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Japan in Cherry Blossom on Silver Moon

14-day luxury cruise from £7,500 pp incl. flights


Short description

Experience the very best of ancient and modern Japan in full bloom


  • See Japan’s cherry blossoms in full bloom
  • Enjoy a full range of included excursions, from city tours to food experiences
  • Sail in style aboard Silver Moon
  • Head across to South Korea and the bustling port city of Busan
  • Step off the beaten track in Akita and Hakodate

In Brief

  • 1 Night Tokyo
  • 10 Nights Silver Moon


Recommended for:
History & culture | Ocean cruise

Experience the iconic beauty of Japan’s Sakura cherry blossoms on this ultra-luxury Silversea cruise. Sailing out from Tokyo aboard Silver Moon 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 step off the beaten track to discover hidden gems in Akita and across the sea in the South Korean port of Busan. Of course, it’s all set to Silversea’s signature blend of luxury and exploration for the ultimate Japan adventure.

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

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

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 ship, Silver Moon, where you’ll settle into your butler-served suite to begin your cruise around Japan.

Stay: Silver Moon

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 Moon

Meals: B L D

Day 5

Drop anchor in Kobe, a city famed for its succulent beef but with far more to offer than just some of the world’s best steak. Ancient shrines, sprawling parks dotted with cherry blossoms and a delicious culinary scene all come together to make this one of Japan’s most explorable cities. And explore it you will, with a choice of four included excursions ranging from guided city tours to castle visits. There’s also the option of a day trips to either Kyoto or Osaka, while upgrades add in the likes of a Kobe beef lunch with sake or a bullet-train experience.

Stay: Silver Moon

Meals: B L D

Day 6

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 Moon

Meals: B L D

Day 7

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 Moon

Meals: B L D

Day 8
At sea

Enjoy another day at sea to relax by the pool, enjoy a spa treatment or watch the world float by from one of the ship’s observation lounges. Or, why not head to the show lounge to take in a full scale production? The choices are almost endless.

Stay: Silver Moon

Meals: B L D

Day 9

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 Moon

Meals: B L D

Day 10

Step off the beaten track today as you arrive in Akita on the northern tip of Honshu. As well as its stunning castle, Senshu Park and superb art museum, the highlight here is its two kilometre of blossoming cherry trees, which grow alongside ancient Samurai residences and frame the pretty Hinokinai River. Take in the town’s rich history and culinary traditions – and get a glimpse of those cherry trees – with a choice of tours that introduce you to everything from handicrafts to tea ceremonies and geisha houses. 

Stay: Silver Moon

Meals: B L D

Day 11
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 Moon

Meals: B L D

Day 12
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 Moon

Meals: B L D

Days 13-14
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



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


Accommodation rating: Deluxe

14-day luxury cruise from £7,500 pp incl. flights

Departure: 8 April 2024


  • 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 Moon
  • One complimentary shore excursion per port, per day
  • Spacious suites – over 80% with private verandas
  • 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

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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