A hundred lifetimes would not be enough to discover the depths of Japan. Experience the land of the rising sun and delve into secrets of the past, present & the future.
We invite you to set sail on a luxury voyage through the senses. Thousand-year-old shrines, snow-capped mountains, and hot spring onsens, Japan is a sensory escapade. From sushi-serving robots to century-old rituals, the country is an enchanting mix of old and new. Experience Tokyo, with its neon and soaring skyscrapers or visit the geisha district in Kyoto where you can find traditional tea ceremonies and ancient temples.
We love Hakodate - it abounds with natural beauty, historical buildings and delicious food. It is also famed for its abundance of hot springs, particularly the Yunokawa Onsen for a full body experience and the Ashiyu footbaths that are miniaturised hot spring baths designed for soaking one‘s feet. Also of interest is the Goryokaku fort. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the huge star-shaped fortress and surrounding moat from the adjoining Goryokaku Tower Observatory. Shop along the Bay Area facing Hakodate Port, its row of old red-brick buildings have been converted into a unique mall. After browsing, have a tea break while taking in the harbour views.
Kyoto (Kobe) provides the opportunity to visit breathtaking temples and shrines of this, Japan's old imperial capital, or visit ancient Nara, the cradle of Japanese arts, literature and crafts, with its magnificent shrines and temples. Stroll through Nara Park, famed for its deer and impressive Kasuga Grand Shrine and tour Osaka where you will witness its imposing castle. From Kobe, bring home exotic mementos such as silks, ceramic teapots, paper parasols, superb artworks and pottery among other beautiful objects. Enjoy traditional Japanese fare or indulge in a wonderful dinner of Kobe beef. Everything will be exquisitely prepared and served.
It would be difficult to overstate the dramatic increase in round-trip luxury Japan cruises in recent years.
Most itineraries that operate round-trip Tokyo are for 10 to 12 nights and will often include a call into South Korea. The best time of year to see the cherry blossoms in Japan is mid-March through to early April. The small ship luxury cruise lines also operates a number of itineraries that either commence or finish in Tokyo and call into both Japanese ports and those of other Asian countries, offering an even greater slice of Asian culture. Our favourite ports of call in Japan include Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, Okinawa, Ishigaki, Nagoya, Hakodate, Kushiro and Miyazaki.
If you are considering a luxury cruise to Japan, please contact the experienced team at The Sovereign Cruise Club for further details and we are sure that a luxury cruise to this beautiful and fascinating land will exceed your expectations.
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