Or

Which period?

The best of Japan

Osaka - Maizuru

Dates:
13/5/2024
to  21/5/2024

Other available dates

9
days
8
nights on board
Starting from*
AU$11,740

Ponant invites you on a timeless journey around the fascinating and surprising Empire of the Rising Sun, where unbridled modernism and ancestral traditions form a delightful blend, where the history of the samurai rubs shoulders with the delicateness of the geisha, and where the aromas of the tea plantations intermingle with the fragrances of cherry blossom. From bustling Osaka, set sail aboard Le Soléal for 9 days to explore the heart of this country with a thousand traditions.

Following the currents, clinging to the shores of the Seto Inland Sea, Le Soléal will sail west. At the foot of a tropical forest burgeoning with life, Tamano stands proudly in the middle of this enchanting environment. A significant commercial centre during the Edo era, it still bears the traces of traditional Japanese life in the 18th century, as the particular architecture of the town demonstrates.

Hiroshima does not seek to elicit strong emotions. Opposite the Inland Sea, only the Hiroshima Peace Memorial bears witness to past events in the city known as a “City of Peace”. It is resolutely future looking and you will be able to appreciate its modern and cosmopolitan atmosphere, the hustle and bustle of its lively streets and the tranquillity of its natural settings, such as the splendid Shukkei-en, the city’s historic gardens.

The jagged coastlines of the captivating Miyajima Island, also known as Itsukushima, come into view, and the vermillion Torii of the emblematic Shinto Shrine of Itsukushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, unfolds before you in a lush forest setting. Time here seems stuck in the feudal era: the frenetic energy and modernity of the large Japanese metropolises make way for striking serenity and tranquillity, and hundreds of deer wander between its spiritual and architectural treasures.

Following a port of call filled with history on the island of Uwajima, Le Soléal will set sail for one of Japan’s most singular places, Kagoshima. Facing the captivating Mount Sakurajima, one of the most active volcanoes in Asia, and bordered by the majestic Kinko Bay, where the rays of sun bathe the surface of the ocean in colour, the former feudal city shelters the remains of this opulent era, as evidenced by the ruins of the castle of the Shimazu clan and its samurai.

Further north, Nagasaki remains in the world’s imagination as the symbol of nuclear horror. Fortunately, in the same way as Hiroshima, the city has become one the archipelago’s most peaceful towns as well as one of its most attractive. The warm and cosmopolitan city unveils its many riches throughout its narrow streets: the Oura Catholic Church and its gardens, the Suwa Shrine, the sumptuous Buddhist temples...

Then you will sail to South Korea, a small peninsula that juts out into the Sea of Japan, and discover Busan, South Korea’s second city. A place of great contrasts, Busan offers a spectacular view over its port, as well as over the ancient district of Chalgachi.

At the whim of the trade winds in the Sea of Japan, Le Soléal will sail eastbound for the charming feudal city of Sakaiminato. Here you will get a real glimpse into medieval Japan and allow yourself to fall under the spell of the samurai residences edging the picturesque little streets of the old city.

For the last stage of this enchanted Japanese interlude, you will disembark in Maizuru, a captivating city nestled deep in a sound scattered with wild and lush islets.


Ref : SO130524


Your itinerary

Your itinerary - The best of Japan

Discovering the ‘Empire of the Rising Sun’, its culture, its ancestral traditions and iconic sites. UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Miyajima Sanctuary and its vermillion Torii, the Hiroshima Peace...


View detailed itinerary

Your trip in detail

Contact Us

1300 737 178
(or contact your travel agent)

Register on the waiting list

Choose your stateroom

Choose your stateroom

Superior Stateroom Deck 3
 

(21 m²)

Fully booked

Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3
 

(18 m²)

Fully booked

Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
 

(18 m²)

Fully booked

Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
 

(18 m²)

Fully booked

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
 

(18 m²)

Fully booked

Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(27 m²)

Fully booked

Prestige Suite Deck 5
 

(37 m²)

Fully booked

Prestige Suite Deck 6
 

(37 m²)

Fully booked

Owner's Suite Deck 6
 

(45 m²)

Fully booked



Complete your trip

Complete your trip

Shore Excursions, Overlands & Pre/Post Programmes
To complete your voyage, PONANT can organise a range of shore excursions, pre & post cruise activities and packages, plus transfers.


View options


You may also like...

You may also like...

  • New
Reykjavík - Nuuk
LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT
FLIGHT NUUK/PARIS + TRANSFER
15 nights on board
Dates:
21/3/2025 to the 5/4/2025
Other available dates
Kangerlussuaq - Kangerlussuaq
LE BORÉAL
FLIGHT PARIS/KANGERLUSSUAQ + TRANSFERS + FLIGHT KANGERLUSSUAQ/PARIS
13 nights on board
Dates:
20/7/2025 to the 2/8/2025
Other available dates
Papeete, Tahiti Island - Papeete, Tahiti Island
LE PAUL GAUGUIN
14 nights on board
Dates:
9/8/2025 to the 23/8/2025
Other available dates
Lavrio (Athens) - Lavrio (Athens)
LE PONANT
7 nights on board
Dates:
21/7/2024 to the 28/7/2024
Other available dates

Contact Us

1300 737 178
(or contact your travel agent)

Register on the waiting list

*Price is per person, based on double occupancy, based on availability, and subject to change at any time. The category of stateroom to which this price applies may no longer be available.