Sailing from Japan
Setting sail from Kobe
Small in size and cosmopolitan in its outlook, Kobe is a thoroughly pleasant city with a long and distinguished history as one of Japan's main trading ports. Kobe's past as a commercial hub is reflected in its architecture, with a number of unusually European-looking houses, as well as a charming, if slightly touristy, Chinatown. Kobe is overlooked by Mount Rokko, and you can take a cable car to the top for marvellous views. The city is also an important centre for sake production, so it's a great place to sample Japan's most famous tipple.
Kobe’s nearby Rokko mountains mean it is easy to get up high for great views, with lots of cable cars and ropeways to choose from.
Japan: Kurashiki, Miyajima Island
On 6 August 1945 the world witnessed the terrifying power of nuclear weapons for the first time, unleashed on the unsuspecting Japanese city of Hiroshima. The modern city's sobering Peace Memorial Park commemorates that fateful day, which left more than 140,000 dead.
Japan: Uwajima, Yakushima
Three days after Hiroshima was flattened by an atomic bomb, Nagasaki suffered the same horrifying fate. The reconstruction of both cities has been quite extraordinary; Nagasaki today is a vibrant, cosmopolitan place, with a fascinating history that goes back a lot further than 1945.
South Korea: Busan
Busan is South Korea’s second biggest city and one of the world’s busiest container ports, but it’s an easygoing place with a discernibly different character to Seoul. Haeundae beach is a popular summer holiday destination for Koreans, while the pungent Jagalchi market sells every type of fish and sea creature imaginable.
South Korea: Kyongju
Japan: Hagi, Matsue, Kanazawa, Sado Island
Arriving in Niigata
Your home from home
One of Noble Caledonia’s flagships, Caledonian Sky is more akin to a country hotel than a big cruise ship.
What we love
Formerly known as the Hebridean Spirit, the MS Caledonian Sky has exceptionally spacious suites with a traditional feel created by the wooden panelling and brass features. The grand yet comfortable Lounge and Restaurant contrast with the modern furnishings on the Sun Deck but all combine to make a wonderful home from home on a usually in-depth and fascinating itinerary.
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Tailor-make your trip
Where to stay in Kobe
We like Hotel La Suite right on the waterfront.
Go to the Sake breweries in the Nada district – much of the best sake comes from this region.