SPLENDORS OF JAPAN & SOUTH KOREA

  • Star Legend
  • 14 days
  • Beijing (Tianjin) to Yokohama (Tokyo)
From $ 4,999 pp
Shore Excursions

Splendors of Japan & South Korea

  • Star Legend
  • 14 days
  • Beijing (Tianjin) to Yokohama (Tokyo)
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From $ 4,999 pp

Dalian, China



6 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

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Dalian, Dalian Culture & Modern History
The port city of Dalian is located along the eastern coast of China, and has been welcoming travelers to shore since 1899. At various points throughout history, Dalian was occupied by British, Russian, and Japanese troops, lending the city its unique collection of architectural styles and eclectic local culture. You will start the day with a coach tour from Port Bay Square for a 30-minute drive. You will tour around Zhongshan Square. This square was originally designed by Russians in the 1800s, but is most remarkable for the classical Japanese buildings lining the square, which were built during the first half of the 20th century.  Next you will pass by Friendship Circle, followed by the People’s Square and the City Hall of Dalian, where you’ll see the distinguished Dalian traffic policewomen busy directing traffic. After this head to Xinghai Bay Square, the largest city square in Asia, which features the Century Sculpture, the tallest white marble column in China, to commemorate Hong Kong’s return to the Mainland. Next up will be a scenic drive along some of the country’s most spectacular coastline. Along the route, you will find many attractions and photo stops, such as the Forest Zoo, the Swallow Nest Cliff, and Valentines’ Bridge. Your last stop will be exploring Dalian’s Russian Street and Japanese Street.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen and a hat. 


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5 HRS

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Dalian, Dalian Highlights with Family Visit
This cultural experience will start with a visit to a local family, on the way passing by Zhongshan Square, which is surrounded by historic buildings dating back to the 18th century. Local residents will greet you at the community gate and welcome you into their home. With your tour guide as your interpreter to communicate you will have an opportunity to ask the hosts any questions you may have and get an authentic look at their daily life. Afterwards, you will proceed to the City Hall and the People’s Square. Then depart for Changxing Farmer’s Market, the biggest Market in Dalian, which includes a vegetable section, a seafood section, a meat section, and more. You will end your tour with some relaxing kite flying at the Xinghai Bay Square—the largest city square in Asia.  

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen and a hat. 

price $59
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Seoul (Incheon), South Korea



8 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Seoul, Old & New Seoul City Highlights
Your tour will start with a 90-minute drive by the presidential residence known as the Blue House. The blue tiles and the smooth roof blend beautifully with Mount Bugaksan in the backdrop. Then you will see hanbok. Hanbok is the representative example of traditional Korean dress. It is characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. It is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations. In 1996, the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism established "Hanbok Day" to encourage South Korean citizens to wear hanbok.  You will choose a hanbok to wear for a while. You will next see the beauty of Korean Traditional architecture. Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395, is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces. See the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond, which remarkable have remained relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent past sculptures of contemporary art.  Then you will head to The National Folk Museum of Korea located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace. This museum presents over 4,000 historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of ordinary Korean people. Here you can fully immerse yourselves in previous domestic and agricultural lifestyles, and learn about Korea’s cultural beliefs and return your hanbok before moving on to your lunch buffet.  Your last stop will be Namsan Octagonal Pavilion Originally known as Unamjeong Pavilion, the pavilion was built to commemorate Syunman Ryee in 1959, was demolished by the 4.19 movement in 1960, and then rebuilt on November 11, 1968. This pavilion now sits atop Namsan Mountain, with views covering the entirety of Seoul below. It is a prime spot to view the first sunrise of the year.

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

price $159
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7 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking
Seoul, Peace of Korea - DMZ & 3rd Tunnel
Venture back into the Cold War on a full-day tour highlighting the Korean Demilitarized Zone or DMZ. The truce that ended hostilities in 1953 did not bring about peace for the Korean Peninsula and the two sides are still officially at war. While there are no troops in the DMZ itself, a million men aim their weaponry at each other in a tension-packed stalemate that keeps the world on edge. Your tour will bring it all into focus with a guided walk through the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel. In the hope that unification would one day be possible, Imjingak was built in 1972. It boasts imposing monuments, a Unification Park, The Bridge of Freedom and the Dora Observation Platform. For a change of pace, your itinerary takes you to a local restaurant for a relaxing Korean barbecue lunch. And your return drive through downtown Incheon will reveal a dazzling display of stunning skyscrapers.

Please  note: There is a dress code at the DMZ, do not war any torn clothing or clothing with profanity or offensive writing. No leather pants or military uniforms/camouflage.  Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

price $99
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7 HRS

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Seoul, Tasty Korea
Boarding your motor coach you will have a 90-minute ride to Blue House, the Presidential Residence with its signature blue tiles. Then it’s time for cooking Korean cuisine and it will be your chance to naturally learn about Korea and Korean food by cooking, while listening about history of their food culture. You will pick the recipe you want to learn such as Bulgogi and Kimchi which are very popular for foreign tourists. After you enjoy what you have prepared you will head to Bukchon Hanok Village Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse in Korean traditional culture. Walk along  the redesigned Gwanghwamun Square that harmonizes with the beautiful scenery of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukaksan Mountain.  Your last stop will be The Gwangjang Market, the nation’s first market and a popular tourist destination. The second floor of the market provides all of your silk, satin, and linen bedsheet stores, which are the largest and most famous in Seoul. Many of the stores in the area even have their own factories supplying fabrics to the Namdaemun Market, Pyoung Hwa Market, and even to some department stores. Even though the goods are not brand-name products, the wide selection of high quality goods at inexpensive prices makes it an enjoyable shopping experience.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $149
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6 HRS

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Seoul, UNESCO Heritage of South Korea
Board your motor coach for the 60-minute drive to Suwon Hwaseong known as an impressive structure from the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The fortress (constructed from 1794 to 1796) was built as a show of the King’s filial piety towards his father Jangheonseja and to build a new pioneer city with its own economic power. The fortress wall stretches for a total of 3.5 miles and has a great variety of military facilities. The fortress was designated as Historical Monument No. 3 in January 1963, and in December 1997, it was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.  You will enjoy a Korean barbecue lunch and then head to Gongbang Street to make your own Korean craft.  Small traditional Korean teahouses and interesting crafts shops line the street. Before going back to the ship, you will have a chance to shop and see the Traditional Markets created by the King. Traditional and historic markets such as Paldalmun Market, Youngdong Market, and Jidong Market are located near Paldalmun Gate. Paldalmun Market first opened 220 years ago by the order of the King. A huge number of people from all across the nation still visit these markets that allow customers to buy reliable local goods at an affordable price and are equipped with modern facilities to allow pleasant shopping regardless of the weather. Don't forget the delicious food, as well! The traditional markets are so vibrant and lively that they are a great way to end a tour.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

price $149
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Jeju (Cheju) City, South Korea



4.5 HRS

Moderate
Jeju City, Jejus Natural Wonders
Board your motor coach for  a 45-minute ride to the UNESCO site of Manjang Cave, one of the finest lava tunnels in the world. Manjangl Cave has a variety of interesting structures inside including 3-foot-long lava stalagmites and lava tube tunnels.  It is regarded as having significant scientific and heritage value, owing to its excellent condition of preservation despite its age of formation (about 300,000 to 200,000 years ago).  You will see the largest known lava column in the world. There are rare animals such as bats living in the tunnel and the stone pillars and stalactites are widely spread and the tunnels showing off the cave’s topographical features. "Stone Turtle" is especially eye-catching because it is shaped like Jeju-do Island. Next, you will visit Sunrise Peak also called ‘Seongsan Ilchulbong, which rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jeju Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Sunrise Peak. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Sunrise Village. The ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well.  There are numerous hydromagmatic volcanoes similar to the Seongsan Ilchulbong, but there are no other known hydromagmatic volcanoes with a well-preserved tuff cone and diverse internal structures along a sea cliff. Because of these scientific values and remarkable scenery, Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone was able to be designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

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

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price $99
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4 HRS

Moderate
Jeju City, Native Faces of Jeju
This tour will take you to Jeju National Museum, a historical museum that displays, preserves and studies Jeju Island’s historical and cultural assets and houses various remains excavated from ruins, including meaningful relics from the prehistoric age through to the Joseon Dynasty. Then you will visit Sangumburi, a crater with a circumference of over a mile, and has been designated as a Natural Monument. If you look at the crater from above up, it looks like a man-made circular stadium. There is a variety of plant-life in the crater. On the north side, vegetation such as red-thorn trees, and magnolia trees grow, along with the rare winter strawberries. On the south side of the crater, vegetation such as evergreens, maples, and mountain strawberry trees cover the area. Because so many different kinds of trees and plants grow in such a limited space, it attracts the attention of researchers as well. Then head to Seongeup Folklore Village located at the foot of Halla Mountain. Cultural properties  in the folk village have been there for generations  and include treasures such as residential houses, Confucian shrines and schools, ancient government offices, stone statues, large millstones (pulled by horses or ox), fortress ruins, and stone monuments. Among the cultural gems of the folk village are intangible cultural assets such as folk plays, native foods, local folk craftsmanship, and local dialect. Even the trees are an important part of the area’s heritage. Several zelkova and nettle trees that are hundreds of years old stand at the center of the village, preserving the dignified atmosphere of a bygone era. The local black-haired pigs are an especially well-known part of Jeju folk culture and the Jeju black pork is said to be very nutritious.

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

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price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

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culture
Jeju City, Spirited Garden & OSulloc Green Tea Museum
Enjoy Mysterious Road known as Dokkaebi Road, which lies on a hill at the foot of a mountain, and connects two major highways on Jejudo Island. It has earned its name, as objects and liquid appear to roll and flow up the hill instead of down, when, in fact, such image of gravity defiance is an optical illusion rendered by the seemingly high surroundings.  You will visit Spirited Garden where you will see hundreds of potted plants. The history of the garden started in 1963 when Seong Beomyeong, a director, came to Jeju and cultivated the wasteland full of rocks. The garden has been visited by many honored public figures and there are currently, about 400 planted trees on display. Also, you can see stone walls and stone towers stacked with Jeju volcanic stones, the largest artificial waterfalls in Jeju, and a pond meeting the waterfalls with large carp.  Next, you will see O’Sulloc Green Tea Museum located on Jeju-do Island near Seogwangdawon, which will teach you about Korea’s traditional tea culture. The “o” in “o’sulloc” means to appreciate and enjoy. The museum first opened in September 2001 and is widely known in Korea. The entire building takes the shape of a green tea cup. It seeks to harmonize the cultures of the West and East, and past traditions with the modern world.   Here you can not only enjoy unique o’sulloc teas, but relax next to the lotus pond in the indoor garden. The second floor of the building has an observatory, with beautiful views of the nearby green tea fields and the surrounding landscape.

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


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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

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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

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culture

unesco

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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

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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

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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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Nagasaki, Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Nagasaki, Best of Nagasaki Tour
Today, the local guide will take you on a tour in Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II.  Your first stop will be at Atomic Bomb Museum, which tells about the aftermath of the bombing.  You will see over 900 artifacts indicative of the city’s devastation, as well as displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns Next, your 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.  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 of 200 years, until Japan reopened to the world.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $129
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4.5 HRS

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Nagasaki, Panoramic Nagasaki Tour
Today, your local guide will take you on a tour in Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II. Your tour will begin with a scenic drive to Inasayama lookout point, located on Inasayama hill, a famous spot of beautiful sunsets and night views.   A 5-minute ropeway ride will give you a chance to take a stroll in the air of Nagasaki. Your next stop will be at the Atomic Bomb Museum, with over 900 artifacts indicative of the city’s devastation, as well as displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns. Continue on 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 of 200 years, until Japan reopened to the world.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. There are 40steps at the Inasayama Ropeway station. So for wheelchair guests, there is chair lift service. Also please note that the capacity of ropeway is 30 passengers only and it runs every 15-20 minutes.


price $149
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3 HRS

Moderate

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Nagasaki, Peace Memorial Park & Museum
Your tour will begin with sightseeing at Uragami Cathedral, which was the largest cathedral in the East until it was destroyed by the atomic bomb blast.  You will see Dejima, an artificial island in the port of Nagasaki, completed in 1636 to house Japan's Portuguese residents. Today, Dejima is not an island anymore, as the surrounding area has also been reclaimed during the 20th century. However, a number of Dejima's historical structures remain or are being reconstructed in the area. Among the attractions are the Dejima Historical Museum and a miniature model of the former island. Continue with a visit to the Atomic Bomb Museum, with over 900 artifacts indicative of the city’s devastation, as well as displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns. Then, you will walk to somber Nagasaki Peace Park passing ground zero. Nagasaki Peace Park is 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. Return to the pier and re-board the ship.

Please note: Uragami Cathedral is located on the top of the hill, and guests will need to get off the coach at the bottom of the slope and walk up the hill. This tour is not recommended for wheel chairs or those with mobility issues. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $119
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8 HRS

Moderate

culture

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Nagasaki, The Pottery Town Arita & Nagasaki
This full day excursion will take you to Arita, a scenic 2-hour drive from Nagasaki and known throughout the world as the birthplace of magnificent Japanese ceramics.  In 1604, Japanese warlords from the Arita area invaded Korea, bringing back something quite precious: Korean potters skilled in creating fine white porcelain. Visit the Arita Town and some Pottery Galleries where the tradition of skill and beauty brought to Japan over 400 years ago continues. You will also have free time to stroll around the old town covered by Tonbai Fences, and have the opportunity to purchase your own pottery. Tonbai Fences consist of used fire-resistant bricks kilns were constructed from, disposed kiln tools and red clay oil. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and see the Tozan Shrine. Return to Nagasaki and visit the beautifully serene Nagasaki Peace Park, located a few minutes’ walk from the epicenter of the atomic bomb blast of August 1945. Return to the pier and re-board your waiting ship.

Please note:  Fukagawa Gallery consists of 2 floors, but there is no elevator or lift.  Guests with mobility issues or a wheel chair will have to stay on the 1st Floor. The way to the Tonbai Fences is quite narrow and the traffic on the major arterial road tends to be heavy. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency.

price $199
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Fukuoka (Hakata), Japan



5 HRS

Moderate

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walking

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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.


price $99
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7 HRS

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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. 


price $199
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Hiroshima, Japan



8 HRS

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Hiroshima, Hiroshima & Miyajima Full Day
Begin with a visit to Miyajima. You will take a ferry to Miyajima Island, regarded as one of the three most beautiful places in Japan. Revered and worshipped since ancient times, Miyajima exhibits a gentle atmosphere and breathtaking beauty. See the magnificent red  Torii Gate, a sacred gateway standing in the sea and guarding the Itukushima Shrine, dedicated to three goddesses and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built over the water, both the shrine and its sentinel torii seem to float on the sea at high tide. Enjoy time to experience the shrine's main hall and several subsidiary shrines, all connected by bright red passageways. The 5-story pagoda can also be seen from the Itsukushima Shrine. After sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine you will take a ferry back to Miyajima to enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant.  Then you will head to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, designed and built after the war as a memorial to the people who died in the atomic bomb attack. See the impressive Atomic Bomb Dome, the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on August 6, 1945. Stroll past the Flame of Peace, lit in 1964 as 10,000 observers offered their silent prayers for peace, as well as many of the other monuments, statues, and fountains located on the Memorial Park grounds.   You will then be transferred  back to the port.

Please note:  This tour includes approximately 3 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. This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays on the atrocities of war. Bring local currency for shopping. The order of sites visited may be changed


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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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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.


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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

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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.


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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.



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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.

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Osaka, Japan



8.5 HRS

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Osaka, Kyoto Highlight Tour
Explore three of Kyoto's marquee attractions: the impressive Golden Pavilion, Sanjusangendo and formidable Nijo Castle, a quintessential example of Momoyama architecture, which flourished 400 years ago.Depart from the pier and drive inland toward Kyoto, an immensely historical city renowned for spectacular architecture, which includes thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Your first visit is Sanjusangendo, which is the popular name for Rengeo-in, a temple in eastern Kyoto famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The temple was founded in 1164 and rebuilt a century later after the original structure had been destroyed in a fire. Also the temple hall, measuring 394 feet, is the longest Japanese wooden structure. Next you will go to Kyoto's most famous landmark, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion). Built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as a villa in 1397, the 3-story home was converted to a temple by Yoshimitsu's son. The Golden Pavilion follows the Shinden style of the Heian Period by being positioned at the edge of a tranquil pond. The Chinese-influenced Golden Pavilion has delicately curving roofs, with the walls and eaves of the 2nd and 3rd stories covered in shimmering gold leaf. View the exterior of the pavilion and walk through the peaceful gardens, marveling at the mirror reflection of the temple on the still pond. You will have lunch at a local restaurant and then head to nearby Nijo Castle, a fortification of cypress wood built in 1603 as the residence of the Tokugawa Clan. An esteemed UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castle is protected by a moat, stone walls, and ingenious nightingale floors, which chirp like a bird when walked upon to alert the guards of potential intruders. 
After touring Nijo Castle, you'll return to the pier in Osaka.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. There are 30 steps at the Kinkakuji Temple. 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. We suggest guests obtain local currency for shopping. Photography and videos are not permitted inside Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo. Shoes must be removed to enter Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo.  Nijo Castle is under a 20-year restoration project therefore some parts of castle may be closed. The order of sites visited may vary.

 
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8.5 HRS

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Osaka, Nara & Osaka Highlight Tour
Enjoy the unrivaled charm of Nara and Osaka, two of Japan's most historic cities, on this full-day tour. Following a 2-hour drive, visit Nara, the oldest capital of Japan (710-784), and the cradle of Japanese arts, literature and crafts with temples and shrines that pre-date those found in Kyoto. Nara is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and numerous art and architectural relics classified as National Treasures and Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. See the incredible Todaiji Temple, founded in 752, and best known for its Daibutsu, a colossal statue sitting 49 feet tall, making it the world's largest Buddha statue. The 8th century statue is housed in an all-wood building, the Daibutsu-den, considered the largest wooden building in the world. After touring the Daibutsu, stroll through Nara Park, commonly referred to as Deer Park. The tranquil park covers 1,295 acres of woodland and is home to over 1,000 free roaming deer. Considered messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, Nara's deer are a symbol of the city and are designated a National Natural Monument.  Then you will visit the impressive Kasuga Shrine which has 1,800 stone lanterns lining the walkway to its entrance, and another 1,000 bronze lanterns suspended from the eaves of corridors. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, drive to Osaka, with a stop at the imposing Osaka Castle. One of Japan's most famous castles, see the massive stone foundations, wing-tipped roofs with gilded decorations, and comprehensive museum displaying Osaka's most significant historical and cultural artifacts. 

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-4 hours of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. There are many steps to the Kasuga Shrine. Photography and videos are not permitted inside Osaka Castle (3rd & 4th floors). Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.  From the parking lot to Osaka Castle is approximately a 15-minute walk. Bring local currency, sunscreen and a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing for the temple.

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Osaka, Osaka Highlight Tour
Explore Japan's third largest city, Osaka, on this intriguing half-day tour. Following a 30-minute drive from Osaka port, you will see the impressive landmark, Osaka Castle. One of Japan's most famous castles, it is built on a plot of land almost one mile square,  contains 13 structures, and is designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, built atop a massive stone foundation that protected its occupants from sword-bearing attackers. Of particular interest are the tower's ornamental roof tiles, and bas-reliefs carved in the shape of crouching tigers, all gilded with gold. An engaging museum occupies the interior of the building, tracing the history of the castle from the late 1500s to the present day, and housing Osaka's most significant historical and cultural artifacts.  After a guided tour of the castle, proceed to Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Built in the 3rd century, Sumiyoshi enshrines the kami (Shinto gods) who protect travelers, fishermen and sailors at sea. It displays a unique style of shrine architecture, called Sumiyoshi-zukuri, which is free of influence from the Asian mainland. Return to Osaka port and the ship following your tour of the temple.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. Photography and video are not permitted inside Osaka Castle (3rd & 4th floors). Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.  From the parking lot to Osaka Castle is approximately 15-minute walk. Bring local currency, sunscreen and a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing for the temple.

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Shimizu, Japan



5 HRS

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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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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.

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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.

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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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