Immerse yourself in the culture and customs of Japan on this incredible 12-night land and sea adventure. The Awe-inspiring Japan Journey features a stay in Tokyo before taking to the seas and exploring other lesser-known destinations on an 8-night cruise with Princess Cruises. If you want to head off the beaten track and explore the ports of the Land of the Rising Sun, this is the itinerary for you. Below, we’ve profiled some of the destinations visited on this amazing trip.
Commonly known as ‘the town of mist’, Kushiro has been a major fishing port since the early 20thcentury. Here, visitors can indulge in a gourmet seafood meal and browse the shops at Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO, a lively place always bustling with locals and tourists alike. Next, travellers can head over to welcoming Yonemachi Park and its observation point for wonderful views of Kushiro Port. Cruise passengers can also head inland to the country’s largest marshland, Kushiro wetland and stop at Tancho Nature Park, the residence of local red-crowned cranes. These majestic creatures are iconic in Japanese culture and are known as birds of happiness and long life.
Discover the unique, often turbulent history of Korsakov, a seaport situated on the Russian island of Sakhalin. Ruled by the Japanese between 1905 and 1945 and renamed Ōtomari, Korsakov was later reclaimed by the Soviet Union after World War II. Beyond this fascinating port is the popular tourist destination of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, where a blend of Japanese and Russian influences is seen in the city’s buildings, museums and culture.
The small harbour city of Otaru is best known as one of Japan’s main producers of glass and, while here, cruisers can try their hand at glass blowing and create a perfect memento of their visit. Otaru is a charming locale with a beautiful canal area and cobbled streets. The glassworks shops, cafés, restaurants and shops located along the canal have been converted from stone or brick warehouses, giving the area a distinctly nostalgic feel.
Hokkaido’s third largest city, Hakodate is a major producer of fresh, quality seafood and contributes to the country’s vital sushi production. One of the first Japanese harbour cities to be opened to international trade and foreign visitors, Hakodate’s history can be seen in its Motomachi District, where Western-style buildings abound. The towering Mount Hakodate looms over the city and its summit, including three observation platforms, can be accessed via ropeway, car or bus. For more amazing views, head to the 107-metre-long Goryokaku Tower, where visitors will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the surrounding Goryokaku Park. During the hanami season, the park’s cherry blossoms are an absolute vision.
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