Travelling in Japan can be challenging: not only because some
regions are quite inaccessible, but also because to the western
eye, much feels quite alien. Visiting by ship with expert guides
both on board and ashore enables you to enjoy perhaps the best and
most varied perspective on this extraordinary land.
On expedition cruises to Japan, you can expect an interesting
mix of cultural visits and exploration of rich traditions and
heritage, as well as time spent exploring some of the tiny remote
islands of the Japanese archipelago, each with endemic wildlife and
extraordinary natural beauty.
To learn more about Japanese culture you might visit private
homes or traditional businesses, shop in local shops or cook with
local people. Alongside that, you learn so much from visiting
gardens and castles, Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, all of
which help you to understand more about the history of a land that
isolated itself from the rest of the world for hundreds of
You might also get to see snow monkeys or flocks of Japanese
cranes , foxes, deer, and seals or even Steller's sea eagles if you
venture further north.