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April 26, 2019 — Osaka, Japan
Welcome to Japan! Osaka is the gateway to Kyoto with great street food, bright lights, and delightful night life. Its main historic landmark is the 16th century Osaka Castle surrounded by a moat and many flowering trees. Kyoto is famous for its numerous Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It is also known for formal traditions like kaiseki dining (multiple courses of precise dishes) and geisha entertainers.
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April 27, 2019 — Takamatsu, Japan
The main gateway to Shikoku Island and an important focal point for the island’s rail and road transit systems, Takamatsu, on Japan’s scenic Inland Sea, has been a political and economic center since the Edo period. Among the attractions here is Ritsurin Garden, created during the Edo period, and especially popular during early spring for the cherry blossoms and autumn for the fall foliage. Takamatsu Symbol Tower has several observation decks providing panoramic views of the sea and landscapes.
7 AM6 PM
April 28, 2019 — Hiroshima, Japan
Largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during WWII, Hiroshima today is a modern city on the island of Honshu. The Hiroshima Memorial Peace Arch, a UNESCO site commonly referred to as the Atomic Dome, commemorates the 1945 event. One feature is a colorful memorial to Sadako Sasaki, a young woman whose dying wish for peace was told in the story A Thousand Paper Cranes. Also, worth seeing is the Hiroshima Museum of Art displaying paintings from Monet, Van Gogh, Fujishima and Asai, and the UNESCO red torii of Miyajima.
8 AM5 PM
April 29, 2019 — Karatsu, Japan
Located on the island of Kyushu, Karatsu is one of the closest Japanese cities to the Korean Peninsula. Karatsu Castle is the main attraction here. Built in 1608, it houses a museum of the castle’s history and Karatsu ceramics. Karatsu is also known for its pottery which can be viewed at the Karatsu-yaki Pottery Gallery. Also, worth visiting is the Karatsu Hikiyama Exhibition Hall which displays the 14 floats used in the annual Karatsu Kunchi Festival in November.
11 AM6 PM
April 30, 2019 — Busan, South Korea
The second largest city in South Korea is a popular leisure destination due to the nearby hot springs. It is home to many famous beaches that lure visitors from around the world, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gyeongju, an outdoor museum that was once the capital of the Silla Kingdom and holds many architectural points of interest. Also of interest is South Korea’s largest temple, Tongdosa Temple, renowned for having no outdoor statues.
7 AM4 PM
May 1, 2019 — Scenic Cruising Hashima Island / Nagasaki, Japan*
Notable for the nuclear attack it suffered during WWII, Nagasaki has memorialized the event at the city’s Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Memorial Park. The museum tells the story of the events leading up to the bombing and the park, located at the center of the bomb blast, houses a beautiful 30-foot tall fountain symbolizing peace. Other highlights to see are the Glover Gardens and Dejima Museum, which was originally an artificial island.
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May 2, 2019 —Kagoshima, Japan
The seaside city of Kagoshima is best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano facing Kinko Bay. Take a tour to the peaceful Edo-period Sengamen Japanese Garden or visit the Ishibashi Park and the three Edo-period stone bridges. Travel to the nearby village of Chiran to see the well-preserved Samurai houses and gardens and the Chiran Peace Museum, exploring the background of kamikaze pilots.
9 AM6 PM
May 3, 2019 — At Sea
May 4, 2019 — Shingu, Japan
For over 1,000 years, pilgrims have traveled to the Kumano Region to pray at the three Sacred Kumano Shrines. In Shingu, you can see the Hayatama Shrine and the Kamikura Shrine, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Sacred Sites of Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. The Kamikura Shrine sits on Mount Kamikurayama and requires climbing 538 steps to reach it.
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May 5, 2019 — Shimizu, Japan
Shimizu’s landmark is the famous Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This small port city is considered one of the three most beautiful ports in Japan and has many historical buildings, including Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, Sumpujo Castle Garden, and Shizuoka Sengen Shrine. The 65-foot Shiraito Waterfall, located near Mount Fuji looks like it could be silk. Enjoy tuna from Japan’s largest fishery here or a cup of maccha, a Japanese green tea.
8 AM6 PM
May 6, 2019 — Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan*

Yokohama, the gateway to Tokyo, was one of the first Japanese ports open to foreign trade. It contains a large Chinatown with hundreds of Chinese shops and restaurants. It is also known for its botanical park, Sankei-en Garden, containing preserved Japanese residences from different eras, and for the seaside Minato Mirai District, site of the Landmark Tower, standing 971 feet high. Transfer to Haneda International Airport or Narita International Airport, or continue with us on our post-vacation stretcher to Tokyo!

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