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Inland Sea Spirit

Osaka – Nagasaki
10 Night Cruise

Cruising in comfort through the World Heritage Japan Inland Sea, we explore local cities and villages and trace the history amongst her almost 3,000 islands. Visits ashore to meet and mix with the local people, their unique way of life and view the intense beauty of the region through her different seasonal changes. 

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ISLAND
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MIRAGE
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HORIZON
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SOLO
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Sun 03 Nov 2019 12,950 15,95018,95021,950
Sun 22 Dec 2019 12,950 15,95018,95021,950
Sun 01 Mar 2020 12,95015,950 18,950 21,950
Sun 22 Mar 2020 12,950 15,950 18,95021,950
Sun 12 Apr 202012,950 15,95018,950 21,950 
Sun 03 May 2020 12,950 15,95018,950 21,950 

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Price per person-share twin/solo in NZ Dollars including taxes

Itinerary

Day 1 - Osaka

The ship is waiting alongside the Osaka Cruise Terminal. We commence boarding from 4pm although guests are able to drop your bags aboard from noon before our 5pm sailing. We cruise to our nearby anchorage for the evening cocktails and dinner that is served on the aft deck from 7pm. Become acquainted with your fellow shipmates and enjoy the stunning night views of the brilliant Osaka skyline.

Day 1 - Osaka

Day 2 - Kyoto

After breakfast we disembark guests to the care of our English-speaking Kyoto tour guides. Their comfortable coach takes you via the toll highway to arrive in historical Kyoto an hour later. We visit the three most famous sites of Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine, Kinkaku-ji Temple and finally Nijo Castle. Lunch is served along the way. Later in the afternoon the coach returns to Kobe Cruise Port where the ship is waiting. The crew welcome you back aboard with hot towels, refreshments and pre-dinner snacks. Be on deck for the passage below the 2-kilometre Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge – the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Day 2 - Kyoto

Day 3 - Takamatsu

We go ashore to visit the 1590 built Takamatsu Castle that sits on the waterfront. We have a guided tour of this national treasure and one of the few original feudal castles remaining in Japan. We then explore Ritsurin (chestnut grove) Gardens. In 1625, the Feudal Lord Ikoma Takatoshi began construction of Ritsurin. The work was eventually completed by the Fifth Lord Yoritaka in 1745 after 100 years of improvements and extensions made by the successive Lords. Named one of the best three gardens in Japan.

Day 3 - Takamatsu

Day 4 - Tomonoura

Today we cruise through an amazing display of saw-toothed shaped islands, under bridges and stopping at a couple of our favourite bays and villages along the way to have a walk and feel the local way of life. We arrive late in the afternoon at Tomonoura and anchor in the heart of the bay. Take a tender ashore and stroll the quaint waterfront before a gourmet dinner is served at 7pm on deck or indoors.

Day 4 - Tomonoura

Day 5 - Pearls

We depart after breakfast and continue to weave through these beautiful islands of the inland sea. Tajima, Yokoshima, Innoshima, Hakata to name a few. We make a shore visit for lunch at Onomichi and visit a pearl farm where you can select your own pearl as a reminder of your visit. Later join the crew with a stroll on the pretty extended waterfront before dinner is served at anchor for the evening.

Day 5 - Pearls

Day 6 - Hiroshima

We sail under the Ondoo Bridge right into Hiroshima City to visit the moving Peace Memorial Park. The area is filled with memorials to the event and the permanently lit ‘Flame of Peace’. Nearby, the A-Bomb Dome is a striking reminder of the devastating forces that were inflicted on the city. In the museum are haunting reminders of the bombing. We are back onboard for chefs afternoon snacks as we sail the short 7 miles to Miyajima. We will anchor with views of the shrine that we will explore in the morning.

Day 6 - Hiroshima

Day 7 - Miyajima

This is a scarlet Torii gate at the entrance to the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine that was built in the 6th century and dedicated to the 3 sea goddesses. It is world-famous World Heritage site that we explore in detail with our local bi-lingual guide. We complete the day with a cable car ride to Mt Misen for the spectacular views of the Inland Sea. Dinner is served onboard from 7pm as we sail for Kyushu Island.

Day 7 - Miyajima

Day 8 - Kyushu

We sailed through the night and arrive at the famous Kanmon Straits for sunrise. Feel free to come up to the bridge so as to witness this procedure where we pass through this narrow pass between east and west Japan. Once through it is an easy ride to Fukuoka Bay for lunch and a Japanese tea ceremony and traditional cultural display. During the afternoon we cruise to Karatsu where we spend the evening at a favourite local sushi restaurant.

Day 8 - Kyushu

Day 9 - Hirado

We arrive at Hirado township, go ashore and visit the 1599 built castle that overlooks the town. It prospered as a castle town ruled by the feudal lord Matsu'ura. In 1609, the Hirado Dutch Trading House was established there, and as the area had an excellent natural port, Hirado became the central stage for trade with other countries, such as China, Holland and Portugal. At the site of the Hirado Dutch Trading House there still remain old stone Dutch Walls which were built in the early 17th century and are 2 meters high and 30 meters long.

Day 9 - Hirado

Day 10 - Nagasaki

We arrive in time for lunch to the second city that was destroyed by an A-bomb at the end of WW2. Dejima Island was built during the Edo period to house and contain Portuguese missionaries and the Dutch who were the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan for a 200-year period. It was the only window to the world until Japan was reopened in the 19th century and when Nagasaki flourished. We visit the best known, Glover House, built in 1863 that was the setting for Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. Preparations are underway for a special final night onboard. We have our farewell dinner with the crew to round out a wonderful 10 nights together.

Day 10 - Nagasaki

Day 11 - Nagasaki

After breakfast we transfer guests at 9:30am to JR Nagasaki bullet train railway station for onward travel. We wish you safe travel and look forward to see you back onboard.

Day 11 - Nagasaki

Feedback

We had wonderful holiday supported by a great enthusiastic crew.The snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding in such a beautiful pristine part of the world was superb.An honourable mention must be made for the Chef extraordinaire, he was passionate about every one of his creations and he far exceeded all previous chefs you have had on-board.The crew ensured that we had the best anchorage each evening and allowed us to safely discover the unspoilt islands of French Polynesia.Thanks again
Noel and Judith, NSW

 

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