Star Collector: Japan Uncovered  Kyoto / Maizuru 2021
From breathtaking skyscraper views to silent shrines and tranquil gardens, cruising Japan is a journey of contrasts, and this 21-day journey explores the breathtaking length of these remarkable remote islands with additional visits to South Korea and Russia. Master traditional tea ceremony techniques prior to wandering the 500-year-old chambers of Kinshoji Temple, one of Karatsu’s oldest temples. Sample marinated and skewered chicken broiled over a traditional charcoal fire or other delicious street foods in Seoul, South Korea. Admire paintings created by some of Japan’s most notable landscape artists as you view majestic Mount Fuji from their perspectives in Shimizu. Step up to the dizzyingchallenge of navigating Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing, the busiest pedestrian interchange in the world, or immerse yourself in the uniquely raucous timpani and bright lights inside a local pachinko parlor.
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Tour Highlights

  • Have your camera ready for the remote Japanese islands and the scenic cruising of the Inland Sea
  • Explore Shingu’s UNESCO site, Kamikura-jinja Shrine, part of the Sacred Sites of Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
  • Tour Hakodate’s Morning Market with over 250 stands of fresh produce and fish
  • On Sado Island visit the Kodo Taiko drum center for a unique drumming experience
  • Make sure you get some world famous Sapporo beer accompanied by a delicious barbecue before visiting the Sapporo Museum followed by Shiroi Koibito Chocolate Factory
  • Enjoy the scenic vistas and natural beauty as you circumnavigate Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island
  • Find the highlights of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk including the Bear Museum, the Church of St. Nicholas, and Lenin Square
  • Pack light with complimentary daily laundry service
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