About this Blog


Via this Blog you should be able to figure out why it is so much fun to Cruise Japan.

And get all that information you'll need to tackle The Paper Work (PW) you'll be hit with, even before you make landfall.

Other boats have been here before and:

ALL complained about the PW (hey, the officials just do their job) but it's all done for free,

ALL are so pleased they have come here...so most have come-back plans.

If you need more info, go the right hand side of this Blog, there is a list of Blogs...

As yet the links are to the boat's HP and so you'll have to roam around a bit to find that Japan Info.

Happy reading and see you at the sushi bar!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Regarding using email to conatct Japan Coast Guard

Looking at the search results, a few of you are searching for email addresses to contact the officials at
Japan Coast Guard, Customs and/or Immigration.

Oops, bad news.

Japan uses modern systems.....but the people that operate those.....well, they are not-so.
Other words...as soon as they see an email from a stranger on their screen that is in English.....the reaction is:
"didn't see that one"

So to make contact, the best is by FAX and
ask them to reply by email...
From then on, you'll get a personal reply and  your are "in bizz".

Our own experience is:
Just phone (and fax) them! ( we used Skype from the PI).
By phone ask them if they received the fax!
There is always somebody in the office who speaks enough English..

True joke:
When we sailed from the PI to Ishigaki we made contact with the JCG, as above. The email reply from them after admitting all the paperwork was:
All okay, you can come to Japan....everything is okay...
Ohhh, just hold-on, you come from the Netherlands...
Marijuana is "okay" in Holland...
BUT don't bring drugs to Japan...
(pfff, like every Dutch is loaded to the gunnels....) 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Huis Ten Bosch Bad News.

In the past, now i'm talking about maybe 5-15 years ago,
 after sailing to Japan, a visit and stay in HuisTen Bosch Marina
was almost a must!
It was cheap, fun and and a very safe place in all seasons.
So many good Blog stories can be read about HtB
 ( see eg Illywacker, Shaddow of Lorelei, Alishan).

But since a few years, the tide has changed.

Maybe because of bad experience with foreign boats,
maybe because of the Total New Management...
now the situation is:
Foreign boats are NOT WELCOME at all.

I just talked to the Marina Manager to arrange a berth 
for an foreign boat and he tells me..
No Visitors Pontoon available..
(he meaned something else of course).
I bet.... if a Japanese boat shows up.....

So, give Huis ten Bosch a Big Miss!
It's a pitty as it is still the best place in all seasons 
 and there are berths available!