13-night Wonders of Japan Cruise: Cherry Blossom Season

Cruise Line:
Abercrombie & Kent - Cruises
Ship:
Le Soleal
Destination:
Osaka/Sapporo
Departure Date:
3/22/2022
Length:
13
Offer ID:
1419232
from
$18995


Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Land Tour: Osaka
Suggested Private Excursion
3/22/2022
3/22/2022

This large, bustling port is the starting point for tours to the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara, the cultural fountainheads of classical Japan. Kyoto's Old Imperial Palace and the shogunal Nijo Castle remain glorious symbols of the power the city held for over 1,000 years. Until 1868, Kyoto was the capital of Japan, filled with elegant timber buildings and, perhaps more than any other Japanese city, imbued with Kami, the divine spirit. You'll sense it everywhere, for there are hundreds of Shinto shrines and over a thousand Buddhist temples, as well as sacred treasure-houses of religious sculpture, painting and exquisite gardens. Nara, City of the Seven Great Temples, lies in an idyllic setting.

Suggested Private Excursions

OSAKA - Osaka Castle, Shitennoji and Den Den Town - 4 hours

Land Tour: Osaka
Suggested Private Excursion
3/23/2022
3/23/2022

This large, bustling port is the starting point for tours to the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara, the cultural fountainheads of classical Japan. Kyoto's Old Imperial Palace and the shogunal Nijo Castle remain glorious symbols of the power the city held for over 1,000 years. Until 1868, Kyoto was the capital of Japan, filled with elegant timber buildings and, perhaps more than any other Japanese city, imbued with Kami, the divine spirit. You'll sense it everywhere, for there are hundreds of Shinto shrines and over a thousand Buddhist temples, as well as sacred treasure-houses of religious sculpture, painting and exquisite gardens. Nara, City of the Seven Great Temples, lies in an idyllic setting.

Suggested Private Excursions

OSAKA - Osaka Castle, Shitennoji and Den Den Town - 4 hours

Land Tour: Osaka
Suggested Private Excursion
3/24/2022
3/24/2022

This large, bustling port is the starting point for tours to the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara, the cultural fountainheads of classical Japan. Kyoto's Old Imperial Palace and the shogunal Nijo Castle remain glorious symbols of the power the city held for over 1,000 years. Until 1868, Kyoto was the capital of Japan, filled with elegant timber buildings and, perhaps more than any other Japanese city, imbued with Kami, the divine spirit. You'll sense it everywhere, for there are hundreds of Shinto shrines and over a thousand Buddhist temples, as well as sacred treasure-houses of religious sculpture, painting and exquisite gardens. Nara, City of the Seven Great Temples, lies in an idyllic setting.

Suggested Private Excursions

OSAKA - Osaka Castle, Shitennoji and Den Den Town - 4 hours

Cruise Starts (Embarkation)
3/24/2022
3/24/2022

No information currently available.

Osaka
Suggested Private Excursion
3/24/2022
3/24/2022

This large, bustling port is the starting point for tours to the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara, the cultural fountainheads of classical Japan. Kyoto's Old Imperial Palace and the shogunal Nijo Castle remain glorious symbols of the power the city held for over 1,000 years. Until 1868, Kyoto was the capital of Japan, filled with elegant timber buildings and, perhaps more than any other Japanese city, imbued with Kami, the divine spirit. You'll sense it everywhere, for there are hundreds of Shinto shrines and over a thousand Buddhist temples, as well as sacred treasure-houses of religious sculpture, painting and exquisite gardens. Nara, City of the Seven Great Temples, lies in an idyllic setting.

Suggested Private Excursions

OSAKA - Osaka Castle, Shitennoji and Den Den Town - 4 hours

Takamatsu
3/25/2022
3/25/2022

Takamatsu is the capital of Kagawa Prefecture, Japan's smallest prefecture. The Matsudaira Clan, relatives of the Tokugawa, controlled the former castle town and surrounding region, then known as Sanuki, during most of the Edo Period.

Hiroshima
Suggested Private Excursion
3/26/2022
3/26/2022

Hiroshima in southwestern Honshu has grown rapidly as a commercial city, and after 1868 it was developed as a military base. Every August 6 since 1947, thousands participate in multidenominational services in the Peace Memorial Park built on the site where the bomb exploded. After the war the city was largely rebuilt, and commercial activity gradually resumed. Visit the Peace Park but also explore Miyajima Island and its colourful shrines and mysterious forests.

Suggested Private Excursions

HIROSHIMA - Hiroshima Memorial Park and Museum - 4 hours

Miyajima Island
Suggested Private Excursion
3/26/2022
3/26/2022


Miyajima Island, perhaps best known for the floating torii gateway to the Itsukushima Shrine, stunningly reflected in Hiroshima Bay. This is one of the most photographed spots in all of Japan.

Suggested Private Excursions

MIYAJIMA Full Day - Essential Miyajima - 8 hours

Uwajima
3/27/2022
3/27/2022

The town of Uwajima is located 60km north of Sukumo. It is surrounded by the beautiful Uma-Sea and steep mountains. Uwajima is famous for its sumo-style bullfights and the Uwajima Castle which is the symbol of the city. The town boasts peaceful backstreets with old wooden houses and temples. The Tenshaen Garden is over 280 years old and is famous for spring and Japanese wistarias.

Karatsu
3/28/2022
3/28/2022

No information currently available.

Gyeongju
3/29/2022
3/29/2022

No information currently available.

Matsue
3/30/2022
3/30/2022

No information currently available.

Kanazawa
3/31/2022
3/31/2022

Kanazawa's importance grew in the 15th century, when the powerful and militant Ikko sect established its new headquarters there after being chased out of Kyoto by the monks of Mt.Hiei.

During the Edo Period, Kanazawa was the seat of the Maeda clan, the second most powerful clan after the Tokugawa in terms of rice production and fief size. Accordingly, Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivaling Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo).

In World War Two, Kanazawa was Japan's second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids. Consequently, parts of the old castle town, such as samurai, temple and pleasure districts, have survived in pretty good condition.

Kanazawa is capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, a prefecture along the Sea of Japan.

Sado Island
4/1/2022
4/1/2022

Sado Island is located in the Sea of Japan off the coast of Niigata Prefecture and is one of the largest islands in Japan. The island is rich in natural beauty with a rocky coastline, and its remote location offers a laid back way of life.


At one time, Sado island served as a place of exile for important figures. In 1601, gold was found and a gold rush began in Aikawa, on the west side of the island. Today, The Sado Kinzan Gold Mine can be toured along with an adjacent museum. On the southwest corner of Sado, Shukunegi, you can find a fishing village with the Ogi Fold Museum. Throughout the island there are many historical monuments as well.


At Sea
4/2/2022
4/2/2022

No information currently available.

Otaru
4/3/2022
4/3/2022

Otaru is located on Ishikari Bay of the Sea of Japan on Hokkaido Island. With a name meaning "sandy beach", Otaru developed as a modern town in the late 19th century. Provided with a good natural harbour, it is the port for the city of Sapporo, the largest city and capital of Hokkaido Island and site of the 1972 Winter Olympics. Visit the Asarigawa Spa, Otamoi Park, and the Otaru Aquarium, one of the largest in Japan. Sapporo, laid out in 1871, features wide, tree-lined boulevards and some beautiful Botanical Gardens incorporating the Ainu Museum and Sapporo Art Park. The Sapporo Beer Garden and Museum and the Historical Village of Hokkaido are also well worth visiting.

Land Tour: Air Travel
4/3/2022
4/3/2022

No information currently available.

Land Tour: Sapporo (Muroran)
4/4/2022
4/4/2022

Sapporo is one of Japan's newest and largest cities and is laid out in a grid pattern of uniform blocks similar to those of American cities. The Winter Olympics were held here in 1972, and its ski slopes continue to attract winter vacationers, as do the Sapporo Snow Festival held every February and the pleasantly cool temperatures in the summer. Muroran is located on the Oshima Peninsula in Iburi, and is the port for Sapporo, Hokkaido.

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Departure Date:
3/22/2022
Number of Nights
13
Cruise Inclusions:
  • An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K’s Expedition Team and Local Guides
  • Pre- and/or Post-Cruise Stays at Stylish, Ideally Located Hotels and A&K-Led City Tours
  • Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
  • Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
  • Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3
  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed
  • Opportunities to Design Your Day® with a Choice of Curated, All-Inclusive Shore Excursions
  • Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service
  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
Remarks:

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. International and internal air not included. 

This journey contains some active elements.

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and m

All prices per person and in USD unless otherwise stated.

Offer ID:
1419232

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Kahala Travel
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San Diego, CA 92108
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