Japan is a country of contrasts. Tokyo speaks of the future, yet Japan’s ancient eastern spirit is ever-present and the stunning natural landscape provides an enduring backdrop.


Discover our Japan ports of call.

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    Aomori is the northernmost prefecture on Japan's main island of Honshu. The triangular Aspam Tourism Centre has an observation deck that offers spectacular views of the harbour and city.

  • Ishigaki

    Often called the most beautiful place in Japan, part of Okinawa Prefecture, Ishigaki Island is where many Tokyoites come to escape the big city. They seek the warm weather, great food, and friendly people.

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    Hakodate occupies a long strip of land, providing a southern route to Hokkaido. One of the first port cities to accept international trade, Hakodate has a rich history.

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    Hiroshima dates back to 1589. The Peace Memorial Park serves to commemorate its tragic past, but Hiroshima has once more become a lively, bustling and promising place.

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    The city of Kagoshima is often compared to its Italian sister city, Naples, due to a similarly mild climate, streets lined with palm trees, and Sakurajima, Kagoshima's version of Vesuvius.

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    At 354ft, Kobe Port Tower is an iconic landmark offering heart-stopping views from its upper deck. If heights are not your thing, sample the local speciality – teppanyaki-grilled kobe beef.

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    The meeting point between India and China, Kochi has been an intriguing and fascinating mix of cultures for over 600 years, drawing the most intrepid travellers to its shores.

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    Mt Fuji (Shimizu)

    On clear days, particularly in winter, Mount Fuji (Fuji-san in Japanese) is visible from as far as Tokyo, 60 miles away. When capped with snow, it’s a picture-perfect volcanic cone.

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    Revisit WW2 at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum or take a boat trip to Hashima Island, inspiration for the ghost island in the Skyfall Bond movie.

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    Okinawans have grown accustomed to sharing their distinctive customs with visitors from all over the world. Shuri Castle should be at the top of your list of places to go.

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    Otaru is nicknamed 'the town of hills', and it’s true to its name. The observation point on Mt. Tenguyama offers unforgettable, panoramic views of Otaru and its port area.

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    Sapporo (Muroran)

    Located in western Hokkaido, Sapporo is the largest city on the island. Odori Avenue Park is a stunning space filled with beautiful sculptures, fountains and 92 species of trees.

Japan highlights: futuristic cityscapes, natural beauty, age-old traditions

Japan, the land of the rising sun, is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. It is home to both cutting-edge technology and ancient traditions.

In Tokyo, enjoy the super-efficient metro, shop for high tech gadgets and be dazzled by the neon lights. Or step away and experience the beauty the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or a traditional tea ceremony in one of Tokyo’s teahouses.

Other highlights of your Japan Cruise include Mount Fuji, the snow-capped volcano that is a World Heritage Site. And, further round the coast, visit the atmospheric Nagasaki Peace Park, a moving memorial to the awful events at the end of the Second World War.

And there is so much more, from cherry blossom in spring to the joys of sushi to the ancient temples and the traditions that include Geisha girls and samurai warriors. Get the full Japanese experience on your next Celebrity cruise.

Weather & what to pack

Tokyo sees warm summers and reasonably mild winters. The summer temperature averages 31 degrees Celsius while in winter the average is around 5 degrees Celsius. 

Pack some light summer clothes and some layers so that you can adjust according to the weather. There is a rainy season in summer when waterproofs and a brolly will be needed. 



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