The best of Japan8 nights from £16,930pp

Le Lapérouse

12 May - 20 May 2021


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Through this exceptional itinerary, PONANT invites you to discover the Land of the Rising Sun, where the history of the samurai and the daintiness of the geishas exist side by side.  In Maizuru, you will board your ship for a 9-day cruise to the heart of Japan. In Sakaiminato you will set off to discover medieval Japan and the ancient dwellings of the samurai, who had lavish homes and castles built. Your ship will then take you to Busan, a warm and welcoming city where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the port. This ancient city full of contrasts presents numerous vestiges that speak of its prestigious past. We will call at Miyajima, home to the majestic Shinto shrine whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion Torii listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also discover the small Japanese city of Tamano, a former feudal domain with a unique cultural heritage. Among its sites, you will be able to admire its famous Korakuen Garden, one of the country' three must-see landscaped gardens. You will end your cruise with the discovery of the most Japanese of metropolis, Osaka, a modern, industrial and cultural city that is entirely turned towards the future. This city has been the national centre for trade and industry since the reign of Emperor Nintoku.

Day 1
Maizuru, Japan 12 May 2021
Day 2
Sakaiminato, Japan 13 May 2021
Day 3
Busan, South Korea 14 May 2021
Day 4
Sasebo, Japan 15 May 2021
Day 5
Kagoshima, Japan 16 May 2021
Day 6
Uwajima, Japan 17 May 2021
Day 7
Hiroshima, Japan 18 May 2021
Day 7
Itsukushima, Japan 18 May 2021
Day 8
Tamano, Japan 19 May 2021
Day 9
Osaka, Japan 20 May 2021

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Unlike the giant ships of other cruise companies, our ships offer a more welcoming feel and a unique atmosphere. It also enables our ships to access original and quieter ports of call, guaranteeing exclusive cruises and attentive and personalised service for all our guests. From Antarctic ice to Pacific lagoons, Mediterranean coves to Asian shores, Ponant has sailed through every sea on the planet for nearly thirty years.

Our experts have put all their efforts into creating routes which enable you to access the Earth's treasures by sea. Every year, we organise more than 200 cruises, visiting more than 100 countries and nearly 400 ports on 100 different routes.

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