14-night Coastal Japan – Imperial Dynasties and Modern Culture Cruise

Cruise Line:
Lindblad Expeditions
Ship:
National Geographic Resolution
Destination:
Tokyo/Osaka
Departure Date:
9/3/2023
Length:
14
Offer ID:
1443987

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Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Land Tour: Cross International Dateline
9/3/2023
9/3/2023

Travel across the International Dateline and step forward or backward in time one day.

Land Tour: Air Travel
9/4/2023
9/4/2023

No information currently available.

Land Tour: Tokyo
Suggested Private Excursion
9/4/2023
9/4/2023

Huge department stores brim with shoppers, neon flashes from dusk to dawn, and the entire world pays heed to the slightest fluctuation on the Nikkei Index. From the Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine to the fabled Ginza district, 20th-century Tokyo is an intriguing composite of East and West. Yuppies sporting Walkmen bow formally in greeting. Women in kimonos and Dior suits stroll side-by-side. Geishas play samisens while disc jockeys play the Top Forty. Japanese houses of wood and paper stand in the shadow of towering steel and mortar. Not far away, one of the world's most impressive sights soars 12,388 feet to its snow-clad peak: Mount Fuji, the majestic symbol of Japan.

Suggested Private Excursions

TOKYO - Meiji Jingu, Shibuya, Harajuku, Omotesando, Ueno - 8 hours

TOKYO - Meiji Jingu, Shibuya, Omotesando, Imperial Gardens, Ginza - 8 hours

TOKYO - Edo Museum, Asakusa and Hama Rikyu gardens - 8 hours

TOKYO - Hama Rikyu gardens, Asakusa and Akihabara - 4 hours

NARITA- Narita-san, Boso no Mura, Omotesando - 8 hours

HAKONE - Circular Tour - Day trip from Tokyo - 8 hours

Land Tour: Tokyo
Suggested Private Excursion
9/5/2023
9/5/2023

Huge department stores brim with shoppers, neon flashes from dusk to dawn, and the entire world pays heed to the slightest fluctuation on the Nikkei Index. From the Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine to the fabled Ginza district, 20th-century Tokyo is an intriguing composite of East and West. Yuppies sporting Walkmen bow formally in greeting. Women in kimonos and Dior suits stroll side-by-side. Geishas play samisens while disc jockeys play the Top Forty. Japanese houses of wood and paper stand in the shadow of towering steel and mortar. Not far away, one of the world's most impressive sights soars 12,388 feet to its snow-clad peak: Mount Fuji, the majestic symbol of Japan.

Suggested Private Excursions

TOKYO - Meiji Jingu, Shibuya, Harajuku, Omotesando, Ueno - 8 hours

TOKYO - Meiji Jingu, Shibuya, Omotesando, Imperial Gardens, Ginza - 8 hours

TOKYO - Edo Museum, Asakusa and Hama Rikyu gardens - 8 hours

TOKYO - Hama Rikyu gardens, Asakusa and Akihabara - 4 hours

NARITA- Narita-san, Boso no Mura, Omotesando - 8 hours

HAKONE - Circular Tour - Day trip from Tokyo - 8 hours

Land Tour: Tokyo
Suggested Private Excursion
9/6/2023
9/6/2023

Huge department stores brim with shoppers, neon flashes from dusk to dawn, and the entire world pays heed to the slightest fluctuation on the Nikkei Index. From the Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine to the fabled Ginza district, 20th-century Tokyo is an intriguing composite of East and West. Yuppies sporting Walkmen bow formally in greeting. Women in kimonos and Dior suits stroll side-by-side. Geishas play samisens while disc jockeys play the Top Forty. Japanese houses of wood and paper stand in the shadow of towering steel and mortar. Not far away, one of the world's most impressive sights soars 12,388 feet to its snow-clad peak: Mount Fuji, the majestic symbol of Japan.

Suggested Private Excursions

TOKYO - Meiji Jingu, Shibuya, Harajuku, Omotesando, Ueno - 8 hours

TOKYO - Meiji Jingu, Shibuya, Omotesando, Imperial Gardens, Ginza - 8 hours

TOKYO - Edo Museum, Asakusa and Hama Rikyu gardens - 8 hours

TOKYO - Hama Rikyu gardens, Asakusa and Akihabara - 4 hours

NARITA- Narita-san, Boso no Mura, Omotesando - 8 hours

HAKONE - Circular Tour - Day trip from Tokyo - 8 hours

Cruise Starts (Embarkation)
9/6/2023
9/6/2023

No information currently available.

Niigata
9/6/2023
9/6/2023

Niigata has a long history as a port and is distinguished for being the site of one of only five international ports opened in 1868 when Japan resumed contact with other countries after nearly 250 years of self-imposed isolation. Since that time, Niigata has developed into one of Japan's most important modern international ports.

Geographically, the city is distinctive in that it is surrounded by water. The Shinano and Agano, two of the largest rivers in Japan, run through the heart of Niigata before emptying into the Japan Sea. In addition, until relatively recently, the city was crisscrossed by a series of canals used to transport goods. Although the canals have been filled in to make the construction of modern roadways possible, the willows that lined these canals still remain today and now serve to lend a gentle air to the bustling downtown area.

Although Niigata has grown into an important regional center of activity, the city has pursued a plan of careful development in order to preserve its traditional culture, natural environment, and distinctive local character. When Niigata is mentioned, many people often think immediately of the area's delicious rice and sake or the city's beautiful sunsets, but the residents of Niigata themselves take pride, rather, in the spirit of hospitality and community that so distinguishes the city.
Following this tradition, the city's long held goal has been to create a society where every citizen is valued and allowed to shine. Numerous cultural and civic facilities support the activities of local groups and organizations. In addition, Niigata's conscientious system of social welfare seeks to preserve the dignity as well as the well-being of all of the city's residents. The city is constantly trying to tackle society's problems in progressive, innovative and caring ways.

Kanazawa
9/7/2023
9/7/2023

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.

Sakai Ko (Matsue)
9/8/2023
9/8/2023

Matsue's major draw is its Matsue Castle, which is one of the original castles of twelve castles left in Japan. Built in 1611, it features artifacts from the Matsudaira warrior tribe, including their armor and swords. Climb to the top of the castle to experience sweeping views of both the city and the nearby Lake Shinji. Visit the largest greenhouse in the world at Vogel Park and its aviary, or strll through the Yuushien Japanese Garden's year-round blooming House of Peony. For art, view the rotating exhibitions at the Shimane Art Museum. Shrines, temples and gardens are laced throughout the city. Venture to Lake Shinji to watch the sunset, or take a boat ride in the network of canals near the castle.

Sakai Ko (Matsue)
9/8/2023
9/8/2023

Matsue's major draw is its Matsue Castle, which is one of the original castles of twelve castles left in Japan. Built in 1611, it features artifacts from the Matsudaira warrior tribe, including their armor and swords. Climb to the top of the castle to experience sweeping views of both the city and the nearby Lake Shinji. Visit the largest greenhouse in the world at Vogel Park and its aviary, or strll through the Yuushien Japanese Garden's year-round blooming House of Peony. For art, view the rotating exhibitions at the Shimane Art Museum. Shrines, temples and gardens are laced throughout the city. Venture to Lake Shinji to watch the sunset, or take a boat ride in the network of canals near the castle.

Adachi Museum of Art
9/8/2023
9/8/2023

No information currently available.

Hagi
9/9/2023
9/9/2023

Hagi is a former castle town, off the major transport ways, along the tranquil Sea of Japan coast in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Hagi is best known for its nicely preserved former castle town and local pottery, which ranks among Japan's finest.

Hagi used to be the capital of the Mori daimyo (feudal lords), who governed present Yamaguchi Prefecture (then known as Choshu) for more than 200 years, and played a central role in overthrowing the shogunate and bringing an end to Japan's feudal age in the second half of the 19th century.

Ulsan
9/10/2023
9/10/2023

Ulsan, located in the south-east of Korea, is home of the world’s largest automobile assembly plant as well as largest shipyard. Ulsan enjoys mild weather and offers tourist attractions such as historical relics from the Silla Kingdom, Mt. Gajisan Provincial Park, Ulgi Park and Ulgi lighthouse.

Gyeongju
9/10/2023
9/10/2023

No information currently available.

Nagasaki
Suggested Private Excursion
9/11/2023
9/11/2023

One of Japan's most historic cities, Nagasaki was a major port, trading with the Portuguese and Dutch in the 16th century. You can still see this colonial legacy in the brick buildings, old forts, canals and curving cobblestone streets. On a hill overlooking the bay, beautiful Glover Mansion, the setting of Madame Butterfly, is typical of the fine homes built by wealthy foreign residents. But Nagasaki's ties with Korea and China are equally apparent in the famous Chinese temple, a large Chinese colony and the numerous fine Korean and Chinese restaurants.

Suggested Private Excursions

NAGASAKI - Essential Nagasaki - 8 hours

Kagoshima
9/12/2023
9/12/2023

Kagoshima, a seaport on Kyushu Island, Japan, is sheltered within Kagoshima Bay and is the commercial and cultural center of southern Kyushu. Products manufactured here include a famous type of earthenware known as Satsumaware. Sights of interest include the Iso Garden and the local Theatre.

Yakushima (Miyanoura)
9/13/2023
9/13/2023

Yakushima Island became Japan’s first UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993, and its natural wonders will astound you. Yakushima has a particularly diverse flora, with some 1,900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of the sugi (Japanese cedar). It also contains a remnant of a warm-temperate ancient forest that is unique in this region.

Uwajima
9/14/2023
9/14/2023

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.

Uchiko
9/14/2023
9/14/2023

No information currently available.

Hiroshima
Suggested Private Excursion
9/15/2023
9/15/2023

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
9/15/2023
9/15/2023


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

Naoshima
9/16/2023
9/16/2023

No information currently available.

Takamatsu
9/16/2023
9/16/2023

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.

Okayama
9/17/2023
9/17/2023

Okayama is home to some of the most beautiful attractions in Japan. Nature lovers will enjoy visiting the stunning Japanese Gardens at Koraku-en, which includes lawns, ponds, hills, tea houses, and streams. Another popular stop for visitors is the Okayama Castle. This medieval castle is a national treasure and was at one time captured by the infamous Tokugawa Clan. Okayama also has a number of museums exhibiting Japan's history including the residence of a former Ashimori Samurai Clan.


 

Kurashiki
9/17/2023
9/17/2023

Kurashiki means the “warehouse village.” During the feudal era, the warehouses were used to store rice from the surrounding area. Many of the warehouses have now been converted into museums. Explore the traditional architecture and beautiful canals of this picturesque city. White-walled houses with traditional black tile roofs line the streets, while mansions with lattice windows and weeping willows along the canal complete the peaceful picture of a Japanese town as it existed centuries ago.

Kyoto (Kobe)
9/18/2023
9/18/2023

Kobe, located in Japan, is capital of Hyogo Prefecture, southwestern Honshu Island, on Osaka Bay, near the city of Osaka. Since the 1890s several adjoining cities, including Hyogo, have been absorbed by Kobe. Behind the narrow coastal site of the city are mountains on which suburban residences and hotels have been built. Many Christian churches, Shinto and Buddhist temples and shrines, two famous statues of Buddha, a fine arts museum, and a municipal museum with a collection on Western cultural contact are in Kobe. From here you can also visit Kyoto, Nara and Sorakuen Garden.

Land Tour: Himeji
9/18/2023
9/18/2023

Himeji is best know for it's famous feudal castle, which is both a National Treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is virtually the last castle in Japan that still manages to tower over the surrounding skyscrapers and office buildings. Visitors can also visit the Kokoen Gardens, a magnificent collection of nine Edo-period-style walled gardens on a site where samurai houses once stood.  Additionally, the streets in the area surrounding Himeji Station are filled with shopping arcades and the usual department stores, such as Festa and Miyuki Dori.


Land Tour: Osaka
Suggested Private Excursion
9/18/2023
9/18/2023

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

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

Departure Date:
9/3/2023
Number of Nights
14
Cruise Inclusions:
  • 14-nights accommodations
  • All meals aboard ship
  • And more
Available Addons:
Optional roundtrip airfare.
Optional pre or post cruise nights
Remarks:

Price is per person, double occupancy.

Cost Includes: All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation whe

All prices per person and in USD unless otherwise stated.

Offer ID:
1443987

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