STAR COLLECTOR: FLORA & FLAVORS OF JAPAN

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Star Collector: Flora & Flavors of Japan

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May 10 Mon
6:00 PM
 
May 11 Tue
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
May 12 Wed
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 13 Thu
1:00 PM
11:59 PM
 
May 14 Fri
12:01 AM
11:00 PM
 
May 15 Sat
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 16 Sun
8:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
May 17 Mon
8:00 AM
11:59 PM
 
May 18 Tue
12:01 AM
7:00 PM
 
May 19 Wed
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 20 Thu
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 21 Fri
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 22 Sat
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
May 23 Sun
11:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 24 Mon
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
May 25 Tue
6:00 AM
7:30 AM
 
May 25 Tue
10:00 AM
7:00 PM
 
May 26 Wed
9:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 27 Thu
At Sea
May 28 Fri
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
May 29 Sat
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
May 30 Sun
8:00 AM
 
MON MAY 10
TO 6:00 PM Kyoto

day 1 Kyoto, Japan


Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto is famous for its numerous Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It is also known for formal traditions like kaiseki dining (multiple courses of precise dishes) and geisha entertainers.
TUE MAY 11
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Kanazawa

day 2 Kanazawa, Japan


Kanazawa, Japan
The main attraction of Kanazawa is Kenrokuen, considered one of Japan’s three best landscaped gardens. The city also boasts many historical attractions and escaped the air raids of WWII so the Old Town district, including Kanazawa Castle, the Nagamachi Samurai District and the Higashi Chaya District remain in good condition.
WED MAY 12
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Sakaiminato

day 3 Sakaiminato, Japan Matsue Castle


Sakaiminato, Japan Matsue Castle
This delightful small port city has two major claims to fame – the Matsuba crab, considered one of their culinary icons and anime. Sakaiminato was the hometown of Japanese manga artist Shigeru Mizuki who passed in 2015 but whose artistic creations inhabit the Sakaiminato streets. One road named after the artist offers 2,625 feet (800 meters) of his creations.  A visit to the Chiyomusubi Sake Brewery is also worth the effort.
THU MAY 13
1:00 PM TO 11:59 PM Busan

day 4 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.
FRI MAY 14
12:01 AM TO 11:00 PM Busan

day 5 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.
SAT MAY 15
10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Moji

day 6 Moji, Japan


Moji, Japan
Looking at the Moji skyline the Mojiko Retro Observation Tower won’t be missed. At 338 feet (103 meters) it provides impressive views of this attractive town.  Many of the buildings are Western-style and a walk along the waterfront will reveal some remarkably well-preserved structures. This is also home to the TOTO Museum of Toilets, unique to Japan and the only one of its kind in the world.
SUN MAY 16
8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Beppu

day 7 Beppu, Japan


Beppu, Japan
This is one of Japan’s most famous hot springs resorts, with more hot springs than any other resort in the country and offers many options for baths – hot water, mud, sand and steam.  The Hells of Beppu are another hot springs attraction for viewing but not bathing. Beppu is also home to the Takasaki Monkey Park full of wild Japanese macaques and Mount Tsurumi.
MON MAY 17
8:00 AM TO 11:59 PM Hiroshima

day 8 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.
TUE MAY 18
12:01 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.
WED MAY 19
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Tamano

day 10 Tamano, Japan


Tamano Japan
Today will be memorable as you cruise the Inland Sea to Tamano. Very few ships cruise here so you’ll be able to spot the art that seems to be everywhere. Visit the nearly 8-mile-long Seto Ohashi double-decker bridge, the longest one in the world. And find Korakuen Garden, considered one of the three best landscaped gardens in Japan, or take the short ferry ride to Naoshima Island, known for its modern art museums.
THU MAY 20
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM 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.
FRI MAY 21
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Takamatsu

day 12 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.
SAT MAY 22
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Hiroshima

day 13 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.
SUN MAY 23
11:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Karatsu

day 14 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.
MON MAY 24
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Busan

day 15 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.
TUE MAY 25
6:00 AM TO 7:30 AM Hashima Island

day 16 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.)
TUE MAY 25
10:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Nagasaki

day 16 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.
WED MAY 26
9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Kagoshima

day 17 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.
FRI MAY 28
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Shingu

day 19 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.
SAT MAY 29
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Shimizu

day 20 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.
SUN MAY 30
8:00 AM TO Tokyo

day 21 Tokyo, Japan


Tokyo Japan
There are so many interesting things about Tokyo it is not possible to list them here and you will want to plan to extend your stay. This is the place for excellent and unlimited shopping choices and from where new fashion trends seem to spring. It offers excellent cuisine and has earned mention on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Even though Tokyo’s neon-lit streets make it seem modernistic, it also prides itself on retaining its shogun past, carrying on sumo tournaments and kabuki productions. Tokyo is also committed to providing green spaces in the city or on the outskirts, quickly reached by train.

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