" Slow boat " to Japan for the Sakura or Cherry Blossom, and a bit of sightseeing, fine dining and some dancing in between, that was the idea and why not, take 19 nights instead of 9 hours fly direct. It is the journey that matters and something to reminisce in future. See photos.
In Nov 2017, we travelled the shinkansen or bullet train around Japan for the autumn foliage and kind of felled in love with the beautiful people, place and views. So this time, we wanted to see the sakura. We experienced sakura in Hirosaki Castle Park in North Honshu. Aomori is the closest big town. ( see photos and separate review on the Diamond Princess )
We sailed QE, Melb to Yokohama for the first leg and switched over to the Diamond Princess to sail around Japan for the 2nd leg for another 9 nights. Thanks Cunard staff for the cabin upgrade. Hundreds of us, had to do the switch over and gladly give the Japanese a chance to enjoy what we did in the last 3 weeks on the QE. The rumour was, 1700 Japanese were getting onboard the QE for the Golden Week ( 4-5 public holidays ).
We enjoyed the cabin very much and thanks for the surprise upgrade.
We tooked the tram to the Peace Park as we like to take time to soak it it.
Port terminalaccess could be improved. The place is already hot and humid but having to walked 100 metres past 20-30 banks of hot heat flowing exhaust from the air cond units that lined the walk is not very pleasant. Surely, the port terminal access canbe re-arranged.
We enjoyed the free shuttle to the big shopping complex for the day and enjoyed some shopping there.