The island of Japan is a dizzying fusion of modernity and an almost sacred appreciation of heritage.
Japan is an eloquent expression of past and future. From the Tokyo tower to Osaka neon lights, Japan’s cities all tip the scales in terms wow factor. But, scratch the surface and you’ll find peace and tranquility on every street corner. Nature too is placed at the forefront of Japanese culture; without mentioning the famous cherry blossom season, the country’s snow-capped soaring peaks and sun-drenched beaches are startling in their diversity, stunning in their beauty. An island nation whose dichotomy is its greatest strength. Step aboard a Silversea Japan luxury cruise and explore this iconic, epic country. One trip will never be enough.
Lights, sushi, manga! Sprawling, frenetic, and endlessly fascinating, Japan’s capital is a city of contrasts. Shrines and gardens are pockets of calm between famously crowded streets and soaring office buildings. Mom-and-Pop noodle houses share street space with Western-style chain restaurants and exquisite fine dining. Shopping yields lovely folk arts as well as the newest electronics. And nightlife kicks off with karaoke or sake and continues with techno clubs and more. Whether you seek the traditional or the cutting edge, Tokyo will provide it.
From Minami's neon-lighted Dotombori and historic Tenno-ji to the high-rise class and underground shopping labyrinths of Kita, Osaka is a city that pulses with its own unique rhythm. Though Osaka has no shortage of tourist sites, it is the city itself that is the greatest attraction. Home to some of Japan's best food, most unique fashions, and warmest locals, Osaka does not beg to be explored—it demands it.
History buffs will want to write home Hiroshima. Despite being devastated in World War II, this Japanese city is known to all for its commitment peace – its ruin on the 6th August 1945 led to the end of the war and today, the Peace Memorial (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) , is a constant reminder of the destruction that war brings. A walk in the leafy boulevards of Peace Memorial Park brings quiet contemplation, allowing us to reflect on the atrocity of war.
Facing out on two bays, Hakodate is a 19th-century port town, with clapboard buildings on sloping streets, a dockside tourist zone, streetcars, and fresh fish on every menu. In the downtown historic quarter, a mountain rises 1,100 feet above the city on the southern point of the narrow peninsula. Russians, Americans, Chinese, and Europeans have all left their mark; this was one of the first three Japanese ports the Meiji government opened up to international trade in 1859.
Located on the calm waters of the Inland Sea, Kobe has served as an important port town for hundreds of years. It was one of the first harbours to accept foreign traders in 1868 when Japan was just emerging from its centuries of isolation. What followed was a surge of Western trade and exports. Today, Kobe is quite multicultural, with expatriates from 98 different nations in residence, providing a cultural diversity most easily visible in restaurants serving every kind of cuisine, including the now world famous Kobe beef.
The salt and pepper cone of Japan's most famous natural landmark won’t fail to take your breath away, as it soars into the sky in a vision of spectacular symmetry. Make sure your camera is fully prepared before you dock in Shimizu’s port, where unparalleled views of the extraordinary Mount Fuji’s dramatic peak await. Take your time to soak up one of Japan's most iconic views, before dipping your toes into the rest of what this destination of tranquil temples has to offer.
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A country that is so many things to so many people, Japan deserves exploration in style. Silversea’s fleet of nine small ships will take you from tip to toe of the island nation, and (almost) everywhere in between. Whether you sail with our Ocean fleet or the Expedition ships, you’ll be sure to experience the best comfort and luxury there is on the high seas. With small ships that nimbly navigate the rugged coast, you’ll be anchoring in off the beaten track ports and unparalleled comfort onboard to pamper your every whim, there really is no better way to travel.
Luxury Oceanview Suites
Whether you are on our Ocean fleet or our Expedition one, Silversea’s ultra-luxurious suites are the best place between sea and sky. Quiet, state of the art and whispering our signature made in Italy style the world over; our suites have won awards for their style and comfort! From waking up with breakfast in bed to saying sayonara to the twinkling Tokyo skyline from your private veranda (almost all our suites have them) make your discovery of Japan an adventure in luxury.
Japan is a country of unparalleled service, and we see no reason for that to stop when you arrive on board. Every suite is granted a 24/7 butler making your transition from onshore to onboard completely seamless. Our team of highly trained and highly professional men and women make the difference between a good Japan cruise and a great one. Additionally, our guest to staff ratio is the highest in the business (at almost 1:1) so whether it’s booking a private party in port or serving your favourite sake in the bar, you’re never better looked after than with Silversea.
From the tip of South Korea to the top of Japan, Silversea’s Japan luxury cruises show two very different sides of the country. So relax and enjoy the discovery and adventure that Japan offers, safe in the knowledge that there will be no salient price tag at the end of your cruise. And for our Japan Expedition cruisers, our knowledgeable and experienced Expedition Team will help your every tundra step or Zodiac trip of the way. Yes that’s right – all excursions on Expedition voyages, plus food, drinks, transfers into town, port charges, evening entertainment, butler service as well as flights, transfers and pre-flight hotels on some cruises, when we say all-inclusive, we really mean it.
Revered the world over for their cuisine, Japan is a country that warrants adventure by taste. And your journey doesn’t stop when you arrive back on board – with a superb Japan-focused restaurant aboard Silver Muse and Silver Spirit, continue your travels as you sail to your next port. And what to do if all that sushi gets too much? Enjoy your favourite international dishes in one of our award-winning restaurants.
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