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Kobe, Japan

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8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing

dining

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Kobe, Himeji Highlights
The first destination of this tour is the beautiful Himeji Castle.  Due to its clear white colored exterior, the castle is also known as the "white heron castle" because of its resemblance to the white heron.  The entire castle ground spans to approximately 568 acres and is equipped with eye-catching moats that surround and protect the castle. After the castle, the tour will then visit the Kokoen Garden which is approximately 8.5 acres in size with nine different gardens. The garden features ponds and springs against the backdrop of the World Cultural Heritage Himeji Castle. After having lunch at a local restaurant, the tour will drive to the Nadagiku Sake Brewery for sake tasting as well as a visit to its facility. Carrying over the 100 years of tradition, the brewery and their fine sakes are sure to touch all the five senses. Afterward, board your coach and return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. There are approximately 200 steps at the Himeji Castle. Shoes must be removed to enter Himeji Castle and the steps inside the castle are very steep. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Bring local currency for shopping.


price $299
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2.5 HRS

Easy

dining

culture

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Kobe, Kobe Beef Dinner
This tour will be all about the internationally acclaimed Kobe Beef. From the pier, the coach will bring you directly to the restaurant for dinner to experience this prestigious delicacy.  The Kobe beef is renowned for its mouth-watering flavor, tenderness, and high amount of intramuscular fat, giving the meat a marbled appearance. It is often cited that the cows are given beer to induce appetite, massaged daily, and given the utmost treatment in its raising.   Overall, a must-try experience in its most authentic form at its heartland of Hyogo Prefecture. Afterward, return to your coach and back to your cruise ship.

Please note: Bring local currency.


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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing

dining

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Kobe, Kobe Local Beef & Sake Brewery
The tour will begin with a visit to Ikuta Shrine located in the Sannomiya District.  This shrine which dates back to 201 A.D. is one of the oldest shrines in the country.  To the Japanese, this shrine is known to bring wellness in marriage. Afterward, the tour will continue to the Nada District, Japan's top sake producing region. You will visit one of the most well-known Sake Brewery Museums where guests can get a feel of the "heart of Japan" through the art of sake. Sake tasting will be held as well as the tour of its production facility. Afterwards, you will be welcomed at the Teppanyaki Restaurant to get a taste of the famous Kobe local beef.  

Please note: Bring local currency and wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat.


price $199
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

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Kobe, 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. 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 1 mile square, the castle compound contains 13 structures, designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. The central castle building is 5 stories on the outside and 8 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. After a guide tour of the castle, proceed to the Shitennoji Temple which was constructed over 1,400 years ago to commemorate the victory of the war and to provide relief and settlement the king. Today, the Shitennoji Temple remains as one of the oldest architectural styles that are preserved today in Japan.  

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. Photography and video are not permitted inside Osaka Castle (3rd & 4th floors). Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.  From the parking to Osaka Castle is approximately a 15-minute walk.


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9 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

walking

dining

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Kobe, Traditional Kyoto
Explore three of Kyoto's marquee attractions: the impressive Golden Pavilion, Sanjusangendo and formidable Nijo Castle, a quintessential example of Momoyama architecture, which flourished 400 years ago. Depart from the pier and drive inland toward Kyoto, an immensely historical city renowned for spectacular architecture, which includes thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Your first visit is 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 original structure had been destroyed in a fire. The temple hall, measuring 394 feet (120 meters), is the longest Japanese wooden structure. Next is 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. Despite its defensive elements, the castle was primarily a home. It's adorned with wooden carvings, artistically painted sliding doors and expansive tatami rooms, decorated in the traditional style at the time. After having lunch, you will be headed to Kyoto's most famous landmark, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion). Built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as a villa in 1397, the 3-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. It 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.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. There are 30 steps at the Kinkakuji Temple. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Bring local currency for shopping. Photography and video are not permitted inside Nijo Castle (Ninomaru Palace) and Sanjusangendo. Shoes must be removed to enter Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo. Nijo Castle is under a 20-year restoration project therefore some parts of castle may be closed. The order of sites visited may vary.


price $349
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Tomonoura, Japan



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Tomonoura, Fukuyamacastle & Myooin Temple
The tour will begin with a visit to the 7-story-tall Fukuyama Castle.  The castle suffered extensive damage during World War II, where most of the castle was destroyed. It was rebuilt in 1966 which is the structure that remains today.  Within the museum, you can see artwork from the Fukuyama area as well as modern and contemporary Japanese artwork.  Afterward, the tour will visit Myooin Temple which is designated as a Japanese National Treasure. Myooin Temple was founded by Kobo-Daishi or Kukai and it is said that its main hall was built in 1321. You will also find a 5-storied Pagoda which was built is 1348. Afterwards, drive back to the pier and finish off with a guided walking tour of the picturesque port town of Tomonoura.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency.


price $179
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing

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Tomonoura, Onomichi - The Town of Panorama & Temples
Onomichi, a quaint town that sits on many slopes is in the eastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture. As one of the highlights of Onomichi, the tour will first visit the Jodoji Temple of Shingon Buddhism. This temple has a main hall and a 2-story pagoda that has been designated as one of the National Treasures of Japan. Next, the tour will travel to Senkoji Ropeway to ride up to the Senkoji Park Observatory. From the observatory, you will be able to appreciate the breathtaking view of the small picturesque town of Onomichi.  After seeing Senkoji Temple, you will walk to Neko no Hosomichi or 'Cat Alley.' This area was given its name as there are many Fukuishi Cat stones. These stones were painted as cats by local artist, Shunji Sonoyama and have been popular for cat lovers. Little fortune-stone-cats are found all over the alley to welcome you.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency. This tour is not available for the guests with mobility concerns. The walking trail from Senkoji Park to the bus stop though the Cat Alley is more than ¾ of a mile (1km) at 245 feet (75 meters) elevation. This is a one-way walk so all the guests are required to walk with the guide all the way back to the parking lot. There are more than 500 steps in Senkoji and the Cat Alley area and some parts of the slope may be a sharp descent.
 
price $229
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

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Tomonoura, Zen Meditation at Shinshoji Temple
Indulge in the Zen way with this visit to Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens. Here is the perfect place to learn about the Culture of Zen that streams all throughout its architecture, design, and lifestyle. This temple and its garden was constructed in 1965 to provide a Zen experience. There are several halls and one is a 350 years old building brought over from Shiga Prefecture. Throughout this visit, you will partake in a class experience introducing you to the Zen way. You will also be able to stroll through the Temple and its garden while getting a better understanding of the details in the designs seen throughout the property. Afterwards, drive back to the pier and finish off with a guided walking tour of the picturesque port town of Tomonoura.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency. During Zen meditation class, guests are required to take off shoes and sit on a floor pillow. No chairs will be provided. Zen meditation itself is approximately 20-30 minutes of sitting.


price $199
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Nagasaki, Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Nagasaki, Best of Nagasaki Tour
Today, the local guide will take you on a tour in Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II.  Your first stop will be at Atomic Bomb Museum, which tells about the aftermath of the bombing.  You will see over 900 artifacts indicative of the city’s devastation, as well as displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns Next, your guide will take you to the Peace Memorial Park, commemorating the city’s destruction by the plutonium bomb dropped on August 9, 1945. Although Fat Man, the name given to the second bomb dropped on Japan, missed its target by over a mile and a half, it leveled nearly half the city. The park’s main attraction is its collection of statues and sculptures donated by countries and groups all over the world. This includes the massive Peace Memorial Statue depicting a man with his right arm pointing to the sky to indicate the continued threat of nuclear destruction.  Continue to Dejima Island which was built during the Edo Period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries and prevent the propagation of their religion. It was also once the residential quarters of the Dutch, the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan during the Sakoku (isolation) Period of 200 years, until Japan reopened to the world.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $149
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Nagasaki, Panoramic Nagasaki Tour
Today, your local guide will take you on a tour in Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II. Your tour will begin with a scenic drive to Inasayama lookout point, located on Inasayama hill, a famous spot of beautiful sunsets and night views.   A 5-minute ropeway ride will give you a chance to take a stroll in the air of Nagasaki. Your next stop will be at the Atomic Bomb Museum, with over 900 artifacts indicative of the city’s devastation, as well as displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns. Continue on to Dejima Island which was built during the Edo Period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries and prevent the propagation of their religion. It was also once the residential quarters of the Dutch, the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan during the Sakoku (isolation) Period of 200 years, until Japan reopened to the world.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. There are 40steps at the Inasayama Ropeway station. So for wheelchair guests, there is chair lift service. Also please note that the capacity of ropeway is 30 passengers only and it runs every 15-20 minutes.


price $159
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3 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Nagasaki, Peace Memorial Park & Museum
Your tour will begin with sightseeing at Uragami Cathedral, which was the largest cathedral in the East until it was destroyed by the atomic bomb blast. Continue with a visit to the Atomic Bomb Museum, with over 900 artifacts indicative of the city’s devastation, as well as displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns. Then, you will walk to somber Nagasaki Peace Park passing ground zero. Nagasaki Peace Park is commemorating the city’s destruction by the plutonium bomb dropped on August 9, 1945. Although Fat Man, the name given to the second bomb dropped on Japan, missed its target by over a mile and a half, it leveled nearly half the city. The park’s main attraction is its collection of statues and sculptures donated by countries and groups all over the world. This includes the massive Peace Memorial Statue depicting a man with his right arm pointing to the sky to indicate the continued threat of nuclear destruction. Return to the pier and re-board the ship.

Please note: Uragami Cathedral is located on the top of the hill, and guests will need to get off the coach at the bottom of the slope and walk up the hill. This tour is not recommended for wheel chairs or those with mobility issues. Wear comfortable walking shoes.  This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays on the atrocities of war. The order of the sites visited may vary

price $129
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8 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking
Nagasaki, The Pottery Town Arita & Nagasaki
This full day excursion will take you to Arita, a scenic 2-hour drive from Nagasaki and known throughout the world as the birthplace of magnificent Japanese ceramics.  In 1604, Japanese warlords from the Arita area invaded Korea, bringing back something quite precious: Korean potters skilled in creating fine white porcelain. Visit the Arita Town and some Pottery Galleries where the tradition of skill and beauty brought to Japan over 400 years ago continues. You will also have free time to stroll around the old town covered by Tonbai Fences, and have the opportunity to purchase your own pottery. Tonbai Fences consist of used fire-resistant bricks kilns were constructed from, disposed kiln tools and red clay oil. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and see the Tozan Shrine. Return to Nagasaki and visit the beautifully serene Nagasaki Peace Park, located a few minutes’ walk from the epicenter of the atomic bomb blast of August 1945. Return to the pier and re-board your waiting ship.

Please note:  Fukagawa Gallery consists of 2 floors, but there is no elevator or lift.  Guests with mobility issues or a wheel chair will have to stay on the 1st Floor. The way to the Tonbai Fences is quite narrow and the traffic on the major arterial road tends to be heavy. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency.

price $249
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Yakushima, Japan



3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

unesco

concierge
Yakushima, Concierge Collection: Yakusugi Chopsticks Making Experience
This half day option will offer you the opportunity to make a special souvenir from Yakushima on your own. You will receive the sticks of Yakusugi and make them to chopsticks using sandpaper. This will give you a special experience which can only be offered in Yakushima. In this activity, you will be sanding chopsticks by yourself to the size you like, and you will keep these special chopsticks to take home with you. You will also visit Yakusugi Museum dedicated to Yakusugi, the cedar trees.  This museum has unique exhibits to explain the vegetation of Yakusugi as well as the history of Yakushima. You will get the idea of how people have lived with Yakusugi in the past, and how these precious trees are protected.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat and bring rain gear and local currency. Guests are required to take off their shoes at the Yakusugi Museum. Each guests will have one set of chopsticks.  The venue for the chopsticks experience is on the 2nd floor with no elevator/escalator.


price $199
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

culture

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Yakushima, Kiegensugi Ceder & Yakusugi Museum
This tour is recommended for the guests who want to see the old Cedar trees without walking! The coach will take you up to Kigensugi Cedar which has a trunk circumference of 26.5 feet (8.1 meters) and a height of 64 feet (19.5 meters), and an estimated age of more than 3,000 years. You will also visit Yakusugi Museum dedicated to Yakusugi, the cedar trees. This museum has unique exhibits to explain the vegetation of Yakusugi as well as the history of Yakushima. You will get the idea of how people have lived with Yakusugi in the past, and how these precious trees are protected.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat and bring rain gear and local currency. Guests are required to take off their shoes at the Yakusugi Museum. At Kigensugi cedar, the guests can see the tree from the parking but also walk closer. To get close to the tree, there are approx. 50 steps to negotiate.


price $199
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4.25

Strenuous

walking

unesco

wildlife

outdoors

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Yakushima, Yakusughi Hike
A 70-minute drive will bring you to the island of Yakushima which became Japan’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Yakushima is famous in botanical circles for introducing a great many garden plants, including dwarf plants which have evolved to grow smaller than their mainland cousins. You will spend time here on a nature walk to Yakusugi Land located at an elevation of 3,281 feet (1,000 meters). It is a nature park populated by a number of the Island’s ancient cedar trees, such as the 1,800-year-old Buddhasugi, Futagosugi, and Sennensugi. There are 4 walking routes in Yakusugi land and you will also walk for 1.25 miles (2km) on the mountain trail. While walking, you will see a very clear stream running through the forest, and the unique plant life on the island. Also, there will be a good chance to see wildlife such as the Yaku Monkey and Yaku Deer from the coach.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, sunscreen and a hat and bring rain gear and local currency.  The Yakusugi land tends to be raining most of the times so please expect the rain during a walk. There are some wooden paths and swinging bridges. Some paths are unpaved and not covered. Lots of steps. This tour is not available for the guests with mobility concerns. The guests will have to walk on the slippery roots and duck under the branches.


price $199
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

walking

unesco

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Yakushima, Yakusugi Land Walking and Museum
A 70-minute drive will bring you to the island of Yakushima which became Japan’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Yakushima is famous in botanical circles for introducing a great many garden plants, including dwarf plants which have evolved to grow smaller than their mainland cousins. You will spend time here on a nature walk to Yakusugi Land located at an elevation of 3,281 feet (1,000 meters). It is a nature park populated by a number of the Island’s ancient and revered cedar trees, such as the 1,800-year-old Buddhasugi, Futagosugi, and Sennensugi. There are 4 walking routes in Yakusugi land and you will also walk for a little over a half mile (1.2 km) on the mountain trail. While walking, you will see a very clear stream running through the forest, and the unique plant life on the island. Also, there will be a good chance to see wildlife such as the Yaku Monkey and Yaku Deer from the coach. Next you will visit Yakusugi Museum dedicated to Yakusugi, the cedar trees.  This museum has unique exhibits to explain the vegetation of Yakusugi as well as the history of Yakushima. You will get the idea of how people have lived with Yakusugi in the past, and how these precious trees are protected.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, sunscreen and a hat and bring rain gear and local currency. The Yakusugi land tends to be raining most of the times so please expect the rain during a walk. There are some wooden paths and swinging bridges. Some paths are unpaved and not covered. Lots of steps. This tour is not available for the guests with mobility concerns. Guests are required to take off their shoes at the Yakusugi Museum.


price $199
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Amami Island, Japan



4.25 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

sightseeing
Amami Island, Highlights
Your day will start with Oshimatsumugi Kimono village where you can see local industry and watch the process of making Tsumugi and Kasuri silk-cotton fabrics. You can enjoy a craft complex in a beautiful hillside setting among flowers and many of the plants used in dyeing. Next is to Tanaka Isson Museum and the Amami Park.  Tanaka Isson is a nationally proclaimed artist of Japan who is deeply connected with Amami Island and widely known for his flower and bird paintings. Enjoy his great pieces of artwork as well as the folk museum. You will also have time to stroll around the Amami Park and the observation deck with the great view of the surrounding area.

Please note:  Bring local currency sunscreen, a hat, a towel, and a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to walk in.


price $229
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Amami Island, Local Experience
The first visit of this tour will be the Shochu Distillery, makers of the Kokuto Shochu a distilled spirit made exclusively in Amami Islands. Shochu is most often distilled nationwide using ingredients such as rice or sweet potato.  However, at the Shochu Distillery in Amami, their Kokuto Shochu is uniquely made from brown sugar. You will experience the state-of-the-art distillation process that goes into the creation of this one of a kind Shochu that is rich in flavor and aroma. To conclude the distillery factory tour, you will have an opportunity to taste the different types of Shochu. You will visit Oshimatsumugi Kimono village for a tour of its dyed silk weaving factory. During this tour, you will also participate in the mud dying process to craft a handkerchief of your own. Souvenirs and textile goods can also be purchased at the gift shop to bring an authentic item back home. Afterward, return to the pier.

Please note:  Bring local currency sunscreen, a hat, a towel, and a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to walk in.  You will be required to take off shoes during dyeing experience and will step into the muddy water for dyeing process. It is highly recommended to wear the slacks which you can roll them up to the knees.


price $249
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3.75 HRS

Strenuous

boating

sightseeing

wildlife

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Amami Island, Mangrove Forest Canoeing
Since Amami Oshima Island is an island where flowers in the deep and dark old-growth forest bloom in profusion throughout the year and where one-of-a-kind plants and animals call home, this island is also known as the “Oriental Galapagos.” Amami Oshima Island is a treasure chest of valuable plants and animals including a mangrove primeval forest. It is Japan’s second largest in terms of area, and is inhabited by the Amami Rabbit, a national protected species, and seeks to be registered as a World Heritage Site. In Mangrove Park, canoeing through the mangroves is popular. This tour is recommended for athletic lovers. You will be required to wear life jacket and do some practice before canoeing and have enough strength to paddle the canoe on your own.On the way to the pier, you will make a photo stop to see the panoramic view of Naze port.

Please note: Bring local currency. sunscreen, a hat, a towel, and a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to walk in. Life jacket will be provided. Guests are required to have enough strength to paddle the canoe on their own. Cameras should be protected from the water and will be the responsibility of the guest. Your feet may get wet in the canoe so it is recommended to wear or bring sandals.


price $249
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7 HRS

Moderate

walking

dining

sightseeing

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Amami Island, Oshima Full Day
The first destination of this tour is a visit to Tanaka Isson Museum and the Amami Park.  Tanaka Isson is a nationally proclaimed artist of Japan who is deeply connected with Amami Island and widely known for his flower and bird paintings. Enjoy his great pieces of artwork as well as the folk museum. You will also have a time to stroll around the Amami Park and the observation deck with a great view of the surrounding area. Next is to Bashayama Village where you can enjoy lunch including Keihan which is one of the best specialties in Amami. Keihan consists of chicken, egg and various other ingredients placed on rice and covered in chicken broth - it is known as Amami’s soul food. During the lunch time, enjoy local people playing the instrument called Shamisen with a drum accompaniment. After lunch, you will have some free time to stroll on the beautiful beach or Kenmun-Mura where old traditional houses are lined up.  You will be taken to Oshimatsumugi Kimono village where you can see local industry and watch the process of making Tsumugi and Kasuri silk-cotton fabrics. You can enjoy a craft complex in a beautiful hillside setting among flowers and many of the plants used in dyeing. The last stop will be the Shochu Distillery, makers of the Kokuto Shochu a distilled spirit made exclusively in Amami Islands. Shochu is most often distilled nationwide using ingredients such as rice or sweet potato. However, at the Shochu Distillery in Amami, their Kokuto Shochu is uniquely made from brown sugar. You will experience the state-of-the-art distillation process that goes into the creation of its one of a kind Shochu that is rich in flavor and aroma. To conclude the distillery factory tour, you will have an opportunity to taste the different types of Shochu.

Please note: Bring local currency. sunscreen, a hat, a towel, and a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to walk in. This tour includes approximately 3 hours of moderate walking and standing. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. 


price $299
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Okinawa (Naha), Japan



4.25 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

walking

culture

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Okinawa, Dyed Coral Experience & Shuri Castle
You will travel towards the Shuri Castle. This vermilion-colored castle was the seat of power during the 500-year reign of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Destroyed in World War II, the Castle was rebuilt in 1992 and is surrounded by beautiful gates that lead to Seiden or Main Hall.  Following your visit at the Castle, you will be transferred to the local shop where you can have a special coral dyeing experience. There are different shapes of coral's fossil and you will make your own souvenirs with your favorite coral's fossils and colors.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of walking that is considered strenuous at times and there are uneven surfaces and a significant number of steep steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and it is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. The coral dyeing process will leave permanent stains on clothing so casual clothing that you will not mind getting permanently stained is recommended, along with sturdy yet comfortable walking shoes. Shoes must be removed during the visit to the South Hall (Nanden) and main hall of Shuri Castle. While photography is permitted on the grounds of Shuri Castle, none is permitted inside. The Shuri Castle has restoration work being done and some areas may not be accessible. Bring local currency for any purchases at the sites. The order of the sites viewed or visit may vary.


price $189
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

unesco

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Okinawa, Naha Highlight Tour
Unlike other parts of Japan, Okinawa has its own separate history, having been the independent kingdom of Ryukyu during the 15th century. On this half-day excursion, you will explore the city of Naha, the capital and largest city of Okinawa Prefecture, and former capital of the Ryukyu kings. Leaving the port, you will drive to Shuri Castle, the administrative center and residence of the Ryukyu royal family for over 400 years, until Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture in 1879. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castle rests on a hill providing outstanding views of Naha and the sea. You will see the lavishly decorated Seiden (Main Hall), and the ornate Shurei Gate. Known as the Gate of Courtesy, it typifies Okinawan architecture and serves as a symbol of modern day Okinawa.  After the castle, you will be escorted to Shikina en Garden, which is known as one of the best Japanese Style Gardens in Okinawa. 

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking that is considered strenuous at times and there are uneven surfaces and a significant number of steep steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and it is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Shoes must be removed during the visit to the south hall (Nanden) and the main hall of Shurijo Castle. While photography is permitted on the grounds of Shurijo Castle, none is permitted inside. The Shurijo Castle has restoration work being done and some areas may not be accessible. Bring local currency for any purchases at the sites, sunscreen and a hat. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

price $159
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4.45 HRS

Moderate

culture

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Okinawa, Okinawa War Heritage Tour
Visit Okinawa's historic battlefield sites and monuments of the Battle of Okinawa in this interesting half-day tour. Departing from the pier, you will first travel towards southeast Okinawa, passing by several residential and commercial areas. Your first stop will be at the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, located where Rear Admiral Ota and his men desperately fought in 1945. Once you have arrived, you will walk down the 101 steps into the narrow tunnels of the headquarters to see the commanding officer's room, staff room, generator rooms and more, giving you unique insight into the experiences the soldiers and officers had inside the headquarters. You will next make your way to Peace Memorial Park, which is built to commemorate the people who died in the war. In the Peace Park, you will also visit the museum with many displays telling about the battle in Okinawa. The final stop will be at Himeyuri Monument, which stands as a symbol of the severity of the Battle of Okinawa. It was built as a dedication to the more than 200 female students and their teachers who lost their lives as volunteer nurses in the Himeyuri Corps. 

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of walking that is considered strenuous at times and there are uneven surfaces and a significant number of steps and narrow passageways to negotiate at the Naval Underground Headquarters. There are no elevators or ramps at this attraction. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. We suggest that you bring local currency for any purchases at the sites.


price $159
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Keelung (Taipei), China (Taiwan)



8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

sightseeing
Taipei, Essential Taipei
You will board your motor coach for a day of Taipei highlights. A 50-minute drive will take you to the National Palace Museum which houses ancient Chinese artifacts and artwork, with some pieces dating back 5,000 years You will visit this museum, renowned as one of the greatest museums in the world before a short drive to the Martyrs’ Shrine, built in 1969. Here you will see its magnificent architectural style symbolizing the martyrs' brave spirit. It is the replica of the Taihe Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The highlight of your visit here is to see the ceremonial changing of the guards. You will then drive to the Grand Hotel for lunch. The Grand Hotel, with its traditional palace style architecture, vermilion pillars, stately archways, and brilliantly tiled roof, is not only a magnificent landmark of Taiwan, but it is an emblem of ancient China.  A 20-minute drive will get you to Lungshan Temple built in 1740. It is the city’s oldest and most famous, as well as one of Taiwan’s finest examples of temple design.  Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is your next stop. Constructed in the memory of the former president, Mr. Chiang Kai Shek, the Memorial is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. You will have a short shopping stop and the Handicraft Center and then drive to Taipei 101 the world's second tallest building. It is the pride of Taipei’s skyline and is testament to the country’s engineering and technological capabilities. It has the fastest elevator in the world takes only 37 seconds to go up to 89 floors to the observatory deck.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress in conservative clothing with shoulders and knees covered and bring local currency.


price $169
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5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

walking

sightseeing
Taipei, Northern Coast
This tour will take you along the beautiful coastline with the bizarre rock formations of northern Taiwan. You will have a 40-minute drive to Yeliu Geo Park, a long cape formed by that Datum Mountain reaching into the sea that is famous for bizarre, fascinating rock formations created by erosion. Millions of years of sea erosion have molded coastal bedrock into strange sculptures, many of which resemble certain images. Be on the lookout for the famous Candle, the fairy’s Shoe, Bean Curd, etc. The most famous of these uncanny rock formations is the Queen’s Head.  You will drive another 40 minutes to Chiufen Village where it is said that there were only nine families here a long time ago. Chiufen used to be the center of gold mining. The village is next to the mountain and facing the sea. In 1890, someone struck gold near Chiufen. The poor village with only nine families soon attracted prospectors of 4,000 families.. The place is whispering its golden past. Now, there are many unique tea houses in Chiufen. These teahouses are good stops during a visit to this mountain village. Also, there is the beautiful ocean view of Keelung’s outer sea.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $89
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5 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture

walking

sightseeing
Taipei, Taipei Lifestyle
Your motor coach today will take you on a 50-minute panoramic drive on your way to Taipei. You will stop at Di-Hua Street for a walking tour through and area that will give you a feel of  what Taipei City's past was like. The old-town market has scores of shops selling a variety of traditional goods such as Chinese medicines and herbs, temple icons and incense, spices and dried food, colorful bolts of cloth, bamboo and wooden crafts. You will have shopping time here before you head to a local  Tea House. Taiwanese tea culture includes tea arts, traditional tea ceremonies, and the social aspects of tea consumption. Most people in Taiwan drink tea and tea serves not only as a drink, but also as a part of the culture. You will take part in the Chinese Kong Fu tea ceremony involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea.  The term literally means "making tea with skill.” Today, the approach is used popularly by tea shops carrying tea of Chinese origins, and by tea connoisseurs as a way to maximize the taste of a tea selection, especially a finer one.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible

price $149
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Taipei, Taipei Old & New
This tour will be a delightful mix of old and new Taipei.  Board your motor coach for a 50-minute drive to Taipei 101 the world's second tallest building. It is the pride of Taipei’s skyline and is testament to the country’s engineering and technological capabilities. It has the fastest elevator in the world which will take you only 37 seconds to go up to 89 floors to the observatory deck.  Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is your next stop. Constructed in the memory of the former president, Mr. Chiang Kai Shek, the Memorial is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. Finally drive to visit Pao-An Temple.  Dedicated to God of Medicine, Pao-An Temple was built over 230 years ago. One of the islands oldest, the temple contains many ornate and intricate carvings. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in conservative clothing with shoulders and knees covered.

price $119
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Hong Kong, China



5.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

boating
Hong Kong Highlight Tour with Airport Transfer
You will depart  from the pier by motor coach, accompanied by an English-speaking guide and head for Hong Kong Island crossing under Victoria Harbour by tunnel.  Head up to Victoria Peak by funicular tram for a breathtaking view of the harbor and Kowloon. You’ll drive past Repulse Bay to the southern side of the island, with panoramic views of one of Hong Kong’s most popular and beautiful beaches, along with the beautiful hotel that has long been a landmark. Next, you will continue to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a 20-minute sampan ride here, and a brief stop at one of the city’s jewelry workshops for you to see the wonderful craftsmanship of their goods. Refreshments are offered in the exclusive showroom. Continue to the small village of Stanley and Stanley Market, famous for its clothes, furniture, souvenirs and great, inexpensive knock-offs of designer goods before your transport to the airport.

Please note: There are 3 steps to board and disembark the sampan which does not accommodate wheelchairs.

price $179
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

boating
Hong Kong Highlight Tour with Hotel Transfer
You will depart  from the pier by motor coach, accompanied by an English-speaking guide and head for Hong Kong Island crossing under Victoria Harbour by tunnel.  Head up to Victoria Peak by funicular tram for a breathtaking view of the harbor and Kowloon. You’ll drive past Repulse Bay to the southern side of the island, with panoramic views of one of Hong Kong’s most popular and beautiful beaches, along with the beautiful hotel that has long been a landmark. Next, you will continue to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a 20-minute sampan ride here, and a brief stop at one of the city’s jewelry workshops for you to see the wonderful craftsmanship of their goods. Refreshments are offered in the exclusive showroom. Continue to the small village of Stanley and Stanley Market, famous for its clothes, furniture, souvenirs and great, inexpensive knock-offs of designer goods before your transport to the hotel.

Please note: There are 3 steps to board and disembark the sampan which does not accommodate wheelchairs.

price $159
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