Ancient Traditions of the Inland Sea of Japan

May 16 – 27, 2021
Trip Description

Kyoto ◆ Hiroshima ◆ Miyajama  ◆ Matsue ◆ Himeji ◆ Osaka

Cruise for seven nights along the tranquil coast of the Inland Sea and South Korea on board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship Le Soléal—featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms—into captivating ports inaccessible to larger vessels. Enjoy excursions to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the 14th-century Himeji Castle, the largest surviving feudal complex of medieval Japan; Hiroshima’s poignant Genbaku Dome Peace Memorial; Miyajima’s Itsukushima Shrine and its awe-inspiring Great Torii Gate; and in Gyeongju, South Korea, the ancient Silla Kingdom Royal Burial Mounds and the glorious Bulguksa Temple, the embodiment of Buddhist utopia on Earth

Spend three nights in Japan’s spiritual and cultural capital, Kyoto, home to a sublime concentration of historic UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the celebrated temples of Kiyomizu, Ryoan-ji and Kinkaku-ji, the imposing Nijo Castle.

From the ethereal temples, jewel box pagodas and shogun castles of Kyoto to the latticed merchant houses of Hagi’s earthen-walled samurai district, Japan’s ancient cities, and towns are an enigmatic fusion of religious rituals, spiritual symbolism, and Eastern and Western cultural influences. This unique, custom-designed itinerary provides unparalleled port access to the region’s vast architectural riches, mesmerizing landscapes, and venerable heritage


ACTIVITY LEVEL:               2 or 3

SHIP:                                    LE SOLÉAL

GROUP SIZE:                      Ship accommodates up to 200 guests

CO-SPONSORS:                 Swarthmore College

PRICE:*                                Cabin prices start at $6,595 per person, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy cabins start at $14,595.

*Preliminary 2021 pricing

Early Registration Form

LUMINARY SOCIETY MEMBERS: Those who have participated in Planned Giving with CWRU are eligible to receive discounts on CWRU Educational Travel programs. For more information about the Luminary Society, contact Charles M. Miller, JD, AEP®, Senior Director of Planned Giving at or via phone at 216.368.8640.

For more information about this trip, please contact Sarah Doody at 904.432.3141.