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Tokyo, Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Nagoya , Japan | Kobe , Japan | Okinawa (Nakagusuku) , Japan | Hong Kong , China

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WAKE UP AND WANDER

Voyager of the Seas® has plenty of surprises to fill your wandering with wonder. Onboard you'll find junkanoo-jamming parades on the Promenade, Far East flavors at Izumi, and thrills on every deck, from wave riding on the FlowRider® surf simulator to late night spins around the ice-skating rink.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Tokyo, Japan

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Tokyo, Japan

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Nagoya, Japan

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
21ST-CENTURY

CASTLE TOWN

Explore central Japan's unique samurai and industrial heritage in this exciting city that celebrates monozukuri, the art of making things. That includes not only castles, robots and cars but also excellent Nagoya food such as miso katsu, an irresistible breaded deep-fried pork cutlet. Be sure to visit Nagoya Castle, a samurai fortress in a large wooded park, and the Osu Kannon temple market, where religion and commerce create a colorful mix.

Red building with birds flying over in Nagoya, Japan
Close up of the Nagoya castle with flowers
Autumn traditional japanese landscape with pond and trees and stone bridge in Zurumai park, Nagoya, Japan

Explore central Japan's unique samurai and industrial heritage in this exciting city that celebrates monozukuri, the art of making things. That includes not only castles, robots and cars but also excellent Nagoya food such as miso katsu, an irresistible breaded deep-fried pork cutlet. Be sure to visit Nagoya Castle, a samurai fortress in a large wooded park, and the Osu Kannon temple market, where religion and commerce create a colorful mix.

Red building with birds flying over in Nagoya, Japan
Close up of the Nagoya castle with flowers
Autumn traditional japanese landscape with pond and trees and stone bridge in Zurumai park, Nagoya, Japan
Things To Do

in Nagoya

Visit the castle in Nagoya, Japan

Samurai Sanctuary

Built in the early 17th century by order of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, Nagoya Castle served as a bulwark against enemies traveling on the Tokaido road to Edo (today's Tokyo). Damaged in World War II, the rebuilt concrete main keep is now being restored to its original wooden architecture, but the castle grounds and some facilities are open during reconstruction.

Osu Kannon temple in Nagoya city, Japan

Eat, Pray, Shop

Originally established in the 14th century but moved here in 1610, Osu Kannon Temple was rebuilt in the 20th century and enshrines the bodhisattva of mercy, Kannon. The streets to the east of the temple comprise the Osu shopping district and are packed with bargain shops and restaurants.

The buildings around Toyota's Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya, Japan

Evolution of Machines

Toyota, one of the world's largest automakers, began as a textiles company, and the superb Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology is housed in its 1911 weaving factory. Displays include not only metal processing and textile machinery but Toyota cars from the original 1936 Toyota AA sedan as well as sophisticated humanoid robots that play musical instruments.

Japanese food miso buta katsu pork cutlet set with rice

Local Cuisine

Nagoya's delectable specialty foods are a must-try. You can't miss miso katsu, breaded deep-fried pork cutlet. Cruise to Nagoya and be on the lookout for kishimen, flat handmade wheat noodles typically served in a sake-flavored broth. Snack on the local rice cake uiro or tebasaki chicken wings flavored with ginger, garlic, mirin and vinegar. Enjoy the fruits of the local waters with hitsumabushi, charcoal-grilled eel.

Porcelain crockery at Flea Market near Osu Kannon temple in Nagoya, Japan

Shopping

Head to Noritake Square Nagoya shop, where you can visit the century-old factory of one of Japan's best porcelain makers and take home some unique wares, such as beautifully designed dinnerware and tea sets — you can even try your hand at porcelain painting. Stroll through the stalls at the Osu shopping arcade for anime-themed items and other unique trinkets.

INSIDER TIP

While there is no tipping in Japan, be sure to carry enough cash to cover bills at smaller restaurants, cafes and bars that may not accept credit cards.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Kobe, Japan

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

SAY ‘KONNICHIWA’ TO KOBE

Kobe has a melting-pot cultural allure that reflects its origins as a 19th century port city. The city is also all about its world-famous beef, served up by humble street vendors and Michelin-starred chefs alike. Once you've taken in the mountain views and strolled the historic streets, passing mansions once owned by well-to-do foreign merchants, catch a train to Osaka and eat like a sumo wrestler.

View of the Suma Temple in Kobe, Japan surrounded by lush trees
A picturesque view of the Kobe, Japan skyline
The Himeji Castle in Kobe, Japan

Kobe has a melting-pot cultural allure that reflects its origins as a 19th century port city. The city is also all about its world-famous beef, served up by humble street vendors and Michelin-starred chefs alike. Once you've taken in the mountain views and strolled the historic streets, passing mansions once owned by well-to-do foreign merchants, catch a train to Osaka and eat like a sumo wrestler.

View of the Suma Temple in Kobe, Japan surrounded by lush trees
A picturesque view of the Kobe, Japan skyline
The Himeji Castle in Kobe, Japan
Things To Do

in Kobe

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Family Playing Mini Golf Onboard
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Family Playing Mini Golf Onboard
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

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.

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 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Okinawa (Nakagusuku), Japan

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
3:00 PM
FIND YOUR INNER

WARRIOR

Jump into the car and explore the Nakagusuku Castle ruins — the stone walls of former courtyards are what remain today after the structure was defeated in 1458 by an opposing lord. Head south to Yachimun and discover a village dedicated to the traditional Okinawan art of hand-made pottery. Or stop off at Naha city to see famous Shuri Castle and dig into bold fusion food like Taco Rice and other quirky dishes that bear the influence of island's U.S. military base.

Red gates of Shuri castle in Okinawa, Japan
World Heritage Nakagusuku castle ruins, in Okinawa, Japan
The outer wall of Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Japan

Jump into the car and explore the Nakagusuku Castle ruins — the stone walls of former courtyards are what remain today after the structure was defeated in 1458 by an opposing lord. Head south to Yachimun and discover a village dedicated to the traditional Okinawan art of hand-made pottery. Or stop off at Naha city to see famous Shuri Castle and dig into bold fusion food like Taco Rice and other quirky dishes that bear the influence of island's U.S. military base.

Red gates of Shuri castle in Okinawa, Japan
World Heritage Nakagusuku castle ruins, in Okinawa, Japan
The outer wall of Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Japan
Things To Do

in Okinawa (Nakagusuku)

Part of the stone wall with stairs at Nakagusuku castle in Okinawa, Japan

Visit a Fallen Kingdom

Nakagusugu city is near a wealth of castle ruins dating back to the Ryukyu Kingdom, which had its heyday from the 1400s to the 1800s. Start off at the Katsuren Castle ruins and retrace an army's footsteps to Nakagusugu Castle (destroyed by the lord of Katsuren). It's easy to imagine the impressive structures in their prime while walking through the ancient battlements.<

View from the Okinawa sea road in Okinawa, Japan

Island-Hop by Car

Henza Island is connected to the Okinawa mainland via a scenic stretch of red bridge. From there, you can continue driving through to Hamahige, Miyagi and Ikei Island — stopping at beaches along the way. Pop into the Nuchi Una salt factory to see how local sea salt is made and taste dishes flavored with its mineral-rich goodness.

Stone gate of Shuri castle in Okinawa, Japan

Culture in the Capital

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, is only an hour away by car. Head there for some of the island's most iconic pieces of culture: Pay your respects at Naminoue Shrine, perched on a cliff above the idyllic ocean. Walk through the relaxing ponds and pagodas of Chinese-style Fukushu-en Garden, and a slice of Ryukyu history at reconstructed Shuri Castle.

Taco filling with rice and cheese, fusion dish of Okinawa, Japan

Local Cuisine

American tastes have had a big effect on Okinawan food due to the presence of the U.S. military base here, and the result is a fusion food like you've never tried before. Cruise to Okinawa to dig into a delicious bowl of Taco Rice topped with crunchy salsa and a deep purple sweet potato tartlet. Don't forget to try the Ube (purple sweet potato) ice cream at Okinawan mainstay Blue Seal.

Colorful glasses on sale at a souvenir shop in Okinawa, Japan

Shopping

To get the most authentic souvenirs, venture into Yomitan Pottery Village in Yachimun. The village is home to 45 artisan potters who glaze their wares in the Okinawan style. Pick up chunky handmade fruit bowls or delicately decorated sake sets during your Japan cruise. At Kousaki Dori street in Naha, you can find some handblown Ryukyu glass to complement your collection.

INSIDER TIP

Public transport is limited here: Hire a car in advance, or organize a taxi or tour.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Hamburgers on the Boardwalk

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Hamburgers on the Boardwalk

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.

Delicious Burger and Hot Dogs with a Soda Pop
Johnny Rockets®

MEET YOU AT THE DINER, DADDY-O

With a family-friendly uncomplicated menu that offers all-American good eats and is reminiscent of simpler days, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time to an era of sock hops, soda fountains and drive-in theaters.

DAY 8 - Arrival Day

Hong Kong, China

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM

ASIA'S URBAN HEARTBEAT

Before leaving Hong Kong, pop over to the island of Macau — you'll need to bring your passport but not a Chinese visa. Check out the island's Vegas-style casinos like the Grand Lisboa, one of the oldest. Inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino, see singing gondoliers and do some shopping. Stroll through Senado Square and the narrow surrounding streets and grab a Portuguese egg tart, the iconic Macau brunch food.

The Giant Buddha Monastery in Hong Kong, Lantau Island
The Golden Pagoda of Nan Lian garden in Hong Kong
Lanterns hanging at the Wong Tai Sin temple in Hong Kong

Before leaving Hong Kong, pop over to the island of Macau — you'll need to bring your passport but not a Chinese visa. Check out the island's Vegas-style casinos like the Grand Lisboa, one of the oldest. Inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino, see singing gondoliers and do some shopping. Stroll through Senado Square and the narrow surrounding streets and grab a Portuguese egg tart, the iconic Macau brunch food.

The Giant Buddha Monastery in Hong Kong, Lantau Island
The Golden Pagoda of Nan Lian garden in Hong Kong
Lanterns hanging at the Wong Tai Sin temple in Hong Kong
Things To Do

in Hong Kong

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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