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  • Vickie B
    Columbus, OH6 contributions
    I highly recommend visiting the Shrine but make sure that you are in good physical shape. There are lots of steps & it is all uphill. The only reason I gave it a 4 was I have a bad back & knee & couldn't walk to see everything.
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • Ordinary-Guy
    United Kingdom837 contributions
    Spent a lovely couple of hours visiting the Shrine and walking through beautiful forest in the centre of Tokyo. Very peaceful, calming and relaxing.
    Written May 17, 2022
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  • Tavi
    Tokyo, Japan3 contributions
    Nice to go there to the park close to the sea, both day or night.
    There are a lot of very expensive restaurants there.
    Written August 23, 2022
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  • Hug Jordan
    3 contributions
    One of the best places in Hamamatsu to bring small children, and interesting for adults too. Best of all... it's free entertainment!
    Written November 5, 2020
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  • htodd503
    Portland, OR77 contributions
    I understand how people are up and down about the factory tour. It's 40+ minutes on the train from Sendai and then if you're not there during the weekend you have another 30-40 minutes walking to get into the hall. I did it on a day where it was probably 33°C and I'd already gone to see Yamadera. The humidity in the area is oppressive, and one of the Japanese tourists told me the area was picked in part for the humidity and how it would help create a great whiskey.

    Japanese tours can be a little cold. You have to look at things through windows and a lot of what goes on in a distillery is just looking at pipes and tanks. You don't even get to see the Coffey still, though they will point out the building. I've heard that the VIP tour gets to see a barrel being charred, but you have to be a VIP in the minds of Nikka Whiskey, not in your own mind.

    The best part is after the tour. There's a small bar where you can get short pours of Nikka for very little money. Where else can you even find Taketsuru 12, 17, and 21 and when I went the short pour of 21 was only ¥500! There was even a special edition Taketsuru that was ¥7,000 for a very short pour and I was glad I tried it.

    I'd recommend finding a non-driving way to get there so you can taste a little of everything. During the tour they tell you there's three types of Yoichi that they blend to make the single malt (it's my understanding that they sort the barrels into different flavor categories) and I had a taste of the Peaty and Salty was worth tasting on its own.

    Just remember, it might seem long way to go but just going from Osaka to Kyoto is going to take you longer and to me those cities are right next to each other.
    Written September 8, 2019
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  • Celine A
    Metro Manila, Philippines156 contributions
    Visited with family

    Pros:
    1) This park can be reached via train and bus. Ensure to read and understand the directions carefully because it can be confusing.
    2) Best to visit with a full stomach and bring some drinks and snacks. My family and I visited right before lunch, luckily there was a small cafe inside the park which was quite a walk from the main entrance.
    3) There is a bike rental a few meters from the entrance. Suggest to rent one. The park is huge and easier to cycle than walk.
    4) There were many attractions to visit but my favorite is the pyramid-shaped museum and cycling around the park.
    5) Allot 1 whole day or at least half day to visit. It closes around 5pm so best to start early.
    6) It is definitely child-friendly.
    7) Best toilet to use is at the pyramid-shaped museum.
    8) Wear something comfortable since this is an outdoor place.

    The only con I can think of is the insects that appeared around 5pm on the way to the bus station. It was similar to the insects we experienced at the Shiroi Koibito Park.

    A must-visit.
    Written April 10, 2020
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  • JUMA H
    Germany14 contributions
    This is an incredibly harrowing and poignant place. It is almost the exact location of the detonation of the atomic bomb. It is amazing that they have preserved it and it is a must see if you are visiting Hiroshima.
    Written August 24, 2022
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  • Ramin2-D2
    Laguna Niguel, CA72 contributions
    Park where the deer roam free. Well maintained park and hardscape. The locals (and tourists) do a good job of leaving the deer in peace, other than feeding them. Watch out, as the deer will try to eat all paper you have, maps, paper bags, etc.
    Written September 5, 2022
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  • Brian Y
    Kapaa, HI177 contributions
    Azure seas surround the bridge as you crass over to the island. White sand beaches and surfers in the early morning hours. passing a small island along the way that demonstrates the volcanic history of the area with stacks of columnar basalt.
    Written September 4, 2022
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  • kevin erich
    Tokyo, Japan62 contributions
    Located in the Izu Geopark.
    On a clear day, you can see Izu Oshima in the distance.
    The scenery of nature is worth seeing. There is also a small suspension bridge, which will be a fun experience for children.
    Written September 29, 2022
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  • Yuko-Stu
    Yokohama, Japan216 contributions
    This is a beautiful Lake with great views of Mt. Fuji and the area around. There are many nice walking paths around the lake.
    Written December 2, 2021
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  • ManngaDua
    Singapore, Singapore421 contributions
    This outlet mall is situated just in front of shinkansen station and very accesible. The mall is very huge with many brand stores selling outlet items. The price is very reasonable for some brands. Sports wears such as Addidas and New Balance are worth buying if you can find your size.
    The mall is full of people despite pandemic and people can spend hours for shopping in this place.
    Written August 20, 2022
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  • Takoyaki47
    Ogasawara-shoto, Japan927 contributions
    Shame about the bridge across the view. Excellent sand texture and color. Great for wedding photos apparently… As there were at least three couples in matrimonial garb on a clouded over Saturday Sunset.
    Written December 12, 2020
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  • Samwel M
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania10 contributions
    It is a very famous temple that every Japanese knows. I have never been there in the past. I went here for the first time on the way back to Narita International Airport. There were so many tourists. The inside of the temple is very large. I thought I could enjoy the day when the weather was nice.
    Written October 4, 2022
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  • kazuhiro Y
    Japan12 contributions
    what beautiful landscape is !
    It's a pity that many people don't know about it.
    Even though it is such a beautiful sandy beach, the current is fast and swimming is prohibited.
    Written September 27, 2022
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