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Tourism in Muroran

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Tourism in Muroran

I will be on a cruise ship, docking in Muroran in early May.

Does anyone know of any local English speaking guides who offer private shore excursions for say 2-6 passengers?

The ship's shore excursion prices are hideously expensive to go to Sapporo or the Ainu village or up into the mountains area.

Many thanks

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1. Re: Tourism in Muroran

DougoOz,

I live in Niseko, best thing is get to the train station and go from there to Sapporo the only activity in Morolan that I know is whale watching. Its an industrial town so not very in testing. Close to there is lake Toya a beautiful lake with fantastic cheap onsen hotels.

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2. Re: Tourism in Muroran

Thanks Scott.

How easy is it to get the train to Sapporo and how long does it take to get there?

Unfortunately it's a port stop for the day so no onsen hotels for us this visit.

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Hi

If you look through threads for "taxi Muroran" you'll find smiliar questions in past years, there are local taxi comapnies that will drive you around the sights (such as they are), but the drivers probably won't speak English.

Lake Toya with the volcanic area, the sumo museum and the hot spring hotels and footbaths is an attractive place to go.

From the ship harbor you'd have to get a taxi into Muroran JR station (about Y800) and then the train to Sapporo (about 90 mins), the cruise also has a bus into sapporo.

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Thanks Amanda,

I know the cruise has a bus into Sapporo for a DYI look at the city centre, but at $US 99 pp, it's a bit rich !!

Thanks for the other info ... love your Avatar BTW

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5. Re: Tourism in Muroran

Sadly, the costs will mount up if you do it yourself:

Harbor to Higashi Muroran JR station by taxi could cost Y800-Y1,000.

Then train to Sapporo will cost Y2, 400 per person (oneway).

So, probably it'll cost about Y4,000 to get to Sapporo, then Y4,000 back....and the exchange rate isn't great at the moment....

Good luck!

You can use Hyperdia website to check costs and times of JR trains.

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Thanks Amanda

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7. Re: Tourism in Muroran

Any private guides do a trip to the Ainu village/haikkado area?

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As a (belated) postcript to my post last year, someone on our ship organised a bus and a guide for around 30 of us prior to departure - from the Cruise Critic Roll call.

She said this was hard to do as there were no guides available - probably all taken by the cruise company for their buses. But the organiser did manage to get a bus and the bus company put her in touch with a lovely man who is a school teacher so he came along for the day as our guide.

I don't think the organiser will be offering to do more tours again in a hurry - we were all grateful for her efforts as we had a mamoth day out. Our first stop was the Ainu village, then Sulphur Mountain, followed by lunch and then a stop at the Ropeway - can't recall it's name - but we certainly saw a lot more than we could have if we had gone on a ship's shore excursion.

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9. Re: Tourism in Muroran

Any updates to these posts? We are going in May of 2017 and would love to find a private guide.

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10. Re: Tourism in Muroran

We are also on that Celebrity cruise in May. There are four of us. We've been combing through sites to find an interesting, and not too expensive tour. It's strange that locals haven't seen this as a small side business. It's always so much better when you're in a small group with a local guide. Fingers crossed that we find something.

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