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Japan, natural archipelago and secular heritage

Kagoshima - Osaka

Dates:
4/18/2025
to  4/26/2025

9
days
8
nights on board
Starting from*
$8,790
per person
20% Ponant Bonus

With this itinerary, PONANT is inviting you aboard Le Jacques-Cartier for a unique expedition cruise between Kagoshima and Osaka. A magical 9-day trip to discover some of the natural gems and ancestral heritage of western Kyushu, as well as picturesque villages in the Seto Inland Sea, the theatre of many battles and historic events that have shaped its myth and grandeur over time and with the ebb and flow of the tides.  

After setting sail from Kagoshima, a bustling city nestling between ancient forests and majestic volcanoes, Le Jacques-Cartier will travel westward to reach the fascinating Koshikijima Islands. Aboard one of our Zodiacs, you will be fascinated by the raw and authentic beauty of the monumental cliffs and huge rock formations dating back to the Cretaceous periodnearly 80 million years ago.  

Between the Yatsushiro and Ariake seas, off the coast of Nagasaki, succumb to the charms of the island region of Amakusa, once the refuge of Christians fleeing the ban on Catholicism in the 17th century during the Edo period. Christian heritage can also be found further north, in the Goto Islands, on Kamigoto Island. Here, each small town bears traces of this influence that is still very much present, as evidenced by the many religious buildings dotting Kamigoto.

Then you will sail to South Korea, a small peninsula that juts out into the Sea of Japan, and discover Busan, South Korea’s second city. This richly contrasting city will unveil its port and the old district of Chalgachi. 

Back in Japan, you will set out to discover Moji, on the northern tip of the island of Kyushu. In the past a strategic site for maritime trade with China, this stunning city of picturesque little streets will enthral you with its preserved architectural heritage evoking the traditional Japan of the Meiji era and the end of the 19th century. From the top of the Mojiko Retro Observation Room, you will be able to enjoy an exceptional panorama, a poetic combination of shinto sanctuaries and captivating maritime landscapes.

After a trip aboard one of our Zodiac dinghies, in the pretty fishing villages of Shimokamagari and Mitarai, you will arrive in Tomonoura, known for its gentle way of life and its craggy landscapes that inspired the director Hayao Miyazaki for the landscapes of Ponyo.

Finally, for a grand finale, your journey will end in Osaka, your disembarkation port.


Ref : EX180425


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An expedition cruise to discover the gems ofwestern Kyushuand of the Seto Inland Sea, including natural wonders, Japanese culture and ancestral traditions, but also the country’s little-known Christian...


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Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3
 

(204 ft²)

From $8,790 per person
20% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
 

(204 ft²)

From $9,750 per person
20% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
 

(204 ft²)

From $10,220 per person
20% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
 

(204 ft²)

From $10,790 per person
20% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(290 ft²)

Fully booked
20% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 4
 

(290 ft²)

Fully booked
20% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 5
 

(290 ft²)

Fully booked
20% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 3
 

(290 ft²)

From $14,970 per person
20% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Deck 5
 

(409 ft²)

From $20,200 per person
20% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Suite Deck 6
 

(409 ft²)

From $21,250 per person
20% Ponant Bonus

Privilege Suite Deck 5
 

(344 ft²)

From $22,290 per person
20% Ponant Bonus

Privilege Suite Deck 6
 

(344 ft²)

From $22,290 per person
20% Ponant Bonus

Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(484 ft²)

Fully booked
20% Ponant Bonus

Owner's Suite Deck 5
 

(484 ft²)

From $31,990 per person



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Complete your trip

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For more peace of mind, PONANT selects stays and flights then takes care of your transfers for your trip as well as shore visits before and after the cruise.


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