Join one of our select 2024 brand new Japanese Luxury Expeditions itineraries and discover (or re-discover) fascinating Japan by sea, between unique nature and fascinating ancient traditions.
SPECIAL OFFER: For a limited time, book on select 2024 itineraries and your return international flights will be included!*

Discover the Extraordinary:

Japan Luxury Expeditions

“As an island state, Japan was originally more connected by sea than by land. Most of the cities, the gateways to these regions, therefore faced the ocean. So, imagine what a great playground this is for an expedition ship discovery! People often think of Japan as modern Tokyo and traditional Kyoto, so I designed these itineraries to demonstrate that my country is full of remarkable, diverse places. Each region has its own culture, traditions, and gastronomy. […] Visit the picturesque village of Sakitsu, which during Edo period was able to hide its then-forbidden practice of Christianity, observe the sumptuous coral reefs and lush mangroves of the Okinawa islands, or travel back in time as your visit the miraculously stilt wooden houses of Ine’s fishing villages.”

Ryo Ijichi, Expedition leader

All-inclusive small ship Japan itineraries

Our all-inclusive expeditions include Zodiac outings & shore excursions with the expedition team, onboard lectures from naturalists, all meals & open bar, 24h room service, unlimited Wi-Fi, butler service for suites, plus: French luxury brands on board including Hermès, Ladurée, Lenôtre, Veuve Clicquot, Sothys & more.

Exclusive offer: for a limited time, return international flights are included on select 2024 departures. Plus, upgrade to business class from $2,999 per person*

A modern luxury fleet

Discover the wild side of Japan by sea onboard some of our modern and sustainable luxury expedition ships. Each ship is equipped with a swimming pool, two restaurants, a wellness centre, lounge and bar areas, a fleet of Zodiac for quick shore landings and excursions.

Expedition specialists

PONANT expedition leaders and destination specialists are some of the best in the industry. Naturalists, marine biologists, photographers, historians… They are passionate and knowledgeable about the destinations they visit and want to share it with you!

6 extraordinary departures to choose from

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*Terms & conditions: Economy Class: Offer valid when booking on following itineraries EX160324, EX060424, EX130424, EX200424, EX270424, SO101024 in all cabin categories onboard Le Jacques Cartier and Le Soleal. Offers available for new bookings made by 30 November 2023 unless sold out prior. Offer includes return airfare and taxes. Offer is based on airfares in economy class with an airline of Ponant’s choosing depending on best available routing to port of embarkation and from port of disembarkation at a maximum cost of AUD2,500 per person.
Business Class upgrade is available when booking the select itineraries (EX160324, EX060424, EX130424, EX200424, EX270424, SO101024) onboard Le Jacques Cartier and Le Soleal. Offer available for new bookings made by 30 November 2023 unless sold out prior. Business Class upgrade incurs a surcharge of a minimum of AUD2,999 per person plus taxes. Offer is based on airfares in business class with an airline of Ponant’s choosing depending on best available routing to port of embarkation and from port of disembarkation.
Flights are available from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. All offers are subject to availability of airline and booking class. Once class is sold out, surcharges apply. A deposit of 25% of total booking value is due within 5 working days or as required by airline ticketing deadlines. Cancellation fees specific to flight inclusive offers apply after deposit has been paid as follows: If deposit date is more than 211 days prior to departure date, cancellation fee is 15% of booking value; if deposit date is between 210 and 91 Days prior to departure date, cancellation fee is 25% of booking value, if deposit date is 90 Days or less prior to departure date, cancellation fee is 100% of booking value. Flights must be booked by Ponant. Should you choose to depart earlier than your scheduled tour/cruise departure, or make variations to airline routings, surcharges may apply. Airline schedules are subject to change without notice and Ponant is not liable for any additional costs incurred due to airline schedule changes. All air is ticketed upon receipt of the deposit. Any changes made after ticketing may incur amendment and/or cancellation fees, in some cases, tickets may be non-refundable. Air taxes vary for each departure point and routing of airline and are subject to change. Fuel surcharges are subject to change and an additional fuel surcharge may apply. Frequent flyer miles/points may not be awarded on all airfares. Offers are available for travellers departing from Australia and New Zealand. All pricing and save amounts are in Australian Dollars. Information is correct as of 12 October 2023 but may fluctuate due to changes in surcharges, taxes or currency. A strictly limited number of offers are available on selected itineraries and departure dates in selected suites/ staterooms/cabins/room categories. Offers are subject to availability, not combinable unless specified, available on new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time.
Offer is combinable with PONANT’s welcome offer of AU$800 per stateroom ($400 for solo travellers), PONANT’s Free Solo Supplement, PONANT Bonus savings, PONANT’s Join the Club offer, and PONANT Yacht Club benefits and back-to-back booking advantages. Terms and conditions may apply. Your booking contract is with Compagnie Du Ponant Pty Ltd (Ponant) and incorporates all the terms and conditions shown on> unless specified in these conditions. Ponant recommends that you read and understand your contract and ask Ponant or your travel agent if you require any clarification.