STAR COLLECTOR: JUXTAPOSITIONS OF JAPAN

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Star Collector: Juxtapositions of Japan

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Mar 28 Sun
5:00 PM
 
Mar 29 Mon
At Sea
Mar 30 Tue
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Mar 31 Wed
10:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Apr 1 Thu
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Apr 2 Fri
8:30 AM
6:00 PM
 
Apr 3 Sat
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Apr 4 Sun
6:00 AM
7:30 AM
 
Apr 4 Sun
10:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
Apr 5 Mon
At Sea
Apr 6 Tue
7:00 AM
2:00 PM
 
Apr 6 Tue
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
 
Apr 7 Wed
12:01 AM
11:59 PM
 
Apr 8 Thu
At Sea
Apr 9 Fri
8:00 AM
7:00 PM
 
Apr 10 Sat
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Apr 11 Sun
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Apr 12 Mon
At Sea
Apr 13 Tue
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Apr 14 Wed
6:00 AM
7:30 AM
 
Apr 14 Wed
10:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
Apr 15 Thu
1:00 PM
9:00 PM
 
Apr 16 Fri
8:00 AM
4:00 PM
 
Apr 17 Sat
10:00 AM
7:00 PM
 
Apr 18 Sun
9:00 AM
7:00 PM
 
Apr 19 Mon
7:00 AM
 
SUN MAR 28
TO 5:00 PM Hong Kong

day 1 Hong Kong, China


Hong Kong, China
Our ship docks right in the heart of Hong Kong’s harbor, putting you at the center of all manner of attractions. Watch sampans and junks glide through the waters of Aberdeen. Soak in the towering skyscrapers, peaceful green hillsides and world-famous Harbour from the top of Victoria Peak. Pursue bargains at Stanley Market. Have your fortune told at the Temple Street Night Market. Visit Lantau Island where a giant bronze Buddha holds court.
TUE MAR 30
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Keelung (Taipei)

day 3 Keelung (Taipei), China (Taiwan)


Keelung Taipei China Taiwan
The modern metropolis and capital city of Taiwan is an interesting mix of Japanese, Chinese and Southeast Asian cultures. The skyline is dominated by the 1,671-foot, 101-storied, bamboo-shaped skyscraper, Taipei 101. Other highlights of Taipei include the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park, Martyrs’ Shrine which is an excellent example of classical Ming Dynasty architecture, and the Confucius Temple.
WED MAR 31
10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Miyakojima (Hirara)

day 4 Miyakojima (Hirara), Japan


Miyakojima Hirara Japan
Famous for its white-sand beaches and clear waters, Miyakojima is considered by many to have the most beautiful beaches in Japan. Visit the town of Hirara where you will see the 16th century tomb of samurai hero Nakasone Tuyumya. Other highlights include Taragawa Awamori Sake Brewery, Utopia Farm and the amazing view of Higashi Henna Cape.
THU APR 1
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Okinawa (Motobu)

day 5 Okinawa (Motobu), Japan


Okinawa (Motobu), Japan
Renowned for its scenic beauty, rich history and unique Chinese, Japanese and Korean culture, Okinawa is famous for its ceramic wares. Tsuboya Potter Museum is the place to visit to learn about this beautiful artform. You’ll also want to see Shuri Castle & Shureimon Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Kokusai Street, the main shopping area.
FRI APR 2
8:30 AM TO 6:00 PM Amami Island

day 6 Amami Island, Japan


Amami Island, Japan
The tropical small port of Amami Island is well-known in Japan for the top-quality silk and dyes produce the highest-end kimonos. The white-sand beaches and warm, crystal-clear waters of Amami are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Amami is also known for Keihan, its unique chicken rice dish.
SAT APR 3
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Yakushima

day 7 Yakushima, Japan


Yakushima, Japan
Another delightful small port, Yakushima has been a UNESCO site since 1993. This sub-tropical island is covered with an extensive cedar forest with trees that are 7,000 years old. Wildlife here includes the Yakushima deer and snow monkeys. A special Japanese liquor of rice, barley, sweet potatoes and buckwheat is made here.
SUN APR 4
6:00 AM TO 7:30 AM Hashima Island

day 8 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.)
SUN APR 4
10:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Nagasaki

day 8 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.
TUE APR 6
7:00 AM TO 2:00 PM Tomonoura

day 10 Tomonoura, Japan


Tomonoura, Japan
This picturesque port city is one of Windstar’s iconic hidden harbors.  Tomonoura is part of the Setonanikai National Park and features an endearing old-fashioned townscape. One of its thriving industries is the production of “homeishu,” a medicinal liquor with 16 different herbs in it, said to promote longevity.
TUE APR 6
4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM Scenic Cruising Seto Inland Sea

day 10 Scenic Cruising Seto Inland Sea, Japan


Scenic Cruising Seto Inland Sea, Japan
The sparsely traveled Inland Sea separates 3 of the 4 main islands of Japan and is considered one of the most fascinating and little known parts of Japan. Its sheltered coasts include more than 700 islands and islets and is full of picturesque water towns, beautiful bicycling routes and many old-fashioned bathhouses. It is a unique blend of old and new Japan experienced by few people.
WED APR 7
12:01 AM TO 11:59 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 APR 9
8:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Tokyo

day 13 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.
SAT APR 10
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Shimizu

day 14 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 APR 11
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Shingu

day 15 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.
TUE APR 13
8:00 AM TO 5:00 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.
WED APR 14
6:00 AM TO 7:30 AM Hashima Island

day 18 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.)
WED APR 14
10:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Nagasaki

day 18 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.
THU APR 15
1:00 PM TO 9:00 PM Busan

day 19 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 APR 16
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Karatsu

day 20 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.
SAT APR 17
10:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Hiroshima

day 21 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 APR 18
9:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Takamatsu

day 22 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.
MON APR 19
7:00 AM TO Osaka

day 23 Osaka, Japan


Osaka is the gateway to Kyoto with great street food, bright lights and delightful night life. Its main historic landmark is the 16th century Osaka Castle surrounded by a moat and many flowering trees. 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.

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