Small Ship Cruising

Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun

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£9,390
Journey Type
Small Ship
Time of Year
Cities & Landmarks
Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Busan, Hiroshima, Nagasaki
Land of Rising Sun Japan Cruise
Miyajima-Itsukushima Shrine Japan

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Tour Overview

EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

Special Tauck Experiences featuring local cultural entertainment include a sumo wrestling demonstration, geisha and taiko performances and more

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

Private Tauck Shore Excursions – £3,300 Value

 

All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff, local guides and drivers

 

8-night cruise aboard the superb Le Soléal

 

3 nights in Osaka and 2 nights in Tokyo at premier hotels

 

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Activity

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

Pace

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Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Explore the "land of the rising sun" by land and sea on our 14-day Japan small ship cruise.

Cultural journeys and expeditions

Discover the people and places of the "land of the rising sun"... a showcase of timeless traditions, revered settings and modern-day memories taking you beyond the Japan you think you know and introducing you to the rich culture this island nation has to offer.

Your explorations begin during your stay in Osaka and include nearby Nara and Kyoto – city of two thousand temples and shrines – and end in Tokyo; on your cruise, sightseeing excursions include Uno Ko, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki… Uncover layers of Japanese culture – past and present; explore historic sights and trend-setting neighborhoods... attend a taiko drumming performance, a geisha performance, a sumo wrestling demonstration... and more. You’ll explore the volcano Sakurajima, visit a pearl farm, tour modern and historic museums, and see how the Japanese produce one of their most popular beverages – Kirin beer. Travel in style aboard Le Soléal – with outside staterooms; a choice of chic or casual dining; and all-day complimentary beverages, including wine and spirits. And that’s just the beginning of the amenities and services onboard.

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The world of the Geisha

A private lecture and geiko / geisha performance in Osaka

Japan’s traditional geisha culture has evolved over the centuries, and especially since World War II. Today, to become a geiko (the preferred term for geisha), women typically spend years in training as a maiko, perfecting lessons in traditional dance, musical instruments, flower arranging, tea ceremonies, calligraphy, painting and the art of conversation. Learn more about their elite world during a special evening in Osaka with a lecture by our insider expert, followed by a private geiko / geisha performance – an exclusive privilege and a highlight of your cruise.

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Futuristic luxury in Tokyo's heart

High above the city, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is a five-star luxury hotel with views to take your breath away. Exuding crisp, contemporary style, this city-center gem prides itself on its excellent technology... a renowned spa featuring a range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments and therapies... seven innovative restaurants (three of which are Michelin-starred) offering a variety of cuisines... several lounges and bars.... and impeccable service.

An excellent introduction into the history, culture and beauty of Japan. The hotels and food were excellent.

David Jungman

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Itinerary

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Deck Plans

Welcome Aboard

Deck 7

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Deck 6

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Deluxe Suite

Prestige Stateroom

(Contain either a shower or a bathtub as indicated on deck plan)

Prestige Suite

(Two combined Prestige Staterooms; they offer a bathtub and shower)

Owner's Suite

Deck 5

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Prestige Stateroom

(Contain either a shower or a bathtub as indicated on deck plan)

Prestige Suite

(Two combined Prestige Staterooms; they offer a bathtub and shower)

Deck 4

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Prestige Stateroom

Deck 3

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Deluxe Stateroom

Superior Stateroom

Deck 2

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Your Journey

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All Inclusive, One Upfront Price

Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

Shore Excursion Choice

The choice is yours... We’re pleased to present an opportunity to customize and personalize your cruise by choosing your shore excursions on select days; choices have been carefully designed to appeal to different interests and preferences, with more active choices available on many days. 90 days prior to your departure date we'll contact you with the information you need to make your selections!

Book Your Air

International Air is additional. Contact Tauck for rates on international air for travel originating in the UK (subject to availability).

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Before You Go

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Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Customer Protection

Customer Protection: Our UK-based agents comply with the bonding requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority and provide full financial protection for the package holidays that we sell in the UK. For flight-based holidays, this is through the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (details of which are available from the UK-based agent with whom you book). When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection of your monies paid to our UK-based agent will be provided by way of a bond.
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