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Ancient yet Advanced... Japan

Ancient yet Advanced... Japan

Discover the unique blend of ancient traditions with tech-savvy cities, where the history of the samurai and the daintiness of the geishas exist side by side … Welcome to Japan!

At first it seems like Japan is exceedingly modern with the bustling cities and advanced digital technology but it doesn’t take long to realise Japan is also infused with traditions, history and customs. At every turn, you see old meet new in a seemingly seamless fashion.

You can spend weeks here exploring the perfectly manicured gardens, ornately decorated temples and shrines, and intricate artworks. It seems like everything is a work of art here whether it is the carefully trimmed bonsai, the tiny hand painted decorations or the immaculately maintained public transport. Perfection springs to mind over and over.

Delve into the history and you’ll discover the legends of the samurai, magnificent castles and a long line of continuous hereditary monarchy, said to be the oldest in the world. Of course, there’s also the historic sites of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, hit by the atomic bombs at the end of World War II.

Japan has a charm and beauty that will entral even well-travelled visitors!

If you’re contemplating cruising Japan, have a look at this gorgeous little voyage with Ponant Cruises. It’s a great little itinerary onboard Le Soleal – a luxury small ship with just 132 staterooms, a fantastic crew-to-guest ratio and superior facilities and service.