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What you ask is possible, but takes some work on...
What you ask is possible, but takes some work on your part - and some extra work from the ship.

When a cruise ship is in a foreign port, a temporary blanket visitor visa is issued for all...
Forum: Asia
Posted By BruceMuzz
In Aomori, you will NOT have slow Customs...
In Aomori, you will NOT have slow Customs processing, but you will probably be delayed by slow Immigration processing. The Japanese authorities are very thorough in every port - even if the previous...
The train from Yokkaichi to Nagoya takes about 30...
The train from Yokkaichi to Nagoya takes about 30 minutes.
Nagoya to Kyoto via Shinkansen (bullet train) also takes about 30 minutes.
Both trains run very often.

To correct a bit of...
That is correct. Additionally there are some...
That is correct.
Additionally there are some very archaic Japanese communications laws that do not allow foreign cruise ships sailing in Japanese waters to use their standard "C-band"...
Narita Express to Tokyo Station takes exactly 60...
Narita Express to Tokyo Station takes exactly 60 minutes each way.
Cost for a one way ticket is 3400 yen per person.

You asked about a visa, but did not tell us which passport you carry.
If it...
Many of the crew working on ships sailing around...
Many of the crew working on ships sailing around Japan have problems with telephones that do not work or do not work well in Japan.
They either buy or rent portable WIFI hot spots to make it easier...
There are several nice hotels located within a 5...
There are several nice hotels located within a 5 minute drive of the Kobe Cruise Terminal.

Hotels at KIX tend to be more pricey.

There is a high speed ferry between KIX and Kobe Airport; cost...
Up to this point, there is no payment required...
Up to this point, there is no payment required upon departing Japan. All fees are included in the ticket price.
There is some pending legislation that may change that system sometime later this...
Kobe is located more or less halfway between...
Kobe is located more or less halfway between Osaka and Kyoto.
Both are a short and inexpensive train ride away.

You could easily spend most of one day in either city and part of another day in...
At Yokohama there are elevators from the train...
At Yokohama there are elevators from the train station entrances to the train platforms.
From the platform, you can roll your bags directly onto the train.
Narita Express train cars have dedicated...
At Osanbashi Cruise Terminal, get yourselves and...
At Osanbashi Cruise Terminal, get yourselves and your suitcases into a taxi and go to Yokohama Station. (10 minutes, 1500 yen)

Option 1
At Yokohama Station, purchase a ticket to Tokyo Station on...
You are correct. China and Hong Kong are...
You are correct. China and Hong Kong are definitely not for you.
Most of south Asia is also a no-go for your husband.

But Japan???
Your post says you are in St. Louis.
I just checked a global...
One of the best ways to show respect for people...
One of the best ways to show respect for people living in foreign countries is to spell and pronounce the names of their cities and country correctly.
Crewmembers who are real RCCL employees know that...
Crewmembers who are real RCCL employees know that anything left behind by guests is collected onboard and sent to the Lost and Found department at the cruise line head office. These items are held...
This information is NOT correct. I am a US...
This information is NOT correct.

I am a US citizen who has lived and worked outside the USA for the past 40 years. Most of those years were on non-US flagged cruise ships.

Yes, US citizens must...
Or you can take JR from Akihibara to Shibuya. ...
Or you can take JR from Akihibara to Shibuya.
Transfer at Shibuya Station to Tokyu Toyoko Line.
Get off at Nihon-Odori station.
The cruise terminal is two blocks away.
No taxi required.
I didn't mention being surprised. Why would you...
I didn't mention being surprised. Why would you ask that?
There are many nimrods travelling these days.
The public transit system is Japan is remarkably...
The public transit system is Japan is remarkably easy and incredibly inexpensive.

If you can speak / read Japanese, Chinese, Korean, or English, all train and subway stations in Tokyo feature...
Only a complete nimrod would buy a JR Rail Pass...
Only a complete nimrod would buy a JR Rail Pass for a one-way trip between East and West Japan.

It is true that many flights have a cost similar to the same trip on Shinkansen. But time is a major...
You may be surprised to learn that every year,...
You may be surprised to learn that every year, 10's of thousands of travelers do exactly the same thing you are planning. And somehow it all works out.
The "Tokyo Bay Area" is a very big space. From...
The "Tokyo Bay Area" is a very big space.
From Yokohama, your Tokyo Bay Hotel could be a 10 minute ride or a 4 hour trip.
Do you have any idea where your Tokyo Bay Hotel is located? Which city is...
What to do? I lived in Shanghai for several...
What to do?
I lived in Shanghai for several years.
After Tokyo, it is one of the most exciting and mysterious cities in the world.
I would have difficulty seeing Shanghai in only 16 DAYS.
You...
Japanese generally have far fewer family holidays...
Japanese generally have far fewer family holidays than other developed countries. When they finally do get a chance to go on holiday, EVERYBODY does so at the same time. That's Golden Week.

In a...
The restaurant supply "city" is called...
The restaurant supply "city" is called Kappabashi. You can find it on the Ginza Line, 2 stops before the last stop at Asakusa.
Google " Kappabashi" for more details.

In Akasaka, where I live,...
Don Quijote, called "donkey" by the Japanese, is...
Don Quijote, called "donkey" by the Japanese, is a rapidly expanding discount store chain. They have several types of stores. The regular "Donkey" stores are frequented by college students and low...