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Setting sail from Apra
The deep water port of Apra is situated on the west coast of Guam, the largest and most densely populated of the Mariana Islands. Guam is a US overseas territory, so it can feel quite Americanised compared to other Pacific islands, but the scenery is stunning and the intriguing indigenous Chamorro culture has not yet been fully subsumed.
Northern Mariana Islands: Saipan
Saipan is a popular destination for Asian tourists, though it’s actually a US commonwealth. The island has a number of interesting Second World War sites, including the grim Banzai Cliff, where hundreds of Japanese jumped to their death rather than surrender.
Northern Mariana Islands: Pagan, Maug Islands
Japan: Chichijima, Tori-Shima
On 6 August 1945 the world witnessed the terrifying power of nuclear weapons for the first time, unleashed on the unsuspecting Japanese city of Hiroshima. The modern city's sobering Peace Memorial Park commemorates that fateful day, which left more than 140,000 dead.
Miyajima island, officially known as Itsukushima, is famous for its incredibly photogenic torii (shrine gates) which seem to float above the water. Renovation work beginning in June 2019 means that the gates will be obscured by scaffolding for a couple of years, but the shrine itself will remain open.
Said to be Japan’s sunniest city, Okayama is situated on the northern shore of the Seto Inland Sea, near to the bridge that links the islands of Honshu and Shikoku. The city is known for its impressive black castle, which overlooks the stunning Koraku-en gardens.
Arriving in Kobe
Small in size and cosmopolitan in its outlook, Kobe is a thoroughly pleasant city with a long and distinguished history as one of Japan's main trading ports. Kobe's past as a commercial hub is reflected in its architecture, with a number of unusually European-looking houses, as well as a charming, if slightly touristy, Chinatown. Kobe is overlooked by Mount Rokko, and you can take a cable car to the top for marvellous views. The city is also an important centre for sake production, so it's a great place to sample Japan's most famous tipple.
Kobe’s nearby Rokko mountains mean it is easy to get up high for great views, with lots of cable cars and ropeways to choose from.
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Where to stay in Kobe
We like Hotel La Suite right on the waterfront.
Go to the Sake breweries in the Nada district – much of the best sake comes from this region.