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Cultural and Natural Treasures of Japan by Sea


Intellectual Pursuits - Cultures

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About this Cruise

Sail the Sea of Japan along the coast of Honshu, discovering lesser-known towns and villages that harbor a wealth of Japanese art, handicrafts, gardens, and shrines. Visit intimate museums that showcase age-old crafts or modern art. Stroll through world-renowned Japanese gardens, and venture into lush mountains to find revered shrines and timeless thatched villages. Participate in a gold leaf or a traditional papermaking workshop, and witness fishing traditions on remote Sato Island. During your voyage, spend a day in South Korea visiting the temples and markets of Busan or the ancient Silla capital of Gyeongju, a World Heritage site.

Highlights Include

Matsue and Yasugi: Admire a phenomenal collection of Japanese modern art, including many works by Yokoyama Taikan at the Adachi Museum of Art, then visit the lovely Yushien Garden; explore Matsue Castle and learn how washi, the Japanese art of paper-making; or surround yourself with blossoms at the Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park before a visit to a castle where traditional sweets are sold.
South Korea: Spend a day in the dynamic port city of Busan, exploring the Busan Museum of Art, the lively fish market, historic temples, and more. Or travel to World Heritage-listed Gyeongju to see the glorious sites of the cradle of the 8th-century Silla Kingdom.
Kanazawa: Explore the Edo-period Higashi Chayagai teahouse and geisha district on a city tour, visit a gold leaf workshop or tour the breathtaking Kenrokuen Garden and a historic samurai home. Alternatively, set off on an excursion to the World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama to discover timeless thatched-roof villages and a unique way of life.
Sado Island: Encounter age-old fishing traditions and an interesting history on Sado Island, where political prisoners were once exiled. Visit the charming wood-built village of Shikunegi and the Ogi Folk Museum and attend an exclusive performance of taiko drumming by the world-famous drumming group, Kodo.
Special Guest Musician: Onboard performances throughout the trip by Reison Kuroda, a master player of the shakuhachi (traditional bamboo flute). See Tour Details tab for Reison Kuroda's bio.

Sail Date(s):

Tuesday, May 21, 2024





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Cruise Ship:

Le Soléal

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Cruise Line Sponsored

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