Japan by Sea: Land of the Rising Sun - 2019

Dates: Sunday, May 5, 2019 to Sunday, May 19, 2019 (15 days)
Tour Leader: Michelle Damian

Cruise through the Inland Sea and the Sea of Japan on a delightful springtime exploration of Japan with AIA lecturer and host Michelle Damian, a specialist in Japanese maritime history and archaeology. This small nation of nearly 7,000 islands is wonderfully suited for exploration by small ship, and the all-suite, 57-cabin Caledonian Sky conveys us comfortably to a fascinating variety of tranquil historic towns, artistic centers, and remote islands that larger ships cannot access, plus we spend three nights ashore in Kyoto. Experience dramatic coastlines, sacred temples, celebrated gardens, and cutting-edge art and architecture. Meet and interact with a Zen Buddhist monk and the owner of a traditional geisha house, and participate in a hands-on taiko drum workshop with the world-famous Kodo drummers on remote Sado Island. Take part in a traditional tea ceremony, attend a specially arranged performance of sacred bugaku dance, marvel at the stunning iconic beauty of Miyajima’s torii gate, and enjoy a full-day excursion in South Korea. Several optional post-cruise extensions are also available, to discover highlights of Otaru, Sapporo, and/or Tokyo.

Aboard the all-suite, 57-cabin Caledonian Sky

Pricing starting at $10,995 Per Person/Double Occupancy
Single pricing starting at $18,795




Sunday & Monday, May 5 & 6, 2019 - Home / Kyoto, Japan
Tuesday, May 7 - Kyoto
Wednesday, May 8 - Kyoto & Shiga
Thursday, May 9 - Kyoto / Nara / Kobe (Embark)
Friday, May 10 - Cruising / Hiroshima
Saturday, May 11 - Miyajima
Sunday, May 12 - Uwajima & Rural Shikoku
Monday, May 13 - Hagi
Tuesday, May 14 - Ulsan, South Korea
Wednesday, May 15 - Matsue, Japan
Thursday, May 16 - Kanazawa
Friday, May 17 - Sado Island
Saturday, May 18 - Hakodate
Sunday, May 19 - Otaru / Disembark / Return to U.S. OR Join Optional Extensions

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May 19-20, 2019 - Otara & Sapporo
May 19-22, 2019 - Otara, Sapporo & Tokyo
May 19-23, 2019 - Otara, Sapporo & Noboribetsu Onsen
Additional details and pricing for the optional extensions will be sent to confirmed participants.

Detailed Itinerary


For reservations or questions, please email us at aia@studytours.org (and include your full name) or call us toll-free at (800) 748-6262 (toll: 603-756-2884).

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