Discover the unique culture and breath-taking beauty of Japan on MSC Cruise’s Nebuta Festival Cruise, starting this summer!
The ultimate Japanese getaway
Hop aboard MSC Splendida from August this year, on a very special Nebuta Festival Cruise to Japan, travelling along Japan’s eastern coast and over to Russia before returning to Yokohama. You’ll witness the incredible Nebuta folk festival, which attracts over 10,000 visitors every year, as well as calling into Japan’s northernmost island and other fascinating ports along the way.
Your chariot awaits
MSC Splendida, based in the Far East, is perfectly appointed to guarantee you a luxurious experience as you set sail on your Japanese adventure. Choose from a plethora of restaurants and bars in the evenings, and perhaps even take in a show at the ship’s Strand Theatre or try your luck in MSC Splendida’s Royal Palm Casino. Book a Balinese massage or Turkish bath in the MSC Aurea Spa or lounge on the top sun deck whilst your children entertain themselves in clubs of their own. For those looking for something more refined, MSC Yacht Club is available aboard MSC Splendida and offers an exclusive area with 24-hour butler service, private concierge, luxurious suites and all-inclusive food and drinks.
Get your trip off to a good start
Being just a twenty-minute train trip into the Capital, the port of Yokohama is truly deserving of its reputation as the ‘gateway to Tokyo’. MSC Splendida will depart from and return to Yokohama, providing you with the perfect opportunity to tag Tokyo onto the start or end of your trip. Yokohama itself is known for its quality international cuisine and neighbourhood atmosphere and is a great contrast to the hive of activity in nearby Tokyo. If you do choose to venture to Tokyo, be prepared for a shopping haven with some of the world’s most impressive super-structures and Michelin-quality cuisine.
Tour Japan’s Eastern coast in style
This cruise provides the ideal way to see some of the amazing variety of experiences and sights that Japan has to offer. The cruise will first call into Muroran on the northernmost island of Japan, renowned for Mount Ashibetsu, the panoramic views from the “Earth Cape” and some truly breath-taking natural landscapes. Aomori is also a stop on this Japanese adventure, home to the Nebuta folk festival, considered to be one of Japan’s biggest festivals during which participants pull allegoric shiny floats with mythical battle scenes. Before returning to Yokohama, the ship will call into Ishinomaki, which is famous for its oysters and national artefacts, and is considered an important part of oriental Japan.
A taste of Russia
Although the novelty of exploring Japan should have you reaching for your calendar, this special itinerary also includes a visit to the Russian city of Vladivostock, one of the most prominent cities of oriental Russia. This particular leg of the journey promises to be an eye-opener, as the city is famous for its broad parks, rich orthodox churches and unique cuisine that fuses Russian tradition with eastern ingredients.