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Okinawa’s sacred Ryukyu sites, such as Shurijo Castle, Shikina-En Gardens and Sefa-utaki.

Beautiful Udo Shrine, near Miyazaki, said to benefit pregnant and nursing mothers.

The moving peace memorials in Okinawa and Nagasaki, which pay tribute to the victims of war.

Get set for out-of-this-world experiences on your holiday to Japan, where you’ll be entranced by magical gardens, intrigued by mysterious shrines, wow’ed by stunning vistas and tantalised by exotic tastes, sights and sounds.

Modern technology sits side by side with ancient tradition here, from Japan’s speeding bullet trains to Fukuoka’s Hakata Gion Yamakasa float race or Nagasaki’s colourful Kunchi festival of dance. Be in awe of the 1000-year-old cedar trees on Yakushima Island or of the breath-taking Takachiho Gorge, with its walls like dragons’ scales.

You can gaze at the moon from Kochi’s Katsurahama Beach, take a hot sand bath in Ibusuki or soak away your cares in Kagoshima’s sensuous spas. From Miyazaki’s important Shinto shrines to the sacred Ryukyu sites of Okinawa, you’ll have a sensational time in Japan.

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When can we take you to Japan?

Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this country. The calendar shows you when one or more ships are departing on a cruise itinerary to Japan. New itineraries will be added, so it’s worth checking back.

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Fukuoka, Japan
Fukuoka, Japan

Tickle your taste buds in Fukuoka’s open air food stalls or hit the shops at Canal City. Explore the Fukuoka Tower, Aitaka Bridge, Fukuoka Castle and Nanzoin Temple, with its huge reclining Buddha.

Nagasaki, Japan
Nagasaki, Japan

Explore Nagasaki’s Chinatown and Dejima Dutch trading area, plus 19th-century Glover Garden. The city’s WWII peace memorials and abandoned Hashima Island will create a lasting impression.

Okinawa, Japan
Okinawa, Japan

Find paradise in Okinawa, with its white sand beaches, coral reefs and pristine rainforest. Visit sacred Ryukyu sites, go whale watching or join in with a giant tug-of-war for some holiday highs.

Kagoshima, Japan
Kagoshima, Japan

Enjoy views of Sakurajima, Kagoshima’s fiery volcano, or luxuriate in a hot spring spa. Admire magical cherry blossom in spring or snap sensational views from the Shiroyama Observatory.

Miyazaki (Aburastsu), Japan
Miyazaki (Aburastsu), Japan

Visit Miyazaki’s atmospheric Shinto shrines and the replica burial statues at Haniwa Garden. Miyazaki has beautiful beaches and natural wonders too, such as Takachiho Gorge.

What ships can I choose for my Japan cruise?

    Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this location. so it’s worth checking back.

    Make the most of your holiday to Japan with our amazing shore excursions

    With expert local guides, easy 24-hour cancellations, plus guaranteed first off ship and return-to-ship if your tour is delayed, our tailor-made shore excursions allow you to experience each incredible destination in a whole new way.

    Discover mystical shrines, enchanting gardens and significant historical sites on our shore excursions in Japan, including the Nagasaki Peace Park, the Atomic Bomb Museum, Okinawa’s Shuri Castle and Fukuoka’s Kushida Shrine.

    Tour markets, rock gardens and teahouses and learn about some of Japan’s fascinating festivals. To book the best of cruises to Japan, see the most popular shore excursions below.

    Nagasaki historical tour with Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park

    Explore Nagasaki’s tragic history and tribute to peace at Nagasaki Peace Park, the Atomic Bomb Museum and Ground Zero, epicentre of the devastation. Conclude with a scenic drive through Dejima and China Town.

    Best of Okinawa

    Discover Shuri Castle, a Japanese national treasure, lovely Shikina-en Garden and Kokusai-Dori shopping area on a four hour tour. Enjoy souvenir shops, department stores, cafes and pubs and the Makishi Public Market.

    Highlights of Fukuoka half day

    Discover Fukuoka Tower, Ohori Park and Kushida Shrine on a four-hour tour. Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of Fukuoka, tour a rock garden and teahouse and see the Kazari Yamagase float used in the famous Hakata Gion Festival.

    Why book a shore excursion with us?

    Guaranteed first off ship

    Book a tour and you’ll enjoy priority departure in port.

    Guaranteed Return To ship

    If our tours are delayed, the ship will wait for you! 

    Safety First

    All our shore excursions are planned by insured partners, who adhere to the highest safety standards in the industry. 

    Official blog - spotlight on your Japan cruise

    Stay up-to-date with the latest posts from the Official Royal Caribbean Blog dedicated to bringing you travel tips, news and information on over 260 destinations.

    Sensational Japanese food

    The people of Okinawa are famous for their long lifespans, and have the highest number of centenarians in the world, discover the secret to their longevity.

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    Explore unexpected Japan

    Shinto shrines and cherry blossom displays are part of the magic of Japan, but there are many more unusual things to explore too.

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