The Best of Japan

The Best of Japan

From $7,210 AUD


Aboard L’Austral, set sail for a cruise to the heart of the “Land of the Rising Sun”, a blend of modernity and tradition.

From Osaka to Maizuru via romantic Kyoto, during your cruise Japan will open its doors to you and lift the veil on its imperial past, where the history of the Samurais rubs shoulders with the delicateness of Geishas.

Trip Name
The Best of Japan
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship Length: 142 metres Passenger Capacity: 264 (200 in Antarctica) Built: 2011 This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral has a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. Precious materials in smoothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of cheerful reds. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht”. Cuisine Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark. Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportuniny to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner. Life On Board Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, L'Austral has been designed to meet the needs of every guest. Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Sothys™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting service. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please. Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous Sothys™ brand, the Beauty Centre on L'Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser).


Day 1 - Day 1: Osaka (Japan)
Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and flawless technological innovations. And here, in addition, there is the notion of serenity because of its geographical location on the Pacific coast. You’ll actually feel soothed and peaceful when you first set eyes on Osaka castle, standing proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. And this feeling will not leave you, whether you’re in the midst of the lively streets of Dotomburi or the bizarre Shinsekai district where time seems to stand still. A multitude of restaurants unfurl before the eyes of the passer-by, with menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki made with octopus and other succulent dishes kushikatsu dishes presented on kebabs.
Day 2 - Day 2: Tamano (Okayama, Japan)
Located on the island of Honshu, linked to the banks of the inside sea of Seto, Tamano is particularly appreciated for its generously sunny climate. When you arrive, you’ll be surprised by the way the town has expanded along the coastline to the foot of a densely rich forest. Another must-see attraction in the region, architectural this time, is the Seto Ohashi Bridge. At 12.5 kilometres it is the longest two-level bridge in the world.
Day 3 - Day 3: Hiroshima (Japan)
Whether you’ve been here or not, it is difficult to mention Hiroshima without feeling moved. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside maritime coasts of Seto. Firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn’t forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and its Genbaku Dome are a must. You’ll be amazed by the city's modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and the effervescent nights just as much as its peaceful stillnessin its natural parkland areas, like splendid Shukkei-en, the town’s historic garden.
Day 4 - Day 4: Uwajima (Japan)
Located on the west coast of Shikoku island, Uwajima will delight lovers of history and traditional customs. Here, you can admire the magnificent Uwajima castle, built in the 17th century by the powerful Date clan. You’ll see just how sweet the garden and bridge are. Taga temple contains a sanctuary and a museum dedicated to fertility. You can also discover the togyu, a Nippon variant of bull-fighting where two bulls are pitted against each other without a toreador. As for eating, you must taste a jakoten, a local treat based on fried fish.
Day 5 - Day 5: Kagoshima (Japan)
In the south of Kyushu island is where you’ll find one of Japan’s most singular places: Kagoshima Kagoshima This town not only has a majestic bay where the sun shimmers on the ocean’s surface, but it also has an active volcano. A visit to this busy metropolis will remind you just how much the Sakurajima volcano is part of the inhabitants’ every day life: in the wake of the almost daily eruptions, a delicate layer of ash settles on monuments here and there. The top of a buried torii measuring 3 metres and “swallowed up” by a giant lava flow in 1914 can still be seen. The ascendancy of nature will send a shiver down your spine.
Day 6 - Day 6: Nagasaki (Japan)
Located on coast of the island of Kyushu, the famous city of Nagasaki will bowl you over by the richness of its heritage. Despite the destruction in 1945, you can visit several ancient sites, including the beautiful Catholic church of Oura and its garden, the sanctuary of Suwa, as well as several Buddhist temples. The visit to the Atomic Bomb museum gives you insight into the extent of damage of the nuclear attack. Close by, a walk in the Memorial Peace park leads you to a surprising collection of objets d’art offered as a gift from Japan to the planet.
Day 7 - Day 7: Busan (South Korea)
With around four million inhabitants, Busan is the second largest metropolis on South Korea, after Seoul. This dynamic harbour city, located in the south-east, surrounded by the warm waters of the Sea of Japan, benefits from a mild, pleasant climate. You’ll find delightful simply to stroll around the lively streets and explore the city’s outstanding cultural heritage of art galleries, museums, and Buddhist sites, such as the Haedong Yonggungsa temple, which elegantly sits on the waterfront. Rich too in magnificent beaches and superlative natural landscapes, Busan’s peaceful atmosphere will win you over, as will its inhabitants, whom you’ll have the pleasure of meeting.
Day 8 - Day 8: Sakaiminato (Japan)
Located on the south-west coast of Honshu island, the town of Sakaiminato celebrates the comic writer and artist Shigeru Mizuki, born here, in his museum and in the open air with a dedicated tourist route. This itinerary leading through streets and squares presents 134 bronze statues representing the characters of the Japanese writer. This isn’t the only thing Sakaiminato has to offer; this town is truly dynamic due to its large fishing port. You can try some local specialities and enjoy the frequent festivities, not to mention the exceptional views of mount Daisen or the Yumigahama peninsula.
Day 9 - Day 9: Maizuru (Japan)
Located on the western coast of Honshu island, in the province of Kyoto, the charming town of Maizuru boasts one of Japan’s most exquisite closed bays. A climb to the observatory will allow you to appreciate the splendour of this inlet scattered with tiny wild islands. You can also admire the treasures of traditional architecture by visiting the temple of Enryu-ji or the Tanabe-jo castle. The town also bears traces of a rich military past, which you can see in the old arsenals of the navy, red brick buildings that today house a museum.
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Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
03-05-201811-05-2018AUD$13,250Deluxe Suite
03-05-201811-05-2018AUD$8,410Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
03-05-201811-05-2018AUD$7,790DeLuxe Stateroom
03-05-201811-05-2018AUD$9,090Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
03-05-201811-05-2018AUD$25,530Owners Suite
03-05-201811-05-2018AUD$19,640Prestige Suite - Deck 6
03-05-201811-05-2018AUD$7,210Superior Stateroom
03-05-201811-05-2018AUD$18,180Prestige Suite - Deck 5
03-05-201811-05-2018AUD$9,810Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6


    • We will call at Hiroshima, the gateway to Miyajima, home to the majestic Shinto Shrine, whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion Torii. In a picture postcard setting, the gentle serenity of this marvellous sanctuary rewards the traveller’s gaze.
    • When L’Austral reaches the port of Nagasaki, you will be reminded of the story of Madame Butterfly, the strains of which can still be heard in the narrow city streets. This is a particularly moving visit as no-one can forget the tragic event whose scars Nagasaki secretly hides.
    • You will be comfortable ensconced on the outer decks of L'Austral when you get your first glimpse of the skyline of Okayama, an ancient 16th seigniorial city. Do not miss the famous Korakuen Gardens, one of the three essential landscape gardens of Japan.
    • From Sakaiminato, discover medieval Japan and its former Samurai homes. The Samurai were great feudal lords and brave warriors, and they built sumptuous dwellings including Bukeyashiki, which is around 300 years old, a marvellous testament to the golden age of the Edo dynasty.