Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this unique, custom-designed itinerary, featuring two nights in Kyoto and a seven-night cruise across the full length of the serene Inland Sea of Japan from Himeji, including historic ports of Japan such as Miyajima, Sakaiminato and Moji and Ulsan, South Korea. On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship LE SOLEAL, featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms, enjoy this 280-mile stretch of scenic, tranquil ocean with port calls at captivating points of interest, including seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the enchanting city of Kyoto, visit opulent temples and the Nijo Castle, an imperial gem. Walk through the imposing Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, tour the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima with its awe-inspiring Great Torii Gate and see the impressive Himeji Castle, the largest and best-preserved feudal structure from medieval Japan. In Gyeongju, South Korea, visit the Buddhist Bulguksa Temple and the ancient Silla Kingdom Royal Burial Mounds.
Day 1: Depart the US / Cross the International Dateline
Day 2: Osaka, Japan / Kyoto
Day 3: Kyoto
Day 4: Kyoto / Himeji / Embark MS Le Soleal
Day 5: Hiroshima / Miyajima
Day 6: Hagi
Day 7: Sakaiminato for Matsue
Day 8: Ulsan, South Korea for Gyeongju
Day 9: Moji, Japan
Day 10: Uno for Kurashiki or Karaku-en Garden
Day 11: Osaka / Disembark ship / Depart for US / Cross International Date Line / Arrive in US
Optional three night pre-tour: Tokyo
Optional three night post-tour: Kanazawa
Steven Ericson specializes in the history of Japan with a focus on the country's modern transformation. His research centers on government financial and industrial policies and their economic and social effects in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is the author of The Sound of the Whistle: Railroads and the State in Meiji Japan (Harvard, 1996) and co-editor of The Treaty of Portsmouth and Its Legacies (University Press of New England, 2008). He is currently writing a book on the Japanese financial reform of the early 1880s.