While I was touring the city of Morioka, Japan, I also stumbled upon an amazing department store in the basement of an amazing building. Soon after, I began researching these amazing basement shopping centers (named Depachikas). Since one project influenced another, I put them together for this video.

Depachika PDF document mentioned in the video:

https://jsto.or.jp/wp-content/uploads/THE-DEPA-CHIKA-BOOKLET.pdf

Great articles about Depachikas:

Japan Monthly Web Magazine - https://japan-magazine.jnto.go.jp/en/1412_depachika.html

Eater.com's article: https://www.eater.com/2017/2/21/14651856/tokyo-department-store-food-depachika

Nippon.com's Article: https://www.nippon.com/en/features/jg00113/depachika-japan%E2%80%99s-basement-level-food-markets.html


This video is dedicated to learning about Onsens (Japanese hot springs) and how to visit them. This visit provides examples of what to expect, how they function and the rules associated with them.

Here are some great onsen resources:

The Marriott's Guide to Onsens:

https://traveler.marriott.com/culture-and-style/onsen-japan-etiquette-for-first-timers/

A website dedicated to seven amazing onsens in Japan:

https://www.alltherooms.com/blog/best-onsen-in-japan/

30 Tattoo-friendly onsens in Japan:

https://travel.gaijinpot.com/japan-sightseeing-essentials/30-tattoo-friendly-onsen-in-japan/

Japan Guide's webpage dedicated to Onsens in the city of Hakone:

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5209.html


This is information overload - believe it or not, this video took more than 40 days to assemble, refine, record the audio, verify the information, finalize and upload. If you have any questions about Japan's bullet train (the shinkansen) - who owns it, how do you get a pass, what I recommend, the meaning of the word 'shinkansen', suggestions during travel, the future of the bullet train in Japan...this is the video for you!

More helpful information on Japan's bullet train:

A great web page that fully explains Japan's Bullet Train:

https://www.japanstation.com/shinkansen-high-speed-train-network-in-japan/

Japan Guide's Bullet Train explanation web page:

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2018.html

Japanese Bullet Train beating it's own world record (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_sHahhDWU4

BizJournal's - ten things to know about Japan's Bullet Train:

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/11/30/10-things-to-know-about-the-japanese-bullet-train.html

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