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Silversea 18 Day Cruise on Silver Muse, Silversea - Call for price

Departure 03 April 2021 | Best of Japan

Destinations

  • Tokyo
  • Shimizu
  • Kobe
  • At Sea
  • Hiroshima
  • Yeosu
  • At Sea
  • Kanazawa
  • Niigata
  • Akita
  • Aomori
  • Hakodate
  • At Sea
  • Tokyo

Best of Japan

Japan’s Sakura or cherry blossom season is revered in both modern and old-world Japan. Sakura blossoms are beautiful, fleeting and simply a once-in-a-lifetime must see. Book-ended by the neon lights of Tokyo, delight in the blooms from Shimizu to Hakodate, whilst visiting three new ports for Silversea - Akita, Kanazawa and Yeosu.

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 to 2 — UK to Tokyo
Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo

Fly to Tokyo where you will be met and transferred by shared vehicle to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3 — Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Crossing, Japan

Tokyo Crossing, Japan

Lights, sushi, manga! Sprawling, frenetic, and endlessly fascinating, Japan’s capital is a city of contrasts. Shrines and gardens are pockets of calm between famously crowded streets and soaring office buildings. Noodle houses share street space with Western-style chain restaurants and exquisite fine dining. Shopping yields lovely folk arts as well as the newest electronics. And nightlife kicks off with karaoke or sake and continues with techno clubs and more. Whether you seek the traditional or the cutting edge, Tokyo will provide it.

Check out of the hotel and take your included shared transfer to the port to embark the ship.

Day 4 — Shimizu, Japan
Shimizu with Mt Fuji in the background, Japan

Shimizu with Mt Fuji in the background, Japan

The salt and pepper cone of Japan's most famous natural landmark won’t fail to take your breath away, as it soars into the sky in a vision of spectacular symmetry. Make sure your camera is fully prepared before you dock in Shimizu’s port, where unparalleled views of the extraordinary Mount Fuji’s dramatic peak await. Take your time to soak up one of Japan's most iconic views, before dipping your toes into the rest of what this destination of tranquil temples has to offer. While there’s a bustling fish market, and a charming amusement park waiting close to the port, most new arrivals immediately set off in pursuit of the best views of Mount Fuji, or to see the stunning panorama on offer from the heights of the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Take the cable car up to the top, to experience the tranquillity around the forested shrine, and to enjoy its stunning architecture of deep scarlets and gleaming golds. You can also enjoy heart-stopping views out over the Bay of Suruga, and the tea plantations below.
Day 5 to 6 — Kobe, Japan
Located on the calm waters of the Inland Sea, Kobe has served as an important port town for hundreds of years. It was one of the first harbours to accept foreign traders in 1868 when Japan was just emerging from its centuries of isolation. What followed was a surge of Western trade and exports. Today, Kobe is quite multicultural, with expatriates from 98 different nations in residence, providing a cultural diversity most easily visible in restaurants serving every kind of cuisine, including the now world famous Kobe beef. The Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 set back Kobe’s development, but not for long. Kobe emerged more vibrant than before - with additional attractions, hotels and urban redevelopment, and only a few remnants of the extensive damage. It is a cosmopolitan place with lively shopping arcades, interesting museums, great restaurants, and a port that is still at the heart of things. Kobe also serves as the gateway to the ancient Japanese capitals of Kyoto and Nara.
Day 7 — At Sea
Day 8 — Hiroshima, Japan
Torii Shrine, Miyajima in Hiroshima, Japan

Torii Shrine, Miyajima in Hiroshima, Japan

Despite being devastated in 1945, this Japanese city is known to all for its commitment to peace – its ruin on the 6th August 1945 led to the end of the war and today, the Peace Memorial (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) , is a constant reminder of the destruction that war brings.  The great efforts that have been made in rebuilding of the city over the years have given Hiroshima a vibrant, eclectic edge, with the downtown shopping area and street food stalls being well worth a visit. The proximity to Miyajima and its iconic, impressive, Torii gate should not be overlooked either. If you are lucky enough to visit during the Sakura (cherry blossom) season, then the extraordinary sight of the delicate pink blossom floating across the water to the red gate will offer a picture perfect moment.
Day 9 — Yeosu, South Korea

As South Korea becomes increasingly popular as a tourist destination, Yeosu remains a hidden gem. Punctuated by cliffs, islands and peninsulas, the scenic shorelines are nothing short of spectacular. Host to the EXPO 2012 World Fair meant that Yeosu received generous government funding in order to develop its waterfront, and the exhibition centre still stands. The butterfly-shaped peninsula is known for its succulent seafood and, in spring, camellia blossoms abound. Set in the very south of the country, the city is split in two by a mountain, and the two sides are connected by a narrow, keyhole-shaped tunnel.

Day 10 — At Sea
Day 11 — Kanazawa, Japan
The capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa once rivalled Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) as a town rich in cultural achievements. Kanazawa escaped destruction during World War II and accordingly has been able to preserve many of the old districts in good shape. The city is famous because of Kenrokuen. Located next to Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen is classified as “One of the Three Gardens of Japan”. The garden has an artificial pond, and hills and houses are dotted within the 11.4 hectares. It has Japan’s oldest fountain using natural water pressure and a tea-house dating back to 1774. Close by is the Higashi Chaya Gai Geisha District, designated a National Cultural Asset and the biggest of the Geisha districts of Kanazawa. Some of the houses not only retain the original structure, but still are used as Geisha houses. Some of the streets have traditional shops creating a nostalgic atmosphere. Kanazawa is also known for its lacquer ware, Kutani-style pottery, gold-leaf workmanship and delicately painted silk kimonos.
Day 12 — Niigata, Japan
Niigata city is the capital of Niigata prefecture and faces the Japan Sea on the island of Honshu, the largest of the four islands that comprise Japan. With a population of 810,000, Niigata is the largest Honshu city along the Japan Sea coast. Niigata is famous for growing rice as well as fresh seafood. If you try white rice without any seasonings, you would be able to taste the difference and appreciate its flavour. Thanks to the quality of the rice, they produce great Sake in the area.
Day 13 — Akita, Japan

Visitors to Akita will be treated to a rather to a beautiful city located on the northern tip of the island, around 500 km north of Tokyo. Lucky visitors will arrive in time for the superb sakura (cherry blossom), and surely there can be no sight more lovely than the elegant dip of the cherry trees alongside ancient Samurai residences. Akita is also home to a 2km tunnel of blossoming trees that run along the banks of the Hinokinai River, which is said to “bring a grown man to his knees and weep at its beauty”.

Day 14 — Aomori, Japan

 Throughout the year you can enjoy delicious seafood from Aomori Bay, including Oma no Maguro (tuna of Oma), as well as delicious fruits and vegetables (particularly garlic). Explore the history, beauty and "old meets modern" culture of Aomori during a picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion to Hirosaki Castle, or discover the regional culture and traditions of Goshogawara.

Day 15 — Hakodate, Japan
Facing out on two bays, Hakodate is a 19th-century port town, with clapboard buildings on sloping streets, a dockside tourist zone, streetcars, and fresh fish on every menu. In the downtown historic quarter, a mountain rises 1,100 feet above the city on the southern point of the narrow peninsula. Russians, Americans, Chinese, and Europeans have all left their mark. The main sights around the foot of Mt. Hakodate can be done in a day.
Day 16 — At Sea
Day 17 to 18 — Tokyo to UK
Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo

Lights, sushi, manga! Sprawling, frenetic, and endlessly fascinating, Japan’s capital is a city of contrasts. Shrines and gardens are pockets of calm between famously crowded streets and soaring office buildings. Mom-and-pop noodle houses share street space with Western-style chain restaurants and exquisite fine dining. Shopping yields lovely folk arts as well as the newest electronics. And nightlife kicks off with karaoke or sake and continues with techno clubs and more. Whether you seek the traditional or the cutting edge, Tokyo will provide it.

Debark and take your included shared transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK

Sailing on Silver Muse

Silver Muse, the new ship from Silversea, will embark on its maiden voyage in April 2017. Be among the first to sail aboard the most exciting new small ship in ultra-luxury cruising and experience her exquisite decor and sumptuous suites, handcrafted in every detail.

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