Shin Nihonkai Ferry from/to Otaru Port

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Shin Nihonkai Ferry from/to Otaru Port

Shin Nihonkai Ferry from/to Otaru Port
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619noyb619
Dunedin, New Zealand17 contributions
Food is fine, no problem if you don't speak Japanese, and make sure you go and soak in the outdoor bath
Jul 2018 • Business
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 less-than-fresh sashimi in this country). There are also complaints that everything is in Japanese and if you only speak English you''re in trouble. ALso wrong. The info desk staff speak great English, and if you're travelling in Japan you should have already worked out the 'picture' feature of google translate. If you haven't... you should stick to travel in English speaking countries. That feature allows you to read the various signs that aren't in English - but most of them are already in English as well. My other advice is: make sure you go and soak in the outside bathouse tub. Awesome ;)
Written July 13, 2018
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Nancy H
Victoria, Canada68 contributions
Our room was amazing. but the 2nd night was a nightmare
Apr 2017 • Couples
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 got very seasick on the 2nd night the ship really was quite rocky and I felt that even when I was in such a beautiful room, that I felt I was in a torture chamber, also they did not even have and
Ginger Ale on board that would have settled my stomach a bit.
Written November 28, 2017
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Paul A
Maldon, UK453 contributions
If in the area have a look
Sep 2016 • Couples
The outside of the building is impressive from a modern building view and it is next to the cruise terminal.
Written September 14, 2016
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
Not convenient to foreigners
Jun 2016 • Friends
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 staterooms. The food on board was not quite up to foreigners' standard and so many of the local cruisemates brought their food on board. The worse thing to cruise with these ferries was that there was little if not no English on board. In such a way that if there were anything happened on board, you won't be able to know what was happening.
Written June 15, 2016
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Takoyaki47
Ogasawara-shoto, Japan917 contributions
Great if you are used to Japan
Aug 2015 • Solo
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 other occupants in the room. You may get lucky, but often old guys drinking all night, or kids acting stupid, or at least strange food smells.

Bring your own food, as food at the cantine is not good, and in the restaurant is just okay.

No English spoken... so get used to it... this is Japan, not wherever you are from!
Faster to fly, but if you've got the time and/or want to bring your car, this is a great way to go.
Written August 31, 2015
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Caroline L
13 contributions
Horrible for foreigners
Jun 2015 • Couples
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 speak english at the counter) the ferry was cancelled. Neven mentioned online in english. Because of it, we had to sleep outside, in the harbour and kill 24 hours to the next boat. Moreover, when we arrived the day after, they charged us 50$ extra for carrying small folding bikes (perfectly fitted in their bags)... This fee includes not any service like help for carrying or place to park... Just steal money.

No wifi in the waiting area, no wifi onboard. Nobody speak english among the staff onboard.

There are some planes to do the same way for half their price. No need to lose your time and money with a such a bad organised an unhonest company.
Written June 16, 2015
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johntaro
Tokyo, Japan168 contributions
travel midweek is better
Jul 2013 • Couples
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 back which was nice and a western style room going in. beer prices are reasonable but the food is not very good in the restaurant- pack and bring your own lunch.

the actual service of the ferry is quite good.
Written August 18, 2013
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