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The 10 Night Japan Explorer Cruise from Tokyo, Japan visits Sapporo (Muroran), Japan; Hakodate, Japan; Akita, Japan; Kanazawa, Japan; Sakaiminato, Japan; Busan, South Korea; Kumamoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan. 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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10 Night Japan Explorer Cruise
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Explore Quantum of the Seas
Day 1 - Tokyo, Japan
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Sapporo (Muroran), Japan
Day 4 - Hakodate, Japan
Day 5 - Akita, Japan
Day 6 - Kanazawa, Japan
Day 7 - Sakaiminato, Japan
Day 8 - Busan, South Korea
Day 9 - Kumamoto, Japan
Day 10 - Cruising
Day 11 - Tokyo, Japan
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Japan Kanazawa Kenrokuen Gardens Sunset
Japan Kanazawa Kenrokuen Gardens Sunset
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Leaving from
Tokyo, Japan
Onboard
Quantum of the Seas
Day Port
1
Tokyo, Japan
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Sapporo (Muroran), Japan
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
4
Hakodate, Japan
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5
Akita, Japan
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6
Kanazawa, Japan
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7
Sakaiminato, Japan
From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8
Busan, South Korea
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9
Kumamoto, Japan
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10
Cruising
Day at sea
11
Tokyo, Japan
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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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 vacation visionary has to offer, from 300-foot-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 favorites 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 300 feet above deck in the North Star®. Practice 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 favorites 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 spellbinding production, Starwater.

Day 1: Tokyo, Japan

Day 1
Tokyo
Japan
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Japan Temple Gate Sunset
Japan Temple Gate Sunset
Things to do in
Tokyo
Departs at 5:00 PM
Amid the endless buzzing neon signs and the overhead cable webs, Tokyo is home to some of the world's most impressive architecture, stylish shops and four-star restaurants. Plus, there’s a rich culture beyond the clamor of the city.

Shrine Sightseeing

You'll find 10,000 trees and the impressive Meiji Shrine near Yoyogi Park. Grab a matcha tea ice cream to eat as you stroll toward the massive stone torii gates of the shrine. Then head to the Sensoji temple in Asakusa, where you can buy a wooden ema wishing plaque. If you're ready for lunch, there's plenty of street food located nearby.
Japan Harajuku Tokyo Tourist Fashion
Japan Harajuku Tokyo Tourist Fashion

Go Kawaii

Go to Harajuku for a mecca of adorable kawaii shops and resturants. Start at Takeshita Street and walk to the trendy Omotesando Plaza, stopping off at the famed Kawaii Monster Cafe. If you're looking for more, head to the Akihabara for all things anime and maid and butler cafes.
Japan Tokyo Tower Daytime
Japan Tokyo Tower Daytime

A Crane-Eye View

The most spectacular way to appreciate Tokyo's sprawl is from high in the sky. Tokyo Tower is taller than the Eiffel tower. The Roppongi Hills Sky Deck offers an even better vantage point. If you're on a budget, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building has two free observation decks on the 45th floors of each of its towers.
Japan Tokyo Fresh Oysters Abalone Tsukiji Market
Japan Tokyo Fresh Oysters Abalone Tsukiji Market

Local Cuisine

The new Toyosu Fish Market, which has replaced the Tsukiji Fish Market, will put you in seafood nirvana. Catch the early morning tuna auction and gobble down the freshest seafood you've ever had. Indulge in a helping of Kobe or Wagyu beef at the famous Hakushu Teppenyaki restaurant in Shibuya.
Japan Tokyo Asakusa Street Paper Latern
Japan Tokyo Asakusa Street Paper Latern

Shopping

Start on the streets of Ginza, where you can shop through the world's most exclusive designer brands. For souvenir shopping, grab an iced coffee and walk through Nakamise for cultural knickknacks. If you're looking for quantity, find the chain dollar store, which is full of odd, funny, and cute items.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Quantum of the Seas Rock Climbing Wall Little Girl Art
Quantum of the Seas Rock Climbing Wall Little Girl Art
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Quantum of the Seas, Bumper Cars
Buggy going Fast

Bumper Cars

Buckle up and take the wheel for nonstop fun on the only bumper cars at sea. Rush hour gets a thrilling spin at the largest indoor activity space ever to set sail — SeaPlex®.
Woman Surfing on Flowrider
Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider

FlowRider®

Grab your board and get ready for 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator.
Basketball at Daytime
SeaPlex at Sunrise

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.  
Brilliance of the Seas Solarium Entrance
Sunny Day at the Solarium

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

Day 3: Sapporo, Japan

Day 3
Sapporo
Muroran, Japan
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Sapporo (Muroran), Japan, Hokkaido Government Offices
The former Hokkaido Government Offices in Sapporo, Japan
Things to do in
Sapporo
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
The capital of Hokkaido, Sapporo is a gateway to Japan's northern island of rugged mountains, hot springs and endless winter adventures. Cruise through Odori Park, an oasis that hosts the world-famous Snow Festival in winter, a lilac festival in spring and a beer festival in summer. Learn about Hokkaido's frontier history at Former Hokkaido Government Office, an exquisite example of American neo-Baroque architecture dating back to 1888. Cruise to Sapporo to immerse yourself in Japanese culture, soak your bones in the steamy springs of Jozankei, and feast on Sapporo's famous hearty ramen noodle soup defined by salty miso, a fermented soy bean paste.
Sapporo (Muroran), Japan, Hakkaido Jingu Shrine
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 modernization of Japan in the 19th century. You'll be enmeshed in the traditions of the Japanese past.
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 stores.
Sapporo (Muroran), Japan, Jozankei Onsen
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 175 degrees Fahrenheit. 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.
Sapporo (Muroran), Japan, Odori Park Flowers
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.
Sapporo (Muroran), Japan, Ramen Soup
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 flavored by salty miso paste (made from fermented soy beans) and topped with bean sprouts and onions.
Sapporo (Muroran), Japan, Traditional Hokkaido Carving
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.

Day 4: Hakodate, Japan

Day 4
Hakodate
Japan
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Hakodate, Japan View From Mt. Hakodate
View from atop Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate, Japan
Things to do in
Hakodate
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Hakodate overflows with historic architecture and steamy hot springs . Located along Hokkaido's southwestern tip, it's the perfect spot to begin exploring this island's unique history and culture during your vacation. Cruise to Hakodate and start your day at the morning Hakodate-Asaichi, or Morning Market, and tuck into a hearty kaisendon, a bowl of ultra-fresh sashimi fish over steamed rice. Then, relax with a soak in the Yunokawa hot springs on Hakodate's outskirts, or check out Goryokaku Fort — the nearby tower lets you take in a bird's-eye view of the star-shaped design surrounded by a moat. And don't leave without taking in the million-dollar views of the city from atop Mt. Hakodate.
Hakodate, Japan Million Dollar View
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.
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.
Hakodate, Japan Goryokaku Park Star
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.
Insider tip
Attractions in Hakodate can be crowded with travelers and school tours, so arrive as early as possible to avoid congestion.
Hakodate, Japan Red Brick Warehouse
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.
Insider tip
If you're planning to head atop Mount Hakodate, pack a jacket even in warmer weather — it can get windy at the summit.
Hakodate, Japan Kaisendon
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.
Hakodate, Japan Sushi Roller Mat
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.

Day 5: Akita, Japan

Day 5
Akita
Japan
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Japan Akita Symbol Lake Tazawa
Japan Akita Symbol Lake Tazawa
Things to do in
Akita
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Akita City is a bustling port in northern Japan where good food and good drinks are essential for weathering the long winters and over 12 feet of snow a year. Akita is the capital of Akita Prefecture, which is renowned for Akita dogs, high-quality rice and sake, and lively folk festivals. Revelers in traditional attire often greet cruise ships by balancing lantern-laden bamboo poles, which are part of the summer Kanto Festival. Look out for people dressed up as namahage ogres, too. You can explore this rich culture in the city's parks, historic buildings and cultural attractions.
Japan Hachiman Akita Shrine Senshu Park
Japan Hachiman Akita Shrine Senshu Park

A Walk in the Park

Located near Akita Station, Senshu Park is packed with local history and culture. Explore Akita Hachiman Shrine, a sanctuary devoted to Shinto, Japan's native religion. Climb the ramparts at Kubota Castle, once home to the Satake samurai clan. In spring, the park explodes with blossoms on hundreds of cherry trees.
Insider tip
Tipping is not customary in Japan, but look out for the blanket 10% sales tax. You may be able to find tax-free sales promotions in some small stores.
Japan Akita Namahage Ogres Family Oral Tradition Folklore
Japan Akita Namahage Ogres Family Oral Tradition Folklore

Museums Old and New

Fans of modern art and architecture shouldn't miss the Akita Museum of Art, designed by Tadao Ando with a second-story reflecting pool that seems to float above Senshu Park. The nearby Akarenga Museum is a charming folk museum housed in an elegant red brick bank building that dates to 1912.
Insider tip
Smaller restaurants, cafes and bars may not accept credit cards, so be sure to always have enough yen on hand.
Japan Sake Alcohol Hot Beverage
Japan Sake Alcohol Hot Beverage

Here's to Brew

Sake, also known as nihonshu, is one of Japan's most beloved drinks and Akita produces some of the best in Japan. Takashimizu Sake Brewery downtown offers tours showing how sake is made and sells bottles in its gift shop. Reservations are essential.
Japan Akita Kiritanpo Nabe Rice Stick Hot Pot
Japan Akita Kiritanpo Nabe Rice Stick Hot Pot

Local Cuisine

Kiritanpo is an Akita specialty consisting of rice mashed into cylinders and toasted over a charcoal fire. It's usually served as dumplings in a hot pot or with sweet miso paste. Many izakaya Japanese-style pubs around Akita Station serve it.
Japanese Traditional Masks Local Artisans Crafts
Japanese Traditional Masks Local Artisans Crafts

Shopping

Akita Citizens' Market is where locals go to buy everything from fresh salmon to strawberries. You can make your own donburi — a bowl of rice topped with seafood — by choosing slices of sashimi at different stalls. Be sure to check out the traditional masks on display at many of the local shops.

Day 6: Kanazawa, Japan

Day 6
Kanazawa
Japan
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Japan Kanazawa Spring Garden
Japan Kanazawa Spring Garden
Things to do in
Kanazawa
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Home to the Maeda Clan in the 16th century, Kanazawa used to rival Kyoto and Edo (ancient Tokyo) in culture and prosperity. These days, the city continues to thrive and it's thanks to the business-minded Maeda samurai that almost all the gold leaf in Japan is made by Kanazawa craftsmen. Because most of the original architecture is still preserved, you can expect an eclectic mix of samurai streets, teahouses graced by geisha, thought-provoking modern museums and delectable foodie trends (gold leaf ice cream, anyone?). The crowning jewel of Kanazawa is the sensational Kenrokuen Garden, where locals and tourists visit to soak up the ever-changing seasonal beauty.
Japan Kanazawa Kasumiga Ike Pond Kenrokuen Garden
Japan Kanazawa Kasumiga Ike Pond Kenrokuen Garden

See The Most Magical Garden

Kenrokuen Garden is one of the best gardens in Japan and is home to the iconic and unusual Kotojitoro Lantern. It's stunning in all seasons, and you'll see plum flowers in March and cherry blossoms by April. In fall, prepare for a striking display of fiery foliage. Also visit the nearby Seisonkaku Villa, which is one of the most elegant samurai villas still standing.
Insider tip
If you need some "me time," there are four high-quality hot water springs within a one-hour drive of Kanazawa.
Japan Kanazaw Buddhist Temple Ninja Dera
Japan Kanazaw Buddhist Temple Ninja Dera

Play Samurai Versus Ninja

Head to Myouryuji Temple, also known as Ninja Temple, to discover the many hidden traps, secret rooms, escape tunnels and deceptions within its walls. Surprisingly, ninjas have nothing to do with this temple — it was built by Maeda lords as a disguised military outpost to warn the castle of attacks. How sneaky!
Insider tip
Kanazawa is a compact city with an organized train and bus system, so visiting multiple attractions in one day is easy.
Japan Kanazawa Cherry Blossom Higashiyama Teahouse
Japan Kanazawa Cherry Blossom Higashiyama Teahouse

Meet a Geisha and Sip Tea

In past centuries, samurai got their entertainment at high-class teahouses. Here, geisha performed elegant dances and songs for their customers. While three "Chaya" (teahouse) districts exist in Kanazawa, Higashi Chaya is the largest. Head to the Shima Teahouse museum or Kiakaro Teahouse to experience an authentic tea service for yourself.
Insider tip
In June, you can experience the Hyakumangoku Festival parade, complete with 16th-century costumes and 2,000 locals playing notable samurai warriors.
Japan Kanazawa Ice Cream Topped Gold Leaf
Japan Kanazawa Ice Cream Topped Gold Leaf

Local Cuisine

Cuisine in Kanazawa is dominated by mountain-grown ingredients and fresh seafood. Head to Omicho Market, where 200 stalls sell everything from king crabs to on-demand sushi. For dessert, get a taste of opulence at the Gold Leaf Sakuda store by tucking into gold leaf ice cream.
Japan Kanazawa Gilded Chopsticks
Japan Kanazawa Gilded Chopsticks

Shopping

Pick up popular gold leaf souvenirs at the Hakaza shop in the Higashi Chaya district. You'll also find a number of craft goods in the surrounding shops such as kimono and lacquerware. To get your hands on some Japanese fashion, head to Apita Town Shopping center, a 15-minute walk from Kanazawa port.

Day 7: Sakaiminato, Japan

Day 7
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 9:00 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 soy-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 center.

Day 8: Busan, South Korea

Day 8
Busan
South Korea
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Busan, South Korea Aerial Of Village
Aerial view of the Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan, South Korea
Things to do in
Busan
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
When you first set eyes on the cityscape of Busan, you'll see soaring skyscrapers set in the green mountainside. Korea's second-largest city, Busan is a hub of international allure and local flare. An efficient bus and train system lets you bounce throughout the city — head to Gamcheon Culture Village, a hillside arts district where you'll find a kaleidoscopic collection of multicolored houses adorned with murals and graffiti. Then, climb the stairs to Haedong Yonggung Temple, set against the dramatic rocks and windswept waters of the coastline. Cruise to Busan and end your day with a leisurely stroll along Haeundae Beach, set between modern skyscrapers and wide-open views of the ocean and mountains.
Busan, South Korea Dragon Statue
A statue of a dragon at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan, South Korea

Tale of Two Temples

Just outside of the collection of skyscrapers that make up Busan, you can find Beomeosa Temple. One of Korea's Five Great Temples, its intricate artistry is enhanced by the serene mountainside. Next, see Korea's only coastal temple, Haedong Yonggungsa. Set dramatically into a cliff, it's dedicated to a legendary sea goddess.
Insider tip
Cards are widely accepted, but foreign ATMs can only be reliably found in Family Mart convenience stores.
Busan, South Korea Beach
Haeundae beach with a view of the cityscape in Busan, Korea

Umbrellas Out

On its busiest summer days, Haeundae Beach has over 7,000 white and blue umbrellas lining its two kilometers of white sand. Join in the fun with thousands of splashing swimmers and juggling street artists. After a swim, take a taxi up to the romantic Dalmaji Hil lookout point.
Insider tip
The street food can be a little overwhelming at first, but overcome your fears and dive in — in Korea, this is some of the best food around.
Busan, South Korea Lighthouse
Two women looking at the sea from Taejongdae lighthouse observatory in Busan, South Korea

Korean Cliffhanger

Discover the beauty of Busan at Taejongdae Resort Park. Follow the winding mountainside path past dramatic, rocky cliffs to a gleaming white lighthouse perched on the summit. Enjoy the sights slowly by walking up or take the memorable road train to the top during your Busan cruise. Below the lighthouse, fishers sell raw abalone, clams and squid.
Busan, South Korea Seafood Soup
Seafood soup cooked in Jagalchi fish market in South Korea in Busan

Local Cuisine

Busan is world-renowned for its seafood. Choose your own live fish at Jagalchi Seafood Market — local favorites include squid and clams — and wait as they prepare on the spot and serve it to you. Cruise to Busan to walk along Haeundae Market and indulge in street food ranging from crispy eomuk fish cakes to sweet Korean-style pancakes and meaty steamed dumplings.
Busan, South Korea Market
Shopping in traditional markets in Busan, South Korea

Shopping

Shinsegae Department Store Centum City is the world's largest department store and a great place to shop until you drop. With an entire floor dedicated to Korean cosmetics and beauty products such as face masks and another level dedicated to shoes, the range is incredible. For a traditional experience, find vintage dresses, shirts, hair pins and earrings at Gukje market.

Day 9: Kumamoto, Japan

Day 9
Kumamoto
Japan
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Kumamoto, Japan Mountains Landscape
Green and bright landscape with views of the mountain in Kumamoto, Japan
Things to do in
Kumamoto
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Kumamoto City offers insight into both Japan's samurai past and its modern-day love of kawaii cuteness. Check out the city's old downtown area dominated by Kumamoto Castle, a reconstruction of the fortress from which samurai lords ruled their domain. Cruise to Kumamoto and walk alongside the Shirakawa River past traditional Japanese gardens the homes of prominent 19th- and 20th-century writers — pop into the former residence of Lafcadio Hearn, one of the first Western writers to settle in Japan. Then, see ancient and modern art and relax in the calming stone garden at the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, or head to Musashizuka Park to see the tomb and statue of famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.
Kumamoto, Japan View from Bottom Of Castle
View from below of the castle in Kumamoto, Japan

Home of the Samurai

Kumamoto Castle is a stunning samurai fortress with spectacular rooms of tatami, wood and painted panels beneath its somber, soot-black exterior. Originally built in the 17th century, it's at its prettiest in spring, when hundreds of cherry trees around the moat are in bloom. It's under reconstruction after the 2016 earthquakes, but you can still view parts of the fortifications from around Ninomaru Square and Kato Shrine.
Insider tip
Remember that many small restaurants, cafes and bars in Japan may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash.
Kumamoto, Japan Shrine
Haiden of Inari Shrine at Suizenji Jojoen Garden in Kumamoto

Suizenji Stroll

Dating back to 1632, Suizenji Garden is like a picture come to life. You'll find beautiful cherry trees, pines and elegant arched bridges over a central pond at this traditional Japanese garden. The grounds have been landscaped into small "hills." You'll also find a Shinto shrine and a mini Mt. Fuji to evoke the ancient Tokaido road that linked Kyoto with Edo (present-day Tokyo).
Insider tip
Tipping is not done in Japan, but gifts from one's homeland are always appreciated.
Kumamoto, Japan Japanese Home Zen
An inside look of a Japanese home in Kumamoto, Japan

Literary Lives

Explore the tatami-mat rooms and gardens the former homes of two prominent writers who lived in Kumamoto. The residence of Natsume Soseki celebrates the author of "I Am a Cat," who lived here around 1900 while teaching at Kumamoto University. The Lafcadio Hearn residence is dedicated to the Greek-Irish author of "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan" who lived here in the 1890s.
Kumamoto, Japan Traditional Ramen
Traditional ramen noodles in a bowl in Japan

Local Cuisine

Kumamoto's culinary claim to fame is Kumamoto ramen — the local take on the pan-Japanese soup features a mild pork broth, medium-sized noodles and smoky fried garlic chips. Cruise to Kumamoto to try Red Wagyu donburi, with rare-seared strips of lean Wagyu beef served over rice with an oozy egg. Snack of karashi renkon (fried lotus root dipped in mustard), and sample some shochu, the Kyushu's region's nutty-tasting liqueur.
Kumamoto, Japan Lanterns
Japanese lanterns hung from tree to tree

Shopping

The Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Center is a museum and shop offering a wide range of local handicrafts. There are some 80 craft types on display here, including Yamaga lanterns, Higo gold inlay metal craft and ceramics. For more modern souvenirs — including items imprinted with Kumamon, the cute bear that serves as Kumamoto's mascot — try the Kumamoto Prefectural Products Center.

Day 10: Cruising

Day 10
Cruising
At Sea
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Jamie's Italian Spinach Rotolo
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LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Greek Meze
Artfully arrange hummus appetizer platter served with pita bread. Quality Cruise Food Dining served in the Coastal Kitchen

Coastal Kitchen

Exclusively for suite guests and Pinnacle Club members, Coastal Kitchen fuses Mediterranean influences with farm-fresh flavors from California. Filled with Pacific Coast favorites and Med-inspired entrees, the menu here rotates to spotlight delicious, seasonal ingredients. And you can pair every bite with a glass or bottle of wine off a list that includes vintages from the sun-kissed valleys of Napa to the golden-green hills of Tuscany.
Chef's Table Dessert
A dessert at Chef's Table on Royal Caribbean cruises

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Solarium Bistro Hot Pot Crawfish
Hot Pot Seafood Close-Up

Hot Pot at Solarium Bistro

Dip into a dining experience unlike any other onboard. With roots in Chinese culture, Hot Pot at Solarium Bistro features a style of dining where you cook your meats and vegetables right at the table in a simmering pot of stock — or a “hot pot.”
La Patisserie
La Patisserie Entrance with Outside Dining

La Patisserie

Get ready for some French confectionary perfection. Take your sweet tooth on a decadent journey through an exciting assortment of flaky macarons, tantalizing petits-fours and rich artisan chocolates — all paired with tasty espressos, frothy cappuccinos and more at La Patisserie.

Day 11: Tokyo, Japan

Day 11
Tokyo
Japan
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Things to do in
Tokyo
Arrives at 6:00 AM
Amid the endless buzzing neon signs and the overhead cable webs, Tokyo is home to some of the world's most impressive architecture, stylish shops and four-star restaurants. Plus, there’s a rich culture beyond the clamor of the city.

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