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    A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    I'm spending the first week of April in Japan. I'm spending about 3-4 days in the city and the rest at TDR. Any recommendations for where to visit? Specifically, I was wondering if there was any castle that was recommended.

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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    By "the city" I'm guessing you mean Tokyo? It would be helpful to know what area you plan to stay during your trip.

    Are you planning/willing to go out of the Tokyo area for either overnight or all-day trips?

    Are you interested in seeing cultural, historical, natural, etc?

    Japan has so many places to go and things to see so it really helps to know what your main interests are and how far you are willing to travel.

    Regarding your specific question about Japanese castles, here is a link to a list of castles you can visit in Japan.
    Japanese Castles - Japan Guide - Japanlinked.com
    You want to do some research to see which of these are close enough to where you will be staying so you can visit them in your desired time frame.

    One piece of advice I will give you is to specifically research each of the castles you might be interested in visiting. Some castles have been restored and maintained to be very close to how they were back in the days of their use. Othere castles (e.g. Osaka Castle) have been gutted and modernized inside with elevators, tiled floors, modern ammenities, etc. Just some of the floors are restored to how they use to be.

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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    Found this great site that is a guide to Japan Castles!
    JAPANESE CASTLES: Guide to 110+ Japanese Castles

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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    Tokyo Tower
    Tokyo Dome
    Tokyo Station
    Akihabra at night "electric town"
    Harajaku " Fashion district" find out when the parades are
    Agree with Roger Japanese Castles are very cool
    Tsukiji fish market . Make sure you arrive really early. Heck stay in a capsule hotel the night before
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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    OK, if we are going to start listing places I'll throw in a few. I do think this method may not be as helpful to the OP because there will be a ton of places listed without enough info to see if it matches the OPs interest.

    Tokyo Metro area:

    Old downtown area (shi ta machi)
    - Asakusa Sensou-ji Temple and surrounding area
    - Ryogoku (Sumo stadium)
    - Tokyo Sky Tree

    Tokyo Station Marunouci area
    - Old Tokyo Station Marunouchi side
    - International (Koukusai) Forum
    - Imperial Palace

    Ginza district
    - Many Japanese department stores and various high end designer shops
    - Nissan showroom
    - Nikon Plaza showroom
    - Hakuhinkan Toy Park (toys and gadget shop)

    Tsukiji district
    - World famous Tsukiji fish market
    - Tsukiji Honganji Temple

    Ueno district
    - Ueno Park (huge park)
    - Ueno Zoo
    - Museum district

    Akihabara district
    - Electronics
    - Anime/Manga

    Roppongi district
    - Nightlife district (esp for younger foreigners)
    - Mori Building
    - Tokyo Tower (nearby)

    Ikebukuro district
    - Sunshine City shopping
    - Toyota showroom

    Shinjuku ward
    - Worlds busiest train station
    - Shopping
    - Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tocho)

    Shibuya ward
    - Shopping
    - Harajuku district (young people's fashion district)
    - Famous "Hachiko" statue
    - Meiji-jingu (Meiji Temple)

    Odaiba area
    - Shopping
    - Rainbow Bridge

    Nearby Tokyo (i.e. day trips)
    - Nikko
    - Kamakura (Great Buddha)
    - Hakone
    - Mt Fuji
    - Atami

    Further away from Tokyo (each of these has a large list of places to see)
    - Nara
    - Kyoto
    - Osaka
    - Shirakawa
    - Hiroshima
    - Sapporo

    There is much much more I could list. I'm sure I've forgotten places because this is all just off the top of my head.

    I think this is a good start for you to start researching based on your personal interests.

    Go ahead and ask more specific questions if you have any and I'll try to address them.

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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    The Op May need a month after that list ^ But they are all worthwhile places to see! I also forgot about the Kamikura great Buddha and temple.. With Osaka and Kyoto I did a one day side trip and did a super fast trip to see both.. The Shinkansen certainly helped and is a attraction in itself... Side note if you are going to use the subway and Shinkansen the Op should look into a 7 day transportation pass


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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    Skip Tokyo Tower... Sky Tree is better. Eat sushi and drink melon soda.
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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyTimmyTimmy View Post
    Skip Tokyo Tower... Sky Tree is better. Eat sushi and drink melon soda.
    I agree about Sky Tree being better. Only advantage of Tokyo Tower is that the crowds are much smaller. Sky Tree can use up the better part of a day due to the crowds and standing in line.

    Melon soda is the best! Have you ever had a melon soda float? It really takes me back to my childhood days.

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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger55 View Post
    I agree about Sky Tree being better. Only advantage of Tokyo Tower is that the crowds are much smaller. Sky Tree can use up the better part of a day due to the crowds and standing in line.

    Melon soda is the best! Have you ever had a melon soda float? It really takes me back to my childhood days.
    Oh yes... melon soda float is awesome
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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyTimmyTimmy View Post
    Oh yes... melon soda float is awesome
    Agreed!!

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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    Between visiting the giant Asakusa Temple in Tokyo, with it's shopping arcade, and a 1 or 2 day side trip to Kamakura (my favorite, only 60 minutes by train--many excellent shrines including the Daibutsu, aka Great Buddha, and the Bamboo Temple), and also Meji-Jingu and Ueno Park (with all the museums), both in Tokyo, you'll be able to do a lot of great sightseeing without going too far.
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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    I would add Odaiba for Sega Joypolis and some interesting tourist things to do.
    Tokyo Dome to catch a baseball game VERY FUN
    Plus they have a small amusement park nearby

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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brisal73 View Post
    I would add Odaiba for Sega Joypolis and some interesting tourist things to do.
    Tokyo Dome to catch a baseball game VERY FUN
    Plus they have a small amusement park nearby
    Also no one's mentioned Ghibli Museum yet. Also for some the National Railway Museum in Saitama is a must-see.

    Basically, all depends on what you're interested in.

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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    Thank you all for the recommendations! I truly appreciate it.

    As for Tokyo Disney Resort, any suggestions on how to tackle the parks? I'm spending the 1st through 4th at the resort.

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    Re: A week in Japan! Where to visit?

    Judging by your stated interest, you'll need to get out of Tokyo. Go visit the National Treasures on the list provided by Roger55. Himaji and Matsumoto are considered to be among the best castles in the world. Matsumoto is located on a river island.

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