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Grand Japan

At a glance

Duration: 11 Days

Coverage: Tokyo to Osaka

From: $3,999

Season: March-April, September-October

Activities: Birding, Culture, History, Wildlife

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Layer after layer, Japan’s story unfolds. In Edo-period gardens with their perfectly sculpted karikomi. In Chiran’s exquisitely preserved samurai homes. In the peace memorials of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. And time after time you struggle to describe unforgettable moments, from your first view of Mount Fuji to the fluttering paper cranes of peace at Hiroshima’s Atomic Dome.

Highlights

  • Discover the beauty of UNESCO site Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain, when
  • Highlights of Busan to visit include Gyeongju, a UNESCO site and 1,500-year-old Tongdosa Temple
  • Explore Shingu's UNESCO site Makimura-jinja Shrine, part of the Sacred Sites of Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
  • Respectfully remember "Never Again" at the Peace Memorial Parks of Nagasaki and Hiroshima
  • Enjoy the cuisine of Hiroshima, with not-to-be-missed Okonomiyaki savory pancakes
  • See the 16th century Osaka Castle, the city's main historic landmark

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Tokyo, Japan

There are so many interesting things about Tokyo it is not possible to list them here and you will want to plan to extend your stay. This is the place for excellent and unlimited shopping choices and from where new fashion trends seem to spring. It offers excellent cuisine and has earned mention on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Even though Tokyo’s neon-lit streets make it seem modernistic, it also prides itself on retaining its shogun past, carrying on sumo tournaments and kabuki productions. Tokyo is also committed to providing green spaces in the city or on the outskirts, quickly reached by train.

Day 2-3 - Shimizu, Japan

Most notably known as the city you can see the UNESCO site of Mount Fuji from. This small port city considered one of the three most beautiful ports in Japan has many historical building like Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, Sumpugo Park, and Shizuoka Sengen Shrine. The 65-foot Shiraito Waterfall, located near Mount Fuji looks like it could be silk. Enjoy tuna from Japan’s largest fishery here or a cup of maccha, a Japanese green tea.

For over 1,000 years pilgrims have traveled to the Kumano Region to pray at the three Sacred Kumano Shrines. In Shingu you can see the Hayatama Shrine and the Kamikura Shrine. Both of these shrines are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Sacred Sites of Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. The Kamikura Shrine sits on Mount Kamikurayama and requires climbing 538 steps to reach it.

Day 4 - At Sea

Day 5 — Kagoshima, Japan

The seaside city of Kagoshima is best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano facing Kinko Bay. Take a tour to the Shiroyama Observatory or to the peaceful Edo-period Sengamen Japanese Garden. Visit the Ishibashi Park and the three Edo-period stone bridges or travel to the nearby village of Chiran to see the well-preserved Samurai Houses and the Chiran Peace Museum, exploring the background of kamikaze pilots.

Day 6 — Scenic Cruising: Hashima Island - Nagasaki, Japan

Cruise around the island of Hashima, abandoned over 50 years ago when the coal mining that flourished there suddenly ran out. The mining company shut the mine down and the island has been a ghost town ever since. (Visibility depends on weather conditions.)

Notable for the nuclear attack it suffered during WWII, Nagasaki has memorialized the event at the city’s Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Memorial Park. The museum tells the story of the events leading up to the bombing and the park, located at the center of the bomb blast, houses a beautiful 30-foot tall fountain symbolizing peace. Other highlights to see are the Glover Gardens and Dejima Museum, which was originally an artificial island.

Day 7 — Busan, South Korea

The second largest city in South Korea is a popular leisure destination due to the nearby hot springs. It is home to many famous beaches that lure visitors from around the world and the UNESCO site of Gyeongju an outdoor museum that was once the capital of the Silla Kingdom and holds many architectural points of interest including ornate temples. Also of interest is South Korea’s largest temple, Tongdosa Temple, renowned for having no outdoor statues.

Day 8 — Fukuoka (Hakata), Japan

Fukuoka is known as the Samurai City full of ancient temples, like Shokufuji Temple and Samurai Fukuoka Castle. Today it is a large modern city which contains the big shopping and entertainment complex of Canal City, the waterfront Momochi Seaside Park, and Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine with its 6,000 flowering plum trees.

Day 9 — Hiroshima, Japan

Largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during WWII, Hiroshima today is a modern city on the island of Honshu. The Hiroshima Memorial Peace Arch, a UNESCO site commonly referred to as the Atomic Dome, commemorates the 1945 event. One feature is a colorful memorial to Sadako Sasaki, a young woman whose dying wish for peace was told in the story A Thousand Paper Cranes. Also worth seeing is the Hiroshima Museum of Art displaying paintings from Monet, Van Gogh, Fujishima and Asai and the UNESCO red torii of Miyajima.

Day 10 — Takamatsu, Japan

The main gateway to Shikoku Island and an important focal point for the island’s rail and road transit systems, Takamatsu, on Japan’s scenic Inland Sea, has been a political and economic center since the Edo period. Among the attractions here is Ritsurin Garden, created during the Edo period, and especially popular during spring for the cherry blossoms and autumn for the fall foliage. Takamatsu Symbol tower has several observation decks providing panoramic views of the sea and landscapes.

Day 11 — Osaka, Japan

Osaka is the gateway to Kyoto with great street food, bright lights and delightful night life. Its main historic landmark is the 16th century Osaka Castle surrounded by a moat and many flowering trees. Kyoto is famous for its numerous Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It is also known for formal traditions like kaiseki dining (multiple courses of precise dishes) and geisha entertainers.

Grand Japan Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

Dates Direction Ocean View Ocean View 1 Ocean View 2 Ocean View 3 Balcony Suite Balcony Suite 1 Classic Suite Owner's Suite
Sep 26, 2018 Tokyo to Osaka Call $4,199 $4,499 $4,799 $6,699 $6,899 $9,499 Call
Oct 6, 2018 Osaka to Tokyo $3,999 $4,199 $4,499 $4,799 $5,799 $6,199 $8,899 $10,599
Mar 27, 2019 Tokyo to Osaka $4,999 $5,299 $5,599 $5,899 $6,699 $7,099 $9,399 $12,099
Apr 6, 2019 Osaka to Yokohama (Tokyo) $4,999 $5,299 $5,599 $5,899 $6,899 $7,299 $9,399 $12,099
Apr 16, 2019 Yokohama (Tokyo) to Osaka $4,999 $5,299 $5,599 $5,899 $6,899 $7,099 $9,399 Call

Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.

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