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Ultimate Japan with Cherry Blossoms, Geishas & Temples

Holland America Cruises Westerdam
Date 4th Apr 23
Nights 20 Nights
Tokyo, Japan
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Tokyo. On arrival be transferred to your hotel for a two night stay. Your evening is at leisure here to relax or venture out and explore the city. (On arrival at your hotel, you will be provided with an IC card to be used for buses and trains with 1500Y value already added.)
Tokyo, Japan
Your day at leisure to explore and peel back the layers of Tokyo and do whatever you fancy. If you’re a food lover, wake up early and head to Toyosu (formerly Tsukiji) Fish Market to explore the bustling stalls with a wide array of fresh seafood. For the urban explorer, head to the famously busy scramble crossing at Shibuya, before venturing to the Maid Cafés and comic book stores of Akihabara “electric town”. For a break from the buzz of the city, venture to Hamarikyu Gardens or take a leisurely stroll around the Imperial Palace grounds for some quiet serenity. To see the city in full swing, spend the evening in Shinjuku to take advantage of some of the country's best restaurants, bars, clubs and karaoke boxes.
Kyoto, Japan
After check out transfer independently to Tokyo station and board Japan’s world famous Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto. On arrival in Kyoto make your own way to your hotel for a three night stay. Your afternoon is at leisure to discover this vibrant city.
Kyoto, Japan
On day 4 enjoy a full day Kyoto coach tour where your will visit all of the ancient capitals must-see landmarks. Experience the view of Kyoto at Kiyomizudera, admire over a thousand Kannon statues at Sanjusangendo, see the famous red torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, stroll through Arashiyama’s bamboo groves and Tenryuji’s beautiful garden and visit the impressive Golden Pavilion. Traveling in the utmost comfort, drive by the Toji Temple, Katsura River, Ninnaji Temple, Nijojo Castle and Nishi Honganji Temple. This Kyoto Perfect Group Tour is an ideal way to see all the highlights of Kyoto in a single day, making sure not to miss anything. The tour also includes a delicious Japanese-style lunch. On day 5 your private guide will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to a traditional restaurant in Kyoto where you will enjoy an exquisite dinner. A charming and elegant maiko (apprentice geisha) will greet you in the sophisticated Kyoto dialect. Dressed in delicate kimonos, they entertain guests with their graceful dance known as the Kyomai. Relax in a traditional tatami room, enjoying luxurious Kyoto delicacies, while conversing with the lovely maiko. Kyoto cuisine is known for its sophistication and exquisite presentation. The dishes are prepared using only the highest quality of ingredients and represent an unbroken tradition dating back to the Heian period. The maiko are very friendly and accommodating and you can also take a picture with them. Your guide will be there to assist you and translate when needed. This is the quintessential Kyoto experience, and is sure to provide you with an unforgettable memory of Japan.
Yokohama, Japan
After check out transfer independently to JR Kyoto Station to board a bullet train from Kyoto to Yokohama. On arrival in Yokohama make your own way to your hotel for your overnight stay in Yokohama. Your time is at leisure here to explore this exciting city.
Tokyo, Japan
After check out transfer independently to the port for your fourteen night Japan and Russia cruise.
At Sea
Kobe, Japan
Kobe is a bright and contemporary city. At Meriken Park on the waterfront you can see modern art installations and fountains. Kobe is also home to iconic architecture such as the red Kobe Port Tower and the Kobe Maritime Museum. Take in the sights from the fifth floor of the Port Tower. Venture further into the city centre to see Sorakuen, a traditional Japanese landscape garden. Tuck into some Kobe beef, a tender and flavoursome meat typically served as steak. Visit Kitano-Cho and see the Gothic Victorian stone houses built above the old city, a much-visited neighbourhood on the northern edge of the city.
Kochi, Japan
Kochi is a Japanese prefecture located on Shikoki Island known for its mountains, rivers, and Pacific beaches. Pay a visit to one of Japan's best preserved feudal castles of the 1600s, Kochi-jo. Beside the castle, find Hirome Market brimming with local cuisine, unique souvenirs, and clothing boutiques. Every year, the famous Yosakoi Festival attracts hundreds with its dancers, colourful costumes, and spectacular fireworks display. The 4km limestone Ryuga Cave took 175 million years to form and is one of Japan' most historical sites. A leisurely stroll around Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden is the perfect escape. Chikurin-ji is a Shington temple founded in the early eighth century; ideal for a flavour of traditional Japanese architecture and culture.
Fukuoka, Japan
The Japanese city of Kukuoka sits on the northern shore of Kyushu Island overlooking Hakata Bay. This is the perfect place to explore ancient temples, relax on beaches, or go shopping in modern shopping malls such as Canal City. Pay a visit to view the ruins of the 17th-century Fukuoka Castle in Maizuru Park. Explore the central Hakata district, home to the Tocho-ji Temple with its Hakata Machiya Folk Museum and a 10m-high wooden Buddha. Visit Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine or get up close to local marine life at Marine World Uminonakamichi. Learn about Japanese history and art at Kyushu National Museum or enjoy the far-reaching views from the scenic observation deck at Fukuoka Tower. Venture 15km east of the city to see Nanzoin Temple and the Reclining Buddha.
At Sea
Kanazawa, Japan
Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikwawa Prefecture on Japan's central Honshu Island. Famed for its well-preserved Edo-era districts, art museums, and handicrafts; the 17th-century Kenrokuen Garden is celebrated for its classic landscape designs which incorporate ponds and streams. Adjacent to this, head to Kanazawa Castle to take in its lush grounds and impressive structure. Call by Omicho Market, a local food hub with over 160 vendors serving mouth-watering culinary delights. Discover traditional teahouses and shops along Nishi Chaya District or take a stroll around Kanazawa Castle Park to appreciate the cherry blossom trees. Marvel at Oyama Shrine, take pictures, and watch the world go by as you relax next to the pond.
At Sea
Vladivostok, Russia
Overlooking Golden Horn Bay in Russia, Vladivostok is a major Pacific port city. Near the borders of China and North Korea, it is known as a terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway which links the city to Moscow - be sure to visit Vladivostok Train Station as it's one of the most beautiful buildings in the town. Experience the pebble beaches and warm waters of Popov Island and pay a visit to one of the most powerful naval fortresses in the world; Vladivostok Fortress. The dominant structure of Zolotoy Bridge with its great size and modern design is a must-see; while the S-56 Submarine is a great way to meet something the locals are really proud of. Observe large scale exhibits and animal shows at Primorsky Aquarium, known as one of the biggest aquariums in the world.
At Sea
Otaru, Japan
Otaru is a port city in Japan, northwest of Sapporo on Ishikari Bay. The city is renowned for its glassworks, music boxes, and sake distilleries. Completed in 1923, the Otaru Canal is lined with cafes and shops and is the perfect stroll to discover Otaru in all its glory. Otaru Music Box Museum is the place to enjoy world music in a nostalgic atmosphere, or visit Otaru Aquarium to see unique sea life species. Otaru Tenguyama Ropeway will take you up high panoramic views of the city. Enjoy a look at th famous Japanese glassware at Otaru Taizhou Glass Palace, including handmade figurines and vases. Sample traditional Japanese whisky at Yoichi Distillery and bag yourself a bottle to bring home.
Aomori, Japan
Aomori is the capital city of Aomori Prefecture, and is located in the northern region of Japan. This stunning city is famous for its beautiful apple orchards and cherry blossoms that cover the landscape. The snow-covered Hakkoda Mountains are the perfect backdrop for this lively city. Visit the Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse which is dedicated to the city’s famous summer Nebuta Matsuri festival. Gaze in awe at the floats up close without having to jostle for a place in the festival streets. Alternatively, journey back in time and spend an afternoon at the reconstructed village at Sannai-Maruyama Ruins.
Hakodate, Japan
Hakodate is one of the main cities on Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido. Admire the 334m-high Mount Hakodate that looms over the town; ride the aerial ropeway gondola to the mountain's summit for Michelin-starred views of the nightscape. At its base is Motomachi, a neighbourhood of steep streets with Western-style, early-20th-century buildings. Pay a visit the grand Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward which was built in 1910. Stop by Hakodate Asaichi morning market to taste the Kaisendon local delicacy – a bowl of white rice topped with fresh seafood. Hop on the city tram to see the unique star-shaped Fort Goyokaku or take a train ride to Yunokawa Onsen hot spring resort to soak in the therapeutic waters.
At Sea
Tokyo, Japan
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.
Hays Extras
Hays Extras
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Arrival and departure overseas transfers included 
  • 2 nights 5* ANA InterContinental Tokyo hotel in Tokyo
  • 3 nights 4* The Thousand Kyoto hotel in Kyoto
  • Private Dinner with Maiko & Guide at Gion Hanasaki
  • 1 nights 4* New Otani Inn Yokohama Premium hotel in Yokohama
  • 14 night full board cruise on board Westerdam

Upgrade to Have it All for £35pp per day and receive….
  • Signature Drinks Package
  • Speciality Dining Package
  • Onboard Wi-Fi
  • Shore Excursion Credit

Ship Highlights...
  • Superbly refreshed, Westerdam cruise ship features excellent bar, entertainment and dining venues, plus completely reimagined suites
  •  On board, enjoy live entertainment with Music Walk™, including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King's Blues Club and Billboard Onboard
  • Feel immersed on your cruise with regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings with EXC Port to Table. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central atop the ship

Why Book
Why Book
  • Venture further into Kobe's city centre to see Sorakuen, a traditional Japanese landscape garden
  • Explore the central Hakata district, home to the Tocho-ji Temple with its Hakata Machiya Folk Museum and a 10m-high wooden Buddha in Fukuoka
  • Marvel at Oyama Shrine in Kanazawa, take pictures, and watch the world go by as you relax next to the pond

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Recently updated with new bar, entertainment and dining venues, plus completely reimagined suites, Westerdam is a fascinating destination in her own right. On board, enjoy live entertainment with Music Walk™, including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King's Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Learn culinary skills at a cooking show or hands-on workshop with America's Test Kitchen. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central atop the ship.
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Food & Drink

Enjoy everything from a burger and fries by the Lido Pool to the authentic Italian flavors of Canaletto to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at the Pinnacle Grill.


Every day aboard a Holland America cruise ship brings a wealth of cruise activities and indulgences, along with the freedom to partake in as many- or as few- as you please. It's an opportunity to try something new that surprises you, every day. Dabble, discover, daydream- do everything, or do nothing at all.

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Health & Fitness

Whether you want to workout in the Fitness Centre, learn yoga, pamper yourself with a massage and spa treatment, or enjoy a game of basketball, there's a perfect onboard activity for everyone.

Kids & Teens

Holland America Line's youth activities program, Club HAL, offers an array of entertaining events for kids and teens ages 3-17, supervised by a full-time, professionally trained staff. They'll have an opportunity to join other kids their age for arts and crafts, sports, video game competitions, scavenger hunts, challenging team games and themed parties. Club HAL is offered on board all ships except for Oosterdam*.

Safety Comes First

Safety is our primary concern and strict policies are in place for effective supervision. Adult guests are not permitted to remain in Club HAL unless attending to a special-needs child.

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Terms & Conditions
Advertised offer based on 2 sharing the lowest category cabin/stateroom unless otherwise stated. Single supplements apply. Offer is subject to availability and can change without notice and may fluctuate in price. Hays Cruise Extras can change without notice and Hays Travel reserves the right to withdraw any offer at any time. This includes any current cruise line campaign/promotion(s) and may be withdrawn whilst the offer is still being promoted. Promotional discounts and savings offered by the operator can change without notice. Pricing is based on the cheapest UK airport or port departure and travelling dates. Promotional discounts and savings offered by the operator can change standard without notice. Hays Travel reserves the right to omit, suspend or edit any material submitted for this website. Certain destinations where an ESTA or Visa is required, it is the sole responsibility of the individual(s) travelling and Hays Travel cannot accept any liability for declined entries. Further terms and conditions may apply. Please contact Hays Travel for up to date pricing and further information.
Ultimate Japan with Cherry Blossoms, Geishas & Temples
4th Apr 23
20 Nights
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