2023 The Empire of Japan & Korea Cruise with Larry Gelwix

Dates April 2-11, 2023 Tour ID-9223D02
Destination Yokohama, Japan Shimizu, Japan Osaka, Japan; kochi, Japan Hiroshima, Japan; Sea Day-Japan Cheju Do, Korea Nagasaki, Japan;
Duration 10 days 9 nights
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Cruise with Getaway Guru®

What a great way to see Japan in the comfort of an elegant cruise ship.  Larry Gelwix, Getaway Guru®, invites you to join him in spring 2023 to explore this impressive country sailing on the Diamond Princess which is a luxury destination in itself.

The Empire of Japan holds a mystery and intrigue.  Long isolated from the outside world, Japan has maintained its cultural heritage and unique traits not seen elsewhere in the world. The “Land of the Rising Sun” is unlike anything you have ever experienced. We travel during the cherry blossom festival, a spring celebration of culture, history, food, trees, and blossoms held throughout Japan symbolizing a time of renewal and the importance of the moment. This will be a journey never to be forgotten.

It is always good to arrive a few days before your cruise to ensure you don't miss the ship! To complete the experience be sure to add on the Pre Cruise-Tokyo Tour to visit Japan’s busy capital, which mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples.  

Highlights of the Tour:

  • Travel with Larry Gelwix, Getaway Guru®, as your cruise host for the whole trip
  • The most affordable and convenient way to see Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun
  • We are visiting Japan during the Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded travel agency with 60 years of experience!! IT MATTERS!

Tour ID # 9223D02

Questions? Contact:

Julie DeMille, Tour Manager

(Tel) 801-483-6172

Day 1: Sunday, April 2, 2023

Yokohama, Japan (5:00pm departure)

Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866.

Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It's a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza - an international shopping mecca - stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st-century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience.

With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo has renamed Tokyo, the "Eastern Capital," to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the "Western Capital."

Meals : Lunch, Dinner, In-flight
Day 2: Monday, April 3, 2023

Shimizu, Japan

A mesmerizing landscape, a revered cultural history, and Japan's most sacred volcano are just a few of the many delights beckoning you to come and explore this ancient city. While Shimizu may have the reputation as being bustling and modern, its cultural and spiritual side is on display in the form of ancient and enthralling shrines. Of course, it may be the sacred and snow-capped Mount Fuji that garners the most attention. Towering over the region at approximately 12,388 feet above sea level, the active volcano, designated a "place and source of artistic inspiration" by UNESCO is just one of the many unforgettable adventures Shimizu inspires.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Osaka, Japan

For centuries, Osaka was Japan's cultural and commercial gateway to Asia - the point of entry both for trade goods and, most importantly, cultural influences that shaped Japanese society. From tea to Zen, from art to science and philosophy, Osaka was Japan's contact with the great East Asian cultures that flourished in China and Korea. The city reached its zenith in the late 16th century when the great feudal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi made Osaka his capital. Toyotomi was a master of Japan, and an immense administrative and commercial center rapidly developed around Osaka Castle. After Toyotomi's death, the nation's seat of power shifted from Osaka to a sleepy little fishing village called Edo - modern Tokyo. While overshadowed by Tokyo, Osaka remains Japan's second-largest city and a vital commercial center.

Modern Osaka is home to monuments from Japan's past including Toyotomi's immense castle and the Sumiyoshi Shrine. The city is also your gateway to Kyoto, Japan's ancient imperial capital and the nation's cultural and spiritual center.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Kochi, Japan

Kochi sits on the broad alluvial plain facing Urado Bay. This city in Shikoku takes its name from the great feudal castle that sits at its very heart. Completed in 1611, Kochi Castle was the seat of Yamauchi Kazutoyo, a noted warrior who supported Tokugawa Ieyasu in his successful quest to become Shogun. Tosa Province and Kochi Castle were Yamauchi's reward for faithful service. There is a historical irony here: 250 years later, a Kochi native son - a former low-ranked samurai and now ronin named Sakamoto Ryoma - played a pivotal role in bringing the Tokugawa Shogunate to an end and restoring the Emperor of Japan to political prominence. The prize once awarded for faithful service had become a hotbed of support for the Meiji Restoration.

Kochi is one of the wettest places in Japan - and a frequent target for cyclonic storms or typhoons. Southeast of the city, warm oceans currents washing against the Aki Mountains create a subtropical landscape of hibiscus, palm, and ficus at Muroto-Anan Quasi-National Park.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Thursday, April 6, 2023

Hiroshima, Japan

On August 6, 1945, human history was irrevocably altered when the American bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The bomb was code-named "Little Boy," but its detonation left half the city in ruins and aflame. Today, Hiroshima is a monument not only to the destructive forces harnessed by men but also to the indomitable will of the human spirit to overcome tragedy. At the heart of the city lies Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. The gutted walls of the city's old Industry Promotion Hall and the skeletal frame that supported its copper dome, vaporized in the blast, are instantly recognizable symbols of Hiroshima.

Travelers to Hiroshima will discover a more serene note at nearby Miyajima Island. One of the top three scenic spots of Japan, the island is home to ancient Itsukushima Shrine, a designated National Treasure.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Friday, April 7, 2023

Fun Day at Sea

Today you are able to relax and rest up onboard from your exciting night. Take in one of the special craft classes, pool fun and games, spa services, or just sit in your favorite new spot to enjoy the atmosphere.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Saturday, April 8, 2023

Cheju do, Korea

Jeju-do lying off the south coast of Korea is the warmest and wettest place in the entire country. The island is at its most beautiful in spring when the azalea blooms in a riot of delicate colors and the wooded areas display the most fascinating shades of green. In Jeju, the seasons determine the changing hues of color through the island. In the autumn the color that dominates is brown and orange due to the falling leaves, in summer the aqua blue waters of the sea and golden beaches take over as in spring the brilliant yellow flowers cover the landscape.

Jeju Island, also known as the "Island of the Gods," is a popular vacation spot for Koreans and many Japanese. It remains one of the top honeymoon destinations for Korean newlyweds. The island's mixture of volcanic rock, frequent rains, and temperate climate, make it very similar to the Hawaiian Islands in the U.S. The island offers visitors a wide range of activities: hiking on Halla-san (South Korea's highest peak), catching sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, viewing majestic waterfalls, riding horses, or just lying around on the sandy beaches.

One of the most outstanding features of the island is a regular maze of tunnels, caves, and pillars formed by the cooling of lava flows from ancient volcanoes. Jeju-do is basically an island composed of extinct volcanoes formed by volcanic matter such as basalt and trachyte and layered with sedimentary rock. It still has a volcano- an extinct one, called Mt Hallasan, which, at 1950 m also doubles up as the island's main mountain. The main city on the island is Jeju City, the main base for trekking, sightseeing, and exploring the rest of the island

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Sunday, April 9, 2023

Nagasaki, Japan

For most travelers, Nagasaki is a symbol of the horror and the inhumanity of war. An estimated 75,000 people perished in 1945 when the city became the second target of a nuclear attack. Today, Nagasaki's Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum draw visitors from around the world.

But this beautiful city on Kyushu offers other sights. Often described as the San Francisco of Japan, the city occupies verdant hills surrounded by a deep-water bay. For three centuries, Nagasaki was Japan's sole window on the world. The city is also celebrated as the setting for Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly."

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Monday, April 10, 2023

Day at Sea

Today is your day to relax and enjoy all that your beautiful ship has to offer you!

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10:April 11, 2023

Yokohama, Japan

Today we return to our home cities with fond memories to last a lifetime.  

Meals : Breakfast

Included (based on double occupancy):

  • 9-day cruise Inside cabin onboard Princess Cruise Line, The Diamond Princess
  • Meals, and entertainment onboard 
  • Hosted by Getaway Guru®, Larry Gelwix

Not Included:

  • Government fees & taxes = $155.00pp
  • Flights to/from Yokohama, Japan
  • Airport to ship round trip transfers 
  • Optional Excursions in ports 
  • Trip cancellation & trip interruption insurance
  • Onboard ship gratuities

Optional Pricing:

  • Inside cabin - $1469.00 per person -*Subject to availability
  • Outside cabin - $1989.00 per person - SOLD OUT
  • Balcony cabin - $2439.00 per person  - SOLD OUT
  • 3rd and 4th passenger rates are available but limited. Call for details
  • Pre Cruise Tokyo Package - Details coming soon
  • Private Group Shore Excursions - Details coming soon

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00pp deposit at the time of booking
  • Final Payment due December 30, 2022
  • Terms & Conditions


Optional Tokyo Pre-Tour-March 30-April 2, 2023-  $895 each, (based on double)

March 30: Arrive Tokyo.  Transfer to our hotel, the Akasaka Excel Hotel, perfectly located in Tokyo.  Balance of the day free.

March 31: Following breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a full-day Tokyo city tour.   We begin exploration of Tokyo with a visit to Tsukiji Outer Market via Tokyo Imperial Palace. We will have a brief stop at the palace and then continue to the Market. It is a district adjacent to the site of the former Tsukiji Wholesale Market. It consists of a few blocks of wholesale and retail shops, as well as restaurants crowded along narrow lanes. From here your guide will take you to the visit the Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak up the atmosphere of what Tokyo must have been like hundreds of years ago. Visit Sensoji, also known as Asakusa Kannon and Tokyo’s oldest temple. The Broadway leading up to the Temple is called Nakamise and this shopping street has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and souvenirs for centuries.  Enjoy lunch at one of the many local restaurants and dining options.  After lunch, depart for Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. After visiting the shrine you will pass by private coach through the adjacent Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world’s top fashion brands.  We are visiting Japan during the Cherry Blossom Festival.  We proceed to Ueno Park to see cherry blossoms.  Then return to the hotel.  (B)

April 1:There is so much to see and do in Tokyo, including a visit the famous Ginza shopping district.  For those interested in electronic gadgets, the Akihabara district is a must.  Tokyo Disneyland is easily accessible by train.  Today is free for independent activities. (B)

April 2:  This morning is free for last minute shopping and visits. Early afternoon transfer to Yokohama to board the Diamond Princess cruise ship. (B)