Circle Japan Intensive cruise itinerary map, with stops throughout Japan and South Korea
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Japan Intensive

Country Intensive Voyages

Dive deep into Japan, from feudal Samurai towns to tech-driven Tokyo, as you circumnavigate the country with stops at every major port. This voyage has eight maiden calls including less-traveled Hakodate, one of Japan’s first treaty ports in 1854, and Akita, which has been inhabited for thousands of years. Samurai fans will want to visit the ruins of Akita castle (from 733 AD) and Kubota Castle, where a defeated warrior once lived. Another noteworthy stop is the small fishing port of Sakaiminato, known for crab, Bluefin tuna and fertile farmlands. From here you can visit Honshu’s ancient shrines and Bronze Age burial mounds, but above all you’ll want to see Matsue Castle, one of Japan’s few remaining feudal castles.

Throughout this voyage you can join small-group experiences to learn about Japan’s culture and traditions. Become a mini-expert in Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, Japanese architecture, bonsai, origami, geisha, or the etiquette of sushi. Of course you’ll dine like a king on incredible seafood, Kobe beef, ramen, shabu-shabu, tonkatsu and more. And you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous scenery too, from perfectly tended national forests and gardens to beautiful coastal bays and towering snow-capped peaks.

Voyage Itinerary
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Day 1
Tokyo
(Yokohama), Japan
Date: Sat 27-Apr 2019
Activity: Embark
Arrival: -
Depart: 6:00 pm
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The world’s largest metropolitan area, Tokyo is an unforgettable experience for everyone. Tour the best ramen and sushi restaurants, visit Akihabara Electric Town to discover cutting-edge gadgets and games, and scale the Tokyo City View—a breathtaking observation deck on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower. For a change of pace, visit the Meiji Shrine to take a serene stroll along the many walking paths.

Day 2
At Sea
Date: Sun 28-Apr 2019
Activity: Cruising
Arrival: -
Depart: -
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Spend the day sailing in style aboard your boutique hotel at sea. Indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay ship shape with a class at our fitness center, or lounge the day away on our sunny pool deck.

In the evening, savor inspired Italian cuisine at Aqualina, or relish in a classic steakhouse experience at Prime C. Plus, you’ll find plenty of exciting evening entertainment, from thrilling shows at Cabaret Lounge to intimate performances in the Living Room.

Day 3
Hakodate
Japan
Date: Mon 29-Apr 2019
Activity: Docked
Arrival: 8:00 am
Depart: 10:00 pm
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Indulge your love of urban convenience and your desire for natural beauty in this city. From tastes to satisfy your cravings to hot springs and history, every spot and every season has something to offer.

Day 4
Aomori
Japan
Date: Tue 30-Apr 2019
Activity: Docked
Arrival: 8:00 am
Depart: 7:00 pm
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Sunny and refreshingly cool in the summer, lively and bustling during festival season and enjoyably sleepy in the way only the best seaside locations can be, this lovely city is worth a closer look.

Day 5
Akita
Japan
Date: Wed 1-May 2019
Activity: Docked
Arrival: 8:00 am
Depart: 2:00 pm
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Bring your appetite to Akita. With its prime location adjacent to the Sea of Japan, seafood lovers will be in heaven. The region is famous for its rice production and the high quality sake brewed from it. Once you're full, take advantage of the city’s outdoor offerings by visiting the Shirakami -Sanchi Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or relax at the Nyuto Hot Springs.

Day 6
Kanazawa
Japan
Date: Thu 2-May 2019
Activity: Docked
Arrival: 9:00 am
Depart: 6:00 pm
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Translated literally, Kanazawa means “marsh of gold,” and the city produces approximately 98% of the gold leaf in Japan (so find a small jar to take home).Discover the 70 temples of Tera-machi, visit the D.T. Suzuki Museum, a peaceful homage to Zen Buddhism, explore the small bustling alleys of the colorful Omichi Market, and be sure to sample the region’s sake, known for its superior quality.

Day 7
Sakaiminato
Japan
Date: Fri 3-May 2019
Activity: Docked
Arrival: 8:00 am
Depart: 5:30 pm
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Sakaiminato is the birthplace of Shigeru Mizuki, the creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro, the manga stories that birthed so many of Japan’s favorite comic characters. Take a walk down Shigeru Mizuki Road, a street lined with more than 150 statues of his characters. If you're a Manga fan, be sure to also visit the Shigeru Mizuki Memorial Museum to learn more about Mizuki and his creative characters.

Day 8
Busan
South Korea
Date: Sat 4-May 2019
Activity: Docked
Arrival: 9:00 am
Depart: 10:00 pm
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Ancient culture and modern life come together seemlessly in South Korea's second-largest city. Buddhist temples can be found in abundance, and each intricate structure is well-worth a visit. For fresh seafood, head to the fish market, where you can sample it raw—just the way locals love. For a true taste of Busan, head to the bustling Gujke Market.

Day 9
Kitakyushu
Japan
Date: Sun 5-May 2019
Activity: Docked
Arrival: 8:00 am
Depart: 8:00 pm
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Kitakyushu is best seen from the seaside promenade at Moji Port, with its shops, restaurants, and more. Stop by the Moji Customs Building and tour the art gallery inside, or head to the top of the Mojiko Retro Observation Room for great views of the city. Up for an eclectic adventure? Visit the Toto Toilet Museum. And foodies, be sure to try popular noodle dishes like tonkatsu ramen and yaki-udon.

Day 10
Hiroshima
Japan
Date: Mon 6-May 2019
Activity: Docked
Arrival: 8:00 am
Depart: 6:00 pm
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While it’s impossible to forget that Hiroshima was the site of the first atomic blast on August 6, 1945, this modern city has emerged as a thriving and vibrant port. Even still, no visit would be complete without a trip to the Peace Memorial Park. Step further back in time to visit the castle of Hiroshima-Jo, and be sure to try the city’s most famous dish, okonomiyaki, a delicious savory pancake.

Day 10
Cruising The Inland Sea
Date: Mon 6-May 2019
Activity: Cruising
Arrival: 7:00 pm
Depart: -

Day 11
Takamatsu
Japan
Date: Tue 7-May 2019
Activity: Docked
Arrival: 5:00 am
Depart: 8:00 pm
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Combine thousands of years of history with fantastic food and you have the vibrant city of Takamatsu, Japan. Explore Tamamo-koen Park to discover ruins, Japanese-style turrets, and more. Then visit a thatched-roof tea house to try matcha, a powdered green tea. Finally, be sure to sample Sanuki udon—a famous noodle dish—after enjoying an afternoon shopping and visiting the new waterfront.

Day 12-13
Kobe
Japan
Date: Wed 8-May to Thu 9-May 2019
Activity: Docked
Arrival: 8:00 am (May 8)
Depart: 2:00 pm (May 9)
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Famous for the beef that bears it name, Kobe is headquarters for many Japanese and international firms, and has long been an important port. It’s also a short bullet-train ride from Kyoto, capital of Japan from the 8th to the 19th century. Explore spectacular shrines and temples and shrines, palaces and castles of shoguns and emperors, and narrow lanes paved in stone and lined with wooden buildings.

Day 14
Shimizu
Japan
Date: Fri 10-May 2019
Activity: Docked
Arrival: 9:00 am
Depart: 6:00 pm
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Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak, overlooks this beautiful port town. Bustling with activity, the Port of Shimizu is full of commercial highlights you’ll want to experience. A stroll through Miho-no-Matsubara will leave you inspired. Home to more than 30,000 pine trees lining the seashore, it’s no surprise this scenic area has been the subject of many paintings and legends throughout Japanese history.

Day 15-16
Tokyo
Japan Cruises
Date: Sat 11-May to Sun 12-May 2019
Activity: Docked/Debark
Arrival: 8:00 am (May 11)
Depart: -
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The world’s largest metropolitan area, Tokyo is an unforgettable experience for everyone. Tour the best ramen and sushi restaurants, visit Akihabara Electric Town to discover cutting-edge gadgets and games, and scale the Tokyo City View—a breathtaking observation deck on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower. For a change of pace, visit the Meiji Shrine to take a serene stroll along the many walking paths.

Please note: While we do our best to adhere to our published itineraries, they may be changed at the discretion of the captain due to weather advisories, port traffic, and any other unforeseeable circumstances.
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Club Interior Stateroom
$5,985* EUR
Stateroom Area: 158 sq. ft. (14.7 sq m)
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  • Completely refurbished with fresh contemporary décor in 2016
  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • 40” flat-screen television
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioner
  • Direct-dial telephone with voicemail
  • Writing desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer
  • USB ports under bedside reading lamps
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Club Oceanview Stateroom
$6,405* EUR
Stateroom Area: 143 sq. ft. (13.3 sq m)
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  • Completely refurbished with fresh contemporary décor in 2016
  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • Some staterooms feature sofa bed
  • 40” flat-screen TV
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioner
  • Direct-dial telephone with voicemail
  • Writing desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer
  • USB ports under bedside reading lamps
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Club Veranda Stateroom
$8,208* EUR
Stateroom Area: 175 sq. ft. (16.3 sq m)
Veranda Area: 40 sq. ft. (3.8 sq m)
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  • Completely refurbished with fresh contemporary décor in 2016
  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • Sitting area with 40” flat-screen TV
  • Veranda
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioner
  • Direct-dial telephone with voicemail
  • Writing desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer
  • USB ports under bedside reading lamps
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Club Continent Suite
$10,055* EUR
Stateroom Area: 266 sq. ft. (24.8 sq m)
Veranda Area: 60 sq. ft. (5.6 sq m)
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  • Completely refurbished with elegant contemporary décor in 2016
  • Two lower beds convertible to one queen size bed
  • Spacious and comfortable sitting area
  • 55” flat-screen television in sitting area
  • Roomy bathroom with shower. Some also feature a tub.
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Veranda
  • And the same standard features in our Club Veranda staterooms
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Club Spa Suite
Stateroom Area: 414 sq. ft. (38.5 sq m)
Veranda Area: 60 sq. ft. (5.6 sq m)
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  • Newly built suites in 2016 with an elegant organic décor
  • Two lower beds convertible to one queen size bed
  • Spacious glass-enclosed bathtub
  • Separate rain shower
  • Comfortable sitting area
  • 55” flat-screen television in sitting area
  • In-room spa music
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Veranda
  • And the same standard features in our Club Veranda staterooms
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Club Ocean Suite
Stateroom Area: 478 sq. ft. (44.5 sq m)
Veranda Area: 173 sq. ft. (16.1 sq m)
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  • Completely refurbished with elegant contemporary décor in 2016
  • Spacious living room with a separate master bedroom
  • Master bedroom with one king size bed and a 40” flat-screen television
  • 55” flat-screen television in living room
  • Marble master bath with tub and shower
  • Dressing room with vanity and ample closet space
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in living room and master bedroom
  • Spacious 173 sq.ft. (16.1 sq.m.) veranda
  • And the same standard features in our Club Veranda staterooms
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Club World Owner's Suite
Stateroom Area: 603 sq. ft. (56.1 sq m)
Veranda Area: 233 sq. ft. (21.7 sq m)
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  • Completely refurbished with elegant contemporary décor in 2016
  • Spacious living room with a separate master bedroom
  • Master bedroom with one king size bed and a 40” flat-screen television
  • 55” flat-screen television in living room
  • Marble master bath with tub and shower
  • Dressing room with vanity and ample closet space
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in living room and master bedroom
  • Spacious 233 sq.ft. (21.7 sq.m.) veranda
  • And the same standard features in our Club Veranda staterooms
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*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $521 per person.
*Prices are per person in (EUR)

Our Pricing & Savings Policy
Unless stated otherwise, all rates are per person, based on double occupancy, cruise only, in EUR, and subject to availability. Rates may vary by ship, departure date, and stateroom category. All rates, savings offers and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Savings offers may be withdrawn at any time. Azamara reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice.

Shore Excursions
  • Cruise Global, Walk Local
    Peace Memorial Park Guided Walk

    Feel the weight of the atomic horrors that befell Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 with a narrated walk past the monuments of Peace Memorial Park.

  • Cruise Global, View Local
    Gyeongju Full Day Tour

    Journey back to the ancient world on an exploration that takes you to the temples, tombs and archaeological treasures found in mystical Gyeongju.

  • Cruise Global, View Local
    Temple Life and Tea Ceremony

    Visit one of three sacred temples in Busan, where you’ll participate in a customary Tea Ceremony and learn about temple life from a Buddhist Monk.

Life Onboard
  • Specialty Dining

    Dine in luxury and elegance at the specialty restaurants of Azamara, where you’ll savor a heavenly experience at a down-to-earth price.

    At Aqualina, tantalize your palate with some of Italy’s most celebrated dishes, as well as contemporary inventive cuisine. Expect a marvelous evening in a warm ambiance with stunning views and lush décor at Prime C steakhouse. And don’t miss the Chef’s Table, an exclusive dining experience pairing multiple delectable courses with perfectly matched wines.

  • Spa, Health & Fitness

    Relax, revitalize, and reboot. Our spa, health, and fitness options give you the chance to focus on you—something you don’t always have time to do at home.

    Pamper yourself at The Sanctum Spa with the ultimate in signature treatments. Update your look at our full-service salon. Get into a new groove with complimentary group fitness classes like sunset yoga on the deck, core workouts, and nutrition sessions. Or head to our well-equipped Fitness Center to work out at your own pace, as you enjoy spectacular ocean views. Feel better, look better, and get ship shape with Azamara.

  • Shopping

    Searching for a tasteful collection of merchandise, beautiful jewelry, and special keepsakes? Look no further than the onboard stores of Azamara.

    Stop by the ship’s namesake shop for sundries, casual wear, swim fashions, accessories, and small gifts. Head to Indulgences for an exquisite selection of jewelry, watches, and other pieces from iconic jewelry-makers. Pick up camera supplies and photos taken by the ship’s roving photographer at The Photo Shop. (And be sure to watch your daily news for specials and one-time offers that make shopping even more fun.)

  • Enrichment Programs & Classes

    Culinary demonstrations by our professional chefs and wine tastings by our sommeliers. Cruise Global, Connect Local℠ shore excursion seminars to help you learn about particular tours. Port-of-call lectures focusing on destination highlights, plus insider tips on lesser-known excursions.

    Get in the know with our ever-changing variety of entertaining and interesting programs hosted by Azamara’s own onboard experts.

  • Discoveries Restaurant

    At the culinary heart of our ships is the Discoveries Restaurant. Here, you can discover the world through dishes and flavors from the places we visit, whether it’s our Destination Immersion® dinner buffet or the Destination Immersion® cuisine on our dinner menu.

    During on-shore visits, our chefs love to head to local markets for inspiration and ingredients. The result? Mouthwatering dishes so local, you’ll feel like you’re not onboard anymore.

  • Casual Dining & Snacks

    At Azamara, we elevate casual dining to delectable heights. Taste your way around the world at The Patio with exclusive personalized dishes using local flavors. Then top your meal off at Swirl & Top, our self-serve frozen yogurt station.

    Take in the fresh breeze at an outdoor table and relax in the laid-back atmosphere of Windows Café, featuring daily themed dinners inspired from the region we’re visiting and live stations serving up local ingredients purchased in port. And no matter where you are in the world, Mosaic Café and Mosaic @Night is the perfect place to start (or end) your day.

  • Entertainment & Events

    In between taking you to some of the most fascinating destinations in the world, we love to entertain our guests, especially at the Cabaret Lounge. Enjoy live performances of professional full-stage musical revues, classical soloists, bands, and other entertainment in a cabaret nightclub with full bar and cozy tables.

    We take the show outside at Azamara’s White Night party and buffet, held at least once on every cruise (weather permitting). Have a fabulous feast, sip boutique wines on the house, and dance late into the night. Wearing white is optional, but encouraged!

  • Bars & Lounges

    Wine and unwind at Azamara’s distinctive bars and lounges. Discoveries Lounge is a guest favorite for pre- and post-dinner conversation and drinks, while The Living Room is the perfect space to take in interesting speakers, enjoy a hot beverage or wines and tapas, or simply relax with a good book.

    With a flat-screen TV and full-service bar, Spirits is a great place for sports fans. And the Casino will keep you entertained with blackjack, roulette, slot machines, and three-card poker games. Group and individual gaming lessons are offered at no charge—a great way to learn gaming strategy!

Voyage Features

Voyage Tabs

 

INCLUSIVE AMENITIES FOR ALL GUESTS:

  • AzAmazing Evenings® event (on most voyages of seven nights or longer)
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
 

PLUS ADDITIONAL INCLUSIVES FOR SUITE GUESTS:

  • English butler service
  • 235 complimentary Internet minutes or $150 towards a full voyage unlimited package per person.
  • One free bag of laundry service per suite, each seven days
  • Complimentary specialty restaurants dining
  • Afternoon tea service in-suite
 

AND EVEN MORE FOR SPECIALTY SUITE GUESTS:

  • $300 in Onboard Credit for guests in Club World Owner’s Suites, Club Ocean Suites, Club Spa Suites.

 

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Our Pricing & Savings Policy

Please remember you have up to 2 days prior to your sail date to purchase your Azamara Club Cruises® shore excursions online. If you are within the 2 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions on board.

*Prices are representative, subject to change and availability and vary by sailing. Tours, tour dates, and times are subject to change and availability. A cruise booking number and at least one deposit payment is required to purchase a tour. Tours may be purchased online or by calling us up to four days prior to the cruise departure date. After that time, tours must be booked onboard.

Tours purchased prior to the cruise departure date will be charged to your credit card in the same currency as your cruise reservation. Tours purchased onboard will be charged in U.S. dollars to your KeyCard account. Exchange rates are determined by a competitive pricing program.

The providers of tour arrangements are independent contractors and are not acting as agents of representatives or Azamara Club Cruises. In no event shall Azamara be liable for any accident or harm to passenger, which occurs as a result of any acts, omissions, or negligence of any independent contractors.

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