Japan, Himei Castle
Cherry Blossoms Surrounding Himeji Castle



Enter a world of towering mountains, breathtaking landscapes and ancient culture in Japan.

Closed to the world for over 200 years, today the ports of Japan glimmer with an otherworldly beauty. Jump onboard a Japan cruise to view digital billboards plastered with the latest anime cling to high-tech skyscrapers in Tokyo, or enter into the serene Meiji forest that dominates the city center. In Japan, you'll find an explosion of culture in every season, from the iconic pink cherry blossoms that line Kyoto's Philosopher's Path in the spring to the powerful temples and beach barbecues that shine in Okinawa in the summer. In autumn, head up Kobe's Mt. Rokko for a view of fiery orange-yellow treetops, and in winter, soak in the natural onsen of Beppu, Arima or Niigata. No matter where you end up, be sure to take in the eclectic architecture along the way, as temples and shrines give way to apartment blocks and izakaya pubs specializing in sushi rolls and sake rice wine.

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Japan, Kyoto Toji Pagoda
Scenic View of Japanese Pagoda in Autumn


Japan's ancient culture will capture a piece of your soul. Old temples wafting with incense, impressive castles jutting into the sky and tatami-clad wooden homes await you with an air of magnificence. 


Get in touch with your spiritual side in Tokyo as you pass under the giant lanterns of Sensoji temple to pay your respects. In Hiroshima Bay, witness the majesty of the otherworldly Itsukushima shrine that floats alone on the water, backdropped by rocky mountains. See the rich gold pavilion of Kinkaku-ji temple in Kyoto, best appreciated with a freshly prepared cup of matcha tea.


Japan is an island nation at heart, and the surrounding seas hold astounding sights. Sail among the 99 Kujukushima Islands on a bright red and yellow hybrid tour boat in Sasebo. Next, dive into Okinawa's perfect sky-blue waters and relax on unknown island beaches. For a peek into the past, see Nagasaki's eerie Battleship Island, or make the pilgrimage to Tokyo's Enoshima, an island of shrines.


The Samurai and feudal lords built impressive castles all over Japan, most of which were reconstructed in the Meiji Restoration Era. For some firsthand history, stop by Osaka Castle near Kyoto, or head to Okinawa, where the Ryukyu kingdom reigned supreme, to visit Shurijo Castle, a UNESCO site that will enlighten you to the sub-tropical splendor that put the island on the map.

Japan, Ishigaki Family Eating
Enjoying a Traditional Local Brunch


The Japanese way of life is a pure appreciation of the small things. Explore the islands as the Japanese would by eating good food, viewing beautiful landscapes and making acquaintances with the friendly locals. 


Feel on top of the world as you explore the tallest mountain in Japan. Start the climb up Mt. Fuji in Shimizu, and let yourself be wowed by the volcano's incredible scale. For a smaller mountain vacation adventure, take a cable car up Mt. Rokko in Kobe, and delight in the mountaintop town that overlooks Kobe city, or walk the steps leading through the 10,000 bright-red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine that climbs up the gentle mountainside.


Every single city or prefecture in Japan has a specialty ingredient. Be bold in Shimonoseki, and taste thin slices of blowfish sashimi, prepared by skilled chefs who have trained for 10 years to make this specific dish. Indulge in the world's most premium beef, a melt-in-the-mouth wagyu steak from Kobe, or delight in the detailed dishes of Kyoto's seasonal multi-course style of cooking.


Onsen, natural hot spring baths, are a widely appreciated pleasure in Japan and a must-try on colder days. Take a cable car up Mt. Rokko in Kobe to find the steamy Arima Onsen town, famous for its medicinal properties. In Beppu, take your pick of over 2,000 onsen, or gaze at the steaming azure waters of Jikoku Onsen, also known as the "Hells" of Beppu.

Japan, Okinawa World
Temple Lion Statue

Explore the enchanted

Explore unfrequented ports for a rare insight into the layers of Japanese culture. Soak up the sun in Southern Japan, an area blessed by blue waters and powdery beaches, or head further east where big cities and old wooden temples sit side by side. There's no shortage of beauty among the Japanese islands.


Take a historic route through the islands to experience the very best of Japan with your cruise. Stop off in Kobe for a taste of its famous wagyu beef, and continue to the old capital of Kyoto, where you'll see centuries-old shrines mingle with skyscrapers. Don't forget to stop in the cosmopolitan metropolis of Tokyo for world-class sushi and sashimi.


Fukuoka is a lively port city with a friendly feel, streets lined with cherry blossoms and intimate zen temples. Enter Japan with a cruise through this southern city, exploring the world-famous Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and slurping up tonkotsu-broth ramen noodles along the way.



Haggling or tipping is not observed in Japan and will be met with confusion, so it's best not to try.


Most Japanese don't speak English, so make sure you carry a phrase book with you as you explore.


The public transport in Japan is incredible. You can take a train almost everywhere in the country.

Sushi for days

Japan is synonymous with culinary excellence, and its cuisine is all about whole ingredients and locally sourced food, served as fresh as possible. From gleaming gems of sushi to steaming hot bowls of soba to specially cared-for wagyu cows, you won't be disappointed.

you'll want it soba-d

Soba noodles are made from buckwheat and are often brought to life from scratch by the shop owner. In summer, experience cold soba noodles with a small bowl of dipping sauce, or slurp up hot broth and tempura prawn in the cold winter months.

control your tempura!

Looking to add some thrill to your dinner? Japan's chefs have mastered preparing poisonous blowfish in a safe and delicious way. Although the best blowfish is found in Shimonoseki, it's prepared by expert chefs all over Japan. With a subtle flavor and firm texture, you'll be hooked to its dangerous taste!

hit the streets

When you're exploring the city streets of Tokyo, be sure to grab some top-notch street food. Feast on takoyaki, fried balls of dough flavored with dashi stock and stuffed with fresh octopus, or okonomiyaki, a savory pancake made with flour, cabbage, vegetables, your choice of seafood or pork and topped with a savory condiment that includes ketchup, Worcestershire and oyster sauce.

Related Ports

Take in big city lights and impressive skyscrapers in Tokyo. Or wander through ancient temples in Nagoya and Kochi. Meander white sand beaches and islands in Ishigaki, and taste the real Kobe beef in Kobe. And take in breathtaking views of Mount Otowa from Kyoto.

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