Japan Ultra-luxury Cruise: Six Must-Sees to Discover the Old and the New

Japan has one eye on the past and one eye on the future. In one voyage, you’ll spot centuries-old shrines, neon-lit skyscrapers, archaeological dig sites and futuristic sushi restaurants. Even in the same street, history and modernity sit side by side.

Whether you’re drawn to the old or the new in Japan, a Scenic Eclipse 6-star Discovery Voyage will take you to explore these fascinating contrasts in truly all-inclusive ultra-luxury. Read on for your six must-see destinations and experiences in Japan.

1. Hokkaido 

Hokkaido is often called Japan’s final frontier and Hakodate is its port city. Overlooked by Mount Hakodate, it has nearby hot springs, ski areas and a lake-dotted national park. 

Hakodate was one of Japan’s first international port cities after the country’s isolation from the outside world from the 17th to 19th centuries. You can see the international influence in Fort Goryokaku, Japan’s first western-style fort. 

On a Scenic Freechoice excursion, get a bird’s eye view of the city from a cable car, explore the historic star-shaped fortress, or wander Hakodate Asaichi, the morning market with its fresh seafood and souvenirs. 

Experience this on the Cultural Wonders of Japan voyage


2. Aomori

Just outside Aomori is Sannai Maruyama, an archaeological dig site from the Jomon era, Japan’s earliest historical era which stretched from about 14,500 to 300 BC.
You can also learn about the history of the yearly Aomori Nebuta Festival at the Nebuta Wa Rasse museum, hop on board the Hakkodamaru memorial ship, or discover the stories of the samurais from the Edo period.

3. Hiroshima

Remember the dark side of history in Hiroshima at the Peace Memorial Park. The 120,000-square-metre park used to be a bustling hub of the city and now honours the thousands who died as a consequence of the world’s first atomic bomb in 1945. Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the few surviving buildings. 

Go further back in time with a visit to Miyajima, an island where you’ll find the Itsukushima Shrine with its torii gate that looks like it’s floating on water during high tide. 

Experience this on the Japan: A Journey Through Time voyage.


4. Tokyo

With its blinking neon signs, high-tech museums and sleek glass skyscrapers, stepping into Tokyo is like stepping into the future.
As Scenic Eclipse docks overnight, you’ll have time to explore the older side of Tokyo too — think glowing lanterns, wooden buildings and ancient Buddhist temples.

Join a Scenic Freechoice excursion team to Lab Borderless, an immersive and futuristic art museum, walk the landscaped Shinjuku-Gyoen park or be amazed at the colourful Sensji Temple. Then, an exclusive Scenic Enrich experience gives you the chance to join a Saki Drum ceremony before a remarkable performance.

Experience this on the Natural Wonders of Japan voyage.


5. Kushiro

Get up close to Japan’s nature in Kushiro Sitsugen, Japan’s largest marshland. It's home to the Japanese red-crowned cranes, or tancho.
Head to the Kushiro Marsh Observatory and viewing deck and explore the national park with your expert Discovery Team who will share deeper insights into the area.  


Beyond bird watching, there’s spotted deer, white-tailed sea eagles and blooming wildflowers. Essentially, it’s a nature lover's paradise.
Experience this on the Japan & the Aleutian Islands and Natural Wonders of Japan voyages. 

6. Kobe 

Scenic guests enjoy a free day in Kobe, and you’ll be spoilt for choice for how to spend it. Try the city’s famous Kobe beef or tour the Kobe Maritime Museum or Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park.


Alternatively, see the city from above from Mount Rokko. As well as panoramic city views, there’s the Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden with its 1,500 species of plants.

Plus, a free day is the perfect opportunity to enjoy everything your Discovery Yacht has to offer, from relaxing in one of the nine bars and lounges to getting a treatment in the 550mSenses Spa.


Experience this on the Ultimate Japan Circumnavigation voyage.


Discover Japan, both old and new, in ultra-luxury luxury. Learn more about Scenic’s 2023 Japan Discovery Voyages or order a brochure today.