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The Best of Japan - Maizuru to Osaka

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Le Laperouse
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Board the comfortable Le Laperouse for a 9-day cruise across the Land of the Rising Sun - Japan. See the busy fishing port of Sakaiminato. Explore Busan’s outstanding cultural heritage of art galleries, museums, and Buddhist sites. Visit the lovely contrasting pristine landscapes in Sasebo, Nagasaki. Take the chance to see an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay at the seaside city of Kagoshima, at the south of Kyushu Island. Discover the magnificent Uwajima Castle that was built in the 17th-century. In the area surrounding Tamano, stroll down the streets of Kurashiki, known as the 'white-walled city' in a nod to the pretty façades of the houses that line the streets of this ancient Edo-period trading town. Finally, disembark at Osaka, the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Maizuru, Japan | Embark
Day 2 : Sakaiminato, Japan
Day 3 : Busan, South Korea
Day 4 : Sasebo, Nagasaki
Day 5 : Kagoshima
Day 6 : Uwajima
Day 7 : Hiroshima | Miyajima Island
Day 8 : Tamano
Day 9 : Osaka, Japan | Disembark

Highlights

  • Try some local seafood specialities in Sakaiminato
  • Explore the Busan’s outstanding cultural heritage of art galleries, museums, and Buddhist sites
  • Visit Saikai National Park being at Sasebo
  • Discover the magnificent Uwajima Castle

Ship

Le Laperouse

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Busan
  • Hiroshima
  • Japan
  • Kagoshima
  • Maizuru
  • Miyajima
  • Nagasaki
  • Osaka
  • Sakaiminato
  • South Korea
  • Tamano
  • Uwajima

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cherry blossoms frame Osaka castle Osaka's city lights after sunset Sunset over Nagasaki Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Atomic Bomb Dome Colorful sunset over Kagoshima, Japan
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Day 1 Maizuru, Japan | Embark

Located on the western coast of Honshu island, in the province of Kyoto, the charming town of Maizuru boasts one of Japan’s most exquisite closed bays. A climb to the observatory allows to appreciate the splendor of this inlet scattered with tiny wild islands. Visitors can also admire the treasures of traditional architecture by visiting the temple of Enryu-ji or the Tanabe-jo castle. The town also bears traces of a rich military past, which you can see in the old arsenals of the navy, red brick buildings that today house a museum.

Day 2 Sakaiminato, Japan

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the south-west coast of Honshu Island, the busy fishing port of Sakaiminato celebrates the comic writer and artist Shigeru Mizuki, who was born here. As well as a museum a dedicated tourist route leads through streets and squares that feature 134 bronze statues representing his beloved characters. This isn't the only thing Sakaiminato has to offer; try some local seafood specialties and enjoy the stunning views of Mt Daisen and the Yumigahama peninsula.

Day 3 Busan, South Korea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With around four million inhabitants, Busan is the second-largest metropolis in South Korea, after Seoul. This dynamic harbor city, located in the south-east, surrounded by the warm waters of the Sea of Japan, benefits from a mild, pleasant climate. You can find delightful simply to stroll around the lively streets and explore the city’s outstanding cultural heritage of art galleries, museums, and Buddhist sites, such as the Haedong Yonggungsa temple, which elegantly sits on the waterfront. Rich too in magnificent beaches and superlative natural landscapes, Busan’s peaceful atmosphere will win you over, as will its inhabitants, whom you have the pleasure of meeting.

Day 4 Sasebo, Nagasaki

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the west coast of the Japanese island of Kyushu, Sasebo, a former fishing village has today become an important port city, offering easy access to the Saikai National Park. Consisting of a number of exceptional natural sites, this park boasts particularly rich wildlife and vegetation. It notably includes Kozakihana Park, the westernmost point of Japan, as well as the Kujuku Islands, lying some twenty kilometers north of the port of Sasebo. This archipelago, which is largely uninhabited, forms the largest concentration of islands in Japan and offers contrasting pristine landscapes. Make the most of this port of call to discover the magnificent Imari porcelain, a tradition that is more than 400 years old.

Day 5 Kagoshima

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The seaside city of Kagoshima, at the south of Kyushu Island,ᅠis best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. A visit to this busy metropolis will remind you just how much the volcano is part of the inhabitants' everyday life: in the wake of the almost daily eruptions, a delicate layer of ash settles on everything. The top of a buried torii (traditional Japanese gate) measuring three meters that was 'swallowed up' by a giant lava flow in 1914 can still be seen. The power of nature will send a shiver down your spine.

Day 6 Uwajima

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the west coast of Shikoku island, Uwajima will delight lovers of history and traditional customs. The magnificent Uwajima Castle was built in the 17th-century by the powerful Date clan and has a beautiful ornamental garden and bridge. The much-visited Taga Shrine is dedicated to fertility and is full of phalluses. As for eating, you must taste jakoten, a local delicacy based on fried fish.

Day 7 Hiroshima | Miyajima Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside coasts of Seto. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn't forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. You'll enjoy the city's modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the town's historic garden.

At the heart of the Inland Sea, Miyajima, the “island sanctuary” will reveal its treasures. In the background, you will see the Shinto Grand Sanctuary, whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion “Torii“. Considered to be one of the most beautiful sites in the Japanese islands, you will be transported by the unique character and the serenity of this sacred site.

Day 8 Tamano

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the island of Honshu, hugging the banks of the Sento Inland Sea, Tamano is a popular destination thanks to its sun-drenched climate. Upon arrival, marvel at the way in which the city has been built along the coast at the foot of a deep, dark forest. In the area surrounding Tamano, stroll down the streets of Kurashiki, known as the 'white-walled city' in a nod to the pretty façades of the houses that line the streets of this ancient Edo-period trading town. Another major regional attraction is the Seto Ohashi bridge. Its 12.5 kilometers make it the world's longest double-decker bridge.

Day 9 Osaka, Japan | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean gives it a sense of serenity. The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotomburi and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialties: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs.

Disembark after breakfast in Osaka. 
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Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
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  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24hr Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
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  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
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  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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