7 Night Best Of Japan Cruise on Quantum of the Seas from Beijing, Tianjin, China Fukuoka, Japan Red Bridge Shrine
The 7 Night Best Of Japan Cruise from Beijing, Tianjin, China visits Kyoto (Maizuru), Japan; Sakaiminato, Japan; Fukuoka, Japan; Beijing (Tianjin), China. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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7 Night Best Of Japan Cruise
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Explore Quantum of the Seas
Day 1 - Beijing (Tianjin), China
Day 2 - 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Kyoto (Maizuru), Japan
Day 5 - Sakaiminato, Japan
Day 6 - Fukuoka, Japan
Day 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - Beijing (Tianjin), China
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Fukuoka, Japan Red Bridge Shrine
A red bridge over a water canal at the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka, Japan
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Leaving from
Beijing (Tianjin), China
Onboard
Quantum of the Seas
Day Port
1
Beijing (Tianjin), China
Departs at 5:00 PM
2 - 3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
Kyoto (Maizuru), Japan
From 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
5
Sakaiminato, Japan
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6
Fukuoka, Japan
From 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
Beijing (Tianjin), China
Arrives at 6:30 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Quantum of  the Seas, Side View, China and Japan Destinations
Side View of Quantum of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Destinations in China and Japan
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Quantum of the Seas
Discover everything this holiday visionary has to offer, from 90-metre-high views in the North Star®, to jamming out at an impromptu parade. In between thrills, fuel up on dining designed to please your palate, like family-style favourites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated fare at Chef's Table.

ADVENTURE FROM EVERY ANGLE

The first of its class, Quantum of the Seas® is real a game-changer. Defy gravity on RipCord® by iFLY® – the first skydiving simulator at sea. Soak up 360 views 90 metres above deck in the North Star®. Practise riding waves on the FlowRider® surf simulator. And take in transformative entertainment at Two70®.

A CELEBRATION FOR YOUR SENSES

You'll find plenty onboard to tease your taste buds, like cocktails mixed by robotic bartenders at the Bionic Bar® and five courses of gourmet goodness at Chef's Table. Not to mention family-style favourites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated Mediterranean fare at Coastal Kitchen.

PUTTING THE SPECTACLE IN SPECTACULAR

Craving some futuristic sounds? Take in an epic fusion of music and innovation at Sonic Odyssey. Or dive into the mysteries of the sea in the spell-binding production, Starwater.

Day 1: Beijing, China

Day 1
Beijing
Tianjin, China
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Beijing, China Cityscape
View of the cityscape in Beijing, China
Things to do in
Beijing
Departs at 5:00 PM
The centuries have left a lasting impression on Tianjin, and it's waiting to be discovered. In this portside metropolitan area, you can climb a 1,400-year-old section of the Great Wall or wander through Jinmen Guli, the ancient cultural street, where you'll find shops selling traditional jade handicrafts and architecture dating back to the 1600s. Soak up the history at the Tianjin Museum, home to ancient cultural artifacts. Then, head to the Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park, which sits atop a former Soviet Russian aircraft carrier. Cruise to Beijing and take the 1.5-hour trip to nearby Beijing, where you can shop in 700-year-old Nan Luogu Xiang alley or the city's massive silk market.
Beijing, China Tianjin Eye
View of the Eye of Tianjin in Beijing, China

Open Your Eyes

With panoramic views of the city, there's no question as to why the Tianjin Eye is the city's number one attraction. Grab your camera and step onto the Ferris Wheel on Yongle Bridge along the Haihe River. On a clear, sunny day, you can see for miles.
Beijing, China Lantern Tianjin City
Lantern colorful pavilions in an old colonist city called Tianjin in Beijing China

Ride Back in Time

Wu Da Dao, or the Five Great Avenues, is a history buff's dream. Board a horse-drawn cart and transport yourself back into time to see how colonists lived in Tianjin. Home to historical villas from the last two centuries, the Five Great Avenues is a section of the city begging to be explored.
Beijing, China Italian Church
China's largest Catholic Church inspired by Roman and French architecture

Cultures Collide

A product of the golden age and northern China's largest Catholic church, the XiKai Church was built in 1916 and is still in use today. Visit the church to admire the Roman- and French-inspired architecture, or catch a service in English or Chinese during your Beijing cruise.
Beijing, China Steamed Buns
Xiao Long Bao Steamed Buns Cuisine in Beijing, China

Local Cuisine

Follow your nose to Tianjin Goubuli for a goubuli steamed stuffed bun — the mouth-watering snack is stuffed with chicken and accompanied by sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger. Or, if you're looking for something sweeter, sink your teeth into a ma hau, a fried dough twist deep-fried in peanut oil and stuffed with bean paste.
Beijing, China Shopping
Shopping through asian markets in Beijing, China

Shopping

Wander to the Tianjin Shenyangdao Antique Market to test out your haggling skills during your Beijing cruise. You'll find jade jewelry, porcelain items and copper handicrafts. Afterwards, find your way to Ancient Culture Street for silks, animal-shaped Weiji kites and Niren Zhang, the painted clay figurines that are traditional to the Tianjin area.

Day 2 - 3: Cruising

Day 2 - 3
Cruising
At Sea
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North Star Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
North Star Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure — with 360-degree views of the world from 300 feet above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule — winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
Ripcord by iFly Instructor
iFly instructor on Anthem in the Skydiving Tunnel, wind tunnel, skydive, skydiver, skydiving simulator, iFly by Ripcord, instructor in the Anthem ifly

RipCord® by iFLY®

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving — and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.
Bumper Cars at the Sea Plex
Bumper Cars at Night

SeaPlex®

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and bumper cars — it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  

Day 4: Kyoto, Japan

Day 4
Kyoto
Maizuru, Japan
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Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Orange Column Entrance Tori Gates
The orange or red column entrance for the Tori Gates in Kyoto, Japan
Things to do in
Kyoto
From 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
The gentle seaside city of Maizuru will win you over with its quaint collection of mountainside temples, pristine beaches and historical museums. Cruise to Kyoto and check out Maizuru Red Brick Park, a series of warehouses that today serve as a museum, and be transported to a Cold War-era spy thriller. See the nearby Amanohashidate sandbar, a 3-kilometer-long isthmus that connects the bay in a picturesque stretch of white sand and pine trees. Or head into central Kyoto, about a 90-minute drive from port — walk among the red torii gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, or climb to the top of Kyoto Tower for the area's best views.
Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Brick Museum
Maizuru's World Brick Museum Exterior View

Brick and Mortar

Because Maizuru was a naval base, many buildings were built with striking red brick instead of traditional wood. Learn exactly how brick transformed this little seaside town at the Maizuru Brick Park. Don't forget to take a peek at the nearby naval ships floating casually in the bay.
Insider tip
Maizuru is quite spread out, so keep an eye on the time to make sure you make it back for departure.
Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Mountain View
A mountain view of Kyoto's cityscape

Winding to the Heavens

The road to the Goro Sky Tower is almost as beautiful as the view from the tower itself. Winding up the side of a mountain, you'll find yourself surrounded by never-ending peaks and the vast blue ocean. From the tower, things get even better with an uninterrupted 360-degree view of the sea and the mountains.
Insider tip
Hiring a taxi or taking a tour for the day will let you see as many sights as possible.
Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Bridge Across Beach
A bridge crossing the beach with temples on either side filled with trees

Sandbar Stopover

Amanohashidate, translated as "Bridge in Heaven," is a picturesque sandbar stretching across the mouth of Miyazu Bay. With temples on either side, you can walk its length and enjoy the fine white sand. At the nearby Kitahama beach, the unique sand squeaks and sings as you step on it.
Insider tip
Tipping and haggling are not practiced in Japan — what you see is what you pay.
Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Shojin Ryori Vegetables
Traditional shojin ryori japanese vegetables

Local Cuisine

Try a shojin ryori, a vegetarian set menu of seasonal Japanese vegetables and tofu. If vegetarian food isn't your thing, the Maizuru Port Toretore Center has the freshest fish available in the whole of Kyoto. Be sure to try whatever fish is in season during your visit to Kyoto.
Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Colorful Kimonos
A rack of colorful kimonos for sale in Kyoto, Japan

Shopping

Pick up packets of Japanese seaweed snacks or dried fish at the Maixuru Port Toretore Center. For an unforgettable fashion experience, head inland to the Nishijin Textile center. You'll be treated to an array of brightly colored kimono and cloth imprinted with traditional floral designs.

Day 5: Sakaiminato, Japan

Day 5
Sakaiminato
Japan
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Sakaiminato, Japan Matsue Castle Cherry Blossoms
Matsue Castle during cherry blossom season in Sakaiminato, Japan
Things to do in
Sakaiminato
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
A busy port in Tottori Prefecture on the Sea of Japan, Sakaiminato is a gateway to some of Japan's best nature and slow-paced, traditional culture. Head to Daisen Oki National Park, where you can hike up volcanic Mount Daisen, stopping for a rest inside Daisen-ji Buddhist temple, which lies halfway to the summit. In Sakaiminato city, walk along Mizuki Shigeru Road, lined with statues inspired by Japanese comic legend Shigeru Mizuki's characters – pop into the museum of the same name to see the artist's original comics. Cruise to Sakaiminato and drive out to Matsue Castle – finished in 1611, it's one of the oldest still-standing castles in Japan – and continue on to the ancient Shinto shrine at Izumo Taisha.
Sakaiminato, Japan Matsue Castle
Matsue Castle in Sakaiminato, Japan

Storm the Castle

Less than an hour by bus or train from Sakaiminato is the lakeside city of Matsue, capital of Shimane Prefecture and home to one of Japan's few still-standing 17th-century samurai fortresses, Matsue Castle. Another excellent piece of traditional architecture is the nearby Koizumi Yakumo Memorial Museum, dedicated to Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn.
Insider tip
Be sure to check the return timetables for buses and trains if you're going to venture to Matsue or Izumo Taisha.
Sakaiminato, Japan Okuninushi No Mikoto
Statue of Okuninushi in Izumo Taisha grand shrine in Sakaiminato, Japan

Sacred Stop

Believed to be Japan's oldest Shinto shrine, Izumo Taisha is a revered sanctuary dedicated to Okuninushi, the god of marriage. The shrine is famous for its enormous shimenawa sacred ropes, and while its design dates back to the mid-18th century, this spot has been a place of worship since at least the year 950. The Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo next door has a comprehensive account of local history.
Insider tip
Reservations are required for tours of Chiyomusubi sake brewery: Book ahead if you want to see how the good stuff is made.
Sakaiminato, Japan Eyeball Fountain
Eyeball shaped fountain in Sakaiminato, Japan

Get Comical

If you prefer to stay in Sakaiminato, check out the legacy of local hero Shigeru Mizuki, a celebrated comic artist who created many yokai (monster) characters including the beloved GeGeGe no Kitaro. Mizuki Shigeru Road features 153 bronze statues of these creations, and the Mizuki Shigeru Museum offers a fascinating look at the artist's life and the world of yokai.
Sakaiminato, Japan Crab
Crab seafood in Sakaiminato, Japan

Local Cuisine

Sakaiminato offers some of the best seafood in Japan, so come hungry. There's sushi, sashimi and kaisendon – a bowl of sashimi and fish roe over rice. If you're lucky enough to visit in winter, don't miss matsubagani, the sweet-tasting regional snow crab: Enjoy it raw sashimi-style, tossed into a hearty stew or grilled with soya-based dipping sauce.
Sakaiminato, Japan Sake Bottles
Sake bottles in a traditional bottle in Sakaiminato, Japan

Shopping

Tottori Prefecture is known for its fine sake rice wine. Browse the selection at Chiyomusubi sake brewery off Mizuki Shigeru Road in Sakaiminato. You can watch the sake craftsmen in action with a brewery tour. During your Sakaiminato cruise vacation, pick up a figurine of GeGeGe no Kitaro or another of Shigeru Mizuki's characters in Sakaiminato centre.

Day 6: Fukuoka, Japan

Day 6
Fukuoka
Japan
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Fukuoka, Japan Giant Buddha Temple
Tocho-ji temple or Fukuoka Giant Buddha temple in Fukuoka, Japan
Things to do in
Fukuoka
From 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Fukuoka, on the northern shore of Japan's Kyushu Island, is known for ancient temples and beautiful beaches. Explore the 17th-century ruins of Fukuoka Castle in Maizuru Park. Then head to the central Hakata district, home to Tocho-ji Temple, where a 10-meter wooden Buddha sits. Cruise to Fukuoka and dive deeper into history at the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, with displays on daily life in the Meiji and Taisho eras. Slurp ramen noodles in rich tonkotsu broth at one of the city's yatai (outdoor food stalls), then walk it off with a stroll along the winding canals. Pop into Shofukuji Zen temple for some quiet reflection. Or embrace the bustle instead and head to Canal City Hakata, one of Japan's largest shopping complexes.
Fukuoka, Japan Tower
Views of the 768 foot Fukuoka Tower in Fukuoka, Japan

Towering Views

Head over to the 768-foot Fukuoka Tower for stunning views of the city and the coast. Then take a relaxing stroll on the beach right next door at Momochi Seaside Park. To cool down, get familiar with local history at the nearby Fukuoka City Museum, which houses the Gold Seal, a national treasure linked to the foundations of Japan as a country.
Insider tip
There's no tipping in Japan, but there is a blanket 8 percent sales tax. Look for tax-free sales promotions.
Fukuoka, Japan Temple Hakata
Shofukuji Zen Temple in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan

Get Centered

Founded in the late 12th century by the priest Eisai, Shofukuji is Japan's first temple dedicated to Zen Buddhism. The philosophy of Zen grew to become a central teaching for Japan's samurai warriors. The tranquil grounds here are perfect for reflection or a respite from the bustle of the city.
Insider tip
Smaller restaurants, cafes and yatai stands may not accept credit cards, so have enough yen cash on hand.
Fukuoka, Japan Main Hall Shrine
Main hall of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan

Bee-Line for Shrines

On the outskirts of Fukuoka, Dazaifu is a historic administrative center packed with temples and shrines. During your Fukuoka, Japan cruise, head to the grandest of them all, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, dedicated to scholar Sugawara Michizane. Some 40 kilometers south but easily reachable by train, you can find Yanagawa, an ancient castle town of gorgeous old canals overhung by willows and cherry trees.
Fukuoka, Japan Ramen Noodles
Ramen noodles is a local cuisine in Fukuoka, Japan

Local Cuisine

Fukuoka is synonymous with noodles. While ramen originated in China, Fukuoka took the dish to new heights with its hearty tonkotsu broth — made from long-simmered pork bones — and long, thin noodles. One of the best ways to enjoy this dish is at an outdoor yatai stand, where the beer and sake flow.
Fukuoka, Japan Ceramic Japanese Dolls
Ceramic Japanese dolls known as Hakata Ningyo from the 17th century found in Japan

Shopping

In Fukuoka, you can pick up Hakata ningyo, ceramic dolls that were first made in the 17th century and gained international renown in the 19th. They're elaborately painted and can be remarkably lifelike. Shogetsudo in the Nakasu district offers a wide selection of dolls — you can even create your own.

Day 7: Cruising

Day 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Shrimp Wonton Soup - Izumi Restaurant
Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
FOR FOODIES
Jamie's Italian Lobster Al Forno
Delicious Lobster Al Forno

Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.
Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine Crispy Mac Cheese Fries
Crispy mac and cheese fries served at Wonderland

Wonderland

Our Wonderland chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes, inventing elaborate dreamscapes of never-before-seen fare. The story begins as you "brush" the menu and find your element— Sun, Ice, Fire, Water, Earth and Dreams.
Izumi Sushi Specialty Roll
Izumi Sushi Specialty Roll

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Day 8: Beijing, China

Day 8
Beijing
Tianjin, China
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Beijing, China, Beihai Park
A traditional Chinese building at Beihai Park in Beijing, China
Things to do in
Beijing
Arrives at 6:30 AM
The centuries have left a lasting impression on Tianjin, and it's waiting to be discovered. In this portside metropolitan area, you can climb a 1,400-year-old section of the Great Wall or wander through Jinmen Guli, the ancient cultural street, where you'll find shops selling traditional jade handicrafts and architecture dating back to the 1600s. Soak up the history at the Tianjin Museum, home to ancient cultural artifacts. Then, head to the Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park, which sits atop a former Soviet Russian aircraft carrier. Cruise to Beijing and take the 1.5-hour trip to nearby Beijing, where you can shop in 700-year-old Nan Luogu Xiang alley or the city's massive silk market.
Beijing, China Tianjin Eye
View of the Eye of Tianjin in Beijing, China

Open Your Eyes

With panoramic views of the city, there's no question as to why the Tianjin Eye is the city's number one attraction. Grab your camera and step onto the Ferris Wheel on Yongle Bridge along the Haihe River. On a clear, sunny day, you can see for miles.
Beijing, China Lantern Tianjin City
Lantern colorful pavilions in an old colonist city called Tianjin in Beijing China

Ride Back in Time

Wu Da Dao, or the Five Great Avenues, is a history buff's dream. Board a horse-drawn cart and transport yourself back into time to see how colonists lived in Tianjin. Home to historical villas from the last two centuries, the Five Great Avenues is a section of the city begging to be explored.
Beijing, China Italian Church
China's largest Catholic Church inspired by Roman and French architecture

Cultures Collide

A product of the golden age and northern China's largest Catholic church, the XiKai Church was built in 1916 and is still in use today. Visit the church to admire the Roman- and French-inspired architecture, or catch a service in English or Chinese during your Beijing cruise.
Beijing, China Steamed Buns
Xiao Long Bao Steamed Buns Cuisine in Beijing, China

Local Cuisine

Follow your nose to Tianjin Goubuli for a goubuli steamed stuffed bun — the mouth-watering snack is stuffed with chicken and accompanied by sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger. Or, if you're looking for something sweeter, sink your teeth into a ma hau, a fried dough twist deep-fried in peanut oil and stuffed with bean paste.
Beijing, China Shopping
Shopping through asian markets in Beijing, China

Shopping

Wander to the Tianjin Shenyangdao Antique Market to test out your haggling skills during your Beijing cruise. You'll find jade jewelry, porcelain items and copper handicrafts. Afterwards, find your way to Ancient Culture Street for silks, animal-shaped Weiji kites and Niren Zhang, the painted clay figurines that are traditional to the Tianjin area.

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