5* Japan Explorer

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Explore the delights of Japan – Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Osaka and Kochi – on this fabulous 5 star cruise onboard Sapphire Princess.

Cruise from mighty Shanghai to the wonderful city of Tokyo, where traditional ancient temples stand alongside the ultra-futuristic cityscape. Next, you cruise to Shimizu for views and excursions of the iconic Mt Fuji. You’ll then reach the historical and cultural city of Osaka before you cruise to beautiful Kochi. You’ll then cruise back to Shanghai where your cruise comes to an end. Why not spend a few days in China before your return flight to Ireland – call for details!

Inclusions

  • Overnight flight from Dublin to Shanghai
  • Return Transfers from airport to port
  • 8 nights onboard the 5* Sapphire Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis while on board
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Overnight flight from Shanghai to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1-2 Shanghai, China

Following your overnight flight from Dublin to Shanghai, you will be transferred to the port to board the 5* Sapphire Princess.

This fabled port on the Huangpu River has played a pivotal role in the history of modern China. One of seven treaty ports inflicted by the West on Imperial China, the city was famed for the Bund, an elegant section of riverbank lined with European mercantile houses and elegant mansions. Shanghai was also the cradle of the Chinese Communist Party, and it is here that the People’s Republic created its vast commercial and industrial bastion. Shanghai is also one of the most fascinating cities on the face of the earth. Its streets are packed with individuals, cars and bicycles, weaving an extraordinary tapestry of humanity. Yet serenity and beauty are always present, be it a class practicing early morning tai chi or the serene repose of the city’s jade Buddha.

Shanghai’s attractions are legendary, from exquisite temples and superb museums to the Bund’s elegant 19th-century European architecture. The city is also your gateway to the Grand Canal and the legendary city of Suzhou.

Day 3-4 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 5 Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).

Day 6 Shimizu, Japan (for Mt. Fuji)

A mesmerizing landscape, a revered cultural history, and Japan’s most sacred volcano are just a few of the many delights beckoning you to come and explore this ancient city. While Shimizu may have the reputation as being bustling and modern, its cultural and spiritual side is on display in the form of ancient and enthralling shrines. Of course, it may be the sacred and snow-capped Mount Fuji that garners the most attention. Towering over the region at approximately 12,388 feet above sea level, the active volcano, designated a “place and source of artistic inspiration” by UNESCO is just one of the many unforgettable adventures Shimizu inspires.

Day Osaka, Japan

For centuries, Osaka was Japan’s cultural and commercial gateway to Asia – the point of entry both for trade goods and, most importantly, cultural influences that shaped Japanese society. From tea to Zen, from art to science and philosophy, Osaka was Japan’s contact with the great East Asian cultures that flourished in China and Korea. The city reached its zenith in the late 16th century, when the great feudal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi made Osaka his capital. Toyotomi was master of Japan, and an immense administrative and commercial center rapidly developed around Osaka Castle. After Toyotomi’s death, the nation’s seat of power shifted from Osaka to a sleepy little fishing village called Edo – modern Tokyo. While overshadowed by Tokyo, Osaka remains Japan’s second largest city and a vital commercial center.

Modern Osaka is home to monuments from Japan’s past including Toyotomi’s immense castle and the Sumiyoshi Shrine. The city is also your gateway to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient imperial capital and the nation’s cultural and spiritual center.

Day 8 Kochi, Japan

Kochi sits on the broad alluvial plain facing Urado Bay. This city in Shikoku takes its name from the great feudal castle that sits at its very heart. Completed in 1611, Kochi Castle was the seat of Yamauchi Kazutoyo, a noted warrior who supported Tokugawa Ieyasu in his successful quest to become Shogun. Tosa Province and Kochi Castle were Yamauchi’s reward for faithful service. There is an historical irony here: 250 years later, a Kochi native son – a former low-ranked samurai and now ronin named Sakamoto Ryoma – played a pivotal role in bringing the Tokugawa Shogunate to an end and restoring the Emperor of Japan to political prominence. The prize once awarded for faithful service had become a hotbed of support for the Meiji Restoration.

Kochi is one of the wettest places in Japan – and a frequent target for cyclonic storms or typhoons. Southeast of the city, warm oceans currents washing against the Aki Mountains create a subtropical landscape of hibiscus, palm and ficus at Muroto-Anan Quasi-National Park.

Day 9 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 10 Shanghai, China

Your cruise comes to an end as you sail back into Shanghai port. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Ireland.

Alternatively you may wish to extend your stay in China - ask us for more details!

Accommodation

Sapphire Princess

As you set your sights on the wonders of the world, let Sapphire Princess indulge your every whim. Over 700 balconies, world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options are just the beginning of your sea-going adventure. Dance the night away, enjoy casino gaming or relax and rejuvenate body and mind at the Lotus Spa®.

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • For bookings made 2nd-6th December: Non-refundable non-transferable deposit of €50pp required at time of booking. Balance due 16 weeks from departure
  • All other bookings: Non-refundable non-transferable deposit of 15% required at time of booking. Balance due 16 weeks from departure
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Child and family prices available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €1,639pp
  Number of nights: 8

02 Jun 2020 Inside €1639
02 Jun 2020 Oceanview €1799
02 Jun 2020 Balcony €1959

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Book with a €50pp Deposit Valid 2nd - 6th December

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