Japan, the "Land of the Rising Sun", is the place of the ancient gods and sublime art, but it is also on the cutting edge of dizzying modernity, so if there is one place on the planet where the past meets the future, it is Japan. Japanese culture stretches back for millennia and is steeped in history, yet it adopted the latest modern trends while applying the extraordinary aesthetic principles. The country is a study in contrasts and contradictions: tradition and novelty, the ancient and the modern, the very simple and the highly sophisticated.
The sea voyage along the cinematographic shores of Japan, highlights the country's symbiosis of past and present. Beginning with the cosmopolitan and dynamic Tokyo, we'll sail on to enjoy a day in the plum, peach and cherry-blossom scented, and at the same time garish Osaka, perhaps Japan’s friendliest port, while Hiroshima and Nagasaki both offer the promise of a peaceful future. Then, we'll venture across the Kanmon Strait to South Korea’s city of Busan, for a real taste of off the beaten track travel. Finally, Kagoshima natural hot springs and lava fields offer a side of Japan rarely seen by tourists.