15-Night Japan Intensive Voyage

15-Night Japan Intensive Voyage

Azamara Journey® | Departing: March 19, 2024
Azamara Journey® | Departing: March 19, 2024
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Azamara Journey
Sailing: March 19, 2024

Immerse Yourself in Japan

Before departing Tokyo, enjoy breakfast at a kissaten—or 'kissa' for short—a coffee shop inspired by traditional teahouses that dates back to the early or mid-20th century. After a relaxing day sailing aboard your boutique hotel at sea, we explore Aomori where year-round festival floats fill the waters near the Nebuta Museum WA RASSE museum. Hirosaki Castle, constructed in 1611 and surrounded by over 2,600 cherry trees, is another must-see before sailing to Akita, home to the Shirakami -Sanchi Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Kanpuzan Observatory.

Next is Niigata, the largest city on Honshu's Sea of Japan coast and Kanazawa, a buzzing city center, and of course—the region’s best rice and saké. Then, we sail into the fishing port of Sakaiminato to see Matsue Castle crossing the Korea Strait for a late stay in Busan, where ancient culture and modern life merge in South Korea's second-largest city. Buddhist temples are in abundance, or you can take a Korean cooking class, visit the local fish market  or participate in a Korean tea ceremony. Savor it raw, the way locals love at the locally-loved Jacky’s Seafood.

A late stay allows you to witness Kitakyushu from the most spectacular perspective the city has to offer, beginning with a journey aboard our Mt. Sarakura Cable Car tour.. With another late stay, in Hiroshima, hop on the Shinkansen Bullet Train to the Floating Shrine of Miyajima. Next,unwind while cruising the inland Sea of Japan. With emerald waters and over 3,000 volcanic and granite islands dotting the coast, you'll enjoy a peaceful day best spent on one of our outdoor decks, or your very own veranda before an exciting late night in the old castle town of Takamatsu. To get a sense of its history, visit Tamamo-koen Park. The 16th century Takamatsu Castle had been destroyed, but there’s still plenty to explore: ruins, water moats, and classic Japanese-style yagura or turrets.

Next up is an overnight in Kobe. Known for the beef delicacy that bears its name, venture to Osaka or explore Kyoto & Nara, Arashiyama, Golden Pavillion and Fushimi Inari Shrine. In Shimizu, gaze in awe at Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak, overlooking this beautiful town, then conclude your intensive Japanese voyage with an overnight stay back in Tokyo. Tour the best ramen and sushi restaurants, visit Akihabara Electric Town to discover cutting-edge gadgets and games, and scale the Tokyo City View—a breathtaking observation deck on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower.

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  • Day 1
    Tokyo
    Japan
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    Date: Tue 19-Mar 2024
    Activity: Embark
    Arrival: -
    Depart: 5:00 pm
    The world’s largest metropolitan area, Tokyo is an unforgettable experience for everyone. Tour the best ramen and sushi restaurants, visit Akihabara Electric Town to discover cutting-edge gadgets and games, and scale the Tokyo City View—a breathtaking observation deck on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower. For a change of pace, visit the Meiji Shrine to take a serene stroll along the many walking paths.
  • Day 2
    At Sea
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    Date: Wed 20-Mar 2024
    Activity: Cruising
    Arrival: -
    Depart: -

    Spend the day sailing in style aboard your boutique hotel at sea. Indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay ship shape with a class at our fitness center, or lounge the day away on our sunny pool deck.

    In the evening, savor inspired Italian cuisine at Aqualina, or relish in a classic steakhouse experience at Prime C. Plus, you’ll find plenty of exciting evening entertainment, from thrilling shows at Cabaret Lounge to intimate performances in the Living Room.

  • Day 3
    Aomori
    Japan
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    Date: Thu 21-Mar 2024
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 9:00 am
    Depart: 6:00 pm
    Sunny and refreshingly cool in the summer, lively and bustling during festival season and enjoyably sleepy in the way only the best seaside locations can be, this lovely city is worth a closer look.
  • Day 4
    Akita
    Japan
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    Date: Fri 22-Mar 2024
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 8:00 am
    Depart: 6:00 pm
    Bring your appetite to Akita. With its prime location adjacent to the Sea of Japan, seafood lovers will be in heaven. The region is famous for its rice production and the high quality sake brewed from it. Once you're full, take advantage of the city’s outdoor offerings by visiting the Shirakami -Sanchi Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or relax at the Nyuto Hot Springs.
  • Day 5
    Niigata
    Japan
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    Date: Sat 23-Mar 2024
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 8:00 am
    Depart: 6:00 pm
    Four distinct seasons each offering breathtaking landscapes. Ancient traditions and landmarks. A buzzing city center, and of course—the region’s best rice and sake. No matter what type of adventure you seek, you’ll find it in the prefectural capital of Niigata.
  • Day 6
    Kanazawa
    Japan
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    Date: Sun 24-Mar 2024
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 8:00 am
    Depart: 6:00 pm
    Translated literally, Kanazawa means “marsh of gold,” and the city produces approximately 98% of the gold leaf in Japan (so find a small jar to take home).Discover the 70 temples of Tera-machi, visit the D.T. Suzuki Museum, a peaceful homage to Zen Buddhism, explore the small bustling alleys of the colorful Omichi Market, and be sure to sample the region’s sake, known for its superior quality.
  • Day 7
    Sakaiminato
    Japan
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    Date: Mon 25-Mar 2024
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 8:00 am
    Depart: 5:30 pm
    Sakaiminato is the birthplace of Shigeru Mizuki, the creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro, the manga stories that birthed so many of Japan’s favorite comic characters. Take a walk down Shigeru Mizuki Road, a street lined with more than 150 statues of his characters. If you're a Manga fan, be sure to also visit the Shigeru Mizuki Memorial Museum to learn more about Mizuki and his creative characters.
  • Day 8
    Busan
    South Korea
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    Date: Tue 26-Mar 2024
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 9:00 am
    Depart: 10:00 pm
    Ancient culture and modern life come together seamlessly in South Korea's second-largest city. Buddhist temples can be found in abundance, and each intricate structure is well-worth a visit. For fresh seafood, head to the fish market, where you can sample it raw—just the way locals love. For a true taste of Busan, head to the bustling Gujke Market.
  • Day 9
    Kitakyushu
    Japan
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    Date: Wed 27-Mar 2024
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 8:00 am
    Depart: 8:00 pm
    Kitakyushu is best seen from the seaside promenade at Moji Port, with its shops, restaurants, and more. Stop by the Moji Customs Building and tour the art gallery inside, or head to the top of the Mojiko Retro Observation Room for great views of the city. Up for an eclectic adventure? Visit the Toto Toilet Museum. And foodies, be sure to try popular noodle dishes like tonkatsu ramen and yaki-udon.
  • Day 10
    Hiroshima
    Japan
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    Date: Thu 28-Mar 2024
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 8:00 am
    Depart: 10:00 pm
    While it’s impossible to forget that Hiroshima was the site of the first atomic blast on August 6, 1945, this modern city has emerged as a thriving and vibrant port. Even still, no visit would be complete without a trip to the Peace Memorial Park. Step further back in time to visit the castle of Hiroshima-Jo, and be sure to try the city’s most famous dish, okonomiyaki, a delicious savory pancake.
  • Day 11
    The Inland Sea
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    Date: Fri 29-Mar 2024
    Activity: Cruising
    Arrival: -
    Depart: -
    Surrounded by three of Japan's five main islands, the Seto Inland Sea is a tranquil escape from the ultra-modern cities Japan is famous for. With emerald waters and over 3,000 volcanic and granite islands dotting the coast, you'll enjoy a peaceful day best spent on one of our outdoor decks, or you very own veranda.
  • Day 11
    Takamatsu
    Japan
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    Date: Fri 29-Mar 2024
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 12:00 pm
    Depart: 8:00 pm
    Combine thousands of years of history with fantastic food and you have the vibrant city of Takamatsu, Japan. Explore Tamamo-koen Park to discover ruins, Japanese-style turrets, and more. Then visit a thatched-roof tea house to try matcha, a powdered green tea. Finally, be sure to sample Sanuki udon—a famous noodle dish—after enjoying an afternoon shopping and visiting the new waterfront.
  • Day 12-13
    Kobe
    Japan
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    Date: Sat 30-Mar to Sun 31-Mar 2024
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 8:00 am (Mar 30)
    Depart: 1:30 pm (Mar 31)
    Famous for the beef that bears it name, Kobe is headquarters for many Japanese and international firms, and has long been an important port. It’s also a short bullet-train ride from Kyoto, capital of Japan from the 8th to the 19th century. Explore spectacular temples and shrines, palaces and castles of shoguns and emperors, and narrow lanes paved in stone and lined with wooden buildings.
  • Day 14
    Shimizu
    Japan
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    Date: Mon 1-Apr 2024
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 10:30 am
    Depart: 7:00 pm
    Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak, overlooks this beautiful port town. Bustling with activity, the Port of Shimizu is full of commercial highlights you’ll want to experience. A stroll through Miho-no-Matsubara will leave you inspired. Home to more than 30,000 pine trees lining the seashore, it’s no surprise this scenic area has been the subject of many paintings and legends throughout Japanese history.
  • Day 15-16
    Tokyo
    Japan
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    Date: Tue 2-Apr to Wed 3-Apr 2024
    Activity: Docked/Debark
    Arrival: 8:00 am (Apr 2)
    Depart: -
    The world’s largest metropolitan area, Tokyo is an unforgettable experience for everyone. Tour the best ramen and sushi restaurants, visit Akihabara Electric Town to discover cutting-edge gadgets and games, and scale the Tokyo City View—a breathtaking observation deck on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower. For a change of pace, visit the Meiji Shrine to take a serene stroll along the many walking paths.
Please note: While we do our best to adhere to our published itineraries, they may be changed at the discretion of the captain due to weather advisories, port traffic, and any other unforeseeable circumstances.
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Club Interior Stateroom
$5,359* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 158 sq. ft. (14.7 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $416.17 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Oceanview Stateroom
$5,999* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 143 sq. ft. (13.3 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $416.17 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Veranda Stateroom
$6,639* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 175 sq. ft. (16.3 sq m)
Veranda Area: 40 sq. ft. (3.8 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $416.17 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Veranda Plus Stateroom
$6,959* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 175 sq. ft. (16.3 sq m)
Veranda Area: 40 sq. ft. (3.8 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $416.17 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Continent Suite
$9,839* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 266 sq. ft. (24.8 sq m)
Veranda Area: 60 sq. ft. (5.6 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $416.17 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Spa Suite
$15,439* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 414 sq. ft. (38.5 sq m)
Veranda Area: 60 sq. ft. (5.6 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $416.17 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Ocean Suite
$15,839* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 478 sq. ft. (44.5 sq m)
Veranda Area: 173 sq. ft. (16.1 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $416.17 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club World Owner's Suite
$16,639* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 603 sq. ft. (56.1 sq m)
Veranda Area: 233 sq. ft. (21.7 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $416.17 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Our Pricing & Savings Policy
Unless stated otherwise, all rates are per person, based on double occupancy, cruise only, in USD, and subject to availability. Rates may vary by ship, departure date, and stateroom category. All rates, savings offers and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Savings offers may be withdrawn at any time. Azamara reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice.

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Early Booking Bonus

Save 20% per person + $300 Onboard Credit, Unlimited WiFi for one device, and a Premium Beverage Package for two when booking a Veranda or higher on select 2023-2024 sailings. Book by December 31, 2022.*

Shore Excursions
  • Featured Shore Excursion
    Floating Shrine of Miyajima

    Ride a ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, admiring the 50-foot tall archway that seems to float on the sea.

  • Featured Shore Excursion
    Adachi Museum of Art and Yushien Garden with Lunch

    Visit two beautiful Japanese gardens on this jouney to the Adachi Museum of Art and Yushien Garden.

  • Featured Shore Excursion
    Arashiyama, Golden Pavilion, and Fushimi Inari Shrine

    Travel to Kyoto from Kobe to see three iconic landmarks: the bamboo forest, Nonomiya Shrine, the resplendent Golden Pavilion, and the 10,000 red Torii gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha.

Life Onboard
Life Onboard
  • Specialty Dining

    Dine in luxury and elegance at the specialty restaurants of Azamara, where you’ll savor a heavenly experience at a down-to-earth price.

    At Aqualina, tantalize your palate with some of Italy’s most celebrated dishes, as well as contemporary inventive cuisine. Expect a marvelous evening in a warm ambiance with stunning views and lush décor at Prime C steakhouse. And don’t miss the Chef’s Table, an exclusive dining experience pairing multiple delectable courses with perfectly matched wines.

  • Spa, Health & Fitness

    Relax, revitalize, and reboot. Our spa, health, and fitness options give you the chance to focus on you—something you don’t always have time to do at home.

    Pamper yourself at The Sanctum Spa with the ultimate in signature treatments. Update your look at our full-service salon. Get into a new groove with complimentary group fitness classes like sunset yoga on the deck, core workouts, and nutrition sessions. Or head to our well-equipped Fitness Center to work out at your own pace, as you enjoy spectacular ocean views. Feel better, look better, and get ship shape with Azamara.

  • Shopping

    Searching for a tasteful collection of merchandise, beautiful jewelry, and special keepsakes? Look no further than the onboard stores of Azamara.

    Stop by the ship’s namesake shop for sundries, casual wear, swim fashions, accessories, and small gifts. Head to Indulgences for an exquisite selection of jewelry, watches, and other pieces from iconic jewelry-makers. Pick up camera supplies and photos taken by the ship’s roving photographer at The Photo Shop. (And be sure to watch your daily news for specials and one-time offers that make shopping even more fun.)

  • Enrichment Programs & Classes

    Culinary demonstrations by our professional chefs and wine tastings by our sommeliers. Cruise Global, Connect Local℠ shore excursion seminars to help you learn about particular tours. Port-of-call lectures focusing on destination highlights, plus insider tips on lesser-known excursions.

    Get in the know with our ever-changing variety of entertaining and interesting programs hosted by Azamara’s own onboard experts.

  • Discoveries Restaurant

    At the culinary heart of our ships is the Discoveries Restaurant. Here, you can discover the world through dishes and flavors from the places we visit, whether it’s our Destination Immersion® Experiences dinner buffet or the Destination Immersion® cuisine on our dinner menu.

    During on-shore visits, our chefs love to head to local markets for inspiration and ingredients. The result? Mouthwatering dishes so local, you’ll feel like you’re not onboard anymore.

  • Casual Dining & Snacks

    At Azamara, we elevate casual dining to delectable heights. Taste your way around the world at The Patio with exclusive personalized dishes using local flavors. Then top your meal off at Swirl & Top, our self-serve frozen yogurt station.

    Take in the fresh breeze at an outdoor table and relax in the laid-back atmosphere of Windows Café, featuring daily themed dinners inspired from the region we’re visiting and live stations serving up local ingredients purchased in port. And no matter where you are in the world, Mosaic Café and Mosaic @Night is the perfect place to start (or end) your day.

  • Entertainment & Events

    In between taking you to some of the most fascinating destinations in the world, we love to entertain our guests, especially at the Cabaret Lounge. Enjoy live performances of professional full-stage musical revues, classical soloists, bands, and other entertainment in a cabaret nightclub with full bar and cozy tables.

    We take the show outside at Azamara’s White Night party and buffet, held at least once on every cruise (weather permitting). Have a fabulous feast, sip boutique wines on the house, and dance late into the night. Wearing white is optional, but encouraged!

  • Bars & Lounges

    Wine and unwind at Azamara’s distinctive bars and lounges. Discoveries Lounge is a guest favorite for pre- and post-dinner conversation and drinks, while The Living Room is the perfect space to take in interesting speakers, enjoy a hot beverage or wines and tapas, or simply relax with a good book.

    With a flat-screen TV and full-service bar, Spirits is a great place for sports fans.

    Wine and unwind at Azamara’s distinctive bars and lounges. Discoveries Lounge is a guest favorite for pre- and post-dinner conversation and drinks, while The Living Room is the perfect space to take in interesting speakers, enjoy a hot beverage or wines and tapas, or simply relax with a good book.

    Azamara Pursuit’s newest lounge exemplifies outright dedication to Destination Immersion experiences. The Den is your ideal location for travel inspiration during your cruise. Sit back and relax to the sounds of live piano, and engage in one of our destination-focused activities.

    Wine and unwind at Azamara’s distinctive bars and lounges. Discoveries Lounge is a guest favorite for pre- and post-dinner conversation and drinks, while The Living Room is the perfect space to take in interesting speakers, enjoy a hot beverage or wines and tapas, or simply relax with a good book.

    The Spirits Bar will keep you entertained, with its flat-screen TV with and full-service bar, it’s the perfect place to watch the game onboard.

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Please remember you have up to 2 days prior to your sail date to purchase your Azamara® shore excursions online. If you are within the 2 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions on board.

*Prices are representative, subject to change and availability and vary by sailing. Tours, tour dates, and times are subject to change and availability. A cruise booking number and at least one deposit payment is required to purchase a tour. Tours may be purchased online or by calling us up to four days prior to the cruise departure date. After that time, tours must be booked onboard.

Tours purchased prior to the cruise departure date will be charged to your credit card in the same currency as your cruise reservation. Tours purchased onboard will be charged in U.S. dollars to your KeyCard account. Exchange rates are determined by a competitive pricing program.

The providers of tour arrangements are independent contractors and are not acting as agents of representatives or Azamara. In no event shall Azamara be liable for any accident or harm to passenger, which occurs as a result of any acts, omissions, or negligence of any independent contractors.

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