -Okay…
-We have two stations left. Next is this. Noshi and Akechi, so two stations. -Two stations left.
-We’ll get off at Noshi, right? -Definitely.
-Yeah, let’s get off. -Okay, let’s go to Noshi.
-Let’s do that. There are only two stations left now. Our duo heads to Noshi, the next stop,
just to be safe. -Here it is.
-Yeah. -Here’s our train.
-We saw it from above. -Yeah, but it was in a different colour.
-True. Hi there. We’re getting close. The journey is ending soon. We don’t have many stops left now. They have found eight entries so far. They have two more to go
to accomplish their goal. There are no houses. No. There are houses here and there. They arrive at Noshi Station
in seven minutes, but… Not yet. This might be a bit tough. Are we getting off? What should we do? -We should go to Akechi.
-You sure? -We’ll get off here?
-Will we? -What?
-Will we or not? We could keep going. -You mean to Akechi?
-Yeah. -So we won’t get off?
-No. -We’re not going?
-You want to? Should we go? -Are we getting off?
-Are we or not? Wait. They cannot decide even when the train
arrives at the station. They decide to get off after all. -There’s nothing here?
-Nothing. -Can I go back in?
-This is risky. -Can we stay on board?
-Sure. -Are you sure?
-Yeah. -Let’s hurry.
-Okay, sorry. They’re so indecisive. They pull themselves together
and will try to find something at Akechi Station,
their final destination. (2:31 pm) Will this turn out to be a good call
or a bad call? -This is the last time we’re taking this train.
-You’re right. Right? When I thought that, I wanted to stay a bit longer.
Don’t you feel that way? Well, yes. They said that Akechi is the terminal. Will the train arrive soon? Akechi, the terminal station. There are more houses now. Yeah, more houses. This will be a lot different. We’re arriving. This is a big station. It’s the terminal, after all. In three minutes, they finally arrive
at Akechi Station, the terminal. I’m going to miss this. Yeah. (Akechi Station) -I almost don’t want to get off.
-Me, either. -Thank you very much.
-Thank you. Thank you. We’re here. We made it. -We’re at our destination.
-We are. All right. Yeah! Two hours or so left until the time limit. Two entries left to find
to accomplish the goal. There’s a lot going on here. -You’re right.
-What’s this? -It smells great.
-It’s grilled sweet potatoes. They’re grilling them right now. Station manager’s sweet potatoes. What does that mean?
There’s a station manager here? We only saw unmanned stations. -Let’s go meet the manager.
-Sure. What? Manager? Excuse me. Are you the station manager? -Hello there.
-How can I help you? Are you the one
who’s grilling the sweet potatoes? Yes, that’s me. Are you the one grilling them? I just started grilling them,
so they are not cooked yet. How do you grill them? -Something like this.
-Do you use kerosene? Well… This thing is made of wood. -You mean pellet?
-Yes, pellet. We use that. It’s wood powder smashed together. You make money from this? -Of course not.
-Oh, okay. The company takes it. The company takes the proceeds. I see. -Hello.
-Hello. -Manager!
-It’ll take another 30 minutes. -Another 30 minutes.
-Unfortunately. I see. Where did you buy those green onions? Right there. -This was 100 yen.
-That’s so cheap. -Welcome.
-Hi there. Welcome. Are you going to the town? We are asking for some recommendations
around this area. -Recommendations?
-Yes, from the local residents. -How do you get around?
-By walking. Mitsuhide Akechi is now a big trend. Below the store named Romantei
over there, they sell various products
that are related to Mitsuhide Akechi. They’re coming out with new products. Romantei is popular now. Next year, NHK will broadcast a series
about Mitsuhide Akechi. -It takes place here?
-Yes. Anyone from this area? -Come over here.
-Or can we go in? -Can we go in? Thank you.
-Sure, come in. They will ask for more recommendations. What about that old traditional house? -A traditional house?
-Yes. What about it? -Miyake House.
-Miyake House? -Yes.
-What is it? It’s a house where
the village headman lived. They transferred the house to here. They rebuilt the house. -Now, it’s a place for us.
-What do you mean? It’s now a famous attraction
of the town. I’m sure the person who’s making a fire
will explain more to you. Making a fire? There’ll be an old man. -In the house?
-At the gate. This is the house. They found two recommendations,
Romantei with Mitsuhide Akechi products, and the traditional Miyake House. They were kind enough
to show those spots on the map. -Thank you very much.
-Thank you . -Have fun.
-Bye. They first head to Romantei,
where they sell Mitsuhide Akechi products. -They said it’s called Romantei.
-They did. Do you see it? -I see it there.
-Oh, yeah. -It looks like a famous place.
-It’s a big building. -This must be Romantei.
-It’s huge. We’ll go get filming permission first. -Nobody is here.
-Why? Hello? On the journey on
Akechi Line, our duo visits Romantei
at the terminal station. We’ll go get filming permission first. -Nobody is here.
-Why? Hello? What did they say? All together now. They said, “Okay.” I’m relieved. They sell different kinds of souvenirs. You’re right. Great place to visit. They have malted rice. Various local products. And vegetables, too. -Hello.
-Hello. -Hello.
-Welcome. You even have Akechi soy sauce? That’s right. -Yeah.
-We have many Mitsuhide Akechi products. -I see.
-True. This is a famous tourist attraction
opened in 2016 after a renovation. Miso paste produced
in Gifu Prefecture, fresh vegetables from farmers, various kinds of souvenirs, are sold along with 1,000 other products. There’s also a restaurant attached. Their most popular products are products related to Mitsuhide Akechi. There are several places believed to be
the birthplace of Mitsuhide and Akechi Town in Ena City
is one of them. In the town, there’s a well that was used
for Mitsuhide’s first bath. It is believed that he spent
the first 30 years of his life in this town. NHK will also have a drama series
about the life of Mitsuhide next year, so people of the town are very excited. -Try that.
-What is it? It’s called Mitsuhide Tamatebako. Mitsuhide Tamatebako? It’s very interesting. You open it, and these come out. It’s so cute. If you put the lid on,
you can use it as a small cabinet. Isn’t this interesting? Mitsuhide Tamatebako was one
of the very first Mitsuhide products that were launched last year. Inside, there are speciality
local products. Here, we have Mitsuhide soy sauce. This one… We have a package that looks like a fire
inspired by Honnoji Incident. It’s quite spicy. There’s an entire hot pepper mixed in. So it’s spicy soy sauce. It’s good with tofu or with a hotpot.
Or you could use it with pickles, too. This would be a great gift. Isn’t this interesting? It is interesting,
but I can’t decide what to get. All of these unique Mitsuhide products
were invented by Ms Nakamura who works for the town’s Tourist Division. This is a preserved food
that was carried by warriors during wars which was reproduced with rice flour. They also sell towels and pencils
with Akechi family crest as well as Mitsuhide’s lunch. It includes croquettes and miso soup
made with local products that are very Mitsuhide-like. (Bellflower jelly-shaped
like the Akechi Family Crest) Here’s their most popular
Mitsuhide product. -Mitsuhide pudding?
-This is it. It’s called Mitsuhide Pudding. It’s made with ingredients
found during Sengoku period. It’s soy milk with arrowroot starch,
and agar. It’s soymilk. You can sprinkle soybean flour
and molasses to your liking. (Mitsuhide pudding 250 yen) -That looks good.
-Yeah, it does. -Can we get this, and eat somewhere?
-Sure. -Let’s do that.
-Sure. -We’ll take these.
-Thank you. -All of these?
-No, just for two. -That’s funny.
-You’re skilled. Sorry. There are so many things. Aren’t they interesting? You say that a lot. The way you say it
sounds like a TV show. You think so? Sure. -Thank you very much.
-Thank you. (Store hours 9:00 am – 5:30 pm) Let’s try this. Soymilk pudding. The soymilk colour. It’s called Mitsuhide Pudding, right? -I’ll try it as is first.
-Go for it. Since its launch, more than 2,500 of them were sold. It’s very rich.
Even if you don’t like soymilk, you’d love this. It’s not very sweet.
I like the smell, too. I’ll pour this. A lot of them. Here it is. -It’s like agar jelly.
-Thank you for it. -It’s so soft.
-It is. It melted away. I didn’t need to bite and it just melted. It’s very good with soybean flour
and molasses mixed in. -I like the texture.
-Me too. The ninth entry in the guidebook,
Taisho Romantei with Mitsuhide products. Only one entry to go
to accomplish the goal. (Miyake House) Next, Ms Nakamura showed the two
how to get to the old Miyake House. Did she say to pass this narrow path? It’s a path from the Taisho period. It looks nice. -It’s pretty.
-Is it? It is pretty. Look. It’s a straight path. Look at this path. (Taisho Roji) It’s from a different time period. So interesting. So retro. Stone pavement continues. This is great for a walk. The old house that they’re looking for
is on the other side of this path. This is interesting. They continue walking
for about 15 minutes. -I see it there.
-There it is. -It’s huge.
-It is. I’ve never seen a thatched roof
that’s this big. There are large trees in the back, too. It looks impressive. It looks so different. It’s huge. This is it, the old Miyake House. -We’re here.
-Yes. I want to get closer. Please ask them for permission. Hello. They ask for permission to film. What did they say? They said, “Okay.”
What a relief. Hello. -Thank you for having us.
-Thank you. It’s so dark. It’s dark, but very spacious. It’s spacious
and has a very high ceiling. There’s a massive column. It’s all black. What’s this house? It was moved here in 1992. From where? In the east side, there’s a district called Baki
which is about three to four kilometres away. It’s a district. This house was moved
from there in 1992. It’s an old house of a wealthy farmer
from the Edo period. It has a Gasho-style thatched roof. Having a completely preserved
farmer’s house from the time period is quite rare for any part of Japan. Local volunteers
are managing the house now. What’s that fire place about? Yes, I build fires here. -To protect the house.
-And smoke? There’s a bit of fire left. I’ll build a fire for you. -Are you sure?
-Really? That’d be great. Thank you very much. -This has such a great atmosphere.
-I like it. What are those you’re holding? Cedar leaves. From cedar trees. I love this. -It’s so warm.
-It is. It feels amazing. Right? I love having conversations
around a fire. Me too. When you manage this house,
is building a fire part of it? Yes, and opening up the windows. That way, we will have fresh air
coming through to make sure the house
won’t be damaged. What do you build the fire for? -The thatched roof.
-For the roof? To protect the roof from warms. Covering it with soot
also helps preserving the house longer. Soot helps it? Yes, it works as coating. It’s coating. It protects the house? -That’s right.
-Building a fire protects the house. -Right?
-Exactly. The 10th entry in the guidebook,
Miyake House from the Edo period. Now, the goal is accomplished. -They’ve found all 10 entries,
-How late is it open? so why are they in such a rush? Station manager! -We’re back.
-We’re back. Are the potatoes done? They’re just finished now. Great. -I’ll give you the best one.
-Great. This one looks great. Look at that. -Here’s 200 yen.
-Thank you very much. -Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much. Look! (Station manager’s sweet potato, 200 yen) Wow, look at the colour. It’s so hot. That looks delicious! To our goal. Cheers! -So hot.
-Hot. -So sweet.
-So hot. It’s very moist. Time flies. I had a lot of fun. The locals generously shared
their spring joys with us. For me, I think of trains
as something modern. But there’s a lot of history to it. I felt like I was travelling through time
between now and the old times. -That’s how I felt about this line.
-You’re right. -Thank you.
-Thank you. -I hope to see you soon.
-You too. Finding new places through new meetings. With those many meetings,
we made so many warm memories. To everyone who helped us
on this heartwarming journey, thank you very much!

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