Dates: April 15 - April 28, 2018
Total Duration: 14 days
Cost: From $9,990 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Anthropology & Japanese Studies
Vehicle: Caledonian Sky
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: East Asia
Cruise through the Inland Sea and the Sea of Japan on a delightful springtime exploration of Japan, with time ashore in both Kyoto and Tokyo. This small nation of nearly 7,000 islands is wonderfully suited for exploration by small ship, and our chartered vessel, the 114-passenger Caledonian Sky, conveys us comfortably to a fascinating variety of tranquil historic towns, artistic centers, and remote islands.
Venture beyond the bustle of Tokyo and Kyoto to the tranquil historic quarters of Hagi and Matsue, the cultured arts center of Kanazawa, and the charming small islands of Naoshima, Miyajima, and Sado. Excursions highlight both the ancient traditions of the country—sacred temples and shrines, celebrated gardens and castles, and private cultural performances—and the cutting-edge modern arts and architecture of the Miho Museum, Benesse Art Site, and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Learn about a geisha's life in Kyoto, take part in a taiko drum workshop with the Kodo Drummers at their home base on Sado Island, and meet a kabuki actor in Tokyo. Participate in a traditional tea ceremony, travel on Japan's high-speed rail (the shinkansen, or "bullet train"), and marvel at the stunning iconic beauty of Miyajima's torii gate.
Explore the culture, art, architecture, and history of Japan during an enriching educational program both on board the ship and during shore excursions.
An optional pre-tour extension to see the cherry blossoms of the Kii Peninsula and the remote Iya Valley on Shikoku Island, and an optional post-tour extension to Kamakura and Hakone, including a two-stay in a traditional ryokan (inn), are also available