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Experience scenic, compelling Japan, visiting unique ports and rarely seen wilderness areas in luxury on board exclusively chartered 'L'Austral.' Listen to fascinating lectures from A&K's award-winning expedition team and choose from a variety of enriching experiences en route.

A&K Advantages

  • Gain incomparable insight into Japan as you travel in the company of A&K's award-winning expedition team, local experts and guides
  • Cruise aboard luxurious, exclusively chartered 'L'Austral,' with no more than 199 guests for optimal comfort
  • Travel with peace of mind knowing all gratuities, shore excursions and bar drinks are included
  • Discover Japan in a way only possible by small ship, visiting unique ports and off-the-beaten-path wilderness areas
  • Be among the first cruise passengers to visit the village of Karatsu
  • Visit Gyeongju, Korea, ancient dynastic capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Reflect on Japan's turbulent history and witness its miraculous resurgence at Hiroshima
  • Witness a private performance by the world-renowned Kodo drummers
  • Enjoy fascinating onboard discussions and experiences on Japanese art and culture, history, geology, economy and horticulture
  • Choose from a wide array of included shore excursions, including opportunities to delve deeper into Japan's culture, architecture, arts and natural history
  • Set out on incomparable art experiences during visits to the Chichu Art Museum, O'Hara Museum of Art and the Adachi Museum of Art
  • Enjoy exclusive welcome and farewell ceremonies in select ports of call

Itinerary at a Glance

Wonders of Japan Cruise

Day 1: Arrive Osaka, Japan

Day 2: Kyoto | Cultural Epicenter

Day 3: Osaka | The Adventure Begins

Day 4: Takamatsu | Explore Your Way

Day 5: Hiroshima/Miyajima | Hiroshima & the Iconic Torii Gate

Day 6: Karatsu | Ancient Trading Post

Day 7: Gyeongju, South Korea | Ancient Korean Capital

Day 8: Matsue, Japan | Verdant Gardens

Days 9-10: Kanazawa | Epicenter for the Arts

Day 11: Sado-ga-shima | Kodo Drummers

Day 12: Noshiro/Aomori | Ancient Caldera Lake

Day 13: Otaru | Historic Canal

Day 14: Depart Sapporo

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