Ancestral Japan

13 days / 12 nights
    Ancestral Japan

    Cruise Asia

    from 23 September 2020 to 5 October 2020
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Manila
    Arrival Port : Osaka

    Ship : LE LAPEROUSE

    • Ref : R230920

    PONANT takes you to the crossroads of three cultures and religions during an exceptional sea voyage between the Philippines, Taïwan and Japan.

    Aboard Le Lapérouse from Manila to Osaka, this 13-day cruise will have you discovering stunning scenery, places which have significant history as well as traditional villages and crafts.

    From Manila, a city full of contrasts, you will join Hualien on the lush island of Taiwan, before heading towards the Japanese islands in the country’s south.

    Okinawa, famous for having been the theatre of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, is also known for its centenarians, who may just reveal to you the secret of their longevity!

    Le Lapérouse will then sail to Hiroshima, now proclaimed “City of Peace”: Facing the Inland Sea, only the Hiroshima Peace Memorial stands as a reminder of past events. You will also be able to admire the remarkable Shukkeien Garden, which stretches out over some 4 hectares.

    Miyajima, the island where people and gods live together, is also accessible from Hiroshima. The Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto sanctuary listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fine example of exceptional artistic and technical ability.

    You will then cruise to Osaka, the second largest city in Japan which is home to a fortified castle dating back to the 16th century.

    Ponant Bonus
    See the map Request a quote Add to my wishlist

    Highlights

    • Discovering the Japanese islands in the country’s south, with a specialised lecturer on board.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the island of Yakushima and its thousand-year cedar forests, Shuri Castle in Naha, the Shinto sanctuary of Itsukushima in Miyajima from Hiroshima.
    • Hualien on the lush island of Taiwan, and the Taroko National Park and its breathtaking gorges.
    • From Osaka (the disembarkation port), there is the possibility of discovering the ancient imperial capitals of Kyoto and Nara.

    • program-10398788
    • program-10398789
    • program-10398790
    • program-10398785

    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $12,950
      $6,950
      Not Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 4
      $14,550
      $7,750
      Not Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 5
      $15,330
      $8,140
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      $16,110
      $8,530
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      $22,750
      $11,850
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $22,750
      $11,850
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      $22,750
      $11,850
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $22,750
      $11,850
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 5
      $31,150
      $16,050
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 6
      $32,730
      $16,840
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      $34,390
      $17,670
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      $34,390
      $17,670
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $37,870
      $19,410
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $37,870
      $19,410
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      $39,790
      $20,370
      Not Available
    Back

    There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.

    LE LAPEROUSE

    • LE LAPEROUSE
    • LE LAPEROUSE
    • LE LAPEROUSE
    • LE LAPEROUSE
    • LE LAPEROUSE
    • LE LAPEROUSE
    • LE LAPEROUSE
    • LE LAPEROUSE
    • LE LAPEROUSE

    LE LAPEROUSE

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    23 September 2020 – At sea

    Manila

    Embarkation 23/09/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 23/09/2020 at 18H30 .

    On first sight, the Philippines' capital shows its highly Americanised Asian megalopolis side, with ultramodern skyscrapers set all along the waterfront. But when you stroll through the cobbled streets of the Intramuros district, you'll discover a different side of Manila, one that's full of old-world charm. An enchanted pause in the middle of urban bustle, Rizal Park's 60 hectares of magnificent green parkland is perfect for recharging your batteries. To see the city from a different angle, take a walk along Roxas boulevard, a popular seaside promenade.

    24 September 2020▸25 September 2020 – At sea

    24 September 2020▸25 September 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 24/09/2020. Departure 25/09/2020.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    26 September 2020 – Hualien

    26 September 2020 – Hualien

    Arrival 26/09/2020 early morning. Departure 26/09/2020 mid afternoon.

    Nicknamed “the beautiful island” by Portuguese sailors, 70% of the island of Taiwan is covered in lush, subtropical vegetation. When your ship stops in Hualien discover the stunning Taroko Gorge, one of the island’s must-see sites. This natural masterpiece, sculpted by the pure waters of the Liwu River, is known for its 1,200 metre-high marble cliffs, from which a unique panorama unfolds. During your stop here, discover the Eternal Spring Shrine, a complex clinging to the side of a mountain, made up of several small temples and overlooking a glistening waterfall. Then, along the Tunnel of Nine Turns, you will be able to admire the spectacular gorges which wind their way through deep canyons over some twenty kilometres.

    27 September 2020 – Ishigaki

    27 September 2020 – Ishigaki

    Arrival 27/09/2020 early morning. Departure 27/09/2020 late evening.

    Located to the south of the main island of the Yaeyama archipelago, Ishigaki boasts all the aspects of an authentic piece of paradise. Youメve guessed it, you donメt come here for its skyscrapers but for its pure emerald waters and idyllic beaches. Explore pristine coral reefs on a scuba-dive or snorkelling session,ᅠyou may witness the 'flight' of a manta ray. The waters off Shiraho, on the island's south-west coast, have one of the largest areas of blue coral in the world.

    28 September 2020 – Miyakojima

    28 September 2020 – Miyakojima

    Arrival 28/09/2020 early morning. Departure 28/09/2020 mid afternoon.

    29 September 2020 – Naha, Okinawa

    29 September 2020 – Naha, Okinawa

    Arrival 29/09/2020 early morning. Departure 29/09/2020 evening.

    Capital of Okinawa Prefecture, the town of Naha is located on the south-west of the island. You'll love its lively atmosphere, particularly along Kokusai Dori, otherwise known as 'international street'. The picturesque Makishi Public Market, nicknamed 'Naha's kitchen' offers a profusion of colourful fish, Okinawan foodstuffs and local spices and you can sample delicacies cooked on the spot . For an insight into the island's heritage, which combines Japanese and Taiwanese influences, visit Shuri Castle, a medieval building protected by UNESCO and surrounded by lovely gardens.

    30 September 2020 – Amamioshima

    30 September 2020 – Amamioshima

    Arrival 30/09/2020 late morning. Departure 30/09/2020 early evening.

    1 October 2020 – Miyanoura, Yakushima

    1 October 2020 – Miyanoura, Yakushima

    Arrival 01/10/2020 early morning. Departure 01/10/2020 late afternoon.

    Yakushima is a striking island in the South of Japan, covered in forest and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hikers are very fond of this destination because of the lush vegetation, Mount Miyanoura, the waterfalls and cascades. But without a doubt, the symbol of the island remains its many age-old cedar trees which is said to have inspired some of the scenes in the animated film Princess Mononoke. On this island, you will also find wildlife including the Japanese macaque, the sika deer, and green sea turtles which lay their eggs on the magnificent sandy beaches here.

    2 October 2020 – Uwajima

    2 October 2020 – Uwajima

    Arrival 02/10/2020 midday. Departure 02/10/2020 evening.

    Located on the west coast of Shikoku island, Uwajima will delight lovers of history and traditional customs. The magnificent Uwajima Castle was built in the 17th-century by the powerful Date clan and has a beautiful ornamental garden and bridge. The much-visited Taga Shrine is dedicated to fertility and is full of phalluses. Another interesting tradition is togyu, a Japanese variant of bull-fighting where two bulls are pitted against each other without a toreador. As for eating, you must taste jakoten, a local delicacy based on fried fish.

    3 October 2020 – Hiroshima

    3 October 2020 – Hiroshima

    Arrival 03/10/2020 early morning. Departure 03/10/2020 midday.

    Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside coasts of Seto. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn't forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. You'll enjoy the city's modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the town's historic garden.

    3 October 2020 – Miyajima Island

    3 October 2020 – Miyajima Island

    Arrival 03/10/2020 early afternoon. Departure 03/10/2020 evening.

    At the heart of the Inland Sea, Miyajima, the “island sanctuary” will reveal its treasures. In the background you will see the Shinto Grand Sanctuary, whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion “Torii“. Considered to be one of the most beautiful sites in the Japanese islands, you will be transported by the unique character and the serenity of this sacred site.

    4 October 2020 – Tamano

    4 October 2020 – Tamano

    Arrival 04/10/2020 early morning. Departure 04/10/2020 evening.

    Located on the island of Honshu, hugging the banks of the Sento Inland Sea, Tamano is a popular destination thanks to its sun-drenched climate. Upon arrival, marvel at the way in which the city has been built along the coast at the foot of a deep, dark forest. In the area surrounding Tamano, stroll down the streets of Kurashiki, known as the 'white-walled city' in a nod to the pretty façades of the houses that line the streets of this ancient Edo-period trading town. Another major regional attraction is the Seto Ohashi bridge. Its 12.5 kilometres make it the world's longest double-decker bridge.

    5 October 2020▸4 October 2020 – Osaka

    Osaka

    Disembarkation 05/10/2020 at 06H30 .

    Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean give it a sense of serenity.ᅠ The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotomburi and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    Ponant also recommends

    Emblematic Antarctica

    from 25 January 2019 to 4 February 2019

    Baffin Bay Secrets

    from 15 August 2019 to 28 August 2019

    • Kangerlussuaq - Kangerlussuaq
    • Ship : LE BOREAL

    From the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic

    from 19 August 2019 to 26 August 2019

    • Civitavecchia (Roma) - Venice
    • Ship : LE LYRIAL
    Request a quote
    Need information ?