Japan & SE Asia Cruises 2024-25

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Islands of Japan & Southeast Asia

Japan is a seamless blend of ancient customs, ultramodern living, temples and shrines, incredible gardens, rich culture and wildlife-filled national parks. 

With the world's sixth longest coastline and more than 6,800 islands and islets, Japan's archipelago of volcanic islands and dramatic landscape is best explored by sea.

Our small ship luxury cruises to Southeast Asia offer the ultimate exploration of Japan with some of the most intriguing treasures of South Korea. 

Join us aboard the luxurious 140-guest Heritage Adventurer as we discover remote coastlines and islands, unspoiled nature, cultural delights and futuristic cities resplendent with their unique charms.

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Japan Season 2024

Eternally Sacred Japan & South Korea: 11-day Japan Voyage Between Tokyo and Osaka, Including South Korea

11 DAYS

15 - 25 April 2025 
28 May - 7 June 2025

Tokyo-Kanazawa to Osaka, Japan
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Discover Kanazawa's master craftsmanship, lacquerware and Kutani pottery and Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan's top three gardens
  • Delve into Samuari and Geisha history and visit historic residences
  • Visit Matsue, ‘the town of water,' and tour the Matsue Castle, a national treasure and 17th century castle
  • Hagi's ancient temples and shrines, including ‘Ninja Temple', and old Samurai houses
  • Wander among the excavated Buddhist temples, tombs and monuments at South Korea's Gyeongju 'museaum without walls'
  • Haeinsa Temple,one of Koreas top temples and the Tripitaka Koreana carvings in the Janggyeong Panjeon building
  • Iconic five-storied Pagoda Rurikoji Temple
  • Visit Uwajima Castle and Japan's premier pearl producing farm
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima's famous Torii gate, Shinto Shrine and the Itsukushima Jinja Shrine
  • Explore famed Koraku-en garden and Ohara Museum of Art featuring rare works by Matisse, Picasso and Renoir

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Sacred Japan & South Korea: A Voyage from Osaka to Niigata - Tokyo, Including South Korea

10 DAYS 

8 –17 May 2024

Osaka to Niigata
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Hagi's Samurai houses, Hagi Castle, Shizuki Park and Tokoji Temple
  • Pure Water Temple Kiyomizudera, one of Japan's most revered temples and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Miyajima's famous Torii gate and Shinto Shrine
  • South Korea's Gyeongju ‘Museum Without Walls' and Haeinsa Temple
  • Culturally rich Sado Island - puppet theater, okesa folk songs, ondeko drumming and Noh theatre
  • Explore Kobe's Buddhist temple Sanjusangen-do renowned for its 1,001 statues of the goddess of mercy Kannon, and the ultimate torii gate, experience Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • 17th century Matsue Castle and Adachi Museum of Art
  • Kanazawa's thriving centre of the arts, Samurai history, Geisha house and castle ruins
  • Sample Japanese and Korean delicacies and enjoy cultural performances and traditional dance
  • Explore and marvel at superb Japanese gardens inlcuding Kenroku-en Garden
  • Remote Sado Island home to the Japanese Crested Ibis, iconic taraibune tub boats, stunning natural scenery, Samurai warrior culture and unique agri- and aqua-culture practices

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Japan's National Parks, Art & Culture: A Circumnavigation of Honshu, Osaka to Osaka, including South Korea

16 DAYS 

24 May – 8 June 2024
14 - 29 May 2025 
Osaka to Osaka
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Circumnavigation of Japan's main island Honshu and exploration of its wilderness, arts, culture and rich history
  • Explore Japan's most sacred shrine complex Ise Jingū with 125 different shrines including grand shrine Kotai Jingū
  • Meet Japan's iconic amulet-wearing ama divers
  • Discover Japan Geopark Izu Oshima Island's unique natural and human history
  • Visit Japans famed island-dotted seascapes of Matsushima and Argo Bays
  • Impressive lakes, hot springs and volcanic wonderland of Shikotsu-Toya National Park
  • Visit two of Japan's best contemporary art museums - Hachinhoe Art Museum and the Towada Art Center
  • Explore stunning Lake Towada, a 2,000-year-old flooded double caldera, in Towada Hachimantai National Park
  • Discover the Kakunodate Samurai District, a living museum that showcases the samurai way of life
  • Admire art island Naoshima's architecture and galleries including Chichu Art Museum and Benesse House
  • Experience the flora of famed Japanese gardens Mifuneyama Rakuen and Ritsurin Park
  • Look for Asiatic black bears and the rarely seen gigantic lotus Euryale Ferox at Bandai-Asahi National Park and Fukushimagata Wetlands
  • Celebrate Japan's internationally-renowned magna culture at Ishinomaki
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Miyajima famous Torii gate and Shinto Shrine
  • South Korea's Gyeongju ‘Museum Without Walls' and Haeinsa Temple
  • Explore Kobe's Buddhist temple Sanjusangen-do renowned for its 1,001 statues of the goddess of mercy Kannon, and the ultimate torii gate experience Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Kanazawa's thriving centre of the arts, Samurai history, Geisha house and castle ruins
  • Explore the wilderness, beaches and history of Dogojima Island

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Discover The Islands Of Japan: A 12-day Voyage of Japan Between Tokyo & Osaka, Including South Korea

12 DAYS 

24 April – 5 May 2025
4 – 15 May 2025

Osaka to Tokyo & Tokyo to Osaka
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Hagi's Samurai houses, Hagi Castle, Shizuki Park, Tokoji Temple & Akiyoshido Cave
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Miyajima's famous Torii gate and Shinto Shrine
  • South Korea's Gyeongju ‘Museum Without Walls' and Haeinsa Temple
  • 17th century Matsue Castle and Adachi Museum of Art
  • Kanazawa's thriving centre of the arts, Samurai history, Geisha house and castle ruins
  • Sample Japanese and Korean delicacies and enjoy cultural performances and traditional dance
  • Explore and marvel at superb Japanese gardens inlcuding Kenroku-en, Yuushien Kawachi Wisteria Gardens
  • Fukuoka's Kokura Castle, Dazaifu Tengmangu Shrine and Nanzoin Temple's reclining bronze Buddha
  • Nagasaki's Deijima Island, Peace Memorial Park and Glover Garden

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For all voyages, exact landings depend on weather and ice conditions and wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed; however, our 35+ years of experience in operating expeditions mean that we are well equipped to make the most of the conditions at the time. Past trip logs and species lists are available for all expeditions. 

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