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 and learned to play the drums. We had such a good time.

Jim with school kids in Sakata, Japan.
Rosie playing the drum.
Mascots and geishas in Sakata.

The Rice Warehouse

Wrapping up the activities at the port, we took a taxi to the Sankyo-soko Rice Storehouse. Unfortunately, much of it is under renovation so our access was limited. We did check out a small museum and the substantial gift shop before exploring the grounds around the warehouse.

Hiyoriyama Park

Our next destination was the Hiyoriyama Park, a bit of a walk from the warehouse. However, the weather was nice, so the walk went by quickly. We checked out the lighthouse, a tall ship replica, and a few temples in the park.

Lighthouse in Sakata park.
Ship replica in Sakata, Japan.
Temple in Sakata, Japan.

Back to the ship

With the park exploration complete, we hopped in a taxi with a couple from the UK that we had met previously and headed back to the ship.

Views and Departure

We had great views of the snow-capped mountains from the ship. The town residents came to the port to say goodbye. We had a lovely time waving to this young family and their toddler as we pulled out of the port.

Young family Sakata, Japan.
Ship flag.
Mountain view from Holland America Westerdam.


Another stellar sunset was on tap for tonight. Goodbye until we meet again, Sakata!

Jim at the ships rail at sunset.
Tug boat at sunset in Sakata, Japan.
Sunset over the ocean