JAPAN & NORTH PACIFIC CROSSING

  • Star Legend
  • 13 days
  • Yokohama (Tokyo) to Seward (Anchorage)
From $ 1,499 pp September One Week Sale
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Japan & North Pacific Crossing

  • Star Legend
  • 13 days
  • Yokohama (Tokyo) to Seward (Anchorage)
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From $ 1,499 pp September One Week Sale

Miyako, Japan



6 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

dining

culture

walking
Miyako, Exploring Miyako
Two hundred miles southwest of Okinawa, Miyakojima is the largest of the eight islands of the Miyako Island Chain. The island bears many historical relics and beautiful white-sand beaches including Maehama, Painagama, Sunakawa, and Shigira Beach. Your day will start with a 45-minute panoramic drive to Higashihennazaki Cape, the southeastern cape of triangle-shaped Miyako. At the tip of the mile-long, narrow peninsula stands a handsome lighthouse.  Next you will get a little exercise walking through the mangrove forest to a local restaurant for a special lunch. You will have a chance to taste famous Miyako Beef and fresh seafood with local dishes. Finally, you will pass the most famous bridge in Japan, Irabu Ohashi Bridge which is the longest toll-free bridge in Japan, is said to be the “Bridge of Dreams” because it has been 40 years from the planning stage, cost a total of 39.5 billion yen and took 9 years from the start of construction till completion. You will stop at the Makiyama Observatory there.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.  Bring local currency, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

price $239
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Miyako, Panoramic Miyako
Two hundred miles southwest of Okinawa, Miyakojima is the largest of the eight islands of the Miyako Island Chain. The island bears many historical relics and beautiful white-sand beaches including Maehama, Painagama, Sunakawa, and Shigira Beach. This panoramic tour will take you to all three bridges in Miyakojima where you can expect the best view on this island. You can enjoy the magnificent view by traveling the ¾ of a mile-long Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and stopping at the Ikema Island Observatory. You will continue to mile-long Kurima Ohashi Bridge and check out the Ryugujo Observatory. Finally head to 2-mile long Irabu Ohashi Bridge, which as the longest toll-free bridge in Japan, and said to be the “Bridge of Dreams” because it has been 40 years from the planning stage, cost a total of 39.5 billion yen and took 9 years from the start of construction till completion. You will stop at the Makiyama Observatory there.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring local currency, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

price $249
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5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

boating
Miyako, Scenic Miyako

Two hundred miles southwest of Okinawa, Miyakojima is thelargest of the eight islands of the Miyako Island Chain. The island bears manyhistorical relics and beautiful white-sand beaches including Maehama, Painagama,Sunakawa, and Shigira Beach. Today, you will start your day with a scenic driveto the 2-mile long Irabu Ohashi Bridge, which is the longest toll-free bridgein Japan, and said to be the “Bridge of Dreams” because it has been 40 yearsfrom the planning stage, with a total project cost of 39.5 billion yen and took9 years from the start of construction till completion. A scenic drive willcontinue to the glass bottom boat pier. A glass bottom boat ride is anothergreat way to witness the beauty of Miyakojima. You will board your boat for a45-minute ride looking at the beauty of the ocean below. Plenty of photoopportunities will await you at Higashihennazaki Cape, a long, narrowprotrusion extending from Miyakojima, where the waves crash dramaticallyagainst the steep, jagged limestone cliffs. The ocean sparkles blue in contrastwith the lush greenery of the cape and the limestone. At the tip of the cape isa picturesque white lighthouse, perfect for viewing the coral-dotted oceanpanorama below. <o:p></o:p>

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.  Bring local currency, sunscreen, sunglassesand a hat. If guests cannot climb stairs to the glass bottom boat they can waiton the pier.

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price $129
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Hakodate, Japan



5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

walking
Hakodate, Hakodate Highlights
This tour will take you to star-shaped Fort Goryokaku , a Western style citadel built in the last years of the Edo period for the defense of Hakodate against the imperialist threat posed by Western power. First, you will visit Goryokaku Tower which is 351 feet high to see the star shape of the fort from the observatory.  You will  then have some time to stroll inside the fort. Next stop will be at Bay Area consisting of many historical red-brick warehouses. You will have some free time to enjoy shopping or relaxing at the café, or strolling along the bay. Then you will be transferred to Mount Hakodate to enjoy the ropeway ride (5 minutes) to the observatory located on the top of Mount Hakodate.  Mount Hakodate is a 1,096 feet high, wooded mountain at the southern end of the peninsula. You will have a panoramic view of the town surrounded on three sides by the sea, and the views of the fan-shaped city are beautiful.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket, insect repellent and local currency.


price $149
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5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Hakodate, Hakodate Morning Market & Goryokaku Fort
This tour will take you to famous Hakodate Morning Market “Asaichi” known as a haven of delectable fresh food. Having fresh seafood for your breakfast might be the best way to start your day in Hakodate. Next you will take a 30-minute drive to star-shaped Fort Goryokaku which is a Western style citadel built in the last years of the Edo period for the defense of Hakodate against the imperialist threat posed by Western power. You will visit Goryokaku Tower which is 351 feet high to see how Fort Goryokaku looks. After seeing the star shape of Fort Goryokaku from the observatory, you will have some time to stroll inside the fort. Then you will take the 30-minute drive and have some free time at Bay Area consisting of many historical red-brick warehouses. There are many shops to visit, you can relax at a café  or you might enjoy strolling through the lovely outdoor panorama.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket, insect repellent and local currency.

price $149
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3 HRS

Easy

outdoors

sightseeing
Hakodate, Mt. Hakodate Ropeway & Shopping
You will be transferred to Mount Hakodate to enjoy the ropeway ride (5 minutes) to the observatory located on the top of Mount Hakodate.  Mount Hakodate is a 1,096 feet high, wooded mountain at the southern end of the peninsula. You will have a panoramic view of the town surrounded on three sides by the sea, and the views of the fan-shaped city are beautiful. Next stop will be at Bay Area consisting of many historical red-brick warehouses. You will have some free time to enjoy shopping, relaxing at the café, strolling along the bay or having lunch at a local restaurant. You will have 90 minutes to discover the many choices of shops and restaurants before going back to the port.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket, insect repellent and local currency.


price $149
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

walking

sightseeing
Hakodate, Onuma Quasi - National Park Nature Walk
You will board your motor coach for the 1-hour ride to Onuma Quasi-National Park, known for its picturesque island dotted lakes and majestic dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake. This park is at the foot of Mount Komagatake and includes Onuma, Konuma, Junsainuma and other lakes. Onuma is the largest lake and is 15 miles in circumference with a depth of 45 feet. A volcanic mudflow from Mount Komagatake once caused a natural dam that blocked a stream and thus led to the formation of Onuma. There are 126 islets in the lake and 18 bridges connecting a select few so travelers and locals alike can enjoy walking on the trails, cycling using rented bicycles, pleasure cruising, boating and canoeing. Mount Komagatake stands close to Onuma and is the main symbol of the park. It is an independent mountain with three peaks and three craters. One of the ‘tops' was blown away during a past eruption and is now rather steep. Mount Komagatake woke up in terms of volcanic activity in 1998 so mountain climbing is now prohibited.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket, insect repellent and local currency. This tour involves walking but guests can wait by the lake if they so choose.

price $115
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Kushiro, Japan



3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

culture
Kushiro, Japanese Crane Park & Museum
Kushiro is well known as “the town of mist” and is located in the southeastern part of Hokkaido facing the Pacific Ocean. Today, you will be taken to Red-Crowned Crane Natural Park which is known as the site of the first successful artificial breeding of Red-Crowned Cranes (Japanese Tancho Crane) and is designated as a special natural monument. You will spend about 45 minutes at the park before your 45-minute ride to the Kushiro City Museum, a general museum located on the shore of Lake Haruna. Its unique exterior draws a lot of attention from visitors. In the hall, there you will see a huge skeletal specimen of the Ice Age messenger Mammoth. Other exhibits include "The landscape of Kushiro," "The living creatures in Kushiro," "the Sea of Kushiro," "Prehistoric Kushiro," and "Early Modern and Modern day Kushiro." On the 4th floor, exhibits will include "People of Sakoro," and "Tancho." After about an hour at the museum you will return to your waiting yacht.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket and local currency.

price $149
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4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

culture

walking
Kushiro, Kushiro Highlight Tour

Kushiro is well known as “the town of mist” and is located in the southeastern part of Hokkaido facing the Pacific Ocean. Your first stop will be at Washo Market which is known as one of the biggest fish markets in Hokkaido. You can enjoy strolling in the lively market or try fresh seafood. For people who are eager to try seafood, “Katte-don” (free-style rice bowl) might be the one for you. After buying a bowl of rice, you can select and buy your favorite seafood items in several fish shops to add to your bowl.  Next, you will be taken to Red-Crowned Crane Natural Park which is known as the site of the first successful artificial breeding of Red-Crowned Cranes and is designated as special natural monument. Finally, you will visit Kushiro Marshland which is Japan’s largest marshland and stretches out over the majority of the Kushiro Plain. It was designated a national park in 1987 in order to preserve the country’s largest wetland and marsh habitat which supports the only known population of endangered Japanese Cranes in Japan. Your guide will take you for approximately 1 hour of walking on the wooden path and you will enjoy the magnificent view of this area. 

Please note: There are about 100 steps in Kushiro Wetland. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket and local currency. The order of the tour sites visited may vary.



price $139
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kushiro, Lake Akan & Ainu Village
Ainu people, who are the indigenous people of Hokkaido, have lived on Hokkaido and also near Lake Akan since early times and there is an Ainu kotan (shopping street) in the spa town. This kotan is the largest kotan in Hokkaido. There are some 30 craft shops and each shop sells its original goods such as wood carvings of bear or owls, accessories, and embroidered fabric. Onnechise, meaning "huge house" in Ainu, is a theater in which traditional folk dances are performed throughout the year.  Ainu Kotan is a small Ainu village near Lake Akan, which is basically a street lined by souvenir shops specializing in Ainu handicrafts. At the end of the street there is a small museum displaying traditional Ainu crafts, clothes and daily life utensils. Traditional Ainu performances are held in a hall next door. Lake Akan is a beautiful crater lake in Akan National Park, and you will have some time to stroll along the lake. On the way back to Kushiro port, you will have a brief stop to enjoy the magnificent view. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket and local currency. The drive between the port and Lake Akan is approximately 2 hours.

price $229
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