Japanese Springtime Discovery Cruise
Day 1 UK - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Tokyo.
Day 2 Tokyo
After arriving in Tokyo, we’ll transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore.
Day 3 Tokyo
The world’s largest metropolitan area, Tokyo is an unforgettable experience. City highlights are brought to the forefront with our guided tour to Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace and Asakusa Kannon Temple. We take a boat along the Sumida River to the imperial Hamarikyu Gardens, and finish with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Day 4 Tokyo
After a leisurely start, we transfer to Yokohama Port to embark our cruise ship, Azamara Pursuit®, in time to sail late this afternoon.
Day 5 At sea
Spend the day following Japan’s coastline as we sail north. Maybe indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay ship shape with a class at the fitness centre, or lounge the day away on the pool deck.
Day 6 Aomori
Sunny and refreshingly cool in the summer, lively and bustling during festival season and enjoyably sleepy in the way only the best seaside locations can be - this lovely city is worth a closer look.
Day 7 Akita
With its prime location on the Sea of Japan, seafood lovers will be in heaven. Walk it off while visiting the Shirakami Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or relax at the Nyuto Hot Springs.
Day 8 Niigata
In Niigata you’ll find ancient traditions and landmarks, a buzzing city centre, and the region’s best rice and sake. Hopefully you’ll catch the cherry blossom in one of its beautiful parks.
Day 9 Kanazawa
Kanazawa means ‘marsh of gold’, and the city produces 98% of Japan’s gold leaf. Discover the 70 temples of the Teramachi area, explore the colourful Omichi Market, sample the local sake, and visit the DT Suzuki Museum, a peaceful homage to the prominent Buddhist philosopher. It’s also worth visiting Kenroku-en, one of Japan’s three ‘perfect gardens’.
Day 10 Sakaiminato
Sakaiminato is the birthplace of Shigeru Mizuki, a master of manga. A memorial museum sheds light on his life and art, while his characters are brought to life in more than 150 statues along Shigeru Mizuki Road.
Day 11 Busan, South Korea
Ancient culture and modern life come together in South Korea's second-largest city. Sample fresh seafood at Jagalchi Fish Market, and visit the abundance of intricate Buddhist temples.
Day 12 Kitakyushu, Japan
Foodies will be in their element here - be sure to try popular noodle dishes like tonkatsu ramen and yaki-udon. The art gallery inside the Moji Customs Building is worth visiting, and the Mojiko Retro Observation Room offers great views across Kitakyushu.
Day 13 The Inland Sea - Hiroshima
Surrounded by three of Japan's five main islands, the Seto Inland Sea also holds over 3,000 smaller volcanic and granite islands - quite a sight! We reach Hiroshima, which has emerged as a thriving and vibrant port since the first atomic blast on August 6, 1945. No visit would be complete without a trip to the Peace Memorial Park. Step further back in time to visit the castle of Hiroshima-Jo, and be sure to try okonomiyaki, the city’s most famous dish.
Day 14 Takamatsu
Explore Tamamo-koen Park to discover castle ruins, Japanese-style turrets, and a garden famous for its cherry blossom. You may like to refresh under the thatched-roof of a tea house with a green tea called matcha; or try Sanuki udon - a popular local noodle dish.
Day 15 Kobe
Modern Kobe holds headquarters for many Japanese and international firms. Visit the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum to discover the city’s disastrous history; or hop on the bullet train to Kyoto, capital of Japan from the 8-19th centuries. Here, you can explore spectacular temples and shrines, palaces and castles of shoguns and emperors, and narrow lanes lined with wooden buildings.
Day 16 At sea
Enjoy spa treatments and international cuisine while sailing to Shimizu.
Day 17 Shimizu
On one side, Mount Fuji overlooks this beautiful port town. On another, more than 30,000 pine trees line the 7km sandy shoreline of Miho-no-Matsubara. It’s no surprise this scenic area has been the subject of paintings and legends throughout Japanese history.
Day 18 Tokyo (overnight)
Sample the best ramen and sushi restaurants, visit Akihabara Electric Town to discover cutting-edge gadgets and games, and scale 52 floors to the Tokyo City View. For a change of pace, take a serene stroll along the many walking paths at the Meiji Shrine.
Day 19 Tokyo - UK
We disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. On arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.