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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!

Friday, November 22, 2013

New Blog reports by visiting yachts Japan, 2013

There are new (2013) reports to read about cruising Japan.

sy Second Jump:   http://secondjump.wordpress.com/

sy Calliste:  http://funvinyldecals.wordpress.com/

and the following from sy Fifth Season:

We are the last gaijin in Tannowa yacht harbor,  but have many visits from Japanese friends so don't feel alone. We are looking forward to exploring Kyoto next week.
We have enjoyed the inland sea, using Bosun Bird's excellent information to choose ports. We've felt very welcome everywhere we've stopped and have met many helpful people.
The Setouchi Rally was a wonderful experience! It was well-planned and organized.
We received a booklet at the beginning with schedule of events, information and drawing of entrances, and slip diagrams with our position marked. And there was guidance on vhf as we arrived  and assistance with dock lines.
There were several parties given in honor of the rally participants. We had receptions, dinners and entertainment sponsored by local merchants and yacht clubs.
We went on tours of temples and a sake factory. We stayed at a beautiful Japanese inn where we had an amazing traditional dinner and breakfast. Sugoi! One tour which included a soy sauce factory had to be skipped due to an approaching typhoon, which in the end passed far enough away to hardly be noticed.
The food was delicious and varied, the drink  flowed freely and the friendship of the Japanese participants was the best part of the rally.
There were 10 Japanese boats and we were one of the two foreign boats. There were 16 guests from US, England, New Zealand and Australia who stayed on the Japanese boats, switching partway through the rally so more friendships could be formed.
It was the first rally David and I had participated in, and we sore picked a winner.
Next year they hope to have mostly foreign yachts with Japanese guests and we would highly recommend to anyone who is interested.