Originally Posted by Isabella Jane
I guess I was hoping someone might have an idea of cost of living as a yachtie resupplying in Japan
I used to live full-time, now part-time in Japan, and had a small sailboat there. I don't know what your point or country of reference is, but the cost of provisioning
(buying foodstuff) in Japan will be higher than in Southeast Asia
for example, but about on a par with North America or Central European countries. Lots of fresh fish
of course and plenty of variety in veggies etc. Meat (especially beef) may be somewhat more expensive, ditto beer
and wine, but not outrageously so (be sure to try the sake as well, if you like a drink). Since the Inland Sea is mostly rural, costs are generally lower than in metropolitan areas. Eating out will range from very affordable to quite expensive depending on the establishment but it's usually easy to find out the cost in advance, so there are no surprises. Absolutely no tipping required anywhere.
It's a beautiful cruising ground, although the sea will still be a bit cold in March/April. There are not many full-service marinas
in the area but quite a number of so-called "Sea Stations" (Umi no eki, in Japanese) which will certainly not be crowded and allow short-term berthing. Anchoring
should also be no problem, given the numerous small islands and protected bays, and tying up in small fishing ports
is also usually possible (and free), but you may have to follow the directions of the local fishermen and some may send you away.
The cost of chandlery
(mostly imported) in Japan is high, often double or even more of what you might be used to, and diesel
runs to about 130 yen per liter, more at marinas
. Any "marine shop" will be high-priced while similar products can often be found at hardware
stores for much less. Servicing by diesel
mechanics also tends to be expensive.
Here's an English-language link to some useful information:
Setouchi Cruising Portal Website