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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 619noyb619
Reviewed 28 November 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

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Nancy H
Reviewed 14 September 2016

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

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Paul A
Reviewed 15 June 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

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank YTCHENG
Reviewed 31 August 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

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank Takoyaki47
Reviewed 16 June 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

Date of experience: June 2015
5  Thank Caroline L
Reviewed 18 August 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

Date of experience: July 2013
3  Thank johntaro
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