13-night Sailing the East China Sea – Japan, Okinawa, and Taiwan Cruise

Cruise Line:
Lindblad Expeditions
Ship:
National Geographic Resolution
Destination:
Osaka/Taipei
Departure Date:
9/16/2023
Length:
13
Offer ID:
1443995

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Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Land Tour: Cross International Dateline
9/16/2023
9/16/2023

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

Land Tour: Air Travel
9/17/2023
9/17/2023

No information currently available.

Land Tour: Osaka
Suggested Private Excursion
9/17/2023
9/17/2023

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

Land Tour: Kyoto (Kobe)
9/17/2023
9/17/2023

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.


Cruise Starts (Embarkation)
9/18/2023
9/18/2023

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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.

Okayama
9/19/2023
9/19/2023

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
9/19/2023
9/19/2023

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.

Naoshima
9/20/2023
9/20/2023

No information currently available.

Shodoshima (Shodo Island)
9/20/2023
9/20/2023

No information currently available.

Hiroshima
Suggested Private Excursion
9/21/2023
9/21/2023

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
9/21/2023
9/21/2023


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

Nagahama
9/22/2023
9/22/2023

No information currently available.

Uchiko
9/22/2023
9/22/2023

No information currently available.

Ozu
9/22/2023
9/22/2023

No information currently available.

Yakushima (Miyanoura)
9/23/2023
9/23/2023

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.

Amami Oshima (Naze)
9/24/2023
9/24/2023

Situated off the coast of Kagoshima, this picturesque island is blessed with a subtropical climate, beaches with "star sand," and an abundance of flora and fauna. But there is more to this island than just its scenic beauty. Amami Oshima has inspired an arts and crafts culture that is as rich as its heritage. The cultural center at Amami Park is usually one of the first places visitors come to, as it contains the Museum of Amami where you can find detailed information about local customs, traditional culture, and the history of the Amami Islands. Another popular site is the Tanaka Isson Memorial Museum, which celebrates this famed Japanese painter's career and his ties to the island. Other artistic endeavors woven into the culture include the richly dyed tsumugi textiles, which date back more than 1,300 years. These fabrics are famous for being used to make high-quality kimonos. Music is a large part of the island's identity and it is known for its shimauta (island songs), accompanied by the sanshin, a three-stringed musical instrument. A mouthwatering variety of tropical foods can be found in the restaurants and local markets, particularly the passion fruit and mango, cultivated in the warm southern climate, are exceptionally delicious.

Okinawa (Naha)
Suggested Private Excursion
9/25/2023
9/25/2023

Naha is the port for Okinawa Island lying southwest of the main Japanese islands. Landmarks in the city include the Commodore Perry Memorial, the 16th-century Sogen-ji Ishimon Gates and Tsuboya pottery quarter. Explore Shuri the 500 year old former capital that contains various shrines, temples and ceremonial gates including the famous Shurei Gate. The island, tropical and encircled by coral reefs, also houses Japan's largest sub tropical park (Okinawa Memorial Park) that includes an Aquarium, Museum and amusement park. It is also possible to visit the Okinawa Battle Sites and a number of war memorials recording the American victory in 1945.

Suggested Private Excursions

OKINAWA NAHA - Underground Former Navy Headquarters and Makishi Market - 4 hours

Kerama Islands
9/25/2023
9/25/2023

No information currently available.

Miyako
9/26/2023
9/26/2023

This island has an excellent reputation for its beauty. Miyako is the main island among a chain of eight islands, with its main city located in Hirara.  Visitors will enjoy the coral sand beaches, and emerald green sea, perfect for swimming. The island also has a beautiful coastline fringed with the coral reefs.  The scale of coral reefs far outshines others. Travellers will also enjoy visiting the many historical sites symbolizing the life of the island.

Captain's Choice
9/27/2023
9/27/2023

No information currently available.

Yaeyama Islands
9/28/2023
9/28/2023

No information currently available.

Taipei (Keelung)
9/29/2023
9/29/2023

Keelung is situated along East China Sea on Taiwan's northeast tip and has been an important Taiwanese seaport. It is gateway to the island's most magnificent coastal scenery and a convenient location to begin a journey overland to Taipei.

Taipei (Keelung)
9/30/2023
9/30/2023

Keelung is situated along East China Sea on Taiwan's northeast tip and has been an important Taiwanese seaport. It is gateway to the island's most magnificent coastal scenery and a convenient location to begin a journey overland to Taipei.

Land Tour: Taipei
9/30/2023
9/30/2023

Across the Formosa Strait from mainland China is the bustling port of Keelung, on the island of Taiwan. Just 20 miles inland is Taipei, the national capital, one of the most prosperous cities in Asia. Marvel at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Grand Hotel, and the National Palace Museum, with its art treasures from Beijing's Forbidden City.

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

Departure Date:
9/16/2023
Number of Nights
13
Cruise Inclusions:
Cruise Inclusions
  • 13-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:
1443995

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