Travel to Japan for business or for pleasure has never been easier or more popular than it is today. Whether you decide to choose a cruise ship as your method of travel to Japan or if you prefer to travel by air, either way, the offerings and itineraries are plentiful.
Cruise ships in Japan are nothing new, so donâ€™t be surprised if you see dozens of ships â€“ big and small â€“ sailing throughout the waters of Japan. If youâ€™re cruising to Japan, you can expect a sizable number of sailings through some of the worldâ€™s top luxury cruise lines. You will find even more opportunities to explore Japan by sea through many of Japanâ€™s local cruise lines. Once you reach your destination in Japan you can opt for a smaller cruise ship that will take you to some of the most remote areas of this exotic destination.
Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn Cruises, and Silversea Cruises offer luxury cruise vacations to Japan and these voyages usually take place aboard each lines largest and most luxurious ships. Crystal Cruises has two ships in its fleet and both cruise ships can be found in Japan. Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony offer 12- 15- and 16-day voyages featuring several days in cities throughout Japan â€“ including Tokyo.
Regent Seven Seas offers Japan cruises aboard the luxurious Seven Seas Mariner, and Seabourn Cruisesâ€™ entire fleet travels to exotic places around the world, including Japan. Seabourn cruise ships in Japan may include: Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Spirit, and Seabourn Legend. Silver Sea Cruises offers several exciting itineraries including Hong Kong to Tokyo and Tokyo to Singapore aboard the elegant Silver Whisper.
In addition to major cruise ships in Japan, there are a number of popular Japanese cruise ships available for booking, as well as Japanese ferry cruises, and Japanese river cruises. Some of the most popular cruise ships in Japan include the MS Orient Venus (Venus Cruise Lines/VCL), the MV Fuji-Maru (MOL Mitsui O.S.K Cruise Lines), MS Pacific Venus (VCL), MS Asuka of Nippon Yusen Kaisha Cruise Line and the MS Nippon-Maru (MOL Mitsui O.S.K Cruise Lines). Please note that Venus Cruise Lines caters to the Japanese-speaking traveler.
Cruise ships in Japan will dock at Japanâ€™s number one cruise port â€“ the Port of Yokohama or at the Port of Tokyo. The Port of Yokohama is located within Tokyo Bay and according to the website, the Port of Yokohama conveniently lies 11 sea miles closer to the Pacific Ocean than the Port of Tokyo.
A Japan ferry cruise is a fun and scenic way to travel between the islands and they are excellent for sightseeing. The Higashi Nihon Ferry, the Shikoku Ferry Service, and the Kansai Kisen Ferry Service feature daily cruises between islands and you can also try the Kobe Ferry Center for cruises to Shikoku Island from Kobe. One of Japanâ€™s popular river cruises is the River Sumida cruise. The 40-minute cruise offers spectacular views of the landscape and nature as well as calming river walks.