Liz Jarvis, travel expert and Editor of Cruise International, offers her advice on Japan cruises

Fujiyoshida, Japan, at Chureito Pagoda and Mt. Fuji in the spring with cherry blossoms.

Q. Both my husband and I are desperate to go to Japan. Which Japan cruises would you recommend?

Japan is one of my favourite destinations and a cruise is the perfect way to experience everything it has to offer. Whether you choose to go in spring for the cherry blossom, or autumn for the maple leaf colours, or indeed any other time it’s an incredibly special place to visit.

Tokyo in particular is one of the most incredible cities in the world, with its fascinating modern culture as well as amazing traditional sights such as the Meiji Shrine. Most cruises will allow you to stay a few nights in Tokyo, either as part of the itinerary or as an add-on, and it’s definitely worth doing.

And of course the beauty of exploring Japan by ship is that it makes it incredibly stress free. Some of my favourite itineraries include Silversea’s cruise from Hong Kong to Tokyo, which includes a stopover in Osaka, so you can take the bullet train to Kyoto.

Holland America Line has a round-trip itinerary that includes Nagasaki, for the Peace Park and museum honouring the victims of the atomic bombing. Viking offers a 15-day itinerary that includes a visit to Shimizu, for exploring stunning Mount Fuji. Many cruise lines also offer Okinawa, known for its natural wonders. 

For even more inspiration, you can read some of our Japan cruise reviews. Julie Peasgood went on a cruise from Taiwan to Japan and I have undertaken a Princess Japan and South Korea cruise.

There’s also some information in our amazing cruise adventures article about cruising to Japan, as well as to other more far-flung destinations.

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