Wonders of Japan Cruise

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Wonders of Japan Cruise

Tour Description:

Experience the wonders of Japan
alongside A&K’s award-winning Expedition
Team as you capture all the magic with
help from a professional photographer.
Spanning five islands, this all-encompassing
cruise explores Japan’s culturally rich
coastline with a pre-cruise stay in Osaka
and shore excursions throughout, including
a visit to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park,
the Adachi Museum of Art and its gardens,
and Kanazawa’s historic district.

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Dates & Pricing

Friday 20 Sep 24 — Thursday 03 Oct 24Starting at $23,495 Get a Quote


Day 1 - Sapporo, Japan
Upon arrival, transfer to Sapporo Grand Hotel. This afternoon, you are transferred to your ship, docked in Otaru. Join fellow guests for an onboard welcome reception and dinner this evening.

Day 2 - Otaru
Arrive in Otaru, a port city known for its canals, sake distilleries, architecture and views of Mount Tengu. Here, you might tour the city and visit a sake distillery. Alternately, you might spend the day discovering nearby Sapporo’s parks, landmarks and market.

Day 3 - At Sea
Enjoy a relaxing day while cruising toward Hokkaido, Japan’s largest and northernmost island.

Arrive amid Sado Island’s rice paddies, bamboo groves and surf-pounded seacoasts. Today may include an exclusive private performance by the Kodo taiko drummers or tours of Hakusanmaru Exhibition Hall and Ogi Folk Museum.

Visit the thriving art center of Kanazawa, known for its pottery and gold-leaf workmanship. Here, you might stroll Kenrokuen Garden, wander Omicho Market and tour the Higashi Chaya-gai district’s well-preserved historic geisha houses. Alternatively, you might hike Kakusenkei Gorge and soak in a soothing onsen (hot spring), visit Kanazawa’s Oumi market and cook with a local chef, or explore the Shogawa River valley. This evening, enjoy an exclusive geisha performance.

Explore Matsue, a city renowned for its idyllic countryside. The day’s excursions may include visits to Yuushien Garden and Matsue Castle, or a tour of the Adachi Museum of Art. Later, you might also savor a traditional lunch at a ryokan (inn) and visit Yakumo-mura village to learn about the art of Japanese papermaking.

Disembark in Busan and transfer to Gyeongju, ancient capital of the Silla Dynasty. Here, you might explore Gyeongju’s excavated temples, tombs and pagodas, or visit the Hyundai factory. Alternatively, stay in Busan to take in the seaside Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, the scenic overlook from Nurimaru APEC House and the colorful houses of Gamcheon Culture Village. Return to the ship for a traditional music performance at the pier.

This afternoon, arrive in the port of Karatsu, once an early trading post between Japan and mainland Asia. Once ashore, visit Karatsu Castle, or perhaps head to the city of Imari to tour its celebrated porcelain works.

Spend the day in Uwajima, home to Japan’s pearl industry. The day’s excursions may include a visit to a local pearl farm and the samurai-era gardens of Tensha-en, or an exploration of Nanraku-en Garden.

Today, explore Hiroshima, renowned for its Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Park. You might arise to split your day between Hiroshima and Miyajima, site of the iconic Torii Gate. Alternatively, you might spend an immersive day in Hiroshima and meet a storyteller of the World War II atom bomb attack, or head to Miyajima to hike scenic Mount Misen.

Wake up in the charming port of Takamatsu, the gateway to Shikoku Island. Your day might feature a boat ride to Shodoshima, the heart of Japan’s olive-growing industry; a visit to the gardens of Shikoku Island’s Ritsurin Park and an exploration of traditional bonsai horticulture in Takamatsu’s Kinashi area; or a ferry ride to Naoshima Island to tour Benesse House and a museum dedicated to Tadao Ando’s architecture.

Day 12 - OSAKA
Bid farewell to your Expedition Team and transfer to Osaka. Enjoy lunch and transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy some time at leisure before gathering tonight for a farewell dinner.

Day 13 - OSAKA
The day’s excursions may include a visit to the Golden Pavilion and an exploration of Zen Buddhism, a journey to Nara revealing Japan’s oldest temple, or an excursion to Byodo-in where you learn the fine art of making matcha (green tea powder.)

Day 14 - Osaka
Today, you are transferred to the airport near Osaka for your homebound flight.