STAR COLLECTOR: SUSHI, SHRINES & SAMURAI: JAPAN, RUSSIA & SOUTH KOREA

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Star Collector: Sushi, Shrines & Samurai: Japan, Russia & South Korea

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Apr 29 Thu
7:00 PM
 
Apr 30 Fri
9:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
May 1 Sat
9:00 AM
4:00 PM
 
May 2 Sun
At Sea
May 3 Mon
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
May 4 Tue
9:00 AM
7:00 PM
 
May 5 Wed
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 6 Thu
7:00 AM
4:00 PM
 
May 7 Fri
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 8 Sat
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 9 Sun
8:00 AM
2:00 PM
 
May 10 Mon
8:00 AM
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
 
THU APR 29
TO 7:00 PM Tokyo

day 1 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.
FRI APR 30
9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Oarai

day 2 Oarai, Japan


Oarai, Japan
Sitting right on the ocean, Oarai has some wonderful, pristine beaches like the Oarai Sun Beach and the Ajijaura Beach, white sand beaches with shallow waters. The seafood here is excellent and the Nakminato Fish Market offers fresh seafood at reasonable prices. Other sites to see include the Oarai Aquarium, home to 45 species of sharks and the Oarai Isosaki-jinja Shrine with its iconic Kamiiso-no-Torii.
SAT MAY 1
9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Ofunato

day 3 Ofunato, Japan


Ofunato, Japan
The warm and cold currents that meet outside the bay of Ofunato have made it an ideal location for commercial fishing. This small city, with its beautiful Goishi coastline has been designated one of the 100 soundscapes of Japan and much of the city lies within the borders of the Sanriku Fukko National Park. The geologic formation known as Anatoshishiso is definitely worth seeing.
MON MAY 3
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Abashiri

day 5 Abashiri, Hokkaido, Japan


Abashiri, Hokkaido, Japan
Small port Abashiri is most famous for its Ryuhyo Drift Ice that brings with it an unusual array of wildlife and winter scenes from January to April. Here is some of the freshest, most delicious seafood in Japan like delicious uni-don or ikura-don, and Saroma scallops. This is a birdwatcher’s paradise all year.
TUE MAY 4
9:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Korsakov

day 6 Korsakov (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk), Russia


Korsakov (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk), Russia
Founded in 1853 as the first Russian military outpost on Sakhalin Island Korsakov was ruled by Japan from 1905 to 1945 when the Soviet army took it back and in 1946 the settlement was converted into the town. It is the largest port on Sakhalin and the center of the island’s profitable fishing industry. Sites at this small port include the Korsakov History Museum and the Penguin Bar.
WED MAY 5
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Kutsugata

day 7 Kutsugata, Rishiri Island, Japan


Kutsugata, Rishiri Island, Japan
Twelve miles (20 km) off the northern coast of Hokkaido, Rishiri Island has a circumference of 37 miles (60 km) with a dormant volcano, 5,646-foot (1721m) Mount Rishiri, at its center. There are 5,000 inhabitants here who thrive on fishing.
THU MAY 6
7:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Sapporo

day 8 Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan


Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Sapporo is best known for its beer and the skiing in the region still using the ski hills and jumps from the 1972 Winter Olympics.  As Japan’s 5th largest city there is plenty to see and do here. Visit the Sapporo Beer Museum, Odori Park, Pkurayama Ski Jump, the Curb Market full of seafood and Shiroi Koibito Park with its chocolate factory.
FRI MAY 7
10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Hakodate

day 9 Hakodate, Japan


Hakodate, Japan
Located on the southern tip of the island of Hokkaido, Hakodate will offer you breathtaking views, excellent seafood and a delightful natural environment. Visit Goryokaku, a star-shaped fort designated a special historic site with a tower observatory that commands an amazing panoramic view of the fort. While you're there find a place to have a Sapporo, since Hokkaido is home to this famous beer.
SAT MAY 8
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Akita

day 10 Akita, Japan


Akita, Japan
Located on the coast of the Sea of Japan, Akita’s main attractions are the natural beauty of the area, Mount Hakodate, the Morning Market and one of Japan’s most interesting Samurai districts.  Visit the Nyuto Onsen, hot springs, the Akita Museum of Art and the Kamakura-kan Museum.
SUN MAY 9
8:00 AM TO 2:00 PM Sado Island

day 11 Sado Island (Ogi), Japan


(Ogi), Sado Island, Japan
Sado Island is home to the Japanese Crested Ibis where they can be seen flying or feeding around rice paddies or in the Toki Forest Park. It is also the home of the world-renowned Kodo Taiko Drum Group. Enjoy scenic Senkaku Bay and the small town of Ogi, known for their taraibune, wooden tub-shaped boats used for collecting seaweed.
MON MAY 10
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Kyoto

day 12 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 13 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 14 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 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.
FRI MAY 14
12:01 AM TO 11:00 PM Busan

day 16 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 17 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 18 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 19 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 20 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 21 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 Kobe

day 22 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.

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