DAY 01 - TOKYO, JAPAN
EMBARK 8:00 AM
the vitality of a modern metropolis with the stately elegance of
yesteryear, Tokyo is truly unique. From the timeless beauty of the Meiji
Shrine to the glittering Ginza district and impressive Tokyo Tower, this
international giant is a complex blend of East and West. Houses of wood
and paper stand beside towering steel skyscrapers, while kimono-clad
women stroll beside teenagers who have created a fashion all their own.
DAY 02 - SHINGU, JAPAN
coastal town of 30,000, Shingu is home to Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine,
a UNESCO-designated treasure and one of three sacred sites along the
ancient pilgrimage routes of Kumano Kodo, leading to and from Shingu.
The striking red and white architecture has called to pilgrims for
centuries and continues to leave travelers with a sense of awe in this
tranquil setting. Less tranquil pursuits can be found in the Doro-kyo
Gorge, where rafting and boating and exploring the rock formations will
thrill your inner adventurer.
DAY 03-04 - OSAKA, JAPAN
As it has
been for centuries, Osaka remains a city of commerce, one of the
original Japanese towns at the core of a developing society that grew
around trade with China. Although the nature of the city hasnít changed,
it is presently undergoing an architectural revolution with a dazzling
display of gleaming skyscrapers. Its prime geography makes it an
excellent gateway to famed locales Ė including the sacred site of Kyoto
and the majestic tranquility of Nara.
DAY 04-05 - HIMEJI, JAPAN
Both a designated national treasure and UNESCO
World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle presides over this capital of the
Harima Province in stately white elegance. Nearby Kokoen Gardens cover
the area formerly occupied by imperial samurai, and Shoshazan Engyoji
Temple atop Mount Shosha attracts pilgrims from around the world.
Together, these picturesque sites shape the past and present of one of
the most important cities in the Kansai region.
DAY 05 - TAMANO (UNO KO), JAPAN
TAMANO (UNO KO), JAPAN
This town is all about innovation, home to
several engineering powerhouses and shipbuilding facilities. The
breathtaking scenery and outdoor lifestyle of Tamano in no way conveys
an industrial atmosphere, with beaches perfect for swimming or beach
volleyball, and public displays of contemporary art downtown. Lovely
Miyama Park boasts an English garden and numerous walking and biking
paths, while Ojigadake Bluffs reward hikers with sea views.
DAY 06 - CRUISING THE COAST OF JAPAN
DAY AT SEA
Aboard the worldís largest and most spacious luxury expedition
yacht, youíll find an array of unmatched experiences to immerse in
during your days at sea. Indulge your senses at the serene Crystal Life
Spa & Salon, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center, and learn
about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging enrichment
programs. Or simply lounge poolside in solarium bliss while our
attentive crew caters to your every whim. As evening arrives, indulge in
the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, enjoy special
wine-makers dinners, lounge in luxurious spaces, or try your luck at the
action-packed Resorts World At Sea Casino.
DAY 07 - UWAJIMA, JAPAN
A slice of small town living along the coast,
Uwajima holds a proud history. Itís home to one of only twelve extant
castles from the Edo Period, and one of the main pearl producing
communities in Japan. Visit a local pearl farm to learn the secrets of
the fine pieces, and explore further into the rural community for an
authentic glimpse into daily life.
DAY 08 - KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN
Mount Sakurajima poses an imposing image upon
arrival to Kagoshima, but donít let the active volcano that presides
across the bay fool you. Kagoshima has been voted Japanís friendliest
city, with a climate to match the warmth of its residents Ė and the heat
of Mount Sakurajima. This tropical environment fosters a rich
agriculture and aquaculture that produces distinct cuisine and famously
high-quality ingredients. The nearby Chiran Samurai Residences and
Gardens offer a glimpse into the legendary warriors of 250 years ago.
DAY 09 - ANBO, YAKUSHIMA ISLAND, JAPAN
ANBO, YAKUSHIMA ISLAND, JAPAN
Fairytales seem to come to life in the towering
forests of Yakushima Island, where Japanese cedars thousands of years
old create a hauntingly beautiful canopy. Hiking trails, hot springs and
the extraordinarily complex ecosystems of the Pale Arctic and Oriental
biotic regions make this UNESCO-designated island treasure an endless
maze of discovery for intrepid travelers. Nearly 2,000 species of
animals wander the forests alongside explorers, while infinite vistas
reward the climb.
DAY 10 - AMAMI, JAPAN
The largest of the Satsunan chain islands, Amami
entices visitors to its rugged coastline with expansive white sand
beaches that lead to cobalt seas and vibrant coral reefs in one
direction, and to spectacular mangroves and highland cloud forest in the
other. Snorkelers and sunseekers will relish Amamiís tropical delights,
while its distinctive cuisine and traditional Oshima Tsumugi silks
enhance the flavor and cultural beauty of the experience.
DAY 11 - YORONJIMA, JAPAN
An island at the southernmost point of Kagoshima, Yoron is a
tropical paradise with a complex culture. Despite its proximity to
Kagoshima, Yoron sports clear influences from nearby Okinawa, and a
beautiful harmony between the old and new. Besides the spectacularly
blue waters that beckon to swimmers, Yoronís proudest site is the Folk
Village, which preserves the ancient ways of crafting and creating to
continue the practices for generations to come.
DAY 11-12 - MOTOBU, OKINAWA, JAPAN
MOTOBU, OKINAWA, JAPAN
Sea life is celebrated here, as Motobu is home to some of
Japanís best beaches and swimming areas, as well as Churaumi Aquarium,
the worldís largest private aquarium. Comprising more than 204,5000
square feet, Churaumi is filled with majestic creatures from the deep,
including giant whale sharks, bull sharks, manta rays, and thousands of
tropical and deep-water fish. Head to Emerald Beach for infinite views
of the macrocosm of the aquarium in the ocean beyond.
DAY 12-13 - NAHA, OKINAWA, JAPAN
NAHA, OKINAWA, JAPAN
A cosmopolitan hub full of energy, Naha is the capital of the
Okinawa prefecture, boasting influences of ancient Japanese traditions
and more recent evidence of international visitors. Explore the urban
jungle of Kokusai-Doriís shopping and dining, including the fusion
cuisine that is unique to Okinawa, evolved from decades of western
occupation (taste the taco rice, champura and soki soba). Naminoue
Shrine offers a glimpse into Okinawan mythology, while Gokokuji Temple
tells dramatic tales of controversial settlers.ons.
DAY 13 - KERAMA-SHOTO ISLANDS, JAPAN
KERAMA-SHOTO ISLANDS, JAPAN
The seas surrounding these islands, located about 20 miles from
Okinawa, are a window to the wonders below, astoundingly transparent and
reflecting nearly neon hues in the sunlight. Beneath these waters is a
snorkelerís playground, with sea turtles swimming along the coral reefs
among the hundreds of endemic species here. Watch for migrating humpback
whales who also favor the warm waters among the islands for their annual
DAY 14 - MIYAKO-JIMA, JAPAN
Part of the Okinawa prefecture, this tropical
haven is home to some of Japanís most breathtaking beaches, ideal
starting points for snorkeling along the coral reefs. And while aquatic
adventures of most any kind are a centerpiece of Miyako-jimaís charm,
exploration along the cape, into the wetlands and botanical gardens, and
to the vast sugarcane fields is also an enlightening experience.
DAY 15 - IRIMOTE ISLAND , JAPAN
IRIMOTE ISLAND , JAPAN
Dive into the welcoming waters of Tsuki-ga-hama,
a crescent-shaped expanse of golden sands outlined in some of Japanís
most beautiful coral reefs. This is one of few wide-open spaces on
Irimote-jima Island, as the untamed wild jungles cover much of its
remaining territory. That jungle is permeated by meandering rivers,
ideal for kayaking and other explorations, making this wild frontier a
playground for nature lovers.
DAY 16 - TAIPEI (KEELUNG),
miles from Keelung, Taipei is located on the northern tip of Taiwan
where the Tamsui and Keelung rivers meet. One of Asiaís fastest-growing
cities, it is the gateway to an island of contrasts, from bustling urban
areas to serene countryside. Key sites of interest include the
19th-century city gates and walls, the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall,
the Sun Yat-sen Memorial and the famous Grand Hotel.
DISEMBARK - TAIPEI
Just 20 miles from Keelung,
Taipei is located on the northern tip of Taiwan where the Tamsui and
Keelung rivers meet. One of Asiaís fastest-growing cities, it is the
gateway to an island of contrasts, from bustling urban areas to serene
countryside. Key sites of interest include the 19th-century city gates
and walls, the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial
and the famous Grand Hotel.