Visitors to Tokyo have an almost endless array of shopping, entertainment, culture and food options to explore in a city where the past, present and future blend together like no other. The city's history can be found all around it, as well as other superb museums, historic temples and parks.
Things to do in Tokyo:
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Shinjuku Gyoen was built on the foundations of Lord Naito's private residence. A mixture of a few different gardens, including French, English and Japanese, the park's varied and well-kept gardens are ideal for strolling around, photographing or even enjoying an afternoon picnic.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a portal to the past with its exhibitions describing both visually and through historical text, the history of Edo (now known as Toyko). Here visitors can learn about and experience numerous aspects of Edo, such as people's daily lives, Edo Period architecture, cultural heritage, political climate and much more.
Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest temple, houses a statue of the goddess of mercy, Kannon. Sensoji is a must-see location in Japan, surrounded by imposing gates, a five-storey pagoda and the vibrant market of Nakamise Dori.
Shimizu (for Mt. Fuji)
DAY 330 Oct 2023
Japan's tallest mountain at 3,776 metres high and nestled in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji is on everyone's bucket-list of Japan, whether that's to take in the view from the surrounding idyllic surrounding countryside, a Tokyo rooftop or your seat on the famous bullet train or even take up the challenging of hiking up yourself. Mount Fuji is an active volcano but last erupted in 1707, so you've got plenty of time to enjoy the hike, normally taking between 5-10 hours.
Kyoto (Kobe) - Overnight onboard
DAY 4-531 Oct 2023
While the rest of Japan has embraced modernisation with gusto, Kyoto has kept to its traditions. Kyoto is Japan's spiritual heart and a work of art in itself in terms of architecture and dining, with Michelin-starred restaurants, chic cocktail bars and old-school noodle joints among its many attractions.
Things to do in Kyoto (Kobe) - Overnight onboard:
Monkey Park Iwatayama
At the Monkey Park the monkeys run wild. You can spot them on adjacent mountains but only here can you get up close and enjoy watching them play. It's a great spot for photos, not just of the monkeys, but also of the panoramic views of Kyoto.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
The Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha) is devoted to Inari, the God of rice, and is one of Kyoto's most revered temples. It is also one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines. Thousands of red torii gates (the Senbon torii) mark the forested routes to the top of the Inari mountain, where the shrine's five majestic temples are located.
Arashiyama is a calm and serene place of beauty located in western Kyoto, along the Katsura River. It is nationally recognised as a historic site and is known worldwide as a tranquil place of beauty. Many visitors come to witness the natural beauty of the surrounding bamboo forest or the many temples situated in Kyoto's ancient district, making Arashiyama one of the most popular tourist spots in the city.
DAY 602 Nov 2023
A mixture of historic landmarks and modern skyscrapers, Hiroshima is a world-famous city that’s situated on Japan’s Honshu Island. When visiting the city, you will see ruins of buildings that were destroyed by the atomic bomb in the second world war, alongside memorials that commemorate the event. Top sights to see when in Hiroshima include the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Shukkeien Garden and the Hiroshima Garden.
Things to do in Hiroshima:
Situated in the heart of the city, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was created in 1955 to showcase the events of World War II. Featuring an array of exhibits, including belongings that were left by the victims of the bombing, its aim is to acknowledge the realisation of ‘permanent world peace’.
Tranquil and picturesque, the Shukkeien Garden dates back to the early 17th century. As you follow the path through the garden, you’ll see a variety of miniaturised sceneries, tea houses and a selection of local plant life.
Also known as Carp Castle, Hiroshima Castle was built in the late 16th century and was one of the largest castles in the country. However, it was destroyed by the atomic bomb, leading to it having to be rebuilt. An iconic landmark in the city, it’s surrounded by beautiful scenery and has a vast collection of historical exhibits.
DAY 703 Nov 2023
A beautiful seaside city, Kagoshima boasts an active volcano that overlooks Kinko Bay. Due to its warm temperature, palm tree-lined streets and the volcano, the city has been compared with Naples in Italy. In Kagoshima there are an array of landmarks and attractions, including the Kagoshima City Aquarium, Hirakawa Zoo and beautiful Sengan-en Gardens.
Things to do in Kagoshima:
Kagoshima City Aquarium
Situated next to the Sakurajima ferry terminal, the aquarium opened in 1997. Spanning 7 floors, the aquarium is home to an array of marine life (including rays, giant whale sharks and tropical fish) and the impressive Kuroshio fish tank.
This huge zoo is full of an array of animals, from giraffes and koalas to elephants, alongside amusement rides, a children’s playground and a gift shop. A popular attraction with locals and tourists, it’s a vibrant place to visit whilst in Kagoshima.
A traditional garden that’s on the northern coast, it’s full of streams, shrines, bamboo groves and ponds. Constructed in 1658, the Sengan-en Gardens is a tranquil and historic attraction in the city.
DAY 1309 Nov 2023
An underrated city in Taiwan, and one of the largest, Keelung is a vibrant and historic city full of temples, bustling markets and other captivating attractions. With a rich history that dates back to the 17th century and international influences, from Dutch to Japanese, there’s so much to see and do here. Particular attractions include Heping Island Park, Keelung Night Market and the Dianji Market.
Things to do in Taipei (Keelung):
Heping Island Park
Situated to the north of the country, Heping Island Park is full of fascinating things to see, from historic fortresses, to a castle that was built by the Spanish army in the 17th century. The island is also home to a coastal park, food and drink stands and a swimming pool.
Keelung Night Market
One of the most popular attractions in the city is the night market. Full of street vendors selling an array of food and drink, it’s a must visit when in Keelung. Budget-friendly and offering traditional Taiwanese cuisine, this delicious attraction is perfect for any self-confessed foodie.
Built in 1873, the Dianji Temple is the biggest of its kind in the city. Known as the Holy King Temple, it’s a unique attraction with sculptures and extraordinary architecture. Holding ceremonies throughout the year, it’s beloved by both tourists and locals alike.
DAY 1410 Nov 2023
A large municipality in south Taiwan, the main city within Kaohsiung is Kaohsiung city. Home to a mixture of beautiful natural attractions, alongside skyscrapers and other man made attractions, there’s plenty to do and see in this vibrant city. Top attractions include the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, the Pier2 Art Center and the Kaohsiung City Shou Shan Zoo.
Things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan:
Dragon and Tiger Pagodas
An iconic temple located on Lotus Lake, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas were built in the late 20th century. Spanning seven storeys with colourful features throughout, you can reach them by heading down a zigzag bridge. In the temples you’ll find an array of paintings and other historic artwork.
Pier2 Art Center
One of the most modern attractions in the city is the Pier2 Art Center. A popular attraction with tourists, it’s constructed out of abandoned shipping warehouses and is a prominent landmark that’s surrounded by a vibrant arts district with shops, cafes, music venues and more.
Shou Shan Zoo
Situated on the edge of Shoushan Park, the Shou Shan Zoo is home to an array of animals, from tigers to kangaroos, black bears and lions. A wonderful attraction to visit in the city, it’s popular with families due to the variety of wildlife and beautiful surroundings.
Hong Kong - Overnight onboard
DAY 15-1611 Nov 2023
The bustling and popular city of Hong Kong is full of incredible attractions, from the historic temples to the modern landmarks, it has something for all ages and tastes. The moment you arrive in Hong Kong you’ll be greeted by an abundance of vibrant restaurants, bars and shops - perfect to give you a taste of what the city has to offer. Whilst you’re there, make sure to visit Hong Kong Disneyland, the picturesque Victoria Peak and the historic Tian Tan Buddha - all within easy reach of the city centre.
Things to do in Hong Kong - Overnight onboard:
Opened in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland is a must for any Walt Disney fan. Extraordinary attractions, live performances and more will immerse you into this captivating theme park; whether you’re 5 or 85, the magic of Disney exudes from every area of this popular attraction. Within easy reach of the city, spending a day at Hong Kong Disneyland is a must.
Located on the western half of Hong Kong Island, from Victoria Peak you can take in breathtaking views out over the city. Featuring an elevation of 552 metres, it’s the tallest peak on the island and offers plenty of opportunities for unforgettable photos.
Tian Tan Buddha
A large bronze statue situated on Lantau Island, the Tian Tan Buddha was constructed in 1993. Showcasing the harmonious relationship between the people of the city and faith, it’s a must see when in Hong Kong.
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Customer reviews for Regatta
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Our cruise started in Papeete Tahiti after we had enjoyed a two day stay in Los Angeles on the way out to break our journey and a three night stay in the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti prior to embarkation. Whilst travelling out for the cruise we started to be aware of the Coronavirus spreading around the world rather quickly, however, we were committed to the holiday and there was no travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that would have allowed us to cancel even if we had wanted to. Embarkation in Papeete was effortless and we were settled into our balcony cabin in record time. Having sailed with Oceania three times previously, we were quite used to the layout of the ship but were most impressed with the fantastic changes to the cabins and communal areas from the recent refit and upgrade. The cabin was beautifully presented and well thought out with an abundance of stowage space for all our clothes. Dining throughout the cruise in the Main Dining Room was a delight as were our visits to the two speciality restaurants of Polo Grill and Toscana. We ate most lunchtimes at the Terrace Grill and loved the outside seating, superb choice of food and impeccable service. As for the cruise itself, we departed Papeete and enjoyed calls at Moorea, Fakarava, Nuka Hiva and Rangiroa before the trip was cut short due to the first Coronavirus case being discovered in French Polynesia. Planned visits to Bora Bora and Raiatea were called off and we sailed back to Papeete instead for the final three days of the cruise. Let’s be honest, there are worse places to be berthed and we did receive a 50% future credit from Oceania for our troubles. Throughout the cruise I cannot praise highly enough the efforts the ship went through to maintain the highest of hygiene standards onboard, the measures were extremely reassuring and thorough throughout. Disembarkation was quick and well organised and we managed, despite a cancelled Virgin flight from LA to Heathrow, to get home as planned one day before the USA ban on the UK kicked in. We have been self isolating since. For those thinking of doing a similar trip, we can thoroughly recommend French Polynesia and Moorea in particular. However, be very careful when planning your journey home as you disembark early in the morning in Papeete and flights out are not until nearly midnight. Our advice is to book a hotel for that day which many had failed to do on our cruise and they were stuck with luggage for a very long day. Finally, ships tours remain extremely expensive but we managed to arrange locally at a fraction of the cost with little trouble.
6 Apr 2020
A wonderful 32 day cruise to the South Pacific. Starting in Sydney and ending in San Diego this was 32 days of heaven - many sea days of course as we travelled thousands of miles - but the beauty of places like Bora Bora and Rangiroa was outstanding. The Regatta is a small ship in comparison to many - just 600 passengers and 300+ crew but the sense of friendliness was apparent from day 1. The whole crew work as a family and from the Hotel Manager down are always very attentive and listen to any concerns/ requests you may have. The food is sublime - fresh, varied and delicious. You can request dishes not obviously available and they will oblige if they can. Cabins are clean and quite spacious but the ship is due for a refurb next year so the feel of it will change to a more modern decor. This is our second 32 day cruise with Oceania as their itineraries are fantastic. Highly recommended.
12 Apr 2019
Wonderful service food and all other areas thoroughly spoilt nothing too much trouble. All ports of call amazing Only slight criticism is on leaving ship in Tahiti we were taken to a very pleasant resort until our evening flight but it is too far from the main town and we would rather have not transited through Los Angeles due to the long distance from the stand the plane from Tahiti arrived on and the long wait at immigration. It took over 2 hours from landing to leaving the airport.
19 Mar 2019
Joined the ship for the Tasman Traveller cruise in Australasia. The ship was very comfortable, very clean but a little dated. The cabin bathrooms in particular were worn and impractical with bathtubs. But this will all change this year as it’s due a promising refurb. The staff were fantastic. Always happy, couteous and helpful. They were a real credit to the ship and the company should feel very proud to have them. Food was fabulous. I just wished sometimes that the choices and sides available (under covers etc) was better communicated and more vegetables were included. Entertainment was for a small ship surprisingly good. Trips were expensive but well organised and generally enjoyable. We would definitely like to cruise with Oceania again and will look out for any bargain opportunities with them.
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