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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

The Best of Japan

Set sail aboard L'Austral for a fascinating holiday to the Land of the Rising Sun, where imperial history and tradition meet cutting-edge modernity, with the stunning backdrop of the legendary cherry blossom in full bloom

Cruise Only - Package Possible
8 nights from £4229pp

Luxury Holiday
  • Osaka
  • Osaka temple
  • Hiroshima
  • Torii Gate, Miyajima
  • Uwajima Castle
  • Mount Sakurajima, Kagoshima
  • Nagasaki

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Reveal Japan's colourful past, where the Samurai warrior rubs shoulders with the subtlety of the geisha.

Visit Hiroshima, the gateway to Miyajima, home to the majestic Shinto Shrine, whose entrance is guarded by the magnificent vermillion Torii Gate. In Nagasaki, remember the story of Madame Butterfly, the strains of which can still be heard in the narrow city streets, and the tragic events of WWII.

In ancient Okayama, explore the famous Korakuen Gardens, one of the three essential landscape gardens of Japan. From Sakaiminato, discover medieval Japan and the sumptuous dwellings of the Samurai including Bukeyashiki, a marvellous testament to the golden age of the Edo dynasty.

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The Best of Japan Itinerary

Day 1 - Osaka

Arrive in Osaka, Japan's third largest city and embark your luxurious megayacht, L'Austral.

Day 2 - Tamano (Okayama)

From the city of Tamano, there is an optional excursion to Okayama which developed as a castle town during the Edo period. The tour visits the beautiful Korakuen garden before continuing to Kurashiki city best known for its magnificent white buildings. There is a second optional excurison available to Naoshima, a small island with an average population of 3400. Discover unique artwork as you explore. The tour visits the Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum and the Art House Project.

Day 3 - Hiroshima

Hiroshima is the largest city on Honshu Island in Japan and is known as the City of Peace. See the sights of Hiroshima including the Peace memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Dome and Shukkeien Garden on an optional guided tour. Or perhaps travel to Miyajima-Guchi where you will board a ferry to the island of Miyajima, the location of the Itsukushuma Shrine and famous red torii gate.

Day 4 - Uwajima

There is an optional excurison to Uchiko Town about 50km away from Uwajima. See the Kamihaga Residence, explore the historical district and admire Uchiko-za, a full scale kabuki theatre. Alternatively, you can see the sights of Uwajima including the terraced field of Yusu Mizugaura, Doi pearl where you will learn about the era of natural pearls and Uwajima Castle, located in the heart of the city.

Day 5 - Kagoshima

From Kagoshima, take the optional excursion to Chiran with its well-preserved samurai residences, some of which are still being used by samurai descendants. Or perhaps discover the highlights of Kagoshima. See Mt Sakurajima, one of the world's most active volcanoes which sits across the bay from the city. Back on mainland, visit Sengan-en Garden and the Shoko Shuseikan Museum.

Day 6 - Nagasaki

Visit Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park which commemorates the city's destruction by the atomic bomb in 1945. See the collection of statues and sculptures before heading to the Atomic Bomb Museum and Dejima, a man-made island. Alternatively, see the sights of Nagasaki including the Museum of History and Culture and the Oura Catholic Church on an optional historical tour.

Day 7 - Pusan (South Korea)

Pusan is Korea's second largest city. There is an optional excursion to the magnificent Haedongyonggugnsa Temple reconstructed in 1970. You will also visit the Jagalchi Fishery Market established by women peddlers during the Korean War.

Day 8 - Sakaiminato (Japan)

Sakaiminato is located at the tip of the Yumigahama Peninsula. Visit Matsue Castle and Bukeyashiki, a 300-year-old samurai residence on an optional tour. Alternatively, travel to Izumo Taisha Shrine, one of the oldest shrines in Japan and the Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo on an optional excursion.

Day 9 - Maizuru

Disembark L'Austral in Maizuru.

The captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 8-night full board cruise on board L'Austral
  • Overseas transfers
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainments and events and organised shows
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa

Price Does Not Include

  • Port charges and taxes - £350pp
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Osaka to Maizuru

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Apr 25£4455£4455

Maizuru to Osaka

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
May 03£4455£4229

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two sharing a Superior cabin. Single supplements are available
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • DeLuxe cabin - from £255pp
  • Prestige cabin - from £515pp
  • Deluxe Suite - from £2470pp
  • Prestige Suite - from £4740pp
  • Owner's Suite - from £8525pp
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