Art and Culture of Japan

29 May - 8 June 2018

Duration

10 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

11 Ports

Ship

L'Austral of Ponant

29 May

Setting sail from Otaru

The charming port town of Otaru, on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, is a common start and end point for cruises visiting both Japan and the Russian Far East. The town has a notable history, playing an important role in the herring trade during the 19th century, and this is reflected in the stone warehouses alongside the picturesque canal. It's only a small place, so if you run out of things to do then the city of Sapporo is just a half-hour train ride away, or you can explore the wild and beautiful landscapes of rural Hokkaido.

Our tip

Get out of the city to see the breathtaking mountain scenery in the region, not to mention the great beaches.

30 May

At sea

31 May - 2 June

Japan: Sado Island, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato

3 June

South Korea: Busan

4-5 June

Japan: Kita-Kyushu, Beppu, Oita

6 June

Japan: Hiroshima

7 June

Japan: Takamatsu

8 June

Arriving in Osaka

Osaka, Japan's third largest city, is a pulsating commercial hub, famous for its food and its fiercely independent spirit. This is where the conveyor-belt sushi restaurant was first invented, and the cityscape rivals Tokyo for neon-lit futurism. If you need respite from the urban sprawl seek out Osaka Castle and the surrounding Nishinomaru Garden, a particularly pretty spot during the cherry blossom season.

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Ryokan Ginrinso

Where to stay in Otaru

If you’ve always wanted to stay at a ryokan, Ginrinso could be a great choice – expensive, but pretty special.

Japanese rickshaw

Take a tour of Otaru

A local tour by ebisuya (rickshaw) is easy paced with a great guide thrown in.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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