Islands of Japan & Southeast Asia

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Islands of Japan & Southeast Asia

Now open for cruise travel, 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 the Philippines, Taiwan and 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.

SPECIAL SAVINGS
- US$1,200 per person flight credit* +
- SAVE 20% off second voyage on back-to-back bookings* +
- Book 3 and the 4th person travels FREE*

Book by 31 January 2023 or until sold out!
Applicable Cruises: Beyond Japan's National Parks 18 May 2023, Discover Eternal Japan 1 Jun 2023, Exploring Asia’s Subtropical Islands 14 Jun 2023, Undiscovered Philippines & Indonesia 27 Jun 2023 *T&C's apply

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Japan Season 2023

Join us on one of these extraordinary voyages

Eternal Japan and South Korea: A Voyage from Kanazawa to Kobe

11 DAYS

28 April – 8 May 2023 PROMO

Kanazawa to Kobe, 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

PROMO: Receive a US$1,200 per person flight credit and one category cabin upgrade, subject to availability. Plus, combine with another applicable Japan/SE Asia voyage and save 20% on the berth price of the second voyage (flight credit applies to only one of two voyages).

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Temples & Gardens of Ancient Japan: Kobe to Kanazawa, Including South Korea

12 DAYS 

8 - 19 May 2023 PROMO

Kobe to Kanazawa, Japan
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Learn the art of bonasai at Kinashi with its 250-year bonsai history
  • Visit Ritsurin Garden, one of the most beautiful in Japan and built in the early Edo period 
  • Explore one of Japan's most famed gardens, Koraku-en, which translates as ‘garden of pleasure after'
  • Ohara Museum of Art's rare works by Matisse, Picasso, Renoir and Japan's Mingei movement
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the permanently lit 'Flame of Peace' 
  • Miyajima famous Torii gate, Shinto Shrine and the Itsukushima Jinja Shrine
  • Visit a pearl farm at Uwajima, Japan's pearl cultivation capital
  • Uwajima Castle, Tensha-en Garden and Date Museum
  • Walk among the ancient cedars Buddha Sugi, Futago Sugi and Sennen Sugi at Yakusugi Land nature park
  • Visit Glover Garden and Glover House - the setting for Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly
  • Explore Hagi's old Samurai houses, Hagi Castle, Shizuki Park and Tokoji Temple
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gyeongju in Ulsan, South Korea and its ancient Korean history and Buddhist culture
  • 17th century Matsue Castle and the Adachi Museum of Art
  • Kanazawa Castle ruins and the famed Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan's top three gardens

PROMO: Receive a US$1,200 per person flight credit and one category cabin upgrade, subject to availability. Plus, combine with another applicable Japan/SE Asia voyage and save 20% on the berth price of the second voyage (flight credit applies to only one of two voyages).

 

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Beyond Japan's National Parks: Japan Cruise Kanazawa to Otaru including Hokkaido & South Korea

16 DAYS

18 May – 2 June 2023 PROMO

Tokyo, Japan to Otaru, Japan
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Circumnavigate Japan’s enchanting, northernmost and least developed island
  • Hokkaido’s rugged landscape of mountains, volcanoes and hot springs
  • Explore outlying Rebun Island, Japan’s ‘island of flowers,’ and its rich flora of unique alpine flowers
  • Kushiro, the largest wetland in Japan and home to Red-crowned Crane (world’s largest and rarest cranes)
  • Visit South Korea’s Ulsan and fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site Gyeongju – the ‘museum without walls’
  • Picturesque and otherworldly Dogojima Island in the Sea of Japan and a UNESCO registered Global Geopark
  • Explore unspoiled nature, primeval wilderness, astounding rare wildlife and limpid lakes
  • Discover the rich art centre of Kanazawa and one of the unique styles of Japanese art, and visit historic mountain settlement of Shirakawa-go
  • Visit Matsue, ‘the town of water,’ and tour the Matsue Castle, a national treasure and 17th century castle
  • Learn of the traditional pottery making traditions of Hagi and visit the temples and shrines of the Teramachi District
  • Enjoy birdwatching excursions on Rishiri Island, looking for Japan’s famed Black Woodpecker and Long-tailed Tit 
  • Discover Kushiro’s natural history and beauty of the indigenous Ainu culture

PROMO: Receive a US$1,200 per person flight credit + Book 3 and the 4th person travels FREE + combine with another applicable Japan/SE Asia voyage and save 20% on the berth price of the second voyage (flight credit applies to only one of two voyages).

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Discover Eternal Japan: Expedition Cruising Otaru to Kobe, Including South Korea

15 DAYS

1 – 15 June 2023 NEW VOYAGE!

Osaka, Japan to Kobe, Japan
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Remote stretches of coastline and islands tourists rarely have the opportunity to experience
  • Visit historic castles such as 17th Century Matsue Castle, Karatsu Castle, Uwajima Castle and Hiroshima Castle 
  • Explore the famed flower farms of Hokkaido, tranquil Tenshaen Garden, the leading bonsai centre of Kinashi, impressive Edo-period Kenrokuen Garden and Onuma Park in Hakodate
  • Discover beautiful landscapes unspoiled nature, primeval wilderness including the Ogi Peninsula, Towada-Hachimantai National Park and Kaze no Matsubara, Japan’s largest pine forest
  • Learn about Japan's strong cultural history
  • Visit remote stretches of coastline and islands tourists rarely have the opportunity to experience
  • Culturally rich Sado Island –  puppet theater, okesa folk songs, ondeko drumming and Noh theater
  • Art centre of Kanazawa exploring some of the unique styles of Japanese art.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gyeongju in Ulsan, South Korea and its ancient Korean history and Buddhist culture
  • Learn about the traditional process of producing pearls during a visit to Uwajima, a pearl farm
  • Hagi’s ancient temples and shrines, including ‘Ninja Temple’, and old Samurai houses

PROMO: Receive a US$1,200 per person flight credit + Book 3 and the 4th person travels FREE + combine with another applicable Japan/SE Asia voyage and save 20% on the berth price of the second voyage (flight credit applies to only one of two voyages).

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Exploring Asia's Subtropical Islands: Expedition Cruising the Subtropical Islands of Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines

15 DAYS

14 Jun 2023 to 28 Jun 2023  PROMO

Osaka, Japan to Manila, Philippines
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Explore the eco-paradise and UNESCO World Heritage Yakushima Island, home to the Japanese Cedar and almost 2,000 species of flora
  • Discover the beauty and history of the ‘Hawaii of Japan’ Okinawa Island
  • Visit Pure Water Temple Kiyomizudera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 780
  • Tour Kinashi, one of Japan’s main bonsai production centres
  • Takamatsu's Ritsurin Park, considered one of Japan’s finest gardens
  • Admire fascinating architecture and art museums, including Chichu Art Museum and Benesse House
  • Miyamjima, home Japan’s famous Itsukushima Shrine and giant torii gate
  • On Japan’s Shikoku Island, visit Uwajima Castle and Japan’s premier pearl producing farm
  • Encounter rare and diverse birdlife and primeval subtropical Kinsakubaru Virgin Forest on Amami Oshima
  • Observe and learn about the revered Oshima Tsumugi silk which has been used to make high-quality kimonos
  • Explore the lush Valley of Gangala, a limestone cave system and working excavation site, where pre-historic humans lived some 20,000 years ago
  • Idyllic subtropical Ishigaki Island with its pristine beaches, coral reefs, jungle-clad mountains, and prolific butterflies and birdlife
  • Discover the ancient Shurijo Castle, the former residence of the Ryukyu kings
  • Experience Keelung, Taiwan's iconic street food and world-famous Yehliu Geopark, Taroko National Park and Marble Gorge
  • In the Philippines, visit picturesque Batan Island, learn of its harrowing WWII history and UNESCO city of Vigan

PROMO: Receive a US$1,200 per person flight credit + Book 3 and the 4th person travels FREE + combine with another applicable Japan/SE Asia voyage and save 20% on the berth price of the second voyage (flight credit applies to only one of two voyages).

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Undiscovered Philippines and Indonesia: Cruising the Remote Islands of the Philippines and Indonesia

15 DAYS 

27 Jun - 11 Jul 2023 NEW VOYAGE!

Manila, Philippines to Darwin, Australia
Aboard Heritage Adventurer

  • Discover tropical islands, snorkel pristine reefs, visit historic sites and experience forgotten cultures and incredible wildlife encounters
  • Explore the 'Galapagos of Asia' Sibuyan Island
  • Visit the 'Whale Shark Capital of the World' and swim with these gentle giants at Donsol
  • Experience the power of Catandayagan Falls
  • Discover the 'eight wonder of the world', Bohol Island's Chocolate Hills
  • Snorkel the 'mother of all living coral reefs'
  • Tojoman Lagoon/Sohoton Jellyfish Sanctuary
  • Bucas Grande Island's iconic Blue Lagoon
  • See the smallest primate in the world the saucer-eyed Tarsier
  • Visit the Sultan of Ternate's palace and learn history of the Spice Islands
  • Wildlife-filled Tangoko Nature Reserve, Banggai, Taliabu, Buru, Banda Neira and Tanimbar Islands

PROMO: Receive a US$1,200 per person flight credit + Book 3 and the 4th person travels FREE + combine with another applicable Japan/SE Asia voyage and save 20% on the berth price of the second voyage (flight credit applies to only one of two voyages).

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