travel42 Professional Cruise Port of Call Review

This classic castle town, 180 mi/290 km northwest of Tokyo, offers streets of samurai houses and two geisha quarters around the partially reconstructed castle. The place's claim to fame is Kenroku-en, the garden adjacent to the castle, which is considered one of the three great gardens of Japan. It is best to visit early, before the crowds arrive.

Visit the Nomura Family House, an atmospheric old samurai residence, and stroll through the Higashi Chaya district. An old geisha house called Ochay...

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