AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Second Impressions of Japan

Second Impressions of Japan


Posted on Jul 13, 2014

10 days ago Annemarie wrote about our first impressions of Japan. Now we’ve been here a little longer I can write in more detail about why we still love Japan. I suppose I have to start by saying that my impressions of the country are somewhat altered by our experiences across the rest of Asia. Had we flown here directly from Europe we might have thought a little differently, but probably not much. Japan reminds me of Germany....

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First impressions of Japan


Posted on Jul 3, 2014

It rains a lot here which scuppered our plans as did the lack of international driving licence, which means a big hole in the wallet but also another opportunity to take the Shinkansen. Although slower than the Chinese ‘G Trains’ you can feel the acceleration as it hits 250kmph. We arrived in Japan via a ferry from Qingdao. After checking our temperature we had to sit around for an hour before being allowed into...

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Ferry from Qingdao


Posted on Jul 2, 2014

Buying Tickets If you want to take the ferry to Japan from Qingdao you can buy the tickets a few days in advance from the ticket office which is near the International Finance Centre. That is about 5 miles (8km) from the port itself and the railway station, plus they add a bit extra to the prices. The ferry for South Korea has a ticket office next to the passenger terminal. We booked our ticket at the passenger port on the day of...

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Qingdao, China to Shimonoseki, Japan

Qingdao, China to Shimonoseki, Japan


Posted on Jun 30, 2014

We had picked a hotel in Qingdao which was ideally situated between the train station and the passenger port. This is a little bit away from the tourist area and the nice, German parts of Qingdao but only 15 minute walk from the train with our bags and only a 15 minute walk to the port. The hotel was OK, a little tired looking but clean and comfortable. We arrived mid afternoon on a Sunday and the ferry ticket office was closed. So we...

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