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About Nagasaki

On Nagasaki cruises you can look forward to rich cosmopolitan atmosphere and the beautiful seaside scenery.

Standing over the Nakashima River is Japans first Chinese-style stone bridge, the Spectacle Bridge, which reflects as ovals on the surface of the water. It is said that bridges here were only built on roads that led to temples, ornate structures that still adorn many of the streets.

Etched in the memory of Nagasaki is the 1945 atomic bomb that destroyed much of the city. Today it still lingers in poignant reminders, such as Peace Park and the A-Bomb Museum, all part of our Nagasaki cruise shore excursions.

 

Shore excursions in Nagasaki

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Arita and Nagasaki

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 7½ hours

Travel to the mountain town of Arita, famed for its ceramics since the 17th century.

Arita is known throughout the world as the birthplace of fine Japanese ceramics. Explore the town, with its white houses dating from the 1930’s, where the potters once lived, and visit a small pottery and gallery.

Venture into the world of Japanese ceramics during a tour of either the Genemon or Shingama kilns, where you will see traditional artisans at work. Genemon is famed for contemporary ceramics that combine modern designs with traditional technique, while Shingama specialises in traditional tableware. You will have a chance to purchase ceramics at the small gallery.

Enjoy a Japanese and western buffet lunch at a restaurant in Arita.

Back in Nagasaki, stop at the Peace Memorial Park, laid out to commemorate the spot of the atomic bomb explosion on 9th August 1945. See the Peace Statue towering above all as a symbol of peace.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Arita is approximately 1½ hours. There is approximately 2 hours of walking involved on this tour and comfortable, non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Shops in Arita accept Yen and major credit cards only. A demonstration of the artisans working the kiln is not available on a Saturday, Sundays and national holidays and some shops may be closed. The order of visit may vary. Guests are required to negotiate steps and uneven surfaces in Arita and at Peace Memorial Park.

Arita, Ceramics and Gallery

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Travel to the mountain town of Arita, famed for its ceramics since the 17th century.

Arita is known throughout the world as the birthplace of fine Japanese ceramics. Explore the town, with its white houses dating from the 1930’s, where the potters once lived. Have your camera at the ready, as at the rear of the houses are decorated Tonbai fences made of used bricks and old fashioned pottery.

Venture into the world of Japanese ceramics during a tour of either the Genemon or Shingama kilns, where you will see traditional artisans at work. Genemon is famed for contemporary ceramics that combine modern designs with traditional techniques, while Shingama specialises in traditional tableware.

Enjoy some free time to shop for ceramics at the Fukagawa Gallery.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Arita is approximately 1½ hours. There is approximately 2 hours of walking involved on this tour and comfortable, non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Shops in Arita accept Yen and major credit cards only. A demonstration of the artisans working the kiln is not available on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

Japanese Discovery Overland - Double

Activity highMeal includedRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 2 nights

Make the most of your visit to Japan. Take in the incredible sights of Kyoto, the busting capital of Tokyo and the city of Nagasaki.

DAY 1 – NAGASAKI
Your overland journey begins with an historic start in Nagasaki, the site of the 2nd nuclear attack in 1945. Visit the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park, created to represent the wish for world peace. Here, you will find the war memorial fountain and the 30-foot high Statue of Peace. Located near the Park, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum displays photos and relics of the blast, illustrating the horror of nuclear weapons and the preciousness of peace. You will visit the hypocentre, which marks the centre of the atomic blast, which levelled the city. After your tour you’ll have lunch, before making your way to the airport for your flight to Haneda, Tokyo’s gateway airport. On arrival, transfer to the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo, where you’ll have a typical Teppanyaki style dinner.

DAY 2 – TOKYO
After breakfast enjoy a full tour of the city’s highlights. Visit the Meiji Jingu Shrine, a large park are dedicated to Emperor Meiji, who saw the transformation of this country from a medieval to a modern state. It was during his reign (1868–1912) that Edo became Japan’s new capital and was renamed Tokyo. Enter the Shrine through the 40-foot-high Torii gate, one of the largest in Japan. After lunch you’ll visit the Tokyo Skytree, a new landmark of the city that stands at over 2,000 feet high. It is the tallest building in Japan and the 2nd tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion. Take the elevator to the observation deck for a stunning panoramic view of Tokyo. You’ll make your way to Asakusa to see one of Tokyo’s most popular places of pilgrimage, the Sensoji Temple. This ancient Temple features 2 great gates and rows of traditional family shops and stalls, called Nakamise, a major symbol of old Tokyo. Dinner will be served in the hotel’s 360 degree revolving restaurant.

DAY 3 – KYOTO
Following breakfast, you’ll check out and make your way to Tokyo station where you’ll board the bullet train, which travels at over 170 miles per hour, to Kyoto. After lunch, discover the ancient city of Kyoto; graced with an abundance of temples, shrines and serene gardens. Your first visit will be to the impressive Kodai-ji Temple, a designated historic site and place of scenic beauty. Kodai-ji features richly decorated interiors and beautiful Zen gardens. Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Gold Pavilion features 3 storeys, each representing a different architectural style and the gold leaf reflects beautifully in the pond below (exterior visit only). After your tour, you’ll make your way to the port in Osaka, where you’ll re-join Arcadia in time for dinner on board.

Essential information

The booking deadline for this tour is the 20th December 2015. Any bookings after this time will be on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double =NGS800. Single =NGS801). Prices shown on your overland excursions record are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellations made after the booking deadline will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This overland tour will depart from Nagasaki 26th March and return to the ship in Osaka on 28th March. This excursion is physically demanding. Mobility scoters and electric wheelchairs are not permitted on the train. Be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and airport delays. No refunds will be given for any unused portion of this overland. Flight times and further details will be advised on board and the hotels listed are subject to change.

The fare includes: transport by coach, plane and train as described, economy class air tickets, tourist class train tickets, sightseeing and entrances as described, meals as stated and hotel accommodation. Passengers with any special dietary requirements should advise the Tour Manager once on board.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, medical cost and travel insurance. Passengers from the USA, UK, Germany and Australia do not require a visa. Other nationality passengers should check visa requirements prior to travel.

What to pack: please remember your passport and any medication you require. Luggage limit is 1 small bag per person with a maximum weight of 15kg. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors. Temperatures at the time of your visit are generally cold and we recommend you pack warm winter clothing.

Nagasaki: please be advised that the museum in Nagasaki exhibits sensitive material, including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war, and that photography is not permitted.

Shopping: time for shopping will be dependent on the tour schedule and may be curtailed in the event of delays.

Memorial and Mount Inasa Cable Car

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Explore Nagasaki’s Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum and enjoy fabulous views during a cable car ride on Mount Inasa.

Embark on a journey of discovery, as you drive through the city of Nagasaki to the Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum.

On the 9th August 1945, Nagasaki became the 2nd city to suffer a nuclear attack. The Peace Memorial Park is located near Ground Zero, the centre of the blast, and is home to a beautiful memorial fountain and the 30 foot Statue of Peace. With your guide you’ll visit the Atomic Bomb Museum, which displays photos taken from around the city immediately after the atomic blast, as well as artefacts that survived the explosion.

Back onboard your coach, you’ll pass by the famed one-legged Torii Gate en route to the Mount Inasa Cable Car. At 1093 feet above sea level, Inasa is the best viewpoint in Nagasaki. Hop aboard the cable car to experience fabulous panoramic views over the beautiful harbour and City.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour includes approximately 2½ hours of walking with some steps to negotiate. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This excursion is not suitable for those with limited mobility. Please remember to take local currency for any purchases. This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays on the atrocities of war. Mount Inasa Cable Car is not wheelchair accessible. View from Mt Inasa is weather dependent. The order of visits may vary.

Nagasaki Memorial Tour

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Visit the hypocentre of the atomic bomb explosion, the Atomic Bomb Museum and the Peace Memorial Park.

The Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park is built on a low hill to the north of the hypocentre of the atomic bomb explosion of 9 August 1945. The Park was created to represent the wish for world peace and a vow that such a tragic war would never be repeated. The 30-foot-high Peace Statue was constructed in 1955 thanks to donations from all over the world, symbolising the wish for peace. The raised right hand points to the heavens to signify the threat of atomic weapons, while the left arm is raised horizontally to symbolise eternal peace. The closed eyes represent a prayer for the repose of the souls of all atomic bomb victims.

Located near the Park, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum displays photographs and relics of the blast: the Museum illustrates the horror of nuclear weapons and the preciousness of peace. The Atomic Bomb Hypocentre marks the centre of the atomic blast which levelled the city.

Pass by the Urakami Cathedral, the magnificently rebuilt church and learn about the one-legged Torii Gate. Located near the Park, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum displays photographs and relics of the blast: the Museum illustrates the horror of nuclear weapons and the preciousness of peace. The Atomic Bomb Hypocentre marks the centre of the atomic blast which levelled the city.

Pass by the Urakami Cathedral, the magnificently rebuilt church and learn about the one-legged Torii Gate.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please be advised that the Museum exhibits sensitive material including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war, flash photography is not permitted. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking involved on this tour and comfortable, non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. This tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors. The order of visits may vary.

 

A selection of cruises to Nagasaki

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