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13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
It was very difficult to tell with Kobe as the 1st day we had planned to travel to Kyoto but immigration took so long that we never got the chance and the queue for the shuttle bus and portliner metro was so long that I had to return to ... Read More
It was very difficult to tell with Kobe as the 1st day we had planned to travel to Kyoto but immigration took so long that we never got the chance and the queue for the shuttle bus and portliner metro was so long that I had to return to the ship as I can't stand for an decent amount of time. The 2nd day in Kobe it poured with rain so again our plans were totally ruined. I'm sure it's a great place to visit but I remember it most clearly as the port where I nipped off the ship late at night and did my washing at one of the local laundrettes. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Went to a shrine and temple. Both were outside visits, ok for picture taking. Pricey for what we saw
Went to a shrine and temple. Both were outside visits, ok for picture taking. Pricey for what we saw Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I think we expected more from this famous site -several fairly plain temples (or shrines, which are not fancy left us disappointed).. Immigration in Kobe was a nightmare as it took 3 hours to get off the ship (due tour missing the Port of ... Read More
I think we expected more from this famous site -several fairly plain temples (or shrines, which are not fancy left us disappointed).. Immigration in Kobe was a nightmare as it took 3 hours to get off the ship (due tour missing the Port of Nagasaki where they had been expecting us, and had many Immigration officials on duty)...in Kobe they had only a couple of Immigration officers trying to handle most of the ship's passenger. 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
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Take the subway and go to the Nunobiki ropeway and herb gardens. Good views of the city. Walk down to middle station and admire the beautiful gardens and glasshouses on your way down near the port: Meriken park and area dedicated to ... Read More
Take the subway and go to the Nunobiki ropeway and herb gardens. Good views of the city. Walk down to middle station and admire the beautiful gardens and glasshouses on your way down near the port: Meriken park and area dedicated to the earthquake Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
There is not so much to ein Kobe itself, you can easily walk through the city and you should for sure have some Kobe Beef. From Kobe you can do excursions by train to Osaka or to Kyoto. Train System is very efficient in Japan, and it is ... Read More
There is not so much to ein Kobe itself, you can easily walk through the city and you should for sure have some Kobe Beef. From Kobe you can do excursions by train to Osaka or to Kyoto. Train System is very efficient in Japan, and it is pretty easy to find your way and to buy tickets at the ticket machine. There is always somewhere a plan in English, look for the station number where you want to go to, enter the number in the machine (after selecting English as language) pay by cash and get your ticket. You have to enter the ticket to get to the platform (signs are in English as well and Japanese people are very friendly and helpful) and you have to enter the ticket again to leave the platform at your destination. If you made a mistake and got a wrong ticket, the gate will ask you to pay additional money, there are machines where you can pay the difference. Sound much more complicated as it is. Just remember which station you started, so you’ll find your way back. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Took the debark tour. Found it very good, visiting the castle and shrine, but left the ship ridiculously early for the very late flight. An hour later wouldn't have made that much difference to them.
Took the debark tour. Found it very good, visiting the castle and shrine, but left the ship ridiculously early for the very late flight. An hour later wouldn't have made that much difference to them. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Kobe: Herb Gardens and sake brewery first afternoon. All day visit to Himeji Castle and Shoshazan Engyoji (where “The Last Samurai” was filmed.)
Kobe: Herb Gardens and sake brewery first afternoon. All day visit to Himeji Castle and Shoshazan Engyoji (where “The Last Samurai” was filmed.) Read Less
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
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Good transport system , easy to get to the tourist sites. Meriken Park and China Town were easy to find
Good transport system , easy to get to the tourist sites. Meriken Park and China Town were easy to find Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Good tour which took us back to our favorite city in Japan, Kyoto. We also tried Kobe beef in Kobe.
Good tour which took us back to our favorite city in Japan, Kyoto. We also tried Kobe beef in Kobe. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Took the port bus into town and then bought day pass on the city loop bus. Excellent value. Visited the famous falls and a bunch of other sites.
Took the port bus into town and then bought day pass on the city loop bus. Excellent value. Visited the famous falls and a bunch of other sites. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We did all private excursions. We enjoyed Kpbe and went toa restaurant for real Kobe beef which was amazing.
We did all private excursions. We enjoyed Kpbe and went toa restaurant for real Kobe beef which was amazing. Read Less

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