This cruise-and-tour holiday of Japan, known for its "spectacular landscapes" and "cities packed with world-class restaurants" (Fodor's) is now available from Cruise1st for $2799 per person, twin share.
Encompassing a 6-day land tour from Osaka to Tokyo plus a 9-night cruise through Japan and Taiwan on board the Diamond Princess, this holiday knocks up to $1960 off what it would cost to package together yourself.
Other options: Upgrades to a Balcony Cabin are also available for an extra $600 per person.
Travel dates: Valid for departure from Sydney on November 4.
Book by March 1.
About the cruise holiday: Upon arrival in Osaka, explore the city before travelling to Kyoto, known for its Shinto shrines, wooded forests and Kinkakuji, a Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Take tea in a local tea house in Shizuoka and drive through the mountainous countryside to Lake Yamanaka; the largest of all the Fuji Five Lakes, it offers a good view of iconic Mount Fuji.
Drive up Mount Fuji to the 5th station if the weather is good -- at 2300 metres above sea level, it offers unobstructed views of the region. Stopping at Yamansi and Yokohama en route to Tokyo, view the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, the Great Buddha of Kamakura, before arriving in the city of "hidden charms" (Traveller), which never fails to "dazzle first-time visitors" (Fodor's). Explore Tokyo's must-see spots before boarding your 9-night cruise.
Stepping aboard the Diamond Princess, praised as a "beautiful" ship by Cruise Critic, you'll sail to tropical Okinawa and Ishigaki, known for white sandy beaches and vibrant coral reefs, before visiting Hualien, the gateway to Taiwan famed for its "towering sea cliffs, marble-walled gorges and tropical forests" (Lonely Planet). Stop at the capital city, Taipei, before cruising back to Tokyo.
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