Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun - Southbound 2025

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Small Ship Cruise
Spend fourteen days discovering the "land of the rising sun" as you discover Japan on one of the region's best cruises – with eight nights aboard our elegant yacht Le Lapérouse and five nights at premier hotels in the heart of Osaka and Tokyo; explore Nara, Uno Ko, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki and more.
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Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level


    • Discover the people and places of the 'land of the rising sun'... a showcase of timeless traditions
    • revered settings and modern-day memories taking you beyond the Japan you think you know and introducing you to the rich culture this island nation has to offer. Your explorations begin during your stay in Osaka and include nearby Nara and Kyoto – city of two thousand temples and shrines – and end in Tokyo; on your cruise
    • sightseeing excursions include Uno Ko
    • Uwajima
    • Kagoshima
    • Nagasaki… Uncover layers of Japanese culture – past and present; explore historic sights and trend-setting neighborhoods... attend a taiko drumming performance
    • a geisha performance
    • a sumo wrestling demonstration... and more. You'll explore the volcano Sakurajima
    • visit a pearl farm
    • tour modern and historic museums

What's this trip about?

    Spend fourteen days discovering the "land of the rising sun" as you discover Japan on one of the region's best cruises – with eight nights aboard our elegant yacht Le Lapérouse and five nights at premier hotels in the heart of Osaka and Tokyo; explore Nara, Uno Ko, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki and more.


Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start City Osaka, Japan
End CityTokyo

Travel Themes

  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Asia
  • Japan


  • Osaka
  • Tokyo


  • Culture

Trip includes

    • You have a choice of hotel accommodation for nights 1, 2 & 3 and 12 & 13 –The St. Regis Osakanights 1, 2 & 3 andTheShangri-La Hotel, Tokyo nights 12 & 13orThe Ritz-Carlton, Osaka nights 1, 2 & 3andThe Palace Hotel, Tokyo nights 12 & 13orThe Conrad Osaka nights 1, 2 & 3 andThe Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo nights 12 & 13 Special Tauck Experiences featuring local cultural entertainment include a sumo wrestling demonstration, geisha and taiko performances and more Private Tauck Shore Excursions – $5,385 Value All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff, local guides and drivers 8-night cruise aboard a Ponant ship 3 nights in Osaka and 2 nights in Tokyo at premier hotels Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions


Travel Map

Day 1 Arrive Osaka

Tour Begins: 5:30. You have a choice of hotel accommodation for nights 1, 2 & 3 and 12 & 13 – 

The St. Regis Osaka
 nights 1, 2 & 3 and 

The Shangri-La Tokyo nights 12 & 13

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka nights 1, 2 & 3

The Palace Hotel, Tokyo nights 12 & 13

The Conrad Osaka nights 1, 2 & 3 and 

The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo nights 12 & 13

Day 2 Temples and traditions of Kyoto

Travel today from your hotel in Osaka to nearby Kyoto, and immerse yourself in the loveliness of this classic city of 2,000 temples and shrines. Like a divine dream the Kinkaku-ji "Temple of the Golden Pavilion" bathed in gold leaf ...

Day 3 Exploring historic Nara

Head to the city of Nara this morning to visit Todai-ji (Great Eastern Temple), a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the city's powerful Seven Great Temples. Its Great Buddha Hall houses the world's largest bronze statue o...

Day 4 Osaka & embark in Maizuru

Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of Osaka and other areas of this famed Japanese city by a combination of motor coach and walking. After lunch at a local restaurant in Osaka, take a scenic drive to the port of pretty Maizuru, t...

Day 5 Sakaiminato and Matsue's castle

Arrive this morning in Sakaiminato, Western Japan's fishing industry center, for a visit to the Adachi Museum. Following lunch, you can take an excursion to Matsue, known as "the water city" for its river, canals, and setting on two...

Day 6 Sail on to Busan in South Korea

Your crossing of the Strait of Korea to Busan, South Korea, today is a perfect time to enjoy some of the amenities aboard ship. After docking in Busan, city sightseeing includes the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, honoring troops ...

Day 7 A day well spent in Nagasaki

Arrive in Kyushu's port city of Nagasaki for a day filled with historic sights. In the morning, visit the Nagasaki Peace Park, graced with notable monuments and memorials, and the Atomic Bomb Museum, recounting the devastating event...

Day 8 A Volcano & More in Kagoshima

Kagoshima lies on the southwestern tip of Japan's southernmost main island, Kyushu. This morning, take a short ferry ride across the bay to see Sakurajima ("Cherry Blossom Island"), an active volcano where you will take a guided sce...

Day 9 Choices in Uwajima

Today provides a rare chance to spend a morning in a rural area around the port city of Uwajima on Shikoku, with a choice of three excursions. One takes you into the countryside to visit a pearl farm – where you'll view a hatchery a...

Day 10 Hiroshima Today

In your next port of call, Hiroshima, you'll set off on a morning sightseeing tour and visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and sites associated with the WWII atomic bomb blast of August 1945. After lunch at a local restaurant serving...

Day 11 Art, bicycling & beer in Uno Ko

Anchor in Tamano (Uno Ko) and travel to the old merchant town of Kurashiki for a walking tour of its historic quarter, where warehouses, shops, and mills remain virtually unchanged by time. Another Kurashiki treasure, the Ohara Muse...

Day 12 Disembark & a Bullet Train to Tokyo

Disembark in Osaka, and take a ride on the Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo, where you'll arrive in time for lunch at a local restaurant. After checking in at your premier Tokyo hotel, join your local guide for a walking tour introd...

Day 13 From shrines to sumo in Tokyo

Plunge into an eclectic day in cosmopolitan Tokyo with a visit to the Meiji Shrine, plus a guided tour of the Japan National Museum. Lunch is at a local restaurant before an afternoon of poking around on your own. Finish the day in ...

Day 14 Journey home

Tour ends: Tokyo.
Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, the Shangri La Hotel, Tokyo or the Palace Hotel, Tokyo to Narita International Airport or Haneda Airport. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in.


PORTOFCALL : Tokyo, Japan

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Price From $15,390
Price per day$1,099
Last Updated: 10/24/2023

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It's easy to see the world's sights. To stand in long lines, push through the crowds, and generally have the same standard-issue vacation as everyone else. But that's not good enough for us, and it's not good enough for you. We believe that travel should be easy. It should be fun. It should be worth your time and the price you paid. It should re-energize and transform. And above all else, it should be beyond the ordinary. Because how you see the world matters.

In 1882, Herman Tauck arrived in New York City from Germany in search of the American dream. His determination and values were passed on to his son, Arthur Tauck, who would realize that dream. With ingenuity and an innovative spirit, Arthur started Tauck Motor Tours, a travel company that would give birth to a new industry. The first tour, through the back roads of New England, was created by this 27-year-old in 1925. It embodied the same successful formula used by Tauck today: do the right thing. Craft a life-enriching travel experience; provide it at a single all-inclusive price; ensure there is great value for money; and rely on recommendations of satisfied customers to build a following and grow the business.

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