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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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  • Rae
    283 contributions
    Bring cash for the big Buddha and shrine!

    Very nice hike lots of steps and a very cool view. Also...black ice cream!! It’s just vanilla but it looks cool! Bring water to hydrate! And be prepared for lots of steps.
    Took the ferry from Yokosuka and that was beautiful during sunset and there was a nice restaurant with limited but yummy options.
    Written May 26, 2021
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  • Quang Kiet Le
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam792 contributions
    The observation deck was on 21st floor of the City Council of Sakai which offered the 360 degrees view of Sakai city, included the ancient burial grounds. It was small but free of charge.
    Written December 18, 2017
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  • Shlomi T
    Nagano, Japan1,405 contributions
    Excellent museum on a different level. Full of treasures.
    Must have cost them a fortune to build. And to fill it with all those treasures from around the world. SPECTACULAR
    Written May 23, 2021
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia25,797 contributions
    Just walk outside the Takadanobaba station and you can see the YS11 passenger aircraft. If you head past it and keep the telecommunications tower in sight, you will come into the park and find the museum. There is a Curtis C46 outside in the park. Inside there are some aircraft from the 1950s and 60s, hands on displays, and replica aircraft from the early days of flight. There is a cafe and gift shop here as well.
    Written May 18, 2019
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  • N K C
    Singapore, Singapore53 contributions
    Great for exploring and the boat ride was fun. Has a few walking tracks to choose from. We picked a short walk to look at the "5-coloured rocks", it was very pleasant and calming for minds. We noticed some tourists booked to spend a night on the island, likely wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.
    Written May 11, 2018
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  • Ffferno
    tpn8839 contributions
    Very beautiful to explore around this area - there is currently only one bus that goes here from Shimoda station, leaves at 10:30 ish and returns around 1430 ish, but you can walk to Kisame bus stop through the beautiful and quiet town of Touji for more buses that travel in between Shimoda and Minami/Matsuzaki on the main road.
    Written April 13, 2016
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  • GIT
    Melbourne, Australia414 contributions
    We came here on a beautiful afternoon and was not disappointed with the temple and its surroundings. The map tht comes along with the admission fee is very useful to cover the full ground from Attractions 1-9.

    This place closes at 4.30pm, so do come early before the sun sets. We spent around an hour here taking photographs and climbing the steps for the good view of the temples. The best view can be seen from the viewing platform that is opposite from the caves and main shrine.

    Do come before 3pm if you intend to take pictures and cover the full breath of the Temple grounds. It gets a bit quiet after 4pm and they start closing the temples, shrines one by one. We left around 4.30pm the moment it closed. We were overall very satisfied with this place.
    Written April 18, 2019
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  • thelonious22
    Seongnam4,374 contributions
    Tokoname City Pottery Footpath offers two self-guided walks that are very well posted. We took the shorter walk which took just over an hour at a leisurely pace. Sections of the walk have walls consisting of Meiji era clay pipes. The brick chimneys and old klins line the paths and there were a lot of English explanations along the way to keep things interesting. There are plenty of workshops that sell the pottery along the way although most are very expensive.
    Written January 27, 2020
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  • I_like_tosee_things
    1 contribution
    Wonderful experience! I went with my son in the morning and we saw the bird show and pet the monkeys and capybara. Well definitely come back again.
    Written July 12, 2021
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  • PenpenD
    Sydney, Australia76 contributions
    Hidden up at the top of the hill the ruins are easily accessible with a carpark up the top, or enjoy the walk up from the bottom car park.
    Written April 22, 2019
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  • Zachary H
    Tokyo, Japan4,524 contributions
    This is a very fun thing to do while in Niigata! The 30+ minute tour is free, and if you connect with the brewery on Line, you get a free limited tasting after the tour. The advanced tasting costs ¥1,000, which also felt like a good deal! The whole experience took about an hour and was a lot of fun!
    Written September 12, 2021
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  • WalkingPoint
    Bangkok, Thailand323 contributions
    A very easy style but interesting tour with pleasant employees throughout.
    Nice tasting at the end and opportunity to buy Asahi souveniers.
    Asahi is the way forward!
    You know it makes sense!
    Written February 19, 2020
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  • Ronaldet
    598 contributions
    Big garden with many varieties of plants and trees. Typical Japanese landscape including a children playground . Cafe is nicely decorated.
    Written September 2, 2019
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  • HonoluluTraveler_9
    hawaii88 contributions
    We were fortunate to visit the Ruins with a Goodwill Guide who explained the history of the area and provided details about the buildings and the site as we walked thru the recreated town. We visited the garden areas of the feudal lord's residence, entering thru the reconstructed gate. Climbing the hill behind the residence area, we had a view of the beautiful valley. It would be a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic or read a book.
    Written April 10, 2017
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