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Japan Things to Do

  • Imperial Palace(Kokyo Gaien National...

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Tokyo Things to Do

    There are about two thousand black pine trees in Kokyo Gaien National Garden. It is quite an astounding landscape in sharp contrast to high-rise buildings behind. It is said when the Edo Government was founded in early 17th century current National Garden area still was a cove beach with full of naturally grown pines. Current black pine trees,...

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  • Gion (Geisha District)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    In the evening we had a quick stroll through the Gion area of the city. It was pretty with its wooden buildings and lamps. However, I do not feel we really did the area justice as we were exhausted, hungry and cold by the time we got here. Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district. It is located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the...

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  • Universal studio

    4 out of 5 stars

    Osaka Things to Do

    in japanese that ture but still loads for fun for those who have never been to universal stuido of usa. just access the site of universal sutio and you will understand everthing , it is a very elaborative site. go exatcly 9, when it starts opening and run for the famous rides to finish it early. i loved spider man , back to the future , jurasic...

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  • Nagoya Castle

    4 out of 5 stars

    Nagoya Things to Do

    The year 2013 will see another get-together of world tourists to Nagoya probably since 2005 when the Expo was held. It is not only the opening of Honmaru Palace of Nagoya Castle but another tourist attraction Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden will be much refreshed. Nagoya castle had two grand palaces, Honmaru Palace adjacent to castle keep and...

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  • Peace Park and Memorial Museum

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    The Ota River stretches 103 kilometers from the mountains above Hiroshima, under the Aioi Bridge, to the west of the Peace Memorial Park, before emptying into the Seto Inland Sea. The Aioi Bridge was the aiming point for the atomic bombing of August 1945, and the river was witness to vast devastation of the city. The Ota River, or Ota-gawa, starts...

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  • Meriken Park & Harborland

    Kobe Things to Do

    Near Meriken Park also on the seafront is Harbourland. Harborland is a shopping and entertainment district located on the waterfront in Kobe's port area. It has many cafes, restaurants and shops. There are two shopping centres in Harbourland: Mosaic and Canal Garden. Mosaic has fashion boutiques and a wide range of pleasant restaurants...

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  • Chinatown

    Yokohama Things to Do

    Yokohama Kanteibyo (Guan Gong Temple) is one of the oldest temples in Chinatown. Founded in 1862 by migrant Chinese, the temple has faced numerous calamities. It was destroyed by the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, then damaged heavily in World War II. Somehow this unlucky temple was struck by lightning in 1981, then it burned down in 1986. The...

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  • Todaiji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nara Things to Do

    Todaiji Temple means Great Eastern Temple. It was constructed in 752. It became the head temple of all the Buddhist temples of Japan and later grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in an attempt to reduce Todaiji's power and influence. Todaiji's main hall is the world's largest wooden building. It is home to one...

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  • Snow Monkey Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nagano Things to Do

    Without a doubt, one of the coolest spectacles in all of Japan is to watch the wild snow monkeys of the Japanese Alps sit out a snowy winter day soaking in the hot waters of a naturally-heated onsen. At Jigokudani Yaenkoen monkey park, just above Nagano, you can see these migratory macaques, the world's most northerly primates (besides man) forage...

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  • Itsukushima Shrine

    Miyajima Things to Do

    The shrine at Itsukushima is said to have been founded in 593 by a member of the powerful Saeki Clan named Saeki Kuramoto. The main shrine building was constructed in approximately 1168. The shrine was damaged by fire in 1207 and 1223 and by a typhoon in 1325. After the rebuilding in 1325, the layout of the shrine is believed to have remained as it...

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  • Korakuen Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Okayama Things to Do

    Now here's one of those all too rare havens from the outside world Overlooked by the Black Castle one can wander around this larger than normal setting. Yes there's a lot of open space but as you wind your way around the gardeners have created variation We found that as we walked around the scene changed from garden to farming to hills to forest...

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  • Ginza

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tokyo Things to Do

    Ginza is a high-end shopping and fashion district, known as one of the most luxurious shopping areas in the world. Some of the big stores here include Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, the Sony showroom. It is also home to Tokyo's most famous live theater, the Kabuki-za theater, which is closed, but expected to reopen in 2013. While Ginza's main...

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  • Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    From Arashiyama I headed to Ktano-Hakubaicho. Note that you can pay 210 yen or you can use your Icoca card upon exit. From there, I stopped over a small restaurant and had a miso soup and rice toppings for $550 yen. After filling my tummy, I rode bus 201 (you can also ride 101, 102 or 204) and paid 230 yen. Prepare exact fare as the driver cannot...

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  • Dotombori

    Osaka Things to Do

    The Dotonbori area centres around the Dotonbori-gawa Canal. This area is famous for food and restaurants. It is an interesting area to wander around after dark as many of the restaurants have huge flashing or moving neon signs. The Hozen-ji Temple which dates from the 17th century can also be found in this area.

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  • Higashiyama Park, Zoo and Botanic Garden

    Nagoya Things to Do

    Higashiyama Koen(Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden, Higashiyama Park, Nagoya Zoo and Botanic Garden) is the second popular zoo in Japan in 2010 with 2.18 million annual visitors twice as large figure as that of Nagoya castle and used to be the largest of its kind in Asia before the second world war. The park which has about 60 ha in area is...

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  • Miyajima

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    Miyajima, or Shrine Island, is the nickname for the island formally named Itsukushima. The island is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, which was established in the 6th Century, and it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Next to the main shrine is Daiganji Temple, constructed around 1200 AD. Leading from the ferry docks to the shrine is a...

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  • Chinatown (Nankin-Machi)

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kobe Things to Do

    Chinatown's center square is marked by a small lantern pavilion with a Chinese boy and girl in front. The square is surrounded by twelve carved statures representing the zodiac signs imported from China. Each says something about not climbing on sitting on them. The square is surrounded by some of the most popular restaurants in Chinatown,...

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  • Minato Mirai 21

    Yokohama Things to Do

    Minato Mirai, officially Minato Mirai 21, is the Central Business District of Yokohama. The area began development in 1983 on what was previously an industrial area. The most prominent building is the Landmark Tower, Japan's tallest skyscraper, which was completed in 1993 and stands 972 feet high.

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  • Nara Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nara Things to Do

    Many of Nara's sights such as: Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kofukuji Temple and the Nara National Museum are located in Nara Park. This park dates from 1880. Nara Park is filled with hundreds of freely roaming deer. In the Shinto religion deer are believed to be messengers of the gods. Deer have come to be the symbol of Nara.

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  • Zenkoji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nagano Things to Do

    The Rokujizō are located to the right of the Daikanjin. The Rokujizō are statues of the six Bodhisattvas, who gave up Buddhist enlightenment, in order to provide salvation to others. The Bodhisattvas are said to be able to commune with the six realms of hell, starvation, beasts, carnage, human beings and divine beings.

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  • Mount Misen

    Miyajima Things to Do

    Mount Misen is a historic holy mountain on Miyajima established by the Priest Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. There are religious sites on the mountain and those wanting to experience it as a spiritual site should consider taking the hiking trails, but there is also a ropeway that can take you to the...

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  • Kibiji District (Kibi Plains)

    Okayama Things to Do

    Kibitsuhiko Shrine is dedicated to Prince Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto, who is known for being the heroine of the tale that, over time, became the famous tale of Momotaro! The main shrine was rebuilt in 1697. It was built in the Sangensha Nagare architectural style, which is quite beautiful and impressive. The pathway leading up to the shrine has ponds...

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  • Harajuku And Omote Sando

    Tokyo Things to Do

    Omotesando is a neighborhood in the Shibuya Ward of Tokyo located between Harajuku and Shibuya crossing, but much closer to Harajuku. The main street, a wide tree-lined boulevard, was created as the primary entrance to Meiji Shrine. Today the area is one of Japan's high end shopping districts, featuring several major huge outlets for major brands....

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  • Kiyomizu Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    Earlier morning I walked to the water temple from Apa hotel about 20 minutes, entrance fee 300 yen. Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage and The Otowa Waterfall located at the base of Kiyomizudera's main hall. Its waters are divided into three separate streams, and visitors use cups attached to long poles to drink from them. Each...

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  • Umeda Sky Building

    4 out of 5 stars

    Osaka Things to Do

    While many of Japan's cities have some sort of building where you can view the surrounding city, not all of them are really worth the money. The Umeda Sky Building is one however that is worth it, especially at night! The city is beautiful and with it all lit up with the bridges over the river, it's a great way to end a day of...

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  • TV Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    Nagoya Things to Do

    Nagoya TV Tower is one of many towers that you can find in Japanese cities but Nagoya's tower has the distinction of being the very first tower built in Japan, dating back to 1954. The elevator takes you up to the Sky Deck which offers a nice view and from there you can go up a staircase to the Sky Balcony for an even better view. From the top you...

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  • Hiroshima Castle

    4 out of 5 stars

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    This 1958 reconstruction is less than 10 minutes walk from the peace park, and well worth taking in if you are in the area. It's far from the most spectacular castle in Japan but still well and truly worth a visit. 370 yen entrance

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  • Kobe Luminarie

    Kobe Things to Do

    The Kobe Luminarie is not just one of Japan's illuminations; it's the first and original illumination in Japan. Unlike other illuminations that are only meant to look pretty, the Kobe Luminarie has real meaning and significance; it originally started in the 90s after the Great Hanshin Earthquake devastated the city. It's purpose was to provide some...

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  • Landmark Tower

    Yokohama Things to Do

    This skycrapper is with 70 stories above ground and height of 296 meters is a symbol of Yokohama and the Pride! In the 69th floor where it's the Observatory deck you can view the city and you will astonished with the lovely panorama. You can see the Mt. Fuji and the neighbooring place of Yokohama from there! Tallest building in Japan and the...

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  • Kasuga Shrine

    4 out of 5 stars

    Nara Things to Do

    Kasuga Taisha or Kasuga Shrine is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of Nara. Kasuga Shrine is famous for its lanterns. Hundreds of beautiful bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the shrine's buildings and hundreds of wonderful stone lanterns are located around the outside of the shrine. The lanterns are lit twice a year on...

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  • Yudanaka Shibu Onsen Resort

    Nagano Things to Do

    Nagano Prefecture has the second largest number of spas in Japan, and there are many hot spring resorts here - Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen, Hakuba Onsen, Omachi Onsen, Shirahone Onsen etc. We went to the Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen Resort and stayed in a ryokan (with its own bath). This town has 9 different hot springs, and the 1300-year-old Shibu Onsen has 9...

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  • Five-Tiered Pagoda

    Miyajima Things to Do

    Miyajima's Five-Storied Pagoda, or gojūnoto, is a vermillion-colored tower that stands 27 meters tall and is located on a hill next to the main Itsukushima Shrine. Constructed in 1407 and rebuilt in 1533, the tower is dedicated to the Buddhist god of medicine. It was declared one of Japan's Specially Preserved Buildings in 1900 and last...

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  • Handayama Botanical Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Okayama Things to Do

    Handayama Botanical Garden is one of the many options in Okayama for those who like flowers and gardens. It was designed to have something blooming in all seasons of the year, and the layout is well-planned and attractive. It is one of the city's famous places to see cherry blossoms, although my visit was not during cherry blossom season. I visited...

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  • Asakusa

    Tokyo Things to Do

    I remember doing a random search on unique things to do in Tokyo, and I came across the cat cafe idea while browsing. Luckily, there was one close by to where we had stayed, so this place was perfect! "Neko" is the Japanese word for cat. This cozy little area on the sixth floor of an apartment building houses a few adorable felines within it's...

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  • Fushimi Inari Shrine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    This temple located not in central of Kyoto, then we have to take the JR local train from Kyoto station to Inari just 2 stop. Its a great temple unique with its smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by a Japanese business. There is no entrance fee for this temple

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  • castle

    Osaka Things to Do

    Osaka Castle is surrounded by thick defensive walls and moats. It was originally constructed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi after he unified Japan. It was completed in 1583, but was destroyed 32 years later by the armies of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The castle has been destroyed and rebuilt several times during its turbulent past.The present castle is a...

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  • Tokugawa Art Museum and Tokugawa-en

    Nagoya Things to Do

    The Tokugawa Art Museum is an excellent museum dedicated to displaying objects from the collections of the Owari Tokugawa which ruled from Nagoya and were one of the most powerful domains of feudal Japan. As such, the collection of artifacts is impressive and those familiar with Japanese history should recognize the names of some of the artifacts'...

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  • Shukkeien Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    Shukkeien Garden was first built in 1620. It was built to look like a miniature version of the West Lake in Hangzhou, China. It served as the local daimyo's garden for centuries and was altered over the years. Like most of the other historic sites in the city, Shukkeien was completely destroyed by the atomic bomb dropping in 1945. Obviously the...

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  • Mount Rokko

    Kobe Things to Do

    Behind Shin-Kobe Station there is a path which will take you up the Rokko Mountain. If you follow it all the way you can walk to the cable car stations and Nunobiki Herb Garden, but we just followed it for around 10 or 15 minutes to see the lovely 43m tall Nunobiki waterfall. A pleasant and easy walk.

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  • Red Brick Warehouse

    Yokohama Things to Do

    Yokohama's Red Brick Warehouse is a historic dockside warehouse that has been restored, renovated, and turned into a major shopping center. The two facilities were constructed by a Japanese company in 1911 and 1913, and are notable for largely surviving the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake. The buildings also lasted through World War II and were...

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  • Kofukuji Temple

    4 out of 5 stars

    Nara Things to Do

    Kofukuji was once the family temple of the Fujiwara. The Fujiwara were a very powerful family clan during much of the Nara and Heian Periods. The temple was built in 710. Kofukji has a five story pagoda and a three story pagoda. The five story pagoda is 50m high making it Japan's second tallest pagoda. Kofukuji's pagoda was originally built in...

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  • Shiga Kogen Skiing

    Nagano Things to Do

    Nagano has many winter resorts, very suitable for skiing enthusiasts. E.g. Hakuba (the resort's powdery snow is said to be of the highest quality in the region) and Shiga Kogen (with 21 ski areas, including some courses used in the 1988 Winter Olympics). During our Shinkansen train ride from Tokyo to Nagano, we saw quite a number of young Japanese...

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  • Daisho-in Temple

    Miyajima Things to Do

    Being located on Miyajima, Daisho-in Temple tends to get overlooked in favor of Itsukushima Shrine, but it's a very worthwhile place to visit. It was founded in the 12th century and Emperor Meiji stayed here in 1885. The complex is large with a lot to explore. The Kannon-do Hall is the main building housing the temple's Kannon statue. There's also...

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  • Okayama Castle

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Okayama Things to Do

    Okayama Castle is a beautiful black castle located next to the lovely Asahi River which was once its moat. Because of its black colour Okayama Castle is also called Ujo or Crow Castle. Okayama Castle was constructed by a powerful Japanese feudal leader Ukita Naoie and his son, Hideie. The main tower of the castle was originally completed in 1597....

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  • Mt. Fuji - Day Trip

    Tokyo Things to Do

    I was told October is the best time to visit Japan since you lose the crowds and humidity of summer, and that the weather is cooling down. Upon my arrival in Japan, I was glad to have come during the time of year I did. The weather wasn't bad at all! Hence when we set out to visit Mt. Fuji, I was delighted that the weather was decent. After...

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