14 Day Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun - Northbound

Tauck Small Ship Cruise starting in Tokyo and finishing in Tokyo

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 14 Day Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun - Northbound. Spend fourteen days discovering the 'land of the rising sun' on the ultimate Japan cruise. Enjoy eight nights aboard our elegant yacht L'Austral and five nights at premier hotels in the heart of Kyoto and Tokyo; explore...read more


Operator: Tauck
Type: Small Ship Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 14 Days
From: Tokyo to Tokyo
Tour Code: JAPN
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Japan, South Korea
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Day By Day


Arrive Kyoto, Japan

Tour begins: The Westin Miyako Kyoto or Hotel Granvia Kyoto. A transfer is included from Osaka's Kansai Int'l Airport or Itami Airport to The Westin Miyako Kyoto or Hotel Granvia Kyoto. Dinner is included this evening at your hotel. Stay Three Nights: Hotel Granvia Kyoto or The Westin Miyako Kyoto (D)

Kyoto, Japan

Immerse yourself today in the loveliness of classic Kyoto, city of 2,000 temples and shrines. Like a divine dream the Zen Golden Pavilion, bathed in gold leaf and capped by a golden phoenix, sits in a landscape design meticulously preserved since the 1400s, with a strategically placed pond that hauntingly reflects the shimmering golden temple. Step even further back in time into the Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple, circa 780, home of the Jishu Shrine, dedicated to the deity of love and matchmaking, and the Otowa Waterfall, where you can drink to love, longevity, or success. (Drinking to all three is considered greedy!) After lunch your local guide leads you through the narrow medieval streets of the geisha district Gion, lined with shops, fine restaurants, and teahouses. Spend the rest of the day getting to know Kyoto on your own. Tonight, join us for a welcome reception, dinner, and geisha performance. (B/L/D)

Kyoto, Japan

This morning get to know traditional Japanese arts with a taiko performance (drumming as athletic as it is artful); a tea ceremony; and a calligraphy lesson. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore Kyoto independently. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore Kyoto independently and enjoy lunch and dinner on your own. (B)

Osaka, Japan

Say good-bye to Kyoto today with a visit to the Heian shrine, a powerful symbol of civic pride dedicated to the first and last emperors who ruled when Kyoto was the country's capital. Inside the shrine's massive torii gate stands a partial replica of the Heian-period imperial palace. After lunch it's on to Osaka for a walking tour of Dotombori, the energetic neighborhood famous for its dazzling array of neon and mechanical signs. Afterwards board L'Austral to begin your Japan cruise, making your way through the peaceful Seto Inland Sea, known for its mild climate, and many islands of white sand beaches and green pine woods. Stay Eight Nights: Aboard L'Austral (B/L/D)

Naoshima, Japan

Anchor in Uno Ko and board a ferry to the unique little island of Naoshima - it's exclusively devoted to art installations and the work of the world-class architect Tadao Ando. Wander through the Art Houses Project, traditional houses transformed into stand-alone art projects; the Ando Museum; and the Benesse House Museum, designed by Ando to express and explore coexistence among nature, art, and architecture. A walking tour of the historic quarter of Kurashiki reveals an old merchant town, where warehouses, shops, and mills remain virtually unchanged by time and weeping willows line a koi-filled canal. Another Kurashiki treasure, the Ohara Museum of Art, shows you its great collection of Western art, including works by Matisse, Monet, Gauguin, El Greco, and Pollack. Back onboard ship, enjoy your Captain's welcome dinner tonight. (B/L/D)

Hiroshima, Japan

In your next port, Hiroshima - take in the iconic Miyajima-Itsukushima Shrine that seems to float on water (a photographer's dream); discover the city on a guided tour; have lunch at a restaurant serving regional fare; and visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. (B/L/D)

Uwajima, Japan

Today provides a rare chance to spend a morning in a rural Japanese community. Visit a pearl farm, stroll through a market, and check out the Flying Squirrel Temple on a tour led by a Buddhist monk. The squirrels fly only at night! (B/L/D)

Kagoshima, Japan

Called the "Naples of Japan" for its location on a bay, Kagoshima lies on the southwestern tip of Japan's southernmost main island, Kyushu. Ferry across the bay to see the volcano Sakurajima up close. A shoju distillery tour reveals all about sake's prime rival; shoju, a bit like port, is the stronger of the two. In nearby Chiran, wander the well-preserved samurai district's stunning Chiran Samurai Gardens, and stop in at the Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots. (B/L/D)

Nagasaki, Japan

Arrive in Nagasaki for another day of historic sights: the Nagasaki Peace Park, filled with notable monuments and memorials; the sobering Atomic Bomb Museum; and Glover Gardens, an al fresco museum memorializing the Europeans who settled in Nagasaki in the late 19th century. (B/L/D)

Busan, South Korea

Your crossing of the Strait of Korea to Busan, South Korea, today is a perfect time to enjoy some of the amenities aboard ship. After docking in Busan, city sightseeing includes the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, honoring troops from many nations who fell during the Korean War; and a tour of the renowned Jagalchi Fish Market, a traditional seafood market on Busan's waterfront, and the largest in the country. In Korea as in Japan, seafood has been a mainstay of local cuisine for millennia, and your visit to this vast cooperative market offers an in-depth look at this longstanding cultural tradition. Return to the ship this afternoon and set sail for Sakaiminato. (B/L/D)

Matsue, Japan

Your yacht arrives in Western Japan's fishing industry center, Sakaiminato, for an excursion to Matsue, known as "the water city" for its river, canals, and setting on two lakes and the Sea of Japan. Weather permitting, take in a great view of the city and beyond from its feudal fortress, the Black Castle, which presides over the city in solemn majesty. After lunch aboard ship choose an optional visit to the Adachi Museum of Art or shuttle into Sakaiminato to pursue your own interests. Tonight say goodbye to captain and crew of your Tauck small ship at the captain's farewell dinner. (B/L/D)

Tokyo, Japan

After disembarking your small ship in Maizuru, take a scenic drive to Kyoto to board the Bullet Train for a quick trip to Japan's capital city, Tokyo. Walking from your premier Tokyo hotel, your guide introduces the luxury shopping district of Ginza. Enjoy dinner and time to check out this remarkable city on your own. Stay Two Nights: Palace Hotel Tokyo or Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo (B/L)

Tokyo, Japan

Plunge into an eclectic day in cosmopolitan Tokyo with visits to the Senso-ji Temple - devoted to the Buddhist deity of compassion - and the Meiji Shrine, plus a guided tour of the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Lunch is at a local restaurant before an afternoon spent poking around on your own. Finish the day in style with our farewell reception and dinner at Happo-en with traditional music and what's sure to be a highlight of your cruise adventure in Japan, an unforgettable sumo wrestling demonstration that has to be seen to be believed. (B/L/D)

Journey home

Tour ends: Tokyo. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo or Palace Hotel Tokyo to Narita International Airport or Haneda Airport. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • 8-night cruise aboard the yacht L'Austral
  • 3 nights in Kyoto and 2 nights in Tokyo at premier hotels
  • Special Tauck Experiences featuring local cultural entertainment include a sumo wrestling demonstration, geisha and taiko performances, a tea ceremony, and calligraphy

Tauck Inclusions

  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director, who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Complimentary internet service and WIFI are available for your use while travelling on board the cruise ship. Complimentary basic Internet where available in hotel rooms (service levels are not guaranteed).
  • Air conditioned cruise ship and motor coaches for your comfort
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff, local guides and drivers

Tauck Dining

  • Complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea service are available throughout the day and complimentary open bar is available while the bars are open.
  • 35 meals (13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.


Operator Details

Region: Asia
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Style: Small Ship Cruise
Gratuities: All Included
Shore Excursions: All Included
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Free WiFi: Onboard Where Available
Drinks: Onboard Beverages Included
Accommodation: 4-5 Star
* Source: Tauck for river cruises in Asia. Some variances may occur on individual trips and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

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Tour Notes
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