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"Must Do's" in Tokyo

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"Must Do's" in Tokyo

We are very confused on what to do so we give up trying to figure it out and throw ourselves at your decisions :)

What are the "must do" in Tokyo ?

We will be there on a Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Headed to Yokohama for cruise departure on Monday.

We are not bar goers!!

We like 5 star hotels. Preferably Marriott affiliations to get our points.

Feudal Japan interests us, but we're getting our fill in Kyoto for 3 days after our cruise.

We DO NOT care for shopping.

We love looking at interesting architecture, preferably Japanese style

Help :)

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1. Re: "Must Do's" in Tokyo

IMO,

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3011_tocho.html

and

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3017.html

are the what of Japan you can do only in Tokyo.

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2. Re: "Must Do's" in Tokyo

Of the 4 Marriott properties (& affiliates) in Tokyo, the Ritz Carlton in Akasaka would be the only 5 star. But there are many other options when it comes to 5 star hotels in Tokyo.

Any visitor should take a trip on the Yamanote train line, get off and walk around so here's a walking map: jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-305.pdf

Tokyo is the perfect place to see late 20th & 21st century Japanese architecture. Although Tokyo or Edo became the centre of feudal Japan, Tokyo's feudal relics were destroyed long ago in fires & in the massive 1923 earthquake. And then, in WWII the incendiary (fire) bombing and resulting firestorms destroyed pretty much everything in the city, including 100,000+ people.

You can still see Edo castle walls and moat - it's on the walking map.

A sprawling 400 year old feudal garden can be seen at the 5 star Hotel New Otani Tokyo, it's a stunning garden with rocks, waterfalls, koi, bridge. If you don't stay at the hotel, you can have a meal at one of restaurants in the garden, or just stroll around & enjoy the garden.

BTW. You won't see much feudalism evident in Kyoto as it was the Imperial capital - so a city devoted to the imperial family and nobility who had their luxury villas and palaces (and of course the various Buddhist sects patronised by the powerful headquartered in Kyoto.)

If you are interested in feudalism, the great castle city strongholds are where you should go - the regional cities & towns where the samurai lords had their castles. The best castle of all is Himeji-jo. There are no shortage of castle towns in Japan (but Kyoto is not one of them). eg. Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima, Iwakuni, Inuyama, Hagi (nicely preserved streets), Kumamoto, Matsue, Bichu Takahashi, Odawara, etc.

Edited: 7:50 am, November 07, 2013
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Since you are already going to Kyoto for feudal Japan, you should concentrate on what Tokyo is famous for... bright lights and modern achitecture. I would recommend you go to Shinjuku to see buildings like the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower. You can also head over to Tokyo Sky Tree to see the latest addition to the towering structures in Tokyo, and if you really want to see ancient part of Tokyo, head to the nearby Asakusa to see Sensoji Temple.

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If you like Japan history and architecture try Nihon Minkaen.

It is village with actual old houses transplanted from all over Japan into a village compound.

About 20+ houses.

Else visit Edo museum. It has lifesize mock ups of old Japanese life.

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Sorry, but I feel everyone's must dos are different and what is a must do for one is not necessarily a must do for another person. The best way to form your itinerary is research and pick what's attractive to you. Have you seen Japan Guide's list of Tokyo attractions? Easy enough to pick a few to hit based on what appeals to you: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2164.html

More ideas from this thread: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g298184-i861-k6276…

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6. Re: "Must Do's" in Tokyo

Thank you for all your recommendations. How exciting! We are starting to wonder if cruising may not be the best option and maybe we should just spend the two weeks touring Japan.

First I would like to get your input on whether these places where the cruise stops are worth visiting. If you have any suggestions on what we could see in each of these, by all means, let us know. Thank you.

Yokohama - departing from here

Kobe

Japan Inland Sea - cruising

Beppu

Kagoshima

Jeju (SK)

Nagasaki

Edited: 12:41 pm, November 07, 2013
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beppu has a great offering of baths there is a place where you can experience 5 kinds and even be buried in warm sand a mud bath and one with floating mandrine oranges are amost them we did it and it was very memorable

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if you have any free evenings on your trip seek out a traditional japanese hotel .... a ryokkan especially a kapparyokkan which is known for the traditional gourmet dinner {included in your room price} you will feel like you are in a movie and have gone back in time a truly unforgettable experience

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9. Re: "Must Do's" in Tokyo

Thank you. Do you have any suggestions on the other ports?

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