Treasures of Japan With South Korea (17 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Osaka, Japan to Tokyo, Japan
Dates: 12 Apr 2019 - 29 Apr 2019

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12 Apr 2019
Air travel

Arrive in Osaka and transfer to Kyoto, Japan's lovely cultural capital. Check into the Hotel Okura for dinner and overnight.
Board your independent flight to Japan.

13 Apr 2019
Osaka, Japan
Kyoto, Japan

After breakfast, visit Nijo Castle, one of the best surviving examples of palace architecture from Japan's feudal era. Then visit the stunning Golden Pavilion, a picturesque temple overlooking a serene pond. In the afternoon, tour the exquisite Kiyomizu-dera Temple with its sacred waterfall, and the Heian-jingu Shrine and its gardens, built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

14 Apr 2019
Kyoto, Japan

Today, visit the 12th-century Sanjusangen-do Temple, housing the Thousand-Armed Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, before lunch at a local restaurant. Then take one of Japan's famed bullet trains for the port city of Kobe. Board the Caledonian Sky this afternoon.

15 Apr 2019
Kyoto, Japan
Kobe, Japan
16 Apr 2019
Uno Ko, Japan
Naoshima, Japan
Uno Ko, Japan

Visit some of the many contemporary art museums in Naoshima. The Benesse House Museum, features interesting displays that combine art and nature through the collaborative efforts of many world-renowned artists and architects. The Chichu Art Museum, literally, "in the earth", houses a number of site-specific installations by James Turrell and Walter De Maria, and paintings by Claude Monet. The next day, take a relaxing walk through one of Japan's most beautiful gardens, Koraku-en, a 17th-century formal garden encompassing 28 acres of walking trails, ponds, plum and cherry trees, and a classic teahouse. In the afternoon, tour the old merchant quarter of Kurashiki, where many fine examples of 17th-century warehouses, mills, and shops can be found.

17 Apr 2019
Uno Ko, Japan
Okayama, Japan
Kurashiki, Japan
Uno Ko, Japan

This morning, visit one of Japan's scenic wonders, Miyajima, or "shrine island". Photograph the iconic scarlet torii, a giant camphorwood gate at the entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site and a sacred site of pilgrimage. At high tide it appears to float in the surrounding waters. Enjoy lunch in Hiroshima, then visit the compelling Peace Memorial Park located in the heart of the city. A World Heritage Site, the park and its monuments are dedicated to the hope for world peace; an arch-shaped cenotaph includes the names of all the known victims of the atomic bomb.

18 Apr 2019
Miyajima, Japan
Hiroshima, Japan

Beppu is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts, thanks to the geothermal activity of the lush Tsurumi Volcano that rise behind the town. Join a tour of the town that includes a series of hot springs with distinctive features. Or, take a walk through the Tadewara Wetlands to observe unique flora and search for resident birds and wildlife.

19 Apr 2019
Beppu, Japan

After breakfast set out for Akiyoshi-do, a huge limestone cavern, filled with a fantastic variety of rock formations and other unique geological features. After lunch onboard, take a stroll through the lively Karato Fish Market. After this, enjoy some free time to browse the shops or take a walk along the lovely seaside promenade.

20 Apr 2019
Shimonoseki, Japan
Akiyoshido Cave, Japan
Shimonoseki, Japan

Disembark in Shimonoseki this morning and depart overland for Hagi, an exquisite medieval samurai town which served as the capital of the local daimyo, feudal lord, between 1603 and 1868. Stroll through the serene Tokoji Temple and burial site of the daimyo which is surrounded by thousands of stone lanterns. Hagi is also world-renowned for its pastel-glazed pottery and you will have the opportunity to watch a master-potter at work.

DAY 10
21 Apr 2019
Shimonoseki, Japan
Hagi, Japan
Shimonoseki, Japan

The island of Tsushima, renowned for its rugged beauty, was blasted apart in 1896 by the Japanese navy to create a ship canal. Today, an 80-meter arched bridge connects the two island segments. Step ashore on the northern island of Kamijima to visit Watatsumi Jinja, a shrine dedicated to the god of the sea, built in 895 AD. Then enjoy spectacular views of the coast and Aso Bay from the Mt. Eboshi-dake Observatory.

DAY 11
22 Apr 2019
Tsushima Island, Japan

This morning disembark in the bustling port of Busan and depart overland for magnificent Gyeongju. Considered by UNESCO as one of the world's ten most historically significant sites, it is often described as a "museum without walls". As the ancient capital of the Silla Dynasty, Gyeongju's cultural heritage dates back to the first millennium when the dynasty began its rule of Korea after conquering and uniting divergent monarchies. The cultural flowering of Gyeongju reached its artistic pinnacle in the 8th century as craftsmen created masterpieces in wood, metal, stone, and pottery.

DAY 12
23 Apr 2019
Pusan, South Korea
Gyeongju, South Korea
Pusan, South Korea

The coastline along the north shore of Honshu offers splendid views of craggy rock faces and rugged shores sculpted by waves. Matsue, the "town of water", is nestled between a scenic lake and a large lagoon. Visit the cultural attractions of the town which include the Matsue Castle and a 250-year-old samurai house complete with tatami rooms. Continue to nearby Yasugi for a tour of the Adachi Museum of Art, which displays famous Japanese paintings and ceramics.

DAY 13
24 Apr 2019
Sakai-Ko, Japan
Matsue, Japan
Adachi Museum of Art, Yasugi, Japan
Sakai-Ko, Japan

Kanazawa is a thriving center of the arts, long renowned for its lacquerware and superb collectible Kutani-style pottery. Kanazawa is also home to one of Japan's premier botanical highlights—the famed Kenroku-en Garden. Sophisticated, centuries-old designs create an artful aura of seclusion and contemplation. A serene teahouse perches on a small peninsula in the middle of a pond, while carved stone lanterns line the footpaths. In the afternoon, visit Higashi Chaya District where you will find a number of well-preserved traditional teahouses. Browse the shops for local handicrafts, including high quality ceramics, lacquerware, and gold leaf products.

DAY 14
25 Apr 2019
Kanazawa, Japan

Well off the beaten path of most travelers, Sado Island possesses both the pastoral charm of verdant rice paddies and bamboo groves, and the dramatic beauty of surf-pounded seacoasts. Learn how to make soba noodles by hand, then explore the Sado Gold Mine in Aikawa, which operated for over 300 years. In Toki Forest Park, view the endangered Japanese crested ibis and learn about conservation efforts.

DAY 15
26 Apr 2019
Sado, Japan

Disembark in Niigata this morning and board the bullet train for Tokyo. Check into the Hotel New Otani with the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 16
27 Apr 2019
Niigata, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

After breakfast transfer to the Tokyo airport for your independent flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

DAY 17
28 Apr 2019
Tokyo, Japan
Air travel
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Caledonian Sky

The 100-guest Caledonian Sky is a spacious, yet intimate, expedition vessel. Refurbished in 2012, public spaces include a single-seating dining room, a large lounge, elegant bar, panoramic viewing deck, sun deck, library, and small gym. All suites have an ocean view, a sitting room, and en suite bathroom. The Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs.

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  • All gratuities; accommodations as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

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  • All air transportation (except where noted); optional estensions and excursions as noted in the itinerary; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above); e-mail/internet/fax/telephone charges.

About Us

With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

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