In November 2017 after almost four months repairing and licking our wounds at the Ichimonji Yacht Club in Nishinomiya we sailed back through the Seto Nakai to Yeosu Korea. Select any of the harbour photos below to read the logs for that area.
Nishinomiya is possibly the largest marine precinct in the Osaka – Kobe Area. There are four marinas. Shin Nishinomiya Yacht Harbour is the largest with berths for more than 700 boats, Kobe Marina, Nishinomiya Marina and the Ichimonji Yacht Club, that is a private members club with facilities made available to invited guests. The biggest Yacht Chandlery in Japan Yuukou Marine run by Colin and Mika is within walking distance of all four marinas and provides a wide range of services at exceptional prices.
Kobe Municipal Suma Yacht Harbor is a full-fledged yacht Marina including haulout facilities. It is about 8 minutes on foot from JR Suma Kaihin Park Station that provides easy access to Kobe City. Berths are made available to visiting international yachts free of charge for the first week.
Koumi Sea Station is a public floating pontoon. There are very few facilities in the area. A small restaurant and general store. There is a small museum detailing the quarrying and transportation of the stones for the construction of the Kyoto Palace. No water or power is available. We were charged Y2,900 for an overnight stop.
Shiraishi Shima back harbour has a floating pontoon along the western wall. It also has a large steel floating pontoon on the north side that would be suitable for short stays. It is a 10 minute walk across the island to facilities. A small grocery store, a few small restaurants and the ferry terminal. During summer Amy and Paul run the Mooo Bar on the front beach and they have their boat moored in the back harbour. Ferries run from the island to Kasoka Port where the train can be taken to Kurashiki. A worth while detour.
Yuge tends to be a cruisers hang out as there are good cheap facilities. There are three floating pontoons. The harbour is relatively calm and protected by the surrounding islands. 100v Power and water are available. Charges were Y100 for water Y300 for power and boats are charged Y1 per ton. There is are two small supermarkets and numerous restaurants.
Miyaura is situated in a natural harbour on the western side of Omi Shima. The berth is a very long steel floating pontoon. Charges are Y1 per ton. There is no power or water. The town has 2 large Supermarkets and there is a Buddhist Shrine (Jinja) that many Japanese tourists visit during the day. It is very peaceful in the harbour and a good place to kick back.
Hiroshima Kanon Marina is a large commercial marina with haul out facilities. Rates are reasonable. We were charged Y3180 including water. A Y500 charge for the use of a power box. The docks are tired, however restoration is happening. Buses leave from outside the Marina gates into Hiroshima City, about a 20 minute trip. There are numerous restaurants and cafes in the adjoining precinct.
Kaminoseki is a small protected harbour. Berthing is along side a concrete dock wall that has a small undercut at very low tides. The western dock walls have large undercuts that make berthing difficult. The tides are large so timing arrival on a mid to high tide is advisable. Charges are Y1 per ton. Power and water are not available. There are a few small restaurants and a large Onsen. A small museum is opposite the berth that details the trading history of the port.
Ube Marine is in the Northern Ube harbour. The pontoon is used to lift boats in and out of the hard stand with it’s yard crane. Berthing is only available on an invitational basis and not encouraged. Charges can be up to Y5000. They do have an old pontoon in the adjoining harbour that can be used. The area is slightly more industrial and more isolated than the main harbour. Ube is a large city with lot’s of amenities.
Like Ube Marine, Nissan Marine is also a pontoon in the southern harbour. It too is used for lifting power boats in and out. The pontoon is an old fishing boat with a steel gangway to the dock wall. It is not a regular use pontoon. Opposite there is a large shopping mall with a Fuji Supermarket and numerous restaurants. It is also an invitation only berth.
Tobata Port offers good protection deep into the harbour. It was a convenient overnight stop for timing tides in the Kanmon Strait. The berth is alongside a concrete dock wall. There didn’t appear to be an undercut at low tide. The harbour is tight and there is only room for two boats on the wall. An Aeon Mall is close by that offers a good selection for provisioning.
Hakata Fishing Port is conveniently located close to Fukuoka City. The port and adjoining park area appear to be going through a clean up the last time we visited. Expect visitors and inquisitive questions as the park is well patronised and international cruising boats are a rarity. Ōhorikōen Park Subway station is within easy walking distance and the city centre is only a 40 minute walk away. The berth is a concrete dock wall. There is an undercut at tides less than 0.5 metre that can cause issues with fenders. Some wake is felt from boats entering the port, however we were not adversely effected. A Max-Valu supermarket is one street away and 7-Eleven is opposite the Park. Duty free diesel can be delivered by tanker to the dock. We use Mr Kan on ph: 09073927666. His English isn’t the best. Allow 2 days for processing. What you order is what you have to take. No more or no less. The fuel is supplied to the operator at the duty free price and can not be returned. It is roughly a 30-40 % saving on pump price. Fukuoka is a city that has a lot to offer and always a fun stop. A must for us is the Hakata Ramen Shop close to the Port. There is information and photos on the log.
Gonoura Port Iki Shima has a floating pontoon that is a dedicated visitors berth in a well protected harbour. There is no power, however water can be obtained from a tap in the park using jerry cans. The berth is administered for the city by Hayashida San. Cost is Y20 per metre. Gonoura has a large ferry terminal and most facilities including restaurants and small supermarkets. It is a good place to just relax.
Izuhara is a CIQ port for Japan. The berth is in front of the Japanese Customs Boat on a very old concrete dock. It has a 6″ undercut at low tides of less than 0.2 metres. Customs and Immigration are located in the building opposite the berth. Duty Free Diesel is available from the Shell Station opposite in either jerry cans or if the quantity is sufficient by small tanker. It is historically dearer than Fukuoka. The town caters mainly to Korean Tourists arriving by ferry from Busan to visit the many Pachinko Halls and Duty Free Stores. There is a large modern Supermarket ‘Red Cabbage’ within easy walking distance on the main street.
Tong Yeong is a CIQ port for South Korea. The Marina is often full and prior notification is advised. The only available berth is normally the outer finger that has no power or water on the dock. Services are sometimes available with long hoses and cables although they can not be relied upon. There are also other berths available in the harbour at the marina in front of the resort opposite . (It can be a bit of a lottery) . Customs, Quarantine and Immigration must be advised at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Customs and Quarantine will inspect the boat to complete necessary paperwork. On completion you need to visit the Immigration office in town to complete formalities. The bus stop is just out side the marina. Tong Yeong is a large town and has most amenities available.