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Best of Japan 2023

  • Departure DateMar & Apr 2023
  • Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Solstice
  • 16 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £3,549 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 2 nights in Tokyo
  • Tokyo
  • Mt Fuji (Shimizu)
  • Kobe
  • Kochi, Japan
  • Ishigaki Island
  • Okinawa
  • Jeju
  • Nagasaki
  • Tokyo

A unique and captivating itinerary awaits you with our new Japanese cruise holiday. Vibrant and bustling Tokyo is the perfect way to begin; ancient traditions and ornate palaces blend perfectly with ultra-modern living and towering neon-lit skyscrapers. You’ll then set sail on a scenic journey on board Celebrity Solstice. Highlights of this stunning itinerary include a visit to the wonderful city of Kyoto, home to Shrinto shrines, Zen gardens and incredible temples, and a chance to visit the small town of Arima Onsen in Kobe and bathe in hot spring sources. Take a glimpse into the harrowing history of Hiroshima with a journey to the Peace Memorial Park to witness how locals have transformed an infamous tragedy into a firm call for peace. With its intriguing ports, mist shrouded harbours and ancient sites, a cruise is the ideal way to see this fascinating country.

Highlights

  • FREE Tokyo stay
  • FREE Mt. Fuji by Bullet Train Tour
  • Drinks, WiFi & Tips Included 

What's Included?

  • Return flights from the UK (call for regional departures)
  • FREE 2 night stay in Tokyo on room only basis
  • FREE Mt. Fuji by Bullet Train Tour
  • 12 night cruise on board Celebrity Solstice on all inclusive basis
  • Transfers 

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Various£3,549£3,869£4,099-

Price based on 01 Mar 2023, flying from London, itinerary & duration may vary depending on date. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport and hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

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Very easy to book. Jo was very helpful and patient and listened to what I wanted making helpful suggestions to get the best deal for myself and my wife

Mr Kavanagh / July 2021

First class service as always - why go elsewhere?

My wife and I are serial cruisers and always book with SCC, speaking to Joanne Henry. She always gives us a first class service and is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of cruising. She helps source us all the best deals snd nothing is too much trouble. Why go elsewhere ? 10/10 to SCC.

Mr Ramsay / July 2021

The Best

Yet again SCC have yet again excelled when dealing with our booking of 3 cruises from December 2021 to October 2022. Once again Joanna Sykus dealt with all ups and downs of booking a cruise at this difficult time in a professional, efficient and always pleasant way. We would recommend SCC to all who want to book a cruise

Mr Raynes / July 2021

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Celebrity Solstice

The ship that inspired our celebrated Solstice Series and one of the most decorated ships in our fleet, Celebrity Solstice is rich in luxurious design and exciting new experiences.

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Itinerary for Best of Japan 2023

Day 1 - Fly UK to Tokyo

Day 2 - Enjoy Tokyo

Day 3 - Enjoy Tokyo

Day 4 - Embark Celebrity Solstice in Tokyo

Even though Tokyo is among the largest, most frenetic cities in the world, it's still able to maintain a great deal of efficiency and charm. Amid the endless buzzing neon signs and the overhead cable webs, Tokyo is home to some of the world's most impressive architecture, stylish shops and 4-star restaurants. But just a short distance outside the clamor of the city is a whole different world. In the surrounding small towns and villages you'll get a glimpse into Japan's rich culture and traditions. Here you'll discover scores of wooden residential homes, ancient temples, shrines and imperial gardens. From the frenzy-filled metropolis to the tranquil bonsai-tree-lined neighborhoods, Tokyo is truly a study in delightful contrasts. Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.

Day 5 - Mt Fuji (Shimizu)

On clear days, particularly in winter, Mount Fuji (Fuji-san in Japanese) is visible from as far as Tokyo, 60 miles away. When Japan’s highest mountain is capped with snow, it’s a picture-postcard perfect volcanic cone. One of the best-known symbols of Japan, this iconic mountain has been considered sacred since ancient times and was even forbidden to women until the early 1900s.

Day 6 - Kobe

Perched on a hillside overlooking the sea, Kobe is one of Japan's most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. Home of the heralded Kobe beef, this small city is easily navigated. Visit the Hatsukura Sake Brewery Museum for a tour or dine in one of the area’s incredible restaurants.

Day 7 - Kobe

Perched on a hillside overlooking the sea, Kobe is one of Japan's most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. Home of the heralded Kobe beef, this small city is easily navigated. Visit the Hatsukura Sake Brewery Museum for a tour or dine in one of the area’s incredible restaurants.

Day 8 - Kochi, Japan

You’ll find there’s plenty to see and do in Kochi, the approachable, friendly capital city of Japan’s Kochi prefecture. Kochi is an outdoorist’s paradise, where Pacific beaches and mountain views are easily accessible for tourists and locals alike to explore. Quieter than Tokyo and more outdoorsy than Kobe, a Kochi cruise is the perfect way to see a more relaxed, traditional Japan. One of Kochi’s best-known sites is the historic Kochi Castle, which dates back to the 1600s, or you can venture to the Niyodo River for a tour along Japan’s clearest, most peaceful waters. Living like a local is the best way to experience Kochi. No rushing or speeding between excursions is necessary here. Shopping at Sunday Market is a must-do activity for weekenders looking to experience fresh produce and local goods in Kochi, plus there’s an entire shopping district along Harimayabashi Street where travelers can purchase clothing, handcrafted goods, and Japanese artwork. Take a break to see penguins and other marine species at the aquarium on Katsurahama Beach, then stop in at a restaurant to try the region’s signature katsuo no tataki, broiled bonito fish served with onion and garlic. While you’re on an Asia cruise, the small-town vibe of Kochi will make you feel right at home.

Day 9 - At sea

Day 10 - Ishigaki Island

Often called the most beautiful place in Japan, part of Okinawa Prefecture, Ishigaki Island is where many Tokyoites come to escape the big city. They seek the warm weather, great food, and friendly people. Some stay and adopt the slower pace of life here and maybe open a small café. History buffs visit Yaeyama Museum, near the port, to see local human remains dating back 24,000 years. They also trek to T?rin-ji, a 1614 Buddhist temple that survived the 1771 tsunami to become Okinawa’s oldest wooden building. Get out of town to experience the unspoiled beaches, dazzling waters, coral reefs, palm forests, pineapple plantations, and subtropical vistas that ring the island.

Day 11 - Okinawa

Life is a little slower in the Okinawa prefecture, where the beaches are impossibly blue and the island offers something for everyone, from outdoor enthusiasts to foodies and everything in between. Scuba divers especially love the Okinawa area and Southwest Islands for its vibrant coral ecosystem and incredible limestone formations. No Asia cruise would be complete without a stop in Okinawa, which has a long history of U.S. armed forces living on the island. Your Okinawa, Japan cruise ship will dock in Naha, the capital city of the Okinawa prefecture. In Naha, you’ll find a fascinating mix of Shinto shrines and landmarks dating back to the 14th century, like Shurijo Castle and the traditional Shikinaen Garden. Or, take an afternoon excursion to the former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, which is perfectly preserved as it was last left, before enjoying a reflective walk along the Okinawa Peace Park.

Day 12 - At sea

Day 13 - Jeju

South Korea's tropical island paradise will enchant you with its sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and amazing volcanic landscape. Need a break from your beach towel? Waterfalls, museums, folk villages, scuba diving, hiking and festivals galore will keep you busy. Explore the colorful coral and sea life with a scuba dive off the coast of laid-back Seogwipo. Take an underground stroll through the world’s longest lava-tube cave at Manjanggul.

Day 14 - Nagasaki

Historically rich Nagasaki features beautiful seaside scenery and fabulous nighttime views from its mountain slopes. Secluded hot springs, fascinating museums, and ornate temples live side by side in this exciting city. Ten natural parks grace the area, and unique festivals can be experienced throughout the year. Walk through streets influenced by both Chinese and European cultures in fascinating Nagasaki.

Day 15 - At sea

Day 16 - Tokyo, disembark & transfer to airport

Even though Tokyo is among the largest, most frenetic cities in the world, it's still able to maintain a great deal of efficiency and charm. Amid the endless buzzing neon signs and the overhead cable webs, Tokyo is home to some of the world's most impressive architecture, stylish shops and 4-star restaurants. But just a short distance outside the clamor of the city is a whole different world. In the surrounding small towns and villages you'll get a glimpse into Japan's rich culture and traditions. Here you'll discover scores of wooden residential homes, ancient temples, shrines and imperial gardens. From the frenzy-filled metropolis to the tranquil bonsai-tree-lined neighborhoods, Tokyo is truly a study in delightful contrasts. Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.

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Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Helpful friendly assistance

Very easy to book. Jo was very helpful and patient and listened to what I wanted making helpful suggestions to get the best deal for myself and my wife

Mr Kavanagh / July 2021

First class service as always - why go elsewhere?

My wife and I are serial cruisers and always book with SCC, speaking to Joanne Henry. She always gives us a first class service and is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of cruising. She helps source us all the best deals snd nothing is too much trouble. Why go elsewhere ? 10/10 to SCC.

Mr Ramsay / July 2021

The Best

Yet again SCC have yet again excelled when dealing with our booking of 3 cruises from December 2021 to October 2022. Once again Joanna Sykus dealt with all ups and downs of booking a cruise at this difficult time in a professional, efficient and always pleasant way. We would recommend SCC to all who want to book a cruise

Mr Raynes / July 2021

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