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  1. We’ve had varied experiences with immigration and cruising in Japan. Exactly as has been mentioned you do get processed through immigration if the cruise leaves and returns to Japan. Mostly it is well organized and quick. We’ve had one experience that took nearly and hour and half but was due to the ship needing to be cleared and four passengers failing to follow instructions. Needless to say everyone was very unhappy about not being able to board due. Wasn’t the ship’s fault though. I’ve visited Kobe several times on land trips but not cruised there. The earthquake museum is excellent and the sake factories have free tours with taste tests. They’re both super easy to get to by local train. Chinatown is worth a look but we were disappointed with our meal there (so many great meals in Japan). Happy to help you with train instructions if you’re interested. ive not been to the base of Fuji but have been to Hakone multiple times as we take friends there if it’s their first trip to Japan. Seeing Fuji is hit or miss as it is so dependent on the weather. here’s my blog on my last day to Hakone https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/planes-not-really-trains-and-automobiles/ Here’s my blog on our last trip to Kobe. We stopped on our way from a Tokyo so there’s a great photo of Fuji from the bullet train https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/thats-not-what-i-ordered/ i was in Tokyo last fortnight and stumbled across a day trip to Mt Takao. It was so beautiful and such a easy trip from Tokyo. https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/mount-takao-nailed-everest-not-a-chance/
  2. That’s strange. I did a major overhaul of my blog site last month. Maybe I stuffed something up! Try this one. https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/perhaps-a-little-underwhelmed/
  3. Thank you. It’s a labour of love that brings me joy and pleasure sharing 😜
  4. Osaka is my home away from home and I have just clocked up my 20th trip from Australia. The one day pass will be for the Osaka subway and not include the train to Kyoto. The difference in prices is for the difference in trains eg. bullet train (Shinkansen), local train, express train. I have to say you might be cutting it short if your ship docks at 7am and you have to meet at 9am at Kyoto station. I only say this as Kyoto station is quite big (make sure you have clear instructions where to meet) and you want to hope that the disembarkation is on time and quick. It is about a 10 minute walk from where the ship docks to where the subway station is. It is easy to find, especially if you have a look on google maps first. The quickest route would be taking the Shinkansen but will also need changes of several trains as mentioned above. This is also the most expensive means to get there. You will also need to factor in the purchasing of the tickets for time. If you want a cheaper way, using the JR rapid service will take a similar amount of time. Using the trains is quite easy and ticket counters/machines are all in English as well. I would be tempted to take the cheaper option if I was you. Will cut down on how many changes. As I said, make sure you are clear where you need to meet in Kyoto station. I don't use a Suica card, I just buy the tickets from the machines as I need them. Hope that helps 🙂 Enjoy Japan, it is amazing!
  5. Thanks FraserK. Sometimes my sense of humour is a little warped but I aim to add a little laughter to the love of traveling. Enjoy NZ it’s a beautiful country.
  6. Japanese has such bizarre dress. It’s definitely an eclectic mix where you can pretty much wear anything. In summer I wear exactly what I wear back at home in Australia, dresses, shorts etc. I’ve never worried about what color I’ve worn. I was in Tokyo mid July once and actually needed a cardigan at night which I’d not needed at that time before.
  7. We did the port on our own. I blogged about the port and what we got up too (lots of walking). The blog was 'Look mum no hands'. https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/cruises-2/december-2017/
  8. We did Napier on our own and had an enjoyable day. I blogged about the day with photos. It is the one 'Tour guide Tanya'. https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/cruises-2/december-2017/
  9. I blogged about our port stop to Wellington. We explored on our own. https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/cruises-2/december-2017/
  10. I would probably recommend Bay of Islands and Akaroa from what you have mentioned. I blogged about our cruise around NZ with the visits to each port if you want some ideas. I somehow managed to delete the Bay of Islands blog though. https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/cruises-2/december-2017/
  11. It differs from year to year. We have been in Cairns 20 years and there is no consistency. Up until last week we have had rain pretty much non stop. It is the wet season/cyclone season but that shouldn't stop you coming up for a visit. Today the weather is spectacular! We haven't had a big cyclone come through Cairns for many years (hope I haven't just jinx myself).
  12. We did all NZ ports on our own other than Tauranga where we wanted to go to Hobbiton (we booked ourselves online through Zealandier). Off the top of my head the only shuttle we paid for was Dunedin with Wellington and Napier free. That was on a Princess cruise. I blogged about our cruise if you are interested in what we did at each port. https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/cruises-2/december-2017/
  13. As mentioned above it is an easy walk until you get to the last incline then it is pretty steep. We walked from the tender and it wasn't too difficult. I blogged about our visit with pictures if you are interested. https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/14/look-mum-no-hands/
  14. We have done a few cruises through Asia (Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia). I blogged about each trip and the ports if you want some ideas. https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/cruises-2/
  15. Hi Briggy. I travel to Japan several times a year and did our first cruise around Japan to Alaska last year (with Princess). We have just booked another Japan cruise for Xmas this year. We did our own thing in all ports on our Japan cruise and didn't need to book any tours at all. There was only one port that I found disappointing. I blogged about each port so will put the link below. Happy to answer any specific questions you might have. It is a spectacular place. I only discovered it about 9 years ago and have just clocked up my 20th trip with two more trips booked this year! https://tanyastravelblog.wordpress.com/cruises-2/april-2018/
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