Tokyo - Hotel Stay
You arrive in Japan’s mega-city at the perfect time to experience the mystical scents and colour of its iconic cherry blooms. The whole metropolis turns pale pink at this time of year. To immerse yourself in this enchanting symbol of Japanese culture, make your way to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or Ueno Park for the perfect viewing points of hundreds of flowering trees.
Tokyo - Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi tour
During your Tokyo stay, you’ll enjoy a tour of the sacred Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. You’ll admire the symmetrical beauty of its near perfect volcanic cone surrounded by pink cherry blossom and take in stunning panoramic views from halfway up the mountain. You’ll also take a sky ride on the Hakone gondola and a boat trip across the serene Lake Ashi, before the bullet train whisks you back to Tokyo.
Tokyo - Hotel Stay
Discover Japan’s fascinating city of contrasts from serene ancient shrines to dizzying neon-lit streets. Visit the famous Meiji Shrine and the Imperial Palace, home to Japanese royalty and take your pick of shopping, dining and entertainment options in the district of Ginza. In the evening, head to the Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Illuminations where over 800 cherry trees are lit up along the river lined with red lanterns and festive food stalls.
Yokohama - Embark ms Westerdam
You’ll transfer to Yokohama to embark the wonderful ms Westerdam, a ship that successfully blends the finest elements of cruising heritage with a selection of modern innovations. It’s a superb choice for those looking for a leisurely pace of life at sea in exquisite surroundings, yet with stimulating activities and high-quality entertainment available.
During your days and nights at sea, you’ll find plenty on board to entertain you. The Vista Show Lounge lights up at night with superb live entertainment while Holland America’s Dancing with the Stars at Sea lets passengers get involved with the fun! Night owls will love the classy casino, open until late.
Sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, this attractive city has a long maritime history and cosmopolitan outlook. You have an overnight stay in port to explore Kobe and its high-quality restaurants. Try the local speciality, Kobe beef with its distinctive marbling that produces delicious melt in the mouth steak. Its small size makes it easy to explore and seek out its beautiful ‘sakura’ or cherry blossom. Visit the Hokura Shrine, halfway up Mount Kinchozan for panoramic views of the city and blooming weeping cherry trees on either side of the shrine.
From Kobe you could visit Osaka, one of the best cities in Japan to see spectacular cherry blossom. Head to Kema Sakuranomiya Park, where seemingly endless rows of cherry trees can be admired from the scenic riverside promenade, or Osaka Castle where you can sit and enjoy a picnic among among the 4,000 cherry trees in its grounds.
Explore a wide range of delicious on board dining options - everything from a burger and fries by the Lido pool to the Pan-Asian flavours of Tamarind to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at Pinnacle Grill. A team of world-class celebrity chefs is charting an exciting course for dining across the Holland America fleet.
Subtropical Okinawa sees the cherry blossom earlier than other parts of Japan. Many of the Cold Scarlet cherry trees are found amongst the ruins of Nakajin Castle, next to Shuri Castle and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Okinawa, you can also visit the Peace Park and Peace Memorial Museum that commemorates the Battle of Okinawa. Stroll the grounds and learn about the events leading up to this devastating period in the island’s history.
This island’s white-sand beaches and turquoise waters draw divers and snorkelers hoping to glimpse the island's famed manta rays. Ishigaki is a nature lover’s paradise, with palm forests, mangrove-lined rivers that you can kayak down, and jungle-covered mountains perfect for hiking adventures. As well as its wealth of natural beauty, you'll find an abundance of cultural sites with ties to the island's rich history.
Although it’s one of Taiwan’s largest cities, Hualian has a lots of natural beauty and an easy going pace of life. It boasts a good choice of restaurants, parks and ocean views but it’s also the gateway to discover Taiwan’s beaches, hiking trails, waterfalls and hot springs. Visit Taroko National Park with an astounding 12-mile-long canyon—a breathtaking spectacle of craggy rocks and cascading water.
Despite a turbulent history and a booming economy, Taipei hasn’t forgotten its traditional past so you’ll find the Taipei 101 skyscraper alongside Taoist temples and Japanese-era buildings. Eating out is a way of life and the options are so plentiful, cheap and delicious that many studio don’t even bother having kitchens. You’ll find Taiwanese specialities as well as regional Chinese, Japanese and Indian cuisine and a huge choice of eateries from high-end restaurants to superb street food.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a relaxed drink with friends or somewhere to dance the night away you’ll find it on board the ms Westerdam. Sip cocktails while enjoying spectacular ocean views in the Crow’s Nest and then head to the dazzling Northern Lights Nightclub for a dance.
This friendly city, with its towering active volcano, lies at the top of the Satsuma Peninsula, a mountainous, geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers. This city has a number of gardens and parks where you can see spectacular cherry blossom, including Yoshino Park with over 800 cherry trees and the riverside with over 500 cherry trees lining the banks of the Kotsukigawa River. Here you can also sample some of Japan’s best sake, brewed from the Satsuma sweet potatoes.
Bestowed with tranquil resorts, enticing beaches and one of Japan’s warmest climates, Miyazaki Prefecture, on the south side of the island of Kyushu, has one of Japan’s top cherry blossom viewing sites, Mochio-koen in Miyakonojo. Here you can walk through a two kilometre tunnel of 2,600 cherry trees and also enjoy the blooms at nearby Sekino-o Falls, one of Japan’s most famous waterfalls.
When it comes to activities on board ms Westerdam, much-loved favourites such as the Greenhouse Spa and fitness centre will ensure guests are well looked-after, while more recent introductions such as informative digital workshops and the brilliant Culinary Arts Centre add a new twist to the cruise holiday experience.
Shimizu Park is one of Japan’s Top 100 cherry blossom viewing sites where Someiyoshino, weeping and Kanhi cherry trees blossom beautifully. On a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji from this pretty port rich in natural beauty and cultural gems. A few of the main attractions include Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government, Sunpu Castle and Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, where ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu, who ushered in the Edo period, held his coming-of-age ceremony.
Yokohama - Disembark ms Westerdam
Arriving back in Yokohama you’ll disembark ms Westerdam and fly home.
Other regional airports may be available*