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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

The Best of Japan

Set sail aboard Le Laperouse for a luxury holiday to the heart of the Land of the Rising Sun, where highlights include the majestic Shinto Miyajima shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the ancient dwellings of the samurai. Includes overnight hotel stay in Osaka or Kyoto, return flights from the UK and overseas transfers

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.

Enjoy an overnight stay in Osaka where a guided tour takes in Osaka Castle. 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.

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. After disembarking Le Laperouse join the tour of Kyoto's magnificent temples, including the ancient Tenryuji Temple, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji Temple with its famous rock garden.

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The Best of Japan Itinerary

Days 1-2 - UK - Osaka (Japan)

Fly from the UK via Paris to Osaka and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3 - Osaka

Join the sightseeing tour of Osaka, featuring the famous Osaka Castle and a visit to the floating garden at the Umeda Sky Building. After lunch in the Dotonbori area, explore the Sumiyoshi Taisha shrine which was originally built in the 3rd century then transfer to Le Laperouse.

Day 4 - Tamano

From the city of Tamano, there is an optional excursion to Okayama which developed as a castle town during the Edo period. Visit the beautiful Korakuen garden or Kurashiki city which is best known for its magnificent white buildings.

Day 5 - 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 6 - 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 fields 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 7 - 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 8 - Nagasaki

Take the opportunity to 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 9 - Busan (South Korea)

Busan 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 10 - Sakaiminato (Japan)

Sakaiminato is located at the tip of the Yumigahama Peninsula. Visit Matsue Castle and try the ancient art of making washi paper 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 11 - Maizuru - Kyoto - UK

Disembark Le Laperouse in Maizuru and transfer to Kyoto, Japan’s former Imperial City, for a guided tour including visits to the 14th-century Temple of the Golden Pavilion and the famous rock garden at Ryoanji Temple. Later, transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

Day 12 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

The captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 8-night all-inclusive cruise on Le Laperouse
  • Overnight hotel stay in Osaka or Kyoto
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Open bar throughout cruise including fine wines, champagnes, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Guided tours of Osaka and Kyoto
  • Fine dining in choice of restaurants on board ship
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • All port and airport taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Port charges and taxes - £350pp
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
Map for The Best of Japan