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Japanese subtropical Islands

Fukuoka - Keelung (Chilung)

Dates:
06/04/2024
to  13/04/2024

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8
days
7
nights on board
Starting from*
5.990 €
20% Ponant Bonus

In partnership with Les Éditions Tallandier and with featured guest Valérie Niquet, specialist in Asia and author of numerous books and articles on the main countries in the region.

PONANT is the first cruise company to take you to the heart of the sublime landscapes of the tropical islands in southern Japan during an expedition cruise. On this 8-day itinerary aboard Le Jacques-Cartier, from Fukuoka to Taïwan, you will discover the rich natural heritage, traditional villages and craft of the Okinawa and Yaeyama Islands, in the Ryukyu archipelago.

Departing from Fukuoka, you will set a southward course to reach the captivating, mountainous island of Yakushima, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Providing an unspoiled natural setting for endemic species such as the Yakushima monkey and deer, the island is home to an exceptional natural environment featuring forests of ancient cedars, bewitching waterfalls, and majestic peaks.

Le Jacques Cartier will make its way to the island of Amami Oshima, between Kyushu and Okinawa. You will fall in love with this island surrounded by stunning coral reefs, punctuated with verdant peaks, covered in primary forest and monumental mangroves, and boasting strong Okinawan influences.

Your next port of call will be Zamami, in the Kerama Islands. You will enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this pristine island, known the world over for the distinctive blue of the surrounding sea, called “Kerama blue”. The sea life in the area is also exceptionally rich and sea turtles can often be spotted swimming among the coral. 

Following a port of call in the picturesque village of Taketomijima, with its traditional Okinawan dwellings and its idyllic sandy expanses, Le Jacques-Cartier will sail south to Ishigaki, Ishigaki, the capital island of the Yaeyama Islands. In the Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, you will be able to enjoy the dynamic atmosphere of the eponymous city or discover Kabira Bay, renowned for its idyllic scenery, combining crystal-clear turquoise water and beaches of white sand.

Next, you will set sail south to the island of Iriomotejima. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this little corner of paradise will enchant you with its authentic and preserved character, with its wild beaches lying alongside traditional villages surrounded by luxurious tropical forest: jungle, mangrove, rivers, waterfalls. This unique biodiversity is made up of many endemic species.  

The landscapes on the remote island of Yonagunijima, the easternmost of the Ryukyu Islands, offer a striking contrast: cliffs, windswept meadows, wild horses. The beauty of its sea-beds and their mysterious rocky formations will delight the most experienced divers.

You will end your cruise in Keelung, the port of the Taiwanese capital Taipei.

 


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In partnership with Les Éditions Tallandier and with featured guest Valérie Niquet, specialist in Asia and author of numerous books and articles on the main countries in the region. A unique expedition...


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Partner - Valérie Niquet

Our guest of honour

Partner - Valérie Niquet

Valérie Niquet

I am delighted to be embarking with you on board the Jacques-Cartier for this exceptional cruise to the paradise islands of Ryükyü, the best preserved of the Japanese archipelago. It will also be an opportunity for me to introduce you to the history and culture of a country I have been visiting for over 40 years. On my way to Taiwan, the epicentre of tensions, I will also share with you the keys to a better understanding of geopolitical developments between China and Japan.

Valérie Niquet

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Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3
 

(19 m²)

From 5.990 €
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
 

(19 m²)

From 6.650 €
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
 

(19 m²)

From 6.990 €
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
 

(19 m²)

From 7.380 €
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Deluxe Suite Deck 5
 

(27 m²)

From 10.270 €
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Deluxe Suite Deck 3
 

(27 m²)

From 10.270 €
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Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(27 m²)

From 10.270 €
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Deluxe Suite Deck 4
 

(27 m²)

From 10.270 €
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(38 m²)

From 13.900 €
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Prestige Suite Deck 6
 

(38 m²)

From 14.630 €
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Privilege Suite Deck 6
 

(32 m²)

From 15.350 €
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Privilege Suite Deck 5
 

(32 m²)

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Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(45 m²)

From 16.870 €
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Owner's Suite Deck 5
 

(45 m²)

From 22.070 €



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