Day 1 - Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866.
Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It's a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza - an international shopping mecca - stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience.
Day 2 - Gamagori, Japan
Gamagori City, in Aichi Prefecture, is located almost in the very center of Honshu. It is a seaside sightseeing destination surrounded by two large peninsulas, the Atsumi Peninsula and Chita Peninsula, and is designated as the Mikawa Bay Quasi-National Park. There are four hot spring areas along the roughly 47-km coastline, and the city itself is a beautiful place with many shrines and temples. This is a place where you can really feel Japanese culture. From sea to mountains, the picturesque scenery abounds in variation and has been loved by Manyo poets and more modern authors alike, and visited by many a person of letters.
Day 3 - Osaka, Japan
For centuries, Osaka was Japan's cultural and commercial gateway to Asia - the point of entry both for trade goods and, most importantly, cultural influences that shaped Japanese society. From tea to Zen, from art to science and philosophy, Osaka was Japan's contact with the great East Asian cultures that flourished in China and Korea. The city reached its zenith in the late 16th century when the great feudal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi made Osaka his capital. Toyotomi was master of Japan, and an immense administrative and commercial centre rapidly developed around Osaka Castle. After Toyotomi's death, the nation's seat of power shifted from Osaka to a sleepy little fishing village called Edo - modern Tokyo. While overshadowed by Tokyo, Osaka remains Japan's second largest city and a vital commercial centre.
Modern Osaka is home to monuments from Japan's past including Toyotomi's immense castle and the Sumiyoshi Shrine. The city is also your gateway to Kyoto, Japan's ancient imperial capital and the nation's cultural and spiritual centre.
Day 4 - Kochi, Japan
Kochi sits on the broad alluvial plain facing Urado Bay. This city in Shikoku takes its name from the great feudal castle that sits at its very heart. Completed in 1611, Kochi Castle was the seat of Yamauchi Kazutoyo, a noted warrior who supported Tokugawa Ieyasu in his successful quest to become Shogun. Tosa Province and Kochi Castle were Yamauchi's reward for faithful service. There is a historical irony here: 250 years later, a Kochi native son - a former low-ranked samurai and now ronin named Sakamoto Ryoma - played a pivotal role in bringing the Tokugawa Shogunate to an end and restoring the Emperor of Japan to political prominence. The prize once awarded for faithful service had become a hotbed of support for the Meiji Restoration.
Day 5 - At Sea
Enjoy cruise at Sea.
Day 6 - Busan, South Korea
The second largest city in South Korea, Busan is your gateway to a fascinating land whose culture is a unique amalgam of old and new. Modern high-rise towers dwarf ancient Buddhist temples. The city's bustling business district offers a stark contrast to the serene grounds of Yongdusan Park. In short, Busan is a microcosm of South Korea, a nation whose startling economic success often obscures one of Asia's most sophisticated and venerable cultures.
Busan was the scene of bitter fighting during the Korean War. The United Nations Memorial Cemetery marks the final resting place for the troops from 16 nations who gave their lives during the conflict.
Day 7 - At Sea
Enjoy cruise at Sea.
Day 8 - Yokkaichi, Japan
Perched on the shores of Ise Bay, Yokkaichi serves as the gateway to the city of Nagoya and its rich and honoured past. Walk across the moat of a cherished castle, pray for peace at a sacred shrine, shop for mementos at a 400-year-old shopping district and walk in the footsteps of the samurai. Yet Nagoya's sky-scraping architecture, bustling streets, Toyota Museum, theme parks with flower gardens and shopping are hallmarks of a multi-faceted 21st century city. By the end of your visit, you're sure to have collected a treasure trove of wonderful memories to share with friends and family for years to come.
Day 8 - Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
Port arrival and departure times are approximate and subject to change without notice.