Asuka II is the biggest cruise ship in Japan that is registered in Yokohama. It provides luxurious service, but the price is quite high: A short cruise (2 nights 3 days) costs from 50,000 yen to 500,000 yen per person, a middle length cruise up to 2 weeks is between 300,000 yen-2,800,000 yen, and a world tour for 100 days costs 4,200,000 yen-26,000,000 yen! But here’s some good news—no tipping is necessary! They provide exquisite service with one staff to every two guests, and all the rooms have ocean views, bathtubs, and washlet toilets!
Asuka II docks at Yokohama Port more than 30 times a year. On days that the ship is scheduled to arrive at Osanbashi Pier, huge numbers of people come to see this beautiful liner. I was also waiting for Asuka II at the pier, on a day in mid September, and enjoyed watching captain, crewmen, and other ground staff working on the ship.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。