1 Arrive Tokyo
Be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel for an early check in. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at a Welcome Reception. Stay: Conrad Tokyo
2 Toyko, Embark Ship, Nigata
After breakfast, explore Tokyo on a guided city tour including Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple and the Imperial Palace Plaza. Take the Bullet Train to Niigata where you will embark your ship. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner aboard as you set sail. Stay 12 Nights: MS Caledonian Sky (B/L/D)
3 Sado Island
Today, visit the Taiko centre and take in a live drum performance. Explore the fishing village of Shukunegi, and see traditional Edo-period houses. You may wish to take a ride aboard the unique local boats called tarai-bune, which are used for abalone fishing. (B/L/D)
Visit Kanazawa's open-air Omicho Market, selling everything from flowers to local handicrafts. Visit Kanazawa Castle and the famed Kenroku-en Garden. After lunch, explore the Higashi Chaya Gai Geisha district, a town steeped in tradition. (B/L/D)
5 Oki Islands
Begin your day with an immersive and exciting Signature Experience. After, dock at the verdant, leafy shores of Nishinoshima and enjoy the opportunity to explore this stunning island. Recently classified as a UNESCO Global Geopark, the island boasts a unique ecosystem and striking natural beauty. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Venture off the beaten path and journey to the remote archipelago of the Oki Islands.
Known as the ‘town of water,’ Matsue nestles between a scenic lake and a serene lagoon. Explore Matsue your way with a selection of fascinating included sightseeing options. Afterwards, stroll through Yushien Garden, the largest Japanese-style garden in the region. (B/L/D) Freedom of Choice:
- Perhaps explore Matsue Castle before a cruise on the castle moat. Alternatively, tour the town of Daisen and take a nature hike through the forests and meadows around Mount Daisen.
Visit historic Hagi, former castle town and capital of the powerful Mori Clan during the Feudal Age. After lunch at a local restaurant, embark on a guided tour to explore the city's districts with ancient temples and well-preserved old samurai houses. You'll also walk through the merchant house-lined streets to Hagi Castle and Shizuki Park. (B/L/D)
8 Ulsan, Gyeongju
Sail overnight to Ulsan in South Korea. For lunch, sample delicious Korean delicacies and take in a traditional dance performance. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore at your own pace. (B/L/D)
9 Masan, Haeinsa
Today anchor in Masan. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Masan where you can visit the vibrant fish market. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Take a tour inland to the Haeinsa Temple, regarded as one of the three great temples of Korea and learn about ancient Buddhist traditions that date back to 802.
Following a morning at sea, arrive at the historic Yamaguchi prefecture. Docking at Ube, travel inland and visit the five-story Rurikoji temple, a picturesque structure surrounded by lush parkland. Afterwards, explore the Fujigochi Tea Plantation, the largest in western Japan, covering 70 hectares of rolling green hills. (B/L/D)
11 Hiroshima, Miyajima
Today presents an outstanding opportunity to explore Hiroshima your way, with a selection of included sightseeing options available. Afterwards, continue to Miyajima, considered one of Japan’s most scenic wonders. (B/L/D) Freedom of Choice:
- Visit the Peace Memorial Park. Alternatively, go on a hike to Sandankyo Gorge. Perhaps you may prefer to go ashore to explore the World Heritage-listed Itsukushima Jinja Shrine.
12 Uno-Ko, Koraku-En, Kurashiki
This morning, arrive at Uno-Ko and visit Koraku-En. This 17th century formal garden is made up of tranquil walking trails, ponds, plum and cherry trees and a classic tea garden, where you'll delight in a tea ceremony. After lunch, continue to Kurashiki and explore the old merchant quarter and canals. Visit the Ohara Museum of Art, which includes rare works by Matisse, Picasso and Renoir. (B/L/D)
The World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle stands as one of the few remaining feudal-era fortresses. With a guide, venture inside the castle walls. Visit Himeji Koko-en, a Japanese garden. Stroll across bridges arching over koi-filled ponds and wander through the pristine gardens. After lunch on board, spend the afternoon at leisure. (B/L/D)
14 Kobe, Disembark Cruise, Osaka
Disembark your ship in Kobe, then be transferred to Osaka airport for your onward flight. (B)