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Experience one of the world’s most fascinating destinations on a dreamy tour of Japan, exploring the waterways of this island country aboard the all-suite Star Breeze ship by Windstar Cruises. Take in old-world Japan with its delicate aesthetic of simplicity and tranquility at various shrines and Buddhist temples in the Zen tradition, the Japanese version of the original Indian religion. Tour cutting-edge Tokyo and visit ports with various UNESCO sites that reveal Japan’s natural beauty. Visit samurai houses, a 400-year-old garden, and Busan, a large South Korean port city known for its beaches and a place to unwind. Contemplate history and humanity in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, both cities rebuilt from 1945 when the U.S. signaled the closure of WWII, still the only country in the world to have used nuclear weapons in combat. These two cities, now rebuilt and modernized, offer many museums and memorials to educate and commemorate. Pamper yourself with Windstar’s onboard World Spa, and all meals are included aboard ship!
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Day 1 : Overnight Flight to Japan
Day 2 : Arrive in Japan
Tokyo is a vibrant city where history and culture meets cutting-edge modern life. After arrival, settle in at the Gate Hotel Tokyo with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 3 : Tokyo Sights
After breakfast at the hotel, we dive deep into fascinating cosmopolitan culture with a full day of touring Tokyo. See the Meiji Shrine in honor of the deified spirits of Japan’s first modern emperor and his consort, Emperor Meiji Harajuku. Experience the Asakusa District including the Shrine of the Three Gods and the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest tower.
Day 4 : Embarkation
Sail away! We have a private transfer to Yokohama where we embark on the all-suite Star Breeze yacht with lunch and dinner onboard.
Day 5 : Shimizu
Shimizu is known as one of the prettiest ports in Japan. Mt Fuji, a UNESCO site, can be seen from this port.
Day 6 : Shingu
Visit two shrines along a pilgrimage route that welcomes pilgrims just as they have for over 1,000 years. The Kamikura Shrine, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, still requires pilgrims to climb 538 steps to reach it.
Day 7 : At Sea
Enjoy your time at sea today on the Star Breeze, a yacht with the new World Spa by Windstar featuring locally inspired treatments and complimentary thermal suite.
Day 8 : Kagoshima
This seaside city is located across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano. Visit nearby Chiran to see the well-preserved samurai houses and the Chiran Peace Museum to explore the background of kamikaze pilots.
Day 9 : Hashima / Nagasaki
Cruise around the island of Hashima, an abandoned coal mine. Visit Nagasaki, known for the devastating nuclear attack of World War II. The Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Memorial Park tell the story of the events leading up to the bombing.
Day 10 : Busan, South Korea
Busan, the second-largest city in South Korea, is a popular leisure destination offering ornate temples, famous beaches, and Gyeongju, a UNESCO site and outdoor museum that was the former capital of the Silla Kingdom.
Day 11 : Karatsu
Visit Karatsu Castle, learn about its history, and view the pottery that this region has produced since the 16th century. Another option is to learn about the annual Kunchi Festival by visiting an exhibition of the 14 floats used in the celebration.
Day 12 : Hiroshima
Following the devastation of the atomic bomb blast during WWII, Hiroshima became a modern city. Visit the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Arch, commonly known as the Atomic Dome. Learn the story of A Thousand Paper Cranes and see the memorial that honors Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who lost her life to the atomic bombings. The colorful paper cranes are sent in her remembrance. Another option is to visit the red Torii at the UNESCO site in Miyajima.
Day 13 : Takamatsu
Takamatsu has been an important focal point for the island of Shikoku’s transportation system and is a political and economic center. Popular attractions include the Ritsurin Garden, an amazing historic strolling garden and Japan’s biggest cultural property that has been maintained for 400 years. We may also take in the sights from Takamatsu Tower, offering several observation decks.
Day 14 : Disembark Kobe / Osaka Overnight
Have breakfast onboard before we disembark the Star Breeze and travel to the Osaka Castle & Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building that features its iconic architecture which has two separate towers, both 40-stories high, with a bridge and escalator to move between them on the top two stories. We check in to our hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 15 : Full Day of Touring in Kyoto
After breakfast at the hotel, tour Japan’s original capital of Kyoto featuring the Zen Buddhist Temple of Kinkaku-ji, Nijo Castle, the Shinto Shrine of Heian, and another Buddhist temple, Kiyomizu Temple. After an included lunch, we return to our Osaka hotel.
Day 16 : Fly Home
September 9, 2022 - September 24, 2022
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Final Payment Date: 03/13/2022
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