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.