Art and Culture of Japan (11 Days)

Cruise Line: PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
Ship: L'Austral  |  3 Reviews
Otaru, Japan to Osaka, Japan
Dates: 29 May 2018 - 08 Jun 2018

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DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
29 May 2018
Otaru, Japan
6:00 PM
DAY 2
30 May 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 3
31 May 2018
Mano Bay, Japan
8:00 AM 2:00 PM
DAY 4
01 Jun 2018
Kanazawa, Japan
7:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 5
02 Jun 2018
Sakaiminato, Japan
8:00 AM 7:00 PM
DAY 6
03 Jun 2018
Ulsan, South Korea
11:30 AM 7:00 PM
DAY 7
04 Jun 2018
Moji-ko, Japan
8:00 AM 4:00 PM
DAY 8
05 Jun 2018
Beppu, Japan
7:00 AM 7:00 PM
DAY 9
06 Jun 2018
Hiroshima, Japan
7:00 AM 7:00 PM
DAY 10
07 Jun 2018
Takamatsu, Japan
6:00 AM 7:00 PM
DAY 11
08 Jun 2018
Osaka, Japan
7:00 AM
Art and Culture of Japan map

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What's Included

Included

  • • All outside staterooms and suites

    • Attentive, discreet service from a bilingual (French-English) crew (2 to 1 ratio)

    • 1 gourmet dining room; 1 casual dining room

    • French-inspired and regionally-sourced gourmet cuisine

    • 24/7 Open bar and stocked mini-bar

    • Traditional afternoon tea

    • Evening entertainment, production shows, etc.

    • State-of-the-art fitness center

    • SothysTM spa, hammam and beauty salon

    • Theater

    • Luggage handling at embarkation and disembarkation

    • 24 hour room service

    • Fleet of Zodiacs

    • Gratuities

    • Port and safety taxes and fees

Not Included

  • • Air & ground transportation

    • Optional shore excursions

    • Phone, internet and fax use

    • Laundry

    • Travel or other Insurance

About Us

The world’s only French-flagged cruise line and top cruise line worldwide in polar expeditions, PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions currently has four distinctive and intimate vessels, embodying the essence of a private luxury yacht: the three-masted LE PONANT, an elegant sailing yacht accommodating 64 guests and three luxury yachts of 264-guests LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL and LE SOLÉAL. The luxury cruise line will launch its fifth ship in Spring 2015, LE LYRIAL. These luxurious ships sail to the unexplored corners of the world including the Poles, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand on cruises ranging from three to 21 nights and including many ports and islands not accessible to large cruise ships. From Five Star Expeditions to themed cruises, the engaging itineraries offer a wealth of fascinating shore excursion programs to ensure that every voyage is a unique and exceptional experience. The latest eco-friendly technologies, attentive service, bilingual crew, luxurious staterooms and suites, an elegant, sophisticated cuisine and a chic, yet informal atmosphere offer a cruise experience unlike any other. In addition to the best available tours, our 1:2 staff to guest ratio also guarantees the best in personalized service. Explore your destinations at an unhurried pace and let the beauty that surrounds you, stir your senses. No matter where you wish to travel, our cruises will take you off the beaten path to a whole new world of adventure. Welcome aboard!

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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Hiroshima, Japan - 06 Jun 2018

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Hiroshima And Its Past: Half Day Tour
Hiroshima is a city that truly honors its past, and it has built up a wonderful infrastructure for remembering both the beautiful and devastating events that make up its history. On this tour, you’ll delve into the complicated history of this major Japanese city.

You’ll begin in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, which covers over 120,000 square meters of the central city with trees, lawns, and walking paths. Before the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945, the area of what is now the Peace Park was the political and commercial heart of the city. The district’s importance in the city made it a target for the American pilots when they were determining where to drop the bomb. As Hiroshima began its recovery, it was decided that the area not be redeveloped but instead be devoted to peace memorial facilities. The park's main attraction is the Peace Memorial Museum. Consisting of two buildings, the museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. Its strongest focus is on the events of August 6: the dropping of the bomb and its destructive effects on the region.

The A-Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. Before the bomb was dropped, the building served to promote Hiroshima's industries. After the bomb exploded, the building was one of the few structures remaining in the area. It still stands today, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Connecting the museum and the A-Bomb Dome is the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims. The Cenotaph is an arched tomb for those who died from the bomb’s blast or its resulting radiation. A stone chest holding a register of the 220,000 deceased sits under the arch.

Departures:
08:00 AM, 09:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 01:00 PM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Please note, that we have limited English speaking guides and this tour must be booked well in advance.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Hiroshima And Mazda Factory Tour
Founded in Hiroshima in 1920, the Mazda Motor Corporation still remains at its roots while representing one of the top auto producers in Japan. With only one tour a day you will be met by your guide in the morning and head straight to the Mazda headquarters. The extensive plot of land plays home to everything from research and development to production to the final shipment. Your tour will take you through the vehicle assembly line giving you the chance to see the scientific process that goes into each vehicle's construction. The highlight of your tour will be the glimpse into the future of manufacturing while at the Mazda Museum. With the environment, safety and style in mind, Mazda has to continually innovate in order to stay active in the highly competitive Japanese auto industry. What they are working on will amaze you. After a taste of Japan's industrial landscape you head back to the heart of the city.

The complex past of Hiroshima makes it one of the most captivating locations in Japan as the remembrance of August 1945 intertwines with the perseverance of over 1 million residents. You’ll begin in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, which covers over 120,000 square meters of the central city with trees, lawns, and walking paths. Before the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945, the area of what is now the Peace Park was the political and commercial heart of the city. The district’s importance in the city made it a target for the American pilots when they were determining where to drop the bomb. As Hiroshima began its recovery, it was decided that the area not be redeveloped but instead be devoted to peace memorial facilities. The park's main attraction is the Peace Memorial Museum. Consisting of two buildings, the museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. Its strongest focus is on the events of August 6: the dropping of the bomb and its destructive effects on the region.

A visit to the unique Shukkeien Garden will be a nice break to the emotional weight that goes along with time at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Known in English as the "shrunken-scenery garden" Shukkeien is made up of miniature garden landscapes sculpted into valleys, mountains and forests. The entire garden is connected by a path which weaves around an inner pond. This path will take you through all the small-scale landscapes that are based off the traditional aesthetics of Japanese gardens. The thought that this garden has been maintained for close to 400 years provides a certain amount of inherent importance that amplifies the serenity of your surroundings.

Departures:
09:15 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- All entrance fees are included in the price of the tour.
- Contact ShoreTrips if you are interested in a private vehicle for the duration of this tour. This tour uses public transportation.
- The start time to this tour isn't flexible as the only English led tour at the Mazda Factory starts at 10:00 AM.
- Please note, that we have limited English speaking guides and this tour must be booked well in advance.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Hiroshima And Its Past: Full Day Tour
Hiroshima is a city that truly honors its past, and it has built up a wonderful infrastructure for remembering both the beautiful and devastating events that make up its history. On this tour, you’ll delve into the complicated history of this major Japanese city.

You’ll begin in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, which covers over 120,000 square meters of the central city with trees, lawns, and walking paths. Before the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945, the area of what is now the Peace Park was the political and commercial heart of the city. The district’s importance in the city made it a target for the American pilots when they were determining where to drop the bomb. As Hiroshima began its recovery, it was decided that the area not be redeveloped but instead be devoted to peace memorial facilities. The park's main attraction is the Peace Memorial Museum. Consisting of two buildings, the museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. Its strongest focus is on the events of August 6: the dropping of the bomb and its destructive effects on the region.

The A-Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. Before the bomb was dropped, the building served to promote Hiroshima's industries. After the bomb exploded, the building was one of the few structures remaining in the area. It still stands today, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Connecting the museum and the A-Bomb Dome is the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims. The Cenotaph is an arched tomb for those who died from the bomb’s blast or its resulting radiation. A stone chest holding a register of the 220,000 deceased sits under the arch.

After you’ve taken in the park, enjoy an Okonomiyaki lunch. Okonomiyaki is a savory Japanese pancake that could be called Japanese style pizza. It is a local specialty.

A brief ferry ride from Hiroshima will take you to Miyajima Island. This tiny sacred island is located in the Inland Sea and has been a holy place of Shintoism for many, many centuries. Its star attraction is the floating Torii gate, perhaps the most photographed site in Japan. Designated as one of Japan's "3 most beautiful views," the shrine it belongs to dates back to the 6th century with the present structure dating back to the 12th century. The harmoniously arranged buildings reveal incredible technical artistry, and have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Such was the importance of the island that in bygone days, mere 'commoners' were not allowed to set foot on this holy place, and even now it is forbidden to give birth or die on the island!

You will have time to explore the island’s many shrines and temples and sample local goodies like maple leaf shaped cakes.

Departures:
08:00 AM, 09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Lunch is included in the price of the tour.
- Please note, that we have limited English speaking guides and this tour must be booked well in advance.
- The transportation for this program is done with public transportation which is included in the price of the tour.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Hiroshima And Saijo Sake Village
The complex past of Hiroshima makes it one of the most captivating locations in Japan as the remembrance of August 1945 intertwines with the perseverance of over 1 million residents. You’ll begin in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, which covers over 120,000 square meters of the central city with trees, lawns, and walking paths. Before the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945, the area of what is now the Peace Park was the political and commercial heart of the city. The district’s importance in the city made it a target for the American pilots when they were determining where to drop the bomb. As Hiroshima began its recovery, it was decided that the area not be redeveloped but instead be devoted to peace memorial facilities. The park's main attraction is the Peace Memorial Museum. Consisting of two buildings, the museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. Its strongest focus is on the events of August 6: the dropping of the bomb and its destructive effects on the region.

A visit to the unique Shukkeien Garden will be a nice break to the emotional weight that goes along with time at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Known in English as the "shrunken-scenery garden" Shukkeien is made up of miniature garden landscapes sculpted into valleys, mountains and forests. The entire garden is connected by a path which weaves around an inner pond. This path will take you through all the small-scale landscapes that are based off the traditional aesthetics of Japanese gardens. The thought that this garden has been maintained for close to 400 years provides a certain amount of inherent importance that amplifies the serenity of your surroundings.

From Hiroshima you will take a short train ride to the Saijo Sake Village. With a population of just over 4,000 this small town just east of Hiroshima has made a name for itself as one of the best sake producers in all of Japan. Your focus will be on the Sake Brewery Street or as locals call it, Sakagura-dori. Passing eight of Saijo's breweries you will have the chance to learn about sake brewing from start to finish with plenty of time for samples along the way. We won't dare test your tolerance by stopping at all 8 so your guide will pick out a couple of his/her favorites! Saijo is Japan's equivalent to Tuscany or Napa Valley. The best of the best in the world of Sake.

Departures:
08:00 AM, 09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- All entrance fees are included in the price of the tour.
- Contact ShoreTrips if you are interested in a private vehicle for the duration of this tour.
- Please note, that we have limited English speaking guides and this tour must be booked well in advance.

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