THE JOY OF JAPAN – Fly Cruise from Australia departs 1st June 2021 – 01 Jun 2021 – Cruise Traveller

THE JOY OF JAPAN – Fly Cruise from Australia departs 1st June 2021

Cruise Line
Le Laperouse
Package Departs
01 Jun 2021
Package Duration
12 Nights
Embark Ship
Maizuru, Japan
Disembark Ship
Osaka, Japan
Deluxe Stateroom - Balcony Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 - Balcony Prestige Stateroom Deck 5 - Balcony
AU $11,895
per person
AU $12,835
per person
AU $13,245
per person

Package duration: 10 nights Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package starts: 1st Jun 2021 with flights from Australia
Cruise starts: 4th Jun 2021 from Maizuru, Japan
Cruise ends: 12th Jun 2021 to Osaka, Japan
Package ends: 12th Jun 2021 with flights back to Australia
Back in Australia by: 13th Jun 2021


Prices in AUD per person from*
Twin DEL deluxe balcony was $15035 – NOW from $11,895*pp
Twin PR4 prestige balcony was $16370 – NOW from $12,835*pp
Twin PR5 prestige balcony was $16970 – NOW from $13,245*pp
Twin DS deluxe suite was $22735 – NOW from $17,175*pp
Single DEL deluxe balcony was $28390 – NOW from $16,995*

THE JOY OF JAPAN Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
– Return economy class airfare^ from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Osaka, Japan inc tax
– One way transfer from Osaka airport to hotel in Kyoto
– 2 nights accommodation in Kyoto with breakfast
– One way transfer from Kyoto hotel to port in Maizuru
– 8 night cruise from Maizuru to Osaka aboard Le Laperouse (small ship)
– All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
– Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
– Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands) onboard cruise
– Evening entertainment and shipboard events
– Onboard cruise ship room service 24h (special selection)
– Port taxes
– One way transfer from Osaka port to airport

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (13Jan20). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. ^All airfare/taxes due in full at time of booking (approx 10 months in advance) and once ticketed, cancellation/change fees may apply. Transfers are only included on dates shown in day to day itinerary, any variations may result in a forfeit transfer. Airlines/routing at discretion of our agency - variations may result in a surcharge on package prices. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer ends 20Feb20 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Not included in this package: 1. Travel insurance (highly recommended) 2. meals other than those listed as included 3. Shore excursions 4. Ships tips or gratuities to drivers

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 13 Jan 2020 to 31 Mar 2020 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

01 Jun 2021 Fly Australia to Osaka
02 Jun 2021 Arrive Osaka, Transfer to Kyoto hotel
03 Jun 2021 Morning sightseeing tour of Kyoto
04 Jun 2021 Transfer to Maizuru port, embark Le Laperouse ship

Cruise Itinerary

04 Jun 2021
Maizuru, Japan
07:00 PM
05 Jun 2021
Sakaiminato, Japan
07:00 AM 07:00 PM
06 Jun 2021
Busan, (Pusan) South Korea
01:00 PM 07:30 PM
07 Jun 2021
Sasebo, Japan
07:30 AM 05:30 PM
08 Jun 2021
Kagoshima, Japan
08:30 AM 06:30 PM
09 Jun 2021
Uwajima, Japan
01:00 PM 07:30 PM
10 Jun 2021
Hiroshima, Japan
06:30 AM 07:00 PM
11 Jun 2021
Tamano, Japan
06:00 AM 10:00 PM
12 Jun 2021
Osaka, Japan
07:00 AM

Post-cruise Itinerary

12 Jun 2021 Transfer to airport, Fly Osaka to Australia
13 Jun 2021 Arrive Australia

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Deluxe Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
Deluxe Suite Deck 3

8 Night Cruise sailing from Maizuru to Osaka aboard Le Laperouse.

Through this exceptional itinerary, PONANT invites you to discover the Land of the Rising Sun, where the history of the samurai and the daintiness of the geishas exist side by side.

In Maizuru, you will board the Le Lapérouse for a 9-day cruise to the heart of Japan.

When your ship calls at Sakaiminato, you will set off to discover medieval Japan and the ancient dwellings of the samurai, who had lavish homes and castles built.

The Le Lapérouse will then take you to Busan, a warm and welcoming city where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the port. This ancient city full of contrasts presents numerous vestiges that speak of its prestigious past.

We will call at Hiroshima, the gateway to Miyajima, home to the majestic Shinto shrine whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion Torii listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will also discover the small Japanese city of Tamano, a former feudal domain with a unique cultural heritage. Among its sites, you will be able to admire its famous Korakuen Garden, one of the country’s three must-see landscaped gardens.

You will end your cruise with the discovery of the most Japanese of metropolis, Osaka, a modern, industrial and cultural city that is entirely turned towards the future. This city has been the national centre for trade and industry since the reign of Emperor Nintoku.

Highlights of this cruise:

Located on the western coast of Honshu island, in the province of Kyoto, the charming town of Maizuru boasts one of Japan’s most exquisite closed bays. A climb to the observatory will allow you to appreciate the splendour of this inlet scattered with tiny wild islands. You can also admire the treasures of traditional architecture by visiting the temple of Enryu-ji or the Tanabe-jo castle. The town also bears traces of a rich military past, which you can see in the old arsenals of the navy, red brick buildings that today house a museum.

With around four million inhabitants, Busan is the second largest metropolis on South Korea, after Seoul. This dynamic harbour city, located in the south-east, surrounded by the warm waters of the Sea of Japan, benefits from a mild, pleasant climate. You’ll find delightful simply to stroll around the lively streets and explore the city’s outstanding cultural heritage of art galleries, museums, and Buddhist sites, such as the Haedong Yonggungsa temple, which elegantly sits on the waterfront. Rich too in magnificent beaches and superlative natural landscapes, Busan’s peaceful atmosphere will win you over, as will its inhabitants, whom you’ll have the pleasure of meeting.

The seaside city of Kagoshima, at the south of Kyushu Island, ᅠis best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. A visit to this busy metropolis will remind you just how much the volcano is part of the inhabitantsメ everyday life: in the wake of the almost daily eruptions, a delicate layer of ash settles on everything. The top of a buried torii (traditional Japanese gate) measuring three metres that was モswallowed upヤ by a giant lava flow in 1914 can still be seen. The power of nature will send a shiver down your spine.

Located on the island of Honshu, hugging the banks of the Sento Inland Sea, Tamano is a popular destination thanks to its sun-drenched climate. Upon arrival, marvel at the way in which the city has been built along the coast at the foot of a deep, dark forest. In the area surrounding Tamano, stroll down the streets of Kurashiki, known as the ‘white-walled city’ in a nod to the pretty façades of the houses that line the streets of this ancient Edo-period trading town. Another major regional attraction is the Seto Ohashi bridge. Its 12.5 kilometres make it the world’s longest double-decker bridge.

Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean give it a sense of serenity.ᅠ The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotomburi and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs.

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with 5-star service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 131 metres
  • Maiden Voyage: June 2018
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 184
  • Officer Nationality: French
  • Ship Registration: France

Ship Amenities

  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat Screen Television
  • Satellite Television
  • Ipod Players
  • Video on Demand
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bath Robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi

Ship Facilities

  • Reception Desk
  • Boutique
  • Zodiac
  • Water Sports including Kayaking & Paddle-Boarding
  • Pool Deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Solarium
  • Pool Bar & Lounge
  • Theatre
  • Main Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Spa & Fitness Centre


Our mission is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

To offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment – a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared – and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

To combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.

Yacht cruises: more than a cruise, a privilege…

Attentive, professional, discreet and elegant, the fully bilingual service on board will meet your every desire. Our unique atmosphere is filled with a signature sentiment: a warm welcome from an experienced crew who are passionate about what they do, in the tradition of private yachting.

In the dining areas, our gourmet cuisine is worthy of top fine dining restaurants: exquisite wines are available, and menus are created with expertise by our skilled chefs with a French-inspired menu enhanced by specialties from our various ports of call.

Pleasure, enrichment, discovery: relax – we take care of everything…

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* Unless otherwise noted all pricing is on a per person twin share basis. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions may apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Any pricing not in Australian Dollars will be converted on the day of payment into the relevant currency based on our daily rate of exchange. Please note that many of the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. Whilst we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ slightly from the live prices in our booking system. All pricing and offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Please submit any data errors/omissions you may notice on this site.

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