21st March

At sea. Off to the library again to read up on Nara, Kyoto and Hiroshima. These stops were tob e included in our next overland tour. We informed the ship that we would be absent until Hiroshima. Not many passengers do what we do – travel on their own overland without a guide, so there is always some excitement about our travels. First question – Aren´t you frightened tob e away travelling alone?

No, absolutely not. Japan is so safe. Be well organised. Know when and where the ship is going to be docked, take the dock agents contact details with you, and take everything in writing, preferably in English and Japanese to be able to show people if necessary, so that people can be of help if we get lost. Take enough cash YEN because only YEN is accepted on the streets.