10/24 - 11/08/2020

16-Day Best of Japan

  • Day 1
    TOKYO - JAPAN
  • Day 2
    TOKYO - Celebrity Millennium
  • Day 3
    MOUNT FUJI - JAPAN
  • Day 4-5
    KOBE - JAPAN
  • Day 6
    KOCHI - JAPAN
  • Day 7
    HIROSHIMA - JAPAN
  • Day 8
    KAGOSHIMA - JAPAN
  • Day 9
    AT SEA
  • Day 10
    BUSAN - SOUTH KOREA
  • Day 11
    AT SEA
  • Day 12
    HAKODATE - JAPAN
  • Day 13
    AOMORI - JAPAN
  • Day 14
    AT SEA
  • Day 15-15
    YOKOHAMA - JAPAN

Tour Overview


What’s included in this cruise tour:

  • Tour manager throughout the trip
  • Cruise accommodation, meals, entertainment on board
  • Shore excursions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Taxes

Excludes

  • Onboard gratuities
  • Meals (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Personal expenditures

Tour highlights:

  • Visit the capital of Japan, Tokyo and see Sensoji Temple of the Edo period
  • Cruise on Lake Ashi and enjoy the spectacular view of Mount Fuji
  • Two days in Kobe and visit Osaka Castle
  • See Kochi Castle, one of just twelve Japanese castles to have survived destruction from the post feudal age
  • Enjoy Itsukushima Shrine, one of Miyajima’s top scenic spots
  • Visit Kagoshima’s active volcano Skurajima and enjoy the beautiful garden of Sengan-En
  • Explore Busan, the second largest city in South Korea and visit the world’s largest department store
  • Stroll through Hakodate’s morning market and enjoy the city from the Hakodate cable car
  • Take the Hakkoda Ropeway in Aomori and see the magnificent city view
  • See the Big Buddha and the famous Ramen Museum in Yokohama

OFFER ID: 1361832

Celebrity Millennium
Year Built: 2000
Refurbished: 2016
Tonnage: 90,940
Passenger Capacity: 2,170

Itinerary

  • 1
    10/24 TOKYO - JAPAN
    Arrive in Tokyo, Japan today and you will be transferred to the hotel.
    Hotel: Narita Aiport Hotel or Similar
  • 2
    10/25 TOKYO - Celebrity Millennium
    Enjoy delicious breakfast at your hotel and get ready for a city tour of the Island of the Rising Sun, Tokyo, Japan. We will first visit (Sensoji),the oldest temple in Tokyo, built in 628 AD and was designated as the ceremonial pilgrimage site by Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Edo period. It is also the center of Japanese folk culture. Nearby is (Nakamise Shopping Arcade), one of the oldest shopping centers in Japan. The street is coated with colorful, lively stalls selling traditional knick-knacks, festival foods and rice crackers. Next we will head over to Nijubashi Bridge, a bridge where you can look across the river to the (Imperial Palace), the current Imperial Palace residence of the Emperor of Japan located on the former site of the Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls. Afterwards, we will head to Yokohama port to board Celebrity Millennium. Enjoy outstanding cuisine, fun entertainment, and much more.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
    (Breakfast included)
  • 3
    10/26 MOUNT FUJI - JAPAN
    Today our cruise ship arrives in (Shimizu), Japan. Journey to (Hakone), and take a boat ride on (Lake Ashi Cruise). The beautiful scenery of Lake Ashi is a volcanic lake formed by volcanic eruptions that is 725 meters above sea level. From the south of Lake Ashi, while overlooking Mount Fuji, you can see the beautiful reflection of the lake. Next take the (Hakone Ropeway), which gives you a 360 degree view of the city. The cable car ride is 4,035 meters long, it is Japan’s longest ride, and the world’s second longest ride. Afterwards, see (Hakone Shrine), built in 757 AD, which stands at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi. The shrine is a great photo stop and is particularly breathtaking when shrouded in mist.
    Amount of walking: Long
  • 4-5
    10/27-10/28 KOBE - JAPAN
    Day 1 - Our cruise ship arrives in Kobe, Japan. First we will visit (Kobe City Hall Observation Deck), where you can see the beautiful sea and city view of Kobe. Next see (Ikuta Shrine), which is a well known sacred shrine, possibly one of the oldest shrines in the country with over 1800 years in history. This shrine is worshipped as a guardian of health. During the Meiji era and Taisho Period of Japanese history, western-style houses were built after Kobe was opened as a Treaty Port in 1869. Explore the well-preserved (Kitano-Cho), a small historic city district that foreign merchants and diplomats once called home. The most famous of these is the residence of German trader, the Weathercock House, and the residence of the US Consul General, Moegi House.
    Day 2 - On our second day in Kobe we will visit (Osaka). First we will see (Osaka Castle), built on two raised platforms of landfill surrounded by secondary citadels, gates, turrets, impressive stone walls and moats. It was originally built to protect its occupants from attackers. Enjoy (Dotonbori), a popular area and renowned for its gaudy neon lights, extravagant signage and the variety of restaurants and bars. Stroll through (Shinsaibashi), the pioneer of Osaka shopping street during the Edo period, also known as the Ginza of Osaka. Last but not least, visit (Sumiyoshi Taisha), with a history of 1,800 years, more than 2 million worshippers visit the shrine to pray for health and prosperity at the beginning of each year.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 6
    10/29 KOCHI - JAPAN
    Today we arrive in Kochi, Japan. We will first visit (Kochi Castle). The castle was built by the first generation of Tosa in 1601. It has been through several fires, wars and other destruction. A special feature of this castle is the main tower was not only used for military purposes, but as a residence. Enjoy (Obiyamachi Shopping Arcade), one of the busiest shopping malls in downtown Kochi. Next we will visit (Katsurahama Beach), where the famous Statue of Sakamoto Ryoma stands. He was one of the most famous architects of modern Japan, who negotiated an alliance between two clans that helped end the feudal age in Japan. Last but not least, see (Chikurin-Ji Temple), built in 724 which houses a number of famous sculptures and its late Edo period gardens are a Natural Monument. Many students pay a visit to wish for good luck in passing exams.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 7
    10/30 HIROSHIMA - JAPAN
    Today our cruise ship arrives in Hiroshima, Japan. We will take a ferry to (Miyajima), meaning “Shrine island” in Japanese, is a small island known for its forests and ancient temples. See the beautiful (Itsukushima Shrine), best known for its famous floating torii gate. The shrine and its torii gate are unique for being built over water, like it's floating in the sea during high tide. The name Itsukushima means island of worship. Afterwards, we will return to Hiroshima, and visit (Peace Memorial Park), one of the most prominent features of the city, commemorating the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack. It conveys to the world the horrors and the inhumane nature of nuclear weapons. Enjoy the historic Japanese garden of (Shukkeien Garden). This beautiful garden mimics a variety of natural formations and scenic views of valleys, mountains, and forests.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 8
    10/31 KAGOSHIMA - JAPAN
    Our cruise ship arrives in Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan. We will take a ferry to (Sakurajima) Island, with an altitude of 1,117 meters high. It is an active volcanic island with minor eruptions that happen several times a day. We will visit the (Arimura Lava Observatory). This observatory is located on the side of a lava field that was formed as a result of an eruption in 1946. We will make our way back to Kagoshima, and see (Sengan-En Garden), which best describes as a traditional Japanese style landscape garden.. The garden includes small ponds, streams, shrines and a bamboo grove.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 9
    11/1 AT SEA
  • 10
    11/2 BUSAN - SOUTH KOREA
    Today our cruise ship arrives in Busan, South Korea’s second largest city. We will visit (Haedong Yonggung Temple), a Buddhist temple built in 1376 during the Goryeo Dynasty. Its picturesque seaside location makes this temple a unique must see attraction. With over 600 years of history, this temple has a mixture of the sea, the dragon, and the Great Buddha, which makes this place have a deep religious meaning. Enjoy the natural rock beach of (Taejongdae), with stunning landscapes and the many cliffs facing the open sea. Last but not least, explore (Jagalchi Fish Market), the largest aquatic market in South Korea, offering a huge variety of live seafood. The biggest feature of this market is experiencing the live chanting of the merchant selling their specialty.
    Amount of walking: Long
  • 11
    11/3 AT SEA
  • 12
    11/4 HAKODATE - JAPAN
    Today our cruise ships arrives in Hakadate, Hokkaido, Japan. First we will visit the (Hakodate Morning Market) and see a variety of fresh seafood and fisheries. Next see (Goryokaku), the first western-style castle in Japan. It has a unique bastional structure with five prominent corners and a star-shaped pentagon. Then take (Mount Hakodate Ropeway) to the 334 meter high observation deck overlooking the mountains and seas of Hakodate and the surrounding areas.
    Explore (Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse), a warehouse that has been converted into a commercial complex consisting of about 50 restaurants and gift shops.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 13
    11/5 AOMORI - JAPAN
    Our cruise ship arrives in Aomori, Japan. Journey to (Mt. Hakkoda), a set of volcanic peaks known for its seasonal beauty, a place for nature, hiking, and famous hot springs. We will take the (Hakkoda Ropeway) which takes us to Tamoyachi, one of multiple peaks of Mount Hakkoda. Here you can enjoy the beautiful view of Hakkoda, the surrounding bay and peninsula. Visit the (Nebuta House Wa Rasse), a museum with a unique building covered in red metal slats standing along Aomori’s waterfront. Here you can experience the spirit of the festival, its history and traditions from over a span of 300 years. Enjoy (A-Factory), a one stop market where you can sample locally produced food and drinks. They produce hundreds of different snacks which many of them are made from apples; Aomori’s specialty.
    Amount of walking: Long
  • 14
    11/6 AT SEA
  • 15-16
    11/7-11/8 YOKOHAMA - JAPAN
    Today our cruise ship arrives in Yokohama, Japan. We will head over to (Kamakura), home to the (Great Buddha of Kamakura), which stands on the grounds of (Kotokuin Temple). With a height of 11.4 meters, it has been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Next visit (Hasedera Temple), founded in 736 and is famous for its eleven-headed statue of Kannon, which is the largest wooden carving Buddha statue in Japan. Afterwards, we will return to Yokohama and explore the (Ramen Museum). Learn about the history of ramen noodles, including the big success of instant ramen. Here you can enjoy any of the ramen shops, each featuring a ramen dish from a different region of Japan.
    Amount of walking: Long

    On our second day, you will disembark the ship and be transferred to the airport for your safe flight back home.