NEW FOR 2015! Spend fourteen days discovering the people and places of Japan – enjoy eight nights aboard our elegant yacht L’Austral and five nights at premier hotels in the heart of Kyoto and Tokyo. Your journey starts in lovely Kyoto, city of two thousand temples and shrines, and ends in Tokyo; on your cruise, sightseeing excursions include Osaka, Uno Ko, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki… Uncover layers of Japanese culture – past and present; explore historic sights and trend-setting neighborhoods... attend a taiko drumming performance, a geisha performance, a sumo wrestling demonstration, and a tea ceremony... a calligraphy lesson... and more. You’ll explore the volcano Sakurajima, visit a pearl farm, tour modern and historic museums, and see how the Japanese produce shochu, a popular beverage even stronger than sake. Travel in style aboard L’Austral – with outside staterooms; a choice of chic or casual dining; and all-day complimentary beverages, including wine and spirits. And that’s just the beginning of the amenities and services onboard.