Star Collector: Flora & Flavors of Japan Kyoto / Maizuru Tokyo 2021
Authentic and memorable cultural experiences in little-known ports abound during this scenic 20-day cruise throughout central and southern Japan with an overnight stay in Busan, South Korea. Listen to the tinkling of furin—wind chimes—as you sip green tea inside a mossy-roofed teahouse suspended above a placid pond on the verdant grounds of Kanazawa’s Kenroku-en Garden. Venture from Busan, South Korea to Seoul’s bustling Myeong-dong shopping district to check out trendy fashions and hot, crispy Tornado Potatoes—spiral-cut, deep-fried potatoes on skewers. Sink up to your chin in one of many steamy hot baths in the resort town of Beppu, or tour the seven steaming jigoku (hells) surrounded by onate, themed gardens.
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Tour Highlights

  • Overnight in Busan with time to go to Seoul and see the UNESCO site of Gyeongiu
  • Try the local food specialties of Uwajima including taimeshi (rice and sea bream) and jakoten (fish cakes)
  • In Beppu find the Usuki Stone Buddhas, a National Treasure of Japan and The Hells
  • Kanazawa boasts Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens and Tsuzumimon Wooden Gate
  • Realize the scenic beauty of Japan’s Inland Sea, where few ships go
  • Explore Shingu’s UNESCO site, Kamikura-jinja Shrine, part of the Sacred Sites of Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
  • Take in the scenery as you cruise around the abandoned island of Hashima, near Nagasaki
  • Pack light with complimentary daily laundry service
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