Ancient Traditions of Japan’s Inland Sea Aboard Le Soléal

Ancient Traditions of Japan’s Inland Sea Aboard Le Soléal



Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this unique 12-day itinerary, featuring 3 nights at a luxury hotel in Kyoto and a 7-night, 5-star cruise across the full length of the historic Inland Sea of Japan. Enjoy port calls at captivating points of interest, including 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From enchanting Kyoto to storied Hiroshima and on to Miyajima and the Buddhist wonders of Gyeongju, South Korea, relish in the awe-inspiring beauty of these historic ports of Japan and South Korea.

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Apr 16, 2024 - Apr 27, 2024


Pre‑Program Option – Iconic Tokyo
Explore Tokyo on a comprehensive 3‑night itinerary that includes a full‑day excursion to Hakone, home to majestic Mount Fuji, and a journey aboard the high‑speed SHINKANSEN, or bullet train, to Kyoto. Enjoy 5‑star hotel accommodations in the heart of the city.

Post‑Program Option – Osaka and Nara
Extend your time in Osaka on a 2-night itinerary that includes an excursion to the tranquil city of Nara, Japan’s oldest capital, and a visit to the iconic Horyu‑ji Temple, where a 7th‑century, 5‑story pagoda stands as a testament to Japan’s history. Accommodations are in an ideally located, 5-star hotel.
The Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.


Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.


  • John Meffert

    John Meffert

    John Meffert, consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office from and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.


A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply




  • day 1&2

    Home City/ Osaka, Japan/Kyoto

    Depart the U.S. and cross the International Date Line. Arrive in Osaka, then transfer to impeccably preserved Kyoto.

  • day 3&4


  • day 5

    Kyoto/Himeji/Embark Le Soléal

  • day 6


  • day 7


  • day 8

    Sakaiminato for Matsue

  • day 9

    Ulsan, South Korea, for Gyeongju

  • day 10

    Moji, Japan

  • day 11

    Uno for Kurashiki/Okayama (Koraku-en Garden)

  • day 12

    Osaka/Disembark ship/Depart for the U.S.

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