The best of Japan luxury cruise

“Cruise from Osaka to Maizuru, taking in three of Japan’s main islands, many of its brilliant cities, and even a bit of South Korea. ”


Osaka | Tamano | Hiroshima | Uwajima | Kagoshima | Nagasaki | Busan | Sakaiminato | Maizuru

Description of The best of Japan luxury cruise

Take the long way round. The interesting cities of Osaka and Maizuru are on close but opposite coasts of Japan’s Honshu Island, but this cruise between the two takes its time. Over nine days you’ll get to visit cities on Shikoku and Kyushu, some of Japan’s other islands, and you’ll even make a stop in South Korea.

Start by exploring Osaka – known as ‘Japan’s kitchen’ for its great delicacies. Once you’ve had your fill of the city, it’s time to set off on the boat, cruising to Tamano in the densely forested Okayama district. The cities en-route are very varied. Kagoshima sits in front of an active volcano, whilst Uwajima keeps traditional customs alive around its 17th century castle.

Hiroshima is a must-see, the city’s Peace Memorial Park a place of peace and hope, and its Miyajima Sanctuary is best known for its photogenic ‘floating’ Torii (gates). The cruise next makes a stop in Busan, South Korea’s second largest city, then head back to Honshu, disembarking in Maizuru.

Whilst on board you can enjoy lectures on Japanese culture and art – which are put into context by the art you’ll see on land in the Taga temple at Uwajima, the ancient sites at Nagasaki, Busan’s art galleries and Sakaiminato, a town that celebrates being the birthplace of one of Japan’s greatest manga artists, Shigeru Mizuki.

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2021: 4 Jun, 28 Jun, 29 Oct

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

This ships owners take their environmental responsibility very seriously. As signatories of the Blue Charter of French Shipowners (Charte Bleue d’Armateurs de France), they are committed to respecting the environment.
A carefully chosen selection of itineraries, coatings that keep air and water pollution to a minimum, respect for local populations, awareness raising in crew and passengers both aboard the ship and on land: everything is done to reduce the environmental footprint of the vessel.

Here are some examples of how this is achieved.
State of the art navigational positioning system that eliminates the need to drop anchor, this protecting the seabed.
A very quiet and economical electrical propulsion system.
An optical and submarine detection system that helps avoid collisions with cetaceans day and night.
Diesel engines fueled by Marine diesel oil which is lighter and less polluting.
All waste-water and solid waste is carefully processed.
Low energy light bulbs are used throughout.
The modern technology helps reduce smoke and emissions.

The Impacts of this Trip

We have an on board resident Japan expert, who will advise passengers on Japanese customs and behaviour to make sure that our passengers don't make any 'cultural gaffes' in this country that many people find hard to understand.

The small size of the ship enables us to visit many smaller ports and harbours that are inaccessible to most other cruise vessels, and our on board fleet of zodiacs mean we can visit even small ports and inlets.

We encourage all our passengers to engage with the local community on a social and economic level to ensure that this tourism has a benefit to both the visitors and the hosts. By visiting some of the more outlying communities we will spread the financial benefit of our visit to some rarely visited areas of the country. It always, without fail, helps to learn a little of the language of any place that you are visiting and you will enjoy the interactions that this enables.

The ship’s managers will buy as much of their produce as possible from local communities, and we will also encourage our passengers to spend money in the communities that we visit. By trying some local delicacies (often fish based), you will support the economy, it will be better for you and, who knows, you might enjoy it too.

We will endeavour to maximise the benefits of tourism and to minimise or eradicate any downside, socially, environmentally & economically.


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