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Japan Cruise for the Amazing Cherry Blossom Season and Mount Fuji from $353 per person per night.

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It’s your chance to embrace one of Japan’s most iconic sights – the season of pink cherry blossoms – with a Holland America Line cruise to exotic coastal destinations in Asia.

The magical journey includes a visit to Ishigaki, known as the Hawaii of the Far East; Keelung in Taiwan and Shimizu renowned for its incomparable natural sites. One of the highlights of the trip is a breathtaking bullet train journey to admire Japan’s majestic Mount Fuji.

Imagine Holidays has designed a spectacular 17-night cherry blossom vacation from March 15, 2024 with prices starting at $5,999 per person. Only limited places are available on this exclusive offer.

To book, call Imagine Holidays on (02) 7254 2124 or click here for more details.

Neon-lit Tokyo in all its bustling glory

Your Japanese adventure begins in mesmerizing Tokyo, one of the world’s most fascinating cities where ancient shrines rub shoulders with gleaming, mirror-tinted skyscrapers and during the short cherry blossom season, the streets of Tokyo are covered in a debauchery of pink Sakura.

Japanese families love to celebrate the cherry blossom (sakura) season during its limited blooming period with many “blossom-viewing” parties, known as hanami. The delicate flowers renowned for their fleeting beauty have powerful historical ties to Japan’s history, culture and identity. Because they symbolize impermanence, hope and renewal, Sakura blossoms have become one of Japan’s iconic natural symbols.

As cherry blossoms are usually in full bloom for about a week, this magical time usually occurs between March and early May.

After a night in exciting Tokyo, you’ll board the majestic Westerdam which offers a leisurely pace of life at sea combined with great dining options and engaging onboard activities.

The majestic Westerdam

The ship also offers the best elements of cruising heritage with contemporary innovations so suited to today’s passengers. You’ll have plenty to keep you entertained after dinner with classic hits at Lincoln Center; from blues and rock ‘n’ roll in BB King’s to karaoke sessions at Billboard Onboard. There’s also the Vista Lounge which lights up at night with great Dancing with the Stars at Sea shows.

When the ship calls at Naha, you will be blown away by the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Be sure to visit the majestic Shuri Castle perched on a hill with landscaped gardens in traditional Okinawan style.

Kabira Bay, Ishigaki Island

Your next port of call is Ishigaki, a paradise for nature lovers and a great draw for sun worshippers, snorkelers and snorkelers who want to catch a glimpse of the island’s giant manta rays.

Next, you’ll visit laid-back Hualien, one of Taiwan’s largest cities with plenty of natural beauty and a laid-back pace of life. Head to Taiwan’s beaches, hiking trails and hot springs. This is followed by a stopover in Keelung Town, the gateway to Taipei. Head straight to the city’s night markets and sample some of the delicious food.

Be sure to explore the range of onboard dining options – from poolside burger and fries at Lido to Pan-Asian flavors at Tamarind and fine dining at Pinnacle Grill.

The Westerdam then stop in Kagoshima, a friendly city with a towering active volcano with a geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers.

You will then sail to the seaside town of Miyazaki with its palm-lined sandy beaches, offering more sunshine than any other Japanese town.

Your next stop is Kobe, one of Japan’s most attractive cities, small enough to explore on foot. Don’t forget to visit a teppanyaki restaurant to try the local specialty, Kobe beef.

In Shimizu, you will repeatedly admire the breathtaking view of the snow-capped cone of Mount Fuji.

Shinkansen or bullet train passes Mount Fuji

When Westerdam docks in Tokyo, you will take a fully escorted tour to discover the wonders of Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain at 3776 meters high which is one of the country’s most iconic national symbols. Over the years, Mount Fuji has been revered as a sacred mountain and has inspired writers, artists, and even samurai warriors. You’ll also be taken to the skies on the Hakone Ropeway cable car, enjoy a boat trip on serene Lake Ashi before boarding the bullet train back to Tokyo.

Your vacation summary:

Cruise

  • 14-night cruise with full board aboard the Westerdam
  • Overnight at Kobe Port

Free hotel stay

  • 3-night stay at a 4-star hotel at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar

Free fully-accompanied tours

  • Mount Fuji Tour Including Hakone Ropeway
  • Boat trip on Lake Ashi
  • Bullet train to Tokyo

All flights, taxes and transfers.

To book, call Imagine Holidays on (02) 7254 2124 or click here for more details.