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Through The Heart Of Japan | Tokyo - Jeju - Nagasaki | 14 Nights

Small islands of Japan & South Korea

14 Nights | Departing Tokyo 19 October 2021 | Arriving Nagasaki 2 November 2021 | Onboard Coral Adventurer

Immerse yourself in centuries-old Japanese culture with a tea ceremony, known as the Way of Tea, in a traditional teahouse. Enjoy the time-honoured practice of hot springs bathing in an Onsen, where geothermically heated spring water is captured in a natural outdoor setting and revered for its healing properties. Enjoy the experience of making somen noodles and try your hand at dividing the noodles with long chopsticks, and 400-year-old soy sauce production at the Marukin Soy Sauce Historical Museum. Experience the ancient art of hand-crafted Arita ceramics through making your own ceramic creation to take home and enjoy a traditional Awa Dance known as the ‘fools dance’ with origins dating back 400 years. Visit the UNESO-listed site: South Korea’s Global Geopark of Manjanggul Lava Tubes with its unique geological features and volcanic landforms. While cruising through the little-visited small islands of Japan and South Korea, see volcanic islands with their ancient lava flows and craggy shores eroded through wind and wave action over centuries.

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Expedition Highlights

  • Experience a traditional Japanese open-air hot spring Onsen at Kozushima Island, and take part in a tea ceremony
  • Try your hand at making your own Arita ceramics at ‘Atelier Yume’
  • Explore UNESCO-listed Global Geopark Manjanggul, a 7.4km long Lava Tube and Cave of Jeju Island
  • Discover Japan’s largest museum, Otsuka Museum of Art, which features life-size reproductions of Western art masterpieces
  • Experience Awa ‘fool’s dance’, a well-known traditional dance whose origins date back 400 years
  • Visit Marukin Soy Sauce Historical Museum and take home a memento of Japan’s famous condiment
  • Venture deep into remote Iya Valley, walk through gorges strung with vine bridges and enjoy a river cruise
  • Participate in a soba noodle cooking class and try your hand at making Arita ceramics
  • Try and spot the endangered species, the Tsushima Leopard, and admire Japan’s dramatic island coastlines formed by ancient lava flows and eroded by waves

 

Fares

CORAL Adventurer TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $21,990 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $16,800 n/a
Explorer Deck Balcony $15,500 $23,250
Promenade Deck $12,990 $19,485
Coral Deck $10,990 $16,485

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.

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Destinations

Embark: Board at 4:00 pm at Yokohama Port – Shanko Pier, on 19 October 2021
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at 8:00 am at Matsugae Pier, Nagasaki, on 2 November 2021

 

Tokyo > Kozushima > Kii Oshima > Tokushima > Shodoshima > Osaki Shimojima > Miyajima > Hiroshima > Matsuyama > Ainoshima > Tsushima > Jeju Island (South Korea) > Sasebo > Sasebo Bay Islands > Goto Islands > Nagasaki

Day 1: Depart Tokyo

Board the Coral Adventurer at Tokyo at 4:00 pm for a 7:00 pm departure. Settle into your cabin and relax as we set sail towards the Sea of Japan. This evening, join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

Day 2- 14:

These are expedition itineraries covering remote regions. Your Captain and Expedition Team may make changes to the daily schedule when necessary to maximise guest experience. Below are the highlight destinations of your voyage.

Kozushima Island

Kozushima is a volcanic island formed from a cluster of lava domes in the Philippine Sea. Inhabited since Japan’s earliest historical era of the Jomon Period, archaeologists have discovered stone tools thousands of years old hewn from obsidian. Myths and legends abound as Kozushima is said to be where ‘Gods gather’ to allocate water resources and the sharing of this precious resource. There is time for snorkelling, diving and kayaking as well as a hike to Mt Tnejyo, the island’s tallest peak. Later, we visit an open-air Onsen, or hot spring, in a natural rock pool setting, to participate in a longheld bathing pastime amongst Japanese that is steeped in traditions and customs.

Kii Oshima

Kii Oshima’s diverse geography dates back to cooled lava dating back 14m years ago, along with sandstone, mudstone, magma and a lava coastline eroded by wind and waves over millennia. The first arrival of American ships which opened trade negotiations between the US and Japan in 1791 is commemorated in the Japan-US Friendship Museum.

Tokushima

The Iya Valley is a remote, mountainous valley with dramatic steep-sided mountain slopes strung with suspension bridges constructed from mountain vines known as kazurabashi. These vine bridges were once the only means for moving people and goods through the challenging terrain with the Wild Monkey Bridge open to visitors who can pull themselves across the river in a wooden cart suspended on a rope. We take a sightseeing boat cruise through the Oboke Gorge, admire artworks and artefacts at the Otsuka Museum of Art, visit a Buddhist temple and experience an Awa Dance performance, which is celebrated annually at a festival dedicated to this dance style.

Shodoshima

One of the first islands born to the Gods in the creation myth of Japan, Shodoshima literally means ‘small bean island’, a fitting name for an island where traditionally soybean crops were processed into soy sauce, though is better known more recently for its olive plantations. Learn about this time-honoured condiment with a 400-year-old history at the Marukin Soy Sauce Historical Museum. Experience the making of the Japanese famous Somen noodle and try your hand at dividing the noodles with long chopsticks. Visit Misaki no Bunyojyo, the elementary school featured in the famous movie Twenty Four Eyes.

Osaki Shimojima

The portside town of Mitarai developed as a domestic sea trading port during the Edo Period when Japan was isolated from the rest of the world for over two hundred years from the mid-1600’s. During this time Japanese sea traders were ordered to maintain vessels in a weakened state to prevent them from straying outside domestic waters and preserving trade. The remnants of these prosperous times can still be seen today on the waterfront and in the narrow laneways and architecture of preserved buildings. Wander through the alleys and streets of this quaint town and see Buddhist temples and shrines that date even further back than the Edo Period.

Miyajima

The famed Itsukushima Shrine is one of Japan’s most recognisable symbols with its Shinto Shrine and red torii gate seemingly floating upon the Seto Inland Sea. Itsukushima Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Treasure. Other important sites are Daisho-in, a temple of Shingon Buddhism and Reikado Hall, located on Mt Misen, the highest peak on Miyajima. Walking paths link Miyajima’s cultural sites and Maple Valley, providing the ideal pace with which to absorb centuries-old customs.

Hiroshima

Forever linked to the WWII tragedy that saw an atomic bomb dropped on the city in 1945, Hiroshima has since been rebuilt while retaining some historical heritage, with the Peace Memorial Park now the city’s most prominent feature. Shukkeien Garden dates as far back as the 1600’s with its valleys, mountains and forests represented in miniature with tea houses amongst the gardens an ideal spot to take time to enjoy the idyllic surrounds.

Matsuyama

High on Mount Katsuyama, Matsuyama Castle is one of Japan’s twelve original castles and stands at the heart of the city of Matsuyama. Constructed in the early 1600’s with the three-storied tower added two hundred years later after the original tower collapsed after being struck by lightning. Pilgrims dressed all in white are a frequent site at Ishitji Temple, where an inner temple connects to the main temple grounds via a dimly cave and 200m long tunnel that houses Buddhist statues, carvings and drawings.

Iki Island

Legend has it that many years ago the pretty little island of Iki was not connected to the seafloor. Instead, it floated around at the whim of the currents, presumably bobbing back and forth between Japan, China and the Korean Peninsula. Iki, an island blessed with pristine nature and ancient legends will transport you to the ancient wonders of Japan. Iki is also a perfect place for marine sport enthusiasts, sake tasters and gourmands. The 133km squared island is located at the norther end of Kyushu in the Genkai Sea, within the Iki-Tsushima Quasi-National Park where people and rare animals live together harmoniously.

Tsushima

Roughly halfway between the Japanese mainland and the Korean Peninsuala, Tsushima was once a single island before a canal divided the island in two in the 1600’s, then into three islands in the 1900’s with a second canal constructed. Though in reality there are approx. 100 islands that collectively make up Tsushima with its abundance of natural beauty and untouched forests. Birdwatching is a popular pastime, particularly within the Tsushima Wildlife Conservation Center, home to the Tsushima Leopard Cat, an endangered species.

Jeju (South Korea)

Jeju Volcanic Island with its Manjanggual Lava Tubes are regarded as the finest lava tube system of caves anywhere in the world and are recognised by UNESCO as a Global Geopark site for their unique geological features and volcanic landforms. The Jeonbang Falls is Korea’s only waterfall that tumbles directly into the sea, while Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is a flat-topped crater that rose from the sea over 100,000 years ago. The near-circular crater is popular for its walking trails and elevated position to view the sunrise or sunset

Sasebo

The Maritime Self-Defense Force Sasebo Museum showcases historical naval vessels alongside the Former Sasebo Navy Club which dates back to the late 1800’s. At Mukyudo, an air raid shelter is unique amongst Japan’s countless shelters as it was built by school children in the style of a school. The historical pottery town of Arita is where Japan’s fine porcelain was first produced around 400 years ago. Arita-yaki pottery is now the most highly regarded pottery across all Japan with its ‘secret ingredient’ kaolin the essential mineral required to make fine porcelain. We try our hand at pottery making with an opportunity to make our very own Arita ceramics.

Goto Islands

The 140 or so Goto Islands are best known for Christianity which was a forbidden religion until the late 1870’s when the ban was lifted. Goto Island translates into English as the ‘five island chain’, with Nakadori Island one of the five main islands. With around 50 churches dotted across the prefecture, such as the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kashiragashima Church with its stone construction, other interesting sites include the Whale Museum and the Stone Monuments of Wakamatsu Island.

Day 15: Arrive Nagasaki

Our voyage ends in the Japanese port of Nagasaki. Disembark Coral Adventurer at 8:30 am and bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. The itinerary includes the possibility of interaction with wild animals and this interaction is subject to the presence of this wildlife on the day.

October 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
19 October 2021 19 Oct 2021 02 November 2021 02 Nov 2021 $10,990 to $16,800 $10,990 to $16,800 Coral Adventurer Available Book

November 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
19 October 2021 19 Oct 2021 02 November 2021 02 Nov 2021 $10,990 to $16,800 $10,990 to $16,800 Coral Adventurer Available Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • Expert Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers
  • An authentic, flexible expedition itinerary
  • All daily guided excursions
  • Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Selected wines and beer with lunch and dinner service
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access
  • 24-hour coffee and teas
  • Use of all onboard facilities, including a reference library

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Tipping not required

Our friendly reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our team on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email explore@coralexpeditions.com

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. Please refer to our Pre-Departure page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers.

 

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