Abercrombie & Kent Travel Logs

Wonder what it feels like to travel with A&K? Read our travel logs for a first-hand look at our latest adventures, captured live on select A&K journeys that include voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic.

'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Friday, June 7, 2013 – Otaru and Sapporo

This morning, we completed our exploration of Japan and disembarked the ‘Clipper Odyssey,’ the beautiful ship that had been our home for the past two weeks.  These last days have been dominated by reflection on the many remarkable places and people we have seen and met, as well as the unexpected celebration of the [...]

01 6.6.13 Botanical Garden Sapporo Hokkaido Japan
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Thursday, June 6, 2013 – Otaru and Sapporo

With a morning at sea in our future, several of us seized the opportunity to sleep in and rest. Others got up early to take advantage of this time out on the ocean, doing early morning laps on the upper deck and some yoga in the Main Lounge led by fellow passenger Maria Palomo. [...]

01 6.5.13 Hell Valley Shikotsu Natl Park Hokkaido Japan
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 – Muroran, Hokkaido

We awoke to much cooler temperatures and an assortment of local officials waiting for us on the pier. After a welcome ceremony, we headed off to explore Hokkaido, the northernmost major island in the Japanese archipelago. Our first stop was Shiraoi Poroto Kotan, a cultural village featuring the Ainu people, an indigenous group from [...]

01 6.4.13 Big Drum museum Akita Honshu Japan
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – Noshiro and Aomori

We arrived on the northeast coast of Honshu under calm, beautiful skies. There, we disembarked the ship in the city of Noshiro, and boarded buses for a trip over the Hakkoda Mountains that brought us to the port in the city of Aomori. The scenery was spectacular, with groves of cedar trees mixed in [...]

Sado Island port Japan
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Monday, June 3, 2013 – Sado Island

Lying off the west coast of Honshu in the Sea of Japan, Sado is Japan’s sixth largest island and is comprised of two parallel mountain ranges separated by a central flat plain. This remote island came under control of mainland Japan in the 8th century, and was used as a place of banishment for [...]

01 6.2.13 Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Honshu Japan
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Sunday, June 2, 2013 – Kanazawa

We arrived pier side in the city of Kanazawa before 7am in the morning, and already there were people gathering there to see our us and our ship.  After breakfast, we packed our bags for the morning and headed outside where numerous women dressed in beautiful kimonos welcomed us, and presented flowers to our [...]

Kent Samurai house Matsue Honshu Japan
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Saturday, June 1, 2013 – Matsue, Japan

The ‘Clipper Odyssey’ docked in the small port city of Sakaiminato, for a full day tour of the city of Matsue. Matsue sits between Lake Shinji and Nakaumi, along the banks of the Ohashi River connecting the two lakes. There is an extensive canal system that winds through the center of the city, and [...]

01 5.30.13 Nagasaki Peace Park Kyushu Japan
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Thurday, May 30, 2013 – Nagasaki

We awoke to glorious calm seas as the ‘Clipper Odyssey’ rounded southern Kyushu in route to the city of Nagasaki. Some of us went up to the top deck to look out across the grey sea, as occasional flying fish launched themselves into the air to escape our approaching ship. Others spread out their [...]

01 5.29.13 Usuki stone buddhas Kyushu Japan
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – Oita, Yufuin, and Nakatsu

Today, the ‘Clipper Odyssey’ arrived in Oita on the southern island of Kyushu, where we disembarked the ship for a full day of exploration. We drove across Kyushu through stunning scenery, surrounded by cedar-covered mountains and deep valleys. Our first stop was to see the Usuki Stone Buddhas, which were carved during the Heian [...]

01 5.28.13 Itsukushima Shrine Miya-jima Japan
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – Miyajima and Hiroshima

There was a light drizzle coming down outside as we waterproofed our cameras and put on our Zodiac life jackets in preparation for the short boat ride to the island of Miyajima. As we sped across the Seto Inland Sea, we could see the tranquil forested slopes of the island ahead of us, surrounded [...]

Bizen pottery region
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Monday, May 27, 2013 – Okayama

A cool breeze greeted us this morning as we stepped out on deck with a cup of coffee in hand to watch ‘Clipper Odyssey’ approach the dock in Uno-Ko. After breakfast, we traveled inland to the village of Bizen, which shares its name with one of Japan’s oldest pottery-making techniques. There, we visited a [...]

Osaka Castle, Japan
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Sunday, May 26, 2013 – Kyoto and Osaka

We awoke to another glorious sunny day here in Japan, and some of us spent the morning strolling the path along the river, watching carp swim in the water and bicyclists on the trail. We checked out of our rooms before lunch and, as luck would have it, happened upon a wedding ceremony going [...]

Golden Pavillion, Osaka, Japan
'Clipper Odyssey': Wonders of Japan

Saturday, May 25, 2013 – Kyoto

We traveled to the city of Kyoto from distant reaches of the planet, each arriving here for the same reason: to begin an epic journey that would reveal the many faces of authentic Japanese culture, history and landscapes. Founded in the 8th century, Kyoto was the capital of Japan and the Emperors’ residence for [...]

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