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Best of Japan Cruise 2022

16 days
Starting from $4598* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us for a 16 day Best of Japan Cruise with 10 nights aboard the Norwegian Sun, starting at $4,598* with flights from New York, NY departing on November 6, 2022. Visit places such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, Mount Fuji, Busan, Nagasaki, and much more!

 

*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Cruise
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Guided Tours
  • Meals on Ship
  • Overseas Transfers
  • Port Charges

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 November 6 - Depart USA

Depart USA

Day 2 November 7 - Arrive in Tokyo

Arrive and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Optional Evening Tour: Get a taste of Japanese food and culture during this walking tour of Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Escape the tourist hordes as you eat like a Japanese local, sampling favorites like ‘okonomiyaki’ (savory egg pancakes), Wagyu beef skewers, and more in the area’s off-the-beaten-path eateries and hangouts.

Day 3 November 8 - Tokyo Touring and Embarkation

6:00 PM Departure

Spend the morning touring this amazing city that comprises 23 wards and covers a staggering 840 miles. Visit some of Tokyo’s top sights, including Shinto Meiji Shrine, a peaceful enclave of temples and gardens and the Edo-Tokyo Museum, a historical presentation of Edo (the city from c. 1600 until 1868) and Tokyo (the new Edo from 1868 until the present). The tour ends in Ginza, Tokyo’s famed shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Enjoy time on your own in Ginza before transferring to the cruise port to board your ship.

Day 4 November 9 - Shimizu & Mount Fuji

8:00 AM Arrival / 5:00 PM Departure

In the shadow of Mount Fuji, Shimizu is one of the most beautiful ports in Japan. Walk through the pine groves of Miho, home to a 650-year-old Japanese black pine, or enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fuji from the lush, forested hill of Nihondaira. Take in the seascapes on a bay cruise or learn of undersea delights at Japan’s first sushi museum and get a glimpse at feudal life in Japan in 200 BC at the archaeological site of Toro. Shop for traditional Japanese wooden handcrafts and fabrics unique to the region and sample some yokan, a sweet jellied confection.

Day 5 November 10 - Nagoya

8:00 AM Arrival / 5:00 PM Departure

Japan’s fourth-largest city by population, Nagoya, is a center of modern commerce, with Toyota and Noritake china calling this capital home. Tour the Toyota Exhibit Hall, experience Noritake Gardens, and sit amongst the stars in the planetarium at the Science Museum. Deemed a National Treasure, Nagoya Castle is a must-see, as is the entertainment district, Sakae. This busy hub is where you’ll find Nagoya TV Tower, the city’s symbol, and Oasis 21, a multi-level public park with a futuristic water theme.

Day 6 November 11 - Kyoto

Nov. 11 - 8:00 AM Arrival / Overnight

Cradled by rolling hills on three sides, Kyoto is considered the historical and cultural epicenter of the country. The city was Japan’s capital for more than 1,000 years (794 – 1868). Approximately 1,600 Buddhist temples and more than 400 Shintō shrines are peppered throughout the city. From numerous historic sites and tranquil gardens to delicious local cuisine and boutique shopping, Kyoto offers you a window into the heart of Japan’s traditions and culture.

Day 7 November 12 - Kyoto

Nov. 12 - Overnight / 5:00 PM Departure

Cradled by rolling hills on three sides, Kyoto is considered the historical and cultural epicenter of the country. The city was Japan’s capital for more than 1,000 years (794 – 1868). Approximately 1,600 Buddhist temples and more than 400 Shintō shrines are peppered throughout the city. From numerous historic sites and tranquil gardens to delicious local cuisine and boutique shopping, Kyoto offers you a window into the heart of Japan’s traditions and culture.

Day 8 November 13 - Beppu

7:00 AM Arrival / 7:00 PM Departure

As you approach the coastal town of Beppu, it might appear as if it were smoldering. In reality, steam is escaping from its many hot springs, Beppu’s claim to fame. Their most famous, Hell circuit (Jigoku), is only for admiring, not bathing. Beppu Park, in the city’s center, offers green space and a vibrant Japanese garden. In spring, cherry blossoms attract thousands of visitors; in fall, autumn leaves do the same. Tomonaga Panya, a local bakery since 1916, has an English menu and a signature delicacy, wanchan (doggie) bun. Guests love its custard filling and raisin face.

Day 9 November 14 - Kanmon Strait

Scenic Cruising

A visit to Kanmon Straits is an opportunity to experience one of Japan’s most incredible waterways. This expansive channel connects two of Japan’s four main islands, Honshu and Kyushu. The best views of the surrounding scenery are from above. Hop on a helicopter ride or visit Mt. Hinoyama in Shimonoseki on the north side of the strait. On the south side, you can visit Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu. Make your way to either side using an underground pedestrian walkway or crossing Kanmon Bridge, one of the 50 largest suspension bridges in the world.

Day 10 November 14 - Busan

10:00 AM Arrival / 8:00 PM Departure

Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city, is a harmonious blend of age-old culture and contemporary metropolitan flair. The downtown skyline and Bampo Bridge are two of Busan’s visual wonders, while the old-world Buddhist temples and vintage structures preserve the essence of Korean history and culture. Equally captivating is the abundance of Busan’s natural landscape, from miles of unspoiled beaches to expansive mountainous terrain. Busan is also home to one of the largest trading ports in the world, and its growing popularity makes this South Korean city a must-see destination. and commerce makes this South Korean city a must-see destination.

Day 11 November 15 - Nagasaki

8:00 AM Arrival / 6:00 PM Departure

Nagasaki, often equated with the dropping of the atomic bomb, features many moving museums, memorials, and monuments dedicated to its World War II history that you shouldn’t miss. Yet modern Nagasaki offers a vibrant and charming atmosphere waiting for you to explore. Among its cobblestone and rolling hills, the city boasts a rich culinary scene that will excite your inner foodie. To capture Nagasaki’s scenic beauty, consider a cable car ride or harbor tour. Centuries-old shrines, temples, and churches dot the landscape and are a must-see.

Day 12 November 16 - Kagoshima

8:00 AM Arrival / 6:00 PM Departure

Visit the exquisite Iso-Teien Garden and its villa, built in 1660. Then enjoy gorgeous vistas before a short ferry ride to smoking Sakurajima for a close-up view of the volcano and its lava fields. Or journey into the countryside to Chiran and its well-preserved streets lined with samurai homes. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Lake Ikeda and the stunning vistas of the Satsuma Peninsula. Local Satsuma dolls, unique cards printed with ink made from volcanic ash, and unusual wooden toys make interesting souvenirs. Be sure to try some miso soup, sashimi, or ramen- the area’s famous noodles.

Day 13 November 17 - At Sea

Day at sea

Day 14 November 18 - Disembark in Tokyo

8:00 AM Departure

Disembark your ship and visit the Imperial Palace, surrounded by moats and ramparts and home of the Imperial family. Visit the East Gardens, part of the innermost circle of defense of the historic Edo Castle that once stood there. Continue to the Buddhist Asakusa Kannon, Tokyo’s oldest temple, followed by the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Visit the Tokyo National Museum, housing an extensive collection of art and antiquities from Japan and other Asian countries. Visit the Japanese SkyTree observation deck for an amazing view of the city before checking in to your hotel.
Optional Evening Tour: Feast on a mixture of Japanese and Western specialties as you absorb views of Tokyo’s neon splendor from the water. Throughout the ride, an ‘Oiran’ show is sure to keep you entertained with its colorful costumes, music, and emphasis on audience participation. Cruise around Tokyo Bay and see Japan’s neon capital from the water while you enjoy dinner on board. Dinner Courses: Appetizer, Main, Sushi, Soup

Day 15 November 19 - Depart Tokyo and Return home

Yanaka is Tokyo’s most traditional district and is home to artisans, temples, Shrines, winding lanes, and some great restaurants. Visit Tennoji Temple, pass by Yanaka Cemetery, walk through the Yanak District, and enjoy time shopping on Yanaka Ginza Street on your own. Visit the Nezu Shrine before transferring to the airport for your return flight home.

Day 16 November 20 - Return to USA

Return to USA

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