Hokkaido brings you Asia's best onboard the Celebrity Millenium

Posted July 25th, 2016

Lonely Planet has recently named Hokkaido as number one on its list of Asia’s best destinations, throwing Japan’s northernmost island into the spotlight for reasons other than its popular ski resorts. Hokkaido’s breathtaking landscapes, incredible culinary opportunities and enriching cultural experiences make it a traveller’s delight in all seasons.


The Celebrity Millennium offers two stops in Hokkaido as part of its seven-night Japan and Korea cruise, ensuring you can fully immerse yourself in the unique experiences of one of Asia’s up-and-coming destinations.



Hakodate is a historical Japanese port and was also voted Japan’s Most Attractive City in 2015, so you can expect a wonderful mix of old and new. Historic streetscapes are studded with enticing restaurants, where you can sample some of the region’s famously fresh seafood if you haven’t already filled up at the Morning Market, located near the city’s main station.


Be sure to sample Hakodate’s famous ‘jumping squid’, a meal that is still wiggling with freshness when it is dished up before your eyes. Another must-see is the sweeping view from Mt Hakodate, which boasts one of the top three night views in Japan, according to Michelin Green Guide Japan.


If there is still time before you’re due back on board, stop by the Red Brick Warehouses and browse the gift stores, breweries and restaurants that now abide in these beautiful historic buildings.


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Once a simple fishing village, Otaru has retained its authentic seaside charm despite being a modern commercial hub. Wander down historic Sakaimachi Street and browse quaint gift shops that offer everything from personalised chopsticks to music boxes. Glass blowing is a speciality of the region, and you can book a lesson to create your own hand-blown souvenir.


Choose your lunch from the tanks of giant spider crabs and fresh clams, or experience the exquisite texture of sea urchin, a local delicacy. Hokkaido is also famous for its dairy products, so save room for some gourmet chocolates or cheesecake; you can easily burn it off on your stroll along the picturesque canal.


The Celebrity Millennium ports in Shanghai and Busan before arriving in Hokkaido, and finishes in Tokyo, ensuring the two Hokkaido stops are at the heart of your luxury cruise. The genuine warmth of the Japanese people is perfectly set against the beautiful backdrop of Hokkaido, where you’ll soon discover why it’s considered among Asia’s best.


Cruising Japan has developed into a popular destination as travellers seek out the unique blend of culture and sightseeing throughout Japan's destinations. As such there are a number of ships that will get you there in style. From Holland America and Royal Caribbean to Princess and Cunard, speak to one of our knowledgeable Cruiseabout consultant on 1300 954 661 to book the right voyage for you.


Emma is a travel writer and blogger living in Brisbane, Australia. She followed the snow around the world for many years, and still considers Lake Louise Ski Resort her happy place. Emma's other passion is food; a love that has led her down many sketchy looking alleys in Asia, South America and Europe.

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