Japan luxury circumnavigation cruise – 7 to 22 April 2021 from A$9,282
15-night luxury Japan circumnavigation cruise aboard the 711 passenger, Azamara Pursuit at cherry blossom time, with optional exclusive Clay and Culture shore excursions.
Tokyo - Aomori - Akita - Kanazawa - Sakaiminato - Busan - Kitakyushu - Hiroshima - Takamatsu - Kobe - Shimizu - Tokyo
- Dates: 7-22 April 2021 round-trip from Tokyo
- Cruise only price: from Au$9,282 per person inside stateroom; $9,982 oceanview stateroom; $10,962 verandah stateroom
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, arrive at Hokkaido’s port of Hakodate. A late stay means lots of time to explore Hakodate’s natural beauty and stunning night lights.
In Aomori, year-round festival floats fill the waters near the Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse. Hirosaki Castle, constructed in 1611 and surrounded by over 2,600 cherry trees, is another must-see before sailing to Akita.
Akita is home to the famous Lake Tazawa hot springs and the wooden samurai mansions of historic Kakunodate town. With its prime location adjacent to the Sea of Japan, seafood lovers will be in heaven in Akita. The region is famous for its rice production and the high quality sake brewed from it.
In Akita port, Clay and Culture guests may enjoy an optional tour to the nearby Oga Peninsula. This is considered one of Japan’s most scenic areas, following the coastal route through traditional fishing hamlets to visit the Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum and the iconic Namahage Museum to see the famous ogres of Oga.
At Kanazawa enjoy an optional Clay and Culture day tour including the Kutani Pottery Kosen Kiln, Ohi Pottery Museum and Gallery, and the Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum.
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. Savour it raw, the way locals love.
From Busan, return to Japan with a port stop at Kitakyushu, a port on the island of Kyushu. Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu is surrounded by Katsuyama Park, and is known for its spring cherry blossoms.
Today, there is an optional Clay and Culture day tour to the Kyushu mountain pottery villages of Onta and Koishiwara. Here, pottery is still made as it was 200 or 300 years ago in traditional family workshops.
Next port is Hiroshima. While it’s impossible to forget that Hiroshima was the site of the first atomic blast on August 6, 1945, this modern city has emerged as a thriving and vibrant port. Even still, no visit would be complete without a trip to the Peace Memorial Park. Step further back in time to visit the castle of Hiroshima-Jo, and be sure to try the city’s most famous dish, okonomiyaki, a delicious savory pancake.
Enjoy a luxurious day cruising the inland Sea of Japan, to arrive at the Shikoku Island port of Takamatsu. Today, Clay and Culture offer an optional day tour to the art island of Naoshima, famous as a site of the Setouchi Triennale Art Festival and to the Otani-Yake pottery village.
Next port of call is Kobe. Known for the beef delicacy that bears its name, explore Kobe’s spectacular shogun and emperor shrines, temples, and palaces. Alternatively, jump on a bullet train to Kyoto for an optional Clay and Culture full day pottery and ceramics themed guided tour of Kyoto.
In Shimizu, gaze in awe at Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak, overlooking this beautiful port town. A stroll through Miho-no-Matsubara will leave you inspired. Home to more than 30,000 pine trees lining the seashore, it’s no surprise this scenic area has been the subject of many paintings and legends throughout Japanese history.
Finish your Japan cruise with an overnight stay on Azamara Pursuit in Tokyo. Included in your Azamara cruise is a private, bespoke AzAmazing Evening event, which will take place this evening in Tokyo, to celebrate the last night of your cruise. AzAmazing Evenings℠ deliver authentic travel moments that aim to bring you closer to your destination, its culture and its people – the perfect conclusion to a truly amazing in-depth Japan cruise experience!
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Date Port Arrive Depart
- 07/04 Tokyo, Japan 06:00 PM
- 08/04 At sea - -
- 09/04 Hakodate, Japan 08:00 AM 10:00 PM
- 10/04 Aomori, Japan 08:00 AM 07:00 PM
- 11/04 Akita, Japan 08:00 AM 02:00 PM
- 12/04 Kanazawa, Japan 09:00 AM 06:00 PM
- 13/04 Sakaiminato, Japan 08:00 AM 05:30 PM
- 14/04 Busan, South Korea 09:00 AM 10:00 PM
- 15/04 Kitakyushu, Japan 08:00 AM 08:00 PM
- 16/04 Hiroshima, Japan 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
- 17/04 Takamatsu, Japan 05:00 AM 08:00 PM
- 18/04 Kobe, Japan 08:00 AM overnight
- 19/04 Kobe, Japan 01:30 PM
- 20/04 Shimizu (Shizuoka) 10:30 AM 07:00 PM
- 21/04 Tokyo, Japan 08:00 AM overnight
- 22/04 Tokyo, Japan
NB Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.