Visit breathtaking temples and shrines of Kyoto, Japan’s old imperial capital, or visit ancient Nara, the cradle of Japanese arts, literature and crafts, with its magnificent shrines and temples. Stroll through Nara Park, famed for its deer and impressive Kasuga Grand Shrine and tour Osaka where you will witness its imposing castle. From Kobe, bring home exotic mementos such as silks, ceramic teapots, paper parasols, superb artworks and pottery among other beautiful objects. Enjoy traditional Japanese fare or indulge in a wonderful dinner of Kobe beef. Everything will be exquisitely prepared and served.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 20 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 20 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 7 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 7 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Highlights of Osaka

    Explore Japan's third largest city, Osaka, on this intriguing half-day tour.

    One of the gateways to ancient Japan for traders from China, Korea and the Asian continent, Osaka played a vital role in the introduction of new technologies in ceramics, forging, construction, and engineering. Today, this modern port city combines historical and cultural attractions with all the delights of a Japanese urban marvel. Following a 90-minute panoramic drive from Kobe to Osaka, you will visit the impressive landmark, Osaka Castle. One of Japan's most famous castles, it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the 16th century. Built on a plot of land almost one mile square, the castle compound contains thirteen structures, designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, built atop a massive stone foundation that protected its occupants from sword-bearing attackers. Of particular interest are the tower's ornamental roof tiles shaped like a mythical ocean fish, and bas-reliefs carved in the shape of crouching tigers, all gilded with gold.

    An engaging museum occupies the interior of the building, tracing the history of the castle from the late 1500s to the present day, and housing Osaka's most significant historical and cultural artifacts. After a guided tour of the castle, you will next proceed to Japan's oldest Buddhist temple in Japan, Shitennoji. Built in the late sixth century by Prince Shotoku, the temple grounds contain a five-storey pagoda and a treasure house containing ornate mandalas and several massive wooden Buddha statues. Despite repeated reconstructions, the layout of the temple compound remains largely unchanged from its beginnings. Return to Kobe and the ship following your tour of the temple.

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  • Panoramic Osaka

    Visit two iconic landmarks in Osaka that represent vastly different time periods: a classic 16th-century castle and a modern high rise made of steel and glass.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a scenic drive around the bay and through the urban landscape that connects Kobe and Osaka. Your destination will be Osaka Castle, an imposing fortress at the edge of a lush park with than 1,200 trees, the majority of which are cherry blossom and apricot trees.

    Built in the late 16th century, magnificent Osaka Castle consists of 13 structures that include gates, moats and gunpowder storehouses. The nine-story donjon at its center is adorned with golden sea creature ornaments and is so distinctive that the government has designated the castle an Important Cultural Asset and the cherished symbol of Osaka.

    During your tour of the castle’s exterior, you will learn about the castle’s construction, particularly its massive stone wall. According to legend, the stones were carried there from all over Japan to display loyalty to hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who built the castle.

    For a modern perspective of the city, you will ascend to the observation deck of towering Umeda Sky Building. Completed in 1993, the twin-tower high rise offers a stunning, 360-degree view of Osaka and beyond to Awaji Island. Nearly 3 million people live in Osaka, so you can imagine the urban sprawl nearly as far as you can see.

    After descending from the observation deck, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes nearly 2 hours of easy walking/standing. There will be a few steps to negotiate and some gravel surfaces at Osaka Castle. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Nara Discovery

    Explore two 8th-century religious structures in the city of Nara; one a massive Buddhist temple, the other a Shinto shrine adorned with thousands of lanterns.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing drive inland to Nara, Japan’s capital in the 8th century. It was during this period that Todaiji temple was erected.

    As you explore this landmark Buddhist temple, you will gain an in-depth understanding of its importance over the centuries. Shortly after it was built, the temple became so powerful that the country’s capital was moved to reduce its influence over government affairs. Even the bronze Buddha caused havoc, as its construction left Japan nearly bankrupt.

    Although much of the original Todaiji temple has been damaged from earthquakes, the bronze lantern outside the Great Buddha Hall is original. That hall is supposedly the world’s largest wooden building and the Buddha inside is the largest in Japan.

    Your next destination is Kasuga Shrine, another important religious structure from the same time period. The Shinto shrine nestles in a natural wooded setting, which reflects the fact that Shinto is rooted in nature.

    As you wander the serene grounds, you may visit a botanical garden full of symbolic wisteria or purchase a random fortune written on a slip of paper. If the fortune is unfavorable, it is customary to tie it to a tree twig to negate its power.

    Lunch follows, after which you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking/standing. There will be some inclines and steps to negotiate as well as some cobblestone and gravel surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them; however, it may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing that is respectful of the religious nature of the sites; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Nara & Osaka Discovery

    Enjoy the unrivaled charm of Nara and Osaka, two of Japan's most historic cities, on this full-day tour.

    Following a two-hour drive, visit Nara, the oldest capital of Japan (710-784), and the cradle of Japanese arts, literature and crafts with temples and shrines that pre-date those found in Kyoto. Modeled after Changan, capital of Tang Dynasty China, the exquisite city of Nara is home to eight World Heritage Sites, and numerous art and architectural relics classified as National Treasures and Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government.

    See the incredible Todaiji Temple, founded in 752, and best known for its Daibutsu, a colossal statue sitting 49 feet tall, making it the world's largest Buddha statue. The eighth century statue is housed in an all-wood building, the Daibutsu-den, considered the largest wooden building in the world. After touring the Daibutsu, stroll through Nara Park, commonly referred to as Deer Park. The tranquil park covers 1,295 acres of woodland and is home to over 1,000 free roaming deer. Considered messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, Nara's deer are a symbol of the city and are designated a National Natural Monument.

    Following lunch at a nearby restaurant, you'll drive to Osaka, with a stop at the imposing Osaka Castle. One of Japan's most famous castles, see the massive stone foundations, wing-tipped roofs with gilded decorations, and comprehensive museum displaying Osaka's most significant historical and cultural artifacts. Return to Kobe and the ship following your guided tour of the castle.

    Please Note: This tour includes approximately 4-5 hours of walking with number of steps to negotiate. There are many steps at the Kasuga Shrine (no slope). Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. We suggest passengers obtain local currency for shopping. Motorcoach parking lot at Osaka Castle is approximately a 15 minute for the castle. Photography and video are not permitted inside Osaka Castle (3rd & 4th floors). The order of sites visited may vary.

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  • The Glory of Mt. Rokko

    This half-day tour takes you to the outskirts of Kobe, to scenic Mt. Rokko. Opened to the public by Arthur Groom in 1901, Mt. Rokko quickly became a popular retreat for foreigners. Today, Mt. Rokko is the centerpiece of a popular sightseeing and hiking area stretching over six miles. With an elevation of 3,000 feet, it is the highest peak in the mountain range that spreads 19 miles from the northeast to southwest. Reach the summit via a funicular, then drive to Mt. Rokko Observation point to enjoy stunning views of Osaka Bay and the distant Awaji Island in the easternmost part of the Inland Sea. Departing Mt. Rokko, drive to the Sake Brewery Museum. Designated an Important Tangible National Cultural Property by Hyogo Prefecture, the museum was opened in 1978 on the site of an old brewery. Known for growing the best rice for sake production and its pure underground water, the region manufactures some of the most famous brands of sake in Japan. After your visit, rejoin your coach for your return to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of walking with number of steps to negotiate. At the funicular station, there are approx 30 steps. (no lift or slopes) Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. We suggest passengers obtain local currency for shopping.

    The order of sites visited may vary.

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  • Highlights of Kyoto

    Explore two of Kyoto's marquee attractions: the impressive Golden Pavilion and formidable Nijo Castle, a quintessential example of Momoyama architecture, which flourished 400 years ago.

    Depart from the pier and drive inland toward Kyoto, an immensely historical city renowned for spectacular architecture, which includes thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Upon arrival,you'll have an exterior visit of Kyoto's most famous landmark, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion). Built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as a villa in 1397, the three-story home was converted to a temple by Yoshimitsu's son. The Golden Pavilion follows the Shinden style of the Heian Period by being positioned at the edge of a tranquil pond. The three-story Chinese-influenced Golden Pavilion has delicately curving roofs, with the walls and eaves of the second and third stories covered in shimmering gold leaf. View the exterior of the pavilion and walk through the peaceful gardens, marveling at the mirror reflection of the temple on the still pond.

    More history awaits you at nearby Nijo Castle, a fortification of cypress wood built in 1603 as the residence of the Tokugawa clan. An esteemed UNESCO World Heritage site, the castle is protected by a moat, stone walls, and ingenious nightingale floors, which chirp like a bird when walked upon to alert the guards of potential intruders.

    Despite its defensive elements, the castle was primarily a home. It's adorned with wooden carvings, artistically painted sliding doors and expansive tatami rooms, decorated in the traditional style at the time. After touring Nijo Castle, you'll return to the pier in Kobe.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking and there are a significant number of steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests will be required to remove their shoes to enter Nijo castle. The castle is undergoing a lengthy restoration and some areas may be closed to visitors. Photography and video are not permitted inside the castle. It is suggested that participants bring along local currency for any purchases as U.S. currency is not widely accepted and many merchants cannot take credit cards. The drive between Kyoto and Osaka is approximately 90-minutes and is subject to traffic delays. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Traditional Kyoto

    Discover the gracious spirit of Old Japan on this full-day tour to three of Kyoto's most alluring sites. The imperial capital of Japan for over a thousand years, Kyoto is the cultural and artistic heart of the nation, best known for its Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, beautiful gardens and historically priceless buildings. Following a two-hour drive from Kobe, arrive at the magnificent Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto's world-renowned and most photographed temple and garden. Built in 1394, the original Kinkakuji was a retirement villa for a former Shogun. The three-story Chinese-influenced Golden Pavilion has delicately curving roofs, with the walls and eaves of the second and third stories covered in shimmering gold leaf. Continue to Nijo Castle, with its immense walls and moat. Completed in 1603, the castle is famous for its nightingale floors, designed to detect the footsteps of ninja assassins and warn the residents of invaders. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nijo Castle is one of the world's great historical buildings. Following lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Sanjusangendo, famous for its 1,001 12th-century statues of the Buddhist deity Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. Sanjusangendo translates to "hall with 33 bays" and the 33 alcoves display 1,000 awe-inspiring statues and a single gigantic sitting image of Kannon. Carved from Japanese cypress and painted with gold leaf, each of the multi-armed figures stands five and a half feet tall, and has subtle differences in expression and accoutrements, testimony to the skill and originality of the Momoyama wood carvers. Following your day in Kyoto, reboard your motorcoach for the return drive to Kobe.

    Please Note : This tour includes approximately 4-5 hours of walking with number of steps to negotiate. There are 30 steps at the Kinkakuji Temple. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. We suggest passengers obtain local currency for shopping.

    Photography and video are not permitted inside Nijo Castle (Ninomaru Palace) and Sanjusangendo.

    Shoes must be removed to enter Nijo Castle (Ninomaru Palace) and Sanjusangendo. Nijo Castle is under a 20 years restoration project therefore some part of castle may be closed. The order of sites visited may vary.

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  • Sorakuen Gardens and Views

    Walk along the paths of Kobe’s only traditional urban garden and then behold the world’s longest span bridge, a technologically advanced marvel of engineering.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive through the waterfront entertainment district, past landmark Kobe Port Tower and on to Sorakuen Gardens. This lush oasis is Kobe’s only traditional urban garden and it offers a beautiful spot to relax in the heart of downtown.

    As you stroll the winding paths, you may see a 17th-century houseboat and the architecturally distinct Hassam House, two attractions that the government has designated Important Cultural Properties. Still, it’s the gorgeous landscaping that makes Sorakuen so memorable.

    The camphor trees were supposedly planted in 1567 to ward off calamity and the pine trees have a divine symbolism. Many of the plants may be in bloom, including chrysanthemums, azaleas and cycad woods with vermilion-colored fruit. The setting couldn’t be more serene or the design more charming as each object has been placed with great purpose and thought.

    Following your visit to the gardens, you will drive to the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s longest span bridge. It links Kobe with Awaji Island and is an engineering marvel built to withstand high winds and earthquakes. In fact, an earthquake struck in 1995 while the bridge was under construction, causing the design to be altered slightly.

    The views from this iconic bridge between Osaka Bay and the Seto Inland Sea are magnificent, as you will see before returning to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 75 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing. There will be a few steps to negotiate and some gravel surfaces at Sorakuen Gardens. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Osaka Castle

    Osaka shines as one of Japan's most modern cities, yet it holds its past dear, as you'll see touring the Osaka Castle.

    Depart from the pier and enjoy a nearly 1-hour drive to the impressive Osaka Castle, which was first built in 1583 and now serves as the symbol for the city. Although the original castle was destroyed over the years, many of the key features of the complex still remain, including turrets and sections of the walls that border the surrounding moat. The existing version of the castle itself was built in 1931 to replicate the original. The steep, stone walls at its base are particularly noteworthy, as they rise nearly 100 feet, an architectural rarity in Japan.

    After your visit to Osaka Castle, you will re-board your coach for a return drive to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5-hours of moderate walking . There are a significant number of steps to negotiate and a 15-minute walk from the parking area to the castle. There is an elevator in the castle, but it does not access the observatory. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Casual, weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Photography and video are not permitted inside the castle. It is suggested that participants bring along local currency for any purchases as U.S. currency is not widely accepted and many merchants cannot take credit cards. The drive between Kobe and Osaka is approximately 60-minutes and is subject to traffic delays.

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  • Views of Osaka and Shitenno-Ji Temple

    Delve into the history of nearby Osaka by visiting architectural landmarks that include a 16th-century castle and the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a scenic drive through the urban landscape that connects Kobe and Osaka. Before long, you will arrive at Osaka Castle, an imposing fortress by a park with than 1,200 trees, the majority of which are cherry blossom and apricot trees.

    Built in the late 16th century, Osaka Castle consists of 13 structures that include gates, moats and gunpowder storehouses. The nine-story donjon at its center is adorned with golden sea creature ornaments and is so distinctive that the government has designated the castle an Important Cultural Property.

    During your tour of the castle’s exterior, you will learn about the castle’s construction, particularly its massive stone wall. According to legend, the stones were carried there from all over Japan to display loyalty to hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who built the castle.

    Next, you will visit Shitenno-ji Temple, which was constructed nearly a thousand years earlier. Although fire destroyed the original wooden buildings of the Buddhist temple, they have been repeatedly reconstructed and the layout remains largely unchanged.

    The oldest established temple in Japan, Shitenno-ji is architecturally spectacular, particularly its five-story pagoda. The oldest structure in the temple complex is the stone gate at the main entrance, which dates to the 13th century. After walking about the grounds of this revered temple and spiritual heart of Osaka, you will re-board your coach and return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes nearly 2 hours of moderate to strenuous walking/standing. There will be numerous steps and gravel surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them; however, it is not considered suitable for those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing that is respectful of the religious nature of the temple; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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