From primeval wilderness and masterfully curated gardens to medieval castles and futuristic cities, Japan is a multi-faceted land of great intrigue.
And to truly experience the extent of The Land of the Rising Sun one must venture off the beaten track and have adequate time to immerse in the little things, be stepping the well-trodden path of geisha in a traditional village or shinrin-yoku(forest bathing) beneath a canopy of ancient trees.
An opportunity to do this (and more) is as rare as it is satiating for the soul, which is why we encourage you to join us on Discover Eternal Japan, a 15–day small ship exploration around the coastline and islands of Japan with Heritage Expeditions to uncover the heart of this wondrous land.
Expedition Leader at Heritage Expeditions, Aaron Russ, said Japan's combination of rich history, fascinating culture and diverse wilderness and wildlife made it perfect for expedition cruising.
"Japan has long captured the imagination of travellers, juxtaposing centuries’ old tradition with ultramodern living and pristine wilderness with skyscrapers and ancient temples. There is no place quite like it on the planet and we are incredibly proud and excited to be able to share unforgettable, intimate explorations of some of its rarely visited islands and coastlines alongside iconic cities, cultural encounters and wildlife hotspots with our intrepid guests," he said.
Discover Eternal Japan, starting in Otaru on 1 June 2023, includes Hakodate's island-dotted lakes and Fort Goryokaku, as well as remote Sado Island (widely considered a perfect miniature version of Japan). We then venture to South Korea's 'museum without walls' Gyeongju, then back to Japan to explore Karatsu's medieval heritage, Ube and Uwajima's incredible gardens and shrines, Hiroshima and the famous Shinto Shrine and Torii Gate on Miyajima Island, Takamatsu's proud bonsai history and more.
Travel is aboard the 140-guest expedition vessel, Heritage Adventurer, where guests will enjoy an intimate and experiential voyage from spacious, stylish and comfortable surrounds. Guests will also enjoy all-suite staterooms, an observation deck with 360-degree views, not to mention the pool, gym and sauna.
Book now with Travel View to receive an exclusive $1700 flight voucher and a complimentary cabin upgrade. In addition to this special deal, if you combine this trip with a back-to-back trip (Asia's Subtropical Islands, starting in Osaka on 14 June 2023), you will receive 20% off the second trip.
On this second journey, you will continue through tropical Japanese islands and then on to Taiwan and the Philippines, exploring rarely visited and hard-to-reach islands where a wonderland of impossibly blue waters gently lap white-sand beaches and pristine coral gardens. There is the opportunity to observe walls of neonlit fish, fascinating rare birds and wildlife dwelling in primeval jungles. Intriguing time-forget cultures and traditions also await discovery, as well as World War II relics, wrecks and history, which can be found both above and below the water.
Discover Eternal Japan: 1-15 June 2023. Price from AUD $16,975 twin share per person.
Exploring Asia’s Subtropical Islands: 14-28 June 2023. Price from AUD $15,975 twin share per person
**Travel View Exclusive: AUD $1700 flight voucher + FREE cabin upgrade + 20% off the second trip**