15-Night Circle Japan Intensive Voyage

11/22/2019 through 04/26/2021
11/22/2019 through 05/11/2021
Azamara

INTENSIVE JAPANESE SPRINGTIME DISCOVERY

Before departing Tokyo, arrive early to experience the city’s April cherry blossom festivals in full bloom, visit the largest fish market in the world, or pause for mindful reflection at the serene Meiji Shrine.

After a luxurious day sailing aboard your boutique hotel at sea, a late stay means lots of time to explore Hakodate’s natural beauty and incredible urban layout, the pinnacle of which might be Goryōkaku, a sprawling star fort on the island of Hokkaido. 

In Aomori, year-round festival floats fill the waters near the Nebuta Warasse museum. Hirosaki Castle, constructed in 1611 and surrounded by over 2,600 cherry trees, is another must-see before sailing to Akita, home to the famous Lake Tazawa hot springs and the wooden samurai mansions of historic Kakunodate town.

After Kanazawa and Sakaiminato, cross the Korea Strait to Busan, where ancient culture and modern life merge in South Korea's second-largest city. Buddhist temples are in abundance, as is incredibly fresh seafood. Savor it raw, the way locals love.

Following Kitakyushu and Hiroshima, and a luxurious day cruising the inland Sea of Japan, be sure to sample Takamatsu’s famous noodle dish, Sanuki udon, before an overnight in Kobe. Known for the beef delicacy that bears its name, explore Kobe’s spectacular shogun and emperor shrines, temples, and palaces. In Shimizu, gaze in awe at Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak, overlooking this beautiful town, then conclude your intensive Japanese voyage with a night in Tokyo.

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Day 1 Tokyo, Japan
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Day 2 At Sea
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Day 3 Hakodate, Japan
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Day 4 Aomori, Japan
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Day 5 Akita, Japan
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Day 6 Kanazawa, Japan
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Day 7 Sakaiminato, Japan
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Day 8 Busan, South Korea
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Day 9 Kitakyushu, Japan
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Day 10 Cruising The Inland Sea
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Day 10 Hiroshima, Japan
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Day 11 Takamatsu, Japan
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Day 12 Kobe, Japan
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Day 13 Kobe, Japan
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Day 14 Mt Fuji (Shimizu), Japan
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Day 15 Tokyo, Japan
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Day 16 Tokyo, Japan
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