Star Collector: Sushi, Shrines & Samurai: Japan, Russia & South Korea Tokyo Kobe 2021
Spend 21 unforgettable days discovering Japan’s cultural contrasts and picturesque coastlines while making additional port calls in Russia and South Korea. Gaze across colorful fields of over a million blooming flowers inside Hitachi Seaside Park. Gain perspectives on Japan’s Edo-period and feudal past while strolling the worn streets and restored homes in Akita’s Kakunodate, or Samurai District. Take advantage of an overnight stay in Busan, South Korea and make a journey to Seoul, where you can walk the gardens and grounds surrounding the 14th Century Gyeongbokgung Palace, or check out panoramic views of the city from the observation floor of Namsan Seoul Tower. Slurp a steaming owl of noodles or try Gyoza—a briny soup made of wonton dumplings filled with pork and cabbage.
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Tour Highlights

  • On Sado Island visit the Kodo Taiko drum center for a unique drumming experience and be on the lookout for the Japanese Crested Ibis found here
  • Enjoy the scenic vistas and natural beauty as you circumnavigate Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island
  • Stroll through Kairakuen in Oarai, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens
  • From Maizuru visit Kyoto, one of the few towns not destroyed during WWII
  • Overnight in Busan with time to go to Seoul and see the UNESCO site of Gyeongiu
  • Try Sakiminato’s famous culinary treat – the Matsuba crab
  • While in Moji visit the TOTO Museum, unique to Japan and displaying the evolution of toilets
  • Late night in Beppu, find the Usuki Stone Buddhas, a National Treasure of Japan and The Hells
  • Pack light with complimentary daily laundry service
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