Ok, so I have a ton to blog about Japan but I won't get to it all before I leave for Shanghai. In a few hours I take a ship from Kobe Japan to Shanghai China. It will take me 2 days to get there, but it's pretty cheap, about $250.00. Compare that to airfare which is around $800. Ouch.
Here's a link to the ship's website:
And here's a review by someone that took it before.