Fushiki-Toyama cruise

A metropolis waiting to be discovered!
The peaks of Tateyama Mountain Range
The typical houses of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

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Fushiki-Toyama

A Lush Natural Beauty

From the port of Fushiki your destination is Toyama. During your MSC cruise you can visit this city, the capital of the same prefecture, situated on the island of Honsū. Right on the Japanese sea, Toyama has a population of over one million. Surrounded on three sides by steep mountains, it enchants visitors with its lush natural beauty.


On an excursion you can reach Tateyama Kurobe, a truly spectacular route through the Northern Alps of Japan in Chubu-Sangaku national park, and admire wonderful landscapes. In winter the mountains are covered in snow and in spring, between the towns of Midagahara and Murodo, an impressive and spectacular "snow corridor" forms, whose walls can reach 20 meters. It is a walk that will take your breath away and that has become a national tourist attraction.


Further south, the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama were declared UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1995. Situated in the heart of the mountains, they attract tourists from all over the world who come to see their traditional gassho-zukuri style houses, that is houses with steep thatched roofs that resemble the Buddhist monks palms placed together in prayer. In actual fact the steep roofs are designed to withstand heavy snow fall during the winter. The houses are about 18 metres long and 10 metres high and houses four floors where different generations of the same family live. The last floor of the house is dedicated to silkworm farming.

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Japan

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.