he mystical east has always attracted visitors from all over the world. If you too are in awe of this magical part of the world, then take a cruise to Japan that will take you to the heart of this miraculous country.
Contrasting its rich cultural heritage and traditions, Japan is one of the most developed and sophisticated of the Asian nations, the islands vast and technologically advanced cities are full of surprises, while ancient temples and palaces capture Japans interesting past.
Ports of call include the seaside city of Fukuoka where you can pick up a popular clay Hakata doll or silk obi sashes as souvenirs and sample the delicious ramen noodles and Kushiro known for its markets and deep-sea fishing, travel through the lush countryside of Akan National Park and wander among the stalls at Washo market. Visit the cosmopolitan port city of Kobe and sample a glass or two of Sake from one of its famed wineries and don't forget to try the famous Kobe beef said to be the most flavourful steak in the world! Catch a dragon boat race in Naha, visit the lava fields created by the past eruptions of Sakurajima in Kagoshima and cruise into Hakodate on the southern tip of the island of Hokkaido best known for its spectacular views to be enjoyed from Mount Hakodate and its delicious fresh seafood.
Other destinations on a cruise to Japan which are not to be missed include the vibrant capital city of Tokyo where you can shop for the latest technology in the neon-lit shopping centres of Ginza, the historic city of Nagasaki, Mount Fuji and of course Kyoto home to the Golden Pavilion and Gardens and Nijo Castle as well as a number of beautiful temples to encounter.
Spring is a fantastic time to visit Japan as the temperatures are lovely and warm but not too hot, spring is also the time to go if you wish to see the world famous cherry blossoms in full bloom.