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Osaka, Japan

Japan's Cherry Blossoms with Silversea

17-day luxury ocean cruise from £10,700 pp incl. flights

Two-category upgrade & US $1,000 onboard credit

Summary

Short description

Experience Japan during its most spectacular season

Highlights

  • Explore the best of Japan with a host of included excursions
  • Sail in style with Silversea, enjoying the likes of butler-served suites and included fine dining
  • Explore vibrant cities and pretty parks, awash with the colours of cherry blossoms
  • Hop over to South Korea for a day exploring Busan
  • Start you holiday with a pre-cruise stay in Tokyo

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Tokyo
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Osaka
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Hiroshima
  • 1 Night Fukuoka
  • 1 Night Busan
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Kanazawa
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Aomori
  • 1 Night Hakodate
  • 1 Night At sea

About

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History & culture | Ocean cruise

Now booking for 2025, experience the iconic beauty of Japan's cherry blossom season on this all-encompassing Silversea cruise, exploring the best of ancient and modern Japan in spring. Sailing out from Tokyo, you’ll visit ancient shrines and temples, dive into the country’s culinary scene and explore sprawling parks and ornate gardens awash with delicate whites and pinks. And, alongside such big hitters as Tokyo and Hiroshima, you’ll also sail off the beaten track to discover flower-filled castle parks in Aomori and across the sea in the South Korean port city of Busan. Of course, it’s all set to Silversea’s signature blend of luxury and exploration.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Tokyo

Start your holiday in style with included UK airport lounge access before boarding your overnight flight to Tokyo.

Day 2
Tokyo

Arrive in Japan’s capital and transfer to your city-centre hotel. You’ll then have the rest of the day at leisure so, after checking in and freshening up, why not head out into the city for your first taste of life in Japan. Our specialists can arrange a guide who’ll take you to the best spots – there’s everything from traditional teahouses and 7th-century temples to neon-lit mega-malls and the sky-piercing Tokyo Skytree. Be sure to try out the city’s food scene too, showcased in everything from street markets to Michelin-starred sushi bars.

Stay: Tokyo hotel

Day 3
Tokyo

Your ship doesn’t depart until 11pm, so take the opportunity for more exploration, perhaps taking the Shinkansen bullet train out to Hakone to take in ancient Shinto shrines and magnificent views of Mt. Fuji, flanked by pretty cherry blossoms. Then, in the evening, head to your ultra-luxury Silversea ship where you’ll settle into your butler-served suite to begin your cruise around Japan.

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B D

Day 4
At sea

With a day at sea, you’ll have the chance to acquaint yourself with the ship’s myriad facilities. Perhaps enjoy a workout at the gym, relax at the spa or browse the boutique for that special outfit. Whatever you choose, you’ll arrive at tour next port well rested and ready to explore.

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Osaka

Japan's third-largest city is a treasure trove of neon signs, bustling restaurants, lively markets, temple-dotted parks and great, glass-fronted skyscrapers. This is Japan as its most friendly and extroverted, making it a delight to explore. For your day here, a choice of six exciting excursion options await, from culture-packed sightseeing tours taking in the city's temples and markets to Sake Museum visits and trips out to explore nearby Nara's World-Heritage treasures. Alternatively, you might choose to upgrade for the likes of Bullet Train trips to Kyoto and special Teppantaki cookery demonstrations, complete with dinner.

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Day 6
At sea

Enjoy a day at sea to relax and enjoy all the luxuries of your Silversea ship.

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Hiroshima

Spend today in Hiroshima, a city synonymous with the devastation suffered by Japan at the end of World War 2. Today, while some scars still remain, it’s a city rebuilt and with an ongoing commitment to peace and contemplation, showcased in the leafy boulevards of the Peace Memorial Park and its UNESCO-listed monument. Take it all in on an included city tour, or head further afield to Miyajima Island and its famous Tori Gate. There’s also the chance to learn about the intricacies of Japanese art or, for a supplement, to take a peek inside the city’s vibrant culinary scene and enjoy an Okonomiyaki-making class. 

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Fukuoka

Boasting a heady cocktail of hot springs, gourmet food, abundant nature and spiritual history, Kyushu Island has all the advantages of the mainland, while enjoying its own, unique identity. You'll have the chance to take in the best of it with today's menu of excursions, which include the chance to compare ancient and modern Fukuoka on a guided sightseeing tour, or to take the subway out to nearby Hakata for a walking tour amongst its temple monuments. Otherwise, take the chance for a look round the excellent Kyushu National Museum, or take a coach trip to Karatsu to explore the former home of Koreyoshi Takatori – a late 19th-century coal baron. This tour will also see you visit Nakazato Taroemon Kiln where one of Japan's three great tea ceramics is made.

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Busan

You’ll leave Japan’s shores behind today, crossing the sea to visit the South Korean city of Busan with its seaside temples, bustling fish markets and pretty mountain surrounds. Explore the best of the city and its countryside and coast with a choice of five complimentary excursions. Highlights include a visit to a Buddhist temple followed by a Oryukdo Skywalk while for a supplement you’ll have the chance to delve into Korean cuisine, kimchi and all.

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Day 10
At sea

Enjoy a day at sea to relax and enjoy all the luxuries of your Silversea ship.

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Kanazawa

Home to one of the ‘three gardens of Japan’ – awash with cherry blossom at this time of year – as well as a host of ancient temples which miraculously escapes damage during the war, Kanazawa is a close rival to Tokyo and Kyoto when it comes to cultural achievement. Today, you’ll find out why as you choose between exploring the city’s Samurai and Geisha districts, comparing the city’s modern and ancient quarters in the company of an expert guide or tasting your way through its culinary landscape on a foodie tour. Otherwise, why not consider an upgrade to join a chef-led cooking experience or for the chance to experience a traditional tea ceremony?

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Day 12
At sea

Enjoy a day at sea to relax and enjoy all the luxuries of your Silversea ship.

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Aomori

From fiery festivals to spectacular mountain scenery, soaring temples to castles surrounded by cherry blossom blooms, Aomori is one of Japan’s most enchanting destinations. Framed by forest-clad mountains, the city enjoys one of Honshu's most picturesque settings, while its pretty parks and tiered castles are particularly stunning, dressed in the pinks and whites of cherry blossom season. Your excursion options today take in everything from the Seiryu-ji Temple & Warasse Museum to the delightfully atmospheric Hirosaki Castle Town, with its cherry-tree-framed moats, making it something of a photographer's dream.

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Day 14
Hakodate (Hokkaido)

As one of the first ports to open up Japan to the world in the mid 19th century, Hokodate has a rich and fascinating recent history. The foreign influences are clear to see, from the redbrick warehouses to the onion domes of the Russian Orthodox church. Your excursion options today include city tours, museum visits and the chance to head out of the city to for a walking tour of Onuma National Park, an hour’s drive away. 

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Day 15
At sea

Enjoy a final day at sea and a last chance to make the most of your Silversea ship as you cruise back to Tokyo.

Stay: Silver Muse or Silver Nova

Meals: B L D

Days 16-17
Depart for UK

Arrive in Tokyo this morning and, after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home, arriving back in the UK on day 15.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

17-day luxury ocean cruise
from £10,700 pp incl. flights

Departure:

Two-category upgrade & US $1,000 onboard credit
Book by: 31 May 2024

Special offers:

  • Enjoy a two-category suite upgrade and US$1,000 onboard credit on 5 and 9 April 2025 voyages - book by 31 May 2024

Includes:

  • Silversea 'Door to Door' private executive transfer service (from home to airport and return)
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK in economy class (upgrades available)
  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel
  • transfers to/from ship
  • 10 days all-inclusive cruise aboard Silver Muse or Silver Nova depending on voyage date
  • One complimentary shore excursion per port, per day
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited complimentary Wi-fi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • 24-hour dining service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Onboard gratuities

Price varies according to voyage date and suite availability, please call for details.

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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