With its exquisite gardens, traditional dance performance and culture rich roots, the multifaceted world of Japan draws millions of visitors each year. What could be better than exploring this mesmerizing country than doing so from one location with access to noted experts who add depth and insight into the sights along the way? If immersing yourself in Japanese culture is on your bucket list, you are going to want to explore PONANT’s newest sailing scheduled for May 30-June 7, 2020.

Part of the Quintessential Collection, a series of themed cruises, “An Immersion in Japanese Culture” departs from Osaka and ends in Maizuru, stopping in Hiroshima, Okayama, and other amazing ports including Busan, South Korea. The nine days/eight-night cruise aboard the five stars Le Soleal offers an up-close look of not only modern-day Japan but also reflection into cherished traditions.

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From sharing in the elegance of a private tea making ceremony to a cooking demonstration on how to cut and plate deadly puffer fish, there is no shortage of adventure. Three noted experts: Timon Screech, author and professor of History and Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Holly H Shimizu, former executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden; and Osama Shimizu an expert in contemporary Japanese gardens are on board sharing insight on exciting destinations. You’ll dive deep into the history and culture of the Shinto Holy Place and the beautiful Yuushien Garden in Sakaiminato.

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When not immersing yourself in Japanese culture, enjoy the distinctive Le Soleal Ship. Bespoke European craftsmanship offers some of the most elegant surroundings at sea. Calming colors of natural wood with a white and grey color scheme resonate with relaxation. Gastronomic adventures await at the ships French-inspired restaurant, where you will delight in exquisitely prepared chef creations paired with the finest wines. For a truly customized experience, stay in one of the suites, where your personal butler is at your service day and night.

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If you love the idea of sailing to uncharted areas, stay tuned. In 2021 PONANT will launch Le Commandant Charcot, the first electric hybrid cruise ship with luxury appointments and the first ship to reach the true geographic North Pole.