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Must See's Around Honshu
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I will be taking my nephew with me next trip to Hombu and would like to set up a sight seeings schedule each day.
Please help to set up a must see list for Tokyo, Kashiwa, Noda. Or if you can think of something another place that just must be seen, also.
Barry

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If you're into electronics/computers , be sure to visit the akihabara area in Tokyo .

The remote town of Nikko is also very worth a visit, especially the world heritage area.

Just a start ;)

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Thanks, Bas.
Please, add some more; help please.
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Barry -

I go to Hondoji in Matsuda city every year as a mini pilgrimage. Hondoji is a vast and beautiful temple grounds of the Nichiren sect found in Matsuda city, only a few stops on the train from Kashiwa.

http://www.geocities.com/jeanandmonica/buddhist.html

Hondoji is mostly famous for their (sp?) Hydrangeous (those purple flowers) and it's fall-colored leaves during the period we usually go (DKMS). There are many temple buildings and shrines as well as ponds, streams and a wetlands area. Also alot of Bamboo, which I enjoy being around.

From the train stop at Matsuda city you take the closest main street away from the train. It goes for a pleasant mile and ends up right at Hondoji. Even I was able to find it.

On the walk you'll find markets where you can stop and drink tea.

As far as temple tours go, it's a very nice trip.





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Thanks, Greg. And boy I sure enjoyed that seminar at the park.
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Barry,
Narita-san is very nice to visit. And though it's nowhere near Tokyo, you may be interested in the Monkey park in Inuyama. Your travel companion might enjoy feeding lots of Japanese snow monkeys (the most intelligent macaque). I found it much like looking in lots of mirrors.

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I will be taking my nephew with me next trip to Hombu and would like to set up a sight seeings schedule each day.
Please help to set up a must see list for Tokyo, Kashiwa, Noda. Or if you can think of something another place that just must be seen, also.
Barry


Hello Mr. Barry,

The Tokyo Area is chock-full of interesting things to see and do. You might consider getting your hands on one of the many usseful and informative travel books that are available.

Here are couple ideas of my own that may, or may not, be in such books.

- Koshigaya-shi (a town not far from Noda and where many Bujinkan visitors look for cheap lodging) has a beautiful Kyudojo located on the grounds of Hisaizu jinja. Also in Koshigaya, you will find a lovely 'Japanese' garden adjacent to a Noh Theater (In November there in a Noh Festival at this theater and it is free). Near the train station there is a little shop where they make Koshigaya Daruma that is interesting to see and the Daruma make for nice souvenirs.
-A little farther afield is the well known town of Kamakura. This ancient capital of Japan has many lovely sites, most of which are described in guide books. I am partial to Houkoku-ji, but Tsurogaoka Hachiman-gu is very impressive.
- Not far from Kamakura is Enoshima, a small island that is part of Fujisawa-shi (I think). Strolling on the island is wonderful and if the temperature is right (in other words, if it is cool and the ozone level is down) you will get some very nice views of Fujisan across the 'bay'.

Again, there are just so many possibilities. Get a guide book and you will certainly find enough to keep you occupied while at the same time catering to your own interests and tastes.

Have a good trip.

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There's also Sengakuji (the shrine of the 47 rhonin), and I was most impressed with the Meiji shrine.
Both are easy to find and worth a visit.

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Yeah, that's right I have been to both and that was pretty cool.
Isn't there a museum there with a cricket stair case and hall way somewhere around??
Also I am interested in Bomsai. Anyone know of a display there?
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There are gardens with bonsai scattered around Tokyo and environs.

For garden locations in Yokohama see Yokohama Convention and Visitor's Bureau

For gardens in Kyoto, Tokyo and other Kanto locations see Japan National Tourist Organization - Japanese Gardens

Kashiwa is noted for its many ramen shops and clothing boutiques. For Kashiwa information, see Kashiwa Information Center.. The website is Japanese only (you may be able to translate the page in your browser), but half the staff speak English and are very helpful.

The JNTO website - www.jnto.go.jp is a vast resource for travellers in Japan. You'll likely find where you want to go, and how to get there, on that website.

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