Konnichiwa! Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea by sea and on land, the best way to see the richness of this beautiful region. During this custom-designed, nine-night itinerary, explore enthralling ports steeped in the traditions of ancient Buddhist shoguns and Samurai warriors and admire landscapes dotted with Shinto shrines, imperial castles and meticulous Japanese gardens.
Spend two nights in the enchanting city of Kyoto, its serene landscape adorned with fragrant cherry blossom trees.
It was the imperial capital of Japan from A.D. 794 until the mid‑19th century and has been the cultural capital of this island nation for more than 1000 years. See its historic UNESCO World Heritage-designated monuments, visit the imperial Nijo Castle and the opulent temples of Ryoan-ji and Kinkaku-ji, and stroll through the iconic, red-orange torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship L'Austral, featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms and access to ports unavailable to larger vessels, cruise for seven nights from Himeji, Japan, along the coast of the tranquil Inland Sea and South Korea. Your captivating ports of call showcase four UNESCO World Heritage sites—see the impressive 14th-century Himeji Castle complex, the largest surviving feudal structure of medieval Japan; walk through the poignant Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima; tour the picturesque Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima with its awe-inspiring Great Torii Gate; and in Gyeongju, South Korea, see the ancient Silla Kingdom Royal Burial Mounds and the glorious Buddhist Bulguksa Temple, which symbolizes the material expression of Buddhist utopia on Earth.
Admire the extraordinary collection of Japanese paintings and ceramic works at the acclaimed Adachi Museum of Art near Matsue, whose impeccable gardens are seen as "living Japanese paintings." Just outside of Moji, walk through the beautiful and sacred 12th-century Akama Shrine, dedicated to the child emperor Antoku.
Nearby, visit a Japanese fish market, known for its locally caught fugu (pufferfish), a delicacy of Japanese cuisine.
This unique itinerary is an excellent value featuring Five-Star accommodations and at least one included excursion each day,
and it highlights the most beautiful and culturally fascinating ports along Japan’s Inland Sea. This program sells out quickly, so we encourage you to book now while space is available!
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
Golden Pavilion, Kyoto
Nijo Castle Gate, Kyoto