A cruise holiday is a fantastic way to explore the hidden gems of Japan

Japan

When you think of Japan you visualise exquisite temples, impressive palaces and meticulous gardens of cherry blossom in spring, autumnal acer trees and tranquil raked gravel and stones. The former capital of Kyoto has them all. It is famous for its Imperial Palace where the country’s ruling family lived until 1869 and you can also visit temples, shrines and Japan’s most famous Geisha district there.

Other Japanese cities to watch out for include Nagoya and its pagoda-like castle, Nagasaki with its Peace Park and China Town, and Okinawa Island where the former Ryukyu royal palace is absolutely glorious.

Celebrity Cruises offers a 14-night Northeast Asia Cruise departing from Tokyo on 28 September 2014, also calling at Mount Fuji and Kyoto in Japan, Jeju Island and Seoul in South Korea, and Shanghai, plus extended time in Beijing, in China. Prices start at £2171pp, based on two people sharing (celebritycruises.co.uk).

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