Cultural Wonders of Japan

9 Days
Sapporo to Seoul
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$ 10,937
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2023 Sapporo > Seoul

Insight into Japan’s Past

Enjoy a voyage through Japan’s intriguing history. From catching a glimpse of the ancient Jomon era to learning about the samurais of the Edo period, Japan’s west coast will captivate you in every way. Discover the country’s tough past, witness its mesmerising traditions and cultures as you immerse in the immaculate lush scenery.
Sail down the west coast of Japan to view regions largely untouched by tourism, including Aomori where you will see one of the largest and well preserved ancient archaeological sites. Experience a glimpse into Japan’s feudal past, learning of the samurais, Cold War spies and World War II history. Explore the many faces of Japan on board Scenic Eclipse.
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  1. Day 1 - Otaru, Japan

    Welcome to the lively harbour town of Otaru. Transfer to Scenic Eclipse where your journey into wonder begins with a warm greeting by the crew as you step on board. Raise your glass this evening and toast the start of your ultra-luxury cruise.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Sapporo prior to 02:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Hakodate

    Located on the southern tip of the island of Hokkaido, Hakodate was one of the first ports that opened to international trade. The international influence can be seen in the sophisticated architectural styles juxtaposed, against the city’s traditional temples. One of the most underrated Japanese cities, Hakodate is well-known for the panoramic views from Mount Hakodate that encompasses the city,  harbour and mountains in the distance. If you’re feeling adventurous, take the time to taste Hakodate’s signature salty Hakodate Ramen, rumoured to be the first ramen dish in Japan.  


    Discover the history of Goryokaku, or view the city from above as you ride the cable car up Mount Hakodate. Explore Onuma Quasi-National Park, or walk around the Hakodate Asaichi (Morning Market).


    Hike up the active volcano Mt. Esan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Aomori

    Superb seafood, riveting modern art and the world's largest virgin beech forest, Aomori is a hidden gem that is starting to find its place on the map. This ultra-modern port was rebuilt after World War II, and  filled with attractions that will reveal a different side of Japan. Just outside of Aomori, the archaeological dig site Sannai Maruyama, the largest and best preserved from the Jomon era (13,000-300 BC) provides a rare look into the nation’s ancient history.   


    Experience the charm of the Aomori Nebuta Festival at the Nebuta Warasse museum, or visit the Sannai Maruyama Archaeological Site one of the most complete and best preserved Jomon Period villages in Japan. Choose to explore the Hakkodamaru Memorial? , or learn about the Edo Period in Hirosaki.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Sado Island, Ogi Harbour

    Sado is believed to have been inhabited for over 10,000 years, and even finds mention in Japanese creation stories. Sado Island is a miniature Japan, showcasing every kind of coastal landform seen in Japan and a blend of cultures introduced by previous exiles to the island. Explore the Geopark, where the gold and silver mines, the taraibune (tub boat) and the nurtured rice farms are all deeply entrenched in the landscapes. While on the island, keep your eyes peeled for the crested ibis. Previously extinct in Japan, the Japanese Ibis (toki) was reintroduced to Sado Island through a successful breeding program, and several hundred now exist in the wild.


    Learn the history of the largest gold mine in Japan, Sado Kinzan, or explore the small town of Ogi.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Kanazawa

    Exceptional historical sites, traditional cuisine, renowned art museums and refined craftwork. Throughout history Kanazawa, meaning ‘the golden marsh’, has been one of Japan's most important cities for culture and art. Supplying 99% of Japan's gold leaf, Kanazawa is also known to have one of the best and most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan. Spacious and secluded, it forms the green heart of this compact city. 


    Explore the famed Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle or learn the history of the Nagamachi Samurai District. Alternatively, see authentic Japan in this historic village Gokayama.


    Enjoy a walk through the Higahsi Chaya District before having the opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Maizuru

    With a Naval history from 1901, Maizuru was the main port in Japan to receive repatriated soldiers after World War II. Home to the Japanese Navy Base, the closest to North Korea, local fisherman to this day report any suspicious boats who they believe may be North Korean spies. 
    Taste the city's official dish nikujaga (meat-and-potato stew), dedicated to the legacy of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Fleet Admiral Togo, who became famous for destroying nearly two-thirds of Russia’s fleet in the Battle of Tsushima.


    Explore Maizuru’s Amanohashidate sandbar and learn the naval history at Red Brick Park, or see traditional thatched roof farmhouses in Miyama. Alternatively, drive to Kyoto to see the Golden Temple, and choose to visit the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Tenryu-ji Temple or Nijo Castle.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Sakaiminato

    Located in Tottori Prefecture the city lies beneath the dominate feature in the sky to the east, Mt. Daisen also known as ‘mini-Fuji’. Throughout Sakaiminato you will see characters from one of Japan's most beloved manga comics, whose author comes from the town. Images of the main character, Kitaro and various monsters from the series form statue and whose images can be seen emblazoned on everything from trains and buses to vending machines and packaging. Also well-known is the Sakaiminato’s bridge due to its steep ramps, which look almost impossible to climb when viewed from different angles.


    Visit the volcanic Mount Daisen or enjoy a city tour, learning of the history manga comics. Alternatively explore the samurai district of Matsue or the Grand Shrine of Izumo, one of Japan’s most important shrines.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Hagi

    Hagi is best known for its preserved former castle town, being fortunate enough to avoid all major disasters since the Edo Period. Located on the South Western corner of Honshu facing the Sea of Japan, this small town has a fascinating history. Wander through the small streets lined with cross-hatched namako walls and samurai houses, stunning castle ruins and traditional potteries.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Busan, South Korea > Seoul

    A tapestry of colours rolling across the magnificent natural setting, Busan is where the locals go for a relaxing getaway, thanks to its laid-back atmosphere, urban beaches, and great street food culture. South Korea’s second largest city represents a harmonious relationship between the calm sea, snaking rivers and lush mountains. Disembark Scenic Eclipse and board the KTX bullet train to Seoul for your onward travels.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Seoul after 12:00 PM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the cruise will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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