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Himeji Castle in Himeji City at dramatic sunset, Hyogo Prefecture. Himeji Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Himeji Castle in Himeji City at dramatic sunset, Hyogo Prefecture. Himeji Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
ExpeditionsCoastal Japan: Imperial Dynasties and Modern Culture 

Coastal Japan: Imperial Dynasties and Modern Culture 

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Step back in time on a voyage into Japan’s riveting history, from the historic castle towns of the Edo period to the elegant shrines and merchant districts of the Meiji era to the poignant sites of World War II. Venture into the homes of samurai and feudal lords, and discover exquisite centuries-old gardens and temples. Take a detour to South Korea to discover the ancient city of Gyeongju, and explore Japanese artistic traditions of the past and present.

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Koraku-en garden in Okayama one of the three great gardens in, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Delve into the history of the samurai and their feudal lords while visiting castles and samurai districts in Kanazawa, Matsue, and Uwajima

  • Explore the cultural legacy of Korea’s Silla Dynasty among the ancient ruins of Gyeongju, a UNESCO World Heritage site

  • Get inspired on the art-filled island of Naoshima, and visit museums and studios dedicated to artists and traditional handicrafts in Matsue and Takamatsu

  • Meander through Kenroku-en, Koraku-en, and Sengan-en, three gardens that are considered some of the most beautiful in Japan

  • Take top photos with the help of a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor

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From

$24,670

/ per person

Was $26,670Save $2,000

Book Now
dates
Sep
duration
15 Days

View our brochure for more details

From

$24,670

/ per person

Was $26,670Save $2,000

Book Now
dates
Sep
duration
15 Days
See all offers

View our brochure for more details

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Expedition Spotlight: Japan, A Travel Photographer's Paradise

  • Jan 2024

“Japan has every element you need for great travel photography,” says Certified Photo Instructor and Naturalist David Cothran. On Coastal Japan: Imperial Dynasties and Modern Culture, we explore a wide range of picture-perfect destinations, from the high mountainous forests of Yakushima to storied gardens on the island of Honshu that reflect Japan’s deep appreciation for visual aesthetics. In this episode of Expedition Spotlight, Cothran shares the inspired photo ops that abound in this beautiful island nation and how he helps guests realize their vision of Japan through composition, light, and storytelling.

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