Japan Cruises

Most people think of Japan as the land of sushi, sumo wrestling, robots, comics and anime. The country can’t be summed up that easily though.

As well as beautiful beaches, gorgeous cherry blossoms, stunning walking trails and iconic snowy mountains, Japan is a country filled with things for you to do, no matter what interests you.

Japan has a wonderfully rich past, yet it’s firmly got its eye on the future, and whether you’re interested in exploring Japan’s unique history, culture and traditions, or if you’re drawn to neon-lit, ultra-modern cities like Tokyo, the diversity in Japan is certainly exciting.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Over 70% of Japan is mountainous.
  • Slurping your noodles loudly here is a sign of appreciation.
  • Japan is made up of 6,800 islands.
  • It’s rude to walk and eat in Japan.
  • You can visit cafés with cats, rabbits and dogs to play with.



Yokohama is known for being one of the most impressive harbours in the world. Serving the metropolis of Tokyo, where skyscrapers live next to temples in harmony, the port has grown from a sleepy fishing village to the gateway for all the rich experiences the city has to offer. To discover the futuristic cityscape, head to Akihabara, or to dive into some history visit Asakusa. Or if you’re a nature lover, the stunning gardens of Harajuku’s Yoyogi Park and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden are an absolute must.


Osaka Port is perfectly positioned for Kyoto and Osaka, and both offer an incredible look at the history of Japan. You can try the food at the unique markets, and explore the crazy shopping street of Dotonbori with all its colourfully-lit shop fronts vying for your attention.


Naha is the key port for the islands of Okinawa. It’s only 15 minutes away by foot from the train station so it’s easy to get around and see more of the prefecture. Kokusai-dori Street is just a 20-minute walk away and filled with souvenir shops, cafés and restaurants. Adventure seekers should head to Naminoue Umisora Park for snorkelling and diving, and you can also pick up some souvenirs at the weaving shops and potteries here. 




Japan has some of the most awe-inspiring seasonal landscapes in the world. The colours of the wildlife and natural flora in the countryside against the cityscapes will have you reaching for that camera. 

The views from the climb up Mount Fuji in Tokyo are a must and the disturbing history of the Hiroshima Peace Monument makes it a fascinating place to see.

Hakone National Park, which can be visited from Tokyo on a day trip, is simply stunning. This area of natural beauty is packed with jaw-dropping photo opportunities, interesting wildlife and even hot springs.

The temples around Japan bring the landscapes to life wherever they are, but the two to look out for once you disembark from your ship are the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, and the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.


Ports in the country


Cruises visiting Japan