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Through The Heart Of Japan

Tokyo to Fukuoka14 nightsAll InclusiveFrom $15,720.00* PP

Experience the dynamic landscape of Japan, from the vibrant cities of the mainland to quiet coastal island villages. Departing Tokyo, begin your journey by experiencing traditional Japanese culture at the township of remote Shimizu, and visiting important Shinto shrines in Shingu. Continue to the ideal vantage point of Kobe port to explore the bustling streets of Osaka for an authentic food tour or spend time at Kyoto amongst the diverse cityscape of modern architecture and ancient temples. Discover the lush mountainous landscape of Iya Valley at remote Tokujima, learn about the traditional history of the soy sauce craft in Shodojima and explore the ancient castle at little-visited Karatsu. Visit Jeju Island in South Korea to view the extraordinary UNESCO listed Manjanggul lava tubes before discovering the little-known Goto Islands and concluding your journey in Fukuoka. Be immersed in the poignant histories and ancient traditions within these diverse landscapes on this authentic journey through the heart of Japan.

  • Visit Arita Japan’s most prodigious exporter of of fine porcelain in the 17th century.
  • View the iconic red torii gate of the Itsukujima shinto shrine ‘floating’ in the Seto Inland Sea and visit neighbouring cultural sites to witness centuries-old customs.
  • Uncover World War II histories including on a visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park.
  • Visit Osaka, the food capital of Japan, or the historic city of Kyoto where traditional and modern architecture collide.
  • Explore UNESCO-listed Global Geopark Manjanggul, a 7.4km long lava tube and cave of South Korea’s Jeju Island.
  • Visit Shodoshima and hike 2hrs in the breathtaking Kankakei Gorge or visit the Japan’s oldest area for Soy Sauce production more than 400 years of crafting




Arrive at Tokyo International Cruise Line Terminal at 2:00pm and meet your Expedition team for check-in, before boarding Coral Adventurer at 4:00pm , where there is time to settle into your stateroom before departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard as we set sail towards the Sea of Japan. This evening, join the Captain’s welcome drinks and meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.


Shimizu, translating to ‘pure water’ in Japanese is one of Japan’s most scenic ports with unparalleled views of Mt. Fuji. With a mild climate, the area is home to rich tea plantations located on the Nihondaira Plateau. Visit the famous tea plantations, explore the historic township including a museum, and discover the photogenic Miho-no-Matsubara pine grove.


Guests will visit important shrines located in Shingu City on the southeast coast of the Kii Peninsula – Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine, and Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine.

For keen walkers, the 4-hour Daimon-zaka trail can be traversed. This is an impressive cobblestone staircase slope that runs from the base of the valley to Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine, Seiganto-ji Temple, and Nachi waterfall.

We will drive through the stunning Dorokyo Gorge stopping for unforgettable photo opportunities.


Today, you may choose to explore Osaka or Kyoto for the day. Time permitting, we may travel by bullet train.

Immersive yourself in colourful, bustling Osaka, the food capital of Japan, where ancient and modern architecture collide. Visit Osaka Castle, join a guided tour of famous Dotonburi Street, stroll through Kuromon Market and take it all in from the observation deck in Umeda Sky Building.

Kyoto city, once the capital of Japan, is famous for its classical Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. Learn of the rich history of this area as we visit these places as well as local street market, Nishiki Market, well-known for its fantastic takeaway food.

Tokushim, Japan, Coral Expeditions

The region has particularly fertile soil and produces many different types of vegetables and fruit shipped to the mainland including Naruto sweet potatoes, the citrus fruit “sudachi”, lotus roots and strawberries. Tokushima is most famous for the Awa Odori Festival, celebrating Awa Japanese traditional dance.


One of the first islands born to the Gods in the creation myth of Japan, Shodoshima translates to ‘small bean island’, a fitting name for an island where traditionally soybean crops were processed into soy sauce, though is better known more recently for its olive plantations. Learn about this time-honoured condiment with a 400-year-old history at the Marukin Soy Sauce Historical Museum. Experience the making of the Japanese famous Somen noodle and try your hand at dividing the noodles with long chopsticks. Hike or cable car in the Kankei Gorge ranked as one of Japan’s most beautiful gorges.


The famed Itsukujima shrine is one of Japan’s most recognisable symbols with its shinto shrine and red torii gate seemingly floating upon the Seto Inland Sea. Itsukujima Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Treasure. Other important sites are Daisho-in, a temple of Shingon Buddhism and Reikado Hall, located on Mt Misen, the highest peak on Miyajima. Walking paths link Miyajima’s cultural sites and Maple Valley, providing the ideal pace with which to absorb centuries-old customs. Stroll around the island, amongst the deer that wander the same sites, and take in the beauty of the island.


Forever linked to the WWII tragedy that saw an atomic bomb dropped on the city in 1945, Hiroshima has since been rebuilt while retaining some historical heritage, with the Peace Memorial Park now the city’s most prominent feature. Shukkeien Garden dates as far back as the 1600’s with its valleys, mountains and forests represented in miniature with tea houses amongst the gardens an ideal spot to take time to enjoy the idyllic surrounds. You may wish to enjoy free time in the city or dine ashore.


High on Mount Katsuyama, Matsuyama Castle is one of Japan’s twelve original castles and stands at the heart of the city of Matsuyama. Constructed in the early 1600’s, the original tower collapsed after being struck by lightning. A three-story tower was added to the site two hundred years after.

Next visit Ishiteji Temple, where Pilgrims dressed all in white are frequent. An inner temple connects to the main temple grounds via a dimly lit cave and 200m long tunnel that houses Buddhist statues, carvings, and drawings.


This trading hub is known for its safe harbour and close proximity to other foreign trading ports. Here we will explore the island’s many idyllic surrounds including the Nanatsugama limestone caves, the bustling city area and markets, climbing to historic Karatsu Castle and one of Japan’s top waterfalls, Mikaeri Falls.


Roughly halfway between the Japanese mainland and the Korean Peninsula, Tsushima was once a single island before a canal divided the island in two in the 1600’s, then into three islands in the 1900’s with a second canal constructed. Though in reality there are approx. 100 islands that collectively make up Tsushima with its abundance of natural beauty and untouched forests. Discover native flora and fauna as you hike up Mt Shimizu to visit the ancient Banshoin Temple, one of Japan’s three great graves built in 1615.

(Vessel to conduct exit clearance from Japan to cross to South Korea.)


Jeju Island’s Manjanggul lava tubes are regarded as the finest lava tube system of caves anywhere in the world and are recognised by UNESCO as a Global Geopark site for their unique geological features and volcanic landforms.

(Today we enter and exit South Korea.)


Visit the historical pottery town of Arita where Japan’s fine porcelain was first produced around 400 years ago. Arita-yaki pottery is now the most highly regarded pottery across all Japan with its ‘secret ingredient’ kaolin the essential mineral required to make fine porcelain. We try our hand at pottery.

(Ship, guests, and crew will return to Japan and clear in with officials.)

The Goto Islands are best known for Christianity, while religion was banned, the ‘hidden Christians’ settled here and continued practicing their faith in secret until the ban was lifted in the 1870s. Goto Island translates into English as the ‘five island chain’, with Nakadori and Aokata Islands being two of the most populated. Here we can visit the Kashiragashima Village and church, visit beautiful Yagotame Park and Narao Shrine.


Also a member of the Goto Islands, Fukue Island is the largest of the group with hilly terrain, temples, and churches. Hike Mt. Onidake, the dormant volcano, learn of the area’s history on a visit to the city museum and enjoy a guided drive of the area taking in Lourdes Grotto and Osezaki Cliffs.


Our voyage ends in the Japanese port of Fukuoka. Disembark Coral Adventurer at 8:30 am and bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew.

Fukuoka has great shopping, some of the best cuisine and accessibility to nature nearby.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions, and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling. 

Fares & Availability

Bridge Deck Suites

Private Balcony - 37.5m2

1 Available

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

8 Available

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

10 Available

Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

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Prices are per person twin share, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD).  Booking Terms & Conditions >
For solo traveller rates see our Solo Traveller Program >

Additional Information


  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Use of Xplorer and Zodiacs
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Your expedition photos captured during the voyage
  • Wifi Access – Standard speed connectivity enabling email, social image sharing, web browsing and messaging

Not Included:

  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entry visas & travel permits for the country you are travelling to/from
  • Alcoholic drinks (including beer and wine) outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Laundry service (available at a cost)
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)

Other Information

Coral Geographer, the newest addition to our fleet, carries a maximum of 120 guests, delivering Coral Expeditions’ renowned warm Australian hospitality, intimate onboard atmosphere, and world-class expedition experience. More About Coral Geographer >

Travel Insurance is not included in your cruise fare. We highly recommend all guests to obtain comprehensive travel insurance with remote area evacuation coverage. Please refer to our Pre-Cruise Checklist page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers regarding travel insurance.

At Coral Expeditions dining is a celebration of great food and good company enjoyed in extraordinary destinations. People and place are key to enjoyable dining experiences, where food becomes the vehicle for conversation and creating memorable occasions.

We now offer two wine selections that guests may purchase in addition to our new house selection of wines. These packages showcase contemporary choices of Australian wines and French Champagne. More About Cuisine & Wine >

  • A Taste of Australia Selection | 6 Bottles | $280.00
  • Connoisseur Selection | 6 Bottles | $400.00

Our Cruise Collection Merchandise including expedition gear is also available for purchase in our onboard gift shop. View our Cruise Collection here >

When it comes time for the exciting time of packing for your cruise, our packing lists are available to assist you. More specific information regarding weather conditions in your destination will be included in your Cruise Documentation which you will receive prior to your cruise.

Find your Japan & the Philippines expedition packing list here.

Most walks in this itinerary are leisurely and no more than 1-2km, through villages and over beaches. There are some longer, more vigorous walks available - an alternative activity will be offered for those who do not wish to participate in more vigorous activities. It should be noted that most walks will be over rough and uneven ground and in warm temperatures.

An alternative excursion will always be offered in place of higher impact walks. The Expedition Team will advise walking conditions and requirements prior to each excursion. Should you have any physical limitations or mobility issues, please notify our reservations team in advance prior to your departure.

There will be limited swimming opportunities on this itinerary (subject to weather conditions). Scuba diving is not offered on this itinerary.

Please ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity from the time the expedition commences, and two blank pages. Please email a scanned colour copy of your passport identification page to our team at [email protected] no later than 45 days prior to your departure.

Important: Please bring your physical passport with you on all international departures.

The travel advice information below is for Australian guests only. If you are a non-Australian passport holder travelling on these departures, please contact your relevant government department, embassy or your travel agent for applicable information.

Travelling guests are fully responsible for arranging their own health and visa requirements to travel abroad.

Japan: Australian citizens are visa-exempt for tourism or business stays of up to 90 days. For international guests please check

South Korea: Australian citizens are visa-exempt for tourism or business stays of up to 90 days. For international guests please check or

Please see your doctor or travel clinic to plan any vaccinations you may need at least 8 weeks before you leave.

When arriving in Japan, all passengers are required to complete a customs declaration form and submit to a customs inspection. The customs declaration form asks for information about the items that you are bringing into Japan, including their value and quantity. The customs inspector may ask you to open your bags and suitcases for inspection.

There are a number of items that are prohibited from being brought into Japan, including fruits and vegetables, meat, plants, certain medications, firearms, explosives, controlled substances and more. If you are bringing any of these items into Japan, you must declare them to the customs inspector. You may be required to pay a duty or a fine.

Here are some specific items that you may need to declare when entering Japan:

  • Medicines: You are allowed to bring a limited amount of medicines into Japan for personal use. However, you must declare all medicines to the customs inspector and have a valid prescription from a doctor.
  • Alcohol: You are allowed to bring a limited amount of alcohol into Japan for personal consumption. However, you must declare all alcohol to the customs inspector and pay a duty.
  • Tobacco: You are allowed to bring a limited amount of tobacco into Japan for personal consumption. However, you must declare all tobacco to the customs inspector and pay a duty.
  • Currency: You are allowed to bring a limited amount of currency into Japan. However, you must declare all currency to the customs inspector if the amount exceeds ¥1 million.
  • Controlled substances: Controlled substances are prohibited from being brought into Japan. If you are bringing a controlled substance into Japan for medical purposes, you must have a valid prescription from a doctor.

If you are unsure whether or not an item is prohibited from being brought into Japan, you can contact the Customs and Tariff Bureau for more information.


South Korea
The Korea Customs Service (KCS) is responsible for enforcing the customs and quarantine laws and regulations of South Korea. The KCS works to protect the health and safety of the people of South Korea from harmful pests and diseases, and to ensure the fair and efficient trade of goods.

When arriving in South Korea, all passengers are required to complete a customs declaration form and submit to a customs inspection. The customs declaration form asks for information about the items that you are bringing into South Korea, including their value and quantity. The customs inspector may ask you to open your bags and suitcases for inspection.

There are a number of items that are prohibited from being brought into South Korea, including plants and flowers, certain medications, narcotic drugs and controlled substances. If you are bringing any of these items into South Korea, you must declare them to the customs inspector. You may be required to pay a duty or a fine.

We do not have currency exchange onboard. Guests are advised to exchange money into local currency prior to departure from their home port. Currency exchange and eftpos style point of sale is increasingly available in the regions we visit. We recommend carrying small denominations.

Japan: JPY (Japanese Yen)

South Korea: KRW (South Korean Won)

Pre-Cruise Flights: Please ensure you have secured your own flights to Tokyo prior to your voyage. We encourage guests to arrive at least one day prior to their schedule departure. There are flights to Tokyo International Airport from Australia with airlines including Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airline and Qantas.

Post-Cruise Flights: Please ensure you have secured your own flights for your onward journey. There are flights from Fukuoka Airport to Australia with airlines including Philippine Airlines, China Airlines, Virgin, Qantas and more.

Pre-Cruise: Guests are required to make their own way to the pre-cruise check-in location at Tokyo International Cruise Line Terminal at 2:00pm. (Check-in Location Address: Japan, 〒135-0064 Tokyo, Koto City, Aomi, 2 Chome, Tokyo International Cruise Terminal)

Post-Cruise: After disembarking the ship at Fukuoka Cruise Terminal our crew will be on hand to assist with directing guests to taxi ranks and onward travel plans.

  • The Battle of Tsushima – Phil Carradice
  • The Island of Sea Women – Lisa See
  • Sasebo – Mack Sample
  • Botchan – Natsume Soseki
  • Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath – Paul Ham

We want to ensure that your journey with us is smooth and hassle-free. To help you prepare for your cruise, refer to our Pre-Cruise Checklist for more detailed information on the milestones leading up to your voyage.

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