Silversea Expedition Cruises A Otaru

Otaru

Otaru is a small harbor city west of Sapporo. Famous for its many hills and a nearby ski resort, the town has been an important trade and herring fishing center. A wide canal that led from the port to the old town’s warehouses has been maintained for touristic purposes and the old stone or brick-built warehouses have been beautifully converted to restaurants and boutiques.

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Seward (Anchorage), AK A Otaru
  • Russian Far East
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Otaru A Petropavlovsk (Kamchatsky)
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    juil. 02, 2018
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Otaru A Seward (Anchorage), AK
  • Russian Far East
  • Silversea Expeditions
  • Départ
    juin 14, 2019
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    18 Jours
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Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis Otaru

4NT PRE-CRUISE: LAKE AKAN & THE CRANES OF KUSHIRO

Immerse yourself in the great natural sites of Hokkaido. Trek in Kushiro Marshland National Park. Two thousand spectacular varieties of animals and plants thrive here in Japan's largest marshland, which supports the only population of endangered Japanese cranes in Japan. Designated as a Special Natural Living Treasure, the endangered, red-crested cranes known as "Tancho-zuru" roam freely in a beautiful Reserve dedicated to their preservation.


Please note: guests should schedule flights into Tokyo's Narita Airport to begin this program.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE TOKYO

Arriving at Tokyo's Narita Airport, you are met and transferred to the magnificent Imperial Hotel, where royalty and celebrities have been welcomed for over 100 years. Your room Is reserved for the night before, so you can check in immediately. The local representative or the hotel's concierge can assist with plans for the day. The balance of the day, including lunch and dinner are at your leisure.


Overnight at the Imperial Hotel - Tokyo



DAY 2 - TOKYO / LAKE AKAN

An early check-out starts you on your way to Haneda airport for the flight to Kushiro where your Hokkaido tour starts. Once in Kushiro, transfer to the Kushiro Marshland, the largest marshland in the country. Embrace the spectacular natural beauty of the Marshland during an approximate 5 hour walking tour on the Onnenai Boardwalk. This wooden walkway stretches through the swamp. The Marshland is also home to about 600 plant species, and offers habitats for the Japanese crane and other migratory birds. During your walking tour led by a local nature guide, see flowers from the Ice Age found only in eastern Hokkaido, a variety of alpine plants and northern animals, and the distinctive seasonal changes of the region.


Following your walking tour, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to visit the Japanese Crane Reserve. Nearly extinct during the Meiji Era due to over-hunting and environmental changes, the species rebounded when approximately 10 surviving cranes were discovered in the Kushiro-Marshland area about 70 years ago. Farmers fed them in the winter months when food was scarce, and the numbers of Japanese cranes have proliferated ever since. This Crane Reserve is also a shelter for injured Japanese Crane.


Leaving the Reserve, drive along Lake Akan toward your hotel. As the panoramic views of Lake Akan and Mt.Oakandake unfold right in front of your eyes, relax as you take a moment to gaze at the lush natural surroundings. Enjoy a buffet style dinner and Japanese Onsen (hot springs) at the hotel to soak away your fatigue.


Overnight at the Tsuruga Wings Hotel - Lake Akan


DAY 3 - LAKE AKAN / SAPPORO

Enjoy breakfast before checking out and departing the hotel for the scenic drive to Lake Mashu. The world's most transparent lake, Mashu features beautiful, emerald-coloured surfaces that change from moment-to-moment and are always covered by mist. The Ainu people have revered this lake as the 'Lake of the Gods' since ancient times. Although a visit to the lakeshore is not permitted, splendid views are available from the observatories.


Continue to Iouzan, an active volcano on Mount Iou, or 'Sulphur Mountain'. Upon arrival, you can stroll around the steaming and smoking area, where yellow, sulphurous vents can be viewed from up close. A few walking trails here are ideal for a pleasant stroll around the mountain. Eggs, cooked by the natural heat of the volcano, are usually on sale near the vents. A short drive takes you to the local restaurant where a Japanese style lunch is waiting for you.


After lunch, transfer to Memambetsu Airport and take a flight to Sapporo where you will spend the last night before getting onboard ship. Enjoy the evening and dinner on your own in Hokkaido's capital city, Sapporo.


Overnight at JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo - Sapporo


DAY 4 - SAPPORO / OTARU / EMBARKATION

Following breakfast this morning, check-out of the hotel and begin your transfer to Otaru. Stop by several popular sightseeing spots along the way. One of your first visits is to the former Aoyama Villa or the Nishin Goten (Herring Mansion). During the Meiji and Taisho eras, herring fisheries prospered, making many owners quite successful. The villa was the home of an Otaru herring fishery boss and was constructed in 1922 over the course of six years. The miyadaiku (carpenters specializing in shrines and temples) worked painstakingly to create this lavish two-story wooden structure. Step inside and admire the finely lacquered floors, the gleaming whitewashed walls, and zelkova (an Asian tree) corridors. Note the intricacy of the sliding doors, which are adorned with the works of the premiere painters and calligraphers of the day.


Then drive to Otaru canal and shopping area, a historic mile-long canal that provides both a nostalgic look at the Otaru of yesteryear as well as a unique shopping and dining experience. Once the capital of Hokkaido in Japan's Meiji Period, Otaru was known as the "Sakhalin of Japan" for its busy maritime trade with Russia. The canal was created by a sea reclamation project started in 1914, and the store warehouses that you see were built during this period. They have been beautifully preserved and are an iconic and much photographed landmark in the city. Along the canal, you will find a gaslight-lined promenade brimming with fancy shops, boutiques and restaurants.


Enjoy lunch on your own in this unique setting before embarkation. Bon voyage!




Please note: It is recommended to pack and bring necessary items in a small carry-on bag due to the limited luggage storage enroute. Large suitcases are to be sent from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to JR Tower Hotel in Sapporo by luggage truck. This is very active tour including 5 hours of trekking and early morning departures. Therefore, it is not suitable for the guests with walking difficulty, wheel chair users and those with health concerns. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, clothes and rainwear are necessary to bring on your trek.


Program Inclusions:

Two nights at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo - Superior Room

One night at the Tsuruga Wings Hotel, Kushiro - Japanese/Western Room

One night at the JR Tower Hotel Nikko, Sapporo - Standard Room

Included Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Economy-class flights: Haneda / Kushiro and Memambetsu / New Chitose (Sapporo)


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small bag to take with you to Lake Akan. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Japanese flights. The remainder of your luggage is transported via truck from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to JR Tower Hotel in Sapporo.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

This is very active tour including 5 hours of trekking and early morning departures. Therefore, it is not suitable for the guests with walking difficulty, wheel chair users and health concerns.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

3NT POST-CRUISE: LAKE AKAN & THE CRANES OF KUSHIRO

Immerse yourself in the great natural sites of Hokkaido. Trek in Kushiro Marshland National Park. Two thousand spectacular varieties of animals and plants thrive here in Japan's largest marshland, which supports the only population of endangered Japanese cranes in Japan. Designated as a Special Natural Living Treasure, the endangered, red-crested cranes known as "Tancho-zuru" roam freely in a beautiful Reserve dedicated to their preservation.


Please note: guests should schedule flights to depart from Tokyo's Narita Airport to end this program.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - DISEMBARK OTARU / SAPPORO

Following disembarkation, meet the local Silversea representative and begin your visit to Hokkaido. One of your first stops is the former Aoyama Villa or the Nishin Goten (Herring Mansion). During the Meiji and Taisho eras, herring fisheries prospered, making many owners quite successful. The villa was the home of an Otaru herring fishery boss and was constructed in 1922 over the course of six years. The miyadaiku (carpenters specializing in shrines and temples) worked painstakingly to create this lavish two-story wooden structure. Step inside and admire the finely lacquered floors, the gleaming whitewashed walls, and zelkova (an Asian tree) corridors. Note the intricacy of the sliding doors, which are adorned with the works of the premiere painters and calligraphers of the day.


Then drive to the Otaru canal and shopping area, a historic mile-long canal that provides both a nostalgic look at the Otaru of yesteryear as well as a unique shopping and dining experience. Once the capital of Hokkaido in Japan's Meiji Period, Otaru was known as the "Sakhalin of Japan" for its busy maritime trade with Russia. The canal was created by a sea reclamation project started in 1914, and the store warehouses that you see were built during this period. They have been beautifully preserved and are an iconic and much photographed landmark in the city. Along the canal, you will find a gaslight-lined promenade brimming with shops and boutiques.


Continue on to Sapporo and enjoy lunch following your check-in at the hotel. Early in the Meiji Period, on the advice of western travelers and traders, the city's streetscape was developed in the traditional grid pattern so common in large western cities. Many visitors recall that the 1972 Winter Olympics were held here. Visit the site of the ski jump competition and look out over the city.


The balance of the day, as well as dinner this evening, is on your own account.

Overnight at JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo - Sapporo


DAY 2 - SAPPORO / LAKE AKAN

After breakfast and check out, transfer to Sapporo's Shin-Chitose Airport for the flight to Memambetsu. Once there, start the scenic drive to Iozan, an active volcano on Mount Iou, or 'Sulphur Mountain'. Upon arrival, you can stroll around the steaming area, where yellow, sulphurous vents can be viewed from up close. A few walking trails here are ideal for a pleasant stroll around the mountain. Eggs, cooked by the natural heat of the volcano, are usually on sale near the vents. A short drive takes you to a local restaurant where a Japanese style lunch is waiting for you.


After lunch, transfer to Lake Mashu. The world's most transparent lake, Mashu features beautiful, emerald-coloured surfaces that change from moment-to-moment and are always covered by mist. The Ainu people have revered this lake as the 'Lake of the Gods' since ancient times. Although a visit to the lakeshore is not permitted, splendid views are available from the observatories.


Continue along Lake Akan to the Tsuruga Wings Hotel, as panoramic views of Lake Akan and Mt.Oakandake unfold before your eyes. Relax as you take a moment to gaze at the lush natural surroundings. Enjoy a buffet style dinner and Japanese Onsen (hot springs) at the hotel to soak away your fatigue.

Overnight at the Tsuruga Wings Hotel - Kushiro.


DAY 3 - LAKE AKAN / TOKYO

An early check-out starts you on your way to the Kushiro Marshland, the largest marshland in Japan. Embrace the spectacular natural beauty of the Marshland during an approximate 5 hour walking tour on the Onnenai Boardwalk. This wooden walkway stretches through the swamp. The Marshland is also home to about 600 plant species, and offers habitats for the Japanese crane and other migratory birds. During your walking tour led by a local nature guide, see flowers from the Ice Age found only in eastern Hokkaido, a variety of alpine plants and northern animals, and the distinctive seasonal changes of the region.


Following your walking tour, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to visit the Japanese Crane Reserve. Nearly extinct during the Meiji Era due to over-hunting and environmental changes, the species rebounded when approximately 10 surviving cranes were discovered in the Kushiro-Marshland area about 70 years ago. Farmers fed them in the winter months when food was scarce, and the numbers of Japanese cranes have proliferated ever since. This Crane Reserve is also a shelter for injured Japanese Crane.


Leaving the Reserve, a short drive takes you to Kushiro Airport for the flight to Tokyo. Once there, transfer to the magnificent Imperial Hotel, where royalty and celebrities have been welcomed for over 100 years. Relax for a bit before leaving the hotel for dinner at a local restaurant.


Overnight at the Imperial Hotel - Tokyo


DAY 4 - TOKYO

Following breakfast this morning, check-out of the hotel. If your international flight is scheduled to depart after 6:00pm, you might consider adding an additional night to the end of your program to guarantee a late check-out. Such arrangements should be made well in advance of your departure.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Please note: It is recommended to pack and bring necessary items in a carry- on bag due to the limited luggage storage enroute. Large suitcases are to be sent from the JR Tower Hotel in Sapporo to the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo by luggage truck. This is very active tour including 5 hours of trekking and early morning departures. Therefore, it is not suitable for the guests with walking difficulty, wheel chair users and health concerns. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and clothes and rainwear are necessary to bring on your trek.


Program Inclusions:

One night at the JR Tower Hotel Nikko, Sapporo - Standard Room

One night at the Tsuruga Wings Hotel, Kushiro - Japanese/Western Room

One night at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo - Superior Room

Included Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Economy-class flights: Haneda / Kushiro and Memambetsu / Sin-Chitose (Sapporo)


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small bag to take with you to Lake Akan. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Japanese flights. The remainder of your luggage is transported via truck from the JR Tower Hotel in Sapporo to the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

This is very active tour including 5 hours of trekking and early morning departures. Therefore, it is not suitable for the guests with walking difficulty, wheel chair users and health concerns.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

3NT POST-CRUISE: JAPAN THEN & NOW

The modern Japan of today has its roots in the mists of time. Pay homage to the modern-day quest for world peace that is exemplified in the monuments of Hiroshima. Travel to the former capital of Kyoto. Visit shrines dedicated to the two principle religions of Japan; centers of instruction and learning during the Nara and Heian periods.


Please note: guests should schedule flights departing from Tokyo's Narita Airport at the end of this program.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - OTARU / HIROSHIMA

As you disembark in Otaru, meet the local Silversea representative who can direct you to your transportation to the airport. We recommend that you have a light lunch on your own before boarding your flight. The flight from Sapporo arrives into Hiroshima in the late afternoon.


Transfer to your hotel for check-in. Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight Sheraton Hotel - Hiroshima


DAY 2 - HIROSHIMA / KYOTO

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning. Then, transfer to the Peace Memorial Park near the river.


The East Wing of the Peace Memorial exhibits photographs, panels, videos and panorama models showing the actual history of Hiroshima in the days leading up to the bombing. The West Wing is dedicated to the aftermath and the ongoing goal of the city for peace and disarmament. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will be undergoing renovation from the Fall of 2014 to the Spring of 2018. The renovations will take place in stages but guests should expect some of the exhibits to be closed during this time.


The Atomic Bomb Dome is a symbol of peace recognized the world over. The building, designed by a Czech architect in 1915, had been used as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. This European modern-style architecture was very popular with the local citizens of the time.


The building was located approximately 160 meters (175 yards) from the actual bomb site. It was not destroyed completely because the blast of the atomic bomb, which was vaporized in the air, prevented it from totally collapsing. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.


From the Park, continue on to the train station for the bullet train to Kyoto. Once luggage is collected, the Silversea representative leads you to your transportation. Enjoy lunch and then continue on for a full afternoon of sightseeing including a visit to Nijo Castle to examine the sumptuous paintings and carvings. Proceed on to Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, the temple was built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as a villa in the Muromachi Period in 1397 and later converted as a temple.


At the end of your visit, you are dropped off at the hotel to check-in. Dinner tonight is served at a local Japanese-style restaurant.


Overnight at the Kyoto Hotel Okura - Kyoto



DAY 3 - KYOTO / NARA / TOKYO

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. This morning serves as an introduction to the two main religions of Japan. The Kasuga Taisha Shrine is considered by many to be one of the best Shinto shrines in Japan. Originally the royal shrine of the powerful Fujiwara family, the original shrine was founded in 768 and, according to Shinto concepts of purity, was torn down and rebuilt every 20 years in its original form until 1863.


From here, continue on to the magnificent Todai-ji Temple, the largest single wooden structure in the world. It contains the largest bronze Buddha in the world. Today it is the Head Temple of the Kegon Sect of Buddhism, serving as a place of prayer for peace and affluence on earth, as well as a center of Buddhist doctrinal research. Legend has it that it took 2,180,000 workers to build it. The Buddha was completed in 751, having consumed most of Japan's bronze production for several years and leaving the country nearly bankrupt.


Stop for a western-menu lunch enroute to the train station. Board the sleek and elegant JR Super Express for the trip to Tokyo. Once there, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Dinner this evening is Japanese-style Teppan-yaki.


Overnight at the Imperial Hotel - Tokyo


DAY 4 - TOKYO

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning. The local Silversea representative is on hand to coordinate your transfer to the airport for your flight home.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Please note: This program involves moderate to extensive walking during site visits. The tour therefore is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests utilizing a wheel chair. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes. At Nijo Castle, shoes have to be removed at the entrance, but you may wear socks. Trip essentials should fit into a carry-on that can easily be placed aboard the train (Japanese high-speed trains have very limited luggage space in each car). Larger luggage pieces will be sent from the pier in Otaru (Day 1) to the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo (Day 3) separately from the passenger.


Program Inclusions:

One night at the Sheraton Hotel, Hiroshima - Deluxe Twin Room

One night at the Kyoto Hotel Okura, Kyoto - Standard Room

One night at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo - Superior Room, Main Building

Included Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners; lunches and dinners include 2 glasses of soft drink, local beer or local wine.

Economy-class flights: Sapporo (Chitose Airport) / Hiroshima

JR Express (high-speed) Trains - First-class seating - Hiroshima to Kyoto and Kyoto to Tokyo


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small bag to take with you Hiroshima and Kyoto. Space on Japan's high-speed trains is very limited. The remainder of your luggage is transported via truck from the pier in Otaru to the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

This program involves moderate to extensive walking during site visits. The tour therefore is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests utilizing a wheel chair.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

3NT PRE-CRUISE: LAKE AKAN & THE CRANES OF KUSHIRO

Immerse yourself in the great natural sites of Hokkaido. Trek in Kushiro Marshland National Park. Two thousand spectacular varieties of animals and plants thrive here in Japan's largest marshland, which supports the only population of endangered Japanese cranes in Japan. Designated as a Special Natural Living Treasure, the endangered, red-crested cranes known as "Tancho-zuru" roam freely in a beautiful Reserve dedicated to their preservation.


Please note: guests should schedule flights into Tokyo's Narita Airport to begin this program.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE TOKYO

Arriving at Tokyo's Narita Airport, you are met and transferred to the magnificent Imperial Hotel, where royalty and celebrities have been welcomed for over 100 years. If your flight arrives significantly earlier than 1:00pm, you might consider adding an additional night to your program to insure that you can check in immediately upon arrival. The balance of the day, including dinner this evening, is at your leisure.


Overnight at the Imperial Hotel - Tokyo


DAY 2 - TOKYO / LAKE AKAN

An early check-out starts you on your way to Haneda airport for the flight to Kushiro where your Hokkaido tour starts. Once in Kushiro, transfer to the Kushiro Marshland, the largest marshland in the country. Embrace the spectacular natural beauty of the Marshland during an approximate 5 hour walking tour on the Onnenai Boardwalk. This wooden walkway stretches through the swamp. The Marshland is also home to about 600 plant species, and offers habitats for the Japanese crane and other migratory birds. During your walking tour led by a local nature guide, see flowers from the Ice Age found only in eastern Hokkaido, a variety of alpine plants and northern animals, and the distinctive seasonal changes of the region.


As part of your walking tour, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to visit the Japanese Crane Reserve. Nearly extinct during the Meiji Era due to over-hunting and environmental changes, the species rebounded when approximately 10 surviving cranes were discovered in the Kushiro-Marshland area about 70 years ago. Farmers fed them in the winter months when food was scarce, and the numbers of Japanese cranes have proliferated ever since. This Crane Reserve is also a shelter for injured Japanese Crane.


Leaving the Reserve, drive along Lake Akan toward your hotel. As the panoramic views of Lake Akan and Mt.Oakandake unfold right in front of your eyes, relax as you take a moment to gaze at the lush natural surroundings. Enjoy a buffet style dinner and Japanese Onsen (hot springs) at the hotel to soak away your fatigue.


Overnight at the Tsuruga Wings Hotel - Lake Akan


DAY 3 - LAKE AKAN / SAPPORO

Enjoy breakfast before checking out and departing the hotel for the scenic drive to Lake Mashu. The world's most transparent lake, Mashu features beautiful, emerald-coloured surfaces that change from moment-to-moment and are always covered by mist. The Ainu people have revered this lake as the 'Lake of the Gods' since ancient times. Although a visit to the lakeshore is not permitted, splendid views are available from the observatories.


Continue to Iouzan, an active volcano on Mount Iou, or 'Sulphur Mountain'. Upon arrival, you can stroll around the steaming and smoking area, where yellow, sulphurous vents can be viewed from up close. A few walking trails here are ideal for a pleasant stroll around the mountain. Eggs, cooked by the natural heat of the volcano, are usually on sale near the vents. A short drive takes you to the local restaurant where a Japanese style lunch is waiting for you.


After lunch, transfer to Memambetsu Airport and take a flight to Sapporo where you will spend the last night before getting onboard ship. Enjoy the evening and dinner on your own in Hokkaido's capital city, Sapporo.


Overnight at JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo - Sapporo


DAY 4 - SAPPORO / OTARU / EMBARKATION

Following breakfast this morning, check-out of the hotel and begin your transfer to Otaru. Stop by several popular sightseeing spots along the way. One of your first visits is either the former Aoyama Villa or the Nishin Goten (Herring Mansion). During the Meiji and Taisho eras, herring fisheries prospered, making many owners quite successful. The villa was the home of an Otaru herring fishery boss and was constructed in 1922 over the course of six years. The miyadaiku (carpenters specializing in shrines and temples) worked painstakingly to create this lavish two-story wooden structure. Step inside and admire the finely lacquered floors, the gleaming whitewashed walls, and zelkova (an Asian tree) corridors. Note the intricacy of the sliding doors, which are adorned with the works of the premiere painters and calligraphers of the day.


Then drive to Otaru canal and shopping area, a historic mile-long canal that provides both a nostalgic look at the Otaru of yesteryear as well as a unique shopping and dining experience. Once the capital of Hokkaido in Japan's Meiji Period, Otaru was known as the "Sakhalin of Japan" for its busy maritime trade with Russia. The canal was created by a sea reclamation project started in 1914, and the store warehouses that you see were built during this period. They have been beautifully preserved and are an iconic and much photographed landmark in the city. Along the canal, you will find a gaslight-lined promenade brimming with fancy shops, boutiques and restaurants.


Enjoy lunch on your own in this unique setting before embarkation. Bon voyage!



For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Please note: It is recommended to pack and bring necessary items in a small carry-on bag due to the limited luggage storage enroute. Large suitcases are to be sent from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to JR Tower Hotel in Sapporo by luggage truck. This is very active tour including 5 hours of trekking and early morning departures. Therefore, it is not suitable for the guests with walking difficulty, wheel chair users and health concerns. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, clothes and rainwear are necessary to bring on your trek.


Program Inclusions:

One night at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo - Superior Room

One night at the Tsuruga Wings Hotel, Kushiro - Japanese/Western Room

One night at the JR Tower Hotel Nikko, Sapporo - Standard Room

Included Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Economy-class flights: Haneda / Kushiro and Memambetsu / New Chitose (Sapporo)


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small bag to take with you to Lake Akan. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Japanese flights. The remainder of your luggage is transported via truck from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to JR Tower Hotel in Sapporo.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

This is very active tour including 5 hours of trekking and early morning departures. Therefore, it is not suitable for the guests with walking difficulty, wheel chair users and health concerns.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

3NT PRE-CRUISE: JAPAN THEN & NOW

The modern Japan of today has its roots in the mists of time. Travel from the Tokyo to the former capital of Kyoto. Visit shrines dedicated to the two principle religions of Japan; centers of instruction and learning during the Nara and Heian periods. Finally, pay homage to the modern-day quest for world peace that is exemplified in the monuments of Hiroshima.


Please note: guests should schedule flights into Tokyo's Narita Airport to begin this program.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE TOKYO

Arriving at Tokyo's Narita Airport, you are met and transferred to the magnificent Imperial Hotel, where royalty and celebrities have been welcomed for over 100 years. If your flight arrives significantly earlier than 1:00pm, you might consider adding an additional night to your program to insure that you can check in immediately upon arrival. The balance of the day, including dinner this evening, is at your leisure.


Overnight at the Imperial Hotel - Tokyo


DAY 2 - TOKYO / KYOTO / NARA

An early check-out starts you on your way to JR Tokyo Station for the bullet train heading for Kyoto. Once luggage is collected, the Silversea representative leads you to your transportation. Enjoy a western-menu lunch in Kyoto and then continue on to Nara.

The afternoon serves as an introduction to the two main religions of Japan. The Kasuga Taisha Shrine is considered by many to be one of the best Shinto shrines in Japan. Originally the royal shrine of the powerful Fujiwara family, the shrine was founded in 768 and, according to Shinto concepts of purity, was torn down and rebuilt every 20 years in its original form until 1863.


From here, continue on to the magnificent Todai-ji Temple, the largest single wooden structure in the world. It contains the largest bronze Buddha in the world. Today it is the Head Temple of the Kegon Sect of Buddhism, serving as a place of prayer for peace and affluence on earth, as well as a center of Buddhist doctrinal research. Legend has it that it took 2,180,000 workers to build it. The Buddha was completed in 751, having consumed most of Japan's bronze production for several years and leaving the country nearly bankrupt.


At the end of your visit, return to Kyoto, and check-in to your hotel. Dinner tonight is served at a local Japanese-style restaurant.


Overnight at the Kyoto Hotel Okura - Kyoto


DAY 3 - KYOTO / HIROSHIMA

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning. Today includes a full day of sightseeing including a visit to Nijo Castle to examine the sumptuous paintings and carvings. Continue on to Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, the temple was built by Shogun Shikaga Yoshimitsu as a villa in the Muromachi Period in 1397 and later converted as a temple Lunch is served at a local (western menu) restaurant.


Depart Kyoto via JR Super Express for Hiroshima. From the train station there, proceed directly to the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome. The East Wing of the Peace Memorial exhibits photographs, panels, videos and panorama models showing the actual history of Hiroshima in the days leading up to the bombing. The West Wing is dedicated to the aftermath and the ongoing goal of the city for peace and disarmament. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will be undergoing renovation until the Spring of 2018. The renovations will take place in stages but guests should expect some of the exhibits to be closed during this time.


The Atomic Bomb Dome is a symbol of peace recognized the world over. The building, designed by a Czech architect in 1915, had been used as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. This European modern-style architecture was very popular with the local citizens of the time.


The building was located approximately 160 meters (175 yards) from the actual bomb site. It was not destroyed completely because the blast of the atomic bomb, which was vaporized in the air, prevented it from totally collapsing. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996


At the end of your visit, continue on to check-in at your hotel. Dinner this evening is Japanese-style Teppan-yaki, at the hotel's restaurant.


Overnight at the Sheraton Hotel - Hiroshima


DAY 4 - HIROSHIMA / OTARU

Breakfast is served early this morning so you can make your flight to Sapporo. Once there, after all luggage is collected, continue to the pier in Otaru.


The staff and crew of the Silver Discoverer are waiting to welcome you aboard. Bon Voyage!


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Please note: This program involves moderate to extensive walking during site visits. The tour therefore is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests utilizing a wheel chair. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes. At Nijo Castle, shoes have to be removed at the entrance, but you may wear socks. Trip essentials should fit into a carry-on that can easily be placed aboard the train (Japanese high-speed trains have very limited luggage space in each car). Larger luggage pieces will be sent from hotel in Tokyo(Day 1) to the Silversea hotel in Sapporo (Day 4) separately from the passenger.


Program Inclusions:

One night at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo - Superior Room, Main Building

One night at the Kyoto Hotel Okura, Kyoto - Standard Room

One night at the Sheraton Hiroshima - Deluxe Twin Room

Included Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners; lunches and dinners include 2 glasses of soft drink, local beer or local wine.

Economy-class flights: Hiroshima / Sapporo (Chitose airport)

JR Express (high-speed) Trains - First Class seating - Tokyo to Kyoto and Kyoto to Hiroshima


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small bag to take with you Kyoto and Hiroshima. Space on Japan's high-speed trains is very limited. The remainder of your luggage is transported via truck from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to JR Tower Hotel in Sapporo, where you retrieve it before boarding the ship.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

This program involves moderate to extensive walking during site visits. The tour therefore is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests utilizing a wheel chair.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Hôtels depuis Otaru

POST-CRUISE GRANDE HOTEL: JR TOWER NIKKO SAPPORO

Silversea is proud to include this property as part of our Grande Hotel program. Accommodations, breakfast, taxes, one private transfer (between hotel & airport) and a small group transfer (between hotel and pier) are included.


This landmark luxury hotel occupies the upper floors of JR Tower, a building complex at the south entrance of Sapporo Station. As an urban resort, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo offers travelers relaxation in attractive hotel accommodations, such as the View Spa with its natural hot spring and the Japanese and Sky J restaurants on the 35th floor. The hotel rooms focus on comfort, and the topmost floors offer attractive views.

PRE-CRUISE GRANDE HOTEL: JR TOWER NIKKO SAPPORO

Silversea is proud to include this property as part of our Grande Hotel program. Accommodations, breakfast, taxes, one private transfer (between hotel & airport) and a small group transfer (between hotel and pier) are included.


This landmark luxury hotel occupies the upper floors of JR Tower, a building complex at the south entrance of Sapporo Station. As an urban resort, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo offers travelers relaxation in attractive hotel accommodations, such as the View Spa with its natural hot spring and the Japanese and Sky J restaurants on the 35th floor. The hotel rooms focus on comfort, and the topmost floors offer attractive views.

POST-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: HOTEL NORD

Located along the picturesque Otaru Canal, Hotel Nord offers comfortable accommodation and panoramic mountain views. The hotel features a French restaurant and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

PRE-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: HOTEL NORD

Located along the picturesque Otaru Canal, Hotel Nord offers comfortable accommodation and panoramic mountain views. The hotel features a French restaurant and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

OTARU GRANDE HOTEL

Grande Hotel is for those who want to begin or prolong their Silversea holiday - luxury accommodations, exclusive service and impeccable attention to detail in style. Grande Hotel guests appreciate the finer things in life. These properties have been chosen not only for their prime location but for their outstanding service and their exceptional quality.

For your convenience, we can easily organise transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.

Hotel groups that are frequently featured in our program include Shangri-La, Four Seasons, Peninsula or Fairmont to name just a few.

OTARU SIMPLY HOTEL

Our Simply Hotel selection is the perfect choice for those who want a centrally located setting from which to discover - or rediscover - the city. Rooms in these 4.5 and 5-star properties are generally Standard Double or King rooms that provide comfortable accommodations and superior service for those who wish to extend their trip with a cultural or shopping experience in some of the world's most iconic cities.

For your convenience, we can easily organise transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.

Hotel brands that we consistently feature include Intercontinental, JW Marriott, Fairmont or the Conrad Group.