JAPAN’S ISLAND IMMERSIVE

May 15 – 29, 2021

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Discover The Heart &

Soul Of Japan

Every facet of the complex soul of Japan is on display during this journey through the island nation. Thousands of islands offer their own proud heritage and monumental sites, including shrines, gardens, natural marvels and metropolitan hubs. Feel the energy of Osaka, its towering skyscrapers framing the modern epicenter of culture and commerce, or venture beyond city limits to lovely Kyoto. Explore the contrasting history of peace and tragedy during an overnight to Hiroshima, today rich in lush greenery and fascinating tales told at monuments and museums.

Look for the iconic floating Itsukushima Shrine on the shores of Miyajima, the “Island of the Gods;” delight in the hugely charming character of tiny Senzaki, which inspired numerous children’s stories and poems; and explore the many sides of Hamada, where Zen Buddhism meets the legacy of the Samurai.

Cruise Dates

May 15 – 29, 2021

14 NIGHTS

Tokyo > Osaka

Fares From

$15,999

PER PERSON | Fares expire 4/30/2019

DESTINATION

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shikotsu-Toya National Park
  • Kenroku-en Garden
  • Izumo Shrine
  • Gyeongiu Historic Areas
  • Tokoji Temple
  • Torii Gate
  • Hiroshima
  • Ise Grand Shrine
  • Kyoto & Nara
  • Mount Fuji

Fares From

$15,999

PER PERSON

Fares expire 4/30/2019

Itinerary

Day 01 - Tokyo, Japan

EMBARK – PM

DEPART – 6 PM

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TOKYO, JAPAN

From the timeless beauty of the Meji Shrine to the glittering Ginza District and impressive Tokyo Tower, Tokyo is a complex blend of East and West where houses of wood and paper stand beside soaring steel skyscrapers while kimono-clad women stroll along trendy teenagers. Here in this city of more than 11 million people, the timeless Imperial Palace bears testament to Japan’s enduring traditions, existing in a verdant parkland of isolation.

Day 02 - Cruising the Coast of Japan

DAY AT SEA

Days at sea are an indulgent invitation to take full advantage of Crystal Endeavor’s luxurious amenities and services, from pampering interludes at the Crystal Life Spa & Salon or invigorating work-outs in the state-of-the-art fitness center to wine tastings, culinary presentations, lectures on art and history, or even a date with Lady Luck at the Resorts World at Sea Casino. Of course, the real thrill remains the opportunity for wildlife sightings with our Expedition Team keeping an eye out for nature’s wonders in addition to leading enriching presentations and conversational lectures unique to each destination.

Day 03 - Muroran, Japan

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – LATE NIGHT

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Muroran, Japan

Located on Hokkaido, Muroran is the gateway to mountainous majesties in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. From hiking to hot springs, pursuits here range from adrenaline-inducing to seriously soothing. One of the centerpieces of the park is Mount Yotei, a perfectly shaped volcano that offers black diamond extreme skiing along its craters. Two namesake caldera lakes – Shikotsu and Toya – are playground in their own rights, also offering idyllic settings for walking and biking.

Day 04 - Hakodate, Japan

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

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Hakodate, Japan

Whether you reach the spectacular summit of Mt. Hakodate by gondola or invigorating hike, sprawling vistas of the town below offer a beautiful reward. Venture further into the rich natural wonders to Lake Onuma Park, where trails in every direction lead to adventure and tiny lake islands are just a canoe quest away. In town, the local fish market, modern Motomachi neighborhood and Russian Orthodox Church express the storied past and varied present-day culture of Hakodate.

Day 05 - Ryotsu & Futami, Sado Island, Japan

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

Ryotsu, Sado Island, Japan

This “Island of Exile” was the landing spot for many political dissidents, from a deposed emperor to a Buddhist monk, and is still one of the most remote locales to access in Japan. From the main town of Ryotsu, venture to Kodo Village, where the rhythm and art of taiko drumming originated. Rooted in the literal meaning “heartbeat” and the childlike yearn to simply play, this musical form is as entertaining for the musicians as it is for the audience.

ARRIVE – EVENING

DEPART – EVENING

Futami, Sado Island, Japan

The fact that this paradisiacal island is an important stop for some of the east’s most beautiful migratory birds makes it an equally important stop for nature-loving explorers. It is also home to numerous pristine coves, inlets, bays, forest and nature reserves, comprising every type of coastal landform found throughout Japan, making it an ethereal microcosm of the country’s entire natural landscape.

Day 06-07 - Kanazawa, Japan

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

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Kanazawa, Japan

It rivals Kyoto in historical significance and is virtually unrivaled in its beauty. Kanazawa is home to Japan’s most celebrated garden, Kenroku-en, an elaborate natural landscape of tranquility and color. A remarkably preserved samurai quarter, Higashi Chaya geisha district and Ninjadera temple with secret doors and traps juxtaposed with busting dining and shopping areas make this charming modern city an epicenter of intrigue.

Day 08 - Sakaiminato, Japan

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Sakaiminato, Japan

Home to one of the few medieval castles remaining in its original form in Japan – Matsue Castle, or “the Black Castle” – Sakaimonato is a relatively young city. Officially founded in 1956, the city has a deceptive amount of ancient history to explore. Visit the castle, completed in 1611, as well as the Izumo Taisha, or Grand Shrine, and explore its mysterious beginnings that trace beyond the 8th century.

Day 09 - Pohang, South Korea

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

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Pohang, South Korea

Pohang is home to the Juwangsan National Park in the Baekdu Mountain range, known for its many stone peaks, waterfalls, caves and the Daejeonsa Temple. It is also the gateway to the Bogyeongsa Temple, a Buddhist pilgrimage site constructed in 603 near the twin falls of the Sangsaeng Waterfall.

Day 10 - Hamada & Senzaki, Japan

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – MORNING

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Hamada, Japan

The subtropical climate extends a warm welcome to visitors on the white sand beaches along the Sea of Japan, as the cultural jungle in Hamada entices with the legacy of the Samurai and the remnants of the Shogunate palace. Embark on a quest to nearby Hagi and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Zen Buddhism at 17th-century Tokoji Temple, then visit the Kikuya Residence for a glimpse at the remarkable architecture of the Edo Period.

ARRIVE – AFTERNOON

DEPART – EVENING

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Senzaki, Japan

This tiny island is surrounded by brilliant turquoise water – and even tinier islands. Jagged rock formations jut out of the sea like decorations on the cobalt horizon. In town, the flavors and personality of Senzaki shine through. Famed children’s poet Misuzu Kaneko called this place home, clearly inspired by its quaint beauty. Discover her motifs and homages to her writing throughout the town, then stop for a taste of Senzaki’s signature kamaboko fish cakes.

Day 11 - Cruising Kanmon Straits & Inland Sea and Miyajima (Itsukushima) & Hiroshima, Japan

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – MORNING

Cruising Kanmon Straits & Inland Sea

Days at sea are an indulgent invitation to take full advantage of Crystal Endeavor’s luxurious amenities and services, from pampering interludes at the Crystal Life Spa & Salon or invigorating work-outs in the state-of-the-art fitness center to wine tastings, culinary presentations, lectures on art and history, or even a date with Lady Luck at the Resorts World at Sea Casino. Of course, the real thrill remains the opportunity for wildlife sightings with our Expedition Team keeping an eye out for nature’s wonders in addition to leading enriching presentations and conversational lectures unique to each destination.

ARRIVE – AFTERNOON

DEPART – EVENING

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Miyajima (Itsukushima), Japan

This ethereal island’s fame – and name – come from the iconic 1400-year-old floating Itsukushima Shrine that illustrates the spiritual sanctity of Miyajima (the island’s popular name). This “island of gods” is rich with adventures, including a challenging climb up Mount Misen rewarded with sweeping views and cultural highlights at the summit, biking through the island’s picturesque pathways and possible Zodiac landings.

ARRIVE – LATE NIGHT

DEPART – OVERNIGHT

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Hiroshima, Japan

Despite its brief period of travesty during the second World War, Hiroshima’s past and present are remarkably peaceful. Throughout the modern cosmopolitan city center lie cultural curiosities and a friendliness that permeates every facet of exploration here. Lush greenery is everywhere along the wide boulevards, as are monuments to 20th-century tragedies and historical Japanese temples and gardens that illustrate the city’s beautiful history of centuries past.

Day 12 - Hiroshima, Japan and Cruising the Inland Sea

ARRIVE – OVERNIGHT

DEPART – EVENING

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Hiroshima, Japan

Despite its brief period of travesty during the second World War, Hiroshima’s past and present are remarkably peaceful. Throughout the modern cosmopolitan city center lie cultural curiosities and a friendliness that permeates every facet of exploration here. Lush greenery is everywhere along the wide boulevards, as are monuments to 20th-century tragedies and historical Japanese temples and gardens that illustrate the city’s beautiful history of centuries past.

Cruising the Inland Sea

Days at sea are an indulgent invitation to take full advantage of Crystal Endeavor’s luxurious amenities and services, from pampering interludes at the Crystal Life Spa & Salon or invigorating work-outs in the state-of-the-art fitness center to wine tastings, culinary presentations, lectures on art and history, or even a date with Lady Luck at the Resorts World at Sea Casino. Of course, the real thrill remains the opportunity for wildlife sightings with our Expedition Team keeping an eye out for nature’s wonders in addition to leading enriching presentations and conversational lectures unique to each destination.

Day 13 - Tamano (Uno Ko), Japan

ARRIVE – EVENING

DEPART – EVENING

Tamano (Uno Ko), Japan

This town is all about innovation, home to several engineering powerhouses and shipbuilding facilities. The breathtaking scenery and outdoor lifestyle of Tamano in no way conveys an industrial atmosphere, with beaches perfect for swimming or beach volleyball, and public displays of contemporary art downtown. Lovely Miyama Park boasts an English garden and numerous walking and biking paths, while Ojigadake Bluffs reward hikers with sea views.

Day 14 - Osaka, Japan

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – OVERNIGHT

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Osaka, Japan

As it has been for centuries, Osaka remains a city of commerce, one of the original Japanese towns at the core of a developing society that grew around trade with China. Although the nature of the city hasn’t changed, it is presently undergoing an architectural revolution with a dazzling display of gleaming skyscrapers. Its prime geography makes it an excellent gateway to famed locales – including the sacred site of Kyoto and the majestic tranquility of Nara.

Disembark - Osaka, Japan

ARRIVE – OVERNIGHT

DISEMBARK – AM

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Osaka, Japan

As it has been for centuries, Osaka remains a city of commerce, one of the original Japanese towns at the core of a developing society that grew around trade with China. Although the nature of the city hasn’t changed, it is presently undergoing an architectural revolution with a dazzling display of gleaming skyscrapers. Its prime geography makes it an excellent gateway to famed locales – including the sacred site of Kyoto and the majestic tranquility of Nara.

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CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR™

At 20,000 tons, the all-suite Crystal Endeavor is the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht, equally boasting some of the largest, most spacious suites in all of expedition cruising.

Pricing Per Suite Category

Book by April 30, 2019 for best available fares.

EXPEDITION SUITE

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EXPEDITION SUITE

Interior: 1,290 sq. ft. (119.8 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 735 sq. ft. (68.3 sq. m.)

OWNER'S SUITE

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OWNER’S SUITE

Interior: 1,130 sq. ft. (105 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 737 sq. ft. (63.5 sq. m.)

EXPEDITION PENTHOUSE

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EXPEDITION PENTHOUSE

Interior: 985 sq. ft. (91.5 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 683.5 sq. ft. (63.5 sq. m.)

PENTHOUSE SUITE

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PENTHOUSE SUITES

Interior: 457 sq. ft. (42.5 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 77.5 sq. ft. (7.2 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S7

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DELUXE SUITES S7

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S6

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DELUXE SUITES S6

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S5

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DELUXE SUITES S5

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S4

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DELUXE SUITES S4

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S3

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DELUXE SUITES S3

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S2

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DELUXE SUITES S2

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S1

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DELUXE SUITES S1

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

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CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR™

At 20,000 tons, the all-suite Crystal Endeavor is the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht, equally boasting some of the largest, most spacious suites in all of expedition cruising.

Fares listed are cruise-only, per person in US dollars based on double occupancy and do not include taxes, fees and port charges, which vary by departure. Available on new bookings when booked by April 30, 2019.

Each Crystal Endeavor itinerary balances days at sea with scheduled ports of call, and is intentionally designed to be flexible, allowing the Captain and his team of experts to incorporate unplanned “expedition days” when favorable weather conditions invite the opportunity for uncommon discovery. The Expedition Team will maintain a keen eye so that if an opportunity arises, is permitted and conditions allow, the Captain will attempt to position the vessel accordingly. The order of expedition calls/stops and/or itineraries may change due to weather/sea conditions or permit specifications. At all times, itineraries and ports of call are subject to the Captain’s sole discretion. Zodiac use and/or landings, wildlife sightings and wilderness highlights on any itinerary cannot be guaranteed. Kindly note that children under the age of 6 are not permitted aboard the Zodiacs. Use of submersible, complimentary marina equipment and helicopter is based on each destination’s local rules and regulations and in the sole discretion of the Captain.