Historic Walking Areas in Japan

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Historic Walking Areas in Japan

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  • DipuKV
    Pune, India2,913 contributions
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    A lovely island, Miyajima welcomes you with lovely views, superb shrines, plenty of spots to relax & click selfies and a relaxing vibe.
    Written May 21, 2024
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  • Choobyrooesq
    Los Angeles, CA264 contributions
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    Very cool place to visit while in Naha/Okinawa - it’s about a 20 minute cab ride from the Naha cruise terminal. I do wish the main reviews posted in Google actually showed that the main building burnt down in 2019 (5th time it burned down) and the massive palace building is being meticulously recreated. I was disappointed but when we got our tickets (approx $3 USD pp and they DO take small USD bills!) and went inside the restoration process was fascinating to watch - workers are there on week days so you can see the work being done.

    That said, it was still worth a visit and the grounds were quite extensive and the other buildings/walls/gates were really neat. There are also multiple places to get food (the top floor of the info building has a full service restaurant and a small cafe with snack offerings like popcorn chicken, soup noodles and ice cream), museum shops and some shopping kiosks from various vendors selling tourist Knick knacks.

    FYI you only need tickets if you want to go into the building to see the restoration work and the other back areas of the compound.
    Written March 19, 2024
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  • Darin S
    Durham, UK51 contributions
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    The restoration of this castle is amazing. Looks very impressive and the grounds are excellent to see the massive defensive walls. Some areas still off limits and damaged by the 2016 Earthquake but still a very interesting and enjoyable place to visit.
    Written April 8, 2024
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  • Joe T
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice castle with minimal add on, in natural state which is what I like. Not a lot of tourists when I went, so was a bonus. From Okaido walk the way up for the cable car or chairlift to the castle. Wanted to try the chairlift but the weather was too cold. Seems the matsuyama area is famous for mikan (oranges). There at many varieties with different sweetness. Do try.

    Stayed for 2 nights in late Jan 2024. The hotel located about 4 mins walk from the Hiroshima station.

    As I was early, I deposited my luggage to check in later. The hotel has a spacious and comfortable lobby connecting a coffee place. There are free amenities like toothbrush, body towel, tea and coffee bag, cotton bud, etc to take in the lobby area. But for some amenities like hairbrush and shave kit, these are chargable at 100 yen at the reception.

    Room was standard compact for my single room. Just enough space for 1. Room comes with 1 usb port and other charging points. Only has 1 pillow. No drinking water provided, you have to purchase it at the vending machine. Wifi was strong and room was well maintained.

    Surprised that there is a public bath at the 10th floor. It comes with 2 large bath, 1 indoor and outdoor. Nice to have the outdoor bath in cold weather.

    Check out time is10am, which is quite different from others I have stayed which is the usual 12pm.

    I do understand the need to be environment friendly, but charging guests for amenities? Was ok for me as I brought my own. But drinking water? At least have a water dispenser in the hotel for guests to take drinking water. Most likely will not be back.

    There is a nice hiroshima okonomiyaki place near the hotel at 6F of Full Focus building. There are many stalls on the 6F, all selling okonomiyaki, you can choose your own.

    If you are travelling to Matsuyama from Hiroshima, take the tram no. 5 from Hiroshima station to reach the Hiroshima Port Center to take the super jet. Currently there are discount for tourist at 5600 yen one way. You can email and book ahead using the super jet website by using their Japanese webpage to send a query. Somehow the English webpage does not have this option.

    Do note that at the Matsuyama port, the iyotetsu limousine bus from the port to the various area is not available. I did not know and purchased the iyotetsu 1 day pass in advance. Though I can still use the pass within Matsuyama but was not worth the cost if the limousine bus is not available. Taxi from Matsuyama port to dogo onsen cost about 3300 yen.
    Written January 25, 2024
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  • Mitsuki S
    7 contributions
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    My visit to Shirakawa Village in October was truly enjoyable. As someone who appreciates peaceful experiences, I found it to be a serene getaway. I would definitely suggest it to others who are seeking a tranquil atmosphere amidst beautiful scenery.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • silverspire
    Singapore, Singapore380 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It made for a nice walk and visit as we have not been to this part of Japan. There were alot of tourists around though so be prepared!
    Written May 26, 2024
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  • David_never_Dave
    Portland, OR55 contributions
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    Even on a cloudy and windy day, this is a beautiful and interesting place. If you can get a guided tour from one of the gardeners, do so. You'll learn a lot about the garden as it is today and its history. We had only a couple of hours but I could see spending much of a day here.
    Written May 12, 2024
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore9,035 contributions
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    We flew to Tokyo by ZipAir and arrived at Narita Airport at about 9 am. Our guide received us at the airport and the 12 of us look forward enthusiastically to our 10-day Central Japan tour.

    But the very first day in Tokyo was disappointing. Visiting the Imperial Palace was like visiting our Istana in Singapore. Like the Istana, the Palace is only opened on special days of the year and we are unable to go beyond the Nishinomaru Gate.

    The Palace is surrounded by the Nijubashi moat and from the garden beside the moat, I could only see the Fushimi Yagura, the inner citadel of the Edo Castle and the Nijubashi bridge. From the Iwaidacho Police Post, I could see another stone bridge Seimon Ishibashi. But that was all I could see of the Palace. I would not be able to tell the world that I have visited the Imperial Palace of Japan. What I have seen is just an exterior view of a part of the Imperial Palace. Just like the story of the blind man and the elephant, I can only describe the Palace based on this angle that I saw. It seems to me a waste of time visiting this attraction.

    On the way back to our coach, we visited the Kokyo Gaien National Park and took some group photos at the park. The park has very tall beautifully sculptured trees but not very special.

    We also came across a statue of one Kusunoki Masashige, a famed samsurai who was a loyal subordinate to the imperial emperor sacrificing his life in the overthrow of the kamakura shogunate. He became a popular legend in Japan representing loyalty and virtue just like the Chinese patriotic general Ye Fei.

    I thought a visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine (靖国神社) would be interesting with no intent to honour WWII war criminals but to see what this shrine looks like as it is located near to the Palace. But I think no one wants to relive the past memory of the history of war atrocities.

    The historic lesson is that we should not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism.
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, PA2,132 contributions
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    My wife and I took the last tour of the day 4:20. The tour lasted an hour and the guide was extremely good. She spoke very good English, was very informative and personable. The gardens were very old and very impressive. We were glad we took for the tour

    The tour is the only way to see the villa. You need to reserve in advance and bring a passport. We had 10-12 people on the tour which is likely the limit. The place is out of the way but worth the effort.
    Written March 23, 2024
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  • HotRodHeart
    France138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This shrine is the smaller one, situated not far from the town center.

    It is great to stroll around, and enjoy the atmosphere of greenery and mystery that floats around.

    You can end up in little trails in the forest, and really feel the nature around you.

    I visited this shrine before the bigger one the next day, and it's a good thing I did. It's like going to a different scale.
    Written August 7, 2020
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  • goitalyjune
    Singapore, Singapore150 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely walk looking at old edo houses and forests and mini waterfalls. Spotted some sakura trees near the tea house! As it was drizzling, it took us about 4 hours from Magome to Tsumago, then a bus back to Magome for the night.
    Written May 1, 2024
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  • 639abbie
    Canberra, Australia1,392 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The vibe on the street was fantastic with smell of barbecue and most stalls are full. We walked through the street but did not eat we just ate but it was sooo tempting. Just go visit if you can but plan for a dining. Oh don’t search with google for yakitori alley as it’ll bring you to a restaurant named that.
    Written May 11, 2024
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  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore9,832 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was Sunday and we came by here for a visit after visiting Ise Grand Shrine, that was just a stone's throw away from here.

    This is an old town with several streets where many restaurants, souvenir, art and craft shops, bakery and dessert shops etc are located. As it was Sunday, it was crowded and several shops had long queues as it was near lunch time.

    It was a nice place for one to learn about the history and culture, lifestyle and food culture of Mie and it's people and if you are into this, you will surely indulge in the nice ambience!
    Written January 10, 2023
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  • RT
    Singapore, Singapore72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited when it was November, where it’s not quite full blown autumn yet. The street is pretty dull in the daytime, and much nicer at night. I think it would be better to visit when the season is much more visible, like in december or the winter months.
    Written November 7, 2023
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  • Andrew R
    Market Harborough, UK632 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you know nothing about the battle for okinawa, then this is the place you need to visit for the story. You will probably need 3-4 hours to see everything at the park .
    Written March 23, 2024
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