Kushiro, Japan: Embracing the Elements

Kushiro, Japan: Embracing the Elements

Kushiro, Japan, was the last stop in Japan before we headed across the Pacific Ocean and the United States. It was foggy and rainy when we pulled into the port. Kushiro was another port with no permanent structures, just several tents with tourist information and...
Hike, Sea, Breathe: Cape Chikyu, Muroran, Japan

Hike, Sea, Breathe: Cape Chikyu, Muroran, Japan

We arrived in Muroran to sunny skies and cool temperatures. The port is industrial; no structures were located where we tied up. A huge windmill was perched at the pier’s edge, and many more were on the nearby hillside. There were several buses and a makeshift...
Chasing Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate, Japan

Chasing Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate, Japan

Liquid sunshine greeted us in Hakodate, Japan, so we put on our rain gear and thought we’d checked out what the tourist information office had to say about the highlights of the city. Plans for the Day After disembarking the ship and getting through security and...
Otaru, Japan – Beyond the Tourist Trail

Otaru, Japan – Beyond the Tourist Trail

We got off the ship after it ported and walked along the canal. A lovely little walkway right next to the canal was a leisurely stroll. We had considered taking a canal boat ride but, after seeing the canals, decided there wasn’t much to look at besides the warehouses...
Aomori Adventure: A Day in Northern Japan

Aomori Adventure: A Day in Northern Japan

The ship made port at the Shin-Chuo Wharf; the day was beautiful, sunny, and warm. Uto Shrine Once off the ship, we decided to walk and enjoy the weather. First, we stopped by the Uto Shrine, and then we continued our walk to the local park. Aoi Mori Park The Aoi Mori...
Japan Off the Beaten Path: Sakata

Japan Off the Beaten Path: Sakata

Our arrival in Sakata, Japan, was met with a port full of a drum team, school kids, mascots, and many locals to greet us. After disembarking the ship, we were approached by schoolchildren who asked us to play games with them, which we did. We mingled with the mascots...