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Whether you end up taking photos of a reproduction Eiffel Tower, surfing an indoor wave, musing in a Zen temple, shacking up in a love hotel or kipping down in a capsule, you'll do best to come with an open mind and be prepared to be surprised. Somewhere between the elegant formality of Japanese manners and the candid, sometimes boisterous exchanges that take place over a few drinks, between the sanitised shopping malls and the unexpected rural festivals, everyone finds their own vision of Japan.

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Tokyo State Guesthouse: by vagabonds3, Views[2]
Strap-hangers, Tokyo Metro: by vagabonds3, Views[20]
Cooling mist on a hot day, Kandi Myojin Shinto shrine: by vagabonds3, Views[3]
Closed for Obon, Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan: by vagabonds3, Views[4]
Closed for Obon, Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan: by vagabonds3, Views[3]
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Tokyo Metro

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [20]

YOU CAN GET ANYWHERE IN TOKYO ON THE METRO for only a couple hundred yen.  It’s certainly faster and it may be cooler than walking but you miss so much on the train.  Take today, for instance.  We decided to walk in the opposite ... Read more >

Photos: Tokyo

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Photo Gallery

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Tokyo National Museum

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [34]

AFTER 32 DAYS ABOARD, HALF OF THEM AT SEA — plus the 3 weeks aboard in April —Maasdam felt almost like home, not that we would know what that "home" is.  Still, we gladly hopped on the train from Yokohama to Tokyo’s Ueno Station ... Read more >

A Safe Harbor in Yokohama

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [23]

THE CAPTAIN INFORMED US THAT OUR VISIT to Hakadote would be an abbreviated one; 9AM until 3PM instead of the scheduled 10PM departure.  It looked like Krosa would hit Tokyo early on the 14 th and he wanted the Maasdam tied up and battened ... Read more >


Sun, 11 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [25]

WE HAVE LEFT BOTH RUSSIA AND FRANCISCO BEHIND but it seems we are heading into another, much stronger typhoon, Krosa by name.  As we cruise towards our ports on the island of Hokkaido, the captain’s reports of 12 meter seas and 100+ km winds ... Read more >


Tue, 6 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [22]

SOMETHING ABOUT THE SHORE EXCURSIONS IN KANAZAWA seemed familiar.  So we checked back in our journals and, yes, we had been here five years earlier.  In 2014 I wrote in the first “vagabonds:”        ... Read more >


Sun, 4 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [18]

KOCHI MAY HAVE THE WORST PORT YET.  To make up for its industrial impersonality and isolation, the town provides free shuttle buses for the 12 kilometer trip into town.  It is still another mile walk from the shuttle stop through the ... Read more >


Sat, 3 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [17]

THE PORT AT TAKAMATSU WAS A PLEASANT EXCEPTION.  The ferry dock is adjacent to the cruise terminal and the harbor has a park-like feel, with the Takamatsu Castle as a centerpiece.  Japan is currently experiencing a heat-wave — like everyplace ... Read more >

Shimuzu and Kobe

Fri, 2 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [16]

CRUISE TRAVEL HAS ONE BIG PROBLEM — PORTS.  While some ports-of-call are purpose designed for cruise lines, others are commercial seaports where cruise ships are tolerated.  Maasdam, being one of the smaller cruise ships, can dock at ... Read more >

Photos: Japan Cruise

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Photo Gallery

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Welcome to Japan

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [36]

FOR NEARLY 36 HOURS WE SLITHERED THROUGH FOG, accompanied every two minutes — as required by maritime law — by a blast on the Maasdam’s horn.  Gloomy though it was, Connie completed her daily 6-miles trudge on deck.  She ... Read more >

Another day in Japan

Fri, 5 Apr 2019 | By trinity773 | Views [63]

Its another beautiful morning. Crisp and cool. Around the corner in a hidden cafe with a real barista i can have a really great cup of coffee. Even without the english language you can enjoy the ambiance with beautiful classical music in the background.... Read more >

Another day in cherry blossom land

Fri, 5 Apr 2019 | By trinity773 | Views [69]

It has been a very long day. Found a great dessert cafe and the best hot chocolate ever. Checkout all the pics.

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Thu, 4 Apr 2019 | By trinity773 | Photo Gallery

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First day

Wed, 3 Apr 2019 | By trinity773 | Views [57]

I'm here!😄 I can't believe it.  First thing when i got here at the airport "I got lost". Leave it to me.😉 but after 3 hours getting everything done and getting to the hotel room i was exhausted. Now I'm waiting for my tour guide to pick ... Read more >

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