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Bears at Shiretoko National Park, located on the Shiretoko Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido, Japan.

A Journey from Nome to Tokyo: Ring of Fire to Ainu Culture

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Discover the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire from Alaska to Japan. Explore the untamed islands of the Bering Sea and marvel at the millions of seabirds, northern fur seals, and bears in the Pribilof and Aleutian Islands. Watch towering volcanic cones on the rugged shores of Hokkaido, home to more than 51 volcanoes. Walk through the mystical lakes and forests of northern Japan’s national parks, explore historic sites along the coast of Honshu, and cap off your voyage in the thriving metropolis of Tokyo. 
Shiretoko Peninsula in autumn colorsView of Tokyo skylineFresh green,pond and Mount YoteiView of the Haystack Hill, Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Alaska, USA.Bears at Shiretoko National Park, located on the Shiretoko Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido, Japan.
Highlights
  • Experience Pribilof Islands, a naturalist wildlife paradise
  • Explore the Baby Islands with its otters, seals and fur seals
  • Learn about the hunting culture of the Aleuts
  • Learn about the Wildlife at the Pacific Ring of Fire
  • Visit Kushiro Shitsugen National Park
  • Wander at the mirror lakes of ShikotsuTōya National Park
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Anchorage, Alaska | Nome | Embark

Start the exploration in Anchorage and fly to Nome, Alaska. Embark National Geographic Resolution in the afternoon.

Day 2-3: Pribilof Islands | St. Paul & St. George Islands

Explore the naturalist’s paradise of Pribilof Islands. Home to three million seabirds and a million marine mammals each summer during the breeding season. Glide in Zodiacs beneath the cliffs of St. George, rocky outcrops that harbor one of the largest seabird colonies in the Northern Hemisphere. Spot horned and tufted puffins, red-legged kittiwakes, crested auklets, and rare Asian vagrant species seldom seen in North America.  Go ashore on St. Paul, home to the majority of the Pribilofs’ more than half a million northern fur seals.

Day 4: Baby Islands | Dutch Harbor

Begin the exploration of wildlife-rich archipelago at the Baby Islands, east of Unalaska. Here, dynamic tides offer the chance to spot sea otters and fur seals, as well as rare seabirds. Watch from on deck as the ship navigates Baby Pass, and board Zodiacs for a closer look at the islands’ wildlife. Arrive at Dutch Harbor, site of a fierce WWII battle and now one of the world’s most important fishing ports. The westernmost tip of the Alaskan mainland gives way to a 1,100-mile-long string of islands that separate the Bering Sea from the northern Pacific: the Aleutian Islands

Day 5-7: Exploring the Aleutian Islands

Spend four days exploring these rugged and remote volcanic islands—some of which still harbor active volcanoes. With 69 islands, countless islets, and tens of millions of seabirds, the Aleutians offer much to discover. Learn about the culture of the Aleuts, a fishing and hunting people who have inhabited these islands for millennia. Observe marine mammals such as northern fur seals, Steller sea lions, and a variety of whales, as well as prolific birdlife. Venture out by Zodiac or kayak to explore the wild shores of these islands. Among the islands you’ll visit are Attu and Kiska, both of which were occupied by the Japanese for nearly a year during World War II.

Day 8-12: At Sea

Study and learn from discussions with the naturalists as they set the stage for the time exploring the northern shores of Hokkaido. Join the naturalists on deck to identify the seabirds that follow the ship and the volcanic cones in the distance that make up the “Ring of Fire.” Attend a photo workshop with the National Geographic photographer, treat yourself to a massage or a wellness class, or snuggle up in the library and enjoy a good book. As youmake the way to Asia, you will lose a day crossing the International Date Line.

Day 13: Abashiri, Japan | Shiretoko National Park

Explore Abashiri on the island of Hokkaido. After the ship’s clearance into Japan, visit the Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, dedicated to the cultures of the indigenous tribes of the Earth’s subarctic regions. Venture to Shiretoko —the “end of the Earth” in the native Ainu dialect. One of Japan’s most spectacular national parks, Shiretoko provides a habitat for numerous species of land and marine mammals, such as brown bears, Steller sea lions, and sperm whales. You’ll also be on the lookout for white-tailed eagles, Blakiston’s fish owls, and Steller’s sea eagles, which spend the winters here.

Day 14: Kushiro Shitsugen National Park | Akan Mashu National Park

Cruise Hokkaido’s northeastern coast to Kushiro and head inland to explore Kushiro Shitsugen National Park, Japan’s largest wetland and home to the endangered red-crowned crane, which was thought to be extinct in the early 20th century. Head to Akan Mashu National Park, known for its ethereal, mist-shrouded lakes, where you’ll delve into forests of Sakhalin spruce and visit a charming Ainu village.

Day 15: Muroran

Dock at Muroran and choose to drive to ShikotsuTōya National Park, filled with mirror-like lakes and forest-covered hills set against the silhouette of the snowcapped Mount Yotei stratovolcano. Drive to the lush town of Shiraoi to visit the newly opened National Ainu Museum and Park, an open-air museum where visitors can experience various elements of Ainu culture..

Day 16: Sendai

Explore Sendai’s lush greenery which earned it the nickname of “Forest City”. Wind your way to the hills above town to the site of Sendai castle. Built in 1600 by the powerful feudal lord, Date Masamune, the castle has survived antifeudal warfare, bombings of WWII and the powerful earthquake of 2011. Continue on to Zuihoden, the mausoleum of the Date clan— spectacular grounds and intricate design pay tribute to the powerful Masamune and his descendants. Explore the secluded bay on the shores of Matsushima. Known as one of Japan’s three most scenic views, this gorgeous bay is dotted with pine clad islets.

Day 17: Oarai | Mito City

Head inland to Mito, a power base during the Edo period and best known today for Kairakuen garden, considered one of Japan’s three finest landscape gardens. Originally created in 1841 for the ruling lord, the park was also intended for the enjoyment of all. Walk through 3,000 plum trees, cedar woods and a bamboo grove. Learn about the treasures of the Samurai that went beyond swords and armor. The Tokugawa Museum houses exhibits chronicling the life of the powerful Tokugawa family, as well as those who lived under their rule.

Day 18: Tokyo

Disembark in the vibrant city of Tokyo. Explore both the ultramodern and storied past of this amazing city. Visit the serene Meiji Jingu shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji, who ruled over Japan from 1867 to 1912 and helped transform the country into a modern power. Learn about the Tokugawa shogunate at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, the powerful military government that preceded the Meiji era. Delve into the bustling lanes of the Asakusa district and visit the iconic Sensoji temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple.

Day 19: Tokyo | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark in the vibrant city of Tokyo. Explore both the ultramodern and storied past of this amazing city. Visit the serene Meiji Jingu shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji, who ruled over Japan from 1867 to 1912 and helped transform the country into a modern power. Learn about the Tokugawa shogunate at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, the powerful military government that preceded the Meiji era. Delve into the bustling lanes of the Asakusa district and visit the iconic Sensoji temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple.

Day 20: Tokyo

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, depart for the airport to connect to your flight home.

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  • 19 Nights Accommodations
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  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Complimentary Parka - available only for the duration of the voyage.
  • Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors that are available for purchase.
  • Crew gratuities
  • Complimentary Starlink-enabled Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, enabling email, messaging, and social media.
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes
  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of leading expedition staff
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
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  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
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  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available
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