Southern Japan Shrines & Sake Kyoto / Maizuru Kobe 2021
Explore quiet hidden harbors, pristine coastal shores and little-known sacred spaces during this 10-day cruise along Japan’s central and southern shorelines. Inspect the fortifications of Matsue Castle, the second largest castle in Japan and one of the few remaining wooden medieval fortifications existing today. Visit a temple, participate in a Korean tea ceremony or venture as far as the capital city of Seoul during an overnight stay in Busan, South Korea. Slip off your shoes and slurp briny ramen or thick soba noodles amid busy salarymen in an authentic Japanese restaurant accompanied by distinctive sake. Gently slide into the natural warmth of an Onsen, or hot spring bath, one of eight inthe coastal resort village of Beppu, a vacation destination famous for diverse thermal spring facilities.
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Tour Highlights

  • Overnight in Busan with time to go to Seoul and see the UNESCO site of Gyeongiu
  • From Maizuru visit Kyoto and see the numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses
  • Tour the beautiful Peach Memorial Park in Hiroshima
  • While in Moji visit the TOTO Museum, unique to Japan, displaying the evolution of toilets
  • In Beppu find the Usuki Stone Buddhas, a National Treasure of Japan and The Hells hot springs
  • Kanazawa boasts Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens and Tsuzumimon Wooden Gate
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