Japan is a fascinating balance of unique heritage and culture contrasting with the sprawling metropolises of the world’s mostadvanced technological civilisation. Made up of 6,852 islands, the perfect way to explore the Land of the Rising Sun is by sea. On our journey we will voyage around the stunning coastline and offshore islands of the archipelago, and discover ancient castles, serenely beautiful gardens and opulent temples and shrines. Althoughwe will visit the awe-inspiring contemporary landscape of Tokyo, what makes ouritinerary truly unique is our visits to parts of Japan where tourists rarely set foot.

Our vessel, the 114 passenger MS Caledonian Sky, allows us to visit out of the way destinations and remote stretches of coast that would not be practical on a land tour. In addition to our circumnavigation of Japan, our course takes us past the south eastern tip of Korea, where we will spend a day in Kyongju, the ‘Museum Without Walls’. Here, history comes vividly to life among the tombs, temples, shrines and pleasure gardens. Join us on this voyage of discovery and venture along the historic shores and off the well beaten tourist paths. May is the ideal time to see the countryside at its most verdant and whilst temperatures are still pleasant.

Highlights


• Enjoy the perfect combination of cities, islands, the natural world and cultural experiences.

• Visit the charming old merchant quarter of Kurashiki. Perfectly preserved, the quarter resembles the images which your mind conjures up of how Japan was in the 17th and 18th centuries with traditional wooden warehouses, canals framed by weeping willows and filled with koi.

• Visit the Ohara Museum of Art which houses a truly astounding collection of paintings including pieces by Monet, Matisse and Gauguin.

• Explore Koraku-en gardens which are so peaceful and serene and present such perfect vistas and photographic opportunities.

Arrive today in Tokyo and make your way to the New Otani Hotel or Hyatt Regency Tokyo (or similar) for an overnight stay. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore this vibrant city.
After breakfast in the hotel we will enjoy a city tour of Tokyo including Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple and the Imperial Palace Plaza. We will then transfer to the train station to join our shinkansen service to Kanazawa enjoying lunch along the way. On arrival in Kanazawa we transfer to the Caledonian Sky. Enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks on board as we moor overnight. Kanazawa is a thriving centre of the arts, long known for its lacquer ware, outstanding collectible pottery of the Kutani style, gold-leaf workmanship, and delicate hand- painting of silk for kimonos and Noh theatre dramas. The narrow and winding cobblestone streets have a quaint photogenic charm. Around each bend is a traditional house, museum, art gallery, crafts shop, historic samurai residence and even a geisha house to explore. The fascinating open-air market displays a vast variety of items from flowers to fish to local handicrafts. Next to the Kanazawa Castle ruins is one of Japan’s premier highlights – the famed Kenroku-en Garden, ranked among the country’s top gardens.
Matsue, called the ‘town of water,’ nestles between a scenic lake and a large lagoon. We will visit the cultural attractions of the town including Matsue Castle. This afternoon is free to relax or explore the town at leisure. Alternatively join an optional excursion to the Adachi Museum. Set in a beautiful natural environment, Adachi Museum of Art is well known for both its superb Japanese gardens and its collection of contemporary Japanese paintings, comprising approximately 1,500 of the country’s most highly regarded paintings produced after the Meiji period.
Japan’s revolution began here in Jokamachi’s old samurai residential quarter, we will tour a samurai’s home and visit Daisho Temple, the resting place of the two first Mori daimyo and all the even-numbered daimyo. We will also take time to explore Hagi Castle, Shizuki Park and Tokoji Temple.
Today embark on a full-day excursion to magnificent Kyongju, a World Heritage Site which is often described as the world’s finest open-air museum. As the ancient capital of the Shilla Dynasty, Kyongju’s cultural heritage dates back to the first millennium. Today, as we stroll through some of the hundreds of excavated monuments, temples, tombs and pagodas, there will be time to explore the National Museum with its exceptional collection of finely worked gold jewellery, metal weapons and distinctive pottery. At lunch, sample Korean delicacies and enjoy a cultural performance of traditional dance.
Arrive this morning in Nagasaki the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II. We will tour the Peace Mermorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and Glover Garden. We will continue to Dejima Island which was built during the Edo Period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries and prevent the propagation of their religion. It also used to be the residential quarters of the Dutch, the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan during the Sakoku (Isolation) Period. For 200 years, until Japan reopened the country in the 19th century, Dejima was its only window to the world.
This morning we arrive on the island of Yakushima which became Japan’s first UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. Its natural wonders will astound you as Yakushima has a particularly diverse flora. We will spend our time here on nature walks including Yakusugi Land a nature park populated by a number of the island’s ancient cedar trees, such as the Buddhasugi, Futagosugi and Sennensugi. This afternoon we relax at sea.
After a morning at sea we arrive at Uwajima situated deep inside the saw-toothed coast of Uwajima Bay. The city of Uwajima is emerging as the nation’s largest pearl cultivation centre. Learn the process of implanting, harvesting, extracting and sorting pearls on a visit to a pearl farm. We will continue to Sakiiya Square and Dairakuji Temple.
Arrive in Hiroshima to visit the compelling Peace Memorial Park. The park is dotted with memorials, including the cenotaph that contains the names of all the known victims of the A bomb. Return to the ship for lunch and then continue to Miyajima. Considered one of Japan’s top scenic wonders, Miyajima provides a picture-postcard vista of the scarlet Torii gate, the giant camphor wood gates at the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. We will go ashore to explore the Itsukushima Jinja Shrine, founded in the 6th century and dedicated to three sea goddesses. The shrine is a designated World Heritage Site.
This morning we will visit one of Japan’s most famed gardens, Koraku-en. This 17th-century formal garden has 28 acres of walking trails, ponds, plum and cherry trees, and a classic teahouse where we will experience a traditional tea ceremony. After a local lunch we will continue to Kurashiki where we explore the old merchant quarter and its fine 17th century wooden warehouses painted white with traditional black tiles, along a canal framed with weeping willows and filled with koi.
Disembark this morning in Osaka and continue with your onward plans.

Standard Suite Forward

£ 5775 GBP pp
Standard Suite Forward
The two Standard Forward Suites on the Castle Deck measure 22.7 square metres and feature two portholes, en-suite bathroom with shower and spacious wardrobes.

Castle Deck Standard Suite

£ 6075 GBP pp
Castle Deck Standard Suite
Suites on the Castle Deck measure 22.7 square metres and feature four port holes, en-suite bathroom with shower and spacious wardrobes.

Caledonian Superior Suite

£ 6575 GBP pp
Caledonian Superior Suite
Suites on the Caledonian Deck measure 21.6 square metres and feature en-suite bathrooms with bath tub and shower (except for suites 329, 330 and 331 which feature only a shower), spacious wardrobe and large window.

Promenade Deck Premium Suite

£ 7045 GBP pp
Promenade Deck Premium Suite
On the Promenade Deck measure 20.2sq m adn feature an en-suite bathroom with shower (cabins 431 & 432 have a bath) spacious wardrobe and large window

Bridge Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite

£ 7775 GBP pp
Bridge Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
Balcony Suites on the Bridge Deck measure 20.2 square metres and feature a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with shower and a private balcony measuring 4.2 square metres.

Promenade Deck Premium Balcony

£ 8275 GBP pp
Promenade Deck Premium Balcony
The Premium Balcony Suites on the Promenade Deck measure 20.2 square metres and feature a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with shower and a private balcony measuring 5.6 square meters

Castle Deck Standard Sole

£ 8575 GBP pp
Castle Deck Standard Sole
Cabin for sole use on the Castle Deck

Owner's Corner Suite

£ 8775 GBP pp
Owner's Corner Suite
The two corner suites on the Promenade Deck measure 22.6 square metres and feature one window facing to the side and two forward facing portholes, a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom with shower. Also a private balcony measuring 5.6 square meters

Standard Suite Forward

£ 5775 GBP pp
Standard Suite Forward
The two Standard Forward Suites on the Castle Deck measure 22.7 square metres and feature two portholes, en-suite bathroom with shower and spacious wardrobes.

Castle Deck Standard Suite

£ 6075 GBP pp
Castle Deck Standard Suite
Suites on the Castle Deck measure 22.7 square metres and feature four port holes, en-suite bathroom with shower and spacious wardrobes.

Caledonian Superior Suite

£ 6575 GBP pp
Caledonian Superior Suite
Suites on the Caledonian Deck measure 21.6 square metres and feature en-suite bathrooms with bath tub and shower (except for suites 329, 330 and 331 which feature only a shower), spacious wardrobe and large window.

Promenade Deck Premium Suite

£ 6975 GBP pp
Promenade Deck Premium Suite
On the Promenade Deck measure 20.2sq m adn feature an en-suite bathroom with shower (cabins 431 & 432 have a bath) spacious wardrobe and large window

Bridge Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite

£ 7775 GBP pp
Bridge Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite
Balcony Suites on the Bridge Deck measure 20.2 square metres and feature a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with shower and a private balcony measuring 4.2 square metres.

Promenade Deck Premium Balcony

£ 8275 GBP pp
Promenade Deck Premium Balcony
The Premium Balcony Suites on the Promenade Deck measure 20.2 square metres and feature a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with shower and a private balcony measuring 5.6 square meters

Castle Deck Standard Sole

£ 8575 GBP pp
Castle Deck Standard Sole
Cabin for sole use on the Castle Deck

Owner's Corner Suite

£ 8775 GBP pp
Owner's Corner Suite
The two corner suites on the Promenade Deck measure 22.6 square metres and feature one window facing to the side and two forward facing portholes, a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom with shower. Also a private balcony measuring 5.6 square meters

Caledonian Sky

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 114 (in 57 suites)

Built: 1991 / refurbished 2012

The MS Caledonian Sky accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in 57 spacious outside suites. Many have walk-in wardrobes and some feature tub baths. There will be seven categories of suites and sixteen suites will have private balconies. For those familiar with the MS Island Sky she will feel like a second home, although there are some differences. The dining room, lounge, Lido Deck and bar are all similar. However, the ‘Club’ on the MS Caledonian Sky has been transported to the very top deck. Here, there is a library and bar which leads out on to a lovely forward deck. The ‘Club’ has wonderful views with ceiling to floor windows.

If you like the MS Island Sky, we are sure you will also approve of her sister. And, of course it is important that we offer the very best of facilities. However, equally as important are the staff on board whether they are the vessel’s crew or our own expedition staff. Noble Caledonia’s reputation has been built on providing the very best in all areas. Their crew of 74 not only offer an excellent service they are also noted for their kindness and attention to detail. A well run ship with a warm atmosphere is what we are known for, and it is because most of our crew have been with us for many years that we are able to engender such an atmosphere.

Your Suite
Onboard there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. The passenger accommodation is arranged over four decks and all suites have outside views. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring a country style wash basin, hot towel rack and vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower and/or bath tub.

Facilities in the suites also include walk-in or spacious wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool or desk, mini-fridge, flat screen television, telephone, programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries, air-conditioning and heating. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort.

Your space
The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge where daily briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage and an elegant bar where a pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The bar also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. In addition there is the Club Lounge on the Panoramic Deck which features a bar. The onboard travel library is the perfect place to relax with a book and is stocked with reference books pertaining to the places the vessel is visiting along with a selection of games and two computers with internet access. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability. Outside there is a rear Lido deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. On the top deck there is a further observation and sun deck with bar service and comfortable deck furniture for sun bathing or relaxing with a book. There is also a small gymnasium onboard and hairdressers with appointments made on request.

Your dining
With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the quality of cuisine will be of a consistent superior quality. Where possible and when it meets his high standards, our accomplished chef will obtain local produce in markets or buy the catch of the day from a passing fishing boat. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and bring a local touch to the varied menus. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order and lunch and dinner is à la carte. When weather permits, breakfast, a buffet-style lunch and dinner are also served on deck. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and tea and coffee are available 24 hours. With sufficient notice, most diets can be catered for on board.

For your comfort, safety and security
The vessel is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilisers to minimise the ship’s motion. The Captain and officers operate an open-bridge policy that allows passengers onto the bridge at most times with the exception of arrival and departure from port and during times of complicated navigation. Here you can check the ship’s progress by charts and learn more from the officers about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to outside decks only.

Gratuities
Unlike many other cruise vessels, onboard the MS Caledonian Sky you do not need to worry about tipping staff as we have included them in your holiday price. In addition we tip all their guides and drivers along the way, thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to have some small change with you.

  

  

Cabin layout for Caledonian Sky

Kyoto Pre-Cruise Extension. From (695.00 GBP)

Before embarking the cruise, join our two-night stay in Kyoto. This includes two nights at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto (or similar) on a bed and breakfast basis, a full day tour of Kyoto & Nara and transfers.

Kyoto Post-Cruise Extension. From (695.00 GBP)

After disembarking the cruise, join our two-night stay in Kyoto. This includes two nights at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto (or similar) on a bed and breakfast basis, a full day tour of Kyoto & Nara and transfers.

Tokyo Pre-Cruise Extension. From (545.00 GBP)

For those that wish to enjoy more time in Tokyo we have arranged a two night extension which includes accommodation at the New Otani Hotel (or similar) on a bed and breakfast basis, airport transfers and a full day tour to Nikko.

Tokyo Post-Cruise Extension. From (595.00 GBP)

2017 departures only. For those that wish to enjoy more time in Tokyo we have arranged a two night extension which includes accommodation at the New Otani Hotel (or similar) on a bed and breakfast basis, airport transfers and a full day tour to Nikko.

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