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Small ship cruises through Japan's beautiful coastal towns and villages are the perfect way to experience the country's stunning natural scenery and rich cultural heritage. From Hagi, famous for its samurai culture and ancient castles, to Otaru, known for its charming canals and picturesque snowy winters, each port of call offers something unique and memorable. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of Kanazawa and Matsue on a hiking excursion through rugged mountain scenery, explore ancient archaeological sites and experience traditional Japanese culture firsthand. Our top 17 Japan cruises start from $6,390 to $114,770 for cruises of 8 to 25 daysContact one of Adventure Life's Japan cruise specialists for help planning a seamless trip.
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A young woman walks through a field of flowers
$7,180
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The Best of Japan

9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Explore the famous Korakuen Gardens
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial
  • See Kagoshima & Sakurajima Volcano
  • Honor the events at Nagasaki
  • Discover medieval Japan
Starts / Ends:
Maizuru / Osaka
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Variable
Set sail for the "Land of the Rising Sun" on this 9-day voyage aboard the luxurious Le Soleal. Experience a blend of modernity and tradition in your ports of call. Japan opens its doors to you and reveals its imperial past, where the history of the Samurais rubs shoulders with the subtle …
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A woman admires the spring cherry blossoms, dressed in a kimono
$8,478
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Treasures of Japan by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

Kobe Roundtrip - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Discover Kobe's history
  • Explore Takamatsu's Ritsurin Garden
  • Visit Hiroshima's Peace Memorial
  • Delve into Sakaiminato's richness
Starts / Ends:
Kobe / Kobe
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits
Activity Level:
Variable
Set sail on a 9-day cruise aboard Le Soléal to uncover Japan's treasures.Begin in Kobe, renowned for its famous marbled beef, and journey to Takamatsu to visit the tranquil Ritsurin Garden and learn the art of making udon noodles. Hiroshima's Peace Memorial shares a poignant story, …
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Cherry blossoms frame Osaka castle
$6,430
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Secular Treasures in the Land of the Rising Sun

Osaka - Kobe - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Explore Hiroshima's Peace Memorial
  • Wander through Hagi's streets
  • Discover Busan's ancient districts
  • Delight in Kochi's lush landscapes
Starts / Ends:
Osaka / Kobe
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Local Market Visits
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on an 8-day voyage aboard Le Soléal to explore the secular treasures in the Land of the Rising Sun. Begin in Osaka and set sail to Hiroshima, where the Peace Memorial stands as a poignant symbol of resilience. Discover Miyajima Island's Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage …
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$8,395
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Eternally Sacred Japan & South Korea: Japan Voyage Between Tokyo and Osaka, incl. South Korea

Tokyo - Osaka - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Kanazawa's rich arts scene
  • Visit Kanazawa's open air market
  • Try traditional pottery making
  • Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Starts / Ends:
Osaka / Tokyo
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Variable
Set sail on this 10-day Eternally Sacred Japan & South Korea expedition cruise from Tokyo to Osaka aboard Heritage Adventurer. Discover Japan's ancient heritage and traditional culture in contrast with the world's most advanced technological civilization. Explore ancient castles, …
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$9,185
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Discover the Islands of Japan: A 12-day Voyage of Japan Between Tokyo & Osaka, Including South Korea

Tokyo - Osaka - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Experience Japan
  • Cruise travel to Matsue, Hagi
  • Visit iconic gardens in Japan
  • Visit Fukuoka and Dazaifu
  • Visit the 'Museum Without Walls'
Starts / Ends:
Tokyo / Osaka
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Variable
Explore Japan's hidden gems on this 12-dayVoyage of Japan Between Tokyo & Osaka, Including South Koreaaboard Heritage Adventurer. Immerse in the culture, history, and natural beauty of seldom-visited destinations like Matsue, Hagi, and Yakushima Island. Visit pearl farms in Uwajima and …
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Sunlit shrine in an Osaka cemetery
$33,890
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Natural Wonders of Japan and Taipei

Osaka - Keelung (Taipei) - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Eclipse II
  • Visit the Earthquake Museum
  • See the Korakuen Garden in Okayama
  • Explore the city of Hiroshima
  • Discover the Zamami Island
Starts / Ends:
Osaka / Keelung
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 15-day Asia cruise exploring the Natural Wonders of Japan and Taipei aboard Scenic Eclipse II. Begin your journey in Osaka, a dynamic city best loved for its culinary excellence, exuberant nightlife, and vibrant locals. A few highlights you can visit on your journey are Kobe's …
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Explore colorful Tokyo
$48,990
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Japan & South Korea In Depth

Tokyo - Osaka - 18 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Eclipse II
  • Explore Uno
  • Experience Toba
  • Discover Shimizu
  • Explore Tokyo
Starts / Ends:
Tokyo / Osaka
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on an 18-day cruise from Tokyo to Osaka aboard the Scenic Eclipse II. Immerse yourself in East Asia's customs, people, and stunning scenery on a luxurious voyage featuring 16 exceptional ports. Explore South Korea's popular fishing port of Sokcho, the historic cities of Hiroshima and …
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Japanese tea ceremony
$7,770
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Japan, Natural Archipelago and Secular Heritage

Osaka - Kagoshima - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Jacques Cartier
  • Explore Tomonoura's landscapes
  • Discover Moji's Meiji-era streets
  • Unveil Busan's contrasting charms
  • Experience Nagasaki's ambiance
Starts / Ends:
Osaka / Kagoshima
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Variable
On this enchanting 9-day cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier, explore Japan's Natural Archipelago and Secular Heritage. Departing from Osaka, sail to Tomonoura, inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo. Discover Shimokamagari and Mitarai's fishing villages, then explore Moji's Meiji-era …
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Cherry blossoms in historic Kyoto
$11,490
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Japanese Ancestral Traditions and Legendary Shrines

Osaka - Maizuru - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Discover Himeji’s UNESCO castle
  • Sail to Kyushu to explore Toba
  • Explore the Miyajima Island
  • Experience the contrasts of Busan
Starts / Ends:
Osaka / Maizuru
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 13-day cruise aboard Le Soleal, immersing in Japanese ancestral traditions and legendary shrines. Explore Himeji's UNESCO castle and Miyajima's iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Witness Hagi's UNESCO town and Beppu's hot springs. Cross to South Korea for Busan's vibrant …
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Osaka's city lights after sunset
$12,250
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Japan's National Parks, Art and Culture

Honshu, Osaka to Osaka - 16 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Visit Kanazawa's center of the arts
  • View wildlife on Dogojima Island
  • See iconic landmarks of Miyajima
  • Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Starts / Ends:
Osaka / Kobe
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Explore Japan's National Parks, Art, & Culture on this 16-day cruise from Osaka to Osaka, including South Korea, aboard Heritage Adventurer. Experience Japan's seamless blend of ancient customs with ultramodern living, incredible wilderness, wildlife, & renowned arts as you cruise …
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Experience the unique architecture of Asia.
$8,280
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Japan, Natural Archipelago and Secular Heritage

Kagoshima - Osaka - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Jacques Cartier
  • Explore cliffs and rock formations
  • Succumb to the charms of Amakusa
  • Discover the vibrant city, Busan
  • Unveil Moji's captivating panoramas
Starts / Ends:
Kagoshima / Osaka
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Variable
Set off on a 9-day cruise exploring Japan's Natural Archipelago and Secular Heritage aboard Le Jacques Cartier. Departing from Kagoshima, the cruise heads west to the Koshikijima Islands, revealing raw beauty in monumental cliffs dating back 80 million years. Explore Amakusa, a refuge for …
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New Caledonia
$11,695
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Grand Pacific Odyssey - Extension

25 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Sail through Hauraki Gulf
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Visit the remote Bonin Islands
  • Experience Bougainville Island
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Osaka
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Join the Grand Pacific Odyssey, a 25-day cruise from New Zealand to Japan aboard Heritage Adventurer. This adventure balances remote island visits, coral reef snorkeling, cultural exchanges, and wildlife encounters. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site Norfolk Island, French-influenced New Caledonia, …
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Colorful trees in Osaka
$11,695
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Western Pacific Odyssey - Extension

25 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Sail through Hauraki Gulf
  • Explore Norfolk Island's birds
  • Rare seabird and marine sightings
  • Visit rainforests and beaches
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Osaka
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 25 day expedition from Auckland to Kavieng with Heritage Adventurer, a birdwatcher's dream come true. Explore the Mokohinau Islands, Norfolk Island, and New Caledonia, encountering rare seabirds like the New Zealand Storm Petrel and Kagu. Immerse yourself in the rich history of …
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A young woman walks through a field of flowers
$11,280
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Odyssey In The Heart of Japan’s Subtropical Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Jacques Cartier
  • Explore Amami Oshima
  • Discover Kerama's famed blue sea
  • Experience Kumejima's cultural rich
  • See Yonagunijima's rugged cliffs
Starts / Ends:
Osaka / Ishigaki
Activities:
Local Market Visits
Activity Level:
Variable
Set off from Osaka on Le Jacques-Cartier, embarking on a 12-day cruise through the heart of Japan's subtropical islands.Discover Amami Oshima, where lush peaks meet coral reefs and Okinawan culture flourishes. After Iheyajima, sail south to Zamami in the Kerema archipelago, famed for its …
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Osaka's city lights after sunset
$6,390
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Expedition in the Seto Inland Sea

Osaka - Fukuoka - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Visit temples of Onimichi
  • Explore legendary Hari
  • Sail to Japan’s oldest sea route
  • Experience Nagasaki's heritage
Starts / Ends:
Kobe / Hagi
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Variable
Discover theLand of the Rising Sun, where the history of the samurai and the daintiness of the geishas exist side by side. With this brand-new itinerary,PONANTis taking you on a cruisefrom Osaka to Fukuoka aboard Le Soleal. This8-daycircuit allows you to discover the jewels to be found in the …
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Sunset over Nagasaki
$26,670
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Coastal Japan: Imperial Dynasties and Modern Culture

15 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • Enjoy castles and samurai district
  • Discover ancient ruins of Gyeongju
  • Visit Matsue's art museum
  • See Naoshima, the art-filled island
  • Tour three Japanese gardens
Starts / Ends:
Japan / Japan
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, River Cruises, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Step back in time on a 15-day voyage into Japan’s riveting history, from the elegant shrines and merchant districts of the Meiji era in Tokyo to the poignant sites of World War II in Hiroshima to historic castle towns of the Edo period in Kobe. As you trace the shores of Honshu and the …
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Bears at Shiretoko National Park, located on the Shiretoko Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido, Japan.
$28,850
Savings
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A Journey from Nome to Tokyo: Ring of Fire to Ainu Culture

20 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • See Pribilof Islands
  • Experience untamed Baby Islands
  • Hunt with the Aleuts
  • See Pacific Ring of Fire's wildlife
  • Tour Shitsugen National Park
  • See mirror-like lakes
Starts / Ends:
Anchorage / United States
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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 …
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