Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Japan

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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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  • B C
    47 contributions
    Stopped here on a road trip with teens. We all thought it was a pretty cool place. See the origins of Toyota which had its roots in textile. Very cool demonstrations. Recommend if in the areas.
    Written August 21, 2022
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  • 笑文
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates41 contributions
    A great way to see Sapporo from above. The cable car ride is very much enjoy by the children. Up in the top, it is very cold even with jacket on
    Written January 29, 2022
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  • Susan M
    Oak Harbor, WA13 contributions
    We were in Fukuoka for the day during our cruise. Japanese friends met us and took us to this park. We rented bicycles so we could see most of this enormous park. The bicycles were in excellent condition. There were bicycle parking racks at intervals. We 4 adults had a great time going down the super slide in the playground area, We also enjoyed the bird area, the small but quality zoo, the rose garden which still had some roses in it even in late October, as well as other types of flowers, and of course, the immense fields of cosmos in bloom.

    The park is also convenient to access Shikanoshima, a land-tied island connected at a sandbar/causeway. There is scenery galore out there, and a fine seafood restaurant also.
    Written November 26, 2019
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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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  • sligoinian
    Sligo, Ireland101 contributions
    We visited this museum and i enjoyed everything outside but not so much the exhibits that were inside.
    Written October 4, 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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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia709 contributions
    Toshogu Shrine is a magnificent memorial to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan for over 250 years. The lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen buildings set in a beautiful forest. Countless wood carvings and large amounts of gold leaf were used to decorate the buildings in a way not seen elsewhere in Japan, where simplicity has been traditionally stressed in shrine architecture. Among the many buildings at Toshogu, particularly notable ones include a pretty five story pagoda in front of the main entrance gate. Despite Covid, there were long lines to enter. Admission fee is 1300 yen. Easily accessible with the world heritage bus ticket and get off at stop 82/83.
    Written January 7, 2022
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,810 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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  • Phoebe-Elona H
    1 contribution
    Very beautiful and interesting place, you can get lots of stuff for your insta and relatives. The air is miraculous!!! You can try delicious unusual drinks as well, do some crafts and enjoy the panoramas.
    Written June 17, 2022
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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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  • Jenna R
    2 contributions
    I was surprised when my coworkers told me the most popular time to visit this park was during winter. But since visiting, I can see why. It's really beautiful when covered in snow.
    Written February 23, 2022
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