Springtime Voyage to Classic Japan

Japan Society is pleased to partner with Thalassa Journeys, a travel company focused on cultural travel. With Japan open again to tourist travel, the team at Thalassa has built out a wonderful Inland Sea and southern island excursion through Japan on their intimate 152-guest Swan Hellenic vessel, The Minerva.

Starting and ending in Osaka, the cruise will operate May 19th through May 30th, making many wonderful stops along the way. The journey will feature special guest lecturer, James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, and NBC News Chief International Security Analyst. At various stages throughout the trip, he will speak on a wide range of historical and cultural topics with a focus on Japan’s role on the international stage.

A land of contrasts, Japan cherishes and preserves its ancient traditions, customs and architecture, while embracing the modern. With dynamic cities that coexist with centuries-old Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, feudal castles, and samurai estates, on this voyage you will experience these contradictory aspects of Japan as they are reflected in the art, architecture, and culture of its towns, cities, and gardens while placing it in historical context.

The Thalassa team is ready to answer your questions and assist in your accommodations to make this a most memorable journey. 

I look forward to welcoming and sending you off on the journey May 19. Join us!

Joshua W. Walker, Ph.D.

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For Reservations and information, please call (866) 633-3611.

Highlights include:

Thursday, May 17 – 18 FLIGHT/ARRIVAL/OSAKA (JAPAN)
Evening welcome and overnight stay at Hotel Hankyu.

Friday, May 19              OSAKA/HIMEJI/KOBE/EMBARKATION
Himeji Castle, lunch, and embark to sail.

Saturday, May 20          OKAYAMA & KURASHIKI
Koraku-en Garden, Ohara Museum of Art, the Ohashi Family House, and historic town center stroll.

Sunday, May 21            HIROSHIMA/MIYAJIMI
Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and Museum, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and the Itsukushima Shrine.

Monday, May 22           MOJI/HAGI
The well-preserved castle town, Hagi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tuesday, May 23           SAKAIMINATO/MATSUE
Matsue Castle and the Adachi Museum of Art and gardens.

Wednesday, May 24      BUSAN (SOUTH KOREA)
The Gyeongju Historic Areas, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Gyeongju National Museum.

Thursday, May 25          NAGASAKI (JAPAN)
Sofukuji Temple, the Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park, and Oura Cathedral, the oldest Christian church in Japan.

Friday, May 26              KAGOSHIMA/CHIRAN
Scenic drive and visit to Chiran, a small town that resonates with the memory of its samurai past with enclosed gardens, authentic 18th– and 19th-century residences, and Sengan-en Garden, Kagoshima.

Saturday, May 27         YAKUSHIMA ISLAND
UNESCO World Heritage site, Yakushima Island, 50 miles south of the main Japanese islands.

Sunday, May 28            UWAJIMA
Uwajima Castle and the nearby town of Uchiko, featuring an old sake brewery, the Amazake Chaya Teahouse, Uchiko-za Theater and the Kami Hagi-tei (the former home and workshop of one of Uchiko’s most influential families).

Monday, May 29           TAKAMATSU
The Shikoku Mur, an open-air museum, the studio of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and the small island of Naoshima featuring an underground museum designed by famed architect Tadao Ando.

Tuesday, May 30          KOBE/DISEMBARKATION
Breakfast on-board and transfer to Osaka Airport.