Experience the timeless splendor of Japan while cruising the full length of the tranquil Inland Sea, plus stop in South Korea's port of Ulsan for a special visit to historic Gyeongju, the “museum without walls.”

Starting at: $5,995 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Torii Gate near Miyajima  Entrance to Nijo Castle (detail), Kyoto  Himeji Castle  Nijo Castle Garden, Kyoto  Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto  Ryoan-ji Zen Garden, Kyoto  Young geishas. Japan Tourism Bureau  Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju, South Korea

A Cruise of Japan

Featuring a Stop in South Korea From Himeji to Matsue and Osaka Aboard the 220-guest L’Austral

11 days from $5,995

Experience the timeless splendor of Japan while cruising the full length of the tranquil Inland Sea, plus stop in South Korea's port of Ulsan for a special visit to historic Gyeongju, the “museum without walls.”

or Call 855-330-1542

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May 8 - 18, 2018 Departure
Paula Swart

Paula Swart

Paula Swart studied Chinese and Japanese language at the University of Leiden and Asian Art History at the University of Amsterdam. While working at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, she researched the collection of Japanese tea ceremony ceramics of French politician Clemenceau, and 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints. Paula has been a Curator of Asian Studies for more than twenty years and has organized many exhibitions on various aspects of Japanese art, history, and culture, publishing on such topics as Shinto shrines, sword guards, the ritual use of sake and the function of ceramics in the tea ceremony. She has made a number of trips to Japan exploring the various ancient capitals as well as modern cities like Tokyo and Yokohama and has lectured on Japan's World Heritage sites at the University of Victoria. In 2008 she traveled to Japan at the invitation of the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties in Tokyo to discuss the restoration project of an important and rare early 17th century Buddhist painting. Paula has a longtime interest in Japanese films, literature, textiles, and Japonisme.