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SNOTOSEOUL



Joined: 12 Apr 2010

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:46 am    Post subject: Tsushima / daemado hotels and activities Reply with quote

Has anybody been to Tsushima? The good, the bad? I was wondering about cheap places to stay, and good places to see. I plan to ride my bike around the island for a couple days.
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waynehead



Joined: 18 Apr 2006
Location: Jongno

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, some friends and I went there when we couldn't get a ferry to Fukuoka a few years back. It was ... rather dull, to be honest, we were looking to have a good time and it was a pretty quiet fishermen's village. If you're into hiking/biking, tho, you could have fun. We had no trouble finding reasonably priced accommodation and restaurants (reasonable for Japan, anyway). The islanders were also pretty nice, too, buying us drinks and stuff. But we were probably the youngest people on the island by far (early 20s at the time).
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Enigma



Joined: 20 Mar 2008

PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went about 4 years ago for a long weekend and really enjoyed it.

As the previous poster said, it's very low-key, but it's great for coastal and rural scenery. I rode from the south port (Izuhara) to the north port (Hitakatsu) and a bit around the north. I'm thinking about going again this year.

Here's a website of a ryokan (Japanese style hotel) with a bit of English information:

http://www9.ocn.ne.jp/~joujou/es-00-index.htm

I'd highly recommend making sure the weather looks okay, and delaying if it doesn't, because I don't think it'd be nearly as enjoyable in the rain.
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korea.teacher



Joined: 04 Feb 2009

PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I visited this year. Not much to do there, quite small and actually rather boring. I'd recommend some of S. Korea's islands, instead. like Jeju-do or Geoje-do (unless you're objective is to get a passport stamp to extend your stay in S. Korea, then I'd suggest the ferry over to Fukuoka).

Note: be prepared for extra screening as you pass through Immigration at the Tsushima terminal. I noticed the few "western looking" people on my trip that were in line were questioned extensively, had their items searched, received a full body pat-down and were questioned again outside the terminal by a local policeman (I'm curious why Immigration at this terminal is so strict with westerners).
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modernseoul



Joined: 11 Sep 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

korea.teacher wrote:
I visited this year. Not much to do there, quite small and actually rather boring. I'd recommend some of S. Korea's islands, instead. like Jeju-do or Geoje-do (unless you're objective is to get a passport stamp to extend your stay in S. Korea, then I'd suggest the ferry over to Fukuoka).

Note: be prepared for extra screening as you pass through Immigration at the Tsushima terminal. I noticed the few "western looking" people on my trip that were in line were questioned extensively, had their items searched, received a full body pat-down and were questioned again outside the terminal by a local policeman (I'm curious why Immigration at this terminal is so strict with westerners).


I went once (a few years ago) and the same thing happened to me at Immigration. The Island was boring and I only went to renew my Visa. I'm guessing they're strict because you can travel onto mainland Japan without further checks, or because they want to practice their English.

If you live in or close to Busan it's an interesting and cheap trip. If not Jeju is much nicer within Korea, or go to Osaka in Japan.
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