Tokyo cruises (from Yokohama)

The second largest city in Japan is Yokohama, a rapidly developing and exciting city filled with Japanese charm and culture. In 1854 Yokohama became the first port opened to foreign trade in the country so there is an interesting maritime and international flavour to the city. It is one of the most accessible cities in Japan and is less than half an hour from Tokyo by train. You will find much to do and see during your Yokohama cruise, from discovering landmarks and exploring museums to sampling tasty Japanese cuisine and shopping till you drop in one of the city’s expansive malls.

The History of Yokohama

Once a small fishing village, the trigger for Yokohama’s evolution came in 1853 when Japan opened several of its ports for commerce. Yokohama’s once sleepy settlement expanded and the Port of Yokohama officially opened in 1859, instantly becoming the base of foreign trade for the entire country. 

British and Chinese traders came to the city, creating settlements and laying the foundations for the international character still present in the city today. A setback in the city’s history occurred in 1923 when the Great Kanton earthquake destroyed many structures and buildings. However, Yokohama experienced immense post-war growth with major urban development creating a modern and affluent identity.

Things to do in Yokohama

Located directly south of the capital Tokyo and set beside the waters of Tokyo Bay, Japan’s second city is enveloped in the modern and forward-thinking ideology of the country, proving to be a fantastic base for those on cruises to Yokohama who wish to immerse themselves in the diverse identity of Japan.

There is no better way of capturing the culture of a new city than sampling the cuisine, something which is a pleasure on the streets of Yokohama. A number of small and cosy seafood eateries present the fruits of the sea to visitors, with kaki furia, or deep-fried oysters, being a particular favourite. Shabu-shabu restaurants are all-you-can-eat establishments and they provide a great opportunity to sample a vast array of Japanese food – perfect if you are unfamiliar with the local cuisine and would like to try lots of dishes. A number of fantastic sushi bars serve the very best of Japan’s most iconic culinary treat.

The skyline of Yokohama is one of the most beautiful in Japan, best admired at night from a position where you can absorb several skyscrapers including the Landmark Tower, recognised as the second tallest building in the country, and the brightly-lit and somewhat unusual Cosmo Clock 21. For another great view of the port area, Yamashita Park presents a stunning vista amid beautiful, green landscapes.

For a vibrant and colourful atmosphere in the city, exploring Chinatown, the largest of its kind in Japan, will not leave you disappointed. Established here at the same time as Yokohama’s port, history can be discovered in the form of old shops and architecture, while beautiful temples such as the Kwan Tai Temple and the attractive East Gate convey a distinct Chinese culture.

The city is also home to a number of entertainment parks and spas if you fancy an afternoon of fun and relaxation to balance out your cultural exploration. Yokohama Cosmo World is the most popular, home to two big roller coasters, while the Manyou Club, a spa resort, boasts a number of rejuvenating baths.

Excursions

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.

  • Graceful Geishas & Traditional Cuisine

    Discover the secretive world of the Geisha, as you join us for a rare and intimate evening of traditional entertainment.

    Graceful Geishas & Traditional Cuisine

    There are fewer more recognisable icons of Japan, than that of its Geisha, with cherry blossoms represented on their kimono and hair and the flag of the rising sun embodied on their paper-white faces and red-stained lips. These graceful entertainers represent a slow quiet elegance that is quickly being lost in the fast pace and bright lights of modern Japan.

    On this evening ashore you will be able to experience authentic Japanese food and entertainment in a traditional downtown Tokyo restaurant. Once seated on the floor you will be able to enjoy a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner, called Kaiseki. These are individual dishes which are often small and carefully balanced, the preparation of which is an art form in itself.

    After dinner, you will then enjoy the music and dance of the Geisha. Geisha itself translates into artist, and these women spend many years perfecting their poetry, calligraphy, dancing and music. In fact, it is due to this hard training as to why there are so few Geisha left in Japan, which is what makes this tour such a special event to experience.

    One of the few things they are not instructed in, is English, so your guide will be able to explain all that you witness during your time ashore.


    This tour is conducted by coach and on foot. This is an exclusive tour, therefore due to its unique nature will only be able to accommodate a small number of people. Please note all participants need to remove shoes at the dinner restaurant. The seating is Japanese style on the floor.

    Tour code

    YOK_015

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Tokyo OYO

    Tokyo offers an endless variety of entertainment, shopping, and dining as well as being the cradle of politics, culture and business for Japan.

    Tokyo OYO

    Japan’s bustling capital is a real mixture of the ultramodern and the traditional, with neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops along with cherry trees and temples. This tour allows you to experience the city in the way that suits you best.

    You will arrive in Tokyo’s Ginza district, recognized by many as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world. Here you are spoilt for choice with a number of internationally renowned department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffeehouses located in the vicinity.

    For high class shopping you'll find flagship stores of luxury brands like De Beers and Tiffany & Co, whilst at the Sony Building you can try out cutting edge technology. Culture vultures may prefer to hunt out the many art galleries or the Kabuki theatre where colourful traditional Japanese performances take place. Or for some sightseeing, you could walk to Tokyo's Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Emperor of Japan, which also houses spectacular gardens. Should you wish to explore beyond the Ginza district, Tokyo's Metro system is ideally located nearby.

    Museums, sights and attractions are plentiful in this city, and with approximately five hours to explore, the time is yours to spend as you wish.



    Estimated journey time from Yokohama to Tokyo is 1 hour, depending on traffic conditions. Please be advised that the excursion is non-guided and exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. Electronic wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on the coach, and steps are required to enter. Japanese Yen is required for additional purchases.

    Tour code

    YOK_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Tokyo Skytree & Asakusa

    Experience both modern and Ancient Tokyo with a visit to Tokyo’s iconic Skytree and Asakusa, the ancient part of the city.

    Tokyo Skytree & Asakusa

    As you arrive in Tokyo you’ll enjoy a drive through the modern Bayside and Ginza areas. Your panoramic tour of the city will take you past many of Tokyo’s iconic buildings such as the National Diet Building and the Imperial Palace Plaza.

    A delicious buffet luncheon will be served at a nearby restaurant before you head off to one of the city’s newest icons, the Tokyo Skytree.

    Opened to the public in 2012, the 2080 foot high Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. Ride the elevator to the spectacular observation deck located 1148 feet in the air, where you will be greeted with spectacular views of the city. Marvel at the modern buildings on show such as the Tokyo Tower and an array of skyscrapers. On a sunny day, you might even be lucky enough to see Mount Fuji on the horizon.

    Browse the shops at the nearby ‘Tokyo Solomachi’, before reboarding your coach for the short drive to Asakusa, Tokyo’s Ancient Town. Visit the Sensoji Temple, founded in the 7th century and recognised as the oldest extant temple in Tokyo. Enter through the Nitenmon Gate that displays a huge red paper lantern (weather permitting) and shop for traditional souvenirs and snacks in the Nakamise shopping street.



    There is approximately 3 hours of walking on this tour and the order of visits may vary. Japanese Yen is required for purchases. In strong winds the elevator at the Tokyo Skytree may be closed, which will prevent access to the observation deck.

    Tour code

    YOK_012

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Sankeien Garden & Yokohama City Drive

    Explore the beautifully landscaped grounds of Yokohama’s Sankeien Garden.

    Sankeien Garden & Yokohama City Drive

    The route to Sankeien Garden offers stunning views of the city's rolling hills, and sights such as the Port Opening Memorial Hall, and Yokohama Stadium, the first amphitheatre style multipurpose stadium in Japan.

    Upon arrival at Sankeien Garden your guide will show you around the classical Japanese-style grounds that were designed and landscaped by Hara Sankei, a wealthy silk merchant. The garden boasts a colourful pond filled with koi carp, small rivers crisscrossed by ornamental bridges, a variety of seasonal flowers and trees and tranquil trails that are a world away from the modern city of Yokohama.

    Hara Sankei created a wonderful outdoor space for the public, filled with specimens of the natural world, but he also transported pieces of Japanese history from all over the country too. Reconstructed buildings of historical importance from places such as Kyoto, Kamakura and Wakayama have been artistically placed around the gardens, to create another dimension to the landscape.

    This is a great opportunity to explore a truly outstanding example of a traditional Japanese garden.


    This tour is conducted by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking involved on this tour and comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors. Some parts of garden are not wheelchair accessible due to steps and rough paths.

    Tour code

    YOK_013

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Kamakura

    Visit Kamakura, Japan’s ancient capital, with its many shrines and temples and the famous statue of the Great Buddha.

    Kamakura

    Kamakura’s main landmark is the Great Buddha. Standing at the Kotoku-in Temple and built almost 750 years ago, the bronze statue, at 38 feet high, is one of the largest sitting Buddha’s in the world.

    Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is another of Kamakura’s foremost tourist attractions and features Kamakura’s symbol, the red Torii gate. Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu has served as the divine protection for the Minamoto family for many years and you can see this majestic shrine during your visit.

    Continue to Komachi-dori, a modern street where you can seek out a souvenir or two. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of this popular shopping spot.

    Journey through rolling countryside before joining the Yokoyoko highway to Kamakura; the return journey is also by highway.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There are 62 steps at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, however the upper visit is optional. There is approximately two hours of walking involved on this tour and comfortable, non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors.

    Tour code

    YOK_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Mount Fuji & Hakone National Park

    Marvel at the views of Mount Fuji and visit Hakone, a beautiful mountain region with volcanic hot springs.

    Mount Fuji & Hakone National Park

    Wedged between Mount Fuji and the Izu Peninsula, Hakone lies within the crater of an extinct volcano, boasting a wealth of hot-spring resorts and a beautiful mountain lake.

    12 miles in circumference, Lake Ashi was formed some 400,000 years ago. The reflection of Mount Fuji, through the pines, makes a perfect souvenir photograph. Relax and enjoy the scenery during a short boat cruise on the Lake.

    Take a ride in a cable-car, known as the Hakone Ropeway. Enjoy breathtaking views as you travel up to the ‘Valley of Hell’. On clear days, this area offers some of the best views of Mount Fuji whose perfectly symmetrical cone, Japan’s highest peak, is the most instantly recognisable symbol of the country.

    A western-style lunch will be served during your tour.


    This tour is conducted by coach, ropeway and on foot. Views of Mount Fuji are dependent on weather conditions. Operation of this tour is dependent on favourable weather conditions. The visit of Owakudani valley and Hakone ropeway may be replaced to Komagatake ropeway to due to the increase in recent volcanic activity. The journey time to Hakone is approximately two hours each way, with a comfort stop en route. Additional steps and slopes must be climbed at the Ropeway and boat pier. Guests who do not wish to ride the Ropeway may be transferred by coach. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes and bottled water are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors.

    Tour code

    YOK_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Tokyo Highlights

    Discover the highlights of Tokyo, a thriving city that exudes a high level of energy from dawn until dusk.

    Tokyo Highlights

    Bumper-to-bumper traffic, neon signs, towering business districts and a huge population of over 12 million – this is Tokyo. Towering architecture and busy streets are, however, only one of the faces of the city - for amidst the modern hustle and bustle are reminders of the past.

    The Meiji Shrine and its 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.

    Enjoy a delicious Japanese Teppanyaki luncheon served at a local restaurant.

    The ancient temple of Senso-ji features a small gold statue of the Goddess of Mercy, two great gates and rows of traditional shops and stalls, known as Nakamise, selling a plethora of goods. You will have time to shop at the old fashioned stalls for wonderful mementos.

    A photograph stop at the Imperial Palace (exterior view) provides a glimpse of the home of Japan’s emperor and the imperial family.


    The journey from Yokohama to Tokyo takes approximately 1½ hours on the motorway. Heavy traffic delays within the city are to be expected and may affect the itinerary of this tour. There is approximately two hours of walking involved on this tour and comfortable, non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Shops at Nakamise accept Yen and major credit cards only.

    Tour code

    YOK_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8½ hours

  • Kamakura and Sankei-en Garden (Guided in Japanese)

    Travel to Kamakura, the capital of Japan's first shogunate, on this full-day tour.

    Kamakura and Sankei-en Garden (Guided in Japanese)

    En route, drive down Wakamiya-Oji, the city's famous mile-and-a-half-long avenue lined with cherry trees, azaleas, restaurants and shops. Your first stop is the 750-year-old Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple. Cast by order of Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura shogunate, you will be awestruck at this 38-feet-high bronze statue. Close to the Kotokuin Temple, there is Hase-dera Temple. It is famous for a large Kannon statue. Next, continue to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, a shrine dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of the Minamoto family and of the samurai in general. Enjoy free time at Komachi-Dori Street, for you to shop or purchase lunch. Your last stop will be Sankeien garden. Marvel at this Japanese-style garden designed and landscaped by Hara Sankei, a wealthy silk merchant. The garden boasts a pond, small rivers, flowers and scrolling trails, and buildings of historic importance from Kyoto and Kamakura.

    This excursion is operated by coach and on foot. The drive between Yokohama and Kamakura is approximately 60 minutes each way. Wakamiya of Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine are currently under construction, it will be covered and views will be limited. This tour is not considered suitable for passenger with walking difficulties. Comfortable, low-heeled walking shoes are recommended. Transport cannot accommodate electric scooters. Tour order may vary. Shops only accept Yen or major credit cards for purchases. Some parts of the garden are under construction and will be covered.

    Tour code

    YOK_017

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Panoramic Tokyo

    Enjoy an overview of Tokyo from your coach with a short stop at the Tokyo Tower.

    Panoramic Tokyo

    Leaving Yokohama behind, travel via the Rainbow Bridge, gateway to Tokyo city. Sights you will encounter on this tour include towering office blocks and commercial centres and also the Tokyo Tower, a 1,092-foot-structure, 43 foot taller than the Eiffel Tower. From the 492-foot-high Grand Observation platform, enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo and some free time for souvenir shopping.

    Pass the ’Geihin-kan’ (National Guest House) and the government office district, location of the National Diet Building. View Ginza, the famous shopping area and the JR Tokyo Station where you might be lucky to spot a bullet train pass by.

    Your panoramic drive also passes the Imperial Palace Plaza. Surrounded by a moat and hidden away, the main entrance is approached by an elegant Nijubashi Bridge, or Double Bridge. The palace and its grounds are opened to the public only on special occasions.



    The journey from Yokohama to Tokyo takes approximately 1¼ hours each way on the motorway. Heavy traffic delays within the city are to be expected. The order of highlights may vary and it is likely you will pass some sights more than once, depending on traffic congestion. At the Tokyo Tower, there is approximately 30 minutes of walking at your own pace. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors.

    Tour code

    YOK_007

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Tokyo Skytree & Teppanyaki

    Ascend one of the world’s tallest towers, the Skytree, to experience Tokyo's evening view and enjoy a Japanese Teppanyaki dinner.

    Tokyo Skytree & Teppanyaki

    Tokyo is a city that literally shines at night. Famous for its neon lights, this is a destination that should be witnessed once the sun has set.

    On this tour you will be provided with one of the most spectacular views of this city, from its famous Skytree Tower, which it in itself is an illuminated spectacle. It is from the 350 meter high observation deck that you will experience views over Tokyo, where it seems as if the city is a sea of lights. After the views, you will be able to indulge in a spot of shopping at the next door Solamachi Centre.

    After that feast for the eyes, it will be time to head for dinner, where you will be able to enjoy a Teppankayi style meal. Meaning ‘grilled iron plate’, here the show is almost as good as the food. Watch your chef prepare a mouth-watering dinner right in front of you, whilst enjoying the fruits of his labour through the sizzling show. Like all things Japanese, it is done with a precision and artistry that will make this an evening meal to remember.


    Japanese Yen is required for purchases. In strong winds the elevator at the Tokyo Skytree may be closed, which will prevent access to the observation deck. The itinerary may run in reverse at the Skytree.

    Tour code

    YOK_016

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6 hours