Kunashir, the most southern Kuril Island, is less than 20 kilometres away from Hokkaido, Japan’s most northern, yet a world away in population size, culture and experience. Embark Scenic Eclipse for your Discovery Voyage departing Otaru, the bustling seaport of Sapporo, to explore Japan’s west coast on A Journey Through Time. From Western-style architecture marking bygone days in Hakodate, to the incredible archaeological dig of Sannai Maruyama, the largest and best preserved from the Jomon era (13,000-300 BC); visit Maizuru, Kyoto’s port on the Sea of Japan that is dedicated to Admiral Togo, who destroyed much of the Russian fleet in a single battle. 

Sail to South Korea for a relaxing day in Busan, with its urban beaches and delicious street food culture. Returning to Japan, visit one of the few remaining castles from the Edo Period (1603-1867) at Uwajima, and walk in the Peace Memorial park of Hiroshima.
By contrast, the Natural Wonders of Japan voyage explores Japan’s east coast, features Shingu, home to UNESCO World Heritage sites, including one of the three Kumano Sanzan Shrines connected by Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes; Tokyo, the world’s most populous and arguably most exciting city; and the most pristine wildlife habitats in Japan. From Kushiro, home to the country’s largest marsh and the red-crowned crane, to Nemura, with its 300 species of wild birds and Rishiri Island’s virgin forests, alpine flowers and wild, spotted seals.
Whether you choose to experience the wonders of Chukotka, Kamchatka (including the Commander Islands), the Kuril Islands or the coast of Japan, or combine them all in one fantastic exploration of the Pacific Ring of Fire, you’ll finish with memories you’ll treasure forever.

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