Day 1 - Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
In 1854, Yokohama became the first Japanese port opened to foreign trade, so there is interesting maritime and international flavour to one of the country’s most accessible and second largest cities.
It’s an exciting city filled with Japanese charm and culture, and is less than 30 minutes’ train ride from Tokyo, so there’s an opportunity to sample two of Japan’s greatest urban centres.
Day 2 - At Sea
Enjoy cruise at Sea.
Day 3 - Hakodate, Japan
Hakodate is one of the most popular city destinations in Japan. Here you can experience diverse dynastic architecture, the last Shogun battlefield and enjoy shimmering night views from Mount Hakodate.
Day 4 - Akita, Japan
Capital of the Akita Prefecture, Akita City is located in the north of the Tohoku Region of Japan. Its Jizōden ruins are a major archaeological site, with artefacts dating from up to 40,000 years ago.
The city is known best for its Kanto Matsuri festival at the beginning of August, where performers balance bamboo poles up to 12 metres long, with 50 paper lanterns attached, lit by real candles.
Day 5 - Kanawa, Japan
Rare Kanazawa is one of today’s best surviving examples of the Edo era of 1603 to 1868, where you can live and breathe Japan’s history and sample fresh delicacies from one of its oldest food markets.
Day 6 - Sakaiminato, Japan
Home of the famous Manga ghost author, Mizuki Shigeru, hauntingly beautiful Sakaiminato suggests many fascinating ways to spend time ashore. Begin by visiting Izumo Taisha’s grand shrine to marriage.
Then enjoy an invigorating outdoor natural spa, bathing in the Kaike Onsen hot springs. Or maybe visit one of the many museums and the rare original Japanese Matsue Castle
Day 7 - Busan, South Korea
Busan is South Korea’s second largest city and seaport, and it's a laid-back, metropolitan destination. Its pace is slower, and its diversity more pronounced, than the country's capital city of Seoul.
Busan has an intriguing medley of culture and history, beautiful natural settings and exciting adventures. It’s also near South Korea’s cultural capital, Gyeongju, and the fortress of Jinju.
Day 8 - Kumamoto (Yatsushiro), Japan
The impressive town of Kumamoto has one foot in the past, with the largest and most complete historic castle in Japan. Its other foot is firmly in popular culture, as home of mascot, Kumamon the bear.
There’s so much to savour and enjoy here, such as the world-famous sweet and deep-shelled oysters fresh from the bay, the volcano and mountains, and the gardens, temples and museums.
Day 9 - At Sea
Enjoy cruise at Sea.
Day 10 - Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan