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Maruoka Castle is Japan's oldest surviving castle tower although it collapsed during the Fukui Earthquake in 1948. Rebuilt in 1955 with most of the original materials. Originally built in 1576 by Shibata Katsutoyo, nicknamed Kasumiga-jo (Misty CastlePhoto: Way to Maruoka Castle from the bus stop.
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Tokyo TowerThe tower is 333 meters high, with two observatories. The lower one, called the main observatory, is 150 meters high. The higher one, the special observatory, is 250 meters up.
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Entrance to castle grounds
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The stone marker says National Treasure Kasumiga-jo Castle.The castle was a National Treasure until it collapsed in the 1948 Fukui Earthquake. Now an Important Cultural Property.
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Maruoka Castle tower
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Tokyo Tower
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Maruoka Castle tower
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Foot of tower
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Maruoka Castle tower
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Foot of tower
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Memorial to the dogs who served in Antartica.1 comments
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Path to castle tower
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Main observatory
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Maruoka Castle
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Zojoji Temple
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View of Hamamatsu-cho
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Old shachi (killer whale) roof ornaments made of stone.The original shachi were made of wood with copper plating. But during WWII, the precious copper was taken and these two stone shachi were made to replace the original shachi. These two shachi fell off the roof during the 1948 earthquake and were replaced by a replica of the original made of wood and copper plating.
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Steps to castle tower entrance.
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Too hazy to see Mt. Fuji
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Side of castle
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Roppongi Hills at center
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Special observatory (250 m high). When the wind blows, it sways.
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Entrance to castle tower
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1st floor of castle towerThe steep stairs go to the 2nd floor.
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Main observatory
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1st floor of castle tower
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Main observatory
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1st floor of castle tower with photos of other castles.
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Main observatory
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Old-style "bay window?"
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View down from a glass floor on main observatory
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"Sama" hole to shoot weapons (arrows or guns)
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View from Roppongi Hills.
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2nd floor
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Roof tiles made of stone (rare)
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Roof tiles made of stone (2nd floor)
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Roof tiles made of stone on Maruoka Castle
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Stairs to top floor
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Stairway on top floor
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Top floor
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Top floor
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Veranda (closed to visitors)
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View from castle tower
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The veranda is narrow and the fence is low.
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Ceiling on top floor
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Ceiling on top floor
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Ceiling on top floor
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Ceiling on top floor
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Stairs going down
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Well related to the castle's mist.
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Lower stone wall
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Kumamoto Castle before the earthquake. Unfortunately, it suffered major damage by the Kumamoto earthquake and remains closed. 熊本城
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Kumamoto Castle 熊本城
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Control tower equipment.
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Folk History Museum adjacent to the castle. 歴史民俗資料館
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Folk History Museum
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Inside Folk History Museum
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Edo Period currency
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Kasumiga-jo Park, noted for cherry blossoms.
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Bus stop for Maruoka CastleTakes about 40-50 min. from Fukui Station.
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Beppu Tower 別府タワー
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Northern view from Beppu Tower
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Southern view from Beppu Tower
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Looking west toward Beppu Station
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Beppu Station in the distance
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Nagahama Castle (reconstructed) is a lakeside castle within Hokoen Park near Nagahama Station. This is the entrance to the park. 豊公園 MAP
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The original castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 16th century who lived in Nagahama Castle until 1582. Lord Yamauchi Kazutoyo later lived in Nagahama Castle.
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The current castle tower was reconstructed in 1983. It serves as a local history museum.
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In April, numerous cherry trees around the castle in Hokoen Park bloom spectacularly. The best time to visit Nagahama Castle.
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Nagahama Castle, Shiga
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Side view of Nagahama Castle
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Nagahama Castle tower, local history museum.
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Inside Nagahama Castle, a local history museum.
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Model of castle construction.
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Old map of Nagahama Castle. There were many moats and canals.
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Top floor of castle.
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View of cherry blossoms from Nagahama Castle's lookout deck.
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Panorama from the top of Nagahama Castle, looking south.
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Panorama from the top of Nagahama Castle, looking west toward Lake Biwa.
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Panorama from the top of Nagahama Castle, looking north and west.
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In winter.
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In spring.
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Lake Biwa and cherry blossoms as seen from Nagahama Castle.
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Mt. Yamamoto-yama as seen from Nagahama Castle.
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On the balcony, with Mt. Ibuki in the distance in winter.
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Nagahama Castle and cherry blossoms.
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Nagahama Castle
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Water fountain and Nagahama Castle in spring.
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The famous Clock Tower or Tokeidai is overshadowed by much bigger and modern buildings in central Sapporo. A short walk from Sapporo Station and Odori Park.
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The Clock Tower was built in 1878 as part of the Sapporo Agricultural College established largely by three Americans from Massachusetts: Dr. Willian S. Clark, William Wheeler, and David P. Penhallow.
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The Clock Tower was used as a drill hall and ceremony hall. After the college moved, the building was used by local citizens for cultural purposes such as a library and lecture hall.
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The construction of the tower and installation of the clock was completed in 1881. The clock was made by Howard Clock Co. of Boston, MA. It is still in the Clock Tower, sounding its original chime.
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Front entrance of the Clock Tower.
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The Sapporo Clock Tower is an Important Cultural Property.
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The clock inside the tower is Japan's oldest. The gears and other main parts are also still the original ones. Thanks to excellent care and maintenance, the clock has come this far.
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Inside the Sapporo Clock Tower. The first floor has various display panels and exhibits.
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The exhibits explain about the history of Hokkaido's early settlement and development.
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Scale model of what the Sapporo Agricultural College looked like. Notice the Clock Tower. In those days, Sapporo's population was only 2,600.
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Records of songs which mention the Clock Tower.
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Panel showing foreign instructors who taught at Sapporo Agricultural College.
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Second floor of the Clock Tower. Mostly pews for a lecture hall.
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A working clock
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On New Year's Eve, a crowd gathers to hear the Clock Tower ring in the New Year.
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Finally went up Tokyo Skytree for the first time in Sept. 2013. I waited for a clear weekday and went early in the morning.
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You can either buy a ticket at the door or buy a reserved ticket for a specific day via their Website. Visiting Tokyo Skytree on snowy days can be dangerous. Clumps of snow clinging to the struts are known to fall to the ground.
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It's much cheaper to visit Skytree on your own instead of going on a typical bus tour. But a bus tour may exempt you from a long wait to go up since they have their own reserved tickets for a specific time.
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The least crowded time is weekday mornings between 8 am to 10 am. I got there at 9:30 am on a Friday and was happy to see no line to buy a ticket (2000 yen) to go up.
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The problem with buying a reserved ticket for a specific day is that you won't know what the weather will be like that day. It's not worth going up on a cloudy/rainy day.Low clouds can easily cover the lookout decks and all you may see is cloud white. They also close the tower on windy/stormy days.
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Tokyo Skytree ticket counter. Empty on weekday mornings from 8 am to 10 am.
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I went from 0 to 350 meters above the ground in less than 10 min. There are four elevators.
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Each elevator has a design based on one of the four seasons. I went inside the summer elevator with a fireworks design. The elevator is very fast going up.Part of the elevator door is also transparent. Close your eyes or look away if you start to feel sick/dizzy. Please don't vomit in the elevator.
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The first/lower observation deck is called the Tembo Deck.
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The exposed struts inside the observation deck are padded so you don't crack your head when you bump into it. Lonely people who don't have anyone to hug could hug one of these. It's soft enough.
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Stunning views. Sumida River.
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I saw one school girl here who looked very nauseous (likely threw up in the bathroom) with a friend rubbing her back.
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Here, you can buy another ticket for 1000 yen to go up further by 100 meters to the higher lookout deck called the Tembo Galleria, 450 meters above ground.
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The line for that ticket was also very short before 10 am. Elevator to go higher.
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The higher observation deck called Tembo Galleria has a unique design with a spiraling walkway called the Skywalk.
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The Skywalk is not recommended if you fear heights.
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The Skywalk can get quite warm on sunny days.
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Gateway Bridge
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Views from the Skywalk.
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Going further up.
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Ryogoku
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Ryogoku
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On a clear day, the views are marvelous, with Mt. Fuji (upper right) and many Tokyo landmarks visible.
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Mt. Fuji
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Tokyo Tower
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Asakusa
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Asakusa Kannon temple, Sensoji
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Asakusa Kannon temple, Sensoji as seen from Tokyo Skytree.
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Sumida River and Asakusa
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Tokyo Dome
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Ueno Park (National Museum)
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I overheard one woman say, "The city looks like it's made of Lego." I had to agree.
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Northern Sumida River
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National Diet Building
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Back on the lower deck.
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Tokyo Skytree shadow.
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Tokyo Skytree Station
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Kids exercising.
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Picture-taking service on lower deck.
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The Tembo Deck has three floors. One floor has a cafe and prices were quite cheap. Almost the same as any coffee shop on the ground.
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Menu
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Benches provided
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See-through floor
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See-through floor
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Line for the elevator to go down.
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Waiting for the elevator to go down. It took longer for me to go down than to go up. There's no time limit on the observation decks. You can stay there all day I think.
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Elevator with autumn design
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Elevator with winter design
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Tokyo Skytree at night
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If you have a foreign passport, this ticket counter is faster to get tickets.
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Winter elevator.
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Tokyo Skytree at night.
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The glass reflections make it hard to get clear shots. Kinshicho and Tokyo Bay.
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Sumida River and Ryogoku
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Asakusa
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