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Not only rich in nature. The main commercial island of Yaeyama islands, Ishigaki, also has strong tradition of music of its own. The island know as “the country of poets, the island of songs, and the land of dance”, Ishigaki has unique culture and entertainment history, Influenced by not only Japan but also by Taiwan, which is only 300km away from the island.

Being a part of Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, from MSC World Cruise's destination, Ishigaki port, guest can reach to Mount Omoto, the tallest mountain (525.5m) in Okinawa prefecture, or Kabira Bay, where guest can enjoy transparent water and white sand of nine small island. Or to enjoy the gorgeous view of Japanese islands and blue ocean from above, guest can go to Tamatorizaki Observatory.

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    A dìfferent planet
    A dìfferent planet

    There’s nothing quite like a cruise to Japan. The very quintessence of Eastern culture, it has long excited the imagination of the West, with a great many of its joys etched indelibly into the minds of folk who live oceans away.

    Sushi and sake, anime and manga, samurai, ninja and the bullet train: everyone knows something of this island nation’s culture, but there’s far more to discover beyond these highly enjoyable stereotypes. Prepare to be pleasantly disorientated. 

    One of the joys of visiting Japan is experiencing the ordinary ways in which the Japanese aesthetic enters into everyday life. The presentation of food, a window display or the simplest flower arrangement can convey, beyond the walls of any museum or gallery, the essential nature of Japanese art. 

    An MSC cruise to Japan will reveal the major attraction of this “Land of contrasts”; it may be the world’s laziest travel cliché, but those who visit Japan find themselves constantly surprised at the easy co-existence between the country’s past and present. 

    Discover Japan and its unexpectedly beautiful landscapes, its charmingly courteous people and its tangible sense of history and cherished traditions – few will be able to resist the chance to get to grips with its mysterious, yet tantalizing, culture.