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Treasures of Japan by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys
12 Apr - 20 Apr
8 Nights
10 Ports
Ponant

Treasures of Japan by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

12 April - 20 April 2025
From £6,910 pp

Duration

8 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

10 Ports

Ship

Le Soléal of Ponant

12 April

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.

Our tip

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.

13 April

Japan: Takamatsu

14 April

Japan: Miyajima

14 April

Japan: Hiroshima

15 April

Japan: Hagi

16 April

Japan: Sakaiminato

17 April

South Korea: Busan

18 April

Japan: Moji (Kitakyushu)

19 April

Japan: Uno

20 April

Arriving in Kobe

Don't miss

Kitano-cho was the centre of foreign trade in the 19th century, so here you can find the former mansions, Ijinkan, which are open to the public. A great area to just wander around.

The Ship

Your home from home

Ponant Cruises - Le Lyrial
Ponant - Le Lyrial stateroom
Ponant - Le Lyrial pool

Sleek and stylish, Le Boréal, Le Soléal, L'Austral and Le Lyrial are wonderful small ships that blend luxury and intimacy with a discreet elegance and tasteful décor.

What we love

These chic sisters are amongst the most stylish ships at sea, with muted natural tones, minimalist interiors and playful splashes of colour. The accommodation is flexible, with the option to combine staterooms and create expansive suites, while the restaurants deliver the sort of outstanding gastronomic experience that you would expect from a French flag cruise line.

Capacity 264 Guests (Le Boréal, Le Soléal & L'Austral) / 244 Guests (Le Lyrial)
Crew 140 Staff
Style Refined with a wonderful mix of a modern super yacht and nautical tradition, all with a French flair.
Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All soft drinks
  • Tea, coffee and pastries
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Centre
  • Expedition by zodiac on selected sailings
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • One complimentary excursion per port beginning Winter 2024/25
More about Le Soléal

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Hotel La Suite, Kobe

Where to stay in Kobe

We like Hotel La Suite right on the waterfront.

Japanese sake

Around Kobe

Go to the Sake breweries in the Nada district – much of the best sake comes from this region.

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Treasures of Japan by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

12 April - 20 April 2025
From £6,910 pp

Duration

8 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

10 Ports

Ship

Le Soléal of Ponant

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