Historic Walking Areas in Japan

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Historic Walking Areas in Japan

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  • JaperJP
    Yokohama, Japan11 contributions
    I have a yearly pass that’s truly one of the treasure of Yokohama. I would would recommend Visiting at different times of year.
    Written March 14, 2021
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,764 contributions
    Yes, the main buildings at Shurijo Castle have burnt down and there are efforts to clean the area up and start construction again. Although most buildings are no longer here, I feel the castle area is worth a visit. The walls are still in tact as are some structures. It will be many years before the project is complete. This castle has burnt down many times and has rebuilt so it will be fascinating again once it's up and running. You can still walk the grounds although a lot of places are currently blocked off. There are a lot of historic markers worth reading, I learned a lot. After visiting the castle, I walked the park across from it and explored the surrounding area. I feel if you are in Okinawa, might as well visit even if it is not in full swing. I went and really enjoyed my visit here.
    Written May 8, 2021
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  • Audree
    Canada26 contributions
    This is the birthplace of Zen Buddhism. The Enryaku hotel was, traditional Japanese style, very clean and comfortable- staff was very pleasant and helpful. The food breakfast and dinner was included and extraordinary! Beautiful views of the lake and distant mountains, some days we could see My Fuji in the distance. The Japanese baths were clean and hot. 7am we walked to the main temple to participate in the morning ceremonies. We hiked the mountain and visited the ancient temples, some original and hundreds of years old- learning the story of Zen Buddhism and how it came to be on this sacred mountain.Lots of local pilgrims making offerings and praying- so peaceful
    Written February 14, 2020
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,764 contributions
    I am a tourist so I had no idea about the earthquake that devastated Kumamoto in 2016. Still today, you can see the aftermath of the earthquake on the castle. I am so glad they are restoring it to its former beauty. You can see many areas that still have a lot of work needed but the areas that have been restored like the main keep are stunning. I find Kumamoto Castle to be one of the most beautiful in Japan. The castle and grounds are massive. I can't wait to visit again in the future when everything is back in order.
    Written February 27, 2021
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  • Satoko B
    Mill Valley, CA2 contributions
    The cobble stone streets- the tile museum and the very old traditional homes were quite unique

    Unfortunately many of the shops were closed

    The shops that were opened were very accommodating and friendly
    Written February 9, 2020
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  • CanuckJames
    Nishinomiya, Japan1,108 contributions
    Hot springs and snow crabs, that is how I will remember Kinosaki.

    The whole town is centered for tourism and the promotion of local products. All the local hotels offer Yukata (kimono) and Geta (clogs) to wear. You get a pass from the hotel which enables you to have unlimited visits to ALL the onsen in Kinosaki.

    The street is filled with gift shops, restaurants, and fishmongers. The specialty of the area is Matsubagani (Snow Crabs) which you can purchase live or steamed. (steamed is easier to handle)

    The multiple pedestrian bridges that cross the waterway gives you many opportunities to take great photos.

    You really do get a taste of small-town Japan.
    Written December 10, 2020
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  • ScambusterSZ
    Sydney, Australia1,804 contributions
    This site is only 15minutes drive from the Railway/ downtown.

    The museum is very well done and then you walk to the ‘village’ huts etc outside in about 5-10 minutes.

    It’s also very close to the Modern Art Museum so you knock over both but allow 3-4 hours to do both.
    Written March 30, 2021
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  • JeansTshirt
    22 contributions
    This river has a unique history (see photo).
    You can even walk in the river in some parts along stones and boardwalks. A really nice Italian restaurant on this river called Dilettante (see photos) serves wonderful lunches but closes early (around 3pm or so) - be sure to book a table (from 11:30am for lunch) overlooking the river in this quirky little spot.
    Written July 8, 2020
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  • SullyDean
    Sydney, Australia31 contributions
    We took this tour a year ago for my 50th b’day (April 2019) - apologies for late review, however I really want to share our experience as we had an amazing time and feel the reason was that we booked through Walk Japan.
    From the moment we met up with our tour group, 7 in all, at a snug hotel in Osaka we were able to sit back and focus on the culture, history, religion, scenery & relevance of the Kumano Kodo, and leave the complexities of logistics and language barrier to our competent guide Josh. While some travelers thrive on conquering the difficulties of traveling in a foreign land, we would rather spend our well earned holidays enjoying ourselves without stressing over are we on the correct train line and are we heading in the right direction, or the like. And for us if any country has engendered those feelings its Japan.
    So for 9 days we walked parts of this pilgrimage and had an absolutely amazing experience - as accommodation and meals were all organized and we had our trusty guide at no point did we stress - and we stayed in some unique accommodation from a monastery (participating in the morning fire ceremony with monks), repurposed high schools (declining population), some huge 80’s hotel built into the side of a cliff like something out of a James Bond movie. We visited all the main temples on the pilgrimage and had our stamp book attended to (make sure you do this right from the start), all relevant historic and cultural points of importance and interest were pointed out and if possible we had time to wonder around (seriously if we had done this pilgrimage as an independent walk we would have missed so much and understood even less) - and to top it all off we were walking smack bang in the middle of the cherry blossom bloom - early April is the time to go it was just gorgeous : )
    All in all we had the most brilliant time and Walk Japan took care of everything and at no time did we feel out of our depth - best 50th b’day you could wish for. Thanks Japan, and thanks Walk Japan XXX
    Written May 4, 2020
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  • Tsrbt
    Tokyo, Japan26 contributions
    Very charming place. Now I know why they call it a little Kyoto. Small but good place to have a good walk. A wonderful experience
    Written April 28, 2022
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  • Priscilla T
    Berkeley, CA56 contributions
    Highly recommend making time for excursion to this small quaint island just a short and gorgeous ferry ride away from Hiroshima and staying overnight to experience ancient Japan. Debated given our 8 day trip to Japan splitting time between Kyoto and Tokyo whether to invest the extra night given side trip to Hiroshima. So glad we did as this was the highlight of our entire trip. Booked a traditional tatami hotel complete with onsen, kaiseki, robes and slippers. After last tour boat leaves the island becomes a quiet experience. Me and early riser youngest son went out at dawn to explore island in robes and slippers seeing many deer and watching the sun light up ocean, island and Tori gate. It was magical.
    Written June 23, 2022
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  • makimuranakano
    9 contributions
    We walked after breakfast and paid a visit to Ikaho shrine,empty whithout any people.
    DAIKOKUYA(大黒屋)is candy store near the stone steps that opened early morning and freshly made sweets!
    I want to come this area at night^_^
    Written February 25, 2020
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  • E T L Y
    Singapore, Singapore131 contributions
    My wife and I had a private guide that met us at the hotel and did about an 11 KM walk starting from Magome. Very lovely old Japanese villages along the way and a nice and gentle experience of the Nakasendo trail which links Kyoto to Tokyo.
    Written March 8, 2020
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,232 contributions
    I knew that Taki Rentaro got the inspiration of his famous melody of “Kojyo no Tsuki”, and thought that it is just ruins of an old castle. Indeed, it was a good surprise. Oka Castle ruins is a wonderful place to familiarize with the great nature. The distanced view of Kujyu mountains is fantastic. Outside of Hokkaido, there is still some place like this in Japan. It is a new discovery.
    Written December 1, 2020
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  • Jeffrey
    17 contributions
    It's unique. Some house allow you to hold real katana. In winter, it's very cold. Most of samurai house is closed at 5PM. So it's better to come early.
    Written August 28, 2021
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