Asian Expeditions - Zegrahm Expeditions

Treasures Of Japan With South Korea - Expedition Cruise Departs 13th Apr 19

The all-suite, 100-guest Caledonian Sky is a spacious, yet intimate, expedition vessel. Refurbished in 2012, her beautifully designed public spaces include a single-seating dining room, a large lounge with piano, elegant bar, enclosed panoramic viewing deck, sun deck, library, and small gym

Date: 13–28 Apr 2019

Ship: Caledonian Sky

US $15,980US $26,580

ALL RATES IN USD per person twin share

15 nights From US $15,980 per person, twin share

Sacred Traditions: Japan Revealed

Ship: Not applicable - no cruise in package

Expedition Highlights

  • Join Mark Brazil on an itinerary designed specifically for those with an appreciation of Japanese arts, cuisine, customs, and culture.
  • Learn about many of Japan’s traditional industries, from wasabi, rice, and tea growing to washi paper manufacturing and sake brewing.
  • Participate in a drum training session with a member of the famous Kodo troupe on Sado Island.
  • Spend three nights in the historical town of Kanazawa—experience a tea ceremony, visit the famous gardens of Kenroku-en, and explore the extraordinary art installations of the 21st Century Museum.
  • Admire Japan’s autumn colors and view some of the country’s rare and unusual wildlife, including the Japanese crested ibis that is recovering from near extinction.


  • Transportation within Japan
  • All excursions in the company of a world-class expedition leader and local guides
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • All group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates



Airfare from your home city/Tokyo and Osaka/home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages, (other than listed above), and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.





Day to Day Tour Itinerary

Date Activity
13 Oct 18 - Tokyo, Japan Arrive Tokyo and transfer to the Imperial Hotel for two nights.
14 Oct 18 - Tokyo, Japan This morning, learn about the techniques used to create bonsai and observe wonderful examples of this ancient art. Then visit the restaurant-supply district of Kappabashi, famous for its plastic food models and high quality kitchen knives. In the afternoon, learn about the traditional art of calligraphy.
15 Oct 18 - Tokyo/Tokamachi, Japan This morning, attend a lesson on the venerated art of folding paper at Origami Kaikan. Continue to Fukiware Gorge to view the beautiful waterfall, where the dramatic cascade and eroded rocks of the gorge provide the backdrop for a pleasant nature walk; admire the scenery and forested hillsides where the first hints of autumn color may be showing. Check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
16 Oct 18 - Tokamachi, Japan Today visit several of the extraordinary art installations of Echigo-Tsumari, including the Kinare Gallery and Obusuna-no-ie, concluding with a visit to the wonderful Museum of Picture Book Art where you can “experience” the story of three school children in this walk-in picture book.
17 Oct 18 - Tokamachi/Niigata/Sado Island, Japan After breakfast, travel to Niigata to board our jetfoil for the short trip to Sado Island. Well off the beaten path of most travelers to Japan, Sado Island possesses both the pastoral charm of verdant rice paddies and the dramatic beauty of rocky, surf-pounded coasts. Visit Toki Forest Park to learn about the project to protect the endangered crested ibis and search for this beautiful bird in the surrounding agricultural land. Check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
18 Oct 18 - Sado Island, Japan Today, attend a taiko drumming lesson, take a ride in a tarai bune, a traditional tub-shaped boat, and search for wild crested ibis.
19 Oct 18 - Sado Island/Matsumoto, Japan This morning, board a high speed ferry to the mainland, then drive to the small town of Obuse. Visit the famous Hokusaikan Museum to observe the woodblock prints of the great artist Hokusai Katsushika. A stroll around the pretty town center reveals saké warehouses, art galleries, and traditional homes with white walls and tiled roofs. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Buena Vista in Matsumoto.
20 Oct 18 - Matsumoto/Kamikochi/Shin Hotaka, Japan Today, visit the 16th-century Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan’s premier historic castles. Then take a tour of Daio Wasabi Farm to learn about the cultivation of this notoriously finicky plant, and perhaps try a unique wasabi-flavored treat. Continue to Kamikochi—on a clear day, views of the Japanese Alps make for a spectacular drive. After lunch, take a short walk along the river to the lovely Kappa Bridge. Continue to the Hodakaso Sangetsu Hotel in Japan’s Northern Alps with time to relax in the forest-view hot spring before dinner and overnight.
21 Oct 18 - Shin Hotaka/Kanazawa, Japan After breakfast, take a short drive to the base of the Shin Hotaka Ropeway. Gondolas take you to the Observation Center, situated over 7,000 feet above sea level, for fabulous views. Then drive to Gokayama, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the gassho-zukuri houses, built in a unique architectural style, resembling hands folded in prayer. Here, try your hand at making traditional washi, Japanese paper. Continue to Hotel Nikko Kanazawa, your base for three nights.
22 Oct - 23 Oct 18 - Kanazawa, Japan Kanazawa is a thriving center of the arts, long renowned for its lacquerware, Kutani-style pottery, gold-leaf workmanship, hand-painted kimonos, and Noh theater dramas. Visit one of Japan’s premier botanical highlights—the famed Kenroku-en Garden. Sophisticated, centuries-old designs create an artful aura of seclusion and contemplation. The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art offers exhibits from wide-ranging fields including music, the performing arts, and film. A special highlight is a visit to the Omi-cho Market, which has been supporting the gastronomic culture of Kanazawa for more than 280 years. The nearby Nomura Family Samurai House offers insight into the life of a 19th-century samurai family.
24 Oct 18 - Kanazawa/Yamanaka Onsen, Japan En route to Yamanaka Onsen, a hot spring resort town set along a scenic mountain stream, make a stop at the peaceful Kakusenkei Gorge for a stroll along the rushing river, passing several photogenic bridges. Visit craftsmen who work in the valley to learn about their traditional skills, before checking in to Kayotei for dinner and overnight.
25 Oct 18 - Yamanaka Onsen, Japan

Today, visit the Eihei-ji Temple; founded in 1244, the monastery currently houses more than 100 monks and nuns. An impressive complex of wooden buildings, the tranquil atmosphere is further enhanced by a stream that flows through the inner courtyards. Visit the Katano-kamoike Bird Sanctuary in the late afternoon to watch the arriving waterfowl.

26 Oct 18 - Yamanaka/Amanohashidate/Kinosaki, Japan

Amanohashidate is a pine-covered sandbar that spans the mouth of Miyazu Bay. Ranked among Japan’s most scenic areas, ride a cable car for splendid views of the “bridge in heaven.” Dinner and overnight at Nishimuraya Hotel.

27 Oct 18 - Kinosaki/Kyoto, Japan Drive to Toyooka and visit Hyogo Prefectural Homeland for the Oriental White Stork to learn about conservation efforts. Continue to Kyoto Hotel Okura, your base for three nights.
28 Oct - 29Oct 18 - Kyoto, Japan Spend two days discovering some of Kyoto’s many cultural treasures. Visit the Tenryuji Temple, a World Heritage Site; stroll through the adjacent Arashiyama Bamboo Grove; learn about Japan’s classical Noh Theater and attend a practical training session by a renowned teacher. Then visit the Uji area for a tour of a tea farm and sample tea with a local producer.
30 Oct 18 - Kyoto/Osaka, Japan Transfer to Osaka airport


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17 nights USD $18,680*