Cruises in Japan

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Japan cruises dock in a number of cities on this island nation, such as Tokyo, Nagoya, Yokohama, Kobe, Kagoshima, Hakodate, Okinawa and more. Sailing is your only option besides flying when it comes to traveling to the island nation of Japan, so you can expect to find a number of cruise options.

The Most Popular Global Destination in Japan: Tokyo

The most popular destination for tourists is a starting point for Japanese cruise ships, too. If you're on a cruise that tours areas of Japan, China and Korea, such as Princess Cruises, you'll likely make a stop in Tokyo through the Tokyo Bay. Princess Cruise tours typically depart from Tokyo, Shangai, Sydney and last 12 to 14 days. You can expect cabins to cost anywhere between $1500 and $2500, depending on how large you want your cabin and if you want an ocean view.

From the U.S., you can take a Silversea Silver Shadow from Seward, Alaska on a 14-day cruise to Tokyo, Hakodate and Kushiro in Japan and Kamchatka in Russia. Rates start at around $7000. Silversea also offers cruises to Japan from locations such as Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Go Domestic or Global: Asuka Cruises

One of Japan's most popular domestic cruise lines is Asuka Cruises, which has cruises to and from Nagoya, Kagoshima, Kobe, Hakodate and Yokohama (which is just an hour south of Tokyo by train). Enjoy a Japanese-style outdoor spa and a fine Japanese restaurant serving sushi during your cruise. Three-day cruises to these many locations throughout the country start at around $1100 per person.

Asuka Cruises also offers global cruises with stops at locations such as San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Juneau, Marseilles, Barcelona and San Juan. These global cruises last 3 months and start at around $43,000.

Budget Experience: Blue Moon Marine

If you don't want to spend a lot of money but you don't want to miss out on the experience of sailing Tokyo Bay, you can book a night on the Blue Moon Marine, which specializes in romantic dinners for couples, night cruises and large party cruises. The Blue Moon Marine ships sail from Yokohama, which is only an hour from Tokyo by train, for a few hours in the evening and return back to port the same night. The city of Yokohama presents a gorgeous view by night, particularly because of the large Ferris wheel that's lit up after dark. Blue Moon Marine cruises start at approximately $45 per person.

February 19, 2010 change by schitti

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