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Due to ongoing demand for the destination, ultra-luxury cruise operator, Scenic has unveiled an expanded Japan programme for 2023 on board the ultra-luxury Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse.

New sailings have been added to the programme, including three brand new itineraries, visiting more than six new ports of call including Hachinohe, Shimizu, Muroran, Sakaiminato (all Japan) and various spectacular ports across The Aleutian Islands (United States of America).

A new Scenic Enrich excursion – part of the luxury cruise lines signature immersive shore excursion programme – allows guests to experience Japanese culture at a Shinto ceremony. The ancient tradition features prayers and dancing to encourage the purification of spirits and a sake Kagami-biraki ceremony at a local shrine is said to bring good luck to all who attend.

Small ship cruising onboard Scenic Eclipse allows guests to explore beyond the horizon thanks to the on-board submarine and two helicopters. With just 228 guests onboard, an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio and private butler service, Scenic Eclipse ensures an extraordinary level of personalised service for each guest.

The 15-member onboard Discovery Team featuring scientists, historians, ornithologists and archaeologists educates guests on Japan’s fascinating history, fauna, wildlife and traditions. Guests can enjoy sushi in the onboard restaurant Sushi @ Kokos and sample north Asian fusion food at Night Market whilst tasting local Sake from the onboard Sake bar.

Highlights of the expanded Japan programme include:

The 12-day Cultural Wonders of Japan itinerary

  • The sailing takes guests from Otaru to Busan (South Korea) and includes a train to Seoul for departure, and visits some of the most incredible places Japan has to offer, including Hakodate, Aomori, Sado Island, Kanazawa, Maizuru, Sakaiminato, Hagi (all Japan) and Busan (South Korea).
  • Highlights of the itinerary include:
    • Discover the secrets of the ancient Samurai and explore Aomori, which holds one of the world’s largest and most well-preserved archaeological sites.
    • Visit the volcanic heights of Mount Daisen, known locally as ‘mini-Fuji’, and explore the streets of Sakaiminato, which inspired legendary manga artist, Shigeru Mizuki.
    • View the Grand Shine of Izumo, one of Japan’s most important shrines.
  • Prices start from £8,630, departing on 3rd June 2023.

The 12-day Iconic Japan: Sacred Cultures & Natures voyage

  • Sailing from Busan (South Korea) to Otaru (Japan) calling at Busan (South Korea), Matsuyama, Shingu, Shimizu, Tokyo and Hachinohe and Muroran (all Japan).
  • Highlights of the itinerary include
    • Witness the diverse shores across the Land of the Rising Sun, from the neon streets of Tokyo to the last remote frontier of Japan, the island of Hokkaido.
    • Learn the fascinating history of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes and observe the natural beauty of Shimizu.
    • Revel in the stunning scenery on the foothills of Mount Fuji, including the white streams of Shiraito Falls and uncover historic Japanese culture at the Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum.
    • Enjoy the new and exclusive Scenic Enrich experience at a cocktail function with a Shinto ceremony and a sake Kagami-biraki ceremony at a local shrine in Tokyo.
    • Be inspired by the natural beauty and cultural significance of Hachinohe on the island of Honshu and indulge in unbelievably delicious food at Muroran.
  • Prices start from £9,080, departing 11th June 2023.

The 21-day Japan and Aleutian Islands voyage

  • The sailing takes guests from Otaru (Japan) to Nome (America) and visits eight of the dramatic chain of 14 volcanic and 55 smaller Aleutian Islands (America).
  • Highlights include
    • Witness gorgeous wildlife in seabirds and cetaceans and diverse terrain that ranges from barren tundra lands and dense forests, to sandy beaches and rocky cliff faces.
    • Kayak between and explore the Aleutian Islands on foot and learn the stories and fascinating history of the Pacific Ring of Fire.
    • The onboard Discovery Team will be on hand to discuss the multitude of bird species on the islands and investigate the rocky landscapes with the geologist.
  • Prices start from £14,215, departing 11 July 2023

Scenic ocean cruises are truly all-inclusive, meaning guests can leave their wallet in a safe place and relax, knowing everything is taken care of. Flights, transfers, fine dining experiences, premium branded beverages and once-in-a-lifetime immersive excursions are all included in the price.

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