Nagasaki A Niigata ASIE croisière d'expedition Silver Discoverer

Le pays du Soleil Levant vous réserve de nombreuses perles en dehors des sentiers battus. Outre ses traditions séculaires, ses temples sacrés et ses célèbres jardins et châteaux, le Japon possède également des grottes souterraines, un artisanat raffiné et un formidable patrimoine historique. Des cités paisibles comme Nagasaki et Hiroshima au parc Tori Forest habité par des ibis nippons, ce voyage vous fera découvrir le meilleur du Japon.
Voyage 9807

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Programme de garantie : En effectuant vos réservations à l’avance, vous bénéficierez de réductions sur les tarifs du voyage, sur demande.

Les tarifs sont indiqués par personne

inclus dans le prix de la croisière

  • Service personnalisé : le meilleur ratio personnel/passagers sur une croisière-expédition
  • Service de majordome assuré dans chaque suite (dont les suites VIP) : tous les passagers sont traités royalement
  • Possibilité de dîner sans réservation : vous prenez une table quand bon vous semble, en compagnie de qui vous voulez.
  • Boissons servies dans la suite et en plusieurs points du navire : grands crus, alcools de première qualité, cafés spéciaux, jus de fruits et sodas, sans compter les boissons déposées dans le minibar de votre suite
  • Dîners servis sur demande dans la suite ; service de chambre assuré 24 heures sur 24 à bord du Silver Explorer, et de 6h00 à 23h00 à bord du Silver Galapagos et du Silver Discoverer
  • Conférences culturelles animées par une équipe d’expéditions qualifiée
  • Excursions en bateaux pneumatiques, à terre et au large ; activités à terre encadrées par l’équipe d’expédition
  • Pourboires
  • Une heure de wifi gratuit par jour pour tous les passagers. Seuls les passagers occupants une sélection de catégories de Suites auront accès au wifi gratuit en illimité
Itinéraire de croisière

Nos itinéraires sont sans égal. Vous trouverez ci-dessous des informations détaillées au sujet des ports d’escale, des horaires d’arrivée et de départ ainsi que des renseignements supplémentaires sur les destinations que vous visiterez.
Cliquez ici pour voir toutes les photos et les vidéos

Nos itinéraires sont sans égal. Vous trouverez ci-dessous des informations détaillées au sujet des ports d’escale, des horaires d’arrivée et de départ ainsi que des renseignements supplémentaires sur les destinations que vous visiterez.
Cliquez ici pour voir toutes les photos et les vidéos

Nagasaki city has developed into one of the most important port cities in Japan. During Japan’s period of isolation in the 17th century, Nagasaki played a prominent role in foreign trade relation and only a very few ports were open to restricted numbers of foreign traders. Even though Holland was a major country who conducted trading during this period, Dutch people were only allowed to stay in Dejima Island and were not allowed to have contact with the Japanese people.

Time moves at a much slower clip here on Jeju-do. Blessed with tangerine groves, swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, and a verdant landscape, Korea's southernmost volcanic island has long been a favored holiday and honeymoon retreat for natives and neighbors. Still relatively unknown to Western travelers, Jeju's recent title as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature is bound to bring Jeju up on quite a few radars.

White-sand city beaches and hot-spring resorts may not be everyone's first image of Korea, but these are what Koreans flock to Busan for all year. And there are plenty of opportunities for rest, relaxation, retail therapy, and even a touch of glamour every October with the Busan International Film Festival. Busan's beaches are the big summertime draw but there is plenty to be seen year round. Quintessential experiences include taking some rest and relaxation at a local spa and exploring the Beomeosa temple complex.

Moji used to be an important international trading port with a number of well-preserved Western buildings. Several of these historic buildings can be seen along the attractive waterfront. Southwest of Moji , and part of the same city, is Kokura, the financial and business capital of the area. Kokura’s landmark is its castle, which has been beautifully restored. The remarkable garden located next to the main castle is not too far from the Manga Museum. South of Moji is the Hiraodai Limestone Plateau, Japan’s most representative karst plateau.
The small island of Miyajima (“The Shrine Island”) is known for the Floating Torii Gate, which is one of “The Three Most Beautiful Views” of Japan. Built in the water, the Torii Gate leads to the Itsukushima Shrine and at high tide it seems to float. The Torii Gate is one of the most photographed sites in all of Japan. There are many more shrines and paths on Miyajima that are inviting to walk. Mount Misen has a cable car leading partly up to the top with nice views and wild monkeys and deer roaming the trails.
On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 am, a massive chunk of metal known as Little Boy fell from an American plane, and the sky ignited and glowed for an instant. In that brief moment, however, it became as hot as the surface of the sun in Hiroshima, until then a rather ordinary workaday city in wartime Japan. Half the city was leveled by the resulting blast, and the rest was set ablaze. Rain impregnated with radioactive fallout then fell, killing many that the fire and 1,000-mph shock wave had not. By the end of this mind-boggling disaster, more than 140,000 people died.

Hagi is a former castle town located in the middle of Yamaguchi prefecture along the coast of the Sea of Japan. It is surrounded by the ocean, mountain and Abugawa River. Early in the 17th century, Terumoto Mori built Hagi Castle at the foot of Mt. Shizuki-yama, and the area served as the seat of the Yamaguchi prefecture government until the middle of 19th century. Around then, Hagi produced many capable men who played a leading role in the construction of modern day Japan, including Hirobumi Ito who became the first prime minister in Japan.
Sakaiminato is a small city almost totally surrounded by water: the Sea of Japan to the east, the Sakai Channel to the north and Lake Nakaumi to the west. Across the lake the towns of Matsue and Yasugi offer interesting experiences. Matsue is known as the “Town of Water” next to scenic Lake Shinji and Lake Nakaumi. It has one of the very few wooden castles that still remain in Japan. Touring the castle and boat rides on the Horikawa River and the castle’s moat are popular.
The Oki Islands is an archipelago in the Sea of Japan, and is made up of four populated islands and more than 180 uninhabited islands situated in the Sea of Japan. 30,000 years ago, people were already living here, and during the Stone Age the volcanic rock obsidian was excavated and traded around Japan.  A landscape that provides glimpses of how the Sea of Japan formed, and an ecosystem that is full of mysteries, the Oki Islands are invaluable, even from a global perspective. People are only living in four islands such as Nishimoshima, Nakanoshima, Chiburijima and Dogo Island.
Maizuru port is considered as the gateway to the Japanese most popular historic city, Kyoto. Why don’t you relax on the coach to save your energy for your exciting day in Kyoto? Kyoto used to be the capital of Japan in the 8th century, and it was the centre for politics, economy and culture for more than 1,000 years. After capital functions were transferred to Tokyo in the middle of 19th century, luckily Kyoto did not lose its lustre. As soon as you step into the city, you will see how hard the local people tried to keep the atmosphere of the heyday.

The capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa once rivalled Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) as a town rich in cultural achievements. Kanazawa escaped destruction during World War II and accordingly has been able to preserve many of the old districts in good shape. The city is famous because of Kenrokuen. Located next to Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen is classified as “One of the Three Gardens of Japan”. The garden has an artificial pond, and hills and houses are dotted within the 11.4 hectares. It has Japan’s oldest fountain using natural water pressure and a tea-house dating back to 1774.
Sado is Japan’s sixth-largest island and depends mainly on fishing and agriculture. The island’s Tori Forest Park had been selected for the successful reintroduction of Crested Ibises into Japan –a bird that was down to what was believed to be a total world population of 12 birds in 1981. At that time the last five wild ibises found in Japan were taken into captivity on Sado and both Japan and China cooperated in a breeding programme for these birds. Fortunately the work has paid off and released Crested Ibises successfully nested in the wild again in 2012.
Niigata city is the capital of Niigata prefecture and faces the Japan Sea on the island of Honshu, the largest of the four islands that comprise Japan. With a population of 810,000, Niigata is the largest Honshu city along the Japan Sea coast. The city is located at 300 km northwest of Tokyo and the bullet train would take you there in only two hours. Niigata offers four distinct seasons throughout the year, and people may find the winter season to be the best time to visit as many people would come for winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding.

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Medallion Suite

38 m² (comprenant un balcon privatif)

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Veranda Suite

26 m² comprenant un balcon privatif

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Vista Suite

25 m²

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View Suite

16,8 m²

a partir de US$ 12 400

Explorer Suite

17.3m²

a partir de US$ 11 200
Les tarifs sont indiqués par personne

inclus dans le prix de la croisière

  • Service personnalisé : le meilleur ratio personnel/passagers sur une croisière-expédition
  • Service de majordome assuré dans chaque suite (dont les suites VIP) : tous les passagers sont traités royalement
  • Possibilité de dîner sans réservation : vous prenez une table quand bon vous semble, en compagnie de qui vous voulez.
  • Boissons servies dans la suite et en plusieurs points du navire : grands crus, alcools de première qualité, cafés spéciaux, jus de fruits et sodas, sans compter les boissons déposées dans le minibar de votre suite
  • Dîners servis sur demande dans la suite ; service de chambre assuré 24 heures sur 24 à bord du Silver Explorer, et de 6h00 à 23h00 à bord du Silver Galapagos et du Silver Discoverer
  • Conférences culturelles animées par une équipe d’expéditions qualifiée
  • Excursions en bateaux pneumatiques, à terre et au large ; activités à terre encadrées par l’équipe d’expédition
  • Pourboires
  • Une heure de wifi gratuit par jour pour tous les passagers. Seuls les passagers occupants une sélection de catégories de Suites auront accès au wifi gratuit en illimité

CHOISISSEZ VOTRE SUITE ET DEMANDEZ UN DEVIS

Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite

dimension:

Une chambre: 38 m² (comprenant un balcon privatif)

Éminemment distinguées, somptueuses et spacieuses, ces suites  joliment décorées offrent une vue panoramique de l’environnement extérieur et respirent le luxe. Voilà qui caractérise parfaitement les Medallion Suites, proposées par la meilleure compagnie de croisières au monde.

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9807 - Nagasaki à Niigata
  • Service de majordome
  • Réfrigérateur, bar approvisionné avec les boissons de votre choix
  • Produits de toilette BVLGARI®, ainsi qu'un choix d'autres marques européennes
  • Parapluie
  • Sélection d’oreillers
  • Linge de lit raffiné Pratesi®
  • Peignoir de catégorie supérieure Etro®
  • Prises de 110 volts
  • Papier à lettres personnalisé
  • Balcon avec plancher en teck , à laquelle on accède par de grandes baies vitrées
  • Deux lits simples ou un grand lit, avec petites commodes de rangement
  • Séjour avec coin salon et canapé convertible pour un invité supplémentaire
  • Salle de bain marbrée avec douche à l’italienne
  • Sèche-cheveux
  • Petit bureau
  • Penderie intégrée avec coffre-fort personnel
  • Service de blanchisserie
  • Télévision à écran plat avec Bibliothèque Multimédia Interactive
  • WiFi gratuit
  • Téléphone(s) avec ligne directe
  • Machine à expresso Illy®
  • Dîner à la table des officiers
  • Enceinte Bose® Sound Touch 30 avec connectivité Bluetooth

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note: Les caractéristiques des suites sont disponibles sur le plan du pont du bateau.
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Medallion voir le pont Liste d’attente demandez un devis
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite

dimension:

Une chambre: 26 m² comprenant un balcon privatif

Suites Silversea résolument haut de gamme, dotées de grandes baies vitrées coulissantes donnant accès à un balcon privatif équipé de mobilier d’extérieur. Les suites Veranda peuvent accueillir jusqu’à trois personnes dans un luxueux confort.

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9807 - Nagasaki à Niigata
  • Service de majordome
  • Réfrigérateur, bar approvisionné avec les boissons de votre choix
  • Produits de toilette BVLGARI®, ainsi qu'un choix d'autres marques européennes
  • Sélection d’oreillers
  • Linge de lit raffiné Pratesi®
  • Peignoir de catégorie supérieure Etro®
  • Parapluie
  • Prises de 110 volts
  • Papier à lettres personnalisé
  • Téléphone(s) avec ligne directe
  • Balcon avec plancher en teck, auquel on accède par de grandes baies vitrées
  • Espace de convivialité avec fauteuils et canapé convertible, lequel permet d’accueillir un passager supplémentaire âgé de moins de 15 ans (uniquement dans les suites Veranda 601, 602, 603 et 604).
  • Deux lits simples ou un grand lit, avec petites commodes de rangement
  • Salle de bain marbrée avec douche à l’italienne
  • Sèche-cheveux
  • Petit bureau
  • Dressing intégrant un coffre-fort particulier
  • Radio-réveil avec station d’accueil iPod
  • WiFi gratuit
  • Télévision à écran plat avec Bibliothèque Multimédia Interactive

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note: Les caractéristiques des suites sont disponibles sur le plan du pont du bateau.
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Veranda voir le pont Liste d’attente demandez un devis
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite

dimension:

Une chambre: 25 m² 

Ces suites offrent un paisible sanctuaire. Elles disposent d’un grand espace de convivialité avec fauteuils pour bien se détendre pendant la croisière, ainsi qu’une grande fenêtre panoramique donnant vue sur l’océan. En prenant son petit-déjeuner au lit, on peut admirer la vue splendide. Certaines Vista Suites peuvent accueillir jusqu’à trois personnes.

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9807 - Nagasaki à Niigata
  • Service de majordome
  • Produits de toilette BVLGARI®, ainsi qu'un choix d'autres marques européennes
  • Réfrigérateur, bar approvisionné avec les boissons de votre choix
  • Peignoir de catégorie supérieure Etro®
  • Parapluie
  • Sélection d’oreillers
  • Papier à lettres personnalisé
  • Linge de lit raffiné Pratesi®
  • Téléphone(s) avec ligne directe
  • Deux fenêtres panoramiques
  • Espace de convivialité avec fauteuils
  • Deux lits simples ou un grand lit, avec petites commodes de rangement
  • Salle de bain marbrée avec douche à l’italienne
  • Sèche-cheveux
  • Petit bureau
  • Dressing intégrant un coffre-fort particulier
  • Wifi gratuit
  • Télévision à écran plat avec Bibliothèque Multimédia Interactive

CHOISISSEZ VOTRE SUITE ET DEMANDEZ UN DEVIS

note: Les caractéristiques des suites sont disponibles sur le plan du pont du bateau.
Suite LOCALISATION Prix (Par personne) SELECTIONNEZ VOTRE SUITE
Vista voir le pont Liste d’attente demandez un devis
Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite

dimension:

Une chambre: 16,8 m²

Chaleureuse et confortable, la suite View est un havre de paix, même pour les voyageurs les plus aventuriers. Après une longue journée d’exploration à terre, profitez d’une soirée de détente dans le confort de votre salon. Contemplez la vue sur l’océan depuis votre fenêtre. Rafraîchissez-vous dans votre belle salle de bains en marbre avant de sortir déguster un charmant dîner à bord. Vous pouvez également rester dans vos draps de lits luxueux et regarder un film sur demande avec votre télévision à écran plat. Laissez-vous bercer, en rêvant des aventures que vous vivrez le lendemain.

Prix à partir de US$ 12 400 (Par personne)

demandez un devis
9807 - Nagasaki à Niigata
  • Service de majordome
  • Réfrigérateur, bar approvisionné avec les boissons de votre choix
  • Produits de toilette BVLGARI®, ainsi qu'un choix d'autres marques européennes
  • Sélection d’oreillers
  • Peignoir de catégorie supérieure Etro®
  • Linge de lit raffiné Pratesi®
  • Prises de 110 volts
  • Papier à lettres personnalisé
  • Téléphone(s) avec ligne directe
  • Parapluie
  • Fenêtre panoramique
  • Espace de convivialité avec fauteuils
  • Deux lits simples ou un grand lit, avec petites commodes de rangement.
  • Salle de bain marbrée avec douche à l’italienne
  • Petit bureau
  • Sèche-cheveux
  • Dressing intégrant un coffre-fort particulier
  • 1 heure de Wi-Fi gratuit par jour
  • Télévision à écran plat avec Bibliothèque Multimédia Interactive

CHOISISSEZ VOTRE SUITE ET DEMANDEZ UN DEVIS

note: Les caractéristiques des suites sont disponibles sur le plan du pont du bateau.
Suite LOCALISATION Prix (Par personne) SELECTIONNEZ VOTRE SUITE
View voir le pont US$ 12 400 demandez un devis
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite

dimension:

Une chambre: 17.3m²

Les vastes suites View vous permettent de profiter du paysage qui défile entre deux hublots. Avec leur emplacement de choix au milieu du navire, le suites Explorer peuvent accueillir trois voyageurs. Retraite privilégiée, les suites Explorer respirent une opulence confortable et comportent un douillet coin salon, parfait pour se détendre après une journée d’explorations à terre.

 

Prix à partir de US$ 11 200 (Par personne)

demandez un devis
9807 - Nagasaki à Niigata
  • Service de majordome
  • Réfrigérateur, bar approvisionné avec les boissons de votre choix
  • Produits de toilette BVLGARI®, ainsi qu'un choix d'autres marques européennes
  • Linge de lit raffiné Pratesi®
  • Peignoir de catégorie supérieure Etro®
  • Sélection d’oreillers
  • Prises de 110 volts
  • Parapluie
  • Téléphone(s) avec ligne directe
  • Papier à lettres personnalisé
  • Deux hublots
  • Espace de convivialité avec fauteuils
  • Deux lits simples ou un grand lit, avec petites commodes de rangement.
  • Salle de bain marbrée avec douche à l’italienne
  • Petit bureau
  • Sèche-cheveux
  • Dressing intégrant un coffre-fort particulier
  • 1 heure de Wi-Fi gratuit par jour
  • Télévision à écran plat avec Bibliothèque Multimédia Interactive

CHOISISSEZ VOTRE SUITE ET DEMANDEZ UN DEVIS

note: Les caractéristiques des suites sont disponibles sur le plan du pont du bateau.
Suite LOCALISATION Prix (Par personne) SELECTIONNEZ VOTRE SUITE
Explorer voir le pont US$ 11 200 demandez un devis
Les tarifs sont indiqués par personne

Silver Discoverer

Les inconditionnels des croisières Silversea pourront désormais explorer les archipels perdus au large du vaste océan Pacifique en embarquant sur le Silver Discoverer , navire aux lignes élancées pouvant accueillir jusqu’à 116 passagers. Ce navire est la plateforme idéale depuis laquelle contempler la nature sauvage ; il abrite des suites donnant toutes vue sur l’océan et offre des ponts vraiment spacieux pour ne jamais manquer le spectacle d’une baleine sautant hors de la surface de l’eau ou d’un banc de dauphins qui nage. Le Silver Discoverer se caractérise par un faible tirant d’eau, ce qui lui permet de naviguer au plus près des côtes. Par ailleurs, il embarque une flotte de 12 bateaux pneumatiques Zodiac ainsi qu’un bateau à fond de verre. Les passagers peuvent gagner les terres difficiles d’accès et explorer tout à loisir (sous l’eau ou hors de l’eau) les zones marécageuses ainsi que les écosystèmes immergés.  

Suites

Les suites avec vue sur l’océan de Silversea comptent parmi les plus spacieuses dans l’univers des croisières. Le service de majordome est compris. Choisissez votre suite et demandez un devis. En réservant à l’avance, vous bénéficierez des meilleurs tarifs et pourrez sélectionner la suite de votre choix.

Restaurants

Découvrez tous nos espaces à bord, où vous passerez d’agréables moments en compagnie de voyageurs partageant vos centres d’intérêt et profiterez de notre service personnalisé tout inclus.

Espaces publics

Renommées pour leur excellence culinaire et leur esprit d’innovation, les croisières de luxe Silversea proposent plusieurs options de dîner pendant les voyages, ainsi que de nombreux établissements spécialisés sur tous les bateaux de croisière.

Pendant votre voyage, vous irez de découverte en découverte. Un programme gratuit d’excursions à terre, réservé à des petits groupes et dirigé par une équipe de guides experts, ainsi que des conférences vous permettront de découvrir en profondeur les régions que vous visiterez.

Temps forts du Voyage

Day 1- Nagasaki, Japan   

Embark Silver Discoverer and depart on your exciting Silversea Expedition – “Journey in the Land of the Rising Sun”. After settling in you will attend a safety briefing and be introduced to your Expedition Team.  Weather permitting we will have a Sail-away Cocktail on deck.

We invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant. An aperitif will permit you to relax after your travels towards Silver Discoverer.

Day 2 - Jeju, South Korea

Located off the south coast of mainland Korea, Jeju Island’s natural, geological and cultural attractions are well known in Japan and Korea. One of the options is to climb part of the dormant volcano Hallasan which stands 1,950 meters above sea level and is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve containing a crater lake, alpine plants, woodpeckers and butterflies. One can use coastal trails around much of the island, including to reach the sea over strange rock formations and see the caves that islanders were forced to dig by Japanese occupiers to hide weapons. Dry-stone walls protect fields from storms. Around the year 1750, masons started carving rocks into forbidding black "grandfather stones" to scare off invaders. Forty-five of these massive statues still exist. The stones remain a symbol of a distinct ancient culture furnished with many gods and legends. One of the excursions visits the Geumneung Stone Park with its 3,500 stone statues of a more modern type. When we arrive in late March the yellow canola flowers should form spectacular sceneries, although it might be a little too early for the cherry blossoms to flower fully.

Day 3 - Busan, South Korea

Today one of the choices is to visit Gyeongju, 1.5 hours north of Busan. The modern city of Gyeongju is often called “the museum without walls”, and its historical area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here the southern part of Korea was first unified under the Silla Kingdom and many archaeological remains can be seen in the area. First we stop at the Bulguksa Temple, a grand centrepiece of a religious architectural complex of exceptional significance. Bulguksa is considered a masterpiece of Far Eastern Buddhist Art and has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List since the temple complex is both an outstanding example of religious architecture of the region and the material expression of Buddhist belief.
After lunch at a local hotel we continue to Daeneungwon. This is a Tumuli Park with more than 20 tombs from the Silla period. Most of the tombs are grass-covered mounds, creating a spectacular scene which resembles a small mountain range. Depending on the season, the park’s mounds take on different colours. One of the burial mounds can be visited and one can appreciate the painting of a heavenly horse that was found during the tomb’s excavation. We will also visit the Geongju National Museum.

Another choice would be to visit Busan, South Korea's second largest city. Sites of interest will be the APEC House, the Busan Museum, the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple -located next to the sea it is considered one of the special shrines in Korea- and the Jagalchi Fish Market, South Korea's largest seafood market.

A half day excursion to Gamcheon Village and the Gukje Market will allow to eventually explore Busan on your own during the afternoon. 

Day 4 - Moji, Japan

From Moji we will drive to the Hiraodai Limestone Plateau, Japan’s most representative karst plateau. Approaching the area one could mistake the pure white limestone scattered throughout the landscape for sheep grazing in the grass. A “Natural Treasure” the plateau has underground caves as well. We will explore Hiraodai Senbutsu Cave accompanied by local guides. To get deep into the cave you will have to walk in the stream running through the cave.

After lunch at a local restaurant we will see  Kokura, the financial and business capital of this area. Kokura’s landmark is its castle, which has been beautifully restored. In addition to Kokura Castle, we will stroll the small but remarkable garden located next to the main castle. Some of the best photos of the castle can be taken from this garden.

For those who want to see Kokura Castle and still explore Moji on their own, a morning visit of the castle and the TOTO Museum will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant and free time in Moji, walking back to the pier. 

Day 5  - Miyajima and Hiroshima, Japan

In the morning, visit the small island of Miyajima (“The Shrine Island”) and get to see one of “The Three Most Beautiful Views” of Japan: the Floating Torii Gate. Built in the water, the Torii Gate leads to the Itsukushima Shrine and at high tide it seems to float. The Torii Gate is one of the most photographed sites in all of Japan. To reach the shrine we will have to walk as a group for slightly more than 1 kilometre. There are more shrines and paths on Miyajima that invite  you to walk. Mount Misen has a cable car leading partly up to the top with nice views and wild monkeys and deer roaming the trails.
During the afternoon, we will visit Hiroshima, a name linked to the dropping of the Atomic Bomb and the end of World War II. We will drive to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in central Hiroshima. The area where the park lies was Ground Zero for the Atomic Bomb on August 6, 1945. The park is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attack. The park has many memorials and monuments, and we will stroll through it before we visit the Peace Memorial Museum. The museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb, focusing on the events of August 6 and the human suffering as a result of the bomb.

Day 6 - Hagi, Japan

From the port we drive to Hagi’s “Old Town.” The tour will take you to Shizukiyama Park and Hagi Castle. Based around the ruins of Hagi Castle there will be some 600 Yoshino cherry trees in bloom. After the park and castle ruin visit we will reach a Samurai Quarter, which preserves the traditional style Japanese houses and old-fashioned streets. You will be taken to one of the old houses and will see how the Japanese lived in traditional ways. The house shows the typical interior of a Japanese residence. You will also have free time in the area, to wander around this charming district on your own.

After visiting the Samurai quarter, the next stop will be at Tokoji Temple. This is a temple of the Obaku-shu school of Zen Buddhism and is the resting place of the two first Mori daimyo -a family of powerful and territorial pre-modern Japanese lords. The main gate, the triple gate, the bell tower and the main hall have been listed on the National Register of Important Cultural Properties. Yoshinari Mōri and all odd-numbered generations of Mōri lords up to the 11th generation, their wives, children and those close to them in life are buried in the cemetery of the Mōri clan behind the main hall building. Facing these tombs stand more than 500 stone lanterns, donated by later generations of the Hagi Clan.

Day 7 - Sakaiminato, Japan

Inland from Sakaiminato the towns of Matsue and Yasugi offer very different, yet in their way traditional experiences: Matsue is known as the “Town of Water” next to scenic Lake Shinji and Lake Nakanoumi. Matsue has one of the very few wooden castles that still remain in Japan. Apart from touring the castle and enjoying magnificent views of Lake Shinji you can also use the opportunity to do a boat ride on the Horikawa River and the castle’s moat.

Yasugi has the Adachi Museum of Art, a private museum that houses one of the finest collections of contemporary Japanese paintings, but also has a 165,000 square metres garden –with plants and rocks collected by the museum’s founder. Six different gardens will show different scenarios depending on the season. Under the motto that “the Japanese garden is like a living picture” these gardens have been selected as ‘Japan’s best garden’ for several years. On the return to the ship the Yushien Garden, famous for its ginseng and peonies, will be visited. 

Day 8 - Oki Island, Japan                                                                                        

The Oki Archipelago consists of about 180 large and small islands. Many Japanese visit these romantic islands because of the historic places and old tradition. There are two excursions that will visit Yurahime Shrine, known as a guardian of the sea. When the goddess Yurahime-no-mikoto was crossing the sea in a tub and washed her hands with sea water, a squid bit her hand. Since then, a large school of squids surge to the seashore before the shrine in autumn to express their regret. Squids swimming in the sea are depicted on the upper wall of the main hall of the shrine, an object d'art of squid is in the precinct and telephone boxes of squid-form are along the approach. Squids are everywhere in the shrine.

After making a photo stop at Akao Lookout, you will then be transferred to Matengai Cliff where you start a 2 km hike along the coast or just enjoy the panoramic views. Matengai Cliff is a sheer cliff rising 257 m above sea level. The cliff top is a smooth meadow with a well-maintained walking path. If you decide to walk, you will enjoy the magnificent view of Kuniga Coast.

Returning to the ship after excursions, you can also enjoy a scenic cruise along Kuniga Coast.

Day 9 - Maizuru, Japan
Today we will drive inland toward Kyoto, renowned for spectacular architecture. Our first visit will be Arashiyama, a pleasant district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. Okochi Mountain Villa consists of several beautiful gardens and buildings, including living quarters, tea houses and a Zen meditation hall. Take a walk through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves, which are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. Here we will visit the famous Tenruji Temple, the first among Kyoto's five great Zen temples and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After enjoying a special Japanese lunch at a restaurant owned by the Tenruji Temple, you will be transferred to Kyoto's most famous landmark, Kinkakuji Temple (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 is 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. While in Kyoto we will see that this is the peak for the cherry blossom in the city’s gardens and parks.

The last highlight of the day will be Nijo Castle, a fortification of cypress wood built in 1603 as the residence of the Tokugawa clan. A 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. Despite its defensive elements, the castle was primarily a home. It is adorned with wooden carvings, artistically painted sliding doors and expansive tatami rooms.

Day 10 – Kanazawa, Japan 

Art in various forms will be today’s theme, as Kanazawa is known for its lacquer ware, Kutani-style pottery, gold-leaf workmanship and delicately painted silk kimonos. In addition to these purchasable products, Kanazawa has “Kenrokuen,” one of the most famous gardens in Japan. Located next to Kanazawa Castle, “Kenrokuen” is classified as, “One of the Three Gardens of Japan.”

There are two options during the morning. One tour will head for the Shirakawa-go mountain village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the other will start with a visit to the Omi-cho Market with its many lively local seafood stalls, before taking time to walk through “Kenrokuen.” The garden has an artificial pond, and hills and houses are dotted within the 11.4 hectares. It has Japan’s oldest fountain using natural water pressure and a tea-house dating back to 1774. Both excursions will return to the ship for lunch.

In the afternoon a visit to the Higashi Chaya Gai Geisha District (designated a National Cultural Asset) will permit us to see the biggest of the Geisha district of Kanazawa. Some of the houses not only retain the original structure, but still are used as Geisha houses. Some of the streets have traditional shops creating a nostalgic atmosphere.

Day 11   - Sado Island, Japan

Sado is Japan’s sixth-largest island and depends mainly on fishing and agriculture (rice-production). Today will be a day of unusual highlights as we will visit Tori Forest Park to see the successful “reintroduction” of Crested Ibises into Japan.  The ibis species was believed to have a total world population of 12 birds in 1981. At that time, the last five wild ibises found in Japan were taken into captivity on Sado and both Japan and China cooperated in a breeding programme for these birds. Fortunately, the work has paid off thus far, and released Crested Ibises successfully nested in the wild again in 2012.

Before we return to Silver Discoverer the Sado Gold Mine can be visited. For the adventurous a descent into the deep tunnels will show the conditions under which gold was extracted for almost 400 years.

Day 12   - Niigata, Japan   

                                            
After breakfast disembark Silver Discoverer.


Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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