Silversea Luxury Cruises À KOBE

KOBE
KOBE

The Japanese city of Kobe needs no introduction. The name is synonymous with its home grown superstar. We are not talking of its stunning shrines, cherry trees laden with blossom during sakura or effervescent city, buzzing with life 24/7. We are of course talking of a much more grass roots hero – its eponymous beef. The delicacy might have put the city on the map, but there is far more to Kobe than its meat. Naturally, Kobe wears its cuisine as a badge of honour. View more

Its port history has given it a gastronomy that is quite different from its neighbours. Seafood and sushi is naturally some of the freshest and most diverse you can find, but Kobe’s multi-cultural nature (the city is home to 98 different nationalities) means that it has one of the most diverse gastronomic cultures in Japan. Bread and bakeries are also an (unexpected) delicacy. Additionally, Sake is taken very seriously – Kobe even has its own museum dedicated to the national spirit. Historically, Kobe has always been a key city for Japan. Renamed in 1889, it was known as Owada no Tomari during the Nara Period (710-784 C.E.). Kobe’s location on the calm Inland Sea between Osaka and Kyoto has proven to be pivotal in Japanese history; it is mentioned in famous literary works such as The Tale of Genji (from approximately late 9th century) and the Taiheiki (14th century). The city and region are home to many attractions including the Himeji Castle (widely considered to be Japan's most beautiful feudal castle), a short ride away.

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Excursions depuis KOBE

Glimpes of Kobe

On this tour of Kobe's highlights, visit one of city's best sake breweries. Kobe's excellent sake is attributed to its cold weather and high quality rice. Afterwards, visit Sorakuen to see a magnificent Japanese garden.


Sake Brewery Visit & Tasting

Depart Kobe port for a 30-minute transfer to one of Kobe's best sake breweries. Sake means "alcohol" in Japanese but also refers to a local specialty made from fermented rice. Rice sake is called "Nihonshu," meaning Japanese sake. The popularity of sake extends far beyond Japan and you can find it at many restaurants and bars around the world. Many sake breweries operate in the Nada district and offer a sampling of their brand. After your sake tasting, visit their exhibition hall and have the option to purchase your favorite bottle.


Japanese-style Sorakuen Garden

Next, a 25-minute transfer will take you to Sorakuen Garden, which has a traditional Japanese landscape and has been designated as a "place of serene beauty." Completed in the early 20th century, the gardens used to be part of the Kodera Kenkichi residence, the former mayor of Kobe. It has been open to the public since 1941.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for a 15-minute transfer back to the ship.

Himeji Castle & Garden with lunch

You will visit two major sites in Himeji, which is the second largest city of Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe. First one is Himeji Castle which is widely considered to be Japan's most beautiful feudal castle. Next destination is Kokoen Garden adjacent to Himeji castle. After having lunch, you will be transferred back to the ship.


Himeji Castle

Following a 1.5-hour drive, arrive at Himeji Castle. Its white appearance has a nickname of Shirasagi-jo, or white heron, and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1993. Featuring huge, central pillars to support the castle, it's a mystery how they were able to build it in ancient times. From the top of the castle, you will be able to enjoy the panoramic view as reward for climbing up all the steps.


Kokoen Garden, Local Restaurant

Next destination is Kokoen Garden adjacent to Himeji Castle. The garden is on the former site of the feudal lord's residence and consists of 9 separate gardens. There are many kinds of flowers that bloom throughout the year.


After having lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour drive back to the port.

Kobe Beef Dinner Experience

The Kobe Beef is renowned for its mouth-watering flavor, tenderness, and high amount of intramuscular fat, giving the meat a marbled appearance. Visit a local restaurant for dinner to indulge in this prestigious delicacy.


Kobe Beef Dinner, Teppanyaki Restaurant

From the pier, board your coach for a 15-minute transfer directly to the restaurant. This evening will be all about the internationally acclaimed Kobe Beef. It is often cited that the cows are given beer to induce appetite, massaged daily and given the utmost treatment in its raising.


Afterward, return to your coach for a 15-minute transfer back to the ship.

Kobe Beef Lunch & Sake Brewery

Visit the Nada District, Japan's top sake producing region to visit one of the most well-known sake brewery museums, where guests can get a feel for Japan's culture through the art of sake production. Sake tasting and a tour of the production facility are included. Afterwards, have lunch at a local restaurant and taste the world-famous Kobe beef.


Sake Brewery Visit & Tasting

Depart Kobe port for a 30-minute transfer to one of Kobe's best sake breweries. Sake means "alcohol" in Japanese but also refers to a local specialty made from fermented rice. Rice sake is called "Nihonshu," meaning Japanese sake. The popularity of sake extends far beyond Japan and you can find it at many restaurants and bars around the world. Many sake breweries operate in the Nada district and offer a sampling of their brand. After your sake tasting, visit their exhibition hall and have the option to purchase your favorite bottle.


World-famous Kobe Beef Lunch

Next, a 30-minute transfer will take you to an authentic, local restaurant to have a taste of the world-famous Kobe beef. This meat is renowned for its mouth-watering flavor, tenderness and high amount of intramuscular fat, giving it a marbled appearance. Kobe cows are given beer to induce appetite and are massaged daily to increase their physical and mental wellness.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for a 15-minute transfer back to the port.

Kyoto on Your Own Exploration

Enjoy an unguided, full day in Kyoto to explore at your own leisure. Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 AD until 1868. Steeped in history, Kyoto is home to approximately a quarter of Japan's National Treasures boasting countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures.


Free Time in Kyoto

Depart from the pier and transfer 2 hours inland toward Kyoto, an immensely historic city renowned for spectacular architecture, which includes thousands of Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines. Your tour escort will offer suggestions of places to visit, restaurants and will also provide a map for each guest. You will then be dropped off in the center of Kyoto and have free time all day to explore this iconic city.

Nara & Osaka Discovery

Discover the spiritual side of Nara during visits to three UNESCO World Heritage Site temples. You will visit Todai-ji temple, originally built in 728 AD and renowned for the bronze Buddha statue and Kasuga-Taisha shrine. After lunch at traditional Nara hotel, you will be transferred to Osaka Castle, one of Japan's most famous sites.


Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Depart the port for a 1.5 hour transfer to Nara. As you stroll through the temple, you will likely see many deer. They are considered messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion and are allowed to roam freely here. At the celebrated Kasuga-Taisha shrine, admire more than 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns that have been donated by worshippers and now line the pathways and hang from the buildings.


Lunch at Nara Hotel

Your lunch will be served at a traditional Nara hotel which was built in 1909. While you are enjoying the lunch, witness how beautifully the hotel is preserved.


Osaka Castle

One of Japan's most famous castles, it played a major role in the Unification of Japan during the 16th century. Built on a plot of land almost one-mile square, the castle compound contains thirteen structures, designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, built atop a massive stone foundation that protected its occupants from sword-bearing attackers. Of particular interest are the tower's ornamental ride-end roof tiles, and bas-reliefs carved in the shape of crouching tigers, all gilded with gold. An engaging museum occupies the interior of the building, tracing the history of the castle from the late 1500s to the present day, housing Osaka's most significant historical and cultural artifacts.


At the conclusion of your tour, board your coach for a 50-minute drive back to the port.

Osaka Highlights

Explore Japan's third largest city, Osaka, on this intriguing half-day tour. One of the gateways to ancient Japan for traders from China, Korea and the Asian continent, Osaka played a vital role in the introduction of new technologies in ceramics, forging, construction and engineering. Today, this modern Port City combines historical and cultural attractions with all the delights of a Japanese urban marvel.


Osaka Castle,

Following a 60-minute drive, see the impressive landmark, Osaka Castle. One of Japan's most famous castles, it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the 16th century. Built on a plot of land almost one square mile, the castle compound contains thirteen structures, designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, built atop a massive stone foundation that protected its occupants from sword-bearing attackers. Of particular interest are the tower's ornamental ride-end roof tiles, and bas-reliefs carved in the shape of crouching tigers, all gilded with gold. An engaging museum occupies the interior of the building, tracing the history of the castle from the late 1500s to the present day, and housing Osaka's most significant historical and cultural artifacts.


Shitennoji Temple

After a guided tour of the castle, proceed to the Sitennoji Temple which was constructed over 1400 years ago to commemorate the victory of the war and to provide relief and settlement for the king. Today, the Shitennoji temple remains as one of the oldest architectural styles that are preserved today in Japan.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for a 50-minute drive back to the ship.

People's Life in Kyoto

Live like a local on this special tour, which allows you to experience a slice of Kyoto life. You'll start in "Kyoto's kitchen," the Nishiki Market which a small, narrow shopping street lined with more than 100 shops and restaurants. You will then walk to a nearby cooking studio to learn how to make Donburi (rice bowl) which is popular among the locals. After enjoying your lunch and sake tasting, visit a historic Machiya House which handcrafts traditional kimonos. Dressers will outfit you in a kimono for some photos with the backdrop of the authentic, Japanese home.


Nishiki Market Visit with a Cooking Instructor, Cooking (Rice Bowl with Tempura), Sake Tasting

Depart Kobe port for a 2-hour transfer by motor coach. To save time and enjoy additional free time in Kyoto, opt for a "Shinkansen" bullet train add-on. From the port to Shinkobe station is roughly 20 minutes. Following your 30-minute bullet train ride, take a 25-minute motor coach to Nishiki Market. The market has a long history and many shops have been in operation for several centuries. Your cooking instructor will meet you at the market and you will seek out some of the key ingredients you'll use to make lunch. Following the market, a five-minute walk will lead you to the cooking studio, where you'll learn how to make your own Donbur (rice bowl) whilst enjoying a sake tasting.


Kimono Wearing in Machiya

After lunch, board your coach for a 30-minute transfer to Nishi-jin. The area is famous for its Nishi-jin-ori, or Nishi-jin silk weaving native to Kyoto. Visit a historic Machiya House, which used to sell kimonos made from this fabric. Peek inside this typical Kyoto-style house and learn why it was constructed the way it is. Lastly, the main attraction will be the kimono-wearing experience. Dressers will help you tie the kimono so you can take photos with the backdrop of an authentic, Japanese home.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for a 2-hour transfer back to the port.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

For those guests interested in touring Kyoto independently, we are pleased to provide this opportunity for a full day's discovery of the city and its surrounding areas at your leisure, in the comfort of your own private van. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your own itinerary in which to explore this fascinating region of Japan with friends and family, if you wish.


Your full-day outing includes an air-conditioned van with a driver and an English-speaking guide. Participation is limited for comfort to up to 2 guests per car. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this program.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Spend a half day exploring Kobe at your leisure. In the comfort of your own private car, discover the city and its surrounding areas with a knowledgeable guide. Create your own itinerary, see sights at your own pace with friends and family if you wish, and learn about this fascinating part of Japan.


Your half-day outing includes an air-conditioned van with driver and an English-speaking guide. Participation is limited for comfort to up to 2 guests per car. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this program.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

For those guests interested in touring Kyoto independently, we are pleased to provide this opportunity for a full day's discovery of the city and its surrounding areas at your leisure, in the comfort of your own private van. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your own itinerary in which to explore this fascinating region of Japan with friends and family, if you wish.


Your full-day outing includes an air-conditioned van with a driver and an English-speaking guide. Participation is limited for comfort to up to 4 guests per van. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this program.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Spend a half day exploring Kobe at your leisure. In the comfort of your own private van, discover the city and its surrounding areas with a knowledgeable guide. Create your own itinerary, see sights at your own pace with friends and family if you wish, and learn about this fascinating part of Japan.


Your half-day outing includes an air-conditioned van with driver and an English-speaking guide. Participation is limited for comfort to up to 4 guests per van. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this program.

Traditional Kyoto

Explore three of Kyoto's marquee attractions: the impressive Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and a traditional tea ceremony. Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 AD until 1868. Steeped in history, Kyoto is home to approximately a quarter of Japan's National Treasures boasting countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures.


Nijo Castle

Depart from the pier to Shinkobe Station where board the Shinkansen Bullet Train (approximately 30 minutes ride) toward Kyoto, an immensely historical city renowned for spectacular architecture, which includes thousands of Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines. To save time and enjoy additional free time in Kyoto, opt for a "Shinkansen" bullet train add-on. From the port to Shinkobe station is roughly 20 minutes. Following your 30-minute bullet train ride, take a 20-minute motor coach to Nijo Castle, a fortification of Cypress wood built in 1603 as the residence of the Tokugawa Clan.

An esteemed UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castle is protected by a moat, stone walls and ingenious nightingale floors, which chirp like a bird when walked upon to alert the guards of potential intruders.


Tea Ceremony, Local Restaurant

After having lunch at a local restaurant, you will have the chance to attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, which is an extension of Zen Buddhism. The tea master will show you how to serve properly so you will enjoy the intense flavor of Matcha along with Japanese traditional sweets.


Kinkakuji Temple

Your last stop will be made at Kyoto's most famous landmark, Kinkakuji Temple - (The Golden Pavilion). Built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as a villa in 1397, the three-story home was converted to a temple by Yoshimitsu's son. The Golden Pavilion follows the Shinden style of the Heian Period by being positioned at the edge of a tranquil pond. The three-story Chinese-influenced Golden Pavilion has delicately curving roofs, with the walls and eaves of the second and third stories covered in shimmering gold leaf. View the exterior of the pavilion and walk through the peaceful gardens, marveling at the mirror reflection of the temple on the still pond.


At the conclusion of your tour, board your coach for an approxiamtely 100-minute drive back to the port.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis KOBE

3NT POST-CRUISE: ANCIENT CAPITALS: KYOTO & NARA

Travel back in time and experience the two most ancient capitals in Japan; Kyoto and Nara. Take in the history and true culture of Japan at a tea ceremony in a local temple and an evening performance by an authentic Maiko Girl. Enjoy a full day sightseeing Kyoto and Nara with stops to the famous Kinkakuji Temple that has the top two floors completely covered in gold leaf and the Tadaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was constructed during the 8th century.


Please note: guests should schedule flights into Osaka's Kansai 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 - KOBE/ KYOTO

Depart your cruise in Kobe and meet your local Silversea representative. Transfer to Kyoto and begin your half day tour with stops at Sanjusangendo and Fushimi Inari Shrine.


The Sanjusangendo temple houses more than 1,000 standing Buddhist statues in its main hall. The site is a one-of-a-kind experience and is regarded by some as a true national treasure of Japan.


Then see the awe-inspiring Fusimi Inari Shrine, which has more than 10,000 red-painted torii gates leading into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari.


The balance of the day, including dinner this evening, is at your leisure.


Overnight at the Westin Miyako- Kyoto


DAY 2 - KYOTO

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. Late afternoon, experience a tea ceremony at a local temple. The tea ceremony provides an engaging induction to the tradition and art of tea. Dating back hundreds of years, it is the most idealistic pastime of ancient Japan. Take in the peaceful garden views and surrounding pagodas before venturing to a local restaurant, where lunch will be provided (western-style menu.)


This afternoon's itinerary includes stops to the famous Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, where one can see that the two top floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Originally built by Shogun Shikaga Yoshimitshu as a villa during the Muromachi Period, and was later converted as a temple in 1397, the temple now houses many sacred relics of Buddha.


At the end of your visit, continue on to the Gion District and enjoy Japanese style beef or 'Shabu-Shabu' for dinner at a local restaurant.


Overnight at the Westin Miyako- Kyoto


DAY 3 - KYOTO / NARA

Breakfast is provided at the hotel, before your full day sightseeing tour of Nara begins. Your first stop this morning is to the Tadai-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 over 2 million 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.


The afternoon serves as an introduction to the two main religions of Japan. The Kasuga Taisha Shrine, your next stop, 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. Walk down the road to the second torii gate and pass under 3,000 lanterns built out of stone.


Enjoy lunch this afternoon (western-style menu) at a local restaurant in Nara before heading back to Kyoto. Stop and visit the Nishiki Market, which is said to be the largest market in Kyoto with over 125 shops and dating back over 400 years. One can find an assortment of produce such as Kyoto specialties like Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi as you stroll through nearly 5 blocks of vendors and food stands.


This evening, experience a performance from a Maiko Girl as you enjoy dinner at a local restaurant (Japanese-style.)


Overnight at the Westin Miyako- Kyoto


DAY 4 - KYOTO/ OSAKA

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, check out of the hotel and be transferred to the Osaka Kansai airport for your homeward-bound flight.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Please note: Guests will be expected to remove their shoes in order to enter some of the sites as well as at the local Japanese restaurants included in this program.


Program Inclusions:

  • Three nights at the Westin Miyako Hotel or similar- Deluxe Room
  • Included Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transfers to/ from airport and pier and all internal transfers needed for tours itinerary

Luggage Information:

All luggage travels with you throughout this tour.


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 tour includes long walks and may include several steps at local attractions. We do not recommend this tour mobility impaired guests and those who require a wheelchair.


Minimum Participation:

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 or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Please note: 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.


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. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described here is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. 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: ANCIENT CAPITALS: KYOTO & NARA

Travel back in time and experience the two most ancient capitals in Japan; Kyoto and Nara. Take in the history and true culture of Japan at a tea ceremony in a local temple and an evening performance by an authentic Maiko Girl. Enjoy a full day sightseeing Kyoto and Nara with stops to the famous Kinkakuji Temple that has the top two floors completely covered in gold leaf and the Tadaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was constructed during the 8th century.


Please note: guests should schedule flights from Osaka's Kansai Airport at the end of 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 - ARRIVING OSAKA/ KYOTO

Arriving at Osaka's Kansai Airport, you are met by your local Silversea representative and transferred to your hotel in Kyoto. 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 Westin Miyako- Kyoto


DAY 2 - KYOTO

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. Late afternoon, experience a tea ceremony at a local temple. The tea ceremony provides an engaging induction to the tradition and art of tea. Dating back hundreds of years, it is the most idealistic pastime of ancient Japan. Take in the peaceful garden views and surrounding pagodas before venturing to a local restaurant, where lunch will be provided (western-style menu.)


This afternoon's itinerary includes stops to the famous Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, where one can see that the two top floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Originally built by Shogun Shikaga Yoshimitshu as a villa during the Muromachi Period, and was later converted as a temple in 1397, the temple now houses many sacred relics of Buddha.


At the end of your visit, continue on to the Gion District and enjoy Japanese style beef or 'Shabu-Shabu' for dinner at a local restaurant.


Overnight at the Westin Miyako- Kyoto


DAY 3 - KYOTO / NARA

Breakfast is provided at the hotel, before your full day sightseeing tour of Nara begins. Your first stop this morning is to the Tadai-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 over 2 million 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.


The afternoon serves as an introduction to the two main religions of Japan. The Kasuga Taisha Shrine, your next stop, 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. Walk down the road to the second torii gate and pass under 3,000 lanterns built out of stone.


Enjoy lunch this afternoon (western-style menu) at a local restaurant in Nara before heading back to Kyoto. Stop and visit the Nishiki Market, which is said to be the largest market in Kyoto with over 125 shops and dating back over 400 years. One can find an assortment of produce such as Kyoto specialties like Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi as you stroll through nearly 5 blocks of vendors and food stands.


This evening, experience a performance from a Maiko Girl as you enjoy dinner at a local restaurant (Japanese-style.)


Overnight at the Westin Miyako- Kyoto


DAY 4 - KYOTO/ KOBE

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking-out and starting your half day tour of Kyoto. Enjoy stops at Sanjusangendo and Fushimi Inari Shrine, before transferring to the Kobe pier to embark your cruise.


The Sanjusangendo temple houses more than 1,000 standing Buddhist statues in its main hall. The site is a one-of-a-kind experience and is regarded by some as a true national treasure of Japan.


Then see the awe-inspiring Fushimi Inari Shrine, which has more than 10,000 red-painted torii gates leading into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari.


Your tour comes to an end, however the staff and crew are waiting to welcome you aboard. Bon Voyage!



For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Please note: Guests will be expected to remove their shoes in order to enter some of the sites as well as at the local Japanese restaurants included in this program.


Program Inclusions:

  • Three nights at the Westin Miyako Hotel or similar- Deluxe Room
  • Included Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transfers to/ from airport and pier and all internal transfers needed for tours itinerary

Luggage Information:

All luggage travels with you throughout this tour.


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 tour includes long walks and may include several steps at local attractions. We do not recommend this tour mobility impaired guests and those who require a wheelchair.


Minimum Participation:

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 or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Please note: 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.


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. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described here is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. 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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: The Essence of Kyoto

Immerse yourself into Japanese history, architecture and customs in a unique way during this scenic and memorable journey to legendary Kyoto. Explore Kyoto's historic treasures during visits to the impressive Arashiyama with the world-famous bamboo forest, Kinkakuji, Sanjusangendo and Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. Enjoy a traditional Geisha dinner, experience a trying on Kimono in a 'Machiya', a Japanese old house, and a special tea ceremony.


01MIDKOB-D: The Essence of Kyoto

Duration: 2 Days/1 Night

Departs from: Kobe

Re-join ship: Kobe

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Visa is not required to visit Japan for a short term visit for American, Canadian, Australian and all European Union citizens. However, please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Japanese Yen. Japanese Yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise. Local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).



Enjoy the World's heritage city, Kyoto. From 794AD to 1600AD, this city was the center of Japan's cultural and political universe and signs of the spirit and tradition are everywhere. See typical Japanese structures, including temples, shrines and UNESCO World heritage sites. Dinner will be a memorable experience as you enjoy dining with a Geisha performance.


DAY ONE - Kobe / Kyoto

Disembark the ship in Kobe and begin your overland excursion with an approximate 100-minute drive to Kyoto. Once the capital of Japan, it is a sophisticated city on the island of Honshu with thousands of classical Buddhist temples. It has many gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. A visit to Japan is an introduction to the diversity and tolerance of various eastern religions - Shinto, Buddhism, Zen, etc.


Your first day starts with beautiful Arashiyama - one of the most popular areas located in the western outskirts of Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), when nobles enjoyed its natural setting. The area is dotted with temples, old imperial villas, and famous historical sites, many of which are either National Treasures or have been recognized as World Heritage sites. The entire region has been designated by the Japanese government as a Place of Scenic Beauty. Enjoy strolling through the world-renown bamboo forest and a visit to Tenryu-ji Temple. This temple has been ranked first among the city's five great Zen temples and is also registered as a World Heritage Site.


You will also have a chance to try Buddhist vegetarian lunch which is called Shojin Ryori.


Next, it's on to Kyoto's most famous landmark, Kinkakuji Temple - (The Golden Pavilion). Built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as a villa in 1397, the three-story home was converted to a temple by Yoshimitsu's son. The Golden Pavilion follows the Shinden style of the Heian Period by being positioned at the edge of a tranquil pond. The three-story Chinese-influenced Golden Pavilion has delicately curving roofs, with the walls and eaves of the second and third stories covered in shimmering gold leaf. View the exterior of the pavilion and walk through the peaceful gardens, marveling at the mirror reflection of the temple on the still pond.


You will then be transferred to Nishi-jin. The area is famous for its Nishi-jin-ori, or Nishi-jin silk weaving that is native to Kyoto. Today you will visit the old Machiya House that used to sell Kimono made from this fabric. Peek inside this typical Kyoto-style house and learn why it was made in this way. Lastly the main attraction: Kimono wearing experience will be held. Dressers will help you fix in a surprisingly quick manner and now it's time to take pictures in the great atmosphere of an authentic Japanese home.


Proceed Okura Hotel for check-in and take some rest to prepare for your special evening attraction. Today, you will have a chance too Geisha performs for you while having a lovely dinner.


DAY TWO - Kyoto / Kobe

After breakfast and check out, you will start your day at Sanjusangendo, which is the popular name for Rengeo-in, a temple in eastern Kyoto which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. The temple was founded in 1164 and rebuilt a century later after the original structure had been destroyed in a fire. 1000-armed Kannon are equipped with 11 heads to better witness the suffering of humans and with 1000 arms to better help them fight the suffering. Also, the temple hall, measuring 120 meters, is the Japanese longest wooden structure. The name Sanjusangendo (literally "33 intervals") derives from the number of intervals between the building's support columns, a traditional method of measuring the size of a building.


Next, it's onto the Fushimi Inari Shrine. A celebrated site, it sees millions of visitors every year. Here, you will visit the main shrine hall, dedicated to Inari, the God of Rice Harvest. Then, you will take the extremely popular walk through the bright Vermillion Torii gates that trail through the sacred forest of Mount Inari. Thousands of Torii gates tunnel through the bustling pathways, each with the name of its donor written on its back. Statues of foxes, the messenger animal of Inari God, adorn the lively shrine path.


After having lunch, you will have a chance to attend a tea ceremony which is an extension of Zen Buddhism and a tradition. The tea master will show you how to serve properly so you will enjoy the deep flavor of Maccha along with Japanese traditional sweets.


Afterwards relax and enjoy the 100 minute scenic journey back to Kobe where you will be welcomed back to the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires moderate to extensive walking (often on gravel pathways) plus climbing steps during site visits. The tour therefore is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests utilising a wheelchair. We recommend wearing layered clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Shoes need to be removed at Tenryuji temple, Kimono wearing venue, Tea ceremony venue and possibly at the restaurant as well. We recommend to bring with you easy to get on and off shoes and an extra pair of socks. Do not forget your camera and some Japanese Yen for any local purchases. The tour sequence may vary and traffic patterns may affect tour timings.


Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande - Kyoto

· One breakfast, Two Japanese-Style lunch, one traditional set menu Japanese dinner with Geisha performance (drinks are included)

· One Tea Cerimony

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

Hôtels depuis KOBE

KOBE 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.

KOBE 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.

SIMPLY HOTEL: HOTEL OKURA KOBE

Hotel Okura Kobe

A 35-story structure, the hotel dominates the waterfront of Kobe, a city noted for its exotic ambiance. The Rokko Mountains serve as a backdrop reflecting the changes of the seasons as the blue sea stretches out before you. An ideal spot for relaxation, the hotel is the place to be, while you are in Kobe. Near the hotel are other symbols of Kobe's history as a port city, including Nanking-machi (Kobe's China Town) and the Former Foreign Settlement.

GRANDE HOTEL: CONRAD OSAKA

Conrad Osaka

The Conrad Osaka is your 'address in the sky.' With a commanding presence on Nakanoshima between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers, this sleek luxury hotel offers incredible views of the water and Osaka from all guest rooms and public areas.Connect easily with West Japan's largest city - walk to shops and offices in Umeda, and immerse in local food and culture in Namba.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.