Before arriving in Japan, you’ll depart from Hong Kong, China, to spend a day at sea before exploring the historical city of Taipei on a late-night stay.
From here, it’s off to the Land of the Rising Sun. Your first stop is Ishigaki, home to brilliant blue waters populated by large schools of manta rays. Okinawa’s next, where you can stroll the Southeast Botanical Gardens — home to more than 2,000 unique plant species — before visiting the Awase neighborhood for an evening enjoying Okinawan noodles and the city’s popular snack bars.
Then, it’s another day aboard your fabulous boutique hotel at sea before arriving in Kagoshima for another late-night stay. Often referred to as Japan’s friendliest city, Kagoshima sits in the shadow of Sakurajima, a stunning — and active — volcano. While you’re here, be sure to visit one of the city’s approximately 50 bathhouses, then enjoy Satsuma-ryōri, Kagoshima’s delicious regional cuisine. Next, you’ll visit Miyazaki, where you can sample Kurokirishima, the city’s famous shochu. Or, enjoy an order of Yagi-nu ice cream, a delicious treat made exclusively at the Yamanokuchi country road station.
Kochi, home of the beautiful Kochi-jo castle, is next on the itinerary, followed by an overnight stay in the spirited city of Osaka. When the sun goes down here, the city is illuminated in a sea of dazzling neon. And with the unofficial slogan of kuidaore (eat until you drop), this is definitely a foodie paradise. Following a final day at sea, your voyage concludes in diverse and distinct Tokyo, where infinite possibilities await those seeking more adventures.