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Japan Intensive

  • Departure Date20 Mar & 03 Apr 2025
  • Azamara Azamara Pursuit
  • 20 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £4,989 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 2 nights in Osaka
  • Osaka
  • Takamatsu
  • Hiroshima
  • Kitakyushu, Japan
  • Nagasaki
  • Busan, South Korea
  • Sakaiminato
  • Kanazawa
  • Niigata, Japan
  • Akita, Japan
  • Aomori
  • Tokyo
  • Stay 2 nights in Tokyo

Japan is brimming with unique, unforgettable experiences; enter the secretive world of the Geisha, go to a local tea ceremony, watch sumo wrestling and find your inner peace with meditation. A cruise offers the perfect way to fully immerse yourself in the spirit of this amazing island nation. Begin with a 2 night stay in Osaka the ultimate urban Japanese experience with regional cuisine and an array of landmarks & museums. Embark Azamara Pursuit where you will port in beautiful ports of call along the 14 night voyage. Finally port in Tokyo and enjoy a 2 night stay. Fall in love with Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, home to historical landmarks, timeless cultural gems, towering skyscrapers and bright neon lights.

Highlights

  • FREE Osaka Stay
  • Cherry Blossom Season
  • More Inclusive Drinks Included
  • Gratuities Included
  • 2 Night Tokyo Stay
  • Overnight in Yokohama Port^

What's Included?

  • Return flights from the UK (call for regional departures)
  • FREE 2 night stay in Osaka on room only basis
  • 14 night cruise on board Azamara Pursuit on More Inclusive basis
  • More Inclusive Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • 2 night stay in Tokyo on room only basis
  • Transfers
  • Baggage Allowance

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Mar 2025£4,989£5,229--
Apr 2025£5,999£63,149£6,749£8,899

Price based on 20 Mar & 03 Apr 2025 flying from London, itinerary & stay varies depending on date & also operates in reverse. Suite price is based on Club Continental suite. ^Overnight in port varies depending on date. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport and hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

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Azamara Pursuit

The launch of Azamara PursuitSM in 2018 opened the seas to maiden ports, new itineraries, and the opportunity to provide our guests with even more unforgettable, unique, and immersive experiences than ever before.

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Itinerary for Japan Intensive

Day 1 - Fly UK to Osaka

Day 2 - Enjoy Osaka

Day 3 - Enjoy Osaka

Day 4 - Embark Azamara Pursuit in Osaka

Osaka is a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. It's known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, which has undergone several restorations, is its main historical landmark. It's surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry-blossom trees. Sumiyoshi-taisha is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines.

Day 5 - Osaka

Osaka is a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. It's known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, which has undergone several restorations, is its main historical landmark. It's surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry-blossom trees. Sumiyoshi-taisha is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines.

Day 6 - The Inland Sea / Takamatsu

On the Seto Inland Sea, looking out over the Sanuki mountain range, sits the island of Shikoku and the old castle town of Takamatsu, Japan. Now a vibrant city, Takamatsu has been an economic hub of the region since the Edo period. To get a sense of its history, visit Tamamo-koen Park. The 16th century Takamatsu Castle had been destroyed, but there’s still plenty to explore: ruins, water moats, and classic Japanese-style yagura or turrets.

Day 7 - Hiroshima

This "city of water and peace" is built in one of the most sheltered harbors on the Seto Inland Sea and is much more than the painful past it both honors and defies. Reflect and ring the bell of peace at Peace Memorial Park, then ferry to the holy island of Miyajima, famed for its Itsukushima Shrine and floating torii.

Day 8 - Kitakyushu, Japan

Merged from five smaller cities in 1963, Kitakyushu is the gateway between the islands of Honshu and Kyushu—where the city sits on its northern tip. During WWII, the fate of the city could have been forever changed, if not for bad weather and smoke from the previous day’s bombing. It was the intended target of the Fat Man atomic bomb, but was passed over due to poor visibility in favor of Nagasaki.

Day 9 - Nagasaki

Historically rich Nagasaki features beautiful seaside scenery and fabulous nighttime views from its mountain slopes. Secluded hot springs, fascinating museums, and ornate temples live side by side in this exciting city. Ten natural parks grace the area, and unique festivals can be experienced throughout the year. Walk through streets influenced by both Chinese and European cultures in fascinating Nagasaki.

Day 10 - Busan, South Korea

It is Pusan's premier trading port, adjacent to the Korean Straits and Japan, that makes it an international metropolis but its beautiful sea vistas that make it a charming place to unwind. Experience the serenity of Beomeo-sa Temple, climb the Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park and rejuvenate at Hushimchung Spa.

Day 11 - Sakaiminato

Sakaiminato’s history is steeped in fishing tradition. Now the base of Western Japan’s fishing industry, Sakaiminato has been an open trading port with the U.S. and U.K. since 1899. Today the port town continues to be a haven for seafood lovers with fish markets and world-class restaurants scattered along its streets, making it the perfect place for visitors to taste the catch of the day.

Day 12 - Kanazawa

Tucked in between the Sea of Japan and the Japanese Alps, flanked by the Sai and Asano rivers, Kanazawa might be an unfamiliar destination, but it’s sure to become an unexpected favorite. Translated literally Kanazawa means "marsh of gold," and the city produces approximately 98% of the gold leaf in Japan. Find a small jar to take home or try it sprinkled on ice cream. Gold aside, Kanazawa is also a jewel in Japan’s historical crown. Founded in the late 1500s as a castle town, the city has been relatively untouched from the ravages of World War II and natural disasters. Once a powerful and strategic city for the Maeda clan, it is now a comparatively small city with a calm, comfortable feel.

Day 13 - Niigata, Japan

A perfect contrast of old and new, where ancient traditions meet modern experiences—you’ll find Niigata prefecture, the largest city on Honsh?'s Sea of Japan coast. Start your journey with a relaxing stroll through Niigata’s first citizen park, Hakusan-k?en. Well-manicured gardens, two large koi ponds, the most vibrant cherry blossoms, and the ancient Hukasan Shrine. An inviting space—you’ll find no reason to be “koi” here. Make your way to the bustling Bandai City where you can catch a 360-degree view Niigata and its distant snow-capped mountains from the 20th floor of the Nipp? observation deck.

Day 14 - Akita, Japan

Akita Prefecture is situated in the north-eastern part of the Japanese main land, east of the Sea of Japan, flowing rivers, and expanses of fertile farmland. Majestic mountain ranges, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Shirakami - Sanchi Mountains, surround the northern, southern, and eastern sides and make for incredible views.

Day 15 - Aomori

Found on Japan’s main island, Honshu, Aomori City spends most of the year offering visitors a taste of a sleepy, seaside city mixed with forward-looking developments and modern art. Combining the history of an established port town with modern facilities and attractions, the city has been called the economic and cultural center of the area.

Day 16 - At Sea

Day 17 - Tokyo

It’s hard to imagine Tokyo as a tiny fishing village named Edo. Tokyo is now the largest metropolitan area in the world, an exciting city with a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, restaurants, museums, temples, and gardens to visit.

Day 18 - Tokyo, disembark & transfer to hotel / Enjoy Tokyo

It’s hard to imagine Tokyo as a tiny fishing village named Edo. Tokyo is now the largest metropolitan area in the world, an exciting city with a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, restaurants, museums, temples, and gardens to visit.

Day 19 - Enjoy Tokyo

Day 20 - Fly Tokyo to UK

Fly Tokyo to UK/ Arrive UK

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