Treasures of Japan

 

May 30 – June 7, 2020

A Ponant Cruise with AHS Hosts Holly Shimizu and Osamu Shimizu

Myriad Discoveries Abound in Japan 

At its core, Japan is a place of tranquility and spirituality, where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoiled. Tour the Land of the Rising Sun via a beautifully appointed small ship and experience some of the most serene and breathtaking gardens in the world.

Highlights:

  • Visit the Korakuen Garden, one of the three best landscape gardens in Japan
  • See a special performance of the Kagura dance at Itsukushima Shrine
  • Be a guest of the Abbot at Kofukuji Temple in the heart of Nagasaki. Kofukuji is the oldest and one of the most important Chinese-founded temples in the city and the birthplace of the Obaku school of Zen Buddhism in Japan.
  • Visit Matsue Castle, made entirely out of pine and built in 1611. It remains as it was in the 17th century, and the uppermost floor offers fine views.
  • See an old sake brewery, the Amazake Chaya Teahouse, the Uchikoza Theater, and the Kami Hagitei, the former home and workshop of one of Uchiko’s most influential families.
  • Explore scenic tea plantations en route to Chiran, a small town known for its fine collection of samurai houses and their enclosed gardens. Several residences are still being used by samurai descendants.

Top-Rated Accommodations and Program Inclusions:

  • 8-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Soléal
  • Visit to Kofukuji Monastery in Nagasaki and a tea ceremony, as described in the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
  • All meals aboard ship, including early risers’ coffee and pastry, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • Open bar aboard ship, including select wines with lunch and dinner
  • Enrichment program of lectures and discussions by featured guests
  • Physician aboard ship
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
  • Baggage handling and airport transfers aboard on the designated program arrival and departure dates
  • Port taxes and charges
  • WiFi on board
  • Gratuities to shipboard personnel, porters, guides, and drivers

Brochure and Reservation Form

For more information and to make reservations, please contact Susan Klejst, Director of Development & Engagement at (703) 768-5700 ext. 127, or email development@ahsgardening.org. Our fax number is (703) 768-8700.