Far Eastern Horizons
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Unravel the mysteries of one of the most captivating corners of Asia. Mingle with merchants at Hong Kongs famed Stanley Market. Learn the nuances of Taiwan from a local. Hear about the recovery of Nagasaki and Hiroshima from residents who connect you to their rebirths. And make sense of the dazzling cultures of Shimizu and Tokyo with the help of those who live there. Overnight stays in four ports let you delve deeply.
Day 1 Hong Kong, China
Arrive in dazzling Hong Kong today and embark your ship. Take time to settle in and explore, perhaps admiring the citys magnificent setting, a glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor and offshore islands. Our overnight stay gives you ample time to experience the rich cultural tapestry and unmistakable British influence.
Day 2 Hong Kong, China
Another day in port allows you to admire the citys magnificent setting, a glittering forest of skyscrapers standing among soaring mountains, a bustling harbor and offshore islands. Tonight, perhaps enjoy dinner at a local restaurant or spend a leisurely evening on board.
Day 3 Cruise the East China Sea
The East China Sea welcomes you today. This strategically important shipping lane is also a key stretch of water for several nations fishing industries. As you cruise today, enjoy regional cuisine in the World Caf or treat yourself to a massage at The Spa.
Day 4 Taipei, China
Visit the fascinating Taiwanese capital of Taipei on the islands northern shore. This city boasts a curious blend of Chinese, Japanese and Western influences. Visit the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a monument dedicated to the founding father of Taiwan, and the National Revolutionary Martyrs Shrine to those who have fallen in Chinas wars. You will stop for photos of Taipei 101, a stunning skyscraper that held the title as tallest from 2004 to 2009.
Day 5 Cruise the East China Sea
Spend a relaxing day on board as you cruise the East China Sea. Perhaps you will learn about your next destination, Japan, in The Library or at an enrichment lecture. Enjoy a Norwegian-inspired lunch at Mamsens gourmet deli. This evening, savor wine pairings with your dinner at The Chefs Table.
Day 6 Nagasaki, Japan
Call in Nagasaki today, where East meets Westmost notably in the citys delicious cuisine. Embark on an included tour of Nagasaki, pausing at the Nagasaki Peace Park to stroll among its moving statues. You will also see the Urakami Cathedral and the island of Dejima, built to house European merchants. If you like, you may choose to enjoy lunch and a geisha performance followed by a visit to a 1,000-foot-high observatory on one of our optional excursions.
Day 7 Kagoshima, Japan
Situated on a scenic bay formed by a sunken caldera and overseen by the Sakurajima volcano, Kagoshima is often called the Naples of the Eastern World for its setting. During a city tour, head to the hilltop Shiroyama Park for splendid views of the city and Sakurajima volcano, and visit the Reimeikan museum in the old city castle to view exhibits on Japans history and culture. Or, you may opt to participate in a unique sand bath experience at a nearby hotel.
Day 8 Beppu, Japan
Explore Japans leading hot spring resort, Beppu, with its nearly 3,000 gushing vents in a small area. Marvel at the clouds of steam rising through the citys streets, caused by the underground volcanic activity. The springs boast properties that are said to boost health and well-being because of their mineral content. At one of the best-known examples, Myoban Yunosato, experts will introduce you to the benefits of these minerals and the process of extracting crystals to produce bath and skin care products.
Day 9 Hiroshima, Japan
Arrive in Hiroshima for an overnight stay, giving you time to ponder this resilient city. Once at the forefront of industry and education, it grew from the 19th century to become one of Japans most important industrial centers. Contemplate the citys decades-long recovery from its devastation on August 6, 1945, at the burned-out shell of the Industrial Promotion Hall and the Peace Memorial Park. Perhaps you will choose to travel to historic Hiroshima Castle and the charming shrunken scenery garden, or board a ferry to discover the wooded hills and cherished Itsukushima Shrine on the picturesque Itsukushima Island.
Day 10 Hiroshima, Japan
Today, you may combine a visit to the beautiful Mitaki temple with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. If you prefer, you may explore more of Hiroshima on your own, perhaps paying your respects at the Childrens Peace Monument; its Flame of Peace will burn until the last nuclear weapon on the planet has been dismantled.
Day 11 Osaka, Japan
Home to two of Japans oldest shrines, Osaka is a pilgrimage site for many devout followers of Shinto. At Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine), admire the fine architecture that stretches back 17 centuries, a stark and elegant style with vivid red beams and columns. On the way back to your ship, admire the nearly 1,000-foot-tall Abena Harukas, Japans tallest building. If you wish, you may journey to Kyoto, Japans former imperial city of stunning shrines, bamboo forests and the splendid Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion).
Ship will call in Kobe, Japan on October 13, 2021.
Day 12 Shimizu, Japan
Arrive in Shimizu for an overnight stay, affording you time to get to know this historic city. Travel to beautiful Nihondaira, where the areas elevated topography allows you to take in sweeping views of the city and the famous Mt. Fuji. This included tour also features a guided walk through scenic Miho no Matsubara. Alternately, you may opt to learn more about one of Shimizus most important industries on a visit to a tea plantation. Tonight, enjoy dinner in town or on board and an evening at leisure.
Day 13 Shimizu, Japan
You have another day to relax and enjoy the lush natural surroundings of Shimizu. You may also travel to the slopes of Mt. Fuji, Japans highest peak. You will ascend to an elevation of 7,900 feet, passing pristine countryside and charming small villages. Pause your journey to view the work of famed artist Utagawa Hiroshige in a museum dedicated to the Japanese landscape master.
Day 14 Tokyo, Japan
Formerly known as Edo, todays Tokyo is the cultural and economic heart of Japan, residence of its emperor and a fascinating study in contrasts. Take in sweeping views of Tokyo as you drive across the Rainbow Bridge, and admire some of the citys signature landmarks before strolling through the plaza of the emperors primary residence, the Imperial Palace. You may choose to join a walking tour of Tsukiji Market, one of the worlds largest wholesale seafood markets, followed by a visit to a local restaurant to learn how to make the citys signature Edomae sushi. Or immerse yourself in Japans ancient traditions on a visit to a bonsai museum.
Day 15 Tokyo, Japan
Disembark today in Tokyo and transfer to the airport for your