We couldn’t have asked for a better start to our expedition in Japan. Surrounded by rice fields, we visited the traditional village of Kurashiki, stopping by the canal, the tiny craft shops, traditional Japanese houses, and the Ohashi House.

After a nice lunch on board, we went back to explore the wonders of Naoshima Island by ferry. Artist Yayoi Kusama displays one of her most famous pieces of art here: a giant pumpkin!