Japan's Island Immersive (Tokyo to Osaka)
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Japan's Island Immersive (Tokyo to Osaka)

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Japan's archipelago of 6,852 islands has long captured the curiosity of creatives, philosophers and explorers. Embark on extraordinary adventures to discover ancient shrines and temples, rain-forested islands, dramatic mountains and idyllic villages.

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Tokyo, Japan
From the timeless beauty of the Meiji Shrine to the glittering Ginza District and impressive Tokyo Tower, Tokyo is a complex blend of East and West where houses of wood and paper stand beside soaring steel skyscrapers while kimono-clad women stroll along trendy teenagers. Here in this city of more than 11 million people, the timeless Imperial Palace bears testament to Japan’s enduring traditions, existing in a verdant parkland of isolation.

(At Sea)

Muroran, Japan
Located on Hokkaido, Muroran is the gateway to mountainous majesties in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. From hiking to hot springs, pursuits here range from adrenaline-inducing to seriously soothing. One of the centerpieces of the park is Mount Yotei, a perfectly shaped volcano that offers black diamond extreme skiing along its craters. Two namesake caldera lakes – Shikotsu and Toya – are playground in their own rights, also offering idyllic settings for walking and biking.

Hakodate, Japan
Whether you reach the spectacular summit of Mt. Hakodate by gondola or invigorating hike, sprawling vistas of the town below offer a beautiful reward. Venture further into the rich natural wonders to Lake Onuma Park, where trails in every direction lead to adventure and tiny lake islands are just a canoe quest away. In town, the local fish market, modern Motomachi neighborhood and Russian Orthodox Church express the storied past and varied present-day culture of Hakodate.

Ryotsu, Sado Island, Japan
This “Island of Exile” was the landing spot for many political dissidents, from a deposed emperor to a Buddhist monk, and is still one of the most remote locales to access in Japan. From the main town of Ryotsu, venture to Kodo Village, where the rhythm and art of taiko drumming originated. Rooted in the literal meaning “heartbeat” and the childlike yearn to simply play, this musical form is as entertaining for the musicians as it is for the audience.

Ogi, Sado Island, Japan
The Ogi Peninsula in Minami-Sado (southern Sado) boasts a striking coastline formed by more than three million years of volcanic activity. While the entire island of Sado is listed as a Japanese Geopark, the 10-mile Sado Ogi Coast is a Japan National Monument and Scenic Site. Ogi itself is home to Kodō, the island’s famous resident drumming ensemble, and is known for its taraibune, wooden tub-shaped boats originally used for collecting seaweed, shellfish and other treasures of the sea.

Kanazawa, Japan
It rivals Kyoto in historical significance and is virtually unrivaled in its beauty. Kanazawa is home to Japan’s most celebrated garden, Kenrokuen, an elaborate natural landscape of tranquility and color. A remarkably preserved samurai quarter, Higashi Chaya geisha district and Ninjadera temple with secret doors and traps juxtaposed with busting dining and shopping areas make this charming modern city an epicenter of intrigue.

Kanazawa, Japan
It rivals Kyoto in historical significance and is virtually unrivaled in its beauty. Kanazawa is home to Japan’s most celebrated garden, Kenrokuen, an elaborate natural landscape of tranquility and color. A remarkably preserved samurai quarter, Higashi Chaya geisha district and Ninjadera temple with secret doors and traps juxtaposed with busting dining and shopping areas make this charming modern city an epicenter of intrigue.

Sakaiminato, Japan
Home to one of the few medieval castles remaining in its original form in Japan – Matsue Castle, or “the Black Castle” – Sakaiminato is a relatively young city. Officially founded in 1956, the city has a deceptive amount of ancient history to explore. Visit the castle, completed in 1611, as well as the Izumo Taisha, or Grand Shrine, and explore its mysterious beginnings that trace beyond the 8th century.

Pohang, Korea, Republic of
Pohang is home to the Juwangsan National Park in the Baekdu Mountain range, known for its many stone peaks, waterfalls, caves and the Daejeonsa Temple. It is also the gateway to the Bogyeongsa Temple, a Buddhist pilgrimage site constructed in 603 near the twin falls of the Sangsaeng Waterfall.

Hamada, Japan
The subtropical climate extends a warm welcome to visitors on the white sand beaches along the Sea of Japan, as the cultural jungle in Hamada entices with the legacy of the Samurai and remnants of the Shogunate palace. Journey to nearby Hagi and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Zen Buddhism at the Tokoji Temple. Visit the Kikuya Residence for a glimpse at architecture of the Edo Period. Witness the traditional dance of Iwami Kagura rooted in Shinto religion.

Senzaki, Japan
This tiny island is surrounded by brilliant turquoise water – and even tinier islands. Jagged rock formations jut out of the sea like decorations on the cobalt horizon. In town, the flavors and personality of Senzaki shine through. Famed children’s poet Misuzu Kaneko called this place home, clearly inspired by its quaint beauty. Discover her motifs and homages to her writing throughout the town, then stop for a taste of Senzaki’s signature kamaboko fish cakes.

(At Sea)

(At Sea)

Miyajima, Japan
This ethereal island’s fame – and name – comes from the iconic 1400-year-old floating Itsukushima Shrine that illustrates the spiritual sanctity of Miyajima (the island’s popular name). This “island of gods” is rich with adventures, including a challenging climb up Mount Misen rewarded with sweeping views and cultural highlights at the summit, biking through the island’s picturesque pathways and possible Zodiac landings.

Hiroshima, Japan
Despite its brief period of travesty during the second World War, Hiroshima’s past and present are remarkably peaceful. Throughout the modern cosmopolitan city center lie cultural curiosities and a friendliness that permeates every facet of exploration here. Lush greenery is everywhere along the wide boulevards, as are monuments to 20th-century tragedies and historical Japanese temples and gardens that illustrate the city’s beautiful history of centuries past.

Hiroshima, Japan
Despite its brief period of travesty during the second World War, Hiroshima’s past and present are remarkably peaceful. Throughout the modern cosmopolitan city center lie cultural curiosities and a friendliness that permeates every facet of exploration here. Lush greenery is everywhere along the wide boulevards, as are monuments to 20th-century tragedies and historical Japanese temples and gardens that illustrate the city’s beautiful history of centuries past.

(At Sea)

Tamano (Uno Ko), Japan
This town is all about innovation, home to several engineering powerhouses and shipbuilding facilities. The breathtaking scenery and outdoor lifestyle of Tamano in no way conveys an industrial atmosphere, with beaches perfect for swimming or beach volleyball, and public displays of contemporary art downtown. Lovely Miyama Park boasts an English garden and numerous walking and biking paths, while Ojigadake Bluffs reward hikers with sea views.

Osaka, Japan
As it has been for centuries, Osaka remains a city of commerce, one of the original Japanese towns at the core of a developing society that grew around trade with China. Although the nature of the city hasn’t changed, it is presently undergoing an architectural revolution with a dazzling display of gleaming skyscrapers. Its prime geography makes it an excellent gateway to famed locales – including the sacred site of Kyoto and the majestic tranquility of Nara.

Osaka, Japan
As it has been for centuries, Osaka remains a city of commerce, one of the original Japanese towns at the core of a developing society that grew around trade with China. Although the nature of the city hasn’t changed, it is presently undergoing an architectural revolution with a dazzling display of gleaming skyscrapers. Its prime geography makes it an excellent gateway to famed locales – including the sacred site of Kyoto and the majestic tranquility of Nara.

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