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Japan's Southern Seas

Trip Code: NOBCKT14
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Pricing & Availability

Trip Highlights

Visit Buddhist temples

Embark on a full-day excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Gyeongju in South Korea

See the A-Bomb Museum

In Nagasaki, tour the Nagasaki Peace Park, and the Atomic Bomb Museum as well as Glover Garden

Meet a Maiko

Join an apprentice geisha for a tea ceremony, and enjoy a rare glimpse into the world of Kyoto's famous entertainers

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 14 destinations
  • Services of an APT Expedition Leader and Team
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and tipping
  • 12 nights aboard the intimate MS Caledonian Sky
  • Finest dining - a total of 38 meals

Map & Itinerary

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Japan Korea Map NOBCKT14 2018

Osaka to Tokyo

Reverse Trip

In Osaka arrive by 1pm and transfer to your small ship, moored in Kobe and enjoy a Welcome Dinner aboard as you set sail.

Stay: 12 Nights: MS Caledonian Sky

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  • Dinner

Visit a classic tea house and enjoy a cup of Matcha tea in the beautifully manicured gardens, Koraku-en. Wander along historic Kurashiki's koi filled canals to discover 17th-century wooden warehouses. Visit the Ohara Museum of Art, which includes rare works by Matisse, Picasso and Renoir.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in Miyajima, considered one of Japan’s scenic wonders and go ashore to explore the World Heritage-listed Itsukushima Jinja Shrine. Alternatively, join one of your Expedition Team members for a walk to visit the shrine. Later, continue to Hiroshima and perhaps visit the Peace Memorial Park. Alternatively, go on a hike to Sandankyo Gorge.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in the pearl cultivation centre of Uwajima, situated in Uwajima Bay. During a visit to a pearl farm, learn the process of implanting, harvesting, extracting and sorting these precious pearls. Afterwards, explore Sakiiya Square and the historic Dairakuji Temple.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Pay a visit to Japan’s first World Heritage-listed site, the island of Yakushima, and see the diversity of flora spending the afternoon on light nature walks, or embarking on a more active hike around the island.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive this morning in Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II. Tour the Peace Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and Dejima Island. Visit the European-style homestead, whose Clover Gardens are famous for being the setting of Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sail overnight to South Korea and anchor in Masan. Take a tour inland to the Haeinsa Temple, regarded as one of the three great temples of Korea. Learn about ancient Buddhist traditions that date back to 802. Enjoy lunch in a nearby restaurant before returning to Masan where you can visit the vibrant fish market.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

From Ulsan, embark on a day trip to Gyeongju. Learn about the city’s cultural heritage as you explore the national museum and stroll amid hundreds of excavated monuments, temples, tombs and pagodas. At lunch, sample Korean delicacies and take in a traditional dance performance. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sail overnight back to Japan and visit historic Hagi, capital of the Mori Clan, during the Feudal Age. On a tour explore the city's districts with temples, old samurai houses, Hagi Castle and Shizuki Park.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Known as the ‘town of water,’ Matsue nestles between a scenic lake and a serene lagoon. Perhaps explore Matsue Castle before a cruise on the castle moat. Alternatively, tour the town of Daisen and take a nature hike through the forests and meadows around Mount Daisen.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Explore Kanazawa today, known for its lacquerware, Kutani-style pottery and delicate hand-painting. The fascinating open-air market displays a vast variety of items from flowers to fish to local handicrafts. Visit the imposing ruins of Kanazawa Castle and the famed Kenroku-en Garden, one of the most beautiful feudal lords’ gardens in Japan.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spend the day on Japan's sixth largest island, Sado. Visit the Taiko centre to learn about the famous drum's history. Explore the fishing village of Shukunegi, featuring traditional Edo-period houses. You may wish to take a ride aboard the unique local boats called tarai-bune, which resemble wooden tubs and are used for abalone fishing. Arrive this evening into Niigata.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark your ship this morning and take the Bullet Train to Tokyo. On arrival enjoy an afternoon city tour including Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple and the Imperial Palace Plaza. Transfer to the New Otani hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay.

Stay: New Otani Hotel or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

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