Japan Coastal Discovery

14 Day Expedition Cruise from Tokyo to Osaka with APT

Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 14 Day Japan Coastal Discovery. On this journey, you'll experience the buzz of the big cities but also the traditions entrenched in secluded coastal villages and outlying islands. From World Heritage-listed temples to Zen...read more

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Countries Explored:
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1 Arrive Tokyo
We meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. There's time to step out to explore some of the city. Stay: Conrad Tokyo or similar
2 Tokyo, Niigata, Embark Ship
Enjoy a real taste of Tokyo today as you head into the bustling Shibuya district, home to two of the world's busiest railway stations. While lively crowds are all part of the experience here, you'll find a restful haven at Meiji Shrine, which is surrounded by forest. Also visit Tokyo's oldest temple, Sensoji, located in the Asakusa district, and the Imperial Palace Plaza among other key sights. Then, farewell the neon-lit city as you board a bullet train and race towards Niigata. Here, your ship is waiting with drinks and dinner to welcome you aboard. Stay 12 Nights: MS Caledonian Sky (B/L/D)
3 Sado Island
Worlds away from Tokyo's skyscrapers, Sado Island is remote and quiet, offering a much needed breath of fresh air. Aside from the temples and fishing villages, the island is best-known for the world-famous Kodo group of taiko drummers, which you'll witness during a Signature Experience. Onwards, see the traditional Edo-period homes in the village of Shukunegi and ride in the traditional tarai-bune boats used for abalone fishing. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Experience traditional taiko drumming during a live performance.
4 Kanazawa
Today, taste your way through ‘Kanazawa's Kitchen', the city's beloved Omicho Market. After lunch back on board, head out and see if you can spot geisha as you take a walk through the Higashi Chaya Gai area. Just two original geisha teahouses remain here today, the others have been converted into restaurants or souvenir shops. you'll also have the chance to visit Kenroku-en Garden and Kanazawa Castle. (B/L/D)
5 Oki Islands
When you think of Japan, it's somewhat hard to picture anything but busy streets and bullet trains, but the Oki Islands couldn' t be further from this. The spectacular archipelago is classed as a UNESCO Global Geopark, with rugged coastlines, ancient forests and beautiful beaches. From your base at Nishinoshima, choose your sightseeing. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Opt to cliff walk along the coast, or explore the island on a panoramic tour.
6 Matsue
Back on the mainland, Matsue is the next stop. Discover Matsue how you like with your choice of sightseeing. Reconvene in the afternoon for a visit to Yuushien Garden, the region's largest Japanese-style garden. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Explore the castle and its grounds and watch a samurai performance, then cruise along the castle's moat. Or, head to the town of Daisen for a hike through the forests around Mt Daisen.
7 Hagi
Your ship arrives in Hagi this morning. Step off for a tour. See ancient temples and samurai homes. Walk through streets lined with merchant houses to the ruins of Hagi Castle in Shizuki Park. Head back on board for lunch before free time this afternoon. (B/L/D)
8 Masan, Haeinsa (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Wake up to South Korean shores. you'll experience an entirely new culture today in Masan, from where you'll enjoy a Signature Experience. Enjoy more typical Korean cuisine over lunch before a wander through the lively fish market back at Masan. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Travel to the Haeinsa Temple. One of the country's three great temples, here you'll learn about ancient Buddhist traditions that date all the way back to AD802.
9 Ulsan, Gyeongju (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Start your day with a Signature Experience. Try typical Korean fare over lunch and watch a traditional dance performance. The afternoon is yours to explore. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Discover the World Heritage-listed city of Gyeongju on South Korea's southern shores.
10 Ube
From the port of Ube, your first stop today is the five-storied Pagoda of Rurikoji Temple. As you wander through the surrounding park, you'll wonder how this magnificent structure has stood the test of time since 1442. Later, at the Fujigochi Tea Plantation, you'll see where the local Ono Tea is produced. The rolling green countryside is indeed a beautiful sight in itself. (B/L/D)
11 Miyajima, Hiroshima
Spend the first half of your day on Miyajima Island, famous for its ‘Floating Torii Gate' and deer that roam along the shoreline nibbling crackers from tourists. It's then on to Hiroshima where you can choose your sightseeing. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • It's impossible to visit Hiroshima without visiting the Peace Memorial Park. See the cenotaph, and the A-Bomb Dome before entering the museum. If you' d rather stretch your legs, choose to hike up to Sandankyo Gorge.
12 Uno-ko (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Little compares to the serenity of a classic Japanese garden, and Koraku-en is ranked among Japan's top three best. Wander along the trails, leading you past ponds, cherry trees and plum trees. At the tea garden, sample matcha green tea, a specialty of the region. Continue to Kurashiki and explore the old merchant quarter and canals. Finish the day at the Ohara Museum of Art, where you'll view rare works by Matisse, Picasso and Renoir. (B/L/D)
13 Himeji
Venture inside the walls of World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle, one of the few remaining feudal-era fortresses. Later, at the Koko-en Japanese garden, stroll across bridges arching over koi-filled ponds. After lunch back aboard your ship, enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore a little more. (B/L/D)
14 Kobe, Disembark Ship, Osaka
Awaking in Kobe this morning means it's time to say goodbye to your ship. you'll be transferred to the airport at Osaka where the journey comes to an end. (B)

APT Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Tokyo is a city of contrasts, from tranquil shrines and ancient palaces to sleek skyscrapers and neon flashing lights
  • In Kyoto, the rhythms of a traditional taiko drum performance elevates your dining experience
  • A day trip to South Korea's World Heritage-listed city of Gyeongju guarantees intrigue steeped in ancient history
Cruise Inclusions
  • Experiences in 15 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Sightseeing inclusions in three locations
  • Expert APT expedition leader and team
  • Return airport transfers, porterage, Bullet Train and tipping included
Included Meals
  • Finest dining - a total of 37 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • 12 nights aboard the intimate MS Caledonian Sky
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Low Zodiac Activity – This tour involves only limited use of Zodiacs for sightseeing or accessing ports
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail only. Flights not included

Reviews (3)

14 Day Japan Coastal Discovery reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“First time visit to Japan's smaller ports and South Korea”
- QLD, Australia Apr 2018 9 Helpful Votes

The holiday was fine but in a few respects, lacked attention to detail. The least satisfactory component was the lack of coordination related to the travel plan and the pre and post activities. APT claimed that they provided detailed options to clients for both but none of this information made its way to us. APT staff said that if clients booked direct they got all details but clients who booked via second parties missed out because agents fail to pass on information. The truth might be different?...read more

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“Lovely cruise with great highlights”
- NSW, Australia Apr 2018 4 Helpful Votes View Photo

Great holiday but sadly with a few hiccups. Arrived on an early flight into Tokyo booked by APT picked up by rep and taken to our hotel to find that us as well as many others on the tour could not get into our rooms until mid afternoon (after 2pm) which left many weary travellers longing for a shower and rest to hang around the hotel.
Similar problem at the end of the tour when a lot of us had been booked on late night flights after disembarking in the early morning...read more

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“A great trip and enjoyed it all”
- ACT, Australia Apr 2018 3 Helpful Votes

I like small ship travelling as you get to interact with all the fellow passengers. I have been to Japan several times and have experienced much of its beauty and culture, but on this trip I did do some things that were new for me. I found this trip was a great mix of things to do with a friend who I was introducing to this part of the world, culture and people.
One thing that could be improved would be more tasting of the authentic Japanese food which is just great,...read more

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Ship Profile

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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