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14 Day Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun - Northbound

Tauck Small Ship Cruise starting in Osaka and finishing in Tokyo

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 best of Japan cruises - with eight nights aboard our elegant yacht L'Austral and five nights at premier hotels in the heart of Osaka and Tokyo; explore...read more

Overview

Operator: Tauck
Type: Small Ship Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 14 Days
From: Osaka to Tokyo
Tour Code: JAPN
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Japan, South Korea
Our Price From:
$ 14,990
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Kyoto, Japan

Tour begins: The St. Regis Osaka, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka or The Conrad Osaka. A transfer is included from Osaka's Kansai Int'l Airport or Itami Airport to The St. Regis Osaka, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka or The Conrad Osaka. After settling in to your hotel, depart for a Tauck Exclusive evening in Osaka including a welcome reception followed by a Geiko / Geisha cultural lecture and performance and a welcome dinner. Stay Three Nights: The St. Regis Osaka, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka or The Conrad Osaka (D)
2

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. Next visit the Sanjusagen-do, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto's Higashiyama District - officially called "Rengeo-in" ("Hall of the Lotus King"). After lunch at a local restaurant, attend a traditional Japanese Taiko drumming experience and explore more of Kyoto before returning to your hotel in Osaka. (Please note that sightseeing on days 2 and 3 may alternate.) (B/L/D)
3

Nara, Japan

Head to the city of Nara this morning to visit Todai-ji (Eastern Great Temple), a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the city's powerful Seven Great Temples. Its Great Buddha Hall houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese as Daibutsu. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site officially called the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara," Todai-ji temple also serves as headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism in Japan. You'll note that deer roam the grounds freely; they are regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a pleasant visit to Nara Park at the foot of Mount Wakakusa; established in the 14th century, it is one of the oldest public parks in Japan and is considered a national treasure - as are the more than 1,200 free-roaming wild sika deer that call the park home. Return to your Osaka hotel for an evening spent as you please. (B/L)
4

Osaka, Japan

Begin the day with a visit to Osaka's impressive Umeda Sky Building; one of the city's most recognizable landmarks, it features two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with a wide atrium in the center criss-crossed by bridges. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a walking tour of Osaka's Dotumburi district followed by some free time to explore as you wish. Then drive to the port of Osaka, where your yacht L'Austral awaits. Begin your cruise along the southwestern coast of Honshu, the largest island in the Japanese archipelago, bound for Uno Ko and Naoshima. Stay Eight Nights: Aboard L'Austral (B/L/D)
5

Naoshima, Japan

Anchor in Tamano (Uno Ko) and travel to the old merchant town of Kurashiki for a walking tour of its historic quarter, 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, reveals a great collection of Western art, including works by Matisse, Monet, Gauguin, El Greco, and Pollack. After lunch onboard L'Austral, you'll have a choice of three activities this afternoon. On one, you'll ferry to the unique little island of Naoshima, 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.

Another choice is a bicycle ride through Uno Ko. Beer is considered by many to be the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan... and your third choice today is a visit to Kirin Yokohama Beer Village, one of nine factories of the Japan Kirin Group. Your tour winds its way around parts of the factory, offering views from above through observation windows of various parts of the manufacturing process. As you watch, thousands of cans and bottles of beer shoot through factory machines at incredibly high speeds... and some 2,000 cans of beer are filled and packed every minute! Near the end of the tour, you arrive at the tasting bar, where you can sample your choice of several varieties of Kirin beers. Back onboard ship, enjoy your captain's farewell dinner tonight as L'Austral sails for Hiroshima. (B/L/D)
6

Hiroshima, Japan

In your next port of call, Hiroshima, you'll set off on a morning sightseeing tour and visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and sites associated with the WWII atomic bomb blast of August 1945. After lunch at a local restaurant serving regional fare, you can choose to visit the iconic Miyajima-Itsukushima Shrine that seems to float on water (a photographer's dream); or take a tour of the local Mazda factory. Sail on to Uwajima tonight. (B/L/D)
7

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)
8

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. 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. This afternoon you can either ferry across the bay to see the volcano Sakurajima up close or visit the Sengan-en Garden, a traditional Japanese garden and stately home in Kagoshima that has been passed down in the Shimadzu family for over 350 years. Return to the ship late afternoon. (B/L/D)
9

Nagasaki, 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. 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. This afternoon you can either ferry across the bay to see the volcano Sakurajima up close or visit the Sengan-en Garden, a traditional Japanese garden and stately home in Kagoshima that has been passed down in the Shimadzu family for over 350 years. Return to the ship late afternoon. (B/L/D)
10

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)
11

Matsue, Japan

Your yacht arrives in Western Japan's fishing industry center, Sakaiminato for a visit to the Adachi Museum. Following lunch, you can take 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; visit the Black Castle, which presides over the city in solemn majesty); or enjoy free time in 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)
12

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: Mandarin Oriental or Shangri La Hotel or Palace Hotel, Tokyo (B/L)
13

Tokyo, Japan

Plunge into an eclectic day in cosmopolitan Tokyo with a visit to the Meiji Shrine - honoring the deified spirits of Japan's Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, who died in 1912 and 1914, respectively - 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)
14

Journey Home

Tour ends: Tokyo. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Mandarin Tokyo, 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 including a sumo wrestling demonstration, geisha and taiko performances and more

Tauck Inclusions

  • Private Tauck Shore Excursions - AUD $2,830 Value!
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff, local guides and drivers
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • Service charges, applicable fuel surcharges, taxes, and porterage

Tauck Dining

  • Onboard bar and restaurant beverages throughout the day, including house wines and spirits
  • A total of 35 included meals on land and at sea

Trip Notes

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

Operator Details

Tauck Reviews: (1)
Tours on Sale: 146
Tour Accommodation: Premium
Tour Average Age: 60+ years
Types: Land Journeys, River Cruises & Small Ship Cruises
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA
2018 SEASON
Apr 2018 - Apr 2018

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