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.
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 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.