Japan is renowned for its complex history, stunning landscapes, and highly refined arts. Begin our new cruise with two days in South Korea’s bustling capital of Seoul, then board Clipper Odyssey and sail to the influential Asian nation of Japan. You’ll visit castles, temples, and museums in Matsue, Hagi, and Kyoto, including the Miho Museum, designed by I. M. Pei. Stroll through some of Japan's finest gardens, such as Ritsuren in Okayama and a private tour of the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum on Shikoku. Other highlights include the celebrated arts centers on the islands of Naoshima and Teshima, studio visits of renowned potters, private tea ceremonies, and performances of traditional dance. You’ll also learn more about the historic city of Hiroshima, recognized for its promotion of peace.
Travel in the company of a Extraordinary Speakers throughout the tour. John Carpenter, Curator of Japanese Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a highly regarded specialist in Japanese calligraphy, painting, and woodblock prints. Theodore Bestor, Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and the Director of Edwin O. Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies; and Victoria Lyon Bestor, associate of the Reischauer Institute, have collaborated on many Japanese study projects, including editing The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society (2011).
Become immersed in Japanese culture as you visit artists’ studios, participate in a private tea ceremony, and attend a traditional dance performance.
Enjoy visits to historic sites and special museums that reflect ancient to contemporary time periods, from Matsue Castle, one of the oldest castles in the country, to Kyoto’s Miho Museum, designed by I. M. Pei and located in a beautiful mountain setting.
Sample regional specialties and enjoy memorable dining experiences, including a traditional Soba noodle lunch and a visit to a former saki brewery.
Visit celebrated arts centers on the Japanese islands of Naoshima and Teshima.
Learn about traditional Japanese garden design as you stroll through some of the finest gardens in Japan.
Discover South Korea’s bustling capital of Seoul.
Cruise aboard the luxury 110-guest Clipper Odyssey and enjoy its many fine amenities.
World Heritage Sites
This tour features the following World Heritage sites:
Seoul’s Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongju Historic Areas
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto
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