Japan by Sea Ocean Cruise Walking & Hiking Tour
Ancient Traditions & the Sea of Japan
From $9,298 - $12,899 pp dbl. occ. | 9 days / 8 nights
(+$1,400 to $15,000 for sgl. occ.)
Intricate and graceful. Handcrafted and incredibly unique. Like a beautiful origami design. Follow trails through peaceful forests of maple, pine and beech. Fold in sacred shrines, ancient temples and elegant pagodas. Vibrant pigments appear—the blues of the Sea of Japan, the red-orange hues of persimmon orchards and the pink blossoms of cosmos flowers. Timeless traditions somehow make you feel brand-new. Come as you are but let the journey shape you.
- Sail along Japan's spectacular coastline, where culture and history come alive with Backroads' exclusive experiences and local encounters
- Hike in stunning landscapes to centuries-old Buddhist temples and World Heritage sites—we've uncovered the most incredible routes
- Walk the paths of Hiroshima's sacred Miyajima Island, home to misty maple forests, graceful shrines and the iconic floating torii gate
- Partake in private excursions where you get to sample market-fresh seafood, taste local sake and don a kimono for a traditional tea ceremony
Day 1 Accompanied by your knowledgeable Backroads leaders, hike outside of bustling Kyoto to the peaceful mountain village of Takao | Behold the hidden Kuya-no-taki waterfall, surrounded by Buddhist images | Follow paths along the crystal-clear Kiyotaki-gawa River, weaving past temples under the shade of maple and azalea trees.
Days 2-3 Venture from the beech forests of Mount Daisen toward the blue Sea of Japan | Explore a region full of artisans and handcraft schools | Get a taste of South Korea with lunch at the impressive Jagalchi Fish Market | Climb high above Busan on a cable car to Geumjeongsanseong Fortress and walk along the ancient walls dominating the ridgeline.
Days 4-5 Back in Japan, kayak amid the hidden coves and high cliffs of island-dotted Saikai National Park in Nagasaki | Sample sake and learn about its production | Zip on a bullet train to the Izumi-fumoto Samurai Residences, where medieval warriors lived | Don a Japanese kimono for a traditional tea ceremony.
Days 6-7 Follow the Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail on foot and visit some of the path's 88 temples | On Hiroshima's sacred island of Miyajima, trek through a misty maple forest to the top of Mount Misen | Visit Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site known for its dazzling torii gate | Discover Miyajima's winding alleys, charming shops and traditional architecture during a stroll.
Days 8-9 Art lovers rejoice! On foot, explore Naoshima, an island brimming with art studios and museums | Disembark in Osaka's vibrant metropolis, where 16th-century Osaka Castle beckons for a visit.
Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email.
PORTS OF CALL Maizuru | Sakaiminato | Busan | Nagasaki | Kagoshima | Uwajima | Hiroshima | Tamano | Osaka
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