Japanese Spring Blossoms, Gardens & Culture Cruise

14 Day Small Ship Cruise from Tokyo to Osaka with APT

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 14 Day Japanese Spring Blossoms, Gardens & Culture Cruise. During the first flourish of spring, anchor to explore ancient castles, shrines and peaceful Japanese gardens. Enjoy bursts of colour from tree peonies, Japanese...read more

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Scenic / Cultural
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Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Japan, South Korea
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1 Arrive Tokyo
Depart Tokyo Narita International Airport at 10am or the Imperial Hotel at 11.30am to explore Tokyo. Visit the Imperial Palace East Gardens, and the Meiji Shrine and grounds. This evening, settle in to your accommodation in Tokyo. (L) Stay: Tokyo, Imperial Hotel
2 Tokyo, Kanazawa, Embark Ship
Today you will take a bullet train from Tokyo to Kanazawa. Kanazawa is a thriving centre of the arts, known for its lacquerware, collectable pottery of the Kutani style, gold-leaf workmanship and delicate hand-painting of silk for kimonos and Noh theatre dramas. Board your ship and enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening. (B/L/D) Stay 11 Nights: MS Caledonian Sky
3 Kanazawa, Kenroku-en Garden
This morning depart from the port and visit Omicho Market that sells and displays everything from flowers to fish and local handicrafts. Afterwards visit one of Japan's premier highlights and the famed Kenroku-en Garden, ranked among the country's top gardens. This afternoon immerse yourself in Kanazawa culture with a visit to Higashi Chaya Gai Geisha District, where there are still remains of the traditional form of the town which traces back to the Samurai Era. You will also view handcrafted items famous in Kanazawa such as the kimono and gold-leaf. (B/L/D)
4 Yuushien Garden, Matsue
This morning visit Matsue, known as the ‘Town of Water', which nestles by a scenic lake and lagoon. Visit a number of cultural attractions including Matsue Castle. Known as the ‘Black Castle', it is one of only a few wooden Medieval castles remaining in Japan today. Admire the graceful exterior of the complex structure, then take the opportunity to explore the interior and its magnificent views of Lake Shinji. This afternoon visit the stunning Yuushien Garden, full of colour and blossom, famous for growing ginseng and peonies. (B/L/D)
5 Hagi
This morning visit Hagi, one of Japan's most beautiful castle towns, where you can explore the old streets, the Hagi Castle ruins, Shizuki Park and Tokoji Temple. Japan's revolution began here in Jokamachi's old Samurai residential quarter, where we will tour a Samurai's home. We will also visit a Daisho temple, located on Mount Mison on the island of Itsukushima, and the resting place of many members of the Mori daimyo, who were powerful and territorial pre-modern Japanese lords. Inside, you will find a flame that is said to have been burning for 1,200 years. (B/L/D)
6 Ulsan
Embark on a full-day excursion to Kyongju, a World Heritage-listed site often described as the world's finest open-air museum. As the ancient capital of the Shilla dynasty, Kyongju's heritage dates back to the first millennium. Enjoy a stroll through some of the numerous excavated monuments, temples, tombs and pagodas, and there will be time to explore the National Museum, with its exceptional collection of finely worked gold jewellery, metal weapons and pottery. At lunch, sample Korean delicacies followed by a special cultural performance of traditional dance. (B/L/D)
7 Dejima Island, Nagasaki
This morning explore Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II. Tour the Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and Glover Garden. This afternoon visit Dejima Island, built during the Edo period to house Portuguese Christian missionaries and prevent the propagation of their religion. It was also the residential quarters of the Dutch, the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan during the Sakoku isolation period for 200 years, until Japan reopened to the world. (B/L/D)
8 Yakushima Island
Today arrive on the island of Yakushima, which became Japan's first World Heritage-listed site in 1993. Yakushima is famous in botanical circles for many great garden plants, including dwarf plants that have evolved to grow smaller than their mainland cousins. We will spend time here on nature walks, including Yakusugi Land, a nature park populated by a number of the island's ancient cedar trees, such as the Buddhasugi, Futagosugi and Sennensugi. (B/L/D)
9 Uwajima
Arrive in Uwajima, situated deep inside the saw-toothed coast of Uwajima Bay. Today, tailor your day by choosing you included sightseeing option. (B/L/D)
10 Hiroshima, Miyajima Island
Arrive in Hiroshima to visit the compelling Peace Memorial Park. The park is dotted with memorials, including the cenotaph that contains the names of all the known victims of the A-bomb. Return to the ship for lunch, then continue on to Miyajima to see one of Japan's scenic wonders, the scarlet Torii Gate*, the giant camphor wood gates at the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. We will go ashore to explore the World Heritage-listed Itsukushima Jinja Shrine, founded in the sixth century. (B/L/D)
11 Okayama, Koraku-en Garden, Kurashiki
This morning visit Koraku-en Garden, one of Japan's most significant gardens - the name meaning ‘garden of pleasure after'. Visit a classic Japanese teahouse with views over the garden. After a local lunch, continue to Kurashiki, where we explore the old merchant quarter and its fine 17th century wooden warehouses. The beautiful houses are painted white with traditional black tiles, and are situated along a canal framed with weeping willows. (B/L/D)
12 Takamatsu & Ritsurin Park
Today tour the stunning city of Takamatsu on Shikoku, the smallest of the four main Japanese Islands. We will journey over the Seto-Ohashi Bridge and visit Kinashi Bonsai Town. Next visit Ritsurin Park, a 350-year-old garden, famous for its spring colours and Chrysanthemum Moon pavilion. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board the ship. (B/L/D)
13 Kobe, Disembark Ship, Kyoto
Arrive this morning into Kobe where you will be transferred from the ship to Kyoto. Kyoto was the former Imperial capital of Japan and is now ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities. Soak up the tranquil natural beauty of this peaceful place. Visit one of Kyoto's famous temples Ginkakuji and see the spring colours from the Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto. (B/L/D) Stay: Kyoto, Okura Hotel or similar
14 Depart Kyoto
After breakfast, be transferred to Osaka airport for your onward journey. (B)

APT Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Explore attractions like Matsue, the Town of Water.
  • Visit the Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park in the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
  • Explore Japan's most famous gardens like Kenroku-en Garden with your Botanical Guide.
Cruise Inclusions
  • Experiences in 14 destinations
  • Services of a Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, tipping and port taxes
  • Expert cruise director and botanical guide/celebrity gardener, Simon Rickard
Included Meals
  • 38 Meals - 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 12 Dinners
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • 11 nights aboard the intimate MS Caledonian Sky
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land only and internal flights as specified in the itinerary. International flights not included.

Reviews (1)

14 Day Japanese Spring Blossoms, Gardens & Culture Cruise reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“A very good cruise round Japan”
- VIC, Australia Apr 2018 1 Helpful Vote

Fascinating country and people. Comfortable ship with a good crowd of passengers. Excellent crew. The cruise was well organised, combining the ship's cruise director and her deputy with the three botanical guides. However once we left the ship on the final day, with only the botanical guides to lead us, the trip fell apart to some degree.
The shore excursions were a little disappointing as the Japanese guides tended to be hesitant, not fluent in English and often...read more

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Cabin Types

Standard Suite
Standard Suite  Standard Suite Layout  
  • Standard Suite, 244 sq. ft/ 22.7 sq. m
  • Portholes
  • Sitting area complete with coffee table & armchairs
  • Flat screen televisions (DVD players and DVDs can be borrowed from reception for use in your suite
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • En-suite bathroom featuring a country style wash basin, a heated towel rail, shaver outlet and vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower and/or corner bath tub
  • Dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort
  • Spacious wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool
  • Mini-fridge, cabin to cabin telephone, programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating
  • Bottled water replenished daily

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Owners Corner Balcony Suite $ 4,195
Owners Corner Suite $ 4,195

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