Excursions

Transfer to Ship with Tour – Apr. 15, 9:00am

A private coach will pick-up guests on Sunday and bring them to Yokohama Port for embarkation.  This transfer will include a half day excursion within Tokyo including the Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Park and a stop at Yokohama Plaza & Tower (incl. Mikimoto Pearls)

Transfer to Ship, no Tour – Apr. 15, 1:30pm

For those who do not wish to do the tour and just be transferred to the port, a private coach will pick-up at the Granbell Hotel

Shimizu – Mt. Fuji (April 16, 8:30am)

The combination of Japan’s highest point, Mount Fuji with its deepest waters at Suruga Bay has created some of Japan’s most beautiful scenery viewable from Shimizu Port. From the port, the group will ride to Hakone and take the cable car over the Owaku-dani valley with its beautiful views of Mt. Fuji.  The valley is known for its phreatic eruptions that create steam “shoots” over the area, also known for its black eggs, said to extend your life!  Dare to try them?! Finally, proceed to the city’s Open Air Museum and its more than 1,000 outdoor sculptures and works of art including a collection of Picassos.

Kobe (April 17, 12:45pm)

Known for its namesake beef and hot springs, Kobe is at once a major business center as well as the fashion capital of Japan.  This afternoon, the group will visit the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery and learn how to make this traditional Japanese rice wine.  Then it is off to tour the Nunobiki Herb Garden and rope-way, the largest in Japan with more than 75,000 kinds of herbs and more than 200 kinds of flowers blooming throughout the year arranged according to different themes and accessed by gondola.  Finally, enjoy some shopping in the compact Nankinmachi Chinatown in the center of Kobe.

Kyoto (April 18, 8:00am)

For more than 1,000 years, Kyoto was the Imperial capital of Japan and this morning, the group will visit Nijojo Castle, a UNESCO Heritage Site and home to the first Shogun of the Edo period (1603-1867).  Kyoto has more than 2,000 religious building, and two of the most well-known are the Zen Kinkakuji Temple (the Golden Pavilion), whose top two floors are entirely covered in gold leaf and the Buddhist Kiyomizu-dera Temple  (Pure Water) founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall.  This afternoon, stroll along the narrow lanes of the Higashimaya District, one of Kyoto’s best preserved historic districts with its wooden building and traditional merchant shops.

Kochi (April 19, 8:00am)

Begin the day with a visit to the picturesque Harimaya-bashi Bridge in the heart of the shopping district, just a short walk to Kochi Castle, one of only 12 intact castles in Japan.  Take a detour to Hirome-Ichiba Open Market and sample some local fare winding down the day at the Katsurahama (Ryuzu-misaki Lookout).

Nagasaki (April 20, 2:00pm)

Known as one of the two cities to suffer the atomic bombing near the end of World War II, today, Nagasaki has resumed its prominence in foreign trade as one of the closest port cities to the Asian mainland. Today’s visit will include the Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum and Ground Zero (Hypocenter).  The day will also include a visit to Glover Garden, an open air park exhibiting Western-style mansions including the one of Thomas Glover, a Scottish merchant who featured prominently in the early history of Japanese industrialization.

Busan, South Korea (April 21, 9:00am)

The 9th busiest port in the world, Busan is the economic, cultural and educational heart of southeastern Korea. The tour will include a stop at the UN Memorial Cemetery and the Busan Modern History Museum, before heading to the landmark Jagalchi fresh fish and seafood market.  Next is the Busan Cinema Center, home of the Busan International Film Festival and then on to Yongdusan Park with more than 70 different species of trees.

Aomori (April 23, 10:30am)

Aomori is the northernmost city on Honshu, Japan's main island and today’s tour will start in Zenringai and then visit Hirosaki-jo Castle built in 1611 and situated in Hirosaki Park where more than 2500 cherry blossom trees lend a magical feel to the air.  Then it is on to the Tsugaru-han Neputa Village to experience what the Hirosaki-Neputa Festival is all about.  Finally, time permitting, the tour will end at the Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center ASPAM for some shopping and a great view from the Observation deck.

Tokyo (Yokohama) (April 25, 9:00am)

Tokyo is a city of contrasts.  Start today’s tour with a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and then enjoy a stroll through Hama Rikyu Gardens, a former duck-hunting ground during the Edo period.  Next, it is on to the Imperial Palace for a tour of the East Gardens.  The former site of Edo castle, the Palace is the current residence of the Imperial Family.  It is then on to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck for panoramic views of the city. End the day at the pulsing Shibuya Crossing, said to be the busiest intersection in the world!

Pre-Tour to Shanghai

Shanghai Pre-Tour (April 11-14)

Join us before the cruise for a tour of Shanghai, China.  Upon arrival on Wednesday, April 11th, transfer by private coach to the Okura Garden Hotel, a vestige of the French colonial era of the 1920s that has kept many of the Art Deco features and elegance of the age.  


On Thursday, April 12th, there will be a full day tour of the city including the Nanjing Road shopping district and the famous Bund - a living museum of the colonial history of 1800s Shanghai.  Then it is on to the Yu Garden, a Ming Dynasty creation and a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple.  Enjoy dinner and an acrobatic show this evening.


On Friday, enjoy a full day tour that takes guests to Suzhou, one of China’s oldest and most beautiful cities, criss-crossed with canals and known as the “Venice of the East.” Suzhou is also a center for the silk trade and today boasts being the world’s largest laptop-producing city.


On Saturday, guests will be taken by coach to the airport for a morning flight and transfer to Tokyo.  

 

Excursion Registration Form

Please submit by February 28, 2018

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Tour pricing includes: Private AC/Heated Coach, English-speaking guides,

entrance fees, gratuities for guides and drivers, water bottles (1/pp/pd)


Cancellation Penalties: These penalties apply to the excursion portions of the trip

only.  Tour operator penalties: From January 15, 2018 to January 31, 2018 no

penalty. From February 1, 2018 to February 28, 2018, $150 administration fee plus 25% of total cost of excursions ordered.  From March 1, 2018 to March 17, 2018,

$150 administration fee plus 50% of total cost of excursions ordered.  No refund

after March 18, 2018.  If cancellation insurance has been purchased, the full fare

may be claimed according to insurance company practices.