LWIF EP16: Exploring an Old Town in the Japanese Countryside (Inaka)

Hello World! We’ve shown a lot of videos about life in Tokyo, but what does and old town in the Japanese inaka (countryside) look like? Shin and his Daddy explore the bamboo forests and rice fields, finding graveyards and shrines along the way.

The town we visited is located outside of Yokkaichi, Mie, Japan.

The area had little mountains (or were they hills?)


In the valley, we found rice fields, and there were irrigation channels that flowed from the town down into the rice fields.


The roads were very narrow in some parts, so narrow that if a tall man (not me) lied down in the middle of the street he’d be touching both sides.


We found lots of older style Japanese homes.



We also found a couple of graveyards.



In a soon-to-come episode, we’ll go inside and explore a Japanese home that’s over one hundred years old.

So, what’s an old town in the countryside like where you’re from?

11 comments on LWIF EP16: Exploring an Old Town in the Japanese Countryside (Inaka)

  • Merryn Laughlin

    lol. I saw my son Allen’s pictures in your video. = ) No we don’t eat the horses or pony. LOL We have them just for fun.
    Thank you for all your videos. We really enjoy watching them.
    Merryn (Allen’s mommy)

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Yeah, I was fairly sure that you didn’t eat the horses or pony 🙂 Thanks for watching and thanks for sharing your photos with us!

  • Ashley&Chris

    My husband and I just went to Azakurayama Park in Seki-shi, Gifu-ken, where we just moved to! There are so many spiders! I made him walk in front of me in case there was a spider web in our path 😉

    We look forward to seeing more of your videos! We are big fans!

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      I like the shot from above, very scenic! I wonder what happened to that kabutomushi, it doesn’t look too well xD

  • Vienesse Datu

    Hello where I’m from the old town are mostly abandon shops roads and all that Yada Yada so actually the old towns here is Los Cerritos r ancho and it’s super old and there’s old plants and trash around old places and that’s all thanks by the way I’m Vienesse Datu and I’m from California and I’m 11

  • Emma

    My name is Emma, I’m 22 and I live in South Yorkshire, England. I’d love to see Japan someday, it is such a beautiful country.
    I don’t live in an old town, but within a 40 minute drive are so many old places. My favourite is Castleton, which is a village in the Peak District National Park. There is a graveyard and some of the graves date back to the 1700s. Lots of tourists go to Castleton because there are four caves which you can take tours in. Two are natural but one is a flooded mine, you go in a boat through the cave. It’s easily one of my favourite places to visit.
    Thanks for the videos!

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Ah, the flooded mine cave sounds fun to explore.

  • David

    It’s my town called Nivelles in Belgium

  • Nevi


    Countryside in Bulgaria could be anything you wish it to be – a quiet place by the sea, somewhere in a high mountain, enjoying flower covered plains, really, we have it all. But sadly the small towns are depopulating fast, young people prefer bigger cities for various reasons. Villages disappear from the map every year.

    Here going to the countryside is very often linked with visiting grandparents. Some parents like to send their children to the countryside, to their grandparents for some periods of summer vacation.

    My grandpa keeps a very nice garden not only with vegetables, but also with very beautiful flowers, I am going to leave a picture of some unusual tulips.

    When it comes to old towns, we have places where traditional Bulgarian architecture is preserved. The streets were narrow and covered with cobblestone. In some cases the first floor overlooking the street was used as a shop, or workshop of some sort.

    It turned out I don’t have any pictures of traditional Bulgarian houses (from the outside), the closest thing I have is a photo of a terrace from such a house with some flowers on it. But I found some on the internet that I can show you (from Wikipedia). It is from an Architectural-Ethnographic Complex, something like an open-air museum that shows how old Bulgarian towns looked like. It is also a place where craftsmen can show their unique work and crafts.

    Thank you for showing the beautiful Japanese countryside!

    Johnny sends greetings 🙂

  • lifewhereimfrom (author)

    Thanks for sharing Nevi. Say hi to Johnny the cat! Bulgaria’s countryside sounds a lot like Japan, in that they are depopulating. We also visited the countryside to see the home of Aiko and Shin’s great grandparents.

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