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Oarai, Japan

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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Oarai, Fish Market & Seaside Park
From September to the end of October:
A must-do for seafood aficionados, this tour offers the opportunity to visit one of the local Fish Markets. You will not find crowds of tourists here so you will get a more local experience. You will have time to explore and indulge in the fresh local fare especially the vendor samples - so don’t be shy! Leaving the market, your next stop will be Hitachi Seaside Park a short distance away. This Seaside Park offers a myriad of activities including restaurants, various attractions and a Ferris Wheel offering views 328 feet (100m) above sea level. There is also a large manicured garden boasting various seasonal flowers ensuring there is always a vivid display of color on show year-round. Starting from summer, Kochia (summer cypress) will be grown on the hill and their color will be gradually changed from green, red to scarlet red. You will have some free time to explore the park before rejoining your coach for the return transfer to your ship.

From end of April to mid-May
A must-do for seafood aficionados, this tour offers the opportunity to visit one of the local Fish Markets. You will not find crowds of tourists here so you will get a more local experience. You will have time to explore and indulge in the fresh local fare especially the vendor samples - so don’t be shy! Leaving the market, your next stop will be Hitachi Seaside Park a short distance away. This Seaside Park offers a myriad of activities including restaurants, various attractions and a Ferris Wheel offering views 328 feet (100m) above sea level. There is also a large manicured garden boasting various seasonal flowers ensuring there is always a vivid display of color on show year-round. Between late April and early May is the season of the Nemophila, where the 3.5 hectares of Miharashi hill will be covered with Nemophila flowers. This breathtaking scenery where the surface and the sky blend together in blue is a natural experience to remember.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency, raingear, sunscreen and a hat. This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking that is on mostly flat surfaces with a few steep steps to negotiate.  Color of Kochika - Fresh green in September and the color is starting to change to scarlet red in mid-October, but is subject to change based on weather conditions. Nemophila- The best seasons is expected at the end of April to early May, but it is subject to change due to the weather condition. The order of the sites visited may vary. 


price $159
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

dining

essentials
Oarai, Sake Brewery, Takugawa Museum & Shrine
The Tokugawa Clan ruled Japan during the Feudal Period. This museum opened in 1935, and houses over 10,000 items including nine National Treasures and 59 items designated as Important Cultural Properties. You will be transported in time to gain an insight into the lives of one of Japan’s most powerful families! Your next stop will be Sudo Honke, one of the oldest sake breweries that has been operating for 850 years. Initially Samurais, the family started producing sake as a means of revitalizing the regional economy. They were the first to make pure rice sake in Japan. They have won numerous awards including the prestigious International Wine Challenge (IWC). Besides learning about the process of making sake, the owner of the brewery will give you an explanation about the flavor during the tasting. You will also be treated to a lunch which matches to sake. There will also be an opportunity to make purchases. Leaving the brewery, you will then visit the nearby Kasama Inari Shrine which is dedicated to Ukanomitama no kami. This is a spirit with jurisdiction over the five grains and foodstuffs, the life-root kami having mastery over the sources of life itself. This was the shrine patronized by the Feudal Lord during the Tokugawa Era which aided in the spread of its influence throughout Japan. You will have some free time to explore before rejoining your coach for the return transfer to your ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency. No special dietary requests can be accommodated for the lunch (Japanese meal). Three or four kinds of sake will be offered for the tasting.


price $249
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Oarai, The Legacy of Mito Clan
The Mito Clan was a branch of the powerful Tokugawa Family which ruled most of Japan during the Edo Period. Today you will visit two of their most important legacies. Kodokan was the largest Han School in Japan opened in 1841. This was basically a university for the children of the ruling class who were admitted at age 15. Their studies included military arts, medicine, music, mathematics & other subjects. The school has been designated a Special Historic Site. Three of its buildings are also designated Important Cultural Properties. You will also visit Kairakuen Garden whose name means “park to be enjoyed together.” Built in 1841, it has over 3,000 trees including 100 various types of plum varieties featuring white, pink and red blossoms. This landscaped garden has been ranked as one of the three finest in all of Japan. You will then rejoin your coach for the return transfer to your ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency. This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking with some steep steps to negotiate. The tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests and it is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Guests are required to remove shoes to enter Kodokan, but they can chose to walk around the garden of Kodokan and stay outside if they don't wish to take them off.


price $179
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Oarai, Tokugawa Museum and Garden
The Mito Clan was a branch of the powerful Tokugawa Family which ruled most of Japan during the Edo Period. The Tokugawa Museum opened in 1935, and houses over 10,000 items including 9 National Treasures and 59 items designated as Important Cultural Properties. You will be transported back in time to gain an insight in the lives of one of Japan’s most powerful families! Your next stop will be Kairakuen Garden whose name means “park to be enjoyed together.” Built in 1841, it has over 3,000 trees including 100 various types of plum varieties featuring white, pink and red blossoms. This landscaped garden has been ranked as one of the three finest in all of Japan.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency. This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking with some steep steps to negotiate. There is a slope at Kairakuen Garden and guests with wheelchair or mobility concerns may have to take this way on their own as the guides will take the guests up the steps. The order for the sites visited may vary.


price $199
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Ofunato, Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Ofuanto, Sanriku Local Train
This tour will begin with a transfer to Kamaishi Station via coach and rail.  The Sanriku Railway runs through the Pacific Coast area of Iwate Prefecture which has been fully restored after sustaining heavy damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The first destination of this tour will be the Kamaishi Daikannon statue - a white statue of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.  Included as part of this tour is admission to enter inside this 159-foot (48.5-meter) statue.  Leaving the statue, you will board the coach bound for the next destination with a rest stop at Michinoeki Rest Area. Here you will be able to enjoy local soft Persimmon ice cream. Afterward, the tour will introduce an iconic Courageous Poplar Tree which commemorates those who lost their lives and the damage done from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, and local currency. Wear comfortable walking shoes. There are approximately 100 steps from the parking to Sanriku Tetsudo station. All guests will be required to walk this way to get on the train. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $229
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3.25 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Ofuanto, Sanriku Prevention Tour
In March of 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred off the Pacific coast with a magnitude of 9.0-9.1 which caused the region to be swept by a great Tsunami. This will be an educational tour which offers its devastating story starting at the Iwate Tsunami Memorial the first stop.  Afterward, you will walk to the region that highly felt the disaster which is marked by the lone pine tree that remained standing through its aftermath. Feel first-hand the city that experienced such a massive disaster and witness its road to its restoration that continues to this day. To conclude, the tour will visit Kesen Carpentry Museum which showcases various traditional methods used in carpentry within this region which have been carried over through generations. Enjoy a relaxing coach ride back to the ship.

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, rain gear and local currency. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The order of sites visited may vary.


price $159
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

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Ofunato, Goishi Coast & Ofunato Hot Springs
After a short drive aboard the coach, you will arrive to the Goishi Coast, a 4-mile (6-km)-wide rocky beach and cliffs located in the southern part of Iwate Prefecture. You will have the chance to visit an observatory to take a panoramic photo of the rocky coast and learn about the history behind this city.  Afterward, the tour will visit the Ofunato Onsen and you will have time to relax in the hot springs while taking in the panoramic view. A pleasant meal tops off your relaxing day before returning to the ship.

Please note: Swimwear and tattoos are not allowed at the hot springs - guests must be naked to use the hot springs. Towels will be given upon entrance and are allowed for use inside the hot springs. Bring your hat, sunscreen, hat rain gear and local currency. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Please do not wear jewelry or accessories as the color may be changed by hot spring water. Please minimize to bring valuable items.The order of the sites visited may vary.


price $249
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Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Sapporo, Historic Otaru
You will start at the Old Aoyama Villa. The city of Otaru has been flourished by a dynamic herring fishing industry started 100 years ago and several mansions called “Nishin-Goten” which can be seen around this city were built by the wealthy fishermen of the past. “Nishin-Goten” means Herring Villa and the Old Aoyama Villa is one of them preserved as a cultural asset. The next stop will be at the Tanaka Sake Brewery, founded in 1899.  It has been producing Sake throughout the year, which is unusual since most of the breweries make Sake only in the winter. You will visit one of their properties, Kikkogura, which is designated an “Historical Building” by Otaru City and you will also see the Sake brewing process through the window. After learning the process, you will have a chance to taste or purchase different kinds of Sake including one that cannot be bought online or at other shops. Otaru City was once home to as many as 25 banks that supported the financial state of Otaru, and therefore it was often referred to as the biggest financial city in northern Japan, from the end of the Meiji period to the beginning of the Showa period. Many attractions await you in the  next visit to the old bank building of “Former Mitsui Bank Otaru Branch,” with its beautiful Renaissance-style exterior stone walls and the elaborately designed plaster ceiling; where exhibitions of valuable relics of the period are to be found throughout the building. End your tour with a relaxing walk along the popular Sakaimachi area, the old town where the rich merchants in the late 1800s and early 1900s used to build their houses. The preserved 2,953 feet (900 meters) “Sakaimachi Street” attracts visitors with its mixture of historical Western-style architecture and Japanese good old atmosphere. Otaru is known as the “city of sweets” so please do not forget to try different types of local products and find your favorite flavors.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring local currency. You will have to remove your shoes and wear socks at the Aoyama.


price $179
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3.75 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Sapporo, Nikka Whiskey Distillery and Fish Market
You will head to Yoichi to visit Nikka Whisky Distillery, which is one of the country's top whisky producers. The company was founded by Taketsuru Masataka, known as the father of Japanese whisky, who studied whisky-making techniques for several years in Scotland before bringing the trade to Japan. He was instrumental in establishing the country's first whisky distillery, the Yamazaki Distillery near Kyoto, before he set out on his own to start Nikka Whisky here in Hokkaido. Your guide will explain the history of whisky in Otaru and how the climate and geographic conditions make it the perfect environment for whisky production. You will also have a chance to taste some of their products. Next stop will be the Shin-Nantaru Market, where you can find what Otaru is famous for and its good-quality food, especially seafood. This market was opened in 1999 and nowadays consists of about 25 stores of several specialties. This is the right place to find local food in a wide range from fresh fish to processed goods such as seafood, meat, fruit, and vegetables. Plenty of good-quality food can be bought at reasonable local prices here, another reason why this marketplace is so popular not only among locals but also national and foreigner visitors.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring local currency.


price $179
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6.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

essentials
Sapporo, Sapporo & Otaru Highlights
To begin your tour you will head to Okurayama Viewing Point (Ski Jump Stadium), which was used for the 295-foot-(90 meters) high ski jump competitions of the Sapporo Winter Olympics in 1972. A 5- minute chairlift ride will take you up to the top of the hill, located 1,007 feet (307 meters) above sea level. You will enjoy the breathtaking view of the surrounding area and witness how the jumpers are negotiating the steep hill. Sapporo Olympic Museum is located at the foot of Okurayama Viewing Point. Here you can appreciate the numerous materials related to Sapporo Olympic Games in 1972 at your leisure. You can try the Virtual Reality Hill, Cross Country Skiing Race and even the Bobsled Run. After a short drive, your coach will take you to the next popular stop, Sapporo Beer Factory. Hokkaido is the birthplace of beer in Japan. Sapporo Beer, brewed in Sapporo since 1877, opened the Sapporo Beer Museum in 1987 in a former brewery from the late 19th century. The museum introduces the history of beer in Japan and the process of beer making. Next to the museum is the Genghis Khan Hall, where you will enjoy Genghis Khan (Mongolian BBQ) which is a Hokkaido’s popular local dish consisting of mutton and vegetables on a special grill. This restaurant is the only one serving fresh lamb meat with freshly brewed Sapporo beer that is considered the best combination by local people. End your tour with a relaxing walk along the popular Sakaimachi area, the old town where the rich merchants in the late 1800s and early 1900s used to build their houses. The preserved 2,953 feet (900 meters) “Sakaimachi Street” attracts visitors with its mixture of historical Western-style architecture and Japanese good old atmosphere. Otaru is known as the “city of sweets” so please do not forget to try different types of local products and find your favorite flavors.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring local currency.


price $199
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Hakodate, Japan



5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

walking

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

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


price $169
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5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing

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

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

price $159
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Hakodate, Onuma National Park & Hot Spring
Your motor coach will take you to Onuma Quasi-National Park, known for its picturesque island dotted lakes and majestic dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake. This park is at the foot of Mount Komagatake and includes Onuma, Konuma, Junsainuma, and other lakes. Onuma is the largest lake and is 15 miles (24 km) in circumference with a depth of 47 feet (13.6 meters). A volcanic mudflow from Mount Komagatake once caused a natural dam that blocked a stream and thus led to the formation of Onuma. There are 126 islets in the lake and 18 bridges connecting a select few so travelers and locals alike can enjoy walking on the trails, cycle using rented bicycles, pleasure cruise, go boating and canoeing. Mount Komagatake stands close to Onuma and is the main symbol of the park. It is an independent mountain with three peaks and three craters. One of the ‘tops' was blown away during a past eruption and is now rather steep. Mount Komagatake woke up in terms of volcanic activity in 1998 so mountain climbing is now prohibited. You will enjoy the scenery from the boat, and then have a true Japanese experience "Hot spring" or "Onsen" to relax your body! 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket, insect repellent and local currency. Do not to bring jewelry as the color may be changed by the hot spring water. Guests are required to be naked at the hot spring. Tattoos and swim suits are not acceptable.


price $189
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2.75 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Hakodate, Panoramic Hakodate
This tour will take you to 351-foot- (107 meter-) high Fort Goryokaku Observatory where you can enjoy the view of the star-shaped and Western style citadel. It was built in the last years of the Edo period for the defense of Hakodate against the imperialist threat posed by the Western power. Then, you will be transferred to Mount Hakodate Observatory located on the top of Mount Hakodate, which is a 1,096-foot- (334-meter-) high, wooded mountain at the southern end of the peninsula. The panoramic view of the town surrounded on three sides by the sea, and the views of the fan-shaped city are beautiful and especially so at night.

Please note: This tour is wheelchair accessible. The order of sites visited may vary.


price $139
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Sado Island (Ogi), Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

boating

essentials
Sado Island, Best of Sado
This excursion offers the opportunity to visit / experience some icons of Sado Island and culture. On leaving the port, your first stop will be the Sado Island Taiko Centre (Tatakokan) to learn about playing the Taiko. This is a traditional type of drum native to Japan and is as iconic as Samurais, Ninjas and Sushi in Japanese culture. Sado Island is home to the world-famous Taiko drum troupe “Kodo.” They were the first professional Taiko troupe to tour internationally thus introducing the world to this amazing instrument. During this fun activity at their facility, you will not only learn the correct way to play but also a bit about the role the Taiko played in Japanese culture. Armed with your new Taiko skills you will depart for The Chojaga Bridge for a short photo-stop before continuing to Shukunegi Village. This picturesque fishing village was developed in the 17th century as a home to shipbuilders. They built their houses using shipbuilding styles and techniques affording them a rather unique look. The area has been preserved and strolling the narrow alleys gives a feeling of travelling back in time. Your next stop will be a ride in a traditional vessel called a Tarai Bune (Tub Boat). They were originally made in the Meiji period for fishing shellfish such as turban shell, abalone and seaweed. These circular wooden tub boats proved to be more stable than regular boats in rocky waters. They are rowed with a single oar and are designed to be capable of tight turns in order to maneuver the heavily indented coastline. You may even get the opportunity to try your hand at piloting this unique vessel. A short transfer returns you to your awaiting ship.   

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing and bring local currency. You are required to take off shoes at the Taiko (Japanese Drum) Experience venue. Taraibune (Tub Boat) are floating when you get on the boat, so this tour is not recommended for those with mobility concerns. From the parking lot to the boat is approximately a 400-meter/5-minute walk on a slope. The paths of Shukunegi Village: Mostly flat and narrow, stone pavement, slippery with some steps. The order of the sites visited may vary.


price $229
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4.25 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Sado Island, Legacy of Sado Gold Mine
Depart the pier for a scenic 1-hour drive to the Sado Gold Mine – this was Japan’s largest gold mine and operated from 1601-1989. During the Edo Period the mine was directly controlled by the Tokugawa Shogunate who used the massive amounts of gold and silver mined here to finance their rule over the country. Enjoy visits to tunnels dating to both Edo and Meiji Periods. Leaving the gold mine, a short drive will take you to Kyomachi Dori Street which was developed with Gold Mine. You can still feel the old atmosphere from the time when this local area was still bustling with gold. Your last stop will be the Kitazawa Flotation Plant. This was where the final stages of gold mining took place with the valuable minerals being separated from the waste material. Processing over 50,000 tons of ore each month, this was once the largest such facility in East Asia. Currently used for hosting various events, the site became popular for its structure which many people say reminds them of the studio Ghibli’s movie “Castle in the Sky.”

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing, including a jacket and bring local currency.
Sado Gold Mine: There are approximately 200 steps (up and down). The temperature inside the mine is approximately 10 degrees, so it is highly recommended to bring the Jacket. It is not recommended for the guests who are afraid of height and dark. Kyomachi Dori Street - Mostly Slope. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility concerns. The order of the sites visited may vary.


price $219
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Sado Island, Sake Brewery and Shukunegi Village
You will start your day at the time-capsulated Shukunegi Village. This picturesque fishing village was developed in the 17th century as a home to shipbuilders. They built their houses using shipbuilding styles and techniques therefore affording them a rather unique look. The area has been preserved and strolling the narrow alleys gives a feeling of travelling back in time. A visit to the nearby Ogi Museum offers an insight of life during this period. On display there are over 50,000 tools and items used in daily life in addition to a fully restored large wooden ship (Sengokubune). Next will be the Sake Brewery which makes the world-renowned Sake. Sado and Sake have been synonymous since ancient times due to the abundance of rice, mountain-filtered fresh water and skilled brewers – the 3 crucial elements required for high quality Sake – in addition there is Sado itself, the 4th element! During the Edo Period which coincided with the gold heyday, there were over 200 Sake Breweries in Sado. Today the number have dropped significantly however they are still producing highly acclaimed Sake. In fact, several varieties of Sado’s Sake have been selected as the house sake by airlines and restaurants globally. Today you will have an opportunity to visit, sample and purchase some of this world-renowned Sado Sake! A short transfer will return you to your awaiting ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing, including a jacket and bring local currency. The paths of Shukunegi Village: Mostly flat and narrow, stone pavement, slippery with some steps. You are required to take off shoes and wear a hat inside the Sake Brewery. (Hat and sandals are provided). Sake is made only in the winter so it is not possible to see the process, but you will be taken inside the brewery and they will explain how Sake is made there. The order of the sites visited may vary.


price $199
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Kanazawa, Japan



3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

walking

sightseeing

refreshments

unesco

essentials
Kanazawa, Kanazawa Foodie Tour
You will visit the lively and colorful covered “Omicho Market” with over 200 shops offering not only fresh seafood, but also various types of local products. Established during the Edo Period, the market has been the ‘Citizens’ kitchen’ for nearly 300 years! The excitement peaks as locals and tourists alike converge on the numerous restaurants there to sample local specialties. While strolling, your guide will offer you samples of the local flavors to taste. Leaving the market, it’s onto the Yamato Soy Sauce & Miso Co Ltd., which started as family-owned business in 1911 and has been loved by locals ever since. Their products have no additives or artificial colors or flavors - truly pure and natural. First, you will learn how Soy Sauce and Miso are produced and the role Koji "Rice malt" plays in the process. Then, you will be given two kinds of Miso to make soup to see if you can taste the difference. Please be sure to try their popular "Soy Sauce" soft ice cream. At the end of this foodie tour you will surely appreciate and understand why Japanese Cuisine is a registered UNESCO Intangible Cultural Asset!

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


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Kanazawa, Kenrokuen Garden and Geisha District
Start your day at Kenrokuen Garden, ranked as one of the top three gardens in Japan alongside Korakuen in Okayama and Kairakuen in Mito. Its breathtaking beauty shines through in any season. “Kenrokuen” literally means "having six features" - this name was given because of the six attributes: spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, abundant water and panoramas. According to Chinese landscape theory, these elements are essential for creating the perfect garden. In addition to having one of Japan’s oldest water fountains, the garden features a variety of flowering trees which provide the garden with a different look for each season. A leisurely stroll around the garden affords the opportunity to fully understand and indulge in the concept of combining all “six features.” Head to the Higashi Chaya District, well-preserved and reflecting its quaint atmosphere from the Edo period. A Chaya or teahouse is an exclusive type of restaurant where wealthy guests are entertained by Geisha performing song and dance. They were generally located on the outskirts of town. This district is the largest of the three found in Kanazawa and contains some of the best-preserved buildings. Nowadays there are only a few Chaya left with many being used for café or shops to entertain everybody.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring local currency. This tour is wheelchair accessible.


price $179
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6.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Kanazawa, The Best of Kanazawa
You will start your day with a visit to Kenrokuen Garden - ranked as one of the top three gardens in Japan alongside Korakuen in Okayama and Kairakuen in Mito. In addition to having one of Japan’s oldest water fountain, the garden features a variety of flowering trees which provide the garden with a different look for each season. You will take a leisurely stroll around the garden. Next, explore the Nagamachi Samurai district located at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle, where all the Samurai and their families used to live. While strolling, enjoy the historic atmosphere reminiscent of the Edo Period with its earthen walls, private entrance gates, narrow lanes and water canals. Visit the Nomura Samurai House, a restored Samurai residence displaying the lifestyle and artifacts of the era when Samurai were prosperous. Then on to the lively and colorful covered Omicho Market with over 200 shops offering not only fresh seafood but also various types of local products. Established during the Edo Period, the market has been the ‘Citizens’ kitchen for nearly 300 years! Here you will be afforded ample time to join in the excitement as locals and tourists alike converge on the numerous restaurants to indulge on local specialties for lunch which will be on your own. Your guide will be on hand to offer assistance / recommendations if needed. Leaving the market fully replenished, your next stop will offer a very special experience - making your own souvenir with gold leaf. The name “Kanazawa” literally means “Marsh of Gold.” Kanazawa City produces 99% of Japan’s gold leaf. Gold leaf production in Kanazawa dates back 400 years and today it’s one the city’s many flourishing traditional crafts with gold leaf decorated goods featured heavily in the city’s souvenir stores. In fact, the world-famous Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji Temple) is covered by gold leaf which was produced in Kanazawa.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring local currency. Lunch is not included in this tour however you will have free time to enjoy lunch on your own at Omicho Market. At Nomura Samurai Residence you will be required to take off your shoes before entering so wearing socks is recommended. Also, not wheelchair accessible. Kenrokuen Garden - There is a friendly route for wheelchairs. Guide will decide the route considering the guests' condition of each group. The order of the sites visited may vary.


price $229
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Kanazawa, Traditional Kanazawa
Today’s excursion offers two very unforgettable local experiences - Kaga Yuzen Dyeing and a visit to an Onsen (hot spring). Departing the pier enjoy a scenic panoramic drive to the birthplace of the famous Kaga Yuzen Dyeing Technique. This is a traditional technique of dyeing silk fabrics for kimonos or other products. Its history dates back some 500 years and flourished under the power of the feudal Lords of the Kaga region in the 17th century. Kaga Yuzen is composed of five Kaga colors called Kaga-Gosai, which are Indigo, Dark Crimson, Yellow Ocher, Grass Green and Ancient Purple. Today, you will learn a few hands-on techniques allowing you to make your very own Kaga Yuzen Dyeing souvenir to take home! Before heading back to the port, you will be taken to a hot spring at Yamashiro Onsen to treat yourself to a unique relaxing experience. One of the largest onsen towns in the region its mineral-filled waters are reputed to relieve muscle and joint pain, skin diseases, digestion problems and many other ailments. Onsens are a Japanese institution dating back thousands of years used for healing, cooking & social gatherings – no visit would be complete without experiencing it!

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring local currency. You are required to be naked in the hot spring as swimsuits are not allowed. Tattoos are prohibited. Guests should watch their step in the hot spring as surfaces may be slippery. This tour is not recommended for the guests with mobility concerns. Do not to wear accessories as the color may be changed due to the hot spring water. The order of the sites visited may vary.


price $199
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

unesco

dining

essentials
Kanazawa, World Heritage Shirakawago and Geisha District
Departing the pier, relax and enjoy a 75-minute panoramic drive inland to Shirakawago a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. This tiny village is surrounded by mountains with 96% of the village area forested. Shirakawago is famous for their traditional Gassho Zukuri houses which are residences built from wooden beams supporting their unique thatched roofs. The name "Gassho Zukuri" is said to resemble hands meeting in prayer. Some of the houses are more than 250 years old - you will visit one to see how the people live in this mountain area. After having lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy some time to stroll around this historical area. Meet some of the local people still living in these Gassho Zukuri Houses which make this village more unique and special. Before going back to the port, you will have a stop at the Higashi Chaya District, well-preserved and reflecting the quaint atmosphere from the Edo period. A Chaya or teahouse is an exclusive type of restaurant where wealthy guests are entertained by Geisha performing song and dance. They were generally located on the outskirts of town. This district is the largest of the three found in Kanazawa and contains some of the best-preserved buildings. Nowadays there are only a few Chaya left with many being used for café or shops to entertain everybody.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring local currency. Special Dietary requests need to be placed 3 days prior to the date. At Gassho Zukuri House & Restaurant – You will be required to take off shoes and there are some steep steps to negotiate. No elevator is available. This tour contains a lot of walking, so it is not recommended for the guests with mobility concerns. The order of the sites visited may vary.


price $259
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Busan, South Korea



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Busan, Jewel Temple and Skywalk
You will head to Tongdosa Temple, located at of Mt. Chiseosan. Tongdosa Temple is famous for not having any Buddhist statues in the temple. This is because the real shrines of the Buddha are preserved here. Tongdosa Temple is said to have survived numerous wars and invasions, its Beopdeung (temple candle) has never gone out, for 1,300 years. Inside, there are 35 buildings and pagodas, and 14 small temples in its vicinity. The main building is designated as National Treasure No.290. The temple is similar to a museum because of the numerous relics inside. There are 19 local treasures and 794 local cultural properties inside the temple. In place of the Buddha statue, the Geumgang Stairs behind of the main building preserves the shrines of the Buddha.  Mt. Chiseosan, has a beautiful view from the temple. The several hundred year-old pine trees lined up from the entrance to Ilju Gate, the small drum (used when praying in front of a Buddha figure) and bell, the sunset, the pond and the rocks and waterfalls behind the temple are grouped and called the 'Eight Famous Sceneries of Tongdosa Temple.' After driving through the Diamond Bridge, you will proceed to Oryukdo Skywalk. The construction of Oryukdo Skywalk finished on September 12, 2012 at the Seungdumal area, which is regarded as the dividing point between the East Sea and the South Sea, and started operating on October 18, 2013, with the theme of "Walking over the sky.” Iron columns were set up over a 35-meter-high (115-foot) coastal cliff, and a 15-meter (49-foot) glass bridge comprised of 24 glass plates and shaped like a horse’s hoof connect the iron columns. Visitors will be thrilled with the view of the waves while looking down through the transparent floor. The sea stretches out ahead of the skywalk, perfect for a photo op, as well as the best spot to see Daemado Island on sunny days.

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


price $119
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4.5 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 $99
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4.5 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 proceed to Songdo Skywalk, a short trail over Songdo Beach. While most of the "Skywalk" tails in Korea are straight shaped, but Songdo skywalk has a curved shape similar to a drago. From the 365-meter-long Songdo Skywalk over the blue ocean, you can enjoy the magnificent view around the Songdo Beach area with a small lighthouse and a small rock island called Geobukseom. Your next stop is  Yongdusan Park for briefly photo stop. 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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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Busan, Jewel Temple and Skywalk
You will head to Tongdosa Temple, located at of Mt. Chiseosan. Tongdosa Temple is famous for not having any Buddhist statues in the temple. This is because the real shrines of the Buddha are preserved here. Tongdosa Temple is said to have survived numerous wars and invasions, its Beopdeung (temple candle) has never gone out, for 1,300 years. Inside, there are 35 buildings and pagodas, and 14 small temples in its vicinity. The main building is designated as National Treasure No.290. The temple is similar to a museum because of the numerous relics inside. There are 19 local treasures and 794 local cultural properties inside the temple. In place of the Buddha statue, the Geumgang Stairs behind of the main building preserves the shrines of the Buddha.  Mt. Chiseosan, has a beautiful view from the temple. The several hundred year-old pine trees lined up from the entrance to Ilju Gate, the small drum (used when praying in front of a Buddha figure) and bell, the sunset, the pond and the rocks and waterfalls behind the temple are grouped and called the 'Eight Famous Sceneries of Tongdosa Temple.' After driving through the Diamond Bridge, you will proceed to Oryukdo Skywalk. The construction of Oryukdo Skywalk finished on September 12, 2012 at the Seungdumal area, which is regarded as the dividing point between the East Sea and the South Sea, and started operating on October 18, 2013, with the theme of "Walking over the sky.” Iron columns were set up over a 35-meter-high (115-foot) coastal cliff, and a 15-meter (49-foot) glass bridge comprised of 24 glass plates and shaped like a horse’s hoof connect the iron columns. Visitors will be thrilled with the view of the waves while looking down through the transparent floor. The sea stretches out ahead of the skywalk, perfect for a photo op, as well as the best spot to see Daemado Island on sunny days.

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


price $119
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7-8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

dining

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. A Korean beef barbecue will be served for lunch.


price $189
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7 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
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 Korean Traditional BBQ 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 $169
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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.  Guests will be seated on the floor for the traditional tea ceremony so this tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues. 


price $139
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Moji, Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

refreshments

walking

essentials
Moji, Karato Market and Samurai District
This tour introduces two icons of Japanese culture – a visit to a local market and a Samurai residence. The first destination will be a popular fish market, Karato Market. It is a wholesale fish market to which professional chefs come. There are many food stalls in the market, and you can enjoy a great variety of the ‘taste’ of Shimonoseki prepared with the fresh ingredients right before your eyes. The guide will give you Japanese Yen to taste fresh Sushi or other local products in the market. A short transfer will take you to Chofu Town located in Shimonoseki City. Chofu means “Capital of Nagato,” the western region of present-day Yamaguchi Prefecture. Towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1867), the town became one of the western bases for plotting the overthrow of the feudal government of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Chofu describes itself as a "Jokamachi," meaning “castle town,” During your visit in Chofu, you will have a chance to stop at Mori House which was built in 1903 and was used as the rest house for Emperor Meiji.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring local currency. The order of the sites visited may vary. It is required to take off your shoes at Mori House.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Moji, Kokura Castle and TOTO Museum
Departing the pier, enjoy a scenic drive to Kokura Castle – once home to famed Swords-master Miyamoto Musashi. Originally built in the 17th century and immaculately restored in 1990, this iconic landmark is the only standing castle in the region. You will also visit the beautiful gardens on the castle grounds – a famous cherry blossom viewing spot. After the castle tour enjoy a walk around the surrounding area which has a charming atmosphere of old-time Japan. Leaving the castle behind, you will be taken to the TOTO Museum which you may find to be one of the most unique museums in the world. Founded in 1917, TOTO developed and manufactured sanitary products in the hope of realizing a healthy and cultural life for the Japanese people. This museum provides visitors an opportunity to learn about the philosophy behind TOTO Manufacturing and the evolution of their products incorporating the importance of water in Japanese culture over the past 100 years.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. Kokura Castle has approx. 120 steps to the top floor (5F) but there is one elevator inside the castle. Some exhibitions are prohibited from photo taking. Kokura Castle Garden - It is required to take off shoes to enter some parts. TOTO Museum - Some exhibits are prohibited from photo taking.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Moji, Kokura Highlights
Your tour will start at Tanga Market - offering an opportunity to visit a traditional market to experience the sounds, sights, smells and tastes of Japan. Dating back to 1912, this market has played an important role in the lives of the citizens of the old residential area still existing nearby. As a result, it is more affectionately known as the ‘kitchen.’ Leaving the market, it’s on to the Kokura Castle – once home to famed Swords-master Miyamoto Musashi. Originally built in the 17th century and immaculately restored in 1990, this iconic landmark is the only standing castle in the region. You will also visit the beautiful gardens on the castle grounds – a famous cherry blossom viewing spot. After the castle tour enjoy a walk around the surrounding area which has a charming atmosphere of old-time Japan. A short walk will take you to the Yasaka Shrine, popular for expelling bad spirits and matchmaking luck.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring local currency. The order of the sites visited may vary. Kokura Castle has approx. 120 steps to the top floor (5F) but there is one elevator inside the castle. Some exhibitions are prohibited from photo taking. Kokura Castle Garden - It is required to take off shoes to enter some parts.


price $189
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4 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Moji, Senbutsu Limestone Cave
Depart the pier for a panoramic drive to Hiraodai Plateau. Designated a National Natural Monument, it is one of the largest karst plateaus in Japan. Observe countless limestone structures dotting the landscape resembling a flock of sheep. Your destination will be exploration of the Hiraodai Senbutsu Limestone Cave which was formed by rainwater off the karst plateau. Famed for the amazing natural colors found inside – it’s a photographers’ dream – accompanied by your guide, you will walk in the stream running through the cave. On exiting the cave, a good option is to treat yourself to one of their famous ‘karst manju,’ a yeast bun filled with sweet potato paste. Replenished, re-board your coach for the return trip to the pier reminiscing on the amazing natural phenomenon you have just experienced!

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. Before entering the cave, you must take off your shoes and use rental sandals to step in the stream. There are 360 steps from parking to the entrance of the cave. The total walking distance inside the cave is approx. 2,953 feet (900 meters) with about half of this walking in water. The average temperature inside is 59 degrees F. (15 degrees Celsius). It is recommended to wear shorts to go in the cave.  It is highly recommended to go in the cave with your hands free and not to bring big bags/backpacks as the passageway is very narrow at some parts. This tour is not available for the guests with mobility concerns.


price $229
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Beppu, Japan



3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Beppu, Jigoku Meguri
A highlight in Beppu is to stroll in Jigokus, meaning “Hells” in Japanese. Due to spewing gas, thermal mud, and boiling water for over 1,000 years, this area has come to be known by people as “hell.” There are 8 Jigokus in total at Beppu. Today you will have a chance to visit these two famous Jigoku. “Chinoike Jigoku” is Japan’s oldest natural hot spring. Its high concentration of iron oxide, magnesium oxide, and others, gives the water a characteristic vivid red color, resembling blood, therefore its name translated as “Blood Pond Hell.” It’s extremely high temperature makes it not suitable for full body bath and visitors rather enjoy the scenic views around it. From there continue to “Umi Jigoku.”This hot spring is known as “Sea Hell,” due to its amazing cobalt blue boiling waters. Enjoy the exuberant vegetation in the garden around not only the blue pond, but also a smaller one colored in orange, and another one with clear waters full of lotus flowers from August to early November, a plant whose enormous leaves can stand the weight of a small child. There is a small foot spa at Umi Jigoku, so feel free to soak your feet into the hot spring. After strolling down the Jigoku's area you will go to the “Jumonjibara Lookout,” located in the northern part of Beppu City with splendid views over the city, the bay, other parts of Oita Prefecture like the Kunisaki Peninsula and even as far as some parts of Shikoku region, if the weather is clear. Enjoy the chance for unforgettable pictures during the brief stop here. Then on to the Hot Spring Village “Myoban Yunosato,” the last stop of the tour. Onsen hot spring waters have different mineral components, and at Yunosato you can find cloudy color sulfur springs, mineral that is known by its power to removes dirt from the skin. Myoban Yunosato is renowned not only by its healing waters, but also by its Yu-no-Hana bath salts, the production of which dates back to the Edo period and therefore is consider an intangible national folk-cultural asset. You can get a close glimpse of the manufacturing process inside the so called “yunohana-goya” or “small hut.”

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


price $179
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Beppu, Jigoku Meguri and Hot Spring Experience
Here is your opportunity to experience a Japanese style hot spring. Departing from the pier, the tour will take you to Jigokus, meaning “Hells” of Beppu in Japanese. Due to spewing gas, thermal mud, and boiling water for over 1,000 years, this area has come to be known by people as “hell.” There are 8 Jigokus in total at Beppu including the cobalt blue ocean hell, ‘Umijigoku.’ Today you will be taken to visit two “Jigoku.” Next, explore the “Kannawa Village,” which offers much more than only beautiful hot spring landscapes. Locals have learned how to make the best of this nature’s power and the hot spring waters are also used to cook (steam or boil) a variety of food, among which the “Onsen Tamago” (hot spring water boiled egg) or “steamed pudding” seem to be very popular. Speaking of hot spring spots, you have probably heard about a hot spring water foot bath, which consists of soaking only your feet in hot spring water. Here you can also experience a slightly different relaxation therapy for your feet, this is called “foot steaming,” although this one is quite hot in comparison to foot baths. After strolling around Kannawa Village, you will have a chance to enjoy some peaceful and relaxing time in the hot spring.

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


price $179
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5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Beppu, Usa Jingu Shrine and Kumano Magaibutsu Stone Buddha
Departing from the port, you will head to “Usa Jingu,” a shrine located in the Kunisaki Peninsula of Oita Prefecture. The shrine is devoted to Hachiman, the god of archery and war and one of the 7 Lucky Gods of Japan, which is also usually linked to Emperor Ojin, the 15th emperor of Japan. Hachiman is a highly worshiped god, also called “the protector of Japan” for having sent the Kamikaze (divine wind) preventing Japan from been invaded. Usa Jingu is the main shrine across Japan, among those dedicated to the Hachiman God, and consists of an upper shrine complex, a lower shrine complex, a treasure hall, some ponds and several auxiliary shrine buildings. Your next stop will be “The Kumano Magaibutsu Stone Buddha,” found on top of a steep flight of stone steps. This is one of the largest Buddhas carved in stone across the country. It is estimated to have been constructed sometime in the late Heian or early Kamakura Period. Surrounded by exuberant nature, it is designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. After enjoying the fresh air, you will head back to the pier.

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


price $199
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4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Beppu, Usuki Stone Buddhas and Usuki Village
This tour leaves Beppu port and will take you to Usuki City where you will visit the Usuki Stone Buddha, one of the most famous collections of Buddha stone images in Japan. There are over 60 figures and each Buddha has its own unique expression. They are believed to have been made between the Heian Period (797-1192) and the Kamakura Period (1192-1333). 59 of them are designated as National Treasures because of their sculptural quality. In the eastern part of the Usuki City, there is the ruins of Usuki Castle. It was built by Yoshishige Ootomo in 1562. The castle tower was destroyed in the early Meiji era. Now the castle ruins along with a few buildings and some stone walls have become a park. You will enjoy walking around Usuki Historical District to get a feel of the old days.

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


price $229
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6.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

dining

essentials
Beppu, Yufuin Fullday with Hot Spring Experience
This tour will take you to Yufuin Village. On the way, make a brief stop at Lake Kinrin, a natural lake blessed with spectacular views around it. It is particularly famous for its pristine waters that well up from the bottom with a combination of hot and cold springs. This phenomenon creates a floating mist over the surface of the lake, in the cold autumn and winter mornings. Near the lake is the Yufuin Village. You will go to Yunotsubo Kaido, a popular street that appears to stretch out to the very foot of Mount Yufu. The street resembles an old Edo town, and is full of shops where you can find a variety of souvenirs of popular local products, like the "Yuzu kosho" (also called Yuzu gosho) which is a type of condiment that is made by seasoning a paste of chili and yuzu citrus peel with salt and then matured. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant you will have a very relaxing experience. Yufuin area is well-known for its hot springs surrounded by beautiful nature. Onsen “Hot Spring” is believed to be good for health or the recovering of injury, so from the ancient period Japanese were fond of taking Onsen baths and it is one of the most popular recreations for Japanese. Enjoy a relaxing moment in an "Onsen, Hot Spring Spa" and forget the hustle and bustle of daily life. After this pleasant experience and on the way back to Beppu port, another breathtaking spot awaits you. There will be a brief stop at Sagiridai Observatory, from where you will be able to see the whole Yufuin Village and Mt. Yufu in the background

Please note: Guests are required to be naked at the hot spring as it is not allowed to wear swimsuits. Tattoos are prohibited. Guests should watch their step in a hot spring as surfaces may be slippery. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility concerns. Do not to wear accessories as the color may be changed due to the hot spring water. Please do not bring valuable items. Towels will be given upon entrance and are allowed for use inside the hot springs. The order of the sites visited may vary.


price $269
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Hiroshima, Japan



8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
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


price $249
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

unesco

walking

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.

price $139
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

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 $159
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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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Tamano, Japan



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Tamano, Japanese Sword and Bizen Pottery
Depart from the pier and drive to Bizen city which is famous for swords and pottery. Your tour will start at Bizen Osafune Sword Museum. Osafune was once known as a blacksmith town that produced some of the finest Japanese swords. Although this might not be the town’s primary trade today, the Bizen Osafune Sword Museum displays several different kinds of Japanese curved swords. The museum delves into the history, culture and creation process for these iconic blades. Today you will have an opportunity to see a demonstration of the sword making process. Next will be a visit to Bizen which is famous for Bizen ware which has a history of more than 1,000 years. It is one of the oldest pottery making techniques in Japan, and you will visit Bizen Pottery Museum to learn about Bizen ware. Then, you will have some free time to walk around the old district of Imbe, the hometown of Bizen pottery. You can still see red brick chimneys and Bizen pottery roof tiles of the old days.

Please note:  Bring local currency and wear comfortable shoes and clothes and a light jacket or long sleeves. The order of sites visited may vary.


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7 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

dining

sightseeing

essentials
Tamano, Korakuen Garden & Kurashiki Full Day
Depart from the pier for the 60-minute drive to Okayama City, which is the capital of Okayama Prefecture. The tour will take you to Korakuen Garden, one of Japan’s most significant gardens - the name meaning ‘Garden of pleasure after.’ During our visit in the garden, you will have a chance to taste peach ice cream which is a specialty from this area.  After a local lunch, continue to Kurashiki where you will explore the old merchant quarter and its fine 17th century wooden warehouses. The beautiful houses are painted white with traditional black tiles and are situated along a canal framed with weeping willows. The guide will give you enough free time to enjoy strolling around this picturesque district where you will find many shops, galleries, and cafes. Pottery lovers will find many Bizen potteries which have been developed in this region. Art lovers will have a chance to visit Ohara Museum of Art which was built in 1930 and expanded its original collection of Western paintings and sculptures after the war. It displays works by impressionist painters and other notable 20th century artists, as well as El Greco’s works from the 17th century. "Annunciation" of El Greco and "Woman by Spring" of Pierre-Auguste Renoir are also included in its display.

Please note:  Bring local currency and wear comfortable shoes and clothes and a light jacket or long sleeves. The order of sites visited may vary. The entrance fee for Ohara Museum is not included.


price $279
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Tamano, Kurashiki Half Day
This tour will take you to Kurashiki where you will explore the old merchant quarter and its fine 17th century wooden warehouses. The beautiful houses are painted white with traditional black tiles and are situated along a canal framed with weeping willows.  The guide will take you to the Ohashi House. This family was foremost among the merchant class of Kurashiki, and this is the residence they built for themselves in 1796. The house is typical of the machiya (town house) of Kurashiki's wealthy merchants. There are tatami floored rooms with elegant sliding doors and hanging scrolls for entertaining guests as well as private quarters, storage rooms and a kitchen. You will also visit Ohara Museum of Art, built in 1930 and which expanded its original collection of Western paintings and sculptures after the war. It displays works by impressionist painters and other notable 20th century artists, as well as El Greco’s works from the 17th century. "Annunciation" by El Greco and "Woman by Spring" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir can be seen here.

Please note:  Bring local currency and wear comfortable shoes and clothes and a light jacket or long sleeves. Shoes will need to be removed in some parts of Ohashi House.


price $199
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4.25 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing
Tamano, Okayama Castle & Korakuen Garden
Depart from the pier for the 60-minute drive to Okayama City. First stop will be Okayama Castle, also known as "crow castle" due to its black exterior, which was built in 1597 in the style of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period. The original castle was destroyed during World War II, but a reconstruction was made in 1966. The castle is located on the Asahi River, which was used as a moat. The main building of Okayama Castle is the 6-story castle keep. The keep's interior is modern and displays exhibits on the history and development of the castle. Only one of Okayama Castle's original buildings escaped destruction, the Tsukimi Yagura ("moon viewing turret"), which dates back to 1620. Then, you will walk across the river to Korakuen Garden, one of Japan’s most significant gardens - the name meaning ‘Garden of pleasure after.’ During your visit in the garden, you will have a chance to taste peach ice cream or Japanese green tea which is a specialty from this area.

Please note:  Bring local currency and wear comfortable shoes and clothes and a light jacket or long sleeves.


price $199
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