End of the line. Time to leave Kyoto. I took the Haruka train from Kyoto to Osaka Kansai airport to fly to Oman through Thailand.
Last day in Kyoto. A visit to Njo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari with the thousand torii gates.
Disembarkation from the Diamond Princess in Kobe Japan before taking the train to Kyoto. As I have been to Kyoto before I decided to go to the train museum before heading to the Gion district and more temples.
Sea Day and final day on the Diamond Princess
Sea Day and Formal Night on the Diamond Princess.
The last port day of the third and last cruise on the Diamond Princess was a stop in beautiful Keelung, Taiwan. This port is nearby Taipei, but I used my time to explore Keelung rather than see a big city. Today’s adventure included Zhouzheng Park, Zhupu Altar, Heping Island Park and the night market.
Two islands for the price of one – Ishigaki and Taketomi. Ishigaki had a 400 year old temple and Taketomi had water buffalo.
Today the Diamond Princess arrived in Okinawa Japan where I took a monorail to the Shurijo Castle Park (castle burned down in 2019) and walked to the Shikinaen Royal Gardens before walking back to the ship through the market.
Another relaxing sea day on the Diamond Princess, complete with a Champagne fountain.
At the end of the second cruise the Diamond Princess arrived in Kobe where I went for a nature hike behind the Shin Kobe station to see the Nunobiki Falls.
A relaxing sea day with tour of the bridge of the Diamond Princess.
A very special day visiting an Sakurajima, an active volcano in Kagoshima, Japan. The volcano is only a short ferry ride across from the city.
The second and last stop in South Korea for the Diamond Princess – Seogwipo on Jeju Island. Today is a stress-free shore excursion through the ship. The tour went to Yakchunsa Temple, Cheonjeyeon Falls, the Yeomiji Botanical Garden and the local market where I bought Dalgona candy (it’s a Squid Game thing).
Second and last visit to Nagasaki while sailing on the Diamond Princess. It’s an opportunity to see more of the city that I was unable to earlier in the trip. I walked through Glover Gardens, a couple of temples and a small zoo.
Another sea day on the Diamond Princess to prepare for the adventure ahead.
End of the first cruise, start of the second cruise and a day to explore more of Yokohama. I visited the Nogeyama Zoo and the Customs Museum.
A relaxing sea day. Spent some time catching some rays in the hot tub. Dinner at the specialty restaurant – Sabantini’s.
Man Overboard! A visit to the Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Memorial Park in Nagasaki, Japan.
The first port in South Korea – Busan. Another day exploring on my own as the shore excursion I was interested in was cancelled. The highlights of the day was Haedongyonggungsa Temple and the Gamcheon Cultural Village. I also stopped at the local market on the way back to the ship.
Normally a relaxing day at sea was a busy day sitting in presentations for the upcoming ports