Leg 1 : Sakata to Niigata

8th - 11th October 2018

As Chris starts to contemplate exactly what he's gotten himself into and realises that he's made far too many promises to back out now, the trip begins!

The initial leg of the cycle sees Chris start in Yamagata Prefecture's beautiful town of Sakata before (hopefully) traversing down the western coast of Yamagata Prefecture, through the towns of Atsumi and Murakami. Before long, Chris will enter Niigata prefecture, where a special guest awaits to join the next leg of the trip.

With content being added whilst the trip is taking place, be sure to check out Tokyo Creative News often for daily videos, guest rider reveals and behind the scenes photos!

Sights along the way

We've created a collection of both famous landmarks and some of our favorite hidden gems along this leg of the trip below. Click the 'Collect' button on any of our sight page across the website and build your own collection today.

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Honma Museum of Art

Sight in Yamagata

This museum displays nationally designated important cultural books, paintings and dolls. The collection was started by the Honma family, who owned much of the

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Aioi Kudo Museum

Sight in Yamagata

Opened in 2006, this small, private antique museum displays curios donated by residents​.

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Kerun

Sight in Yamagata

Traditional kissaten or coffee shop by day and bar at night run by a father-and-son team.

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Sankyo Soko

Sight in Yamagata

Situated in Sakata, this warehouse complex was built in 1893 by the Sakai family of the Shonai clan. In the Edo period, the Sakata area flourished as a rice-shi

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Sakata Seafood Market

Sight in Yamagata

Facing Sakata Port, Sakata Seafood Market offers fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan. On the first floor, visitors can buy fresh seafood from "Sugawa Sengyo" an

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Ken Domon Museum of Photography

Sight in Yamagata

Located in Sakata, this museum is devoted to Ken Domon, one of Japan’s most important 20th-century photographers. The museum was the first photography museum to

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Juroku Rakan Iwa (16 Rakan Rocks)

Sight in Yamagata

These rock sculptures were created as a monument to the local fishermen. Carved between 1864 and 1868 by a Buddhist monk, the site features a total of 22 rocks.

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Kamo Aquarium

Sight in Yamagata

This aquarium is a 2-floor complex that houses a variety of marine animals, fish and many other species. Kamo Aquarium's special focus lies on jellyfish, with i

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Marine Park Nezugaseki

Sight in Yamagata

Marine Park Nezugaseki is a beach with reduced muddiness and calmed waves due to the use of gravel, and is popular among families. There is also a green grass a

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Atsumi Onsen Hot Spring

Sight in Yamagata

A hot spring resort located in Yamagata and boasting a history of over 1000 years, this onsen features various public foot baths and fountains, where visitors c

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Hakusan Park

Sight in Niigata

Hakusan Park is located in Niigata and houses various ponds, botanical gardens and a playground.

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Hakusan Jinja Shrine

Sight in Niigata

Hakusan Shrine is one of the most important shrines in Niigata and is famous for its "Hakusan Festival".

GUEST RIDER | Natsuki

Joining Chris at the very start of the trip is none other than his close friend, Natsuki The Man! Be sure to watch the behind the scenes round up of this leg of the trip on tokyocreative.com soon.


Be sure to stay tuned to tokyocreative.com to find out who will be joining Chris in future parts of the trip!

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GUEST RIDER | Natsuki


Joining Chris at the very start of the trip is none other than his close friend, Natsuki The Man! Be sure to watch the behind the scenes round up of this leg of the trip on tokyocreative.com soon.

Behind the scenes

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Natsuki & Chris Trip Preparation

With a cherry on top

Beach Boys

Wenbin & Son

Brief Pitstop

Selfie Time

Anpanman Gatcha Gatcha

Murakami City

Sake Time

Natsuki's Postcard

Droning

Anpanman takes a tumble

Needs them for his passport

Healthy Natsuki

Sake!