Published on : Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Zegrahm Expeditions, which is a pioneer in small-ship cruising and wildlife adventures, offers three small-group options for travelers who wish to experience Japan’s enticing blend of modern and ancient, including a new cruise combining Japan and South Korea along with a remote wildlife adventure that the operator has offered for 22 years.
The Japan National Tourism Organization said that named 2018’s “Destination of the Year,” Japan welcomed a record 30 million overseas travelers.
On the Treasures of Japan with South Korea expedition cruise, guests can see a new port every day, exploring beautiful coastal landscapes as well as cultural and historical sites. Expedition highlights include visiting sacred Shinto shrines and ancient Buddhist temples; strolling through the moving Peace Memorial Park at Hiroshima and admiring Matsue’s amazing architectural wonders, and a perfectly preserved medieval castle and a 250-year-old Samurai house.
Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan takes brave travelers to the remote snow-covered landscapes of Arasaki, Kyushu. During this 19-day itinerary, guests can get to witness spectacular winter wildlife gatherings, including more than 14,000 hooded and white-naped cranes, and spot Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys. They can also sample Japanese cuisine and have numerous opportunities to soak in natural thermal springs. Pricing for the January 29, 2020 departure starts at $17,480.
Both the Treasures of Japan cruise and Snow Monkeys & Cranes tour feature field leader, author and Japan resident Mark Brazil. Brazil’s Wild Watch column is the longest running natural history column in the world; it appeared in The Japan Times newspaper and continues till now on the Japan Nature Guides website.
Guests can explore the castles, temples, and shrines of Japan’s imperial past on the 13-day Imperial Japan tour.