Japanese Archipelago Voyage

Japan circumnavigation on board the MS Westerdam in time for the cherry blossoms

Base Fare:
$12,499 CAD
per guest, double occupancy

Your Journey includes

9 shore excursions

including sushi, rice-crackers, and seared bonito cooking classes, zen meditation initiation, city tours and much more

All meals included: 17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 17 dinners

1 access to the Pinnacle Grill

14 nights aboard the Holland America Line MS Westerdam

3 nights in an outstanding hotel

Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada (Air gateways available across Canada)

Private car home pick-up & return service

Japanese Archipelago Voyage

Japan has one of the most fascinating cultures for any traveller to discover. It remains a country of extremes: from leading edge technology to age-old tradition, with a real dedication to customs of the past. We are delighted to take you on a 19-day voyage that begins in dazzling Tokyo and circumnavigates the Japanese archipelago aboard the luxurious MS Westerdam. We purposefully chose to travel in the spring as it is at this time that the country puts on its most glorious show: the blooming of its fabled cherry blossom trees. On our curated tours and excursions, you will partake in tea-tasting ceremonies, zen meditation and hands-on sushi making lessons. You are sure to come home with a myriad of treasured memories on this voyage of a lifetime.

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Base Fare:
$12,499 CAD
per guest, double occupancy

 Signature inclusions

Before you travel

  • All taxes, port and service charges
  • Complete information and assistance before your journey
  • Branded overnight carry-on bag or backpack
  • Private car pick-up service or overnight at the Toronto Airport Hilton (or a credit instead of those services)

During your Journey

  • 24/7 professional Journey Manager services
  • Services of local guides
  • All gratuities
  • Porterage for one piece of baggage
  • Most meals as listed
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as listed

Memorable activities

  • Tokyo Visits: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple, Tokyo Skytree, Edo Tokyo Museum
  • Tokyo Hands-On: Furin, Sushi making
  • Shimuzu / Mount Fuji: Mishima Sky Walk, Miho no Matsubara
  • Nara Park: Todaiji Temple, Zen Meditation, Kuromon Market
  • Kochi Visits: Kochi Castle and Hirome market
  • Kochi Hands-On: Washi Paper and Seared Bonito making
  • Hakata: Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine, Yusentei Park visit and green tea tasting
  • Shirakawa-gō: Farmhouse visit and rice cracker making experience
  • Otaru: Otaru Canal visit, Kitaichi glass visit and Nikka Whisky distillery tour
  • Hakodate: Mount Hakodate cable car, Beer brewery visit, Kanamori red brick warehouse visit
  • Aomori: Hirosaki park and castle visit, Taiko Demonstration

Outstanding accommodation

  • 14 nights aboard the MS Westerdam
  • 3 nights in the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo



  • DOUBLE/TWIN: $12,499
  • SINGLE:$ 17,299


  • DOUBLE/TWIN: $12,899
  • SINGLE:$18,199


  • DOUBLE/TWIN: $12,949
  • SINGLE:$18,299


  • DOUBLE/TWIN: $13,899
  • SINGLE:$20,099


  • DOUBLE/TWIN: $13,999
  • SINGLE:$20,299



Reserve your journey before May 31, 2019



Reserve one of our journeys prior to the early reservation date and pay 95% of the published fare at the time of your reservation by cheque or electronic bank transfer and we will deduct the remaining 5% off your journey’s fare.

ERB flex: SAVE 2%

Reserve one of our journeys prior to the early reservation date and pay 98% of the published fare at the time of your reservation by Visa, Mastercard or American Express and we will deduct the remaining 2% off your journey’s fare.

Should you not take advantage of the Early Reservation Bonus and decide to pay by cheque or electronic bank transfer at time of final payment, we will deduct $200 off your journey’s fare.

Please note: A deposit cheque and a post-dated final payment cheque are not considered payment in full. Final payment date is 120 days (or more, depending on the journey) prior to departure. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer, unless noted otherwise.

All fares are for departure from Toronto. Other gateways available. These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date. 






Travel Insurance 
Peace of Mind travel always involves the proper insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you have insurance coverage in place to protect you in the event of an unexpected incident. Here is a list of the plans we offer:

  • Cancellation / Interruption
  • Emergency Medical
  • Seniors Emergency Medical
  • Annual Medical Plan
  • All Inclusive Annual Plan
  • Baggage and Personal effects

Contact our office and speak with our friendly insurance experts.

Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

Days 1 & 2


Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow travellers and board your flight to Tokyo, Japan. Upon arrival, enjoy a restful evening and dinner at our hotel. (D)

Overnight flight / Imperial Hotel, Tokyo (3 nights)

Day 3


Welcome to Tokyo! Our drive to the Meiji Shrine takes us through the heart of this exceptional capital city. For lunch, we learn to make our own sushi. Then, we continue our cultural immersion with a demonstration of the art of Edo Furin: blowing spherical glass wind chimes. Enjoy dinner back at our hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 4


We begin our day with a visit to the ancient and colourful Asakusa Kannon Temple. After lunch, we make our way up the Tokyo Skytree’s viewing areas at 350 and 450 m to admire the breathtaking panoramas of the city. Relax back at our hotel and then head out for dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 5


Edo was the old name given to Tokyo until 1848, and at the Edo Tokyo Museum we are given an eyefull of how the city once looked with its period objects, costumes, and buildings. After the visit, we drive to Yokohama to board the luxurious MS Westerdam, your home for the next fourteen days. All meals will be served on board unless otherwise indicated. (B,L,D)

MS Westerdam (14 nights)

Day 6


Admire the perfect conical silhouette of this dormant volcano with its jet black base topped with snow from the vantage point of the Mishima Sky Walk, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan. We then visit a picturesque pine grove distinguished for its scenic beauty and views of Mount Fuji. (B,L,D)  

Included excursion: Mount Fuji views

Day 7


A stroll through Nara Park, with its rich greenery and tame deer, brings us to the impressive Tōdai-ji Buddhist Temple, with its huge bronze Buddha. Our exploration continues with a teaching of zen meditation. Following lunch, we explore the shopping district, where you are sure to be dazzled! (B,L,D) 

Included excursion: Nara Park and Zen Meditation

Day 8


Our day begins by learning about the Tosa Washi, a specific variety of Japanese paper produced only in the Kōchi Prefecture. We get the chance to make our own as a memento from our time in Kōchi. For lunch, a chef guides us through the process of how to make traditional seared bonito. We then get to savour our delicious culinary creations. We end the afternoon with a visit to the Edo-epoch Kōchi Castle. (B,L,D) 

Included excursion: Kōchi Exploration

Day 9


After a scenic cruise through the Kanmon Strait, we begin our exploration with a visit to the Dazaifu Tenmangū Shrine. Then, we make our way to lunch on Ramen Street at Hakata Station. After a leisurely tour of the city’s Yūsentei Park, we indulge in green tea and a Japanese sweets-tasting. (B,L,D) 

Included excursion: Fukuoka Cultural and Culinary Delights

Days 10



Day 11


We set off from Kanazawa to explore Shirakawa- gō, a small, traditional village that showcases a building style known as gasshō-zukuri. After enjoying lunch in the authentic surroundings of a local farmhouse, we make our way to Takayama, nicknamed as “Little Kyoto” due to its abundance of historical buildings and monuments. Enjoy some free time to roam the peaceful alleys before joining us for tea and a rice cracker-making lesson. (B,L,D)

Included excursion: World Heritage Shirakawa-gō Visit

Day 12



Day 13


Welcome to Oriental Russia. Vladivostok is one the country’s largest and historically strategic ports. Its history will be revealed on our driving tour, followed by a visit of its 19th century fortress, now a military museum. Tuck into a hearty lunch in the city centre and visit the terminus of the mythical Trans-Siberian Railway. (B,L,D) 

Included excursion: Vladivostok Tour

Day 14



Day 15


A walking tour of Otaru Canal takes us to the Kitaichi Glass Company where we witness an astounding variety of glasses and bottles. After lunch, we learn about Japanese whisky-making on a guided tour of the Nikka Whisky Distillery. The tour ends with a tasting session. Kanpai! (B,L,D) 

Included excursion: Otaru Highlights

Day 16


Browse through the stalls of the Morning Market to see the freshest seafood and produce, and perhaps top up your own breakfast with donburi (cooked rice topped with another ingredient). Then, a cable-car will whisk us up Mount Hakodate where we will admire the sweeping views of the city and ocean. After lunch, we enjoy a brewery tour and take in the views from the observatory of Goryōkaku Tower. (B,L,D)

Included excursion: Morning Market and Mount Hakodate

Day 17


Stroll through the famed cherry blossoms (with fingers crossed that they are in full bloom) in Hirosaki Park and visit its castle. After lunch in Neputa Village, we visit the Nebuta Wa Rasse Museum, which recreates the atmosphere of a popular street festival with its costumes, colours, and music, and famous Taiko drums. (B,L,D) 

Included excursion: A Whimsical Exploration 

Day 18



Day 19


After disembarking, we visit the bustling city of Yokohama where you can enjoy a few hours at your leisure for some souvenir shopping and lunch. We bid “wakare” to our new friends and make our way to the airport for our flight home. Enjoy our private car to your home. (B)

 B : Breakfast L : Lunch D : Dinner

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Journey Highlights

Holland America Line MS Westerdam

Recently updated with new bar, entertainment and dining venues, plus completely reimagined suites, the MS Westerdam is a fascinating destination in her own right. On board, enjoy live entertainment, learn culinary skills at a cooking show or hands-on workshop or enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central atop the ship.

Shirakawa-gō Village

Shirakawa-gō's farmhouses have made the village a UNESCO world heritage site, for the way their steeped thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. These roofs are designed without nails and can support the accumulation of snow that can occur during the winter months, as well provide a large attic space to cultivate silkworms.

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, or Fujisan, has inspired artists and poets throughout centuries, and is an essential element of Japanese culture. This active volcano, which last erupted in 1707, can be seen all the way from Tokyo and Yokohama on a clear day. At 3776 meters, it stands as Japan’s highest mountain, and is snowcapped for almost half the year.

Nara Park

As we visit Todaiji and stroll through Nara Park, we are sure to encounter one of the freely roaming deer. Considered to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s famous deers have become a symbol of the city. Our spiritual experience continues as we take a moment to learn about Zen meditation, before a very traditional lunch in a Japanese Buddhist temple. This simple mela in ingredients will give us a peak into the lives of monks in the temple.


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