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Temples, Towers and Castles

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Regent Seven Seas 15 Day Cruise on Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas from £9,549 pp incl. flights  

Departure 06 April 2021 | Temples, Towers and Castles

Destinations

  • Tokyo (Yokohama)
  • Shimizu
  • Osaka
  • Kōchi Prefecture
  • Hiroshima Prefecture
  • At Sea
  • Jeju-do
  • Seoul
  • At Sea
  • Nagasaki
  • Kagoshima Prefecture
  • Miyazaki Prefecture
  • At Sea
  • Yokohama

Temples, Towers and Castles

from £9,549 pp incl. flights
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Discover the best of Japan and South Korea on this all-inclusive luxury cruise on Seven Seas Explorer with up to 43 shore excursions included.

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 — TOKYO (YOKOHAMA)

Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture and, with a population of 3.6 million, is Japan's largest city after Tokyo. It is centered on an inlet on the western side of Tokyo Bay, to which it is connected by a half-dozen railway lines as well as expressways and surface streets via Kawasaki. A major industrial zone known as the Keihin Industrial Area stretches along the reclaimed coastline to the north of the central area towards Kawasaki and Tokyo beyond.

Day 2 — SHIMIZU
Shimizu with Mt Fuji in the background, Japan

Shimizu with Mt Fuji in the background, Japan

On a clear day, you can see magnificent Mount Fuji from the lively Port of Shimizu. Visit The S-Pulse Dream Plaza to tour the Shimizu Sushi Museum with informative displays and models that show the history and variations of Japan’s most famous fare. Stroll through the Kashi-no-Ichi Market, where some of the port's fresh seafood is sold and be sure to enjoy a delicious cup of tea.

Day 3 to 4 — OSAKA
Osaka Castle, Osaka

Osaka Castle, Osaka

Osaka is the third largest city in Japan and the central metropolis of the Kansai region. Osaka dates back to the Asuka and Nara period. Under the name Naniwa, it was the capital of Japan from 683 to 745, long before the upstarts at Kyoto took over. Even after the capital was moved elsewhere, Osaka continued to play an important role as a hub for land, sea and river-canal transportation. In a nation of obsessive gourmands Osaka is known as an excellent place to eat.

Day 5 — KOCHI

Kochi boasts beautiful and abundant natural landscapes, from an expansive coastline running with the Kuroshio Current to the clear Shimanto River and the deep green forests that surround it. Located in the south of Shikoku, Kochi is ringed by rugged mountains to the north, and its arc-like southern coastline traces the outline of Tosa Bay. To the east is Cape Muroto, and to the west, Cape Ashizuri, with gently undulating sandy beaches stretching between these two extreme points. The prefecture also boasts the mystical limestone caves of Ryu-ga-do, and the beautiful sands and green pines of Katsura-hama Beach.

Day 6 — HIROSHIMA

Cities have destinies to fulfill too—Hiroshima is the largest city located on the Honshu Island in Japan. Its modern, industrialized demeanor has a military past since ancient times and the unforgettable atomic bombing in recent times. Tiding over its turbulent history to now being known as the “City of Peace,” Hiroshima has a lot to offer: visit The Peace Memorial Park, a world heritage site, museums resplendent with renaissance art and more.

Day 7 — At Sea
Day 8 — JEJU

Jeju Island is often called the "Island of the Gods,” for its breathtaking landscape. UNESCO deemed the island’s dormant volcano Hallasan as a Biosphere Reserve because of the abundance and diversity of plant and animal species. Enjoy delicious fare, such as fresh fish, squid, octopus and sea cucumber, as well as its famous Shitake mushrooms and honey, which has a distinct taste.

Day 9 — SEOUL (INCHEON)

Inchon, located on the west coast of South Korea, is regarded as part of the greater Seoul metropolitan area due to its close proximity to the city. During the Korean War, Inchon was the site of the Battle of Inchon, when United States troops landed to relieve pressure on the Pusan Perimeter and to launch a United Nations offensive northward. The city was also the site of a Japanese POW camp during World War II.

Day 10 — At Sea
Day 11 — NAGASAKI
Nagasaki at night, Japan

Nagasaki at night, Japan

Nagasaki is the capital and largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. It was a center of European influence in feudal Japan from first contact through the isolationist era until the opening of Japan and the modernization of Japan during the Meiji Restoration. It became a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War. The city became the second city in the world to be bombed by a nuclear weapon, following Hiroshima.

Day 12 — KAGOSHIMA

Kagoshima is Japan’s southernmost major city, and is nicknamed the “Naples of the Eastern World,” based on its caldera bay location, hot climate, and volcano. The majestic view of Mt Sakurajima, one of the world's most active volcanoes, dominates the city's landscape, towering over the beautiful Kinko Bay. The city abounds in historic sightseeing spots such as the memorial site of St. Francisco Xavier, who landed in Kagoshima and first introduced Christianity to Japan.

Day 13 — MIYAZAKI

Miyazaki offers a wealth of cultural, geological and culinary discoveries. It’s tropical climate and picturesque landscape sets the tone for an unforgettable visit. Take in the coastal vistas in Hyuga and unwind on the serene island setting of Aoshima. Explore awe-inspiring caves and shrines at Udo-jingu, be sure to take the lush forest paths to the smaller, less-frequented shrines. Tour lively 'Little Kyoto' at Obi Castle Town, and most importantly, your time in Miyazaki will not be complete without sampling its famous jitokko grilled chicken or chicken nanban dishes.

Day 14 — At Sea
Day 15 — TOKYO (YOKOHAMA)

Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture and, with a population of 3.6 million, is Japan's largest city after Tokyo. It is centered on an inlet on the western side of Tokyo Bay, to which it is connected by a half-dozen railway lines as well as expressways and surface streets via Kawasaki. A major industrial zone known as the Keihin Industrial Area stretches along the reclaimed coastline to the north of the central area towards Kawasaki and Tokyo beyond.

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