Immerse yourself in this incomparable culture of contrasts, where hi-tech cities live in harmony with ancient rituals and shrines
What we love: Treasured cultural traditions are complemented by
the advanced technology, futuristic architecture and quirky gadgets
that vie for your attention in Japan's neon-lit cities
Japan is a unique blend of ancient and modern. It's the home of
countless natural wonders and cultural highlights, from ancient
temples, traditional noodle houses and majestic Buddah statues to
the sleek skyscrapers and neon lights of its big cities.
But there's perhaps no single experience as spellbindingly
beautiful as that of Hanami, the custom of enjoying the transient
beauty of cherry blossom.
Each spring, millions of Japanese residents and visitors wait
with anticipation for the first buds of the pink cherry blossom -
known as Sakura; the symbol of renewal, vitality and beauty - to
bloom. Next year, you'll have the chance to experience it for
yourself with our exceptional two-week cruise.
This cruise will take you far and wide through this fascinating
land, and even includes a stop in South Korea.
Your trip begins and ends in Yokohama, where you'll find soaring
skyscrapers contrasting with blooming gardens and traditional
noodle houses. You'll also stop in Hiroshima, where you can learn
about its devastating Second World War history, Osaka, where you
can see some of the country's most beautiful shrines and temples,
and Busan in South Korea, where you can enjoy the city's
2024 departure: Your home for the duration of your trip will be
the award-winning ship, Westerdam. There is plenty to keep you
entertained as you travel from destination to destination, with
regional cooking demonstrations and wine tastings, a range of
evening entertainment, and even a learning centre, designed to
deepen your understanding of the places you visit.
2025 departure: You will sail on the comfortable Noordam (named
for the northern compass point) which dazzles with museum-quality
art and lavish staterooms. You will have your pick of onboard
activities - sing along to your favorite hits at Billboard Onboard,
enjoy a Pilates class at the Fitness Center or savor the delights
of one of the specialty restaurants. The Pinnacle Grill serves the
juiciest steak at sea and Canaletto beckons with tantalizing