Kochi, Shikoku Cruises

Castle tower of the Kochi castle in Kochi, Japan
Castle tower of the Kochi castle in Kochi, Japan

With its stunning seascapes and verdant mountain scenery, mix of modern, historic and authentic cultural highlights, and relatively small population of just over 300,000, it’s no wonder that Kochi – situated on the Kagami River on Shikoku Island’s scenic south coast – is considered one of Japan’s most appealing and liveable cities.

If you’re lucky enough to visit on a Japanese cruise, it doesn’t take long to realise why Kochi is a so highly regarded. A relaxing few hours of exploration presents opportunities to feel the city’s laid-back vibes, enjoy the company of its friendly locals, indulge yourself with the local culinary delights such as katsuo tuna and sake, and uncover an abundance of diverse attractions.

Kochi’s ‘must-visit’ list is extensive, with highlights including the early 17th century Kochi Castle, one of Japan’s last remaining ‘original castles’, overlooking the city from one of its many forested hills; the temple and botanical gardens of Mount Godaisan; and Chikurinji Temple, one of the 88 temples along the Shikoku Pilgrimage. As the birthplace of Sakamoto Ryoma, Kochi is also home to many monuments and sightseeing spots related to one of the key figures in the Meiji Restoration. Such as the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum and the Ryoma History Museum.

Cruises

Japan, Asia & Africa Voyage
Japan, Asia & Africa Voyage

Departs: Southampton • Thu 05 Nov 2020
140 nights • Boudicca • D20GV

  • A holiday beyond your wildest dreams, this 140-night voyage to some of the world’s most iconic and intoxicating destinations offers authentic cultures and traditions, amazing wildlife, spectacular scenery and much more.
  • Experience an exhilarating Asian exploration, to learn of samurais and geishas in Japan; explore the war-torn history of Vietnam; sample India’s engrossing hustle and bustle; and even celebrate New Year’s Eve in stunning Singapore.
  • African adventures include chances to seek-out South Africa’s ‘Big Five’ game and Madagascar’s iconic flora and fauna; explore the colossal Namib Desert; marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza; and sail the impressive Suez Canal.

From £13,999pp

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African Wildlife with Asia & Singapore New Year
African Wildlife with Asia & Singapore New Year

Departs: Cape Town • Thu 03 Dec 2020
42 nights • Boudicca • D202930

  • Chances to encounter incredible wildlife; discover paradise at idyllic islands; taste Far-Eastern culture; and see in the New Year in style make for an unforgettable end to 2020 and start to 2021.
  • Seek-out South Africa’s ‘big game’ on exhilarating safari adventures; see Madagascar’s famous fauna and flora; marvel at the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon in Mayotte; and meet giant land tortoises in the Seychelles.
  • Spend Christmas Eve in Colombo and Christmas Day on board Boudicca, before visiting culture-rich Malaysia; being part of Singapore’s spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations; and uncovering ancient castles, among countless other highlights, in Japan.

From £7,199pp

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Discovering Asia with Singapore at New Year
Discovering Asia with Singapore at New Year

Departs: Victoria • Thu 17 Dec 2020
28 nights • Boudicca • D2030

  • For an unforgettable festive season, uncover scenic and spiritual wonders, rich history and culture, and experience a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration, on an Asian exploration of epic proportions.
  • Enjoy Christmas on board Boudicca and delight in the mosques, temples and towers of Georgetown and iconic Kuala Lumpur, before arriving in Singapore to see in 2021 with an unforgettable fireworks display at Marina Bay.
  • Your extended stay in Singapore allows time to discover Raffles Hotel and the Gardens by the Bay too, before Naha and Kōchi reveal quintessentially Japanese sights, from ancient castles and temples to beautiful Oriental gardens.

From £5,399pp

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Asia with Japan & Singapore New Year
Asia with Japan & Singapore New Year

Departs: Victoria • Thu 17 Dec 2020
42 nights • Boudicca • D203001

  • Experience an unforgettable festive season and start to 2021 on an epic exploration of the Far East filled with the scenic and spiritual wonders, authentic cultures and traditions of one of the world’s most intoxicating regions.
  • Enjoy Christmas on board Boudicca; be enthralled by culture-rich Georgetown and iconic Kuala Lumpur; and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Singapore, with time to visit Gardens by the Bay and Raffles Hotel too.
  • An enlightening Japanese exploration includes opportunities to encounter Geishas in Tokyo; be part of a classical tea ceremony in Osaka; look beyond the infamous war history of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and much more.

From £8,099pp

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