April 13, 2019 – April 26, 2019
Tokyo - Mount Fuji - Kobe - Nagasaki - Busan, South Korea
The colors of autumn in Japan start to unfold as we explore the cities of Japan. The changing colors of the maple trees and Gingko trees turn red and gold and are as popular as the blossoms of the cherry trees in the spring.
The whole city of Tokyo is like a shopping center. Vendors are all over the street selling wallets, purses, and novelty items. On top of the shopping, the night life is just spectacular because of the city lights.
The beautiful port of Ko Samui (Kobe) makes it easy to let the sun and sea lead you into the feeling that you never want to leave from the beach and see the sights.
Our fall cruise around Japan starts with a pre two night stay in Tokyo giving you the chance to adjust to the local time. Stops on our 11 night cruise is at Mt Fiji, Kobe, Kochi, Nagasaki, Busan (South Korea) and Aomori. Mt. Fiji is probably the best known landmark in Japan and can be seen from Tokyo on any clear day. There are lots of great view points from Hakone National Park with its five lakes that surround the mountain. The City of Kobe is located in the bay of Osaka and is considered one of the nicest cities.
Kobe has many shrines, the Sorkuen gardens and the Arima Onsen in the heart of the city. Kochi is on Shikoku Island and has one of the 12 complete castles in Japan that you can explore that dates back to the 1700’s. Nagasaki is a modern city port city on the island of Kyushu and is influenced by both the Dutch and Portuguese between the 16 th to 19 th centuries. Busan is South Korea second largest city and its largest seaport.
Busan has great shopping, temples and a hot spring for relaxing. Aomori city will be the perfect place to see the fall colors of autumn, Mt Nakano Momiji is known for the colors of maple trees changing colors.
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Even though Tokyo is among the largest, most frenetic cities in the world, it’s still able to maintain a great deal of efficiency and charm. Amid the endless buzzing neon signs and the overhead cable webs, Tokyo is home to some of the world’s most impressive architecture, stylish shops and 4-star restaurants. But just a short distance outside the clamor of the city is a whole different world.
In the surrounding small towns and villages you’ll get a glimpse into Japan’s rich culture and traditions. Here you’ll discover scores of wooden residential homes, ancient temples, shrines and imperial gardens. From the frenzy-filled metropolis to the tranquil bonsai-tree-lined neighborhoods, Tokyo is truly a study in delightful contrasts.
Sample the freshest seafood to be found along the Pacific Rim, as well as a cup of Seattle’s famous coffee.DAY 1 - TOKYO (YOKOHAMA), JAPAN
On clear days, particularly in winter, Mount Fuji (Fuji-san in Japanese) is visible from as far as Tokyo, 60 miles away. When Japan’s highest mountain is capped with snow, it’s a picture-postcard perfect volcanic cone. One of the best-known symbols of Japan, this iconic mountain has been considered sacred since ancient times and was even forbidden to women until the early 1900s.DAY 2: MT. FUJI (SHIMIZU), JAPAN
Perched on a hillside overlooking the sea, Kobe is one of Japan’s most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. Home of the heralded Kobe beef, this small city is easily navigated. Visit the Hatsukura Sake Brewery Museum for a tour or dine in one of the area’s incredible restaurants.
Historically rich Nagasaki features beautiful seaside scenery and fabulous nighttime views from its mountain slopes. Secluded hot springs, fascinating museums, and ornate temples live side by side in this exciting city. Ten natural parks grace the area, and unique festivals can be experienced throughout the year. Walk through streets influenced by both Chinese and European cultures in fascinating Nagasaki.
It is Busan’s premier trading port, adjacent to the Korean Straits and Japan, that makes it an international metropolis but its beautiful sea vistas that make it a charming place to unwind. Experience the serenity of Beomeo-sa Temple, climb the Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park and rejuvenate at Hushimchung Spa.
Location : Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends when we reach Ushuaia. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. If you haven’t had enough adventures, you have the possibility to extend your stay and enjoy our optional post expedition programs.DAY 8 - AT SEA
Even though Tokyo is among the largest, most frenetic cities in the world, it’s still able to maintain a great deal of efficiency and charm. Amid the endless buzzing neon signs and the overhead cable webs, Tokyo is home to some of the world’s most impressive architecture, stylish shops and 4-star restaurants. But just a short distance outside the clamor of the city is a whole different world. In the surrounding small towns and villages you’ll get a glimpse into Japan’s rich culture and traditions. Here you’ll discover scores of wooden residential homes, ancient temples, shrines and imperial gardens. From the frenzy-filled metropolis to the tranquil bonsai-tree-lined neighborhoods, Tokyo is truly a study in delightful contrasts.
Broadway-style shows, a luxurious spa and amenities that rival the grandest hotel on land? We call her Millennium; you’ll call her magnificent. To sail on Millennium, the first of our Millennium-class of ships, is an experience that cannot be expressed in words. Stride her decks and see for yourself what those who have experienced her already know: Millennium is more than a ship; she is a special memory waiting to be had.