Japan cruises

Cruising in Japan

This Far Eastern mecca is a country of extreme contradictions. It feels more like a different planet than a small archipelago of volcanic islands. At the forefront of worldwide technological advancements, it still reveres its long and ancient history. High-tech skyscrapers contrast with naturally beautiful landscapes, and high-end fashion juxtaposes traditional kimonos. This is the place where the extremes of modernity collide with the past; welcome to Japan.

Amazement with every step; in Japan, everything is distinctly different and intriguing. Just walking the city streets provides endless fascination. In Tokyo you will experience energy like nowhere else; disorientating and spellbinding, this metropolis offers an insight into an adrenaline-fuelled neon future. The streets are busy and the traffic chaotic.

But slow down and look closely and you’ll find the polar opposite hidden in cracks in the mayhem; tranquil temples, shrines and gardens lurk around each corner, with friendly local festivals popping up inexplicably. Take a seat in an uber-chic bar or restaurant and watch the world go by at a hundred miles-per-hour; the clash of business suits and extreme fashions will keep you entertained for hours.

Moving away from the chaos of the city, you will discover dramatic scenery. The countryside is the extreme at the other end of the scale – rice paddies, mountains and hot natural springs are dotted across the varied landscapes of the islands.

Kushiro is known as the city of mist, and provides a gateway to the spectacular Akan National Park. The volcanic peaks, thick forests and crystal clear lakes are sublime: this peaceful haven provides a much-needed respite from the crowds.

Visit in spring to see the iconic cherry blossoms adorning the whole country. Beautiful shades of pink and white show the trees in all their finery. Clusters of trees appear like vibrant clouds from a distance, while up close a single blossom can be enjoyed in finer detail.

A sense of history and tradition is prevalent the country over, with a courteous and patriotic population to guide you. The food and drink on offer will enhance your visit with wonderful national dishes that create an occasion in themselves. Sushi and sake or Tempura seafood are just some of the obvious delicacies on offer, with plenty more unusual treasures to explore.

Vending machines are an obsession of this wonderful nation; lined up in clusters they sell anything you can imagine – You’ll find the weird and wonderful in this unique round-the-clock retail craze; look out for fresh eggs, bags of rice, flowers and beer.

Exploring the unknown has become a cruising requirement, with further flung destinations providing bigger and more exciting experiences for those in search of something new. And this corner of the Far East ticks every box; surprising and contradictory, Japan is a parallel world just waiting to be discovered.

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