Azamara launches new itineraries as Japan opens to tourists

Azamara launches new itineraries as Japan opens to tourists

For the first time since 2020, Japan is open to tourists and Azamara is offering a brand new travel experience to celebrate.

The new itinerary will allow guests to dive deeper into the country with pre and post voyage programs now available as well as fresh shore excursions in maiden port, Niigata.

Travelers are invited aboard Azamara’s popular and nearly sold out Japan Country Intensive voyages, including Azamara Quest’s back-to-back 15-Night Japan Intensive Voyage in March, to discover the hidden secrets of Japan’s local culture and history through new experiences such as wine tastings in a local miso and soy sauce factory in Akita, mangrove kayaking in Ishigaki, or exploring the Seiben Garden in Aomori.

Niigata, known for its scenic mountains and expansive rice fields as it sits on the Sea of Japan, will be the maiden port allowing guests to explore for the day.

Azamara will also offer a special three night pre or post-voyage land journey to the new Historic Tokyo and Hot Spring in Hakone, where guests can immerse themselves in the traditions of Tokyo as they travel back in time to the samurai-era Edo.

Famous for its hot springs, natural beauty, and views across Lake Ashinoko of nearby Mount Fuji, guests can enjoy an overnight stay in a Japanese ryokan in Hakone to rejuvenate body and soul with an authentic onsen (hot spring) bath experience, learn the dynamics of samurai aesthetics through a batto (swordsmanship) and tea ceremony, and understand local ritual traditions like taiko drumming lessons in a nearby drum shop in Asakusa.

Unbeknownst to some, beneath its snow-capped peak lies the facade of an active volcano. (Mount Fuji – Supplied) 

Japan is likely to be the hit destination this Aussie summer when thousands will travel to make the most of the ski season in the country, however tourism companies have been reminding travellers about the beauty that the summer months offer.

Oku Japan are offering great options in Hokkaido, which, in the winter is a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding, while the summer months offer respite from intense humidity and presents the perfect conditions for hiking and exploring the island’s many national parks.

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