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11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Loved Kobe but had to do everything ourselves due to the discrimination of staff for people in wheelchairs. Very easy to do the bullet train yourself to Kyoto. Get port liner to main station then metro 1 stop to Shin Kobe. Door to door ... Read More
Loved Kobe but had to do everything ourselves due to the discrimination of staff for people in wheelchairs. Very easy to do the bullet train yourself to Kyoto. Get port liner to main station then metro 1 stop to Shin Kobe. Door to door just over an hour from ship to Kyoto. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Not Kobe as we only embarked and disembarked there. Below is some info on the ports we visited. I cannot seem to do this any other way. Hakodate. Ship docked out of town. Free shuttle to town (NOT an easy walk). Dropped off near ... Read More
Not Kobe as we only embarked and disembarked there. Below is some info on the ports we visited. I cannot seem to do this any other way. Hakodate. Ship docked out of town. Free shuttle to town (NOT an easy walk). Dropped off near station. Morning market well worth a visit. Then walked up hill to various churches and good view. Muroran Again docked out of town. no free shuttle but for 1000 Yen you can take a local bus tour to visit 7 sites of 'interest'. You could take multiple rides. Packed bus! Cape Chikyu worth a look, very pretty and the stop where you can view the Hakucho bridge is ok. Local market set up on dock side good. Fantastic goodbye dockside show by local kids. Kushiro Yet again out of town but free shuttle to Moo and Egg building. Local chamber of commerce had set up stalls where tourists could try on a Kimono , practice calligraphy and much more. Very friendly. Visited the Nusamai bridge with 4 statues depicting the seasons, naked women: bad luck for winter? Otaro Walked into town: a good walk. Sakaimachidori street: lots of interesting shops reasonable prices. Otaro canal a pleasant walk if weather fine. Aomori Free shuttle although pleasant walk back across bridge. Visited Wa-Rasse museum where floats from previous years' Matsuri festival are on display. Also various interactive activities. A most enjoyable experience. Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We took the train to the aquarium. There isn't much english at the aquarium.
We took the train to the aquarium. There isn't much english at the aquarium. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
Spent two days here and really enjoyed it Very nice area with the backdrop of green mountains and the surrounding ocean-all so clean and plenty of enjoyable walking around the different areas and long arcades
Spent two days here and really enjoyed it Very nice area with the backdrop of green mountains and the surrounding ocean-all so clean and plenty of enjoyable walking around the different areas and long arcades Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
This is a great shopping town. There is a monorail, the Port Liner, that runs from the cruise terminal to the JR train station from where you can get a train or bus to many nearby areas. You can also pick-up the City Loop tourist bus ... Read More
This is a great shopping town. There is a monorail, the Port Liner, that runs from the cruise terminal to the JR train station from where you can get a train or bus to many nearby areas. You can also pick-up the City Loop tourist bus there. The City Museum was especially good if you are interested in history. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
One needs much more time to visit Kyoto, Nara and the surrounding places. The boat did not use the beautiful Japanese Inland Sea but rather the open ocean. I guess, they did that to be able to open the on bord gamabeling casino
One needs much more time to visit Kyoto, Nara and the surrounding places. The boat did not use the beautiful Japanese Inland Sea but rather the open ocean. I guess, they did that to be able to open the on bord gamabeling casino Read Less

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