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Shin Nihonkai Ferry from/to Otaru Port

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Food is fine, no problem if you don't speak Japanese, and make sure you go and soak in the outdoor bath

I read up on this before taking the ferry and was worried for various reasons... un-necessarily... read more

Reviewed July 13, 2018
619noyb619
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Dunedin, New Zealand
Great if you are used to Japan

The ferries are clean, reliable and safe. It's well worth it to pay the extra $20 to get a Tourist... read more

Reviewed August 31, 2015
Takoyaki47
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Ishigaki, Japan
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Jul 13, 2018
“Food is fine, no problem if you don't speak Japanese, and make sure you go and soak in the outdoor bath”
Nov 28, 2017
“Our room was amazing. but the 2nd night was a nightmare”
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7-2 Chikko | Katsunai Pier, Otaru 047-0008, Hokkaido
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Reviewed July 13, 2018

I read up on this before taking the ferry and was worried for various reasons... un-necessarily. People seem to have previously whinged that the food sucks. Wrong. Its much better than you standard University Cafeteria in Japan (although this is the first time I've had...More

1  Thank 619noyb619
Reviewed November 28, 2017

We probably had one of the best rooms on the ship, right in front, it was large, big bathroom, living room and bedroom. well appointed. the ship really was beautiful. The food was excellent, however no one spoke English and it was very frustrating. I...More

2  Thank Nancy H
Reviewed September 14, 2016

The outside of the building is impressive from a modern building view and it is next to the cruise terminal.

1  Thank Paul A
Reviewed June 14, 2016

Ferries starting their cruise trip crossing the Japan Sea to cities like Nigata and back for one week used this Shin Nihonkai Ferry Pier as their embarkation and disembarkation points. Most of the cruise trips were full and you could paid more for better facilitated...More

1  Thank YTCHENG
Reviewed August 31, 2015

The ferries are clean, reliable and safe. It's well worth it to pay the extra $20 to get a Tourist 'B' ticket.... semi-private bunks. The cheapest, Tourist 'J' is in big tatami rooms where there is no privacy and your sleep quality is dependent upon...More

1  Thank Takoyaki47
Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

Shin Nihonkai ferry can be great for Japanese people but turned out to be a very bad experience for us who don't speak japanese. When we arrived at 10pm to take the 00:30 ferry (found on their online documentation in english), we've been "told" (nobody...More

5  Thank Caroline L
Reviewed August 18, 2013

we took the ferry from the City of Nigata on the Japanese Sea - left Friday and returned Wednesday. Friday - ferry was fully packed going but only half full coming back. this makes a big difference. we had a Japanese tatami mat room going...More

3  Thank johntaro
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