Japan Group Itinerary Details

Local, astonishing, surprising and unforgettable. To Circumnavigate and explore Japan is what travel was meant to be.

Explore the culture, history, and beauty of Japan on a two-week voyage that begins in the metropolis of Tokyo before circumnavigating the entire country.

From Tokyo, you’ll spend a day at sea before arriving in beautiful Hokadate. Next, your voyage will take you to Akita, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato, Busan, South Korea, Kobe, Shimizu. Your journey will conclude with an overnight in Tokyo before disembarking in Tokyo.

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Tokyo, Japan

Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous
metropolis.It is also one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, consisting of 23
central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the
city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo.

Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the
16th century,Edo became Japan’s political center in 1603 when Tokugawa
Ieyasu establishedhis feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo
had grown into one of theworld’s most populous cities. With the Meiji
Restoration of 1868, the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo,
which was renamed Tokyo (“Eastern Capital”).Large parts of Tokyo were
destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and inthe air raids of 1945.

Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping,
entertainment, culture and
dining to its visitors. The city’s
history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa,
and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens.
Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of
attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

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Hakodate, Japan

Hokkaido’s third largest city, located at the island’s southern tip. Hakodate is best known for
the spectacular views to be enjoyed from Mount Hakodate and its delicious, fresh seafood.

As one of the first Japanese harbor cities to be opened to international trade after the country’s
era of isolation, Hakodate has experienced notable influence from overseas, and the foreign
population’s former residential district and a Western style fort are among its main tourist attractions.

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Akita, Japan

Akita boasts beautiful ladies (akita-bijin) and the origins
of one of the two famous Japanese dog breeds (take a guess which breed).
It lies in Japan’s Tohoku region. Isolated by
mountains, the appeal is in its natural beauty and its bang up job of preserving traditions.

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Kanazawa, Japan

During World War Two, Kanazawa was Japan’s second largest city (after Kyoto)
to escape destruction by air raids. Consequently, parts of the old castle
town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and chaya entertainment
districts, have survived in pretty good condition.

Today, Kanazawa remains an important city in its region and serves as the
capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. The city boasts many historical attractions
such as restored residences and districts, as well as modern museums.
But Kanazawa’s unchallenged main attraction is Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s
“three best landscape gardens” and by many considered the most beautiful
of them all.

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Sakaiminato City, Japan

Located at the tip of Yumigahama peninsula, is a city whose area
is about 28 square kilometers. Since early days, Sakaiminato has
grown with its fine natural port, and has been protected from
monsoons and the rough waves of the Japan Sea by the Shimane
Peninsula in the neighboring prefecture. The city is complete
with infrastructures such as its own harbor, airport and
railroad. As a key point of trade within the Japan Sea Rim
area, and as one of Japan’s major fishery bases renowned for
its large catches of fish, Sakaiminato is on its way to becoming
a city of international fishery and trade.

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Busan, South Korea

One of the great unheralded cities in Asia. Brimming with cobalt
oceans, verdant mountains and delectable fare, it’s a city full
of surprises and a laid-back vibe that makes it the perfect base
from which to explore farther afield in South Korea.

With so many choices in this beachy urban paradise, deciding
where to go can be a daunting task.

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Sasebo, Japan

The second largest city next to Nagasaki in the
prefecture, and located less than two hours from
both JR Nagasaki and Hakata (Fukuoka Prefecture)
stations. With beautiful ocean scenery,the port town
has a bright and hospitable atmosphere. Since a

U.S. military base is located in Sasebo, there are
a lot of Americanized shops to be found there.

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Kagoshima, Japan

Capital of Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Kagoshima (pop. 535,000)
faces the Kinko-wan Bay and the Sakurajima Volcano, menacing to erupt
at any time. Kagoshima enjoys a sunny subtropical climate and has a
relaxed atmosphere.

Often compared to its sister city of Naples in Italy, because of
their palm-tree lined streets, hot-tempered inhabitants and their
respective volcano (Vesuvius for Naples and Sakurajima for Kagoshima).

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Kochi, Japan

The capital of Kochi Prefecture on the southern
coast of Shikoku. The city is small and friendly, with
a casual atmosphere and a dose of southern flair.

Kochi boasts several attractions of interest to
travelers. A well  preserved, original hilltop castle
from the feudal period marks Kochi’s downtown.
Nearby on another mountain, Godaisan, pilgrims
visit Chikurenji Temple, one of the 88 temples along
the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The city is also the
proud home of Sakamoto Ryoma, who played a role
in realizing the Meiji Restoration. The Sakamoto
Ryoma Memorial Museum is located at the beautiful
Katsurahama Beach, just south of the city center.

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Kobe, Japan

The capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one
of Japan’s ten largest cities. Located between the sea and
the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of
Japan’s most attractive cities.

Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries.
Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade
in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama,
Nagasaki, Hakodate and Niigata.

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Shimizu, Japan

Until it was incorporated into Shizuoka City in 2003,
Shimizu was a city of its own centered around its port.
Shimizu Port has a number of attractions but is most
famous for being among  Japan’s most scenic ports
thanks to views of Mount Fuji on clear days.

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