May 10, 2021
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Explore quiet hidden harbors, pristine coastal shores and little-known sacred spaces during this 10-day cruise along Japan’s central and southern shorelines. Inspect the fortifications of Matsue Castle, the second largest castle in Japan and one of the few remaining wooden medieval fortifications existing today. Visit a temple, participate in a Korean tea ceremony or venture as far as the capital city of Seoul during an overnight stay in Busan, South Korea. Slip off your shoes and slurp briny ramen or thick soba noodles amid busy salarymen in an authentic Japanese restaurant accompanied by distinctive sake. Gently slide into the natural warmth of an Onsen, or hot spring bath, one of eight in the coastal resort village of Beppu, a vacation destination famous for diverse thermal spring facilities. Step into the skeletal shadows of the A-Bomb Dome, the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotional Hall and closest surviving structure to the August 6, 1945 atomic bomb explosion.
Overnight in Busan with time to go to Seoul and see the UNESCO site of Gyeongiu
From Maizuru visit Kyoto and see the numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses
Tour the beautiful Peach Memorial Park in Hiroshima
While in Moji visit the TOTO Museum, unique to Japan, displaying the evolution of toilets
In Beppu find the Usuki Stone Buddhas, a National Treasure of Japan and The Hells hot springs
Kanazawa boasts Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens and Tsuzumimon Wooden Gate
*Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.