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An all-inclusive Crystal cruise across Japan simultaneously invites you discover the country’s past, present and future. From lush rainforests and beautiful beaches, to rural towns and futuristic cities, expect to be spellbound by the diversity and spirituality of “The Land of the Rising Sun”, before ending your adventure in alluring Taipei.
Overview: 2 nights in Tokyo, followed by 16 nights cruising on Crystal Endeavor
2020 Dates: 11-29 Sep
Discover several fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites while docked in Osaka, Shingu and Himeji
Experience the beautiful beaches and magnificent marine life of tropical Japan across a number of picturesque islands
Authentic excursions include watching a geisha performance in Kyoto, enjoying the unique Japanese flavours in Kagoshima, and making traditional Taiwanese dumplings in Taipei
An experienced Expedition Team of 25 experts will lead small-group exploration ashore
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Explore Tokyo at your leisure, a truly captivating city that combines tradition with progression.
Transfer to the port and board Crystal Endeavor, before departing Tokyo in the evening.
The small coastal town of Shingu is probably best known for the UNESCO Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine, one of three sacred spots on the ancient pilgrimage route of Kumano Kodo. The area also offers exhilarating log-rafting and hiking trails past waterfalls.
While Osaka offers plenty to explore itself, it is also close to cultural Kyoto, where UNESCO World Heritage Sites and teahouses filled with geishas await. Nearby Nara, meanwhile, is a historical city home to temples, shrines and one of Japan’s oldest parks abundant with deer.
Here, impressive Himeji Castle boasts UNESCO status, while the nearby Koken Gardens and Shoshazan Engyoji Temple are other delights to explore.
Tamano is an innovative town known for its contemporary art, lovely beaches and sprawling Miyama Park, while the nearby Ojigadake Bluff offers some seriously scenic hiking routes with sea views.
As you cruise to Uwajima, embrace the ship’s facilities – from Michelin-inspired dining, to the state-of-the-art Crystal Life Spa.
Uwajima is one of Japan’s main pearl producing communities and you can visit a local pearl farm to see the perfected process from start to finish. The historic town is also home to one of only twelve surviving castles from the Edo Period.
Renowned for its friendliness and high-quality agricultural ingredients, tropical Kagoshima is overlooked by the active volcano Mount Sakurajima. Hiking, culinary delights and historical treasures all feature on a range of excursions here.
This enchanting UNESCO-listed island offers scenic hiking trails, hot springs and captivatingly complex ecosystems, home to nearly 2,000 species of wildlife!
Kayaking, snorkelling and hiking best showcase the natural beauty of Amami, home to white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and wildlife-rich mangroves.
Discover the island’s Folk Village, where ancient traditions of craft and creation are preserved, while spellbindingly blue waters and pristine beaches are also here to welcome you.
Here, more breathtaking beaches and excellent waters for swimming are joined by Motobu’s famed Churaumi Aquarium, one of the largest in the world.
Bustling and vibrant, Naha’s waters are some of the clearest you’ll encounter, home to a kingdom of colourful marine life – including sea turtles – while the area is also great for spotting migrating humpback whales at the right time of year.
The azure waters of these friendly islands – collectively declared a national park – are popular with sea turtles and humpbacks, while the white sand beaches are perfect for a spot of relaxation.
The snorkelling here is sensational and the beaches beautiful, though inland also offers bright botanical gardens and vast sugarcane fields to explore.
Paradise for lovers of the great outdoors, this enchanting island is characterised by dense jungles and mangrove swamps, as well as some of Japan’s most pristine coral reefs.
Dense palm forests, mountains covered in lush jungles, mangrove-fringed rivers and Shinto shrines on the tropical island’s interior lead out towards gorgeous beaches and diverse dive sites at the coast.
Your Crystal adventure ends in Taipei, one of Asia’s friendliest and fastest-growing cities where highlights include the National Palace Museum, Longshan Temple and Taipei 101 tower. Why not explore on a Crystal excursion with options including a dumpling workshop and tea demonstration?
Disembark and transfer to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for your flight to the UK. Alternatively, your Luxury Travel Specialist can help to plan additional nights in the city.
This cruise sails in September, a glorious time to visit due to the pleasant temperatures, little rain and beautiful fall colours.
20 NIGHTS FROM £16,185 per person
Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.
A variety of shore excursions is offered on each cruise itinerary. Please speak to your Luxury Travel Specialist for more details.
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