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Maizuru Japan Cruise Port Guide


Established as a naval port in 1901, Maizuru became increasingly important during the Russo-Japanese War that followed and still serves as a center for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force today. You will docked at Maizuru International Walf, Whalf No.2, about a 10 minute walk or 5 minute cab ride from JR Maizuru Line Nishi-Maizuru Station.

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The Golden Temple is considered the premier example of Muromachi Era (1337 - 1573) design. Ryonanji famous Zen rock garden features 15 rocks set in meticuluously raked white gravel.

Maizuru is a city and one of the main port cities located in Kyoto, Japan, on an inlet of the Sea of Japan. Maizuru is a city rich in nature, located on the scenic Maizuru Bay. It consists of two parts: Nishi-Maizuru and Higashi-Maizuru.

The ruins of Fukuoka Castle is one of Maizuru's main attractions. It is located in the middle of the city in Maizuru Park. Only ruined walls and a few turrets remain, however the park also has walking trails and a few lookout points. The best time to visit the castle ruins is usually between late March and early April, when Maizuru Park turns into the city's most pleasant spot for cherry blossom viewing

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Filled with treasures, Kyoto offers something for everyone including Nijo Castle, the Golden Temple) and UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kiyomizu Temple.

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The currency in Japan is the yen. It comes in denominations of ¥10,000, ¥5,000 and ¥1,000 notes, as well as ¥500, ¥100, ¥50, ¥10, ¥5 and ¥1 coins.

ATMs in Japan are becoming more useful, and most can be used to withdraw funds from overseas accounts. Post offices also offer ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted at a majority of stores and restaurants in large urban areas, but if you plan on spending any time in rural areas, be sure to carry sufficient cash. Japan is still very much a cash society and some stores, hotels and restaurants-regardless of location-refuse credit cards.

Don't tip, as it's considered rude!

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