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

The Best of Japan

Cruise in luxury 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

Cruise Only
8 nights

Luxury Holiday
  • 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.

Sail from Osaka to the sun-drenched coastal city of Tamano. Visit Hiroshima whose moving memorials include the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome, and explore 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.

Admire the volcanic landscape of Kagoshima then head to tranquil Busan in South Korea. 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 (Japan)

Join your ship in Osaka, where the 16th-century Osaka Castle contrasts with the majestic skyscrapers.

Day 2 - 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 3 - Hiroshima - Miyajima Island

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 enjoy a guided walking tour through Saijo's sake-making district followed by a sake tasting. On the island of Miyajima there is the opportunity to visit 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 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 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

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 7 - Busan (South Korea)

Busan is Korea's second largest city. There is an optional excursion to the magnificent Haedongyonggungsa Temple reconstructed in 1970 with a visit to the Jagalchi Fishery Market established by women peddlers during the Korean War. Alternatively you may choose to enjoy a Korean Tea Ceremony in the Hongbeopsa Temple.

Day 8 - 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 9 - Maizuru

Disembark ship in Maizuru.

The captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 8-night full board yacht cruise
  • Open bar throughout cruise including fine wines, champagnes, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Fine dining in choice of restaurants on board ship
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board

Price Does Not Include

  • Flights and transfers - we can arrange these for you
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Port charges and taxes

Cruise Extensions

  • Kyoto and Nara Extension Extend your holiday with a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Kyoto. Enjoy tours of ancient temples, tour the geisha district of Kyoto, join a seated Zen meditation session, take part in a Japanese tea ceremony and explore Nara. Please contact us for more details
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