September 28 – October 1, 2024

Tokyo to Tokyo Pre-Trip Option

Michael & Terri Klauber of Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club invite you to experience some of Tokyo’s finest offerings in this 3 day pre-trip that immerses you in Japanese culture, preparing you for the cruise to come.

Peninsula Hotel Tokyo

September 28, 2024 – Tokyo, Japan

Arrive to Japan three days before embarkation on Silver Nova and check into your 5-star accommodation – The Peninsula Tokyo.

This evening, take your time exploring the hotel and city at your leisure. Dine at one of the hotel’s sophisticated and stylish restaurants with sweeping views of the city, relax by the pool, or venture out and explore the surrounding area. Spend your night in the hotel’s most sought-after room, the Deluxe Room (as pictured below).

September 29, 2024 – Tokyo, Japan

A Day of Japanese Delicacies

Embark on a luxurious journey through the heart of Tokyo with a private tour of East Tokyo. Tantalize your tastebuds and immerse in the rich culture and history of Tokyo on your first full day in the city.

Begin the tour in Ginza, Tokyo’s most exclusive shopping district, where you will explore the world-renowned department stores and boutiques. After a brief stroll, descend to the depachika (food floors), where you will be greeted by a dazzling display of culinary delights. From freshly prepared sushi and sashimi to exquisite pastries and confections, the depachika is a foodie’s paradise.

Then, be swept away to Kappabashi Kitchen Town, a fascinating street lined with shops that sell everything a chef could ever need, from specialized cooking utensils to lifelike wax food samples. Indulge in a delectable lunch, included with your tour.

Next stop is Asakusa, a district with a long and fascinating history. Asakusa was once the center of Tokyo’s entertainment district during the Edo period, boasting many Kabuki theaters and a large red-light district. Later, it was modernized with the introduction of movie theaters, and remained popular until much of the area was destroyed during World War II.

Today, Asakusa retains remnants of its old neighborhood and lifestyle in the streets around the famous Sensoji Temple. Many restaurants, food stalls, and shops keep this area popular with locals and tourists alike. While there is not much left of the old red-light district, a new entertainment district has recently popped up near the Tokyo Skytree.

Sensoji Temple, possibly one of the most photographed structures in Tokyo, is an official temple that was built in 645 AD, making it not only the oldest temple in Tokyo, but also one of the oldest in Japan. Sadly, after standing for 1300 years, it was destroyed by the bombings of World War II. However, it was rebuilt during the aftermath as a symbol of peace and resurrection to the Japanese people.

Today, visitors fly from all over the globe to pass through the Kaminarimon or Thunder Gate. This iconic gate is known for its huge, brightly painted lantern that dominates the entrance. Just beyond Sensoji’s Kaminarimon, you’ll find yourself on the Nakamisedori, a vibrant shopping street lined with souvenir shops selling everything from Samurai swords to paper fans, and all manner of snacks and trinkets.

Retreat to The Peninsula Tokyo for an evening at leisure.

September 30, 2024 – Tokyo Japan

Tsukiji Fish Market Tour and Cooking Class with Professional Chef

Begin your day with a private transfer to the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Explore the bustling market with your expert guide and learn about the different types of seafood available.

Next, head to a nearby cooking school for a hands-on cooking class with a high-end professional chef. Get an exclusive look inside the world of Japanese restaurants with a visit to Tsukiji Market with a professional sushi chef before trying your hand at preparing dishes with the fresh ingredients just purchased. All instructions will be translated into English, and the seasonal menu will keep you on your toes as you learn professional cooking techniques using the freshest ingredients. At the end of your private class, enjoy the fruits of your labor with a sumptuous meal. This is a one-of-a-kind experience for food lovers, or anyone interested in learning the mysteries of a professional Japanese kitchen.

In the evening, savor a dinner with your fellow travelers at a well-regarded Tokyo establishment.

Return to The Peninsula Tokyo for an evening of reflection and enjoyment.

October 1, 2024

Group transfer to the pier to begin your journey with Gulf Coat Connoisseur Club!

Call Lori Ann Marinaccio at 941-951-1801 at extension 104 now to reserve your space on this unique journey today! You may e-mail at

Cost per person based on double occupancy:
$2,200 for 3 nights at The Peninsula Tokyo in a deluxe room including taxes and breakfast and $3,315 for touring and transfer to the ship.

Cost for single occupancy:
$4,200 for 3 nights at The Peninsula Tokyo in a deluxe room including taxes and breakfast and $3,315 for touring and transfer to the ship.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is due to secure your space.
Final Payments are due June 3, 2024
We highly recommend trip insurance and are happy to assist with this.
Pricing based on a minimum number of participants. Pricing subject to change if minimum number is not met.