Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip. We plan to check into the USA there next year. We are currently in Japan
and will cross next summer. This year most of the boats left early and had a good crossing. I think all of the ones we tracked stopped in Dutch.
I was there on a seismic boat in 1983 and was impressed and wanted to come back on my own boat. That is now happening in 2015. Note I know of at least four boats planning to cross next year that are wintering over here in Japan
. There are usually at least a couple of boats that kind of blow through Japan with only a two month stop as well so it may be a little crowded next year