Japan: A Journey Through Time

12 Days
Sapporo to Osaka
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$ 13,395
$ 12,816
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2023 Sapporo > Osaka

Window to Japan’s captivating past

Take a voyage through Japan’s intriguing history. From catching a glimpse of the ancient Jomon era to learning about the samurais of the Edo period, Japan’s west coast will captivate you in every way. Over 12 unforgettable days, discover the country’s tough past, witness its mesmerising traditions and cultures and be immersed in the immaculate lush scenery.
Sail down the west coast of Japan to view regions largely untouched by tourism, including Aomori where you will see one of the largest and best preserved ancient archaeological dig sites. Get a glimpse into Japans feudal past, learning of the samurais, Cold War spies and World War II history. Visit Geoparks, islands that are blessed with natural scenery including majestic cliffs exploding from the sea, dense forests and rolling fields of green. See the many faces of Japan on board Scenic Eclipse.
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  1. Day 1 - Otaru, Japan

    Welcome to the lively harbour town of Otaru. Transfer to Scenic Eclipse where your journey into wonder begins with a warm greeting by the crew as you step on board. Raise your glass this evening and toast the start of your ultra-luxurious cruise.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Hakodate

    Located on the southern tip of the island of Hokkaido, Hakodate was one of the first ports that opened to international trade. The international influence can be traced in the sophisticated architectural styles juxtaposed against the city’s traditional temples. One of the most underrated Japanese cities, Hakodate is well-known for the panoramic views from Mount Hakodate that encompasses the city, the harbour and the mountains in the distance. If you’re feeling adventurous, take the time to taste Hakodate’s signature salty Hakodate Ramen, rumoured to be the first ramen dish in Japan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Aomori

    Superb seafood, riveting modern art and the world's largest virgin beech forest, Aomori is a hidden gem that is starting to find its place on the map. This ultra-modern port was rebuilt after World War II, and is filled with attractions that will reveal a different side of Japan. Just outside of Aomori, the archaeological dig site Sannai Maruyama, the largest and best preserved from the Jomon era (13,000-300 BC) provides a rare look into the nation’s ancient history.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Sado Island

    Sado is believed to have been inhabited for over 10,000 years, and even finds mention in Japanese creation stories. Sado Island is a miniature Japan, showcasing every kind of coastal landform seen in Japan and a blend of cultures introduced by previous exiles to the island. Explore the Geopark, where the gold and silver mines, the taraibune (tub boat) and the nurtured rice farms are all deeply entrenched in the landscapes. While on the island, keep your eyes peeled for the crested ibis. Previously extinct in Japan, the Japanese Ibis (toki) was reintroduced to Sado Island through a successful breeding program, and several hundred now exist in the wild.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Kanazawa

    Exceptional historical sites, traditional cuisine, renowned art museums and refined craftwork. Throughout history Kanazawa, meaning ‘the golden marsh’, has been one Japans most important cities for culture and art. Supplying 99% of Japans gold leaf, Kanazawa is also known to have one of the best and most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan. Spacious and secluded, it forms the green heart of this compact city. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Maizuru

    With a Naval history from 1901, Maizuru was the main port in Japan to receive repatriated soldiers after World War II. Home to the Japanese Navy Base, the closest to North Korea, local fisherman to this day report any suspicious boats who they believe may be North Korean spies. 
    Taste the citiy’s official dish nikujaga (meat-and-potato stew), dedicated to the legacy of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Fleet Admiral Togo, who became famous for destroying nearly two-thirds of Russia’s fleet in the Battle of Tsushima.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Oki Islands

    The volcanic Oki Islands, Okinoshima in Japanese, is a cluster of islands located in the Sea of Japan.  Due to their remoteness, these islands boast preserved cultural and religious practices, not seen elsewhere in Japan. Recognised as a UNESCO Global Geopark, they are blessed with natural scenery, from majestic cliffs exploding from the sea, the fragrant Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria) forests and fields of green being grazed on by horses and cattle. You’ll have the chance to explore the islands intimately on walks along dramatic coastlines, through the deep forests or on a sea kayaking excursion around the numerous rock formations.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Busan, South Korea

    A tapestry of colours rolling across the magnificent natural setting, Busan is where the locals go for a relaxing getaway, thanks to its laid-back atmosphere, urban beaches, and great street food culture. South Korea’s second largest city represents a harmonious relationship between the calm sea, snaking rivers and lush mountains.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Uwajima, Japan

    Uwajima is a city for both nature and history lovers alike. With the steepest topography in Japan, the city is surrounded by lush mountains. Villagers have made the most of this, creating rice terraces that tier dramatically up the sides. Located on the plain overlooking the city, Uwajima Castle where the Date clan resided for 260 years, is one of only 12 castles in Japan that remain from the Edo Period (1603-1867). Nearby, the Tensha-en landscape garden was a creation of love, with a kanji "kokoro" meaning heart shaped pond in the centre.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Hiroshima

    Known for the devastating atomic bomb blast that ravaged the city and its inspiring status today as a symbol of peace and rebirth, Hiroshima is a destination steeped in history and outstanding natural beauty. Walking around the Peace Memorial Park is a moving experience, with monuments located throughout the tranquil ‘island’ including the World Heritage listed Atomic Bomb Dome, which survived complete destruction, and made use of nature to reaffirm the value of all life. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Naoshima Island

    An island plucked from the Mediterranean, with its sandy beaches and sunny weather, combined with a laid back, rural feel, Naoshima is referred to as Japan’s art island. One of the world’s most unique destinations, Naoshima Island is the home of the Benesse Art Site. Stunning architecture by Tadao Ando, contemporary art museums, and colourful galleries and installations, including the Yellow Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama, has become a symbol of Naoshima.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Kobe (Osaka)

    Welcome to Osaka. Disembark from Scenic Eclipse after breakfast as you farewell the crew and take away memories of a truly unforgettable voyage. Or, choose to continue on your Japanese adventure, cruising up the east coast.    

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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