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10 Days - Southern Japan Shrines & Sake [Kyoto to Kobe]

 
 
10 Days - Southern Japan Shrines & Sake [Kyoto to Kobe]
Starting from $3,999*

Kyoto to Kobe


Ship: Star Breeze


Departure Date :

May 10 2021

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Kyoto, Japan
Departs 06:00 PM
Kyoto is famous for its numerous Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It is also known for formal traditions like kaiseki dining (multiple courses of precise dishes) and geisha entertainers.
Kyoto, Japan
 
 
Day Kanazawa, Japan
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
One of Japan’s best-preserved cities, Kanazawa escaped war damage and natural disasters to reward visitors with a wealth of architecture as an important clan castle town from the mid-17th century until the middle of the 19th. The mighty Kanazawa Castle did not survive intact, but its famous Ishikawa Gate, the Sunjikken Longhouse and lavish Kenrokuen Garden hint at the grandeur. Of special note are the surviving Higashi Geisha District and Samurai District streets. The Temple area holds the Myoryuji Temple with its hidden passages and secret doors giving it the nickname the Ninja Temple. The Oyamajinja Shrine is a later addition, its three-story gate with impressive stained glass windows reveal a Dutch influence. Museums worth exploring include the Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum, with examples of the arts and crafts using the pure gold decoration for which the region is famous. Another museum celebrates the Buddhist philosopher D. T. Suzuki, credited with introducing Zen philosophy to the West, and a striking 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Nearby Mt. Utatsu is renowned for its Three Shrines.
Kanazawa, Japan
 
 
Day Sakaiminato, Japan Matsue Castle
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
This delightful small port city has two major claims to fame – the Matsuba crab, considered one of their culinary icons and anime. Sakaiminato was the hometown of Japanese manga artist Shigeru Mizuki who passed in 2015 but whose artistic creations inhabit the Sakaiminato streets. One road named after the artist offers 2,625 feet (800 meters) of his creations. A visit to the Chiyomusubi Sake Brewery is also worth the effort.
Sakaiminato, Japan Matsue Castle
 
 
Day Busan (Pusan), South Korea
Arrives 01:00 PM Departs 11:59 PM
Busan is the second largest city in South Korea, and the country's seaside connection to Japan and the West. Lovely urban scenery, the Pusan International Film Festival, and near-by hot springs has made Busan a popular leisure destination. Busan has the sophistication of a major city, as well as famous beaches that lure visitors from all over the world. The city is a microcosm of South Korea, a nation whose economic success often obscures, to Westerners, one of Asia's most sophisticated and venerable cultures.
Busan (Pusan), South Korea
 
 
Day Busan (Pusan), South Korea
Arrives 12:01 AM Departs 11:00 PM
Busan is the second largest city in South Korea, and the country's seaside connection to Japan and the West. Lovely urban scenery, the Pusan International Film Festival, and near-by hot springs has made Busan a popular leisure destination. Busan has the sophistication of a major city, as well as famous beaches that lure visitors from all over the world. The city is a microcosm of South Korea, a nation whose economic success often obscures, to Westerners, one of Asia's most sophisticated and venerable cultures.
Busan (Pusan), South Korea
 
 
Day Moji, Japan
Arrives 10:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
Looking at the Moji skyline the Mojiko Retro Observation Tower won't be missed. At 338 feet (103 meters) it provides impressive views of this attractive town. Many of the buildings are Western-style and a walk along the waterfront will reveal some remarkably well-preserved structures. This is also home to the TOTO Museum of Toilets, unique to Japan and the only one of its kind in the world.
Moji, Japan
 
 
Day Beppu, Japan
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 10:00 PM
Beppu is one of the oldest and most famous hot spring towns in Japan located in the Oita region. The town is situated between the mountains and Beppu Bay which produces more hot spring water than anywhere else in Japan. The Beppu hot springs consist of eight areas including Beppu, Myoban, Kannawa, Kankaiji and Hamawaki which are collectively called "Beppu Hatto". Part of the attraction of Beppu is that with all these different areas there is a variety of different bath types that can be enjoyed. Beppu has standard hot water baths, steam baths using hot spring steam, sand baths where visitors are buried in naturally heated sand and mud baths, which are as their name suggests hot spring baths with mud. The hot springs in Beppu range from the hyper-modern and luxurious, (notably Tanayu, which also has a clothed Aqua Park) to the more traditional like Hoyo Land, which offers very little in the way of modern conveniences but has mud baths and a large outdoor pool. Takegawara is another popular choice with a very traditional feel and its own sand baths. A popular choice for western tourists is Hyotan, which has no issues with tattooed guests and a wide selection of baths.
Beppu, Japan
 
 
Day Hiroshima, Japan
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:59 PM
"Hiroshima means “wide island” in Japanese. The city was established in the 16th Century on Japan’s largest island, Honshu, and grew into an important shipping center and prefecture capital, boasting a fine castle. Although it was an important city in Japan throughout the imperial period, its reputation in the greater world was burned into history when it became to target of the first atomic bombing of a civilian target in August of 1945.

Within a few years, Hiroshima had begun to rebuild, and the city became the focus of an international movement to eliminate nuclear weapons from future wars. Relics of its past such as the impressive Hiroshima Castle and the tranquil Shukkeien Garden were rebuilt, and the city undertook the construction of a Memorial Peace Park, which today attracts visitors from around the world. The park, which holds a museum and a memorial “Atomic Dome” constructed on the closest remaining building to the blast site, is a moving and impactful place of pilgrimage in this re-born City of Peace. One notable feature is a colorful memorial to Sadako Sasaki, a young woman whose dying wishes for world peace were recounted in the story A Thousand Paper Cranes."
Hiroshima, Japan
 
 
Day Hiroshima, Japan
Arrives 12:01 AM Departs 07:00 PM
"Hiroshima means “wide island” in Japanese. The city was established in the 16th Century on Japan’s largest island, Honshu, and grew into an important shipping center and prefecture capital, boasting a fine castle. Although it was an important city in Japan throughout the imperial period, its reputation in the greater world was burned into history when it became to target of the first atomic bombing of a civilian target in August of 1945.

Within a few years, Hiroshima had begun to rebuild, and the city became the focus of an international movement to eliminate nuclear weapons from future wars. Relics of its past such as the impressive Hiroshima Castle and the tranquil Shukkeien Garden were rebuilt, and the city undertook the construction of a Memorial Peace Park, which today attracts visitors from around the world. The park, which holds a museum and a memorial “Atomic Dome” constructed on the closest remaining building to the blast site, is a moving and impactful place of pilgrimage in this re-born City of Peace. One notable feature is a colorful memorial to Sadako Sasaki, a young woman whose dying wishes for world peace were recounted in the story A Thousand Paper Cranes."
Hiroshima, Japan
 
 
Day Tamano, Japan
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
Today will be memorable as you cruise the Inland Sea to Tamano. Very few ships cruise here so you’ll be able to spot the art that seems to be everywhere. Visit the nearly 8-mile-long Seto Ohashi double-decker bridge, the longest one in the world. And find Korakuen Garden, considered one of the three best landscaped gardens in Japan, or take the short ferry ride to Naoshima Island, known for its modern art museums.
Tamano, Japan
 
 
Day Kobe, Japan
Arrives 07:00 AM
"One of the greatest things about Japan is its attention to detail. Nothing is too small for consideration. Nailheads on temple walkways are hidden by inlaid metal covers. If the train schedule says the train arrives at 11:05, it will not be there at 11:04; and if it’s more than 10 minutes late, you can get the rail line to give you an excuse form to present back at the office, explaining your tardiness. Shops sell combs and hairpins made with the same patterns and in the same way as 500 years ago.

So maybe this attention to detail explains what happened in 20th-century Kobe. Some farmer was looking at his cow, thinking, “What possibilities of perfection am I missing?” Cows were still a new thing; they were banned as food almost until WWII, so cow rules were in flux when this farmer began massaging his herd with sake. The cows got pleasantly drunk on local beer and listened to classical music—and in return for the pampering, they produced, and continue to produce, heavily marbled, melt-in-the-mouth cuts of meat that can easily sell for a hundred bucks a dish. Like everything else in town, Kobe beef is all in the details.

Among the Japanese, Kobe is considered exotic: “If you can’t go to Paris, go to Kobe.” And it does make a nice break from Osaka’s relentless pace. Order a steak, find a window booth and watch the details. "
Kobe, Japan