Best cruise lines from Tokyo

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Is it safe to travel in Tokyo during the Coronavirus threat?

Most cruise companies, including Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, have set restrictions on anyone who’s been in mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau within two weeks — the virus’s incubation period — of the scheduled cruise date.

Some itineraries have also been altered or ports of call canceled altogether. Use caution and take steps to safeguard yourself if you choose to travel to areas where Coronavirus is prevalent.

To help lesson your chances of infection, the World Health Organization recommends that you:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep your distance from anyone coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene
  • Stay informed of the situation
  • Seek medical care if you suspect Coronavirus symptoms

Whether you’re looking for a week-long sightseeing sprint around Japan or a longer route encompassing Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and beyond, these cruises from Tokyo will stay with you long after the last anchor has dropped.

Best cruises from Tokyo

These lines offer spectacular journeys that depart from Japan’s capital city.

Best for cruises around Japan: Cunard

The land of the rising sun is enchanting and intoxicating, oozing with rich cultural history yet bursting with new age energy. See ancient shrines, holy temples and towering skylines aboard Cunard's luxury liner. You'll circle the island nation, stopping at key ports like Akita, Sakaiminato, Nagasaki and Kobe in a grand Nipponese tour. Though exact ports vary, depending on the trip you book.
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  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
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Best for exploring Asia: Princess

From Tokyo, sail to Singapore, Korea, Tapei, China or all of the above. Enthusiasts of Asian culture can check multiple countries off their bucket list in one go — a few itineraries even reach Russia.

Princess Cruises is also known for curating fabulous themed trips to see spring flowers or fall foliage. Expect glorious cherry blossoms in the spring, and scarlet maple leaves come fall.

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  • No free alcohol
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  • No price matching
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Best for ultimate luxury: Silversea

Silversea's ships are small, intimate and ultra-luxe — plus, all accommodations come with an ocean view and butler service. The fare is all-inclusive, so you can eat and drink gourmet while hitting up Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore or cities along Nippon's coastline. Consider it paradise on earth, at sea — with views of Hiroshima to boot.
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  • No free alcohol
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  • No price matching
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Best for Tokyo to Canada and Alaska: Holland America

These cruises technically depart from Yokohama, about 45 minutes south of Tokyo by car, but the unique itineraries and budget-friendly price are unmatched by other lines. Cross the International Dateline — the closest we've come to time travel — and see Alaska's Glacier Bay before setting foot in Vancouver. Or sail through the Kanmon Strait to anchor in Vladivostok, Russia.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
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Best for families: Norwegian

Norwegian Cruise Line's trips are friendly on the budget — interior rooms for 15-night cruises start at $1,200, and are packed with diverse ports and points of interest. From Mount Fuji to Nagasaki's Peace Park and Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and beyond, you can see it all without arranging complicated transport from each leg to the next. Social studies class will pale in comparison to the enlightening journey your kiddos won't forget.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
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How we chose these cruises

When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.

We also considered dining onboard, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.

Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.

When is the best time to cruise from Tokyo?

The best times to cruise from Tokyo is in the spring and fall, when the weather is temperate and nature is in transition. You can choose from the biggest variety of itineraries in April, May, September and October. Late March and early November offer a few trips here and there, but between December to February it’s rare to find a cruise ship leaving from Tokyo due to the cold weather and blistering sea.

Budget travelers opt to cruise during late June, July and August, Japan’s off season. It’s humid and expect rain — but flights, hotels and cruise fare are lower overall to help attract off-season travelers.

Learn more about the best time to travel to Japan.

Getting to the port for your cruise from Tokyo

Tokyo Port, located in the city, hosts small and medium size cruise ships at either Harumi Terminal or Oi Terminal.

However, larger cruise ships depart from Yokohama, about 15 miles south of the city and easily accessible by train.

Check with your cruise line to learn exactly which port and terminal your ship departs from.

If you’re arriving at either Haneda Airport or Narita Airport, here’s how you can get to your Tokyo cruise port:

  • Public transportation. Efficient train, bus and subway systems have stops near each port — though you may have to walk or taxi a little way to arrive at the dock.
  • Taxi. Use the S.Ride mobile app to hail taxi rides from five taxi companies throughout Tokyo.
  • Rideshare. Uber is available, though not as common in Tokyo as taxis.
  • Shuttle. If you’re staying overnight at a hotel beforehand, find out if it offers a shuttle to the Tokyo Port. Otherwise, browse third party shuttle companies.

Learn more about getting around in Japan.

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Bottom line

Setting sail from Tokyo is an efficient and spellbinding way to see cities around Japan, Asia and elsewhere in the Pacific. Before purchasing your tickets, check for cruise deals that could save you money upfront, so you’ll have more to spend aboard.

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