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Shimizu, Japan



5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

dining

walking

sightseeing
Shimizu, Miho No Matsubara with Fresh Sashimi Lunch
Your day of traditional art and customs begins with Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, a complex of 7 shrines, the 3 main ones remodeled over a period of 60 years beginning in 1804. Sengen Shrine contains 26 "Important Cultural Assets" and an extensive collection of historical artifacts from the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for 300 years during the Edo Period. Step into the large, two-story worship hall and marvel at the views of Mount Fuji. Your next destination will bring you to Miho no Matsubara, a picturesque pine grove along the eastern coast of the Miho Peninsula, given the distinction of "New Three Views of Japan," a designation of scenic beauty. This inspirational spot for artists offers dramatic views of Mount Fuji, and if you walk deep into the pine grove, you'll spy a 650-year-old Japanese black pine called Hagoromo-no-Matsu.  The tour will conclude with a visit to the Fish Market in Shimizu. Upon arrival, the guide will escort you to the walking tour in the Fish Market, to wander around this busy fish market full of local people. After walking, you will have an opportunity to have lunch at a local restaurant in the market, which serves the Japanese Style Set menu including freshest sashimi (sliced raw fish). Enjoy your local dining experience with this special atmosphere.

Please note:  The path from the parking lot to Miho no Matsubara is about half a mile. It is wheelchair accessible. Mount Fuji can be seen, weather permitting. The order of the tour sites may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing. Bring local currency.


price $189
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing
Shimizu, Mt. Fuji Cultural Experience
You will ride to the quaint fishing town of Yui, home to the Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum. The museum displays more than 1,300 ukiyo-e exhibits, spotlighting the works of Hiroshige Utagawa (1797-1858), one of the best-known ukiyo-e artists who strongly influenced the genre with his dramatic landscape series. After touring the museum, continue on to a tea ceremony in Miyuki-tei at a "chashitsu," a historic tearoom, in Yui Honjin Park. In the Japanese culture, a tea ceremony is not just about the beverage; it's a cultural ritual that brings tranquility and peace to the participants. You will be served Japanese green tea, called matcha, accompanied by some sweets, which balances out the flavors of the tea leaves. Your host will be gracious, preparing your tea with great care and attention to aesthetics. Complete your day at Miho-no-Matsubara, a picturesque pine grove along the eastern coast of the Miho Peninsula, given the distinction of "New Three Views of Japan," a designation of scenic beauty. This inspirational spot for artists offers dramatic views of Mount Fuji, and if you walk deep into the pine grove, you'll spy a 650-year-old Japanese black pine called Hagoromo-no-Matsu. After a day of beauty and cultural sights and hopefully a camera filled with wonderful memories you'll board your coach for your return trip to the ship.

Please note:  The path from the parking lot to Miho no Matsubara is about half a mile. It is wheelchair accessible. Mount Fuji can be seen, weather permitting. The order of the tour sites may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing and bring local currency. You will need to remove your shoes at the tea ceremony.

price $149
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7 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

dining

walking

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Shimizu, Mt. Fuji Highlight
You will board your motor coach at the port, and drive to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, located in the southwestern foothills of Mount Fuji. Originally built to offer protection from volcanic eruptions, the shrine was one of the grandest in its day. Constructed in the early 1600s, the shrine has been hit by several earthquakes, damaging its structure. The grounds are quite picturesque, and over 500 cherry trees bloom here in March and April. You  will drive to the quaint fishing town of Yui, home to the Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum next. The museum displays more than 1,300 ukiyo-e exhibits, spotlighting the works of Hiroshige Utagawa (1797-1858), one of the best-known ukiyo-e artists who strongly influenced the genre with his dramatic landscape series. After having lunch at a local restaurant, your final destination of the day will be Miho-no-Matsubara, a picturesque pine grove along the eastern coast of the Miho Peninsula, given the distinction of "New Three Views of Japan," a designation of scenic beauty. This inspirational spot for artists offers dramatic views of Mount Fuji, and if you walk deep into the pine grove, you'll spy a 650-year-old Japanese black pine called Hagoromo-no-Matsu, believed to have mythical origins, its branches spread in every direction, and it is said that an angel bathing in the waters hung her clothes on its branches. A fisherman took the garments, and the angel had to win them back by dancing for him. Beside this legendary tree, there stands a monument of a French ballerina who composed a dance inspired by this legend.

Please note:  The path from the parking lot to Miho no Matsubara is about half a mile. It is wheelchair accessible. Mount Fuji can be seen, weather permitting. The order of the tour sites may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing and bring local currency.

price $229
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3.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

culture

walking

sightseeing
Shimizu, Sacred Toshogu and Nihondaira Ropeway
Grab your camera and set off on a photographic adventure that will begin with a short drive to Nihondaira Park Outlook. Designated as a prefecture natural park, this scenic spot affords panoramic vistas of sparkling Suruga Bay and dramatic Mount Fuji. From here, you'll board an aerial ropeway for a bird's-eye-view as you're whisked up the mountainside to the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the famous leader credited with bringing peace and unity to Japan after a long period of civil war. A climb of 1,000 stone steps is the traditional approach to the shrine, but the addition of the ropeway has made it accessible to many more visitors. Gorgeous vistas of Suruga Bay serve as the backdrop to Kunozan Toshogu, a designated cultural landmark. At the entrance, you will see the beautifully embellished Romon Gate, a wonderful commemorative picture. Look carefully at the framed name plaque hanging from the gate building. It is believed to have been carved by Emperor Go-Mizunoo himself. You'll soon reach Shaden, the main building, a striking wooden complex that is comprised of 3 sections, Honden Main Hall, Ishinoma Interconnecting Hall, and Haiden Worship Hall. All three are architecturally diverse and elaborately decorated. Adjacent to the Shaden building, you can purchase a good-luck fortune written on a strip of white paper, which you then tie to a frame next to the shrine so that your fortune will come true! If you are feeling adventurous, stroll into a wooded area, where you'll find the tomb of Ieyasu. Conclude the day with a ropeway ride back to the station where you'll meet your comfortable motor coach for the drive back to the port.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Bring local currency for shopping. There are 150 steps in Kunozan Toshogu Shrine and guests will have to take the Ropeway between the parking lot and the shrine.

price $149
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Shingu, Japan



4.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

sightseeing

boating
Shingu, Doro Gorge River Cruise
This tour will be a relaxing cruise on a boat passing the beautiful scenery of Doro Kyo (Doro Gorge) .Doro Gorge is a gorge on the Kitayama-gawa River, a tributary of the Kuman- gawa River, situated along the borders of Wakayama, Nara and Mie prefectures in the Yoshino National Park. It is famous for its steep cliffs, clear emerald waters, and unique rock formations. You will enjoy this natural treasure from water level on a jet boat. These boats have large windows and the roof opens on clear days to better see the upper reaches of the valley. The intense colors of the lush forests along the way beautifully reflect the changing seasons.  After enjoying the 2-hour river cruise, you will be transferred back to the pier by coach.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes bring local currency, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. The boat pier has only steps so wheel chairs will need to be stored at the pier. During the ride, the boat will have a brief 20-minute stop and guests will be able to get off the boat to take photos. Wheelchair guests will have to stay on the boat due to uneven ground with stones. This tour may be cancelled due to weather conditions.




price $159
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8.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

culture

walking

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Shingu, Kumano Kodo Full Day Tour
You will depart in the morning for the 1-hour drive to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine. Kumano Hongu Taisha, is one of the Kumano region's three famous shrines. As well as enshrining its own deity, Hongu Taisha also enshrines the deities of the other two Kumano shrines, Hayatama Taisha and Nachi Taisha, and the sun goddess Amaterasu. It serves as the head shrine of over 3,000 Kumano shrines across Japan. After having lunch at a local restaurant, you will have a 45-minute ride to Nachi No Taki falls, which is the tallest waterfall in Japan. Before the development of organized religious doctrine, Nachi no Taki was venerated by the earliest Japanese people. Even today, visitors will be impressed by the natural power and beauty of the falls.  Next you will be transferred to the parking lot of Nachi Shrine. The approach to the Nachi Shrine from the parking lot is 473 steps. There are some souvenir shops and a bench to rest your legs along the way to the shrine or you can ride a van to the site.  You will make your way to Nachi Shrine and Seigantoji Temple where you can enjoy the beautiful mixture of the Buddhist and Shinto influences here. The veneration of the Kumano shrines as holy sites of Shintoism predates Buddhism's introduction to Japan in the mid-6th  century. Once Buddhism arrived in Kumano it took root quickly, and rather than competing with the indigenous religion for religious authority, it began a long process of harmonious mixing. A product of this congenial relationship can be seen at Nachi Taisha. Directly beside the eminent shrine is the Buddhist temple Seigantoji. In fact, for most of their history the buildings were not even under separate control and functioned as one religious institution.  

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing and bring local currency, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. There are 2 vans available as shuttles between Nachi Taisha and its parking lot. Each van can accommodate a maximum of 6 passengers for the 5-minute drive.

price $229
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8.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

hiking

outdoors

unesco

sightseeing
Shingu, Kumano Kodo Hiking Tour
You will depart in the morning for the 30-minute drive to Kumano Kodo Pilgrimages Trails, which is a network of pilgrimage trails through the southern Kansai region. The Kodo ("old ways") are a key part of the region's UNESCO designation, and have been in use for over 1,000 years. You will be hiking at Daimonzaka Trail which is located near Nachi Falls. The route paved with stones and lined with massive evergreens, leads almost 2,000 feet up to the gates of Nachi Taisha.  After enjoying the 30-minute hike you will re-board the coach and be transferred to Nachi Falls, which is the tallest waterfall in Japan. After visiting the Nachi Falls, you will be transferred to the parking lot of Nachi Shrine. The approach to the  shrine from the parking lot is 473 ascending steps. There are some souvenir shops and a bench to rest your legs along the way to the shrine.  You can also make your way to Nachi Shrine and Seigantoji temple by van. You will see the beautiful mixture of the Buddhist and Shinto influences here. The veneration of the Kumano shrines as holy sites of Shintoism predates Buddhism's introduction to Japan in the mid-6th  century. Once Buddhism arrived in Kumano it took root quickly, and rather than competing with the indigenous religion for religious authority, it began a long process of harmonious mixing. A product of this congenial relationship can be seen at Nachi Taisha. Directly beside the eminent shrine is the Buddhist temple Seigantoji. In fact, for most of their history the buildings were not even under separate control and functioned as one religious institution. 
 
Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing and bring local currency, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. This tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties. The drop off point and pick up point at Daimonzaka trail will be different, so guests are required to walk with the guide all the way. There are 2 vans available as shuttles between Nachi Taisha and its parking lot. This van can accommodate a maximum 6 passengers for the 5-minute drive.  


price $159
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Kagoshima, Japan



7 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kagoshima, Chiran & Kagoshima
Your first destination of the day will bring you south to Chiran to see the historic samurai dwellings and gardens clustered along a picturesque road nicknamed Samurai Lane. Commissioned by local samurai as ways to embellish their modest estates, the gardens were masterpieces in "borrowed landscaping" techniques, where the garden design incorporates the surrounding scenery. Located 1 hour from Kagoshima, Chiran is a quaint town with a preserved samurai district with houses and gardens that date back about 250 years. Chiran's isolated location at the southern end of Kyushu Island has allowed the district to keep much of its historical character intact.  The Chiran Tokko Museum preserves documents, letters and belongings of the members of the special attack corps, also known in English as "kamikaze pilots." It is located on the site of an airbase from where the pilots took off for their final missions. After lunch at a local restaurant, the guide will take you to Senganen Garden, which is known as one of the best Japanese Gardens in Kyushu Island. This garden used be the residence of the Shimazu Clan, powerful Samurai from Kagoshima. Before heading back to the port there is another attraction called Shoko Shuseikan, which is a historical commemorative center where artifacts that belonged to the Shimazu Clan are on display. 

Please note: Bring local currency and wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour includes approximately 3 hours of moderate walking with a limited number of steps. At the garden there are stone steps, gravel and pavement mixed.




price $215
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4 HRS

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easy

culture

walking

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Kagoshima, Kagoshima Half Day Highlight Tour
Your day will start with a visit to Senganen, also called Iso Teien, a serene Japanese-style landscape garden constructed in 1660. Offering exquisite views of the bay and volcano, the former summer villa of the powerful Shimazu Clan includes artificial rivers and mountains, a bamboo grove, cascading waterfall and traditional poem-writing garden. Visit the Shoko Shuseikan Museum, Japan's first Western-style factory. Established by Lord Shimazu in 1852 to produce armaments, glass, ceramics and farm tools, it is now a museum detailing the 700-year Shimazu family history.  Next, the tour will bring you to the Shoko Shuseikan Museum which was originally an assembly hall built by the 28th generation Satsuma Clan head Shimazu Nariakira, but is now a museum. It contains exhibits of the Shimazu family, and the Satsuma Clan that ruled over Kagoshima for a long period of time, including historical materials and Satsuma porcelain. Particularly there are photos and drawings, a reverbatory furnace that was reproduced based on excavations, a Ryukyu ship, and a machine exhibition corner where the models and factory operations at that time are reproduced. The building was built in 1865 and it has been designated as a national important cultural property as it was the first western-style stone building in Japan that adopted the usage of arches in its construction. On the way back to the port, you will stop at Tenmonkan where local people and tourists hang out.

Please note: Bring local currency and wear comfortable walking shoes. At the garden there are stone steps, gravel and pavement mixed.

price $99
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7 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

culture

walking

sightseeing

boating
Kagoshima, Kagoshima Highlight Tour
Discover the historic castle town of Kagoshima on this enlightening full-day tour. Located on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four major islands, Kagoshima was the first city to introduce western civilization to Japan, serving as the gateway for trade and exchange between Japan and the world. With a spectacular setting, Kagoshima looks out across the broad sweep of Kinko Bay to the brooding silhouette of Sakurajima, one of Japan's most active volcanoes. First, you will transfer by coach to the ferry terminal to Sakurajima lsland to view the lunar-like landscape and spectacular lava fields created by past eruptions. Stopping at the Arimura Lava Observatory, located on a small hill created by eruption in 1946, you will stroll along a short walkway, offering an excellent vantage point to observe the dynamic power of the volcano. Returning to Kagoshima by ferry, you will visit Onsen (hot springs) , one of the most popular itineraries for travelling in Japan. Kagoshima is famous for its abundant hot springs, and there are many hot springs Ashiyu (foot baths) around the prefecture. You will be visiting one of the foot baths with great scenery. Enjoy Ashiyu by removing your shoes and socks, and soaking your bare feet in the foot bath. The hot spring water warms your feet and improves blood circulation, helping to relax the body. Next you will go to Senganen, also called Iso Teien, a serene Japanese-style landscape garden constructed in 1660. Offering exquisite views of the bay and volcano, the former summer villa of the powerful Shimazu Clan includes artificial rivers and mountains, a bamboo grove, cascading waterfall and traditional poem-writing garden. Visit the Shoko Shuseikan Museum, Japan's first Western-style factory. Established by Lord Shimazu in 1852 to produce armaments, glass, ceramics and farm tools, it is now a museum detailing the 700-year Shimazu family history. 

Please note: Foot bath experience is weather permitting. Bring local currency, a towel and wear comfortable walking shoes. At the garden there are stone steps, gravel and pavement mixed.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing

boating
Kagoshima, Sakurajima Highlight Tour
Your day will start with a transfer to Sakurajima lsland by ferry, to view the lunar-like landscape and spectacular lava fields created by past eruptions. Stopping at the Arimura Lava Observatory located on a small hill created by eruption in 1946, you will stroll along a short walkway, offering an excellent vantage point to observe the dynamic power of the volcano. Returning to Kagoshima by ferry you will visit the Onsen (hot springs), one of the most popular itineraries for travelling in Japan. Kagoshima is famous for its abundant hot springs, and there are many hot spring ashiyu (foot baths) around the prefecture. You will be visiting one of the foot baths with great scenery. Enjoy ashiyu by removing your shoes and socks, and soaking your bare feet in the foot bath. The hot spring water warms your feet and improves blood circulation, helping to relax the body.

Please note: Foot bath experience is weather permitting. Bring local currency, a towel and wear comfortable walking shoes.



price $99
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Sasebo, Japan



7.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Sasebo, Best of Nagasaki Tour
The local guide will take you to a tour in Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II.   Your first stop will be at the Atomic Bomb Museum, which tells about the aftermath of the bombing. Next, the guide will take you to the Peace Memorial Park, commemorating the city’s destruction by the plutonium bomb dropped on August 9, 1945. Although Fat Man, the name given to the second bomb dropped on Japan, missed its target by over a mile and a half, it leveled nearly half the city. The park’s main attraction is its collection of statues and sculptures donated by countries and groups all over the world. This includes the massive Peace Memorial Statue depicting a man with his right arm pointing to the sky to indicate the continued threat of nuclear destruction. Visit the Atomic Bomb Museum, with over 900 artifacts indicative of the city’s devastation, as well as displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns. After the sightseeing at Peace Memorial Park, you will be transferred to a local restaurant to enjoy Japanese cuisine. Continue to Dejima Island which was built during the Edo Period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries and prevent the propagation of their religion. It was also once the residential quarters of the Dutch, the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan during the Sakoku (isolation) Period for 200 years, until Japan reopened to the world.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking. On the way from the Atomic Bomb Museum that are about 50 steps but there is also an elevator and an escalator available. This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays of the atrocities of war. Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, local currency, and wear comfortable walking shoes


price $199
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Sasebo, Scenic and Cultural Sasebo
The tour will begin with a visit to Emukae Honjin Ruin and Yamashita House. In general, Honjin was often designated as a dormitory for the Daimyo, the bannerman and the shogunate officials, and also served as a mansion for local samurais. The Yamashita House, which is designated as Ehonba Honjin, is an old house that is said to have started making sake during the Genroku year (1688 - 1704). Next to the Honjin, there is a liquor store that has a structure that is supported by one pillar up to the second floor. They are able to maintain the condition of the building from the time of its establishment, and it conveys the atmosphere of the ancient times.  The tour will follow with a visit to Ohashi Kannon Temple located in a beautiful forest. It is a famous spot for cherry blossom during the spring as well as the change of foliage colors during autumn. Ohashi Kannon was regarded as one of Hirado's scenic spots, which Yoshii Town is proud of its beautiful scenery located in the middle of Mount Maki. A natural stone bridge is floating like a floating bridge in the back of an elegant garden passing through the temple grounds. Around the precincts there is a fern community designated as a national treasure, and you can see a wide variety of ferns. The tour will end with a visit to Kozakihana Park, the westernmost place of mainland Japan. There is a monument named after the westernmost point, and it is also a spectacular spot where you can view the magnificent clear blue sea nearby.

Please note: Emukae Honjin and Yamashita House are typical traditional Japanese style houses, so there are no slopes, elevators or chair lifts. This tour is not recommended to wheelchair guests. Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, local currency and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $139
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Sasebo, The Pottery Town Arita & Nagasaki
Further along Arita's main street towards the east, a mountain suddenly looms into view on the right-hand side. Four hundred years ago a group of Korean potters, led by Yi Sam-pyeong, discovered porcelain stone here and became the first in Japan to successfully fire porcelain. The porcelain production, which began around the beginning of the Edo Period and grew exponentially, consisting of Koimari wares which fans of early Imari wares with their sooth surfaces and antiques just had to have. It all began here, at the porcelain stone deposit discovered at Izumiyama. Izumiyama can certainly be considered a treasure trove. Nowadays the quarry is not in operation but it has been partitioned off with a fence and tours are held. At the shrine of Izumiyama Quarry, there is a Koraijin monument devoted to Yi Sam-pyeong. The history folklore resource center next door and its adjacent Arita-yaki reference museum display a restored mock of an ascending kiln, various tools and broken pieces of pottery, etc. This is a spot which shouldn't be missed by pottery enthusiasts, as here you are sure to capture a sense of being in the cradle of Arita-yaki. Then, you will have time to stroll around the old town covered by Tombai walls, and the opportunity to purchase your own pottery. Tombai walls consist of used fire-resistant bricks climbing kilns were constructed from, disposed kiln tools and red clay oil.  In the end, the tour will take you to the famous Arita pottery gallery to conclude the pottery tour.

Please note: Fukagawa Gallery consists of 2 floors but there is no elevator or chair lift. This tour is not recommended to wheelchair guests. Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, local currency, and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $149
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Busan, South Korea



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Busan, Beautiful Harmony of Nature and Humanity
Explore the unique spirituality of Buddhism on a nearly 4-hour excursion that includes a tour of the renowned Beomeosa Temple followed by a cultural performance. Shrouded in myths and serenity, the temple’s pagodas, gates, temple halls, and shrines are recognized as South Korea's National Treasures and are exceptional sights to behold. Your journey will begin as soon as you board your motor coach for the 50-minute ride through Busan's northern suburbs. You will pass Mount Geumjeongsan. Here, nestled deep in the forest sits the 1,300-year-old Beomeosa Temple, constructed in 678 A.D. Beomeosa once contained over 360 rooms and more than 1,000 monks lived here. The temple was burned to the ground in 1592 and rebuilt in 1602. After crossing an ancient bridge you’ll disembark. The first gate you'll meet is called "One Pillar Gate." With the scent of incense filling the air you’ll continue on past the 300-year-old Gate of the Four Heavenly Kings. Then, you'll have the chance to leisurely wander around the spellbinding grounds. Continue on to your next attraction, the Nurimaru APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) House. Located on Dongbaek Island, it was built to host the APEC summit meeting in 2005.  The island’s lighthouse stands guard proudly in the distance. Inside, an enormous masterpiece of lacquer and mother-of-pearl depicting the 12 Korean symbols of longevity will greet you, and a small museum exhibits items from the countries that attended the summit.  There are interactive displays and videos to further your understanding of the summit’s international significance, and so many thoughtful details will help you to really imagine the summit experience, including a replica of a meal the delegates were served!

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $79
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Busan, Busan City Highlights
Board your motor coach for the 30-minute ride to the Modern History Museum On the northern side of Yongdusan Park, the Busan Modern History Museum covers the story of Busan City from the 19th  century. There are five excellent exhibitions located at the museum - 1. Busan After 1876 Opening of the Port - 2. Exploitation of Busan by Japan –  3. Busan A Modern City – The transformation of Busan City. - 4. The Oriental Development Company – How the Japanese took control of Busan and paved the way for the control of Korea and most of Asia. 5. Korea – U.S. Relationship – after the Korean War. Next, you will proceed to Yongdusan Park and Busan Tower one of the most popular mountains in Busan. Yongdusan in downtown Busan, is one of the 3 well-known mountains in Busan.  Then  you will head to the wonderful Ja-Gal-Ch'i  Fish Market and Busan International Film Festival Square which was established by women peddlers during the Korean War, and has become known over the years as “Aunt's Market.” Explore this amazing slice of Korean life and admire the fish, shellfish and seaweed displays, before heading back to port.

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


price $99
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8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Busan, Journey Back in Time, Gyeongju
Gyeongju is known as the Museum Without Walls, as it was once the capital of the Shilla Kingdom. It blossomed into a major cultural center after the Shilla Dynasty unified the Korean peninsula in 676 A.D. Today, Gyeongju is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and your tour of the city will reveal spectacular architectural points of interests, as well as extraordinary museums and ornate temples. Your first stop is at the breathtaking Tumuli Park—home to some 20 Shilla Dynasty royal tombs . Your guide will show you the colorful Flying Horse Tomb. Belonging to an unknown king from the Silla dynasty, it was excavated in 1973 and is believed to date back to the 5th century. The tomb once contained a famous painting of a white horse and a chest full of burial goods, including iron kettles, pottery, bronze vessels, saddles and a sword. Next, you will journey to the wonderful National Museum—a treasure trove of Korean cultural artifacts including gold crowns, Buddhist relics and prehistoric stone instruments. View the Divine Bell of King Songdok—a bronze bell that stands 11 feet tall and weighs an incredible 23 tons. You will visit the serene Bulguksa Temple perched on the slopes of Mount Tohamsan—a quiet oasis that is a superb example of both Shilla architecture and the culture's devotion to Buddhism. Your guide will lead you among this amazing collection of wooden buildings (many of them have been rebuilt many times), stone bridges, stairways and pagodas (all original). After enjoying the temple grounds, re-board the motor coach for the journey back to the port.

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing that covers shoulders and knees.


price $159
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7 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

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Busan, Sea Breeze of Busan
Accompanied by your local guide this enjoyable half day tour will start with a breath-taking journey through glorious countryside and along coastal roads, to the beautiful Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. One of the most striking landmarks in Busan thanks to its unusual location by the sea, you will climb around 108 steps to the entrance, past statues of Buddha and along a dramatic rocky backdrop.  Next you will head to APEC HOUSE.   Located on Dongbaekseom Island, which is noted for its beautiful, natural landscape accented by dense camellia and pine trees, Nurimaru APEC House has been used as a memorial hall and a prestigious international conference hall since the APEC summit meeting. Nurimaru, a 3-story building, is a modernistic expression of “jeongja,” a pavilion in traditional Korean architectural style. Its roof shape symbolizes the ridgeline of Dongbaekseom Island. Its interior design is a visual display of Korea’s creative traditional culture.  The terrace, which has a Korean wooden floor concept, towers over Oryukdo Island, Gwangan Bridge and Dallmaji Hill. Located near Haeundae Beach, it not only offers a spectacular view of the beach, but also has the appearance of a reputable international conference hall featuring both modern and natural beauty. Your lunch will be a delicious seafood buffet and then you will tour the International Film Festival Square and Jaigaichi Fish Market.

Please note:  Wear conservative clothing that covers knees and shoulders, and comfortable walking shoes.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues. 


price $149
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3.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

culture

walking

sightseeing
Busan, Tea Ceremony
For guests who want to discover more about Korean culture, this wonderful half-day excursion is a great place to start. After meeting your guide at the ship, you will then drive through the commercial district, banks and department stores on the way to the temple. You will visit either the Beomeosa Temple or Geumgangsa Temple for your first stop of the day. Beomeosa, one of 10 HwaEom temples in Korea, was established to realize the purpose of HwaEom which pursues a life full of happiness and generosity. It was founded in 678 A.D., and is home to an impressive 7th century stone pagoda.  After exploring the serene temple grounds you will then be invited to take part in an ancient tea ceremony. You will be taught the rituals and rules of this important tradition, before enjoying green tea and Korean rice cakes with your hosts. After you have learned more about the culture of this wonderful country, you will climb back on to the motor coach and enjoy the glorious drive through stunning countryside back to your ship.

Please note:  Wear conservative clothing that covers knees and shoulders, and comfortable walking shoes.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues. 


price $139
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Fukuoka (Hakata), Japan



5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Fukuoka, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine & National Museum
You will depart from the pier for the 40-minute drive to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, one of the most important shrines among the hundreds of Tenmangu Shrines throughout Japan. Tenmangu Shrines are dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and politician of the Heian Period. Because of his great learning, Michizane has been associated with Tenjin, a Shinto deity of education, and is popular among students. The shrine is rather large, stretching about 820 feet from one end to the other. After passing through the torii gate at the entrance, you will come across a pond that was built in the shape of the Japanese character for "heart." A path leads across two arched bridges and islands which represent the past, present and future. Next is to Kyushu National Museum, the latest national museum founded in 2005. During the Nara and Heian Periods (710-1185), Dazaifu was the site of a government office that dealt with diplomatic relations with mainland Asia. The museum recognizes its host city's history by basing its exhibits on the concept of "Understanding Japanese culture from an Asian point of view."  The museum building itself is a massive blue construction that resembles a sports stadium more than an exhibition space.  Upon first entering the building you will surely be impressed by the spacious entrance hall. The main exhibition is on the 4th floor and is divided into 5 chronological sections that span Japanese history from the Prehistoric Era to the Edo Period. 

Please note: Bring local currency, a hat and sunscreen and wear comfortable walking shoes as this tour includes about 3 hours of walking or standing.  At Dazaifu there are many cafes and shops for guests who don’t wish to walk a lot.


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7 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

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sightseeing
Fukuoka, Karatsu Full Day Tour
Depart from the pier, and drive to Karatsu Castle which was built by the feudal load, Hirotaka Terazawa, in 1608, and located on a small hill facing Kratsu Bay. After the Meiji Restoration of 1868 the castle was pulled down leaving only the stone walls and foundations as part of Maizuru Park, which opened in 1877. The present 5-story Karatsu Castle is a ferro-concrete structure built in the style of the original 17th century castle in 1966. The yagura (towers) were built at the same time with the Tatsumi yagura added later, in 1990. Following your castle tour you will have lunch at a local restaurant and your tour will continue to Hikiyama Exhibition Hall. This hall stores the 14 floats of the Karatasu Kunchi Festival which takes place annually from November 2 to 4. Karatsu Kunchi Festival was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016. Next you will see the former residence of Koreyoshi Takatori, a coal magnate. He had this luxurious seaside residence built with an incredible sense of detail. Wonderfully restored, it illustrates the lifestyle of the upper middle classes during the Meiji Period. The residence includes a Zen garden, tearoom, and nô theater. On the first floor, the view of the garden that blends so perfectly with the beach and the islands of Karatsu bay in the background is quite stunning. Your final stop will be Niji no Matsubara which is designated as a national scenic beauty spot and is considered one of the three greatest pine forests in Japan. You will have some time to stroll in this beautiful forest before heading back to the pier.

Please note: Bring local currency, a hat and sunscreen and wear comfortable walking shoes as this tour includes about 3 hours of walking or standing. 


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5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Fukuoka, Kokura Castle & Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
You will depart from the pier for the 40-minute drive to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, one of the most important shrines among the hundreds of Tenmangu Shrines throughout Japan. Tenmangu Shrines are dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and politician of the Heian Period. Because of his great learning, Michizane has been associated with Tenjin, a Shinto deity of education, and is popular among students. The shrine is rather large, stretching about 820 feet from one end to the other. After passing through the torii gate at the entrance, you will come across a pond that was built in the shape of the Japanese character for "heart." A path leads across two arched bridges and islands which represent the past, present and future. Next you will see Kyushu National Museum, the latest national museum founded in 2005. During the Nara and Heian Periods (710-1185), Dazaifu was the site of a government office that dealt with diplomatic relations with mainland Asia. The museum recognizes its host city's history by basing its exhibits on the concept of "Understanding Japanese culture from an Asian point of view."  The museum building itself is a massive blue construction that resembles a sports stadium more than an exhibition space.  Upon first entering the building you will surely be impressed by the spacious entrance hall. The main exhibition is on the 4th floor and is divided into 5 chronological sections that span Japanese history from the Prehistoric Era to the Edo Period. 

Please note: Bring local currency, a hat and sunscreen and wear comfortable walking shoes as this tour includes about 3 hours of walking or standing.  At Dazaifu there are many cafes and shops for guests who don’t wish to walk a lot.


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Hiroshima, Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

unesco

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sightseeing
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Highlight Tour
In the years just following the atomic bomb blast on August 6, 1945, scientists doubted if Hiroshima could ever live again. Yet modern Hiroshima rose like a phoenix from its own ashes, and less than 5 decades since its obliteration, it is a vital city with a population of one million and growing. This half-day tour highlights the remarkable landmarks of Hiroshima, a self-declared city of peace dedicated to a nuclear weapons-free world. Begin at the poignant Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and its powerful museum. Following the bomb attack, only a few concrete buildings remained standing. Though unusable, one of these ruins is now a symbol of the city and the Memorial Park: the Hiroshima Prefecture Industrial Promotion Hall, now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, located near the epicenter of the blast. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, the Dome remains a stark and powerful symbol of the destructive force created by humankind. See the Cenotaph, shaped like an ancient tomb and holding the names of the dead, as well as the Flame of Peace, visited daily by monks offering prayers and burning incense.  You will continue to the serene Shukkei-en Garden, located near the Hiroshima Castle. Plum trees, azaleas, cherry trees and other plants guarantee a blooming landscape, regardless of the season, and its sculpted gardens, paths, ponds, bridges, waterfalls and bamboo groves make the garden an extremely pleasant and photogenic place for a stroll. You will then be returned to your waiting yacht.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking with a few steps to negotiate. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays on the atrocities of war.

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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

culture

unesco

walking

boating
Hiroshima, Miyajima Highlight Tour
Travel by coach along a scenic route to Miyajima-Guchi, where you'll board the local ferry and cruise to the lovely island of Miyajima. This picturesque island, considered one of Japan's most scenic destinations, is where you'll find the Itsukushima Shrine and its famous large red torii gate that rises up out of the ocean. The shrine was established in 593, the first year of the reign of Empress Suiko and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The current torii was erected in 1875 after the original one was destroyed. Among the distinctive features of the shrine is the corridor of the main building that, with its beautiful vermillion handrails, stretches into the calm Seto Inland Sea. At high tide, both the torii and the shrine give the illusion of floating on the sea. Interestingly, to give birth, to die or be buried were forbidden on the island and today, there are still no hospitals or cemeteries to be found here.

Please note:  This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking with a limited number of steps to negotiate. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Bring local currency for shopping.


price $149
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2.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

culture

walking
Hiroshima, Panoramic Hiroshima
Depart from the pier, and drive to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in central Hiroshima. The area where the park now lies was ground zero for the Atomic Bomb on August 6, 1945. After the bombing the Memorial Park was created and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attack. Stroll through the park and discover many memorials, monuments and statues, before heading into the museum itself. The park's main attraction is the Peace Memorial Museum. Consisting of two buildings, the museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. Its main focus though is on the events of August 6; the dropping of the bomb and its outcome in human suffering.  After the visit to the museum, you will be driven back to the pier.

Please note:   Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays on the atrocities of war.




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Kochi, Japan



3.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

walking
Kochi, Kochi Botanical Garden and Temple Tour
Depart from the pier for the 30-minute drive to the Chikurinji Temple. Chikurinji Temple grounds feature an interesting array of halls and structures, including a beautiful 5-story pagoda. A treasure hall displays several Buddhist statues and scrolls of importance to the temple, and paid entrance to the Hondo (main hall) offers a view of the building's interior and a nicely kept garden. After sightseeing at the Chikurinji Temple, you will be transferred to the Makino Botanical Garden, which is locating on Mount Godaisan. This garden was opened in 1958 to honor achievements of botanist, Dr. Tomitaro Makino of Kochi Prefecture native place. The spacious garden includes extensive walking paths, outdoor parks, a greenhouse and several large museum halls with excellent information and displays on Dr. Makino and his field of study.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and local currency. Chikurinji Temple has 150 stone steps to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility issues.


price $149
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3 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kochi, Kochi Historical Tour
Kochi city is the capital city of Kochi prefecture, on the south coast of Shikoku Island, and is situated on the Kagami River. Kochi city has a reputation as one of Japan’s most livable cities. You will depart from the pier, and transfer to Kochi Castle, which is one of just 12 Japanese castles to have survived the fires, wars and other catastrophes of the post feudal age. It was first constructed between 1601 and 1611, but most of its main buildings date from 1748 when they were reconstructed after a fire. The castle used to be the seat of the Yamauchi lords, who ruled over the surrounding region during the Edo Period. The castle buildings have since been designated "important cultural properties," and now house local treasures and historical objects. Next, drive to Kochi Yosakoi Information Exchange Center. This center displays the 60 years history of the famous Yosakoi Festival. The Yosakoi Festival came into being in 1954, and 2013 marked the 60th festival. The external appearance of the center was designed in the motif of so-called “decorated music trucks “that are indispensable for Yosakoi Festivals. You may have time to experience the Yosakoi with the festival uniform, watching the movie of the Yosakoi Festival on the big flat screen at Yosakoi Square at the center.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and local currency. Kochi Castle has 158 steps from Otemon Gate to the Castle tower building, and also 40 steep steps inside the castle tower. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility issues.



price $119
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3 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kochi, Kochi Panoramic View Tour
Kochi city is the capital city of Kochi prefecture, on the south coast of Shikoku Island, and is situated on the Kagami River. Kochi city has a reputation as one of Japan’s most livable cities. You will depart from the pier, for the 30-minute drive to Kochi Castle, which is one of just 12 Japanese castles to have survived the fires, wars and other catastrophes of the post feudal age. It was first constructed between 1601 and 1611, but most of its main buildings date from 1748 when they were reconstructed after a fire. The castle used to be the seat of the Yamauchi lords, who ruled over the surrounding region during the Edo Period. The castle buildings have since been designated "important cultural properties," and now house local treasures and historical objects. Next, drive to Katsurahama, which is a scenic beach 30 minutes south of central Kochi. Because of strong currents, swimming is prohibited at Katsurahama. A famous statue of Kochi's favorite son, Sakamoto Ryoma stands near the beach. He was one of the architects of modern Japan and instrumental in negotiating an alliance between the Choshu and Satsuma Clans that helped to bring an end to Japan's feudal age in 1868. The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum stands on the hill above the beach.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and local currency. Kochi Castle has 158 steps from Otemon Gate to the Castle tower building, and also 40 steep steps inside the castle tower. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility issues.

price $129
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