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Kyoto & the Zen of Japan Cruise Tour

Sep 10 Thu
6:00 PM
Sep 11 Fri
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
Sep 12 Sat
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
Sep 13 Sun
At Sea
Sep 14 Mon
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
Sep 15 Tue
6:00 AM
7:30 AM
Sep 15 Tue
10:00 AM
10:00 PM
Sep 16 Wed
1:00 PM
9:00 PM
Sep 17 Thu
8:00 AM
4:00 PM
Sep 18 Fri
10:00 AM
7:00 PM
Sep 19 Sat
9:00 AM
7:00 PM
Sep 20 Sun
7:00 AM
Sep 20 Sun
Sep 21 Mon
TO 6:00 PM Yokohama (Tokyo)

day 1 Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan

Yokohama, the gateway to Tokyo,  was one of the first Japanese ports open to foreign trade. It contains a large Chinatown with hundreds of Chinese shops and restaurants.  It is also known for its botanical park, Sankei-en Garden, containing preserved Japanese residences from different eras, and for the seaside Minato Mirai District, site of the Landmark Tower, standing 971 feet high.
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Shimizu

day 2 Shimizu, Japan

Most notably known as the city you can see  the UNESCO site of Mount Fuji from.  This small port city considered one of the three most beautiful ports in Japan has many historical building like Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, Sumpugo Park, and Shizuoka Sengen Shrine. The 65-foot Shiraito Waterfall, located near Mount Fuji looks like it could be silk. Enjoy tuna from Japan’s largest fishery here or a cup of maccha, a Japanese green tea.
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Shingu

day 3 Shingu, Japan

For over 1,000 years pilgrims have traveled to the Kumano Region to pray at the three Sacred Kumano Shrines. In Shingu you can see the Hayatama Shrine and the Kamikura Shrine. Both of these shrines are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Sacred Sites of Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. The Kamikura Shrine sits on Mount Kamikurayama and requires climbing 538 steps to reach it.
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Kagoshima

day 5 Kagoshima, Japan

The seaside city of Kagoshima is best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano facing Kinko Bay. Take a tour to the Shiroyama Observatory or to the peaceful Edo-period Sengamen Japanese Garden. Visit the Ishibashi Park and the three Edo-period stone bridges or travel to the nearby village of Chiran to see the well-preserved Samurai Houses and the Chiran Peace Museum, exploring the background of kamikaze pilots.
6:00 AM TO 7:30 AM Hashima Island

day 6 Scenic Cruising: Hashima Island

Scenic Cruising: Hashima Island
Cruise around the island of Hashima, abandoned over 50 years ago when the coal mining that flourished there suddenly ran out. The mining company shut the mine down and the island has been a ghost town ever since. (Visibility depends on weather conditions.)
10:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Nagasaki

day 6 Nagasaki, Japan

Notable for the nuclear attack it suffered during WWII, Nagasaki has memorialized the event at the city’s Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Memorial Park. The museum tells the story of the events leading up to the bombing and the park, located at the center of the bomb blast, houses a beautiful 30-foot tall fountain symbolizing peace. Other highlights to see are the Glover Gardens and Dejima Museum, which was originally an artificial island.
1:00 PM TO 9:00 PM Busan

day 7 Busan, South Korea

The second largest city in South Korea is a popular leisure destination due to the nearby hot springs. It is home to many famous beaches that lure visitors from around the world and the UNESCO site of Gyeongju an outdoor museum that was once the capital of the Silla Kingdom and holds many architectural points of interest including ornate temples.   Also of interest is South Korea’s largest temple, Tongdosa Temple, renowned for having no outdoor statues.
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Karatsu

day 8 Karatsu, Japan

Karatsu, Japan
Located on the island of Kyushu, Karatsu is one of the closest Japanese cities to the Korean Peninsula. Karatsu Castle is the main attraction here. Built in 1608, it houses a museum of the castle’s history and Karatsu ceramics. Karatsu is also known for its pottery which can be viewed at the Karatsu-yaki Pottery Gallery. Also worth visiting is the Karatsu Hikiyama Exhibition Hall which displays the 14 floats used in the annual Karatsu Kunchi Festival in November.
10:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Hiroshima

day 9 Hiroshima, Japan

Largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during WWII, Hiroshima today is a modern city on the island of Honshu. The Hiroshima Memorial Peace Arch, a UNESCO site commonly referred to as the Atomic Dome, commemorates the 1945 event.  One feature is a colorful memorial to Sadako Sasaki, a young woman whose dying wish for peace was told in the story A Thousand Paper Cranes. Also worth seeing is the Hiroshima Museum of Art displaying paintings from Monet, Van Gogh, Fujishima and Asai and the UNESCO red torii of Miyajima.
9:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Takamatsu

day 10 Takamatsu, Japan

Takamatsu, Japan
The main gateway to Shikoku Island and an important focal point for the island’s rail and road transit systems, Takamatsu, on Japan’s scenic Inland Sea, has been a political and economic center since the Edo period. Among the attractions here is Ritsurin Garden, created during the Edo period, and especially popular during spring for the cherry blossoms and autumn for the fall foliage. Takamatsu Symbol tower has several observation decks providing panoramic views of the sea and landscapes.
7:00 AM TO Kobe

day 11 Kobe, Japan

Kobe, Japan
Kobe is the 6th largest city in Japan and famous for its signature marbled beef. The Ikuta Shrine there is among Japan’s oldest shrines, dating back to the 3rd century. Kobe is also the gateway to Mount Rokko, accessible by antique cable cars, and the outdoor hot springs of Arima Onsen. Other sites include the Sake Breweries, the Earthquake Museum, and Sorakuen Garden.
12:00 PM TO 12:00 PM Kyoto

day 11 Osaka, Japan

Osaka, Japan
Disembark from your lovely ship and an English-speaking guide will be waiting to show you Osaka Castle, one of Japan's most famous castles built in the late 1500s. This tour will be followed by Kasuga Shrine, which is Nara's most celebrated shrine. After visiting Kasuga Shrine, you will enjoy Japanese cuisine at a local restaurant in Nara. Your next stop will be Todaiji Temple, one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. Finally, you will be driven to Kyoto Hotel Okura to check-in. Enjoy free time at your leisure for the rest of the day.
(Includes overnight at Kyoto Hotel Okura and lunch)
12:00 PM TO 12:00 PM Kyoto

day 12 Kyoto Half-Day Tour

Admire Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, built in 1397. Positioned by a tranquil pond, the 3-story Chinese-influenced pavilion has the walls and eaves covered in shimmering gold leaf. Then continue to Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with wood carvings, artistically painted sliding doors and expansive tatami rooms. You will lunch at a local Kyoto restaurant before heading to a local machiya in Kyoto where, you can try on a kimono and attend a tea tasting ceremony. Learn the history of kimonos and then you will be transferred back to the hotel.
(Includes overnight at Kyoto Hotel Okura, breakfast and lunch)
12:00 PM TO 12:00 PM Kyoto

day 13 Transfer to the Osaka Airport

Transfer to the Osaka Airport
It’s the last day before returning home, so pack up your luggage, gather up your souvenirs and board a motor coach to the airport. It’s not too early to start planning your next trip back to this magical land.
(Includes breakfast)

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. When visiting the temples shoulders and legs must be covered and no shorts will be allowed. Many sites require that shoes be removed so you may want to bring socks to walk in. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for people with mobility issues.

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