A Journey In Japan | Ep1: Tokyo to Kyoto


We go on a one month backpacking adventure around Japan in this travel documentary.

In this 2 part documentary series we travel to Japan for the very first time.

We will be travelling there for one month, starting in Tokyo and then using the Japan Rail Pass to explore the country.

Highlights of this episode include racing Mario Kart’s around the streets of Tokyo; travelling to Nagano and seeing the snow monkeys at Shibu Onsen; heading up to the ski resort of Hakub; exploring the old city of Kanazawa and discovering different temples and shrines in Kyoto.

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  1. Sara McCurtain says:

    What’s the name of the hostel you stayed in?

  2. TheRealLostWalker says:

    What time of the year did you guys see Japan. I’m going next November

  3. Ten Minute Tokyo 2 says:

    Bic-a, Bic-a, Bic-a, Bic-a Cameda! One winter I was there it was -20F.

  4. AMY CHONG says:

    Japan must stop supplying ” Fukushima radiation poisoned foods” to tourists in Japan! . . Stop this exporting of radioactive foods to other countries! .. This is crazy!

  5. Silver Fern Kkiwi says:

    Man I didnt realize how much ive missed you guys until u showed that glimpse of HK 2 NY.

  6. Heidi says:

    I am getting absolutely nothing done around my house except watching Karl’s films!! Would love to visit Japan. Looks very beautiful!

  7. Victoria Bracken says:

    Amazing work ⛩

  8. Nicksen says:

    Hey Karl!

    Lovely video! Was wondering – did you get the Green rail pass or the Original one?

    • Nicksen says:

      @Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries Planning a trip very similar to yours for me and my girlfriend.

      Anything you would have done differently? Anything you didn’t get to see that you regret missing? 🙂

    • Nicksen says:

      @Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries Alright – thanks for the quick reply. 🙂

    • Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries says:

      Original one i think

  9. phantoml881 says:

    ive rewatched both your japan videos atleast 6 times now, they are so entertaining and you done a fantastic job on them, the editing is top notch. I’ve took down many of the locations you visited onto my list for my upcoming trip there, your backpacking tip videos were also extremely useful and i noted down a lot of great information from them so thank you so much for those as they’re great for a first time backpacker like myself, i can’t wait till my 1 month trip in Japan it will be my first time travelling without my family so it will hopefully be a great trip that i can mature in and grow more independent

  10. Dan Galla says:

    Just booked a trip to Japan next year, first place I came was here, I knew you’d have a documentary sorted!

  11. frawldog says:

    Always loved LEGO

  12. Onkabetse Sehularo says:

    back to the future car = DeLorean
    just to put it out there

  13. 00inwiththenew00 says:

    I love how clean it is there, feels like a relief. I don’t know why more people don’t respect their countries/environment like the Japanese do.

  14. Danderson says:

    Two genuine guys laughing, smiling, connecting with cultures and exploring the world 🙂

  15. shuma 13 says:


  16. kachimari says:

    This needs to be monetized cuz your amazing!

  17. Leisure Club says:

    Hi Karl.. Waiting for your vlog in Pakistan

  18. RAI says:

    Thank you for doing this, gives us a real insight into the world and travelling

  19. DaReal Leoque says:

    Easily the best YouTube channel

  20. hiro hirohiro says:


  21. Catriona says:

    The celebrity at Gion Corner will probably be a new Meiko or Geiko. It’s an honour to see this, you lucky gents.

  22. Bowzer The Dog says:

    Weird question….What did you wear on your feet to keep warm….?

    • Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries says:

      Yeah but mate, I’ve done long trips where I’ve changed from hot to cold
      Climates, the answer would still be shoes and socks. Really warm places flip flops. Really cold places I’d get some thermals cos they’re super light in your backpack. Thing to remember is if you get to a country that’s really cold…just buy some thicker socks

    • Bowzer The Dog says:

      Uh….I figured that much.I Will be traveling long term soon and will be experiencing warm to cold conditions. I was wondering if you had recommendations on any particular foot wear…but I guess you were trying to be funny with your response ……….Be safe man on your travels.

    • Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries says:

      Socks and shoes 👍

  23. Selene Gel Suv says:

    Love love these documentaries videos! Can’t wait to visit Japan:)

  24. Nozomin says:

    54:35 i’m pretty sure this sign meant do not miss the toilet when pissing LMAO

  25. George Polites says:

    Skip to 48:44 for the Halo theme song

  26. YULAXXY says:

    43:50 they’re at the train station from one of Makoto Shinkais films. Kamishiro station

  27. David Diaz says:

    Samurai museum is a great choice and underrated!!

  28. Gurpreet Singh says:

    I am travelling Japan..Feb 2019

  29. riK987 says:

    Is that hostel bedgasm? Lol… I just booked that hostel and it kinda looks like that hostel… if it is how’s the nightlife around there?

    • Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries says:

      Great hostel, few good bars within short distance (for Tokyo) Just not on doorstep, best place we stayed in Tokyo though

  30. Morgan Wells says:

    how much did this trip cost total

  31. FujinBeatz says:

    What I dislike about Karls Watsons clips is the fact they are not being played on National Geographic TV.

  32. FrameRage says:

    I love how tokyo is an anagram of kyoto hahaha

  33. William Cutting says:

    Hey! Awesome doc! Thanks. It helps

  34. gugugaga says:

    45:31 where to get these sunglasses??

  35. 疼痛Radixnt says:

    Watched whole thing no skipping

  36. 疼痛Radixnt says:

    Very good

  37. Phuzionz says:

    back watching AGAIN but this time on my tv!

  38. Tay Aaron says:

    Meeting old traveling mates while you are traveling is one of the best things ever

  39. Gurpreet Singh says:

    Going to japan in feb 2019

  40. Thompter S. Hunson says:

    Man, I watched for 10 minutes and I got dizzy by the constant shaking. My mind gets very shake to follow this in full

  41. Joseph Asole says:

    well done brother- Knocking em down

  42. OverSoft says:

    I can’t believe you don’t have a million subs, you make brilliant videos mate!

  43. Thubten Namgyal Lim says:

    The editing is superb!

  44. tsuyoi boy says:

    I need that “Iki” japanese dude in my life

  45. bionicquill says:

    Why do I feel like I watched a movie?

  46. Lee Anna says:

    Wow!! Absolutely blown away by your videos. I love to travel and most definitely appreciate your content/work. Thanks a lot!

  47. Mike&Ash Experience says:

    Dope Video! Sending blessing your way, Keep inspiring!🎒🙌🏻

  48. Murtaza Taj says:

    I loved it. Amazing.

  49. Ema Pelchat says:

    this is awsome ty!

  50. Phuzionz says:

    here watching for the second time.. cant wait to go

  51. Amber A says:

    Nothing like the feeling of stumbling across a new gem of a channel. Seriously great work. I appreciate how you both cut through the bullshit and don’t romanticise everything, it just means that when you are genuinely moved by something, it’s more impactful.

    • Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries says:

      Spot on! That’s exactly what I’m going for. Glad you liked it 😊

  52. Jonas_Ft_Fotos says:

    Ay you guys did i´video on my faviorte place ever thanks guys so much, i love you so much

    • Jonas_Ft_Fotos says:

      Okay make sense you guys are just the best persons ever i would love to meet you guys some day or fly out to you guys and meet you.. you are my recen why i still do my best in school and dont let the buillys get to me. 😀

    • Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries says:

      GuffeGaming HD I make very, very little money from YouTube. My main source of income is I work as a freelance video editor in London. James is a freelance quantity surveyor in Bristol

    • Jonas_Ft_Fotos says:

      Karl I have one Thing to ask how do you guys make that good money and i know it is not all because of youtube. but i love Japan and World very much like to go there.. so i just want to know so i Can make money so i Can take on A trip to Japan..😊

  53. Away To Anywhere says:

    I had to pause at 8:33 to go research on those Japanese Giant Whasps… OMFreakin’G they are terrifying..!

  54. Kat Brazier says:

    how much did you spend in total over the month?

  55. gerald jacaban says:

    review this videos til i sleep

  56. Phil M says:

    Vans squad yee

  57. Arsha ignatius says:

    wow! what an amazing vlog!

  58. NatteGans says:

    Super underrated video! Glad i found this gem 🙂 I really want to go to Japan somewhere in my live. I also started learning Japanese a couple days ago!

  59. Steven Cassidy says:

    I think this has inspired me to go to Japan. I have always thought it was far too expensive

  60. k klp says:

    Are you professional or something? The quality of the videos is superb! pls visit south part of Japan too.

    • k klp says:

      That’s what I thought! Your videos are not youtube quality. I feel like I’m watching some reality tv. I’ve watched a lot of travel videos, but I’ve never seen this quality on youtube. You are so good. I hope to see more
      Japan travel videos soon. and pls go back to Japan with James. I like that guy;)

    • Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries says:

      Thanks, yeah I work as a video editor in London

  61. MsSayaB says:

    i love this video.

  62. ちいのこあこ says:


  63. 日本人 says:


  64. 小夜子, says:

    plese come to japan again

  65. Marianne Long says:

    Just came back from my own 1 month trip! This is an amazing way to look back on what I’ve experienced! Thanks, great vid and very informative!

  66. Lazy Gaming says:

    can anyone do the mario kart thing? or do you have to have a drivers license?

  67. BadAl says:

    There are so many ‘how to’ travel vids about Japan that advise you how not to get the most out of your time there, but after spending a month in Tokyo exactly a year ago, I finally stumble upon a video that shows how it should be done – having a blast!

  68. Stonewall Jackson says:

    hey! i remember these guys

  69. 黒嵜潤一郎 says:


  70. bobeatschocolate says:

    lol at the 38-39 minute mark, the guy was trying to tell you ka-wa-ri 変わり which means refill or ‘more’ for a drink. Like if you went to mcdonalds and wanted a refill versus another drink. Idk if you found that out but just in case you were going to be confused for life, that’s what it meant haha

  71. tez says:


  72. Nacki says:

    this was a really great travel video. Many thumbs up!!

  73. Goomberdups says:

    19:11 BANNED

  74. Shelley's Cloud says:

    Had no idea how gregarious the Japanese were! Love it!

  75. Zene xavier says:

    The best travel channel. Just pure quality and really really enjoyed watching it.

  76. Jiten Tibrewala says:

    Awesome bro thank you for the efforts

  77. Kirsty Leigh says:

    Amazing! I’d love to know the name of the place in Tokyo where you ate ramen, and arm wrestled!! So good!

  78. Nightlife Guy says:

    Of course there is a wasted guy from Georgia! Love your vids bro.. Peace from Atlanta Georgia

  79. rey b says:

    Love 🇯🇵 Great doc, subbed, liked and on to part 2 👍🏻

  80. Andrew Michael Dean says:

    Absolutely amazing video mate, thoroughly enjoy it.

  81. Lolthisgame says:

    58:55 SHOTO!!

  82. nittur100 says:

    What was the total cost for 1 month ?

  83. LovingLipgloss says:

    Really loved this video!! 😍 One question, how did you guys film during mario karting through Tokyo?? I’m taking a Sony G7x and a tiny gorillapod with me…

  84. Daniel O says:

    that “famous” person was just an actual geisha. there are plenty of people around there that dress geisha-like, but you can tell them apart from the real geishas by their make-up 😉

  85. Kazuaki Flowerdeliverer says:

    at 19:40 you look like that little girl is taking you to bad place LMAO💗 Welcome🌸

  86. Syed Zohaib Zaidi says:

    Mate you deserve like a million subscribers at least. Your video quality is awesome and the story telling is class !! Fan for life

  87. Elly Bearne says:

    only problem with those tickets is you have to pre pay and stick to your route no changing.

  88. koji m says:

    You are having fun than me as a japanese. haha

  89. David Herd says:

    girl at 54 minutes looks possessed 😀 – Great vid as always Karl!!!

  90. pwowp8848 says:

    You are alowed to drink on the street…

  91. Sun East says:

    This video is very superior. Because the content is accurate and two youths who created this video are very intelligent and polite.
    As one of the Japanese, I strongly recommend this video.

  92. stephanie pak says:

    Awesome video!! Which company did you use for the Mario karting and would you recommend them??

  93. Russell Steele says:

    this was amazing…wow

  94. Jonni Koko says:

    Man you’re so underated it hurts! You should have way more subscribers than this! Another great video! 👍

  95. Juwanda Juwanda says:

    Except movies, only ur long videos, I watched without fast forwarding it.

  96. Bex & the Beard says:

    Loved the video. Excited to see the next one!

  97. Andreas Herzberger says:

    Wow…your video definitely added Japan to my list now! Cant wait to watch part 2 when i find a quiet hour!

  98. Phenohunter UK says:

    Love this channel

  99. travgpeters1 says:

    awesome video ..looks like fun …going to japan for the first time in late september ..should be a epic trip


    Classic happy james
    If you’re gonna go travelling with Karl, DONT!

    Amazing video, really hope I’ll get there one day

  101. Jack of Helsinki says:

    I enjoy watching this episode. I’m travelling at the end of this month to Japan. Best regards from Helsinki, Finland.

  102. travellife86 says:

    I really want to go to Japan as a destination, that’s been on my bucket list for 10 years ( a layover in Tokyo was good, but I want it as a destination).

  103. Kiran Kumar says:

    Your Documentaries are the best!!!…You show the real side of the country. Can’ wait to see your new adventures. Lots of love from India!!!

  104. Alex Stretton says:

    Awesome video again! I feel 5 x 30 minutes videos would have been better for the series (Y).

  105. Gabriel Traveler says:

    Japan. Ramen = drunken mess. Excellent.

  106. WhoaNellyJake says:

    The dude from the US was off his rocker lmao

  107. Ben Lucas says:

    Brilliant travel vid! But mate…HK2NY was something else. Probably the best series you’ll ever make

  108. mike kovacevic says:

    Karl you inspire me that when I am older I will travel the world keep up the great work😂😂😂

  109. Steven Nolan says:

    Brilliant as always 👌🏻

  110. Keith Shaughnessy says:

    Really enjoyed this one Karl, and always wanted to go visit Japan like this, can you do a breakdown of the costs in like a Q&A video so people who want to go to Japan have ball-park figures on what to budget for!
    Cheers Karl

  111. Tom Beck says:

    Another great episode, though I’m looking forward to the second part more as Osaka is one of my favourite places.

  112. Hungry Beardus says:

    13:23 why on earth does it say bismillah lol

  113. RedDragonGamingHD says:

    The wait was absolutely worth it, yet another amazing video Karl! Looking forward to the next part of your journey.

  114. Zac Elliot says:

    Great vid, Japan looks amazing!

  115. rob-M-NL says:

    Cool video karl , top notch !!!! Didnt expect anything else 😉

  116. lynda Thackrey says:

    @Karl Watson I always enjoy watching you’re travelling adventures. Your work is amazing and you can tell you do your research including history aspects of your journeys . Plus you’re story telling and video editing is spot on. But I have one criticism you’re camera work can be slightly shaky at times. Do you not use a camera gimbal? I highly recommend you invest in one. Your Images become more smooth looking. I helped me husband film footage in Morocco walking through a market and our end result looks amazing. Sometimes holding your camera on a tripod can still give it a shaky effect.

    • lynda Thackrey says:

      Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries

      My husband uses zhiyun crane 2, understanding they can be bulky & heavy to carry.

      Still wanted to say fantastic documentary always look forward to see what your going to be doing next.


  117. Stevo Martin says:

    Smashed it again ,, I really enjoyed part 1 and once again inspired.

  118. fhoplist says:

    Love the this video along with others. It only makes me hungrier to set off on some adventures. Safe travels!

  119. John says:

    What time of year did you go?

  120. Stephen Simpson says:

    When is part 2 😩😩 I now need go to Japan

  121. iPaneX says:

    OMG YOUTUBE NOTIFICATION SUCKS. Cheers Mate wher is james 😉

  122. Sander Van Wonterghem says:

    well done mate!

  123. Gabriel Traveler says:

    Flying there in two weeks, stoked. Enjoying the vid, and it’ll help me get ready for what to expect.

  124. Paden Shorey says:

    Post episode 2 would ya

  125. John Andrew Senorin says:

    James, what brand is your jacket?

  126. StevenGamble55 says:


  127. Urban Obsession says:

    Japan is such an awesome place! I’ve lived here for two years now and am still finding exciting things to do!

  128. BN617 says:

    Great video Karl, but I think we can all agree the highlights were all in the bathroom shots. Keep it up, James!

  129. Genny KAT says:

    AH! Karl! At 55:50 of this video you passed a woman with her hair waxed up and in kimono. She was a Maiko! (apprentice geisha, near the end of her apprenticeship by the looks of the style of her top knot. She was probably heading to a lesson or picking something up for her house hold.) this is how they dress during the day.
    At 56:38 where you were unsure of who the people were. That was another Maiko and her escort taking her from okiya to okiya as well as tea houses to meet and hopeful get to work with them. Her top knot would suggest that she is very new. Though her kimono and Obi are less ceremonial. So this could also be practice? The press always follows maiko/geisha (real ones) because it a dying tradition and very rare to see real ones outside of the tea houses they are performing at.

  130. CrispyLife says:

    Looked like you really enjoyed Japan. It was the first stop on our gap year and we loved it!

  131. gerald jacaban says:

    wow this is it karl, japan traditional way and hightic train amazing

  132. Michelle G says:

    Please don’t drink snake wine. It’s often made by drowning a live snake in alcohol. 🙁

  133. Kenneth Balser says:

    game of life is off? by the way love the content.

  134. She Wears Flip Flops says:

    oh my gosh I NEED to go to Japan for the Mario Karting alone😂 Looks like such a beautiful country! It took me around 3 hours to watch this fully – yay for rubbish internet in Queensland – but it was worth it. Looking forward to episode 2!

  135. jakub k says:

    Awesome video! love your work. Looking forward to episode 2!

  136. Vladimir Terziev says:

    Awesome….can’t wait to see the next episode 🙂 You rock guys

  137. Mukhethwa Radzilani says:

    Best travel videos hands down

  138. AdrenAlin says:

    Absolutely awesome 👏

  139. Lourens van Rooyen says:

    Now I want to go to Japan! Your videos are epic, can’t wait for part 2!

  140. Fine Frenzy says:

    I hope to visit Japan someday

  141. Cristina Duarte says:

    Another great one! You mentioned how Japan has a reputation for being expensive, how did you find it to be?

  142. Jaimie McCloy says:

    This makes me miss Japan so much!! Loved the video. Great work as always! 💖

  143. Phoebe Phillips says:

    Getting me through revision, loved it !! Where you going next ?

  144. Craig says:

    Love from Canada love ur channel Karl

  145. Abeeline says:

    Great as always ✨👌🏻

  146. uma shankar lath says:

    These videos are too good for YouTube !! I really hope u get the number of views and likes u really deserve!!

  147. Ravjeet Singh says:

    I hope the countries in the world run out but your videos don’t. Amazing content KARL!

  148. Julianna Aasan says:

    in our hotel in Bali and watching! and LOVING EVERY SECOND! thanks ! -Julie & Derik

  149. Abdul Mohamad says:

    Did you see a lot of muslim people in japan??

  150. martyn ayling says:

    I really enjoyed the vid karl great stuff look forward to next week

  151. Kieron Hopper says:

    Absolutely cracking Karl. Really enjoyed this. Brings back so many memories of our trip. Looking forward to part two. Well done fella. Thank you

  152. obakeng mfaladi says:

    The lightsaber chopsticks MADE this video!

  153. Subhash Kewat says:

    Saturday Show

  154. ChrisSearle says:

    Smashed it man! This just shot right back up my list for travelling.

  155. 2themaxx says:

    Keep making great videos karl 👏🌍

  156. Bruhza22 says:

    Can’t wait for the next episode, that one was great!

  157. Joakim says:

    Like this one. It was nice to watch it! 😃✌️

  158. tsering choedon says:

    amazing video once again.. a fan from India.

  159. Yojowatch says:

    exquisite work as always karl

  160. nan12375 says:

    Wow I’m amazed. Your videos keep me sane while I’m doing my 9-5. planning my next solo backpacking trip. Feeling Very inspired.

  161. Jet Set Jess says:

    Great episode! Can’t wait for the next one!

  162. All Abroad says:

    typical loud mouth stupid feral American and piss pot Aussies…shameful

  163. wildfire777 says:

    I love the TV programme and watch it almost every Monday evening here in The Kansai region,Japan!!! the TV crews normally in Narita airport and sometimes in KIX

  164. Wander Rodriguez says:

    Japan is finally out yesssss. the dynamic duo did it again. best travel stuff out there. karl and james, thank you guys.

  165. latawka says:

    Amazing as always Karl!!

  166. Paul Morris says:

    Excellent .Makes me want to go .

  167. Geovane Deolindo says:


  168. MikkoK says:

    Been waiting for this! Great video as always.

    • MikkoK says:

      Would be interested in the budget of this trip :p I want to do a similar trip myself. Will it be in the last part?

  169. Drew Owens says:

    Fantastic work, Karl. I hope you were able to visit the riverbanks in Kyoto at night…great place to socialize and drink

  170. dougsmcv says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this for a while now and you certainly didn’t disappoint. Thanks for the upload sir. A fantastic piece of work from a truly stunning country.

  171. James Belsey says:

    Lightsaber chopsticks!!!! LIGHTSABER CHOPSTICKS!!!!

    Amazing haha 😀

  172. Petri J says:

    Best travel duo! 😊

  173. Z Navarro says:

    Awesome job! The Mario cart thing was super cool. Can’t wait for Part 2. 👍

  174. Victor Holland says:

    Congratulations Karl (and James) on a totally awesome video! Wow, awesome

  175. Ismet Mamedov says:

    Amazing! Can’t wait to see the next episode. 🙂

  176. D.N.A Travel says:

    My fiancé and I spent all of October last year in japan , and this made me miss it soo much , an amazing country and I want to go back soon ! Great video as always buddy . Love it !

  177. LiVa says:

    All ways looking forward to your videos, great work! Interesting content and a pleasure to watch 😉 keep up the good work!

  178. Anon Nymous says:

    It’s great but it should be called JOURNEY IN JAPANS PUBS. 80% of this is just you guys drinking and in pubs…

  179. Bryan A.Cal says:

    Holy shit bro! What a ride

  180. Guillermo Serrano says:

    Karl, I am Guillermo from Argentina. Congrats for your videos, they are awesone!
    The part were you go karting like Mario is hilarious 😂
    Good luck

  181. Fraser Hughes says:

    Mad it’s been 5 years since HK3NY. That series changed my life and the music still gives me chills!

  182. Toy Adventure Of Rem Azir says:

    One of my favorite video so far!

  183. Balaji R says:

    1 like before watching the video and could not resist watching once again. Counting days for part 2.

  184. Christian Santos says:

    Beautifully done, makes me want to go visit Japan even more. Thanks for this Karl, been a fan since your HK2NY travel doc.

  185. assassin8or says:

    This was just an incredible watch. Truly hope I can make it to Japan one day

  186. Christian Leal says:

    Another Great Video!

  187. Michelle Strickland says:

    Awesome video! Makes me want to go back! Looking forward to part 2!

  188. Michael Ely says:

    As good as the crazy sights like The Mario Cars are, the amazing Japanese people look like they made your trip. Looking forward to hitting Japan myself one day.

  189. Joshua Chad says:

    Awesome, awesome and more awesomeness!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I enjoyed it very, very, very much!!!

  190. Chris the Freelancer says:

    Great video as always. I wonder when you’ll release a documentary about your life in England 😉

    • Chris the Freelancer says:

      Well, I would find it interesting but again, I’m ‘Chris the Freelancer’ 😂

    • Chris the Freelancer says:

      haha it was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek comment tbh but I’m really interested to hear about your life when you’re not travelling. What projects do you work on back home apart from YouTube?

  191. Proman476 says:

    It’s finally here. Another quality production. Cheers

  192. su mu says:

    Best travel video of Japan 👍

  193. Flz Frnd says:


  194. rine says:

    Is James still living in South / Central America? 🙂 Happy to see you two travelling together again. Great video! <3

  195. xooox Thanks says:

    one of your best videos!

  196. Oli Murison says:

    Perfect timing, heading out there in 10 days and trying to organise some sort of itinerary, this has and will help hugely🙏🏻 when’s the next episode out ?

  197. robinho 10 says:

    Travelling to Asia is one continent I never planned to rush into visiting but this video has made me thinking about going alot sooner than I thought. Great video and keep up the good work 🖒

  198. Hans Teutschbein says:

    This was very good 👍 looking forward to more epic content!

  199. Light Owl says:

    Excellent video Karl. You fellas never disappoint with banter and crackin’ content though not sure James Walsh’s Toilet Diaries will take off, still good to get him holding the camera narrating his own adventures, suppose you got to start somewhere 🙂
    Japan looks so magical and spiritual with culture and nature, really looking forward to Ep2

    Have a great weekend all✌🏻

  200. Tsar Nicholas II says:

    Take a shot every time he starts a video with ‘my mate James’ in the line.

  201. Ahsan Habib Chowdhury says:

    I wish, if I can join you :p

  202. Callum Atkinson says:

    Brilliant Karl (and James) as usual. My itinerary of places I wanna visit just keeps getting bigger and bigger after watching your videos.

  203. Peter Arnell says:

    This was great, some of the camera shots at the end were just incredible. Cant help but think if you’d got a clear recording of the singing those two bit combined would have been amazing. Looking forward to part 2.

  204. Antoine says:

    I’ve lived in Japan for 20 years so am interested to see what you fellas made of it. Enjoyed your previous vids. Kanpai!

  205. George Maunders says:

    So excited for this !!

  206. The Veggie Passport says:

    Amazing first part! Japan has always been somewhere I know I’ll visit one day as well, and this has made me wanna book a trip there right now! I get what you mean about James and being comfortable on camera too, I want to start vlogging my travels but my fiancé doesn’t want to be on camera or help me 😆 I’m hoping on our trip around Europe which starts next week I can convince him!

  207. Jamie L says:

    Brilliant as always Karl 👍

  208. Robesieo1 says:

    This was almost a struggle to watch for me. I loved visiting Japan and this just makes me crave going back. Nice trip!

  209. Troy Reilly says:

    Japan looks amazing, great video 🙂

  210. yer da says:

    Worth the wait!

  211. gdaymatejohn travels says:

    !!!!!! 😁

  212. Evan Crown says:

    Thank you very much-o Mr. Roboto, for helping me escape when I needed too! Domo, domo, domo, domo…

  213. Maddy0000000 1 says:


  214. A says:

    Today is a good day!. A new Karl video that perfectly fits into the last hour of my last shift at work before I go on holiday.

  215. Mountain Land says:

    Awesome travel video Karl. I love ur travel video. Waiting for next video .

  216. John Ward says:

    I studied abroad in a town between Osaka and Kyoto back in 2013 and it was the best time of my life. Glad to see you guys enjoyed Japan so much! Currently on a two and a half month trip through east Asia myself. Can’t wait to finally go back to Japan next month. Keep up the excellent work man! Can’t wait for part 2!

  217. Kyle W says:

    Thank you so much this was absolutely incredible

  218. Kels NZ says:

    Looks like I’m going to be late to work 😂 really looking forward to these videos, congrats Karl!

  219. Charlie Quan says:

    Fantastic video Karl! I enjoy your travel docos more than any others I have watched – nice relaxed unpretentious style is universally appealing. Just got back from 3mths in Japan – mainly in Osaka – then this video comes out. You did so much more in just this video than I did in 3mths. Wonderful video Karl. Can I ask if you had to do one thing in Japan what would it be?

    • Charlie Quan says:

      Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries that’s exactly what I wanted to do….. but was too nervous as my Japanese is very limited. Might be going back in a few weeks so will definitely do that next time 🙂

  220. Will Kupfer says:

    Always look forward to your new videos, as always, 1st part of Japan didn’t disappoint. Really looking forward to going there myself sometime.

  221. Ng Choon Tat says:


  222. Air Nomads says:

    Yes!!!! Been waiting for this since HK2NY first released!

  223. Souvik Das says:

    thank you karl….

  224. Shell Ace says:

    so much for going to sleep…I’m sure it’s going to be great Karl! guess I’ll have an extra cup of coffee to get going in the morning.

  225. malika nuur says:

    Can’t watch now, but will do it tomorrow

  226. Donnie Go says:

    What month did you go?

  227. Travel and Vino says:

    Well Done!

  228. Buy Villa Spain says:

    Japan looks amazing. great editing as always – Thanks again Karl! Love these! Out of all the places you’ve been and showed us this is one I really want to do, the people are so humble so loving.

  229. Mainin Keima says:

    Absolutely brilliant can’t get better than this✌✌✌✌

  230. J Vasquez says:

    Best one yet Karl! I absolutely loved this. You inspired me to go on my first backpacking trip to Vietnam and Cambodia for a month in January and now in a couple weeks I will be heading to 5 countries in South America over the next 6 months! I just want to say thanks man, thank you for the inspiration that got this all started for me! Cheers from Denver Colorado. Keep kickin ass man your the best travel channel on youtube. Peace

  231. Jess Stephenson says:

    Seeing this in my subscriptions has made my day! This was amazing and I’m already hanging out for part 2!

  232. Josh Keogh says:

    Wow well that was amazing, cant wait for part 2 Karl! The first half brought back great memories of when I went to Tokyo, you missed out on Harajuku though.. and the second half made me want to go back and discover the other amazing places that Japan has to offer 😀 Couldn’t agree more with 54:50 – That was one of my favorite things whilst I was there. I really hope I see some sushi getting eaten in the next episode!

  233. mike kovacevic says:


  234. Shmauer says:

    Typical American 14:30

  235. ronald david says:

    Amazing video guys

  236. El Conquistador says:

    Another classic.

  237. Alexis Polanco-McCabe says:

    you know it will be a good time when one of these vids comes out; excellent as always buddy. Cheers.

  238. Emma Goodram says:

    Just watching this as i’m waking up in China! Thank god for Express VPN 😀 Great video as always, will have to check Japan out very soon.

  239. Christian Tsang says:


  240. Alantino says:

    F@$k Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  241. Ahmed Haggag says:

    amazing documentary, love the work you put into it, keep going man, can’t wait for the second half, your fan from Egypt

  242. Matty C Vlogs says:

    Mint video

    • Matty C Vlogs says:

      Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries your video inspired me to go backpacking round Southeast Asia for my 30 birthday from the January to April it was the best trip and I did it solo to

  243. WeedCow says:

    I’m going to Japan in few months so your video couldn’t come in a better time!

  244. Andrea Reyes says:


  245. Thomas Fazio says:

    Awesome cant wait for part 2

  246. Dillon.P says:

    It’s 1am, I see this video, guess I’m going to sleep in an hour and 10 mins

  247. Cambodia Travel Tips says:

    Gotta go teach…but tonight will be epic. Wonder when the Budgeteers will be hitting the big screen?

  248. Zach Prendergast says:

    Currently in Manchester coach station waiting to get on a coach to Edinburgh after your last video… I guess Japan’s next!

  249. The Budgeteers says:

    Friday night sorted 👍👍👍 Japan looks absolutely mental.

  250. Jason M says:

    Looks like it will be another legendary video!
    Gonna save this one until I have some peace and quiet…..and a few beers at the ready.

  251. ifCalCan says:

    One of the best travel video guy around

  252. Kevin says:

    I wanted to go to sleep mate, cheers buddy.

  253. To The Point says:

    Waiting for this!!