Itinerary Overview

Explore Japan, from its ancient history to its vibrant present-day culture

Island-hop your way from Japan to Taiwan aboard the National Geographic Orion, experiencing a wide array of natural wonders, historic sites, and cultural treasures along the way. From the Edo-period towns on the southern coast of Honshu, set sail to the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, encountering contemporary art and age-old culinary traditions, stunning architecture and iconic shrines. Cruise south to snorkel and kayak among the gem-like islands of the East China Sea before exploring the diverse sites of northeastern Taiwan.



  • Experience some of Japan’s most cherished sites, from Himeji Castle and the historic merchant towns of Ozu and Uchiko to the “floating” torii gate at Miyajima.
  • Explore Naoshima, an island transformed by art and cutting-edge architecture, and visit the culinary hub of Shodoshima.
  • Snorkel the coral reefs of Kerama Island and venture into the mangrove forests of the Yaeyama Islands by Zodiac or kayak.
  • Hike among ancient cedar trees in Yakushima’s rainforest and marvel at the incredible hoodoo spires in Taiwan’s Yehliu Geopark.

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