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17 Day Premium Japan & South Korea Cruise With Tokyo

On these packages you will travel from city to city on your own, exploring at your own pace. We have arranged transportation in most cases and day tours for you to see the destination. Enjoy the time and flexibility to linger longer or pick up the pace and see as much as possible. The choice is yours.

Escorted Type
Independent

This itinerary will be conducted at a relaxed pace. You will typically spend several nights at one location which means less time spent packing and unpacking, and more sightseeing. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and handling your own luggage.

Pace
Leisurely Pace

Make the most of your cruise and travel independently, with everything organised for you. Your international flights, pre-cruise stay, and cruise are organised so all you have to do is relax and enjoy your time at sea. Of course, there is the option of extending your tour if you don’t want to head straight to the airport upon disembarkation.

Cruise Style
Ocean

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Independent Tour
19489 people have travelled to this destination

✓ 12 night premium cruise on board Celebrity Millennium
✓ 4 nights in a central 4-star hotel in the heart of Tokyo
✓ Breakfast daily, 11 lunches and 12 dinners
✓ Full day guided tour of Tokyo, one of the world’s greatest cities
✓ Full day tour to Nikko with an expert local guide
✓ Included transfer from your Tokyo hotel to Yokohama cruise port
✓ All meals and entertainment and port charges on board your cruise

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku or Similar

Upon arrival into Tokyo, please make your own way to the starting point hotel.

Take the evening to relax after your flight and prepare for your first full day of touring tomorrow.

The easiest and most convenient way to travel from Haneda International Airport (HND) to Tokyo Central is by train or by monorail. The airport is also serviced by many 'Limousine Bus' services which offer shared shuttle bus service from around ¥1300 per person.

The best way to travel from Narita International Airport (NRT) to Tokyo Central is by the Narita Airport Express. The journey to most Tokyo stations takes approximately 1hr and the ticket costs ¥4070. The airport is also serviced by many 'Limousine Bus' services which offer shared shuttle buses from around ¥1300 per person.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Hotel Check-in:
Travellers will be arriving at various times throughout the day. If arriving prior to standard check-in time, which is generally 3pm local time, you are welcome to leave your luggage with hotel reception and explore your surroundings until check-in becomes available, as there are no scheduled activities on day 1 of the itinerary. The hotel may grant early check-in, however this is strictly subject to availability and at the hotel’s discretion.

Hotel
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Explore Tokyo's rich blend of history, culture, and modernity today. Begin your day at the tranquil Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine surrounded by a forest of over 100,000 trees. Wander through the serene grounds, pay your respects, and don't miss the Meiji Jingu Inner Garden for seasonal gardens and historical insights. Next, head to the Imperial Palace Outer Garden, where you can admire the architectural grandeur and beauty of the East Garden, even though access to the inner palace is restricted. Enjoy a leisurely walk and capture the beauty of the Nijubashi Bridge.

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the traditional charm of Asakusa. Explore Nakamise-dori's bustling shops, sample delectable street food, and visit the iconic Senso-ji Temple. Meander through the historic Asakusa district with its nostalgic alleys and architecture. Cap off your day at the Tokyo Skytree, marveling at the modern engineering marvel and breathtaking views of Tokyo's skyline. The Skytree offers a mesmerizing perspective of the city.

Hotel
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We’ll leave Tokyo this morning after breakfast and head north to Nikko, one of Japan’s most famous mountain towns.

Your journey begins at Nikko Toshogu, an exquisite Shinto shrine complex nestled in the scenic mountains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its elaborate and intricate architecture, housing the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Explore the ornate buildings, vibrant carvings, and serene surroundings, immersing yourself in Japanese history and spirituality. Be sure to witness the mesmerizing Yomeimon Gate, a true masterpiece of craftsmanship.

Next, venture to the picturesque Lake Chūzenji, a serene and pristine mountain lake surrounded by lush forests. The shimmering waters offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. We then visit the nearby Kegon Falls, one of Japan's most famous waterfalls, plunging dramatically from a rocky precipice into the crystal-clear pool below. Marvel at the sheer power and beauty of nature, and perhaps capture this magnificent sight with your camera to create lasting memories of your Nikko adventure.

Hotel
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is a full free day in Tokyo. There is no end to the spectacular sightseeing and activities available to you, as Tokyo truly has something for everyone. Take as much time as you like to relax at your leisure, explore the city, shop for souvenirs and eat the delectable cuisine. Be sure to ask your hotel concierge for recommendations on more must-see spots around the city. 

Alternatively, join one of the many free walking tours on offer in Tokyo. 

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure in Tokyo. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred from your hotel to the Yokohama cruise port to embark on your 12-night exploration of Japan and South Korea.

During a cruise to Japan with Celebrity, you'll visit extraordinary cities with an ancient culture that seamlessly blends with the country’s ultra-modern architecture and lifestyle. Japan cruises offer you the chance to discover captivating Shinto shrines, stroll through meticulously-planned formal gardens, savour the freshest sushi, and visit some of the world's most beautiful mountain scenery.

You will set sail at 7pm this evening.

Ports of call may vary cruise to cruise based on ship schedules. 

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On clear days, particularly in winter, Mount Fuji (Fuji-san in Japanese) is visible from as far as Tokyo, 60 miles away. When Japan's highest mountain is capped with snow, it's a picture-postcard perfect volcanic cone. One of the best-known symbols of Japan, this iconic mountain has been considered sacred since ancient times and was even forbidden to women until the early 1900s.

There is an extensive range of shore excursions on offer today. You may wish to head deep into Hakone National Park and get up close to Mount Fuji, or stay nearer to port and explore Shizuoka City with an expert local guide.

In port from 7am to 7pm.

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination.

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There are so many experiences on offer in the Osaka and Kyoto region. Perhaps visit Osaka Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquariums which has over 580 species of sea life on display, or Universal Studios Japan, the company’s first theme park outside of the U.S. Kyoto served as the nation’s capital for more than 1000 years and is home to 17 different World Heritage Sites including Kiyomizudera Temple and Heian Jingu Shrine.

The ship will remain in port overnight.

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast on board, why not head out to further explore Osaka, Kyoto or surrounds. Our suggestion is to explore mystical Kyoto and three of its most beautiful temples and shrines, with one summoning the "courage" of visitors. Following the 90-minute journey to Kyoto, first stop at Fushimi-inari Taisha, guarded by red torii gates that form a virtual tunnel. Then visit Ryoanji Temple, known for its stone garden. Marvel at Hojo Garden's Zen expression before moving on to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Learn of its unique mortise and joint pillar and beam structure, which used no nails. Lunch is Japanese-style.


You will depart from Osaka at 3pm today.

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

While paying tribute to the infamous nuclear attack that destroyed the city in 1945, Hiroshima is now defined as a beacon of peace and prides itself on its exceptional natural beauty. See more than 300 cherry blossom trees in bloom at Peace Memorial Park, journey to the breathtaking Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, and take time to sample "okonomiyaki"—a delicious example of Japanese soul food.

In port from 1pm to 10pm.

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy another day at sea today, which means you can relax and enjoy all that your ship has to offer. Have a spa massage, relax by the pool, or dine in one of the exciting restaurants.

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It is Busan's premier trading port, adjacent to the Korean Straits and Japan, that makes it an international metropolis but its beautiful sea vistas that make it a charming place to unwind. Experience the serenity of Beomeo-sa Temple, climb the Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park and rejuvenate at Hushimchung Spa.

In port from 8am to 6pm.

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a full day to relax and enjoy the many activities, restaurants and entertainment your ship has to offer. Wine and dine in reimagined restaurants and lounges, including the main dining room, Oceanview Café, Sunset Bar, and Rendezvous Lounge. Surrender your senses in the newly redesigned spa. Shop in new retail boutiques. The choice is yours.

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A port city on the island of Hokkaido, Hakodate is best known for the spectacular views and the area's delicious, fresh seafood, sushi, squid, and ramen. From the top of Mount Hakodate, you’ll enjoy a magnificent view of the city surrounded by the ocean. You can reach the summit by hiking trail, cable car, or auto. The former Goryōkaku Fort, Japan's first Western style fortress, is now used as a public park and is a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing. The park also features the tall, white Goryōkaku Tower that offers a panoramic view of the park, including mainland Japan across the Tsugaru Strait on clear days. Hakodate is literally a town of hot springs, and it even offers steamy outdoor footbaths to pedestrians.

In port from 10:30am to 8pm.

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Aomori Port, the capital of Aomori prefecture, is located on Mutsu Bay, at the northern tip of Honshu. Here, nature and culture fuse as one. The Shirakami Mountains, which embrace the world's largest virgin forest of beech trees, have been awarded a World Heritage Site designation. Reminders of ancient times abound throughout Aomori Port as well, and you can also indulge in the serene atmosphere of the Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, Japan's largest, which are said to have been established around 4,000 to 5,000 BC. The summer brings the city’s most beloved Nebuta Matsuri Festival, which features enormous lantern floats, taiko drums, and dancers that parade the downtown streets. Stroll Aomori’s premiere Shinsen Ichiba seafood market where restaurateurs hand-pick fresh produce then slurp up delicious ramen noodles at one of its counter restaurants.

Cruise
Celebrity Millennium, Inside Cabin or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy your final day at sea on this fascinating adventure. Meet your new friends in the Rendezvous Lounge, or take in the passing views from the Sky Lounge.

Meals
Breakfast

Your premium cruise comes to an end today on arrival in Tokyo (Yokohama). On arrival at the port, make your own way to either Narita or Haneda airport for your onward journey. Airport transfers are not included but can be arranged on board.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Inclusions

  • 12 night premium cruise on board Celebrity Millennium
  • 4-nights in a central 4-star hotel in the heart of Tokyo
  • Breakfast daily, 11 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Full day guided tour of Tokyo, one of the world’s greatest cities
  • Full day tour to Nikko with an expert local guide
  • Included transfer from your Tokyo hotel to Yokohama cruise port
  • All meals and entertainment and port charges on board your cruise

  • Tokyo – Enjoy the buzz and energy of one of the world’s great cities
  • Tokyo – Visit Tsukiji Outer Market, a haven for foodies
  • Tokyo – Visit Asakusa Sensoji temple – the oldest temple in Tokyo – famous for its huge hanging lantern at the Kaminarimon gate (Thunder Gate)
  • Tokyo – Join the scramble across Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing
  • Mt Fuji – Get up close to Japan’s most sacred mountain with one of the optional shore excursions
  • Osaka - Explore the vibrant street food scene and modern architecture of Osaka, Japan's bustling metropolis
  • Kyoto - Immerse yourself in the rich history and traditional culture of Kyoto, with its stunning temples and beautiful gardens
  • Hiroshima - Pay tribute to the resilience of Hiroshima while visiting the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, amidst a city that has risen from the ashes
  • Busan, South Korea - Experience the dynamic blend of beaches, mountains, and vibrant street markets in the coastal city of Busan
  • Hakodate - Enjoy the picturesque harbour views and fresh seafood in the charming port town of Hakodate, Japan
  • Aomori - Discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Aomori, surrounded by lush landscapes and seasonal festivals

Note: Sightseeing highlights are suggestions only (except for Tokyo). You have the choice of hundreds of different shore excursions on your Celebrity cruise. Shore excursions are not included as part of your package.

During a cruise to Japan with Celebrity, you'll visit extraordinary cities with an ancient culture that seamlessly blends with the country’s ultra-modern architecture and lifestyle. Japan cruises offer you the chance to discover captivating Shinto shrines, stroll through meticulously-planned formal gardens, savour the freshest sushi, and visit some of the world's most beautiful mountain scenery.

Celebrity Millennium® is making even more waves in the cruise world with its breath-taking upgrades, and now as one of the first cruise ships in the world to receive a Four-Star Rating by Forbes Travel Guide. From adding brand new staterooms and elevating design concepts and technology across the ship to adding The Retreat®, an exclusive experience including The Retreat Sundeck and The Retreat Lounge, the change is phenomenal. These new venues combined with our award-winning Luminae are sure to please. Slip into new eXhale® bedding featuring Cashmere™ Mattresses that will surround you in luxury—literally. Marvel at completely new bathroom modernizations. Wine and dine in reimagined restaurants and lounges, including the main dining room, Oceanview Café, Sunset Bar, and Rendezvous Lounge. Surrender your senses in the newly redesigned spa. Shop in new retail boutiques. Change the way you experience the world aboard Celebrity Millennium. Celebrity Millennium is sailing with Starlink - the world’s most advanced broadband satellite internet - to bring you high-speed connectivity for a better onboard experience.

Inside Stateroom (Included)
170 Sq. ft. 
Your escape at sea, Inside Staterooms offer ample living space, including a sitting area and a flat screen TV. Each inside stateroom on board Celebrity includes world-class amenities.

Ocean View Stateroom - From an additional $500 AUD per person, twin share. Single price upon application.
170 Sq. ft.
 Expansive views make Ocean View Staterooms the ideal place to unwind at sea. These perfectly indulgent spaces come furnished with Celebrity’s eXhale bedding featuring the queen-size Cashmere Mattress and everything else a modern traveller needs.
 
Veranda Stateroom - From an additional $1500 AUD per person, twin share. Single price upon application.
150-175 Sq. ft., Veranda 38 Sq. ft.
Ample indoor and outdoor space come together to create your private sanctuary at sea. Your personal veranda lets you greet the day, enjoy fresh sea breezes, and soak in breath-taking sunsets.

Please click HERE for deck plans and more information on the Celebrity Millennium. 

Cabin upgrades and prices are subject to availability upon booking. Please note your upgrade option as a "Special Request" when booking and our team will be in touch with a confirmed quote. If we are unable to confirm your request, we will quote alternative options.

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.

Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”2”

Leisurely Paced Tour: This itinerary will be conducted at a relaxed pace. You will typically spend several nights at one location which means less time spent packing and unpacking, and more sightseeing. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and handling your own luggage.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $3,241.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Please note when choosing Single Supplement for this deal that you will receive a single room, which is smaller in size than a twin/double room. Unfortunately this is typical for Japan, as the cost to solely occupy a double/twin size room is incredibly high. We appreciate your understanding.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Independent - On these packages you will travel from city to city on your own, exploring at your own pace. We have arranged transportation in most cases and day tours for you to see the destination. Enjoy the time and flexibility to linger longer or pick up the pace and see as much as possible.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

  • International airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Click HERE for more information on weather in Japan.

Click HERE for more information on weather in South Korea.

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