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Vancouver , British Columbia | Sitka , Alaska | International Dateline | Sapporo (Muroran) , Japan | Sapporo (Muroran) , Japan | Hakodate , Japan | Aomori , Japan | Tokyo (Yokohama) , Japan

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A five-course epicurean extravaganza at Chef's Table. A stage-side spectacular of song and dance in City of Dreams. Movies by the pool and mini golf right on deck. Radiance of the Seas® transports you to far-off discoveries on land and at sea.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Vancouver, British Columbia

DEPARTS:
4:30 PM

VIBRANT VANCOUVER

Fuel up on breakfast from a local farmers’ market before spending a spectacular morning in Canada’s great outdoors. Go salmon fishing in Horseshoe Bay or paddle-boarding around scenic Granville Island. Or take in fantastic city views on a Skyride cable car trip to Grouse Mountain’s 1,130-metre-tall summit.

Fuel up on breakfast from a local farmers’ market before spending a spectacular morning in Canada’s great outdoors. Go salmon fishing in Horseshoe Bay or paddle-boarding around scenic Granville Island. Or take in fantastic city views on a Skyride cable car trip to Grouse Mountain’s 1,130-metre-tall summit.

Things To Do

in Vancouver

BUBBLING WITH ADVENTURE

Walk the cobbled streets of Gastown, admiring 20th-century brick buildings and taking a selfie with the whistling Steam Clock. Explore Maple Tree Square, site of ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton’s first tavern, and then stroll under the elaborate Chinatown Millennium Gate. Eat Asian delights – or escape the bustle amid Dr Su Yat-Sen’s peaceful gardens.

FULL OF FRESH AIR

Breathe in the 1,000-acre greenspace of Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Hike along the red cedar forest trails, relax beachside, take a horse-drawn carriage ride,or view the Brockton Point totem poles. Then walk along the Seawall, with the city centre skyline as your backdrop.

COLONIAL CHARISMA

Take a scenic ferry ride to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Get lost in the romance of its English-inspired traditions with a proper afternoon tea at the Empress hotel. Wander Butchart Gardens’ gorgeous topiaries and admire Craigdarroch Castle’s Victorian architecture. Victoria Public Market is an excellent dining and shopping spot.

LOCAL CUISINE

Vancouver’s cultural diversity is the key ingredient to its unique culinary scene. Dozens of food trucks, street food stalls and farmers’ markets offer something for every taste. Farm-to-table dishes feature Fraser Valley duck and spot prawns. Enjoy an assortment of Asian cuisine, from Chinese dim sum to Japanese ramen. Then sip Okanagan Valley wine or Granville Island beer from Canada’s first micro-brewery.

SHOPPING

Head to Robson Street for mainstream chain stores, or hit the quirky indie shops of Gastown, Main Street and Commercial Drive. Lonsdale Quay Market is home to 80 unique shops, while Granville Island’s art studios sell First Nations carvings and jewellery – plus its public market is known for gourmet goods.

INSIDER TIP

Canadians are known to offer a polite smile and “hello” when even greeting strangers.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Sitka, Alaska

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM
MOUNTAIN PEAKS &

MIDNIGHT SUN

Sitka truly offers the best of Alaska. Its small-town appeal stems from a unique blend of Russian, Tlingit and American history. Volcanic Mount Edgecumbe is postcard-worthy and its rare wildlife includes orange-beaked puffins. Whether you’re hiking along Baranof Island trails or listening to tribal stories passed down for generations, in Sitka the midnight sun never sets on adventure.

Sitka truly offers the best of Alaska. Its small-town appeal stems from a unique blend of Russian, Tlingit and American history. Volcanic Mount Edgecumbe is postcard-worthy and its rare wildlife includes orange-beaked puffins. Whether you’re hiking along Baranof Island trails or listening to tribal stories passed down for generations, in Sitka the midnight sun never sets on adventure.

Things To Do

in Sitka

LINKS TO THE PAST

Explore Sitka National Historical Park to trace the town’s early beginnings and native heritage. See indigenous artefacts, watch a documentary film and walk the mile-long Totem Trail. Then view creative pieces by local Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian artists at the Sitka Cultural Centre.

BERING HISTORY IN MIND

Learn about Sitka’s Russian influence on a walk to St Michael’s Cathedral, one of the few remaining Russian Orthodox churches in Alaska. Check out the Russian Bishop’s House and watch New Archangel Dancers perform traditional choreography. Then stand atop Castle Hill, where the first American flag flew over Alaska in 1867.

FOR THE BIRDS

Get up close to native eagles, owls, falcons and hawks at the Alaska Raptor Centre’s rehab hospital. Meet the vets who nurse injured birds back to health and view the flight-training centre – a rainforest environment where recovered animals relearn survival skills before being released back into the wild.

LOCAL CUISINE

The local Pacific Northwest 'frontier cuisine' is packed with fresh seafood offerings like sockeye lox and halibut fish and chips. Here you’ll find Dungeness crab harvested by local families and food trucks serving black cod collars. And don’t miss Baranof Island Brewing Company – the Silver Bay IPA and Halibut Point Hefeweizen are two solid sipping options.

SHOPPING

City centre galleries are your best bet for Northwest Coast native art and jewellery made by Inupiat Eskimos. Russian nesting dolls, woven Tlingit baskets and wild berry products also make authentic Alaskan souvenirs. Pop into the WinterSong Soap Company for herbal bath products made on-site.

INSIDER TIP

Pack your sunglasses – Alaska has bright sunlight even in winter.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

Things to Do

Hot Lasagna
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining
Chef's Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course menu and wine tasting.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW-STOPPERS

Performer in the Jazz Bar Lounge Performing for Guests

Performer in the Jazz Bar Lounge Performing for Guests

Things to Do

Two couples at Music Hall Enjoying the Live Bands
Live bands

THEY'RE PLAYING YOUR SONG

Select the genre you like and you're likely to find a band of talented musicians onboard to match, from live jazz to cover bands, quartets, Latin and acoustic performers across the fleet nightly.

Mystery Dinner Theatre

DINNER AND A MYSTERY

Reserve your spot at this funny dinner whodunit starring our professional cast of highly suspicious characters – and you. Will you be the first to solve the murder?

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

VY, Voyager, revite, public rooms, revitalization, Schooner Bar, bar, restaurant, dining, drinks,
Quill & compass, pub, promenade, bar,  radiance of the seas, RD, guitar player, entertainment, onboard activity, lounge, bartender, revitalization, english pub

VY, Voyager, revite, public rooms, revitalization, Schooner Bar, bar, restaurant, dining, drinks,
Quill & compass, pub, promenade, bar,  radiance of the seas, RD, guitar player, entertainment, onboard activity, lounge, bartender, revitalization, english pub

Things to Do

QN, Quantum of the Seas, public spaces, Schooner Bar, piano, entertainment, lounge, dining, drinks
Schooner Bar

THE SCHOONER THE BETTER

There's always a crowd gathered around the piano at The Schooner Bar, one of our signature bars and a guest favourite. Drop by to take in the nautical theme, and stay to join in with the piano sing-alongs while enjoying your favourite cocktail.

Men Enjoying a Pint at Wig & Gavel English Pub
English Pub

PINTS AND POURS FOR EVERY SHORE

Meet your mates for a pint. This is an authentic English spot to enjoy British racing decor while you sip UK-inspired cocktails, scotch, whiskeys and ales, of course.

DAY 7 - CRUISING

International Dateline

View of the wake from the aft of a cruise ship
DAY 8 - AT SEA

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DAY 9 - AT SEA

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DAY 11 - AT SEA

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DAY 12 - DOCKED

Sapporo (Muroran), Japan

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
THERE'S SNOW PLACE

LIKE SAPPORO

You can easily get to Sapporo, the city that 1.9 million people call home, from the port of Muroran by train in less than two hours. Whether you walk among the blooming cherry blossoms of Asahiyama Park or catch views of the massive Mt Teine that hosted Asia's first Winter Olympic Games, you'll never be too far from nature in Sapporo.

The former Hokkaido Government Offices in Sapporo, Japan
Nakajima Park in Sapporo, Japan
Snow fall at Odori Park in Sapporo, Japan

You can easily get to Sapporo, the city that 1.9 million people call home, from the port of Muroran by train in less than two hours. Whether you walk among the blooming cherry blossoms of Asahiyama Park or catch views of the massive Mt Teine that hosted Asia's first Winter Olympic Games, you'll never be too far from nature in Sapporo.

The former Hokkaido Government Offices in Sapporo, Japan
Nakajima Park in Sapporo, Japan
Snow fall at Odori Park in Sapporo, Japan
THINGS TO DO

In Sapporo (Muroran)

The Hokkaido Jingu Shrine in Japan

Shrine Time

Get a taste of traditional Japanese culture at Hokkaido Jingu, situated in the vast Maruyama Park. Walk through the imposing torii gates to take a look at this stately Shinto shrine, dedicated to the gods Okunitama, Onamuchi and Sukunahikona, as well as Emperor Meiji, who presided over the modernisation of Japan in the 19th century. You'll be enmeshed in the traditions of the Japanese past.

View of Jozankei Onsen in Japan

Soak Your Bones

Catch a bus for an hour's ride from Sapporo Station to the verdant Jozankei Onsen, a location blessed with 56 natural hot springs gushing out of the ground at up to 75.9 degrees Celsius. With your Sapporo cruise, take a stroll up and down the Toyohira River, and see why this town has been soothing locals since the 1860s.

Colorful flowers in Odori Park in Sapporo, Japan

Park It Right Here

If you're searching for history, head to Odori Park, where lilac, elm and over 90 other types of trees line a corridor bookended by the Sapporo TV Tower and the Former Sapporo Court of Appeal. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the Sapporo Clock Tower or the former Hokkaido Government Office to see fascinating examples of period architecture.

A bowl of Sapporo style Ramen soup

Local Cuisine

Head to Nijo Market for a taste of Hokkaido's fresh and famous seafood. For a taste of the local cuisine, order ikura, a signature rice bowl topped with slices of salmon sashimi and salmon roe. Or, cruise to Sapporo to slurp up some Sapporo-style ramen soup, a delectable and indulgent bowl of thick wheat noodles with a broth flavoured by salty miso paste (made from fermented soya beans) and topped with bean sprouts and onions.

A tradiitonal Hokkaido wood carving of a bear with a salmon in its mouth

Shopping

Few things say 'Hokkaido' more than figurines of salmon-chomping brown bears, known as kibori no kuma. Depending on size, they can cost under 1,000 yen to 30,000 yen or more, and you can grab one at Tanukiya near Odori subway station. While you're there, be sure to grab some locally made Sapporo beer and whiskey as souvenirs.

INSIDER TIP

Tipping is not customary in Japan, but look out for the blanket sales tax. You may be able to find tax-free sales promotions in some small shops.

DAY 13 - DOCKED

Sapporo (Muroran), Japan

DEPARTS:
8:00 PM
THERE'S SNOW PLACE

LIKE SAPPORO

You can easily get to Sapporo, the city that 1.9 million people call home, from the port of Muroran by train in less than two hours. Whether you walk among the blooming cherry blossoms of Asahiyama Park or catch views of the massive Mt Teine that hosted Asia's first Winter Olympic Games, you'll never be too far from nature in Sapporo.

The former Hokkaido Government Offices in Sapporo, Japan
Nakajima Park in Sapporo, Japan
Snow fall at Odori Park in Sapporo, Japan

You can easily get to Sapporo, the city that 1.9 million people call home, from the port of Muroran by train in less than two hours. Whether you walk among the blooming cherry blossoms of Asahiyama Park or catch views of the massive Mt Teine that hosted Asia's first Winter Olympic Games, you'll never be too far from nature in Sapporo.

The former Hokkaido Government Offices in Sapporo, Japan
Nakajima Park in Sapporo, Japan
Snow fall at Odori Park in Sapporo, Japan
THINGS TO DO

In Sapporo (Muroran)

The Hokkaido Jingu Shrine in Japan

Shrine Time

Get a taste of traditional Japanese culture at Hokkaido Jingu, situated in the vast Maruyama Park. Walk through the imposing torii gates to take a look at this stately Shinto shrine, dedicated to the gods Okunitama, Onamuchi and Sukunahikona, as well as Emperor Meiji, who presided over the modernisation of Japan in the 19th century. You'll be enmeshed in the traditions of the Japanese past.

View of Jozankei Onsen in Japan

Soak Your Bones

Catch a bus for an hour's ride from Sapporo Station to the verdant Jozankei Onsen, a location blessed with 56 natural hot springs gushing out of the ground at up to 75.9 degrees Celsius. With your Sapporo cruise, take a stroll up and down the Toyohira River, and see why this town has been soothing locals since the 1860s.

Colorful flowers in Odori Park in Sapporo, Japan

Park It Right Here

If you're searching for history, head to Odori Park, where lilac, elm and over 90 other types of trees line a corridor bookended by the Sapporo TV Tower and the Former Sapporo Court of Appeal. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the Sapporo Clock Tower or the former Hokkaido Government Office to see fascinating examples of period architecture.

A bowl of Sapporo style Ramen soup

Local Cuisine

Head to Nijo Market for a taste of Hokkaido's fresh and famous seafood. For a taste of the local cuisine, order ikura, a signature rice bowl topped with slices of salmon sashimi and salmon roe. Or, cruise to Sapporo to slurp up some Sapporo-style ramen soup, a delectable and indulgent bowl of thick wheat noodles with a broth flavoured by salty miso paste (made from fermented soya beans) and topped with bean sprouts and onions.

A tradiitonal Hokkaido wood carving of a bear with a salmon in its mouth

Shopping

Few things say 'Hokkaido' more than figurines of salmon-chomping brown bears, known as kibori no kuma. Depending on size, they can cost under 1,000 yen to 30,000 yen or more, and you can grab one at Tanukiya near Odori subway station. While you're there, be sure to grab some locally made Sapporo beer and whiskey as souvenirs.

INSIDER TIP

Tipping is not customary in Japan, but look out for the blanket sales tax. You may be able to find tax-free sales promotions in some small shops.

DAY 14 - DOCKED

Hakodate, Japan

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

SAKE, SUSHI, STEAM REPEAT

Opened as one of Japan's first international ports in 1859, Hakodate has a fascinating commercial and military legacy. Experience it by exploring the Goryokaku, a unique and verdant star-shaped fortress from the short-lived Republic of Ezo. Then, check out the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, a series of atmospheric bay side godowns (a style of Asian warehouse) revived as a shopping and dining spot.

View from atop Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate, Japan
A Torii gate with stairs leading to the Hakodate Hachiman shrine in Hakodate, Japan
View of Hachimazaka, a hill slope leading to the port in Hakodate, Japan

Opened as one of Japan's first international ports in 1859, Hakodate has a fascinating commercial and military legacy. Experience it by exploring the Goryokaku, a unique and verdant star-shaped fortress from the short-lived Republic of Ezo. Then, check out the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, a series of atmospheric bay side godowns (a style of Asian warehouse) revived as a shopping and dining spot.

View from atop Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate, Japan
A Torii gate with stairs leading to the Hakodate Hachiman shrine in Hakodate, Japan
View of Hachimazaka, a hill slope leading to the port in Hakodate, Japan
Things To Do

in Hakodate

Million Dollar View, the view from atop Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate, Japan

Million-Dollar View

It may be only 334 meters high, but Mt. Hakodate has stunning views of the city of Hakodate and the surrounding waters. Known as the "million-dollar view," it's one of Japan's best-known spots for panoramic vistas. A gondola will get you to the observation deck in three minutes, and a hike takes around 45.

Aerial view of Goryokaku Park, a star shaped fort in Hakodate, Japan

Remains of a Lost Republic

The Goryokaku is a unique star-shaped fort built in the mid-19th century by the Tokugawa shogunate to protect Hakodate from Western powers. In 1869, former samurai established the Republic of Ezo here before imperial troops defeated them six months later. Today, the fort is a leafy oasis surrounded by more than 1,000 cherry trees that bloom in spring.

Kanemori red brick warehouse, bay-side godowns,  and ferry boat in Hakodate, Japan

The Lowdown on Godowns

The Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse is a beautifully preserved group of bay-side godowns — a term for warehouses derived from an Indian dialect — dating to the early 20th century. Today, these buildings offer an eclectic mix of shopping and dining, but even their architecture makes them worth a stop.

Kaisendon, seafood bowl of crab, tobiko caviar, tuna, and more, in Hakodate, Japan

Local Cuisine

Hakodate is a seafood lover's utopia. Cruise to Hakodate and drop anchor near the asaichi (morning market) south of Hakodate Station, and you'll find a myriad of eateries offering marine delicacies such as king crab, sushi and uni (sea urchin). If in doubt, try Maruyama Shoten's kaisendon (seafood bowl) of raw uni, squid, salmon and roe over rice.

Close up of makisu, sushi roller mats, in Hakodate, Japan

Shopping

Celebrate Hokkaido's oceanic heritage with a cute squid-themed souvenir — favorites ranges from stuffed animals to keychains. Take home traditional Hokkaido handmade wooden items, such as spoons, bowls, placemats and other kitchenware, or pick up a bar of specialty soap made from Hokkaido-sourced materials: The local seaweed is thought to take exfoliation to the next level. Seek out these and other distinctive trinkets at the shops at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse during your visit.

INSIDER TIP

There's no tipping in Japan, but you'll face an 8 percent sales tax everywhere except major retailers, which often have tax-fee shopping campaigns.

DAY 15 - DOCKED

Aomori, Japan

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
FALL IN LOVE

WITH AOMORI

In Aomori's bay area, you'll find architectural marvels along with endless shopping opportunities. If you're not attending the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri festival in August, head over to the Nebuta Museum, where you can learn about the history of this event. Or catch a performance by local haneto dancers. You may also decide to explore the unspoiled wilderness that Aomori has to offer.

Aomori Hirosaki Castle in the Fall
Aomori Japan Seiryuji Big Buddha Statue
Aomori Japan Sakuras in Full Bloom

In Aomori's bay area, you'll find architectural marvels along with endless shopping opportunities. If you're not attending the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri festival in August, head over to the Nebuta Museum, where you can learn about the history of this event. Or catch a performance by local haneto dancers. You may also decide to explore the unspoiled wilderness that Aomori has to offer.

Aomori Hirosaki Castle in the Fall
Aomori Japan Seiryuji Big Buddha Statue
Aomori Japan Sakuras in Full Bloom
Things To Do

in Aomori

Aomori Japan Hirosakicastle in Spring

Fairy Tale Fortress

The Hirosaki Castle is considered to be one of Japan's most beautiful castles. The main tower was built in 1611 by Nobuhira, lord of the Tsugaru clan, at the top of a hill and surrounded by defensive walls, moats and towers. Hundreds of cherry trees grow in the park during the spring.

Aomori Japan Towada Hachimantai National Park Waterfall

Breathtaking River Valley Hike

Visit Aomori to hike along the crystal-clear Oirase Gorge stream, one of the most beautiful rivers in all of Japan. The 14km (8.6 miles) valley is marked by unusual rock formations, 14 plunging waterfalls and spectacular colored trees in fall. At the center of the gorge is the pleasant Ishigedo rest area.

Aomori Japan Lantern Float

Discover the Local Heritage

At the world-class contemporary Aomori Museum of Art, you can dig deep into the region's culture from prehistoric times up until now. The building was designed by Japanese architect Jun Aoki, and it features the quirky work of Aomori-born artist Yoshimoto Nara. There is also work by painters such as Pablo Picasso.

Local Cuisine

If you like seafood and apples, Aomori is the place for you. At the Furukawa Fish Market, try nokkedon (a rice bowl topped with seafood), the local scallop or perhaps the ichigo-ni (a seafood stew). Cruise to Aomori, Japan and head to A-FACTORY to taste fresh or dried apples, apple ice cream, pie or cider.

Shopping

At ASPAM, a building with 15 floors in the shape of Aomiri's letter "A," you can purchase Aomori's signature products, such as apple cider, sake, ceramics, cypress woodwork, dolls and embroidery. Along Shinmachi Street, you'll find antique and craft stores as well as the Nakasan, Sakurano and Beny Mart shopping centers.

INSIDER TIP

On the first floor of the ASPAM shopping mall, you'll find the Aomori Station Tourist Information Center.

DAY 16 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 17 - Arrival Day

Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

Yokohama is the central gateway to exploring Tokyo, a once-humble fishing village that is now one of the world's biggest, most densely populated cities. You'll find an eclectic mix of traditional shrines and soaring skyscrapers lining these neon-lit streets. Walk the Rainbow Bridge over Tokyo Bay alongside the Yurikamome Rail Line, a futuristic, operatorless train system. Then, see old Tokyo at the Imperial Palace, an Edo Castle surrounded by moats and gardens perfect for strolling. Cruise to Tokyo and head to iconic Sensoji Buddhist Temple and pass below the massive red paper lantern of the Thunder Gate. Then, unwind in Yoyogi Park, a literal forest in the heart of the city, complete with Zen gardens and a gingko tree forest.

The Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
The Tokyo, Japan skyline with Mount Fuji in the distance
Aerial view of the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Yokohama is the central gateway to exploring Tokyo, a once-humble fishing village that is now one of the world's biggest, most densely populated cities. You'll find an eclectic mix of traditional shrines and soaring skyscrapers lining these neon-lit streets. Walk the Rainbow Bridge over Tokyo Bay alongside the Yurikamome Rail Line, a futuristic, operatorless train system. Then, see old Tokyo at the Imperial Palace, an Edo Castle surrounded by moats and gardens perfect for strolling. Cruise to Tokyo and head to iconic Sensoji Buddhist Temple and pass below the massive red paper lantern of the Thunder Gate. Then, unwind in Yoyogi Park, a literal forest in the heart of the city, complete with Zen gardens and a gingko tree forest.

The Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
The Tokyo, Japan skyline with Mount Fuji in the distance
Aerial view of the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan
Things To Do

in Tokyo (Yokohama)

Two geishas walking by the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

Let Tokyo Impress You

Whether you take a guided tour or explore on your own, Tokyo will never disappoint. Scope out the cutting-edge fashion in Harajuku and learn all about Otaku culture in Akihabara. Stop off at the forested Meiji shrine and see the bright Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, a well-known geisha district.

A bronze statue of the Great Buddha in Japan

Seaside Escape

Every summer, Tokyoites escape the heat by heading to the picturesque town of Kamakura. Take the classic Enoshima Electric Railway to the breathtaking Hase-Dera temple housing a gold-leafed statue of the goddess Kannon. Known for the popular Giant Buddha (Daibutsu), you can spot Mt Fuji from the nearby charcoal black beaches of Inamuragasaki Park.

The Sankeien Garden in Japan

Garden of Architecture

Sankeien Garden is the extravagant creation of a 20th-century silk trader. Dotting the grounds are 17 recreations of iconic buildings from across Japan. All perfectly balanced according to the season, the garden is a celebration of Japan. Cruise to Tokyo and join in a traditional tea ceremony, and learn how to wear a kimono.

Chicken yakitori on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Japan has some of the world's most renowned cuisine, and Tokyo is the epicentre of all that goodness. Try nigirizushi-style sushi, with simple, single cuts of delicate raw fish served over vinegared rice. Indulge in Tokyo's unique approach to the pan-Japanese noodle soup ramen – here, thin, wavy noodles luxuriate in a soya-infused chicken broth. Or snack on yakitori, grilled chicken skewers seasoned simply with salt or tare, a savoury blend of fish-infused dashi broth, soya and vinegar.

An assortment of kimonos on a rack in Japan

Shopping

Harajuku in the heart of Tokyo is a shopaholic's dream. From the weird to the classy, you'll find the latest fashion and the coolest brands. For a broader experience, head to Yokohama's 150-year-old Motomachi Shopping street. Hosting a massive sale in September and February, Motomachi has something for everyone. Jump onboard a Tokyo cruise and make sure to bring home some of the region's famous silk, either in the form of a floral kimono or scarf.

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