Nishinomiya Marina.

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Nishinomiya Marina

Saturday the 9/4
We left Shodoshima just after 6 in the morning to make the last 60 NM to our final port with this crew.
No wind hazy weather and an autopilot that did not want to play made for motoring and hand steering all the way.
We had to arrive at the narrow passage between Awayi Shima and Honshu. The current can run very strong there.
We timed it right and popped out doing 13, 3 knots, more than 7 knots of current with us!

When we entered the marina, the guest pontoon was packed with boats. There was a boat show going on. We tied up at another pontoon and ended up in a long discussion before we were accepted.

Sunday April 10th
We investigated our surroundings. Took the bus into Nishinomiya Station and walked around a bit. Not a very interesting town, so after lunch we took the train to Kobe. A big city with a lot more to see and do. We had a bit of a problem finding our way back to the boat but managed in the end. The train station was huge and there is trains and buses and undergrounds going in all directions, all in japanese.

Monday 11th
Ivan booked us in for a guided tour on the Imperial Palace in Kyoto for Tuesday.
I worked on getting my propane bottles filled, with no luck. It is impossible to fill non japanese bottles and impossible to buy a japanese bottle. I am running very low on propane now.
In the afternoon we took the train in the other direction, to Osaka. An even bigger town where we ended up having dinner on the 8th floor in an enormous wharehouse. The 8th floor was only restaurants at least 30 different ones.
Tomorrow we are going to Kyoto.

All is well,
Lars, Ivan and Lone.

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