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Trip Highlights

Embark in Tokyo and sail to Shimizu, where travelers can bask in the serenity of woodlands or view the majestic Mount Fuji. In Kyoto, Japan’s old Imperial city, witness breathtaking shrines and temples. Next visit Hiroshima, whose charm is not overshadowed by its tragic history, with a range of restaurants, museums, and gardens to explore. Cruise along the sleek waters of the Kanmon Straits to Busan, the second largest city in South Korea. Busan—known for its beaches, mountains, and temples—offers both sweeping vistas of nature and urban landscapes. In Nagasaki, experience four hundred years of tradition. Before the ship returns to Tokyo, enjoy a day in Kagoshima. This city embraces travelers with a mild climate, palm-tree lined streets, and the wonder of Sakurajima, one of Japan’s most active volcanoes.


Day 1 – Depart for Japan


Day 2 – Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is an ultra-modern city built on deeply traditional roots. This bustling capital invites you to explore its diversity—from the quiet history of the temples, shrines, and the Imperial Palace to the pulse of modern life that ebbs and flows in the shadows of the towering skyscrapers.

Day 3 – Shimizu, Japan

Shimizu is one of the most beautiful ports in the world. The majestic Mt. Fuji overlooks the port from across the bay. Bask in the serenity of the unique green pines that line the white sand coast, visit the legendary 650-year-old black pine tree shrine, or see Shimizu’s iconic cherry blossoms.

Day 4-5  – Kyoto (Kobe), Japan

Kyoto is considered to be the cultural center of Japan. With over 2,000 religious places, including seventeen historic shrines and temples, Kyoto is a city that proudly preserves its history. Spend the day visiting one of the Kyoto’s many museums or gardens.

Day 6 – Hiroshima, Japan

Visit Hiroshima, a city that stands as a reminder of the endurance of the human spirit. Today, Hiroshima is a thriving metropolis with a range of restaurants, museums, and gardens to explore. Pay a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum or walk through Shukkei-en, a historic Japanese garden adjacent to the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

Day 7 – Cruising the Kanmon Strait


Day 8 – Busan, South Korea

Busan sits on the southeast tip of the Korean peninsula and is known for its fish markets, beaches, and trendy seafood restaurants. The second-largest city in South Korea, Busan has a little bit of something for everyone. Visit Beomeo-sa, a Buddhist temple tucked away downtown, or hike the mountain trails of Geumjeong-san for incredible views over the city.

Day 9 – Nagasaki, Japan

The fabric of Nagasaki is steeped in the historic events of World War II, but the traditions and history of this lively city stretch far beyond the disaster. This harbor-front metropolis dedicates itself to peace and perseverance and offers visitors botanical gardens, historic churches, and shrines.

Day 10 – Kagoshima, Japan

Nicknamed the “Naples of the Eastern World,” the historic Japanese city of Kagoshima lies just across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano. This city is well known for its food culture, being the home of the traditional Japanese shōchū spirit and host to a wide range of top-notch restaurants.

Day 11 – Cruising the Pacific Ocean


Day 12 – Tokyo, Japan

Disembark in Yokohama.



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Japan in Bloom

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  • March 31–April 11, 2021
(12 days)
Starting price: $4,599
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Deposit per person: $950
Asia & the Pacific
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Type: Cruise

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