Ancient Traditions of Japan’s Inland Sea Aboard Le Soléal

Ancient Traditions of Japan’s Inland Sea Aboard Le Soléal



This 10-night journey provides unparalleled access to the region’s vast architectural riches, bountiful landscapes, and venerable heritage. Spend three nights in Japan’s spiritual and cultural capital, Kyoto, home to a sublime concentration of UNESCO World Heritage‑designated historical monuments, including the celebrated temples of Kiyomizu-dera, Ryoan‑ji, and Kinkaku‑ji and the imposing Nijo Castle. Cruise for seven nights along the coast of the Inland Sea to South Korea on board the exclusively chartered, five‑star small ship Le Soléal—featuring only 110 ocean‑view
suites and staterooms. Complimentary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Apr 18, 2023 - Apr 29, 2023
Apr 16, 2024 - Apr 27, 2024


Pre‑Program Option – Iconic Tokyo
April 15 to 19, 2023
Explore Tokyo on a comprehensive three-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. Pass through the Kaminari Gate to visit the Senso-ji Temple, originally built in the seventh century. Accommodations are at the five‑star Ana Intercontinental Hotel Tokyo.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,695
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $2,295

Post‑Program Option – Osaka and Nara
April 29 to May 1, 2023
Extend your time in Osaka on a two-night itinerary that includes a visit to the Osaka History Museum, showcasing Osaka’s interesting culture of a merchant city. Enjoy an excursion to the tranquil city of Nara, Japan’s oldest capital. Visit the iconic Horyu‑ji Temple, where a seventh‑century, five‑story pagoda stands as a testament to Japan’s history, and Todaiji, the “Great Eastern Temple,” one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples. Accommodations are for two nights in the five‑star
Intercontinental Hotel Osaka.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,145
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,545


  • Linda Harper

    Linda Harper

    Linda was on the NTHP National Main Street program’s management team working with over 200 communities.  As the director for Exchange Programs for the Countryside Institute she provided oversight for communities in 3 counties to implement sustainable environmental and economic programs. Her time as the Board Chair and Executive Director of Historic Congressional Cemetery saw the property go from being listed on the NT’s 11 Most Endangered to being listed as a National Landmark with a $4M endowment. Most recently she served as the CEO for Cultural Tourism for Washington, DC promoting the embassies, monuments, arts and neighborhoods as an integral part of the city’s economic development plan.  Her background in historic preservation, cultural tourism and community engagement will help each traveler better understand the flavor and significance of our stops along the way.


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The safety and well-being of our travelers remains our highest priority. Cruise lines and some other providers of services (as well as, potentially, some countries) require all passengers traveling on our programs to present confirmation of a full COVID-19 vaccination, and, as well, passengers may have to produce evidence of a recent negative COVID test. All our staff are committed to adhering to all health and safety protocols from the start of your trip to the end as directed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overseas health officials as well as those protocols mandated by your cruise company (if applicable) and other suppliers of services. Detailed protocol information tailored to your travel program will be mailed to you along with additional pre-departure information.


No cancellation fees for new bookings until 96 days prior to trip departure.


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  • 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. Check into the Kyoto Hotel Okura and enjoy an evening at leisure.

  • day 3


    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kinkaku‑ji Temple, the vaunted “Golden Pavilion.” Continue on to Ryoan‑ji Temple, constructed as an aristocrat’s villa during the Heian Period (794 to 1185). Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and a Welcome Reception this evening.

  • day 4


    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated monument of Kiyomizu-dera (“Pure Water Temple”), where the main hall and veranda were built without a single nail. Experience the serenity of the temple’s monumental hondo (main hall) and visit Otowa Falls, where a sip of the “pure water” is reputed to bestow health, success or beauty. This afternoon, learn more about shogun history at the UNESCO‑designated Nijo Castle, built for shogun Tokugawa Leyasu.

  • day 5

    Kyoto/Himeji/Embark Le Soléal

    Enjoy a guided visit of the grounds surrounding UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Himeji Castle, Japan’s most stunning and best‑preserved feudal fortress. Embark the ship this afternoon.

  • day 6


    Drive to the solemn Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in central Hiroshima—which marks the spot where on August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb used in war left only structural remnants of Hiroshima’s Genbaku Dome—and visit the Peace Memorial Museum. Call at the island of Miyajima (“Shrine Island”) to tour the sixth‑century Itsukushima Shrine. The shrine’s impressive Great Torii Gate—one of the largest in Japan—appears to float on water during high tide. Attend a Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the ship.

  • day 7


    Tour Hagi’s 17th‑century Toko‑ji Temple on Kikuyake and walk past dwellings that once housed samurai in the city’s old castle town. Visit the Kikuyake House—one of the best‑preserved examples of merchant‑style architecture from the Edo period (1603 to 1868)—and explore the Hagi Uragami Museum.

  • day 8

    Sakaiminato for Matsue

    Tour the Adachi Museum of Art, where 20th‑century and modern Japanese art coalesce with six perfectly landscaped gardens as “living paintings,” and see 17th‑century Matsue Castle. Enjoy onboard lectures this afternoon while cruising the Sea of Japan.

  • day 9

    Ulsan, South Korea, for Gyeongju

    Travel from Ulsan in rural South Korea to the cradle of the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C. to A.D. 935) in historical Gyeongju. Visit the stunning eighth‑century Bulguksa Temple and learn about Silla history in the Gyeongju National Museum, which houses more than 30,000 artifacts, before touring the Royal Burial Mounds at Tumuli Park.

  • day 10

    Moji, Japan

    Visit the striking 12th-century Akama Shrine, dedicated to the child emperor Antoku. Enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception on board the ship this evening.

  • day 11

    Uno for Kurashiki/Okayama (Koraku-en Garden)

    Travel to the Kurashiki Bikan District to visit the old merchant quarter and see the traditional black‑tiled houses—painted white and situated along a canal framed with weeping willows. This afternoon, walk through the beautiful Koraku‑en in Okayama. This strolling garden is unique for its large, grassy areas and distinctive wooden Ryuten, a pavilion with a stream running through it.

  • day 12

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

    After breakfast, disembark and continue on the Osaka and Nara Post‑Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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