ISCVDP | An Immersion in Japanese Culture June 12-20, 2021 - cruise from Osaka to Maizuru with Admiral Travel International on a fascinating 8-night journey aboard Ponant's Le Laperouse

Join the President of the International Society of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Dr. Mahfouz El Shahawy on the 29th Annual International Congress for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Japan next summer. Beginning June 12th through the 20th, 2021 sail Osaka to Maizuru on one of Ponant’s newest ships, La Laperouse. If time allows, join us in Kyoto for an amazing 3 night pre-trip.*

Japan is a country pulled in two radically different directions. It deeply honors its past while rushing headlong into the future. Hyper-modernity exists next to the quiet serenity of ancient shrines and gardens. On this voyage, you will discover both of these aspects of Japan as they are reflected in the art, culture, music, and gardens of its towns and cities. The traditional aesthetic is seen in the architecture and adornments of the Buddhist and Shinto shrines you will visit throughout the journey. The modernist impulse is evident in the architecture of the cities through which you will travel and is also represented in the arts on display in the Adachi Museum in Sakaiminato and the Busan Museum of Art.

Traditional Japanese Minka

JUNE 12, 2021 OSAKA: Embark the ship between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs.

JUNE 13, 2021 TAMANO: Located on the island of Honshu, hugging the banks of the Sento Inland Sea, Tamano is a popular destination thanks to its sun-drenched climate.In the area surrounding Tamano, stroll down the streets of Kurashiki, known as the 'white-walled city' in a nod to the pretty façades of the houses that line the streets of this ancient Edo-period trading town. Another major regional attraction is the Seto Ohashi bridge. Its 12.5 kilometres make it the world's longest double-decker bridge.

JUNE 14, 2021 HIROSHIMA: Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn't forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. You'll enjoy the city's modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the town's historic garden.

JUNE 14, 2021 MIYAJIMA ISLAND: At the heart of the Inland Sea, Miyajima, the “island sanctuary” will reveal its treasures. In the background you will see the Shinto Grand Sanctuary, whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion “Torii“.

A torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred

JUNE 15, 2021 UWAJIMA: Located on the west coast of Shikoku island, Uwajima will delight lovers of history and traditional customs. The magnificent Uwajima Castle was built in the 17th-century by the powerful Date clan and has a beautiful ornamental garden and bridge. As for eating, you must taste jakoten, a local delicacy based on fried fish.

Uwajima Castle

JUNE 16, 2021 KAGOSHIMA: The seaside city of Kagoshima, at the south of Kyushu Island, ᅠis best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. A visit to this busy metropolis will remind you just how much the volcano is part of the inhabitants' everyday life: in the wake of the almost daily eruptions, a delicate layer of ash settles on everything. The top of a buried torii (traditional Japanese gate) measuring three metres that was 'swallowed up' by a giant lava flow in 1914 can still be seen. The power of nature will send a shiver down your spine.

JUNE 17, 2021 NAGASAKI: Located on the north-west coast of Kyushu, Nagasaki will impress you by its rich heritage. Despite the destruction in 1945, you can visit several ancient sites, including the beautiful 19th-century Catholic Church of Oura and its garden, the sanctuary of Suwa Shrine or several Buddhist temples. A visit to the Atomic Bomb Museum gives you insight into the extent of the damage caused by the nuclear attack.

JUNE 18, 2021 BUSAN: Busan is the second largest metropolis on South Korea, after Seoul. You’ll find delightful simply to stroll around the lively streets and explore the city’s outstanding cultural heritage of art galleries, museums, and Buddhist sites, such as the Haedong Yonggungsa temple, which elegantly sits on the waterfront. Rich too in magnificent beaches and superlative natural landscapes, Busan’s peaceful atmosphere will win you over, as will its inhabitants, whom you’ll have the pleasure of meeting.

JUNE 19, 2021 SAKAIMINATO: Located on the south-west coast of Honshu Island, the busy fishing port of Sakaiminato celebrates the comic writer and artist Shigeru Mizuki, who was born here. As well as a museum a dedicated tourist route leads through streets and squares that feature 134 bronze statues representing his beloved characters. This isn't the only thing Sakaiminato has to offer; try some local seafood specialties and enjoy the stunning views of Mt Daisen and the Yumigahama peninsula.

JUNE 20, 2021 MAIZURU: Located on the western coast of Honshu island, in the province of Kyoto, the charming town of Maizuru boasts one of Japan’s most exquisite closed bays. A climb to the observatory allows to appreciate the splendour of this inlet scattered with tiny wild islands. Visitors can also admire the treasures of traditional architecture by visiting the temple of Enryu-ji or the Tanabe-jo castle. The town also bears traces of a rich military past, which you can see in the old arsenals of the navy, red brick buildings that today house a museum.

Japanese Garden

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Created with images by Tianshu Liu - "Temple, Fujisan and Sun." • Masaaki Komori - "untitled image" • AJ - "Japanese cherry blossom sakura" • Christian Joudrey - "Red Japanese temple" • bantersnaps - "Castle from the old times" • Fezbot2000 - "It almost brings me to tears knowing that the innocent people living in Hiroshima died in such a horrific way. I pray that one day nuclear weapons will not be a thing any more. The flame in the background will continue to burn till the day comes when we no longer have nuclear weapons again. " • Lily Li - "untitled image" • Tianshu Liu - "Beyond this gate God resides. Photo taken at Hakone, Japan." • Esther T - "untitled image" • freddie marriage - "untitled image" • Steven Diaz - "untitled image" • Mgg Vitchakorn - "foods on the table" • Markus Winkler - "Fish market in Busan – Men selling fresh fish" • Jimmy Moon - "untitled image" • Thomas Marban - "Sushi Chef, Tokyo Japan" • Nicole Y-C - "untitled image"