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Timeless Japan

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You’re sure to be spellbound by Japan. Visit the country’s most famed gardens, Koraku-en, then arrive in Hiroshima to visit the Peace Memorial Park. Explore pristine islands and hop across to South Korea’s Jeju-do.

  • OPERATES 28 MAY 2017
  • DEPARTS Osaka


DAY 1 Arrive Osaka

Be met on arrival and transferred to your ship. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Stay: aboard the MS Caledonian Sky

DAY 2 Okayama, Kurashiki

Visit one of Japan’s most famed gardens, Koraku-en. This stunning 17th-century formal garden has 28 acres of trails, ponds, plum and cherry trees as well as a classic teahouse where you will experience a traditional tea ceremony. After a local lunch, continue to Kurashiki and explore the old merchant quarter and its 17th-century wooden warehouses.(BLD)
Stay: aboard the MS Caledonian Sky

DAY 3 Hiroshima, Miyajima


Arrive in Hiroshima and perhaps visit the Peace Memorial Park. Dotted with memorials, the park includes a cenotaph that lists the names of all the known victims of the A-bomb. Alternatively, go on a hike to Sandankyo gorge. Later, return to the ship and continue to Miyajima. Considered one of Japan’s scenic wonders, Miyajima provides a picture-postcard vista of the scarlet Torii gate. Go ashore to explore the World Heritage-listed Itsukushima Jinja Shrine, founded in the 6th century and dedicated to three sea goddesses. Alternatively, join one of your Expedition Team members for a shrine walk.(BLD)
Stay: aboard the MS Caledonian Sky

DAY 4 Uwajima

Arrive in the pearl cultivation centre of Uwajima, situated in Uwajima Bay. During a visit to a pearl farm, learn the process of implanting, harvesting, extracting and sorting these precious pearls. Afterwards, explore Sakiiya Square and the historic Daikakuji Temple.(BLD)
Stay: aboard the MS Caledonian Sky

DAY 5 Yakushima

This afternoon, arrive on the island of Yakushima and be astounded by the diverse flora. On a nature walk, experience Yakusugi Land, a beautiful park populated by a number of ancient cedar trees. Alternatively, you may like to embark on a more active hike around the island.(BLD)
Stay: aboard the MS Caledonian Sky

DAY 6 Nagasaki

Arrive in Nagasaki, the second city to be destroyed by an A-bomb during World War II. On a guided sightseeing tour, visit the Nagasaki Peace Park, the Atomic Bomb Museum and Glover Garden, which overlooks Nagasaki’s harbour. Then continue on to Dejima Island, an artificial island built in the bay of Nagasaki during the Edo Period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries. It also used to be the residential quarters of the Dutch, the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan during the Sakoku (Isolation) Period.(BLD)
Stay: aboard the MS Caledonian Sky

DAY 7 Jeju-do


South Korea’s Jeju-do was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2002. Here, you may like to visit Sangumburi Crater, an extinct volcanic crater that’s home to a variety of plant life. Afterwards, continue on to the World-Heritage-listed Manjanggul Cave, one of the world’s finest lava tunnels. Alternatively, walk one of the ‘olle’ routes, referring to the lanes that run through villages, as you gain an insight into daily life. See the Haenyeo (women divers) who, since the 17th century, have collected shellfish and seaweed from the waters without using any diving equipment, plus visit the museum dedicated to their unique methods. (BLD)
Stay: aboard the MS Caledonian Sky

DAY 8 Ulsan, Gyeongju


From the South Korean city of Ulsan, embark on a full-day trip to the World Heritage-listed city of Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Shilla Dynasty. Learn about the city’s cultural heritage as you explore the national museum and go for a stroll amid hundreds of excavated monuments, temples, tombs and pagodas. At lunch, sample some Korean delicacies and take in a traditional dance performance.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before dinner this evening. (BLD)
Stay: aboard the MS Caledonian Sky

DAY 9 Hagi

In Hagi, Japan’s revolution began in Jokamachi’s old samurai residential quarter. Here, you will tour a samurai’s home before visiting Daisho Temple, the resting place of the two first Mori Daimyo. You will also explore Hagi Castle, Shizuki Park and Tokoji Temple.(BLD)
Stay: aboard the MS Caledonian Sky

DAY 10 Matsue


Explore Matsue Castle before a cruise on the castle moat. Alternatively, tour the town of Daisen and take a nature hike through the forests and meadows around Mount Daisen.

Known as the ‘town of water,’ Matsue nestles between a scenic lake and a serene lagoon. (BLD)
Stay: aboard the MS Caledonian Sky

DAY 11 Kanazawa

Explore Kanazawa today, known for its lacquerware, Kutani-style pottery and delicate hand-painting. The fascinating open-air market displays a vast variety of items from flowers to fish to local handicrafts. Visit the imposing ruins of Kanazawa Castle and the famed Kenroku-en Garden, one of the most beautiful feudal lords’ gardens in Japan.(BLD)
Stay: aboard the MS Caledonian Sky

DAY 12 Kanazawa, Disembark Ship, Tokyo

Disembark in Kanazawa and take the Bullet Train to Tokyo. On arrival, transfer to the airport for your flight.(B)

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