12 Night Singapore To Tokyo Cruise on Spectrum of the Seas from Singapore, Singapore Taipei, Taiwan, Hope Valley
The 12 Night Singapore To Tokyo Cruise from Singapore, Singapore visits Nha Trang, Vietnam; Hong Kong, China; Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China; Kobe, Japan; Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), Japan; Tokyo (Yokohama), 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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12 Night Singapore To Tokyo Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Spectrum of the Seas
Day 1 - Singapore, Singapore
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Nha Trang, Vietnam
Day 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - 6 - Hong Kong, China
Day 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China
Day 9 - 10 - Cruising
Day 11 - Kobe, Japan
Day 12 - Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), Japan
Day 13 - Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
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Taipei, Taiwan, Hope Valley
Hope Valley in Keelung, Taiwan
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12 Night Singapore To Tokyo Cruise

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Leaving from
Singapore, Singapore
Onboard
Spectrum of the Seas
Day Port
1
Singapore, Singapore
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4
Cruising
Day at sea
5 - 6
Hong Kong, China
From Day 5, 11:00 AM - Day 6, 8:00 PM
7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China
From 7:00 AM - 11:59 PM
9 - 10
Cruising
Day at sea
11
Kobe, Japan
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
12
Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), Japan
From 12:30 PM - 7:00 PM
13
Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
Arrives at 6:30 AM
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Spectrum of the Seas Aerial with Skypad
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Feel your adrenaline levels rise in the Sky Pad®, a bungee trampoline experience that adds virtual reality to the mix. Watch as robots craft a custom juice creation for you at the Bionic Bar. Elevate your stay in one suite of our Suite Club, the most luxurious accommodations at sea with access to a variety of exclusive amenities. Or change the way you make family memories in the Ultimate Family Suite, an expansive, multi-room retreat complete with its own insuite slide and cinema which also doubles as a karaoke stage.

NEW ADVENTURES ON DECK

Launch yourself into a virtual world on a bungee trampoline in the Sky Pad℠. Defy gravity on RipCord® by iFLY® — the first skydiving simulator at sea. Soak up 360 views 300 feet above deck in the North Star®. And practice riding waves on the FlowRider® surf simulator.

BOLD FLAVORS

Savor a bold tapestry of authentic spices and flavors while feasting on endless views for the whole table at Sichuan Red. Indulge in a celebration of authentic oriental flavors cooked at Teppanyaki. And take your sweet tooth on a journey at La Patisserie.

SPECTACULAR NIGHTS

Craving some futuristic sounds? Take in an epic fusion of music and innovation at the Two70® shows. Want a drink served by a robot? Get captivated by the groundbreaking technology every night.

Day 1: Singapore, Singapore

Day 1
Singapore
Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda
Beautiful day at Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda in Singapore
Things to do in
Singapore
Departs at 5:00 PM
Singapore is small in size but big on excitement. Discover the multicultural medley of this city-state through its neighborhoods: Check out the statue-adorned temples of Little India and the colorful pagodas of Chinatown. Cruise to Singapore and explore the city's Malay section on the Kampong Glam Heritage Trail, which will take you past Arabic-influenced mansions and the gold-dome-topped Masjid Sultan mosque. Experience the contrast between the lush rainforest flora of the Singapore Botanic Garden and the high-tech "supertrees" and biodomes of Gardens by the Bay. Complete your Singapore adventure with a panorama from the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands or a Singapore Sling cocktail at the historical Raffles Hotel.
Singapore, Singapore Masjid Sultan Street View
View of the street with Masjid Sultan in the background in Singapore

Multicultural Medley

Singapore has four official languages and even more ethnicities that have influenced its culture. Discover the city's Muslim heritage at Sultan Mosque along Arab Street and its Chinese character (and food!) in Chinatown. Little India is the heart of the city's Tamil Indian community, while Kampong Glam is the epicenter of Malay-speaking Singapore.
Insider tip
Taxis in Singapore are plentiful, but locals increasingly use applications (namely, the "Grab" app) to get around. Consider downloading this before you dock in Singapore.
Singapore, Singapore Gardens By The Bay Park
Sculptural vegetation towers from Gardend by the Bay in Singapore

Two Sides of Nature

Singapore's tropical landscape is as diverse as its culture. The Singapore Botanic Garden (and adjoining Orchid Garden) approach horticulture from a more traditional perspective, while the spacey Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay would seem more at home in "Avatar" than an issue of "Better Homes and Gardens."
Singapore, Singapore Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore

Zoom In, Zoom Out

Head to the rooftop of the massive Marina Bay Sands to enjoy a panorama of the Singapore skyline, which is also beautiful as seen from the city's symbolic Merlion statue on the other side of the bay. Or visit a more inward-looking Singapore icon when you order an original Singapore Sling cocktail at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel.
Singapore, Singapore Wantan Mee
Wantan Mee, popular street food noodles with bbq pork, in Singapore

Local Cuisine

The best way to get a cross-section of Singaporean cuisine is to visit its street vendors, or hawkers, in hubs like Tiong Bahru. Jump onboard a Singapore cruise to try Cantonese-derived wantan mee noodles, with dumplings and yellow egg noodles topped with slices of char siu pork. Snack on chai tow kway, also called carrot cake, even though it's made from rice flour and daikon radish fried with eggs in pork fat.
Singapore, Singapore Chopsticks
Colorful variety of chopsticks in a small shop in Chinatown, Singapore

Shopping

Singapore is a shopper's paradise, whether you stick to the high-end boutiques of Orchard Road or the local shops throughout the city. One way to guarantee a special souvenir during your Singapore cruise vacation is to shop in the city's ethnic neighborhoods: Seek out chopsticks and lacquerware in Chinatown or incense and South India dolls in Little India.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Spectrum of the Seas Solarium Pool with a View
Solarium Pool with a View
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®.
Ripcord by iFly Instructor with a Kid
Boy Enjoying the iFly with Instructor

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.
Young Girl Sliding Down at Splashaway Bay Park
Girl Sliding at Splashaway Bay Park

Splashaway Bay℠

The fun comes in gallons. This bigger, better kids aqua park features slides, water cannons, waterfalls and more. And when the drench bucket gets full, everyone gets wet.
SkyPad at Night Lit Up

Sky Pad®

Strap in, put on your virtual reality headset and soar high into the sky for gravity-defying fun at Sky Pad®. Whether you’re smashing candies in a sugar-coated world or traveling light years into the future — this brand-new bungee trampoline experience opens up a whole new universe of possibility.

Day 3: Nha Trang, Vietnam

Day 3
Nha Trang
Vietnam
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Nha Trang, Vietnam Buddha Statue
Giant white buddha statue at the top of a wide stair case in a temple in Nha Trang, Vietnam
Things to do in
Nha Trang
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The easy-going city of Nha Trang is known for its six-mile palm-lined sandy beach with clear turquoise water. Spend some time relaxing by the bay at Nha Trang Beach or the more secluded but arguably even more beautiful Bai Duong Beach, shaded by lushly forested mountains. See the picturesque boulders overlooking the waters at Hon Chong. Then, check out the ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers, with its sand-colored temples that date back to the 700s. Head to the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area for scuba diving and snorkeling, or take the 45-minute drive past rice paddies and coastline and hike to the contemplative Ba Ho Waterfall and its three swimmable pools.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Cable Car
Aerial cable car over ocean in Nha Trang, Vietnam

High in the Sky

The gondola ride over the sea leading to Vinpearl and Hon Tre, or Bamboo Island, is the world's longest. Here, you'll find the Vinpearl Amusement Park, a waterpark with a lazy river, a wave pool, an aquarium and a golf course. The cable car entrance is close to the cruise port.
Insider tip
Don't be surprised if you see Russian signs and menus; Nha Trang is a popular beach holiday for Russians.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Sleeping Buddha
Sleeping Buddha at the Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Buddha Basics

Learn about Buddhism by visiting the Hai Duc and Long Son pagodas. The latter has a giant white Buddha statue which can be seen from anywhere in Nha Trang. Look for dragons and other mythical animals in the temple designs, inside and out.
Insider tip
Bargaining is par for the course in the markets here, so it's OK to haggle on price.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Po Ngar Towers
Po Ngar Cham Towers in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Rejuvenate Mind and Body

The Po Nagar Cham Towers are less than two miles north of the city. Only four of the eight towers built in the 7th to 12th centuries remain. Find your inner calm at this ancient worship site, which blends Buddhist and Hindu traditions in its statues and architecture. Then, head to the hot springs and mud baths at nearby Thap Ba to refresh your body, too.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Seafood Beach
Seafood sold on the beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Local Cuisine

Nha Trang is well-known for its excellent seafood. Locals farm lobster just offshore — have a feast on the beach or at one of the city's many restaurants. Or try the Vietnamese version of steak and eggs, bo ne, traditionally served on a hot plate for breakfast with lime and chili sauce.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Silk Scarves
Silk vietnamese scarves o fall sorts of colors

Shopping

Check out street markets like Dam or Vinh Luong. Here, you'll find souvenirs like pearl jewelry, clay pots painted with Champa designs or hand-embroidered artwork. Peruse Tran Phu Street along the beach — look for silk clothing in the form of shirts, skirts and scarves.

Day 4: Cruising

Day 4
Cruising
At Sea
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Spectrum of the Seas La Patisserie Exterior
Sitting Area Outside La Patisserie
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Spectrum of the Seas Sichuan Red
Sichuan Red Interior Sitting Area

Sichuan Red®

Savor an exotic tapestry of authentic spices and wow-worthy Asian-inspired flavors while feasting your eyes on endless views for the whole table at Sichuan Red®, Designed just for Spectrum of the Seas®, this is one game changing specialty dining experience foodies won’t want to miss.
Coffee and Tea Shop
Coffee and Tea Shop Peaceful Interior

Coffee & Tea Shop

This chic cafe serves up all your favorite hot and cold drinks, from original Chinese teas to classic coffee creations. Want the best of both worlds? Choose from a selection of trendy teas inspired by coffee-making culture — all paired with pastries from around the globe.
Spectrum of the Seas Teppanyaki Hibachi
Teppanyaki Hibachi Eating Stations

Teppanyaki℠

At Teppanyaki℠, expert chefs elevate cooking to a performance art form — and you’ve got front row seats to the show. Enjoy authentic Far East flavors prepared right at your table and served up with a sizzle, from succulent seafood to top-grade steaks seared to perfection.
Spectrum of the Seas Splashaway Cafe Interior
plashaway Cafe Interior with Swinging Colorful Chairs

Splashaway Café

Treat your little ones to a tasty snack-a-thon made just for them. Located right near the kids’ pool area, Splashaway Café is the perfect flip-flop-friendly spot to fuel up in between epic adventures onboard.

Day 5 - 6: Hong Kong, China

Day 5 - 6
Hong Kong
China
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Hong Kong, China Red Bridge Garden
A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Things to do in
Hong Kong
From Day 5, 11:00 AM - Day 6, 8:00 PM
Although it's officially part of China, Hong Kong is a world unto itself. This bustling city is full of ancient and modern architecture, lots of people and — of course — the best dim sum around. Head to the Kowloon Peninsula for Golden Mile shopping along Nathan Road. Then, make your way to Hong Kong Island to admire the views from the top of Victoria Peak — you can see the skyscrapers of the financial district as well as the fishing village of Stanley Harbour. Cruise to Hong Kong and trek out to mountainous Lantau Island to see the famous Tian Tan Buddha, standing a full 112 feet tall. Or score some quiet time at Hong Kong Park, full of contemplative rock gardens and tree-lined paths.
Hong Kong, China Victoria Peak Tram
The Victoria peak tram arriving at a station overlooking the skyline in Hong Kong, China

Peek From the Peak

The Peak Tram takes you up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's 1,800-foot-high mountain. Less expensive buses will get you there, too. Once you're up top, admire the views over the city from the hiking trails. The Peak also offers an escape from the subtropical climate below — the air here is cooler and less humid.
Insider tip
The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is the official currency. Some larger stores will accept Chinese yuan (also called renminbi and RMB), but the exchange rate isn't great. Withdrawing cash from an ATM almost always means the best exchange rate.
Hong Kong, China Harbor Pier Ferry Dock
Boats out on the harbor alongside a rocky coast in Hong Kong

Scenic Ride to Stanley

Stanley Harbour, on the other side of Hong Kong Island, will give you a taste of a different Hong Kong. It's a fishing village on Repulse Bay with a lovely seaside walk (snap some photos of the fishing boats) as well as a famous street market. There's lots of British history, a boardwalk and even a few beaches. You can take the bus from Central for a scenic trip, though the express bus is faster.
Insider tip
Buy an Octopus Card at any subway station to get around Hong Kong easily. Cards purchased here have a $100 HKD (about $12 USD) credit and $50 deposit. The deposit covers negative balances up to -$35. You can also use the card at many restaurants, shops and even at ice cream carts.
Hong Kong, China Victoria Harbor Sailboat
Tourist sailboat crosses Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Island with skyscrapers in the background

Out on the Harbor

Use an Octopus card for a ride on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry for inexpensive views of Hong Kong's harbor. The tour makes a scenic circular route between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, stopping at three piers. Skyscrapers are everywhere, but look closely for the smaller Golden Bauhinia near the Wan Chai Pier, a golden flower statue where the handover of Hong Kong took place in 1997.
Hong Kong, China Dim Sum
Delicious array of dim sum in bamboo steamers in Hong Kong, China

Local Cuisine

Hong Kong is famous for dim sum, a meal of bite-sized foods with various selections brought to your table. Traditionally eaten for brunch, you'll find it at other hours, too. Choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. You'll likely need to share a table — but then you'll have help deciding what to order. Restaurants with lots of locals are a sign of quality and good prices.
Hong Kong, China Traditional Jade Necklaces
Traditional Jade necklaces sold in markets while souvenir shopping in Hong Kong, China

Shopping

Head to Causeway Bay for modern retail therapy: This stretch of Hong Kong is virtually covered in malls and shops. Central is the district to go to for upscale designer clothes, shoes and other items. But don't overlook the markets for local handicrafts during your Hong Kong cruise. Pick up an inexpensive but distinctive jade necklace or ornament, or look for poetry-inscribed paintings and bamboo handicrafts from the antique dealers on Cat Street.

Day 7: Cruising

Day 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Navigator of the Seas Showgirl Dancers Patriotic
Dancers in Patriotic Costumes
NIGHTS YOU'LL NEVER FORGET
Anthem of the Seas Skybar North Bar Cocktails
Anthem of the Seas Skybar North Bar Cocktails

North Star Bar

After you’ve taken a ride on the North Star℠, featuring brilliant 360º views from 300 feet above sea level, celebrate your unforgettable ascent with something sparkling, mixed, frosty, or tropical. At North Star Bar, the sips are just as impressive as the sights.
Oasis of the Seas Spotlight Karaoke Kids Singing Family Time
Oasis of the Seas Spotlight Karaoke Kids Singing Family Time

Star Moment

Hit the main stage for a public show, or reserve a private room for an intimate karaoke performance in front of your closest friends and family. No matter what your favorite jam or genre, Star Moment is the spot to let your voice soar.
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Casino

There's nothing to stir your sense of excitement like the sound of cards being shuffled, chips being stacked and slot machines paying out. Consider the Casino Royale℠ to be your little slice of Vegas right at sea— with thousands of square feet of lights, action, slots and tables.

Day 8: Taipei, Taiwan, China

Day 8
Taipei
Keelung, Taiwan, China
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Taipei, Taiwan, Temple at Jiufen Old Streed
Statues on the roof of the temple at Jiufen Old Street in Taipei, Taiwan
Things to do in
Taipei
From 7:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the harbor city of Keelung is the gateway to Taipei. After your ship arrives, take the 25-minute drive into Taiwan's capital, where art, nature and architecture both traditional and modern meet. Cruise to Taipei and walk the narrow corridors of Jiu Fen Old Street, stopping to take tea while you soak in the mountain and ocean scenery. Then, see the city's modern side by climbing Taipei 101, a 449-meter-tall skyscraper with a sightseeing deck for panoramic views. Or spend your time absorbing the natural splendor: Hike Mount Keelung to its now-extinct volcanic summit, then see the Golden Waterfall below before you head to the Yin Yang Sea for some beach time.
Taipei, Taiwan, Hi Park
Rocky coast of Hi Park in Taiwan

Moonwalk

Ho Ping Island Park is a little slice of coastal terrain that will make you feel as if you've just landed on the moon. Wander through the park while listening to the waves crash on the shore, and discover the unique rock structures that have been carved by thousands of years of erosion.
Insider tip
Plan your day out in advance! Most of the best spots to visit in Keelung are a 30-minute taxi ride away.
Taipei, Taiwan, Baimiweng Fort
The Baimiweng Fort in Keelung, Taiwan

Easy Breezy

Once safeguarding the Keelung Harbor, Baimiweng Fort is now the perfect place to take in the stunning coastal views of Northern Taiwan. Explore the three stations with your camera in hand. Snap a photo of the boats in the harbor from the top, and enjoy the breeze coming off the sea.
Insider tip
Download the Keelung App before you go so you can have access to the shuttle schedule, best places to eat, and more.
Taipei, Taiwan, Giant buddha statue
Giant Buddha statue in Keelung, Taiwan

Visit a Goddess

Stretch your legs and climb the hilltop of Zhongzheng Park to visit Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy statue. On your way back down, stop at the Buddhist Temple and the Statue of Confucius before wandering the grounds, which are home to tennis courts and a skating rink.
Taipei, Taiwan, Beef Noodle Soup
A bowl of beef noodle soup

Local Cuisine

Taipei's night markets are the place to go for Taiwanese street food — and despite their name, many open around noon. Cruise to Taipei to fill up on lu rou fan (braised minced pork over rice), or niu rou mien, a bowl of noodles topped with tender braised beef and served in comforting beef broth. Then, cool down with pao pao bing, a sweet flavored ice. Or try liu sha, a golden-fried donut filled with sweet, eggy custard.
Taipei, Taiwan, Red lanterns
Red lanterns in Taiwan

Shopping

Head to Jiufen Old Street, lined with beautiful red lanterns, for distinctive, traditional souvenirs. The street is home to several tea houses, where you can purchase handmade tea leaves and delicate tea sets so you can brew your own Taiwanese tea at home. With your Taiwan cruise vacation, bring home a miniature replica of the sky lanterns you see hanging above the alleys here.

Day 9 - 10: Cruising

Day 9 - 10
Cruising
At Sea
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Spectrum of the Seas Solarium Pool with a View
Solarium Pool with a View
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®.
Ripcord by iFly Instructor with a Kid
Boy Enjoying the iFly with Instructor

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.
Young Girl Sliding Down at Splashaway Bay Park
Girl Sliding at Splashaway Bay Park

Splashaway Bay℠

The fun comes in gallons. This bigger, better kids aqua park features slides, water cannons, waterfalls and more. And when the drench bucket gets full, everyone gets wet.
SkyPad at Night Lit Up

Sky Pad®

Strap in, put on your virtual reality headset and soar high into the sky for gravity-defying fun at Sky Pad®. Whether you’re smashing candies in a sugar-coated world or traveling light years into the future — this brand-new bungee trampoline experience opens up a whole new universe of possibility.

Day 11: Kobe, Japan

Day 11
Kobe
Japan
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Kobe, Japan Suma Temple
View of the Suma Temple in Kobe, Japan surrounded by lush trees
Things to do in
Kobe
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Perched on a hill sloping down to the sea, Kobe is a maritime gateway to one of Japan's most metropolitan cities. Mt. Rokko dominates the skyline — from the summit, you can glimpse one of the best views in all Japan. Of course, Kobe's also famous for breeding Wagyu cows that produce some of the highest-quality beef in the world. The stuff is so delicious that almost every restaurant in the area stocks it. Cruise to Japan and make your visit a full foodie mission and stop off at Osaka to indulge in the local tradition of kuidaore — "eat until you drop."
Kobe, Japan Hot Springs
A Japanese hot spring bath

Get in Hot Water

Onsen — a hot spring bath — is a unique Japanese pastime that will get you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, and Arima Onsen is where you go to partake when in Kobe. Baths are filled with naturally occurring hot spring water, which locals claim has medicinal effects. Choose from day, half-day or spa packages, or sample a few different baths.
Insider tip
You don't need to tip in Japan — save some cash (and an awkward moment) and only pay the amount of your bill.
Kobe, Japan Nunobiki Falls
The Nunobiki Falls in Kobe, Japan

Hike the Heavens

The Nunobiki — or "Divine" — Falls are a natural wonder on the back of Mt. Rokko. A quick 15-minute walk will get you to the first of the four waterfalls — the biggest is a thundering 43 meters high. If walking isn't your thing, take the Shin-Kobe cable lift to the top. It takes you past all four falls and stops at the Nunobiki Herb Garden, where you can experience the colors and aromas of 200 different kinds of herbs and flowers.
Insider tip
It's easy to walk around Kobe, but if you want to speed things up, you can find a reasonably priced taxi rank at every train station.
Kobe, Japan Historic Kitano District
An aerial view of the Historic Kitano District in Kobe, Japan

Go Mansion-Hunting

Got a taste for classic luxury? Kobe's Kitano-cho district contains more than a dozen ijinkan, historic mansions formerly owned by foreign merchants who settled here. Today, they're open to the public as museums. The England House, France House and Dutch Museum reflect the origins of their former owners, who brought European sensibilities to their new Asian home.
Insider tip
If you find Kobe beef a bit pricey, go to the restaurants at lunchtime, when the meals are often cheaper.
Kobe, Japan Kobe Beef on Grill
A chef slicing Kobe beef on a grill

Local Cuisine

There's only one city to go to if you want serious Kobe beef. Hang out with the locals at Nankingmachi Square, home to street-style Kobe beef a la carte. Want dinner and a show in one? Head to a teppanyaki restaurant, where your chef will cook your meal in front of you. If meat's not your thing, don't worry: Any steakhouse will also serve crunchy Yakiyasai (grilled vegetables) and Agedashi-dofu (crispy tofu with dipping sauce).
Kobe, Japan Traditional Tea Set
A traditional Japanese tea set

Shopping

To sample the freshest seafood Kobe has to offer with your Japan cruise, visit the Uonotana Fish Market, a wholesale marketplace boasting the day's catch. Later in the day, move on to the bustling Sannomiya shopping area, where streets are packed with stores selling everything from the latest fashions to traditional tea sets.

Day 12: Mt. Fuji, Japan

Day 12
Mt. Fuji
Shimizu, Japan
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Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Tea Farm Mount
A tea farm mount with views of Mount Fuji in Spring at Shizuoka, Japan
Things to do in
Mt. Fuji
From 12:30 PM - 7:00 PM
The skyline at Shimizu port is dominated by one of Japan's most distinctive sites: snow-capped Mt. Fuji. Head to Miho-no-Matsubara, a pristine beach flanked by a picturesque pine grove, where you can take in some of the clearest views of Japan's tallest mountain. Cruise to Mt. Fuji and take the one-hour drive from the port to Fuji itself for some hiking — the mountain is relatively approachable climb appropriate even for beginners, and you don't have to hike all the way to the summit. Don't miss the ancient shrines that surround this volcanic landmark: Visit Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha shrine, built to appease Fuji's volcanic deity. Or see Kunouzan Toshogu shrine, a masterpiece of Japanese lacquer and woodwork.
Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Black Beach
Miho no matsubara is a black beach with Fuji mountain

White Peak, Black Sand

On cloudless days, the views of Mt. Fuji are everywhere. Head to the magical Miho-no-Matsubara Park pine grove. This black-sand beach framed by bright green pines gives you a clear view of the bulk of Mt. Fuji. Pay your respects for the sheer natural splendor at the nearby Miho Shrine during your Mt. Fuji cruise.
Insider tip
From October to November there is an international street performers competition in the center of town called the Daidogei World Cup.
Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Tea Leaf
Close up shot of tea leaves in a green tea plantation in Mt. Fuji

Tea Time

The Shizuoka prefecture is the most famous tea-producing region in the whole of Japan. From April to October, you can learn how to pick tea at Nihondaira Ocha Kaikan farm. Take the leaves you pick home with you, and learn about the history of tea at the Ocha-no-Sato Tea Museum. At the garden and teahouse on the museum grounds, you can enjoy matcha tea and sweets while gazing out over a Japanese garden.
Insider tip
You can get almost anywhere by public transport. Both trains and buses are reliable and safe.
Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Chopsticks
A bunch of chopsticks laid out together

Get Crafty

At the Sumpu Takumi Shuku Workshop, you can learn to make Japanese Sugura Crafts using age-old techniques passed down from the Edo era. Make your own lacquered chopsticks, learn how to dye a handkerchief with real indigo and create a delicate Mariko Koma basket.
Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Tuna Sashimi
Raw fish tuna sashimi in traditional Japanese style

Local Cuisine

Shimizu's fishermen haul in some of the highest-quality tuna in the whole of Japan. Head to Shimizu Sushi Alley and take your pick of the many delicious sushi restaurants, where you can enjoy this cold-water catch's delicate texture and nuanced flavor in its unadulterated form. Cruise to Mt. Fuji and venture out and try Sakura shrimp, tiny shrimp served raw or dried for a crunchy texture.
Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Tea Caddy Black Lacquer
Vintage Japanese black lacquer tea caddy with auspicious gold makie bamboo forest design, used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Shopping

Sugura crafts have been a high-quality export of Shizuku artisans for generations. Intricate gold and silver lacquerware (makie), handpainted banners (sashimono) and bamboo baskets (sensuji saiku) are beautiful examples of Japanese artisanal skill. Find these traditional handicrafts the S-Pulse Dream Plaza Souvenir Shopping Area.

Day 13: Tokyo, Japan

Day 13
Tokyo
Yokohama, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan, Sensoji Temple
The Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Things to do in
Tokyo
Arrives at 6:30 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.
Tokyo, Japan, Geishas at Sensoji Temple
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.
Tokyo, Japan, Great Buddha bronze statue
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.
Tokyo, Japan, Sankeien Garden
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.
Tokyo, Japan, Chicken yakitori
Chicken yakitori on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Japan has some of the world's most renowned cuisine, and Tokyo is the epicenter 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 soy-infused chicken broth. Or snack on yakitori, grilled chicken skewers seasoned simply with salt or tare, a savory blend of fish-infused dashi broth, soy and vinegar.
Tokyo, Japan, Kimonos on a rack
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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