Kochi cruise

The feudal castle of Kochi
Enjoying Katsuo fish
The rocky wonders of Oboke

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Kochi

At the End of the Mirror River

An MSC cruise will take you to Kochi, situated in the prefecture of the same name, on the island of Shikoku. You can visit Kochi castle on an excursion; it is one of the twelve Japanese castles to have survived fires, wars and other catastrophes of the post-feudal age.

It was built between 1601 and 1611. What you can see of the building today however, dates back to 1748, the year in which the castle was rebuilt after a fire. Curiosity: its main tower was not used only for military purposes, but it was also the residence of noble families. Quite unusual, since the nobility would usually reside in other parts of the castle. The wooden interior is typical of the traditional style of the Edo period.
 
Near Kochi harbour is the picturesque beach of Katsurahama. In the local restaurants you can eat Katsuo, a type of tuna which is typical to Japanese waters, cut into slices and lightly grilled on straw fuelled fire which gives it a slightly smoky flavour. 
 
Seventy kilometres from Kochi there is an unusual tourist attraction, the ancient Kazurabashi Bridge, 45 meters wide and 2 metres wide, it stretches 14 metres above the waters of the river Iya. Today, the bridge – which is made from Actinidia arguta wood, a kind of vine similar to a kiwi plant – is reinforced with steel wires. It should not be missed for the surrounding landscape and the brief but thrilling walk it offers. 
 
Closer to Kochi is the wonderful Oboke gorge: we cross the river Yoshino on a boat and marvel at how over hundreds of millions of years the river has eroded the rocks of the Shikoku mountains shaping the stone into bizarre shapes.

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    日本

    別世界
    別世界

    日本へのクルーズは、人々を別世界へといざないます。東洋文化の真髄として、遥かなかなたに住む西洋の人々に忘れられない素晴らしい多くの喜びを刻みつけ想像力を掻き立ててきました。

    寿司、お酒、アニメ、漫画、侍、忍者、そして新幹線。世界の誰もがこの国の文化を少なからず知っていると思いますが、こうしたよく知られる一面の他にも、まだまだ多くの発見が残されています。あなたの知らない異世界に心地よく惑わされてみてください。 

    日本を訪れる楽しみの一つは、日本人の美的感覚が溶け込む日常をさりげなく味わう体験でしょう。食事、ウィンドウのディスプレー、または最もシンプルな生花でさえ、どのような美術館やギャラリー以上に、日本美術に不可欠な特徴を伝えています。 


    MSCグランド・ボヤージュ の日本を巡るコースでは、「コントラストの美しい国」の大きな魅力を発見する事ができるでしょう。日本を訪れた外国の人々は、過去と現在が苦もなく共存している姿に常に驚かされるといいます。思いがけない美しい風景、とても礼儀正しい人々 、そして歴史感覚 と大切な伝統文化を体験できる国として人気を集めています。神秘的かつ興味を掻き立てる文化を覗き見る機会を満喫してください。