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CRUISE TOUR

Japan and Taiwan

Island Explorations of Japan

20 NIGHTS FROM £16,185 per person

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

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS expand_more

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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TOUR DETAILS

    DAY DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

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    DAY 2-4 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Explore Tokyo at your leisure, a truly captivating city that combines tradition with progression.

    TRANSFERS

    Transfer to the port and board Crystal Endeavor, before departing Tokyo in the evening.

    Mandarin Oriental, Tokyokeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: A serene property in Tokyo's vibrant heart
    • Feature: Incredible city views and great atmosphere
    • Rooms: 157 rooms and 21 suites
    • Location: Tokyo, Japan
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

    DAY 5 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    DAY 6-7 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 7-8 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Here, impressive Himeji Castle boasts UNESCO status, while the nearby Koken Gardens and Shoshazan Engyoji Temple are other delights to explore.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 8 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 9 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    As you cruise to Uwajima, embrace the ship’s facilities – from Michelin-inspired dining, to the state-of-the-art Crystal Life Spa.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 10 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    DAY 11 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 12 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    This enchanting UNESCO-listed island offers scenic hiking trails, hot springs and captivatingly complex ecosystems, home to nearly 2,000 species of wildlife!

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 13 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Kayaking, snorkelling and hiking best showcase the natural beauty of Amami, home to white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and wildlife-rich mangroves.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 14 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 14-15 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Here, more breathtaking beaches and excellent waters for swimming are joined by Motobu’s famed Churaumi Aquarium, one of the largest in the world.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 15-16 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 16 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 17 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    The snorkelling here is sensational and the beaches beautiful, though inland also offers bright botanical gardens and vast sugarcane fields to explore.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 18 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 18 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY 19-20 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    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?

    TRANSFERS

    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.

    Crystal Endeavor
    • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
    • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
    • Rooms: 100 suites
    MEAL BASIS

    All-inclusive

    DAY DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    TRANSFERS

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    • Rooms:
    • Location:
    • Star rating:
    MEAL BASIS

DAY ACCOMMODATION

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DAY 2-4ACCOMMODATION
Tokyo, Japan

Explore Tokyo at your leisure, a truly captivating city that combines tradition with progression.

TRANSFERS

Transfer to the port and board Crystal Endeavor, before departing Tokyo in the evening.

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyokeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: A serene property in Tokyo's vibrant heart
  • Feature: Incredible city views and great atmosphere
  • Rooms: 157 rooms and 21 suites
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 5ACCOMMODATION
Shingu, Japan

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.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
DAY 6-7ACCOMMODATION
Osaka, Japan

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.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 7-8ACCOMMODATION
Himeji, Japan

Here, impressive Himeji Castle boasts UNESCO status, while the nearby Koken Gardens and Shoshazan Engyoji Temple are other delights to explore.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 8ACCOMMODATION
Tamano, Japan

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.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 9ACCOMMODATION
Crusing the Coast of Japan

As you cruise to Uwajima, embrace the ship’s facilities – from Michelin-inspired dining, to the state-of-the-art Crystal Life Spa.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 10ACCOMMODATION
Uwajima, Japan

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.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
DAY 11ACCOMMODATION
Kagoshima, Japan

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.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 12ACCOMMODATION
Anbo, Yakushima Island, Japan

This enchanting UNESCO-listed island offers scenic hiking trails, hot springs and captivatingly complex ecosystems, home to nearly 2,000 species of wildlife!

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 13ACCOMMODATION
Amami, Japan

Kayaking, snorkelling and hiking best showcase the natural beauty of Amami, home to white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and wildlife-rich mangroves.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 14ACCOMMODATION
Yoronjima, Japan

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.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 14-15ACCOMMODATION
Motobu, Japan

Here, more breathtaking beaches and excellent waters for swimming are joined by Motobu’s famed Churaumi Aquarium, one of the largest in the world.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 15-16ACCOMMODATION
Naha, Japan

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.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 16ACCOMMODATION
Kerama-Shoto Islands, Japan

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.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 17ACCOMMODATION
Miyako-Jima, Japan

The snorkelling here is sensational and the beaches beautiful, though inland also offers bright botanical gardens and vast sugarcane fields to explore.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 18ACCOMMODATION
Iriomote Island, Japan

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.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 18ACCOMMODATION
Ishigaki Island, Japan

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.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY 19-20ACCOMMODATION
Taipei, Taiwan

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?

TRANSFERS

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.

Crystal Endeavor
  • Summary: A brand-new luxury expedition ship with Zodiacs and a marina platform
  • Feature: Complimentary Crystal Expedition Adventures ashore with an Expedition Team
  • Rooms: 100 suites
MEAL BASIS

All-inclusive

DAY ACCOMMODATION

TRANSFERS

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  • Rooms:
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This cruise sails in September, a glorious time to visit due to the pleasant temperatures, little rain and beautiful fall colours.

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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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