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Japanese Shores

Ship: Le Soléal  
Departure: Monday, April 4, 2022
Nights: 11 nights
Departs: Otaru
Returns: Kobe
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One Way Trip
One
way trip
Duration
11
Nights
Days at Sea
1
Sea Days
Ports
12
Ports
Countries Visted
3
Countries
  • Itinerary

    Japanese Shores

    Ports of call

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    Day Date Port of Call Arrival Departure
    1 Monday, April 4, 2022 Otaru, Japan Embark 6:00 PM
    View of Otaru, Japan

    Otaru is a small city and port on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, NW of the larger city of Sapporo. It faces on the west the Sea of Japan and mainland China. The original inhabitants were indigenous Ainu people. Otaru is for many a commuter town for Sapporo. Read more about Otaru, Japan

    2 Tuesday, April 5, 2022 At Sea
    3 Wednesday, April 6, 2022 Aomori, Japan 6:00 AM 8:00 AM
    View of Aomori, Japan

    Aomori is the capital city of Aomori Prefecture, situated on the northernmost tip of the main Japanese island facing Hokkaido. It has a cold maritime climate with short cool summers and has heavy snowfalls in winter. It is a World Heritage Site, as it has the world's largest virgin forest of beech trees. Also fascinating are the Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, the largest historic site in Japan, said to have revealed structures of a traditional village dating back some 5,500 years. Read more about Aomori, Japan

    4 Thursday, April 7, 2022 Niigata, Japan 12:00 PM 7:00 PM
    View of Niigata, Japan

    Niigata (population 800,000) is the capital of Niigata Prefecture, NW coast of Honshu, Japan. It lies on the Agano and Shinano Rivers, which open to the Inland Sea (Sea of Japan). The port is the largest on the coast, and the city is known for its manufacturing. Sado Island, with a history of gold mining and exile, is a ferry ride from Niigata City. Read more about Niigata, Japan

    5 Friday, April 8, 2022 Kanazawa, Japan 6:30 AM 5:00 PM
    View of Kanazawa, Japan

    Kanazawa, situated on the Sea of Japan between the Sai and Asano Rivers, was founded as a castle town in 1583, but today is a typical peaceful Japanese city of traditional crafts. It is the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa sits on the Sea of Japan, bordered by the Japanese Alps, Hakusan National Park and Noto Peninsula National Park. Kanazawa is best known for its Gold Leaf, gold beaten into paper-thin sheets that, among more common uses, covers pavilions and is included in some foods. Read more about Kanazawa, Japan

    6 Saturday, April 9, 2022 Sakaiminato (for Matsue), Japan 8:00 AM 6:30 PM
    View of Sakaiminato (for Matsue), Japan

    Sakaiminato is an important fishing port facing Mihio Bay and the Sea of Japan to the east, and inland Lake Nakaumi to the west. It lies in the middle of West Japan. South of the port is the sweeping 15km Yumi-ga-Hama Beach, and 30km to the ESE rises the great snow-capped summit of Mt. Daisen, considered one of the four most scenic mountains in all Japan. Read more about Sakaiminato (for Matsue), Japan

    7 Sunday, April 10, 2022 Busan, South Korea 1:00 PM 8:00 PM
    View of Busan, South Korea

    Busan (formerly Pusan), the second largest city and principal port of South Korea, is situated in the SE of the peninsula on the Korea Strait. The city has many steep hills, creating a delightful mix of mountains and ocean. While Busan was relatively untouched during the Korean War, the flood of refugees has shaped the city. Tourists often come to this region to hike and to visit the Buddhist Temples located deep within the region's mountains. Read more about Busan, South Korea

    8 Monday, April 11, 2022 Karatsu, Japan 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
    View of Karatsu, Japan

    Karatsu (pop.120,000) is a city in Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. The port is a quiet port facing the Genkai Sea that flows into the Sea of Japan, and historically has flourished as a trading hub with the China and Korea. The eastern part of the port forms a section of the Genkai Quasi-National Park, that also is the site of Niji-no-matsubara pine grove and Karatsu Castle. Five kilometres SE of the port is The Black Pine Forest of 1 Million Trees, one of Japan's top three pine groves, alongside a five kilometre white sand beach. Read more about Karatsu, Japan

    9 Tuesday, April 12, 2022 Beppu, Japan 7:15 AM 8:30 PM
    View of Beppu, Japan

    Beppu, a city that overlooks Beppu Bay and is backed by mountains, is located in the Oita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. It is considered to be Japan’s hot springs capital as it has the second largest volume of hot water in the world - after Yellowstone in the United States - and the largest number of hot spring sources in Japan. This tourist town has nine spectacular geothermal hot springs that are referred to as the ‘nine hells of Beppu’, certainly the major attraction for visitors. There is also the Oita Marine Palace that features dolphins, while Mt Takasaki is famous for its large population of wild monkeys. Read more about Beppu, Japan

    10 Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Hiroshima, Japan 7:00 AM 12:30 PM
    View of Hiroshima, Japan

    The capital of the prefecture of the same name, Hiroshima, situated at the centre of the Chugoku region in western Honshu – Japan’s largest island – is possibly best known for being the first city in history to be destroyed by a nuclear weapon. Today, though, it is a modern cosmopolitan city with wide boulevards and criss-crossing rivers. Many of the famous attractions are connected to the horrific split second of the bomb blast on August 6, 1945, and are truly well worth visiting. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the 1945 event. Read more about Hiroshima, Japan

    10 Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Miyajima, Japan 2:30 PM 8:00 PM
    View of Miyajima, Japan

    Popularly known as Miyajima, the Shrine Island, Itsukushima is an island in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan, located in the NW of Hiroshima Bay. The island lies 12 km WSW of the port of Hiroshima, and is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gigantic red gate to the shrine can be reached at low tide off the north side of the island. The shrine itself is a red-lacquered complex of halls and pathways on stilts. Read more about Miyajima, Japan

    11 Thursday, April 14, 2022 Takamatsu, Japan 7:00 AM 10:00 PM
    View of Takamatsu, Japan

    The modern Japanese city of Takamatsu, facing the Seto Inland Sea, is the main gateway to Shikoku Island. While the downtown is relatively easy to navigate on foot, many visitors choose to rent a bicycle. Takamatsu has a number of long arcade-style shopping streets, giving the city's shopping a more traditional feel. You'll find shops of all sorts on these streets, much as you would at a mall. Read more about Takamatsu, Japan

    12 Friday, April 15, 2022 Kobe, Japan 6:00 AM Disembark
    View of Kobe, Japan

    Kobe is the capital of the Hyogo Prefecture and lies on the southern side of the main island of Honshu, Japan. A cosmopolitan port city with an international flavour it is hemmed in by Mt. Rokko, and it constantly comes up number one in expatriate rankings of the best place to live in Japan. The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, with its collection comprising sculptures, prints and paintings, built following the horrific earthquake in 1995, is a tribute to the spirit of mankind. Read more about Kobe, Japan

  • Ship

    Le Soléal Overview

    Le Soléal

    Le Soléal (the Sun/Sunlight in French) offers itineraries that are impressive. She joined Compagnie du Ponant as a premium vessel in 2013, showing magnificent lines, elegance and furnishings that reflect modern French marine architecture. She is 5-star, “your own private yacht.” With 264 guests and 140 crew service is personal.

  • Cabins

    Le Soléal Cabins

    Superior Ocean

    Superior Ocean

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    Cabin Types

    SP3

    Average Cabin Size – 21.0 m2

    Average Balcony Size – 0 m2

    Size: 226 sq.ft. superior staterooms located on Deck3. Amenities: • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds • Shower • Minibar • Flat screen satellite TV • Desk with stationery • DVD, CD and Ipod™ players • Video on demand • Safe • Hairdryer • Bath robes • Satellite direct line telephone • 110/220 volts outlet • French bath products • 24hr room service • Internet access wifi

    Deluxe Balcony

    Deluxe Balcony

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    Cabin Types

    DEL

    Average Cabin Size – 18.5 m2

    Average Balcony Size – 4.0 m2

    Size: 200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. balcony. Deluxe Staterooms with private balcony. Amenities: • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds • Shower • Minibar • Flat screen satellite TV • Desk with stationery • DVD, CD and Ipod™ players • Video on demand • Safe • Hairdryer • Bath robes • Satellite direct line telephone • 110/220 volts outlet • French bath products • 24hr room service • Internet access wifi

    Prestige Balcony

    Prestige Balcony

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    Cabin Types

    PR6, PR5, PR4

    Average Cabin Size – 18.5 m2

    Average Balcony Size – 4.0 m2

    Size: 200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. balcony. Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. Amenities: • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds • Shower • Minibar • Flat screen satellite TV • Desk with stationery • DVD, CD and Ipod™ players • Video on demand • Safe • Hairdryer • Bath robes • Satellite direct line telephone • 110/220 volts outlet • French bath products • 24hr room service

    Suite

    Suite

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    Cabin Types

    SA, PS6, PS5, DS6

    Average Cabin Size – 33.7 m2

    Average Balcony Size – 7.0 m2

    Size: 484 sq.ft. + 97 sq.ft. balcony. Owner's Suites are decorated by French interior designers and will provide you a breathtaking panoramic sea view. Amenities: • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available • Bathtub or shower • Minibar • Flat screen satellite TV • Desk with stationery • DVD, CD and Ipod™ players • Video on demand • Safe • Hairdryer • Bath robes • Satellite direct line telephone • 110/220 volts outlet • French bath products • 24hr room service • Internet access wifi • Another Flat screen satellite TV • Large bathtub • Sofa • Table with 4 chairs • Armchair & Pedestal table

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