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  • Eric J
    Munich5,848 contributions
    My son and I were on a bicycle tour and since you cannot take a bike on a train unless it's in a bag, we opted for the ferry. Outbound, we had the Sapporo on the way to a bicycle tour of Hokkaido. Unlike all the other Japanese ferries I have boarded with bicycles (first on, first off), MOL seems to have a last- on / last- off policy, trucks first. That’s a bit annoying, having been spoilt on prior JP ferry trips. But better than swimming.
    Even though we called for tickets at the first opportunity (exactly 60 days prior to sailing date, at 9am local time) we were unable to snag a private berth and ended up with a “casual room” comprising six beds, three to each side of an aisle, three aisles between center and one side of the ship. Those berths were comfortable but not too private. There are lockers available for valuables – you put in 100Yen and lock it up and at the end you get your 100Yen back, e.g., free. It al worked pretty well.
    There was a nice public bath with a sea view (not much to see at night) with a decent shower / hair dryer / etc area. Towels could be purchased for 700Yen (smaller ones for 250Yen).
    The dinner buffet was not very attractive so we just purchased instant ramen at the shop. Edible.
    The return to Oarai, ship name Furano, was better. We were able to get a large twin-bed room (No. 114) with private bath. It was great to be able to lock the door and leave all of our things in a secure place. The bathroom was larger than bathrooms at many “business hotels.” There were two beds, radio, TV, closet, work desk, a coffee table and two chairs, fridge and a tea service. It was very comfortable and the AirCon worked very well.
    The dinner buffet was pretty good for a ferry. The sliced steak was very tender, much better than expected. The Bulgogi was also excellent. There was not a huge variety on the salad bar but everything there was fresh and good. The fried chicken was also very good, cooked just right and very moist.
    Vending machines on board had beers at about a 30-40% premium to land stores, not such a bad tradeoff. There was still plenty of beer available from the vending machines the next morning but the food vending machines were totally empty, so be warned if that’s your plan.
    The free internet was free but not very available from room 114. I had much better luck with my LTE modem.
    All in all, MOL was fine, a good way to get from “almost Tokyo” to Hokkaido and back.
    Written August 23, 2015
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  • garetjax72
    Singapore, Singapore232 contributions
    Efficient ferry service connecting Nagasu on the main island, and Taira on the Unzen Peninsula. The journey was smooth, and it was fun feeding the seagulls that follow the ferry as it crosses the strait.

    Note that you are driving, the ticket office for vehicles is not at the main ferry building itself, but is a small one at the entrance to the loading area (use Google Maps).
    Written January 11, 2019
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,935 contributions
    I took the newly constructed ferry “Yamato” from Kobe to Shin-Moji. It was much comfortable than I thought. What I especially appreciated was the open-air bath, which was available for free. After the arrival in Shin-Moji, there was a free bus service to Kokura station.
    Written July 14, 2020
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,810 contributions
    My stay in Kagoshima was extended so one day I planned on bike riding around Sakurajima Island. The ferry leaves port daily about every 15 minutes, so don't sweat it if you miss it. I brought my bike on the ferry and it was such an easy and cheap process. You enter with the bike where the cars go and leave with them. You pay at Sakurajima and it was an extra 100 Yen for the bike. The ferry ride was smooth and quick and the staff was great! I highly recommend seeing the island by bike.
    Written March 5, 2021
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  • Jeffrey D
    Starkville, MS2,151 contributions
    For $35 apiece on a rainy afternoon we were kept high and dry in transit all the way from the Toba bus terminal to the gates at the airport. The price compares very favorably with any other mode of transportation making this connection, and you avoid the hassle of train line changes and station transfers. I would definitely use this service again.
    Written May 23, 2018
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  • RedPuffins
    Brisbane156 contributions
    This is an interesting and quirky cruise around the lake. We went on the castle boat. Because it was winter we didn't stop at the island. It's fun.
    Written March 12, 2020
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,935 contributions
    Although I live in Fukuoka, it was my first time to travel to Ainoshima. From Nishitetsu Shingu station to Ferry Terminal there is a community bus, and from Ferry Terminal to Ainoshima it takes only 20 minutes. Because it is now off season, there were enough seatings. The problem is that there are not many ferry services. I recommend you to check your return boat when you arrive in the island.
    Written December 12, 2019
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  • 619noyb619
    Dunedin, New Zealand17 contributions
    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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  • Joshua S
    24 contributions
    I’ve used these ferries between Yawatahama and Usuki/Beppu many times over the years and it is always a comfortable journey. Plenty of space to spread out on board, and it is easy just to rock up to the port before the ferry leaves to get a ticket. I usually get some sleep on board!
    Written October 8, 2019
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  • KEG
    Osaka Prefecture, Japan154 contributions
    "TOKUSHIMA SKIP TICKET" is the set ticket of Nankai Railway(from Namba to Wakayamako)+Nankai Ferry(from Wakayama Port to Tokushima port).
    The ticket's price is 2,200JPY!(Child 1,100JPY)
    Very low-priced & comfortably!
    On the train, you can enjoy scenery from the train window city,mountains,sea.
    On the ferry, you can enjoy Petite cruise with the comfortable sea breeze.
    Written October 21, 2019
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  • kbmv
    Sapporo, Japan14 contributions
    My husband and I just returned from two weeks traveling around Hokkaido. We used the ferry from Wakkanai to Rishiri where we stayed for three nights, then back. Also took it for a day trip to Rebun Island. This ferry service is super convenient, clean and ran on time. I’d suggest paying a bit more for the first or second class tickets since you’re assured of a seat that way. We paid up for the first class seats between Wakkanai and Rishiri, which is about an hour and a half ride, but used economy for the 40 minute ride between Rishiri and Rebun, which was fine. We got lucky with a warm day, so could sit outside on seats. The inside areas were mostly nonsmoking.
    Written July 17, 2018
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  • dianefeng
    Sydney, Australia1,789 contributions
    Bought a set tickets include bus from Osaka to takamatsu and ferry from sakateko to Kobe, good value. Ferry arrived on time and sail out on time too. Boat is bit old but very clean. Has seat area designed for ladies only. Can charge phones near the seats if you got you cable. Vending machines sell drinks ice cream bread cakes. Small shop sell souvenirs. Small restaurant sell noodles from 300 to 1000 en. We had a smooth trip. arrive at Kobe on time. There is bus connection to Jr station cost 210 en, bus waiting for ferry passengers , so try to get out within 10 minutes, signs to bus stop are marked clearly or following the main people flock quite lots of passengers take this bus too.
    Written October 25, 2019
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  • Traveling_Diaspora
    Iwakuni, Japan219 contributions
    Definitely fun for adults and priced reasonable. Kids - they will be excited for first 15 minutes like everything else, so bring your iPads and snacks!

    Our pictures weren't as good, because it was a cloudy day. For the best view, chose a sunny and clear day. We still enjoyed the tour. Check out when the ship leave, and buy tickets at least 15 min prior, otherwise, you may end up waiting for the next ship, an hour later.

    I strongly recommend being at the aft and starboard of the ship. The view from the open aft deck is certainly the best.
    Written September 17, 2017
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  • Peter R.
    Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
    In 2018 I spent the best part of a whole day walking from Mojiko to Shimonoseki via the Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel. On a beautiful sunny Spring day; a thoroughly enjoyable 11~12km walk, taking in the many sights on the way. Returning 18-months later, primarily to take in the Old Head Office of the Yamaguchi Bank in Shimonoseki and the newly refurbished Mojiko Station, it seemed like a "no-brainer" to take the Kanmon Ferry this time.
    A really good choice, as this day turned out to be a rather wet Autumnal day. I arrived at the Karato Terminal just as one of the frequent ferries was about to depart, purchased a ticket from the machine and boarded. Despite the inclement weather, the brief (5-min) crossing was quite pleasant and I was soon back sheltering under my umbrella on the Mojiko side of the Kanmon Strait.
    Written July 12, 2020
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