Muroran cruise

Sapporo: the vibrant capital of Hokkaido

Shikotsu- Tōya National Park

Noboribetsu Onsen

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Muroran

The Gateway to Hokkaido


Muroran, 130km south of Sapporo, overlooks the Uchiura Bay and is surrounded by mountains. It’s the access point for the island of Hokkaido and its capital. With a population of nearly two million, Hokkaidō’s vibrant capital Sapporo is the fifth-largest city in Japan.


It’s worth lingering, as the city is generously endowed with parks and gardens. The mountains that attract skiers and snowboarders rise up to its south, and the dramatic coastline around the Shakotan Peninsula is less than thirty minutes away. Sapporo is also synonymous with its beer, which has been brewed here since 1891; a visit to the handsome, late nineteenth-century Sapporo Beer Museum and Bier Garten is a must, as is a stroll through the grounds and museums of the Hokkaidō University Botanical Gardens, which date from the same era.


Follow the picturesque coastal road around Uchiura Bay from Muroran and you’ll reach the eastern side of the Shikotsu-Tōya National Park, one of Hokkaidō’s prettiest lakeland and mountain areas, but also the most developed, thanks to its proximity to Sapporo. Both the park’s two main caldera lakes – Tōya-ko to the west and Shikotsu-ko to the east – are active volcanoes and surrounded by excellent hiking trails. 


Between the two lakes lies Noboribetsu Onsen, Hokkaidō’s largest hot-spring resort, worth visiting to soak up the otherworldly landscape of bubbling and steaming Jigokudani (Hell Valley).

Pretty as the location is, the best reason for visiting Tōya-ko is to see the nearby active volcano Usu-zan, around 2km south, and its steaming “parasite volcano” Shōwa Shin-zan. You can also take a bus to the Nishiyama Crater Promenade, a 1.3km boardwalk across the recent break in the earth’s crust that ends at an eerily abandoned elementary school.


This is just one of the fantastic destinations of our cruise around the world: MSC World Cruise 2020.

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    Japón

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    No hay nada como un crucero por Japón. La quintaesencia de la cultura oriental ha hecho volar la imaginación de Occidente, imprimiendo su alegría de forma indeleble en la memoria de visitantes que llegan desde océanos de distancia.


    Sushi y sake, anime y manga, samurái, ninja y el tren bala: todo el mundo conoce algo de la cultura de este país, pero hay mucho más por descubrir más allá de estos agradables estereotipos. Prepárate para ser gratamente confundido. 

    Una de las curiosidades de visitar Japón es experimentar las maneras en las que la estética japonesa forma parte de la vida cotidiana. La presentación de la comida, un escaparate o hasta el más sencillo arreglo floral pueden transmitir, más allá de las paredes de un museo o una galería, la esencia de la cultura japonesa. 


    Un crucero MSC Grand Voyages por Japón te descubrirá los mayores atractivos de esta “Tierra de contrastes”; posiblemente sea el cliché más obvio, pero quienes visitan Japón se sorprenden continuamente de la sencilla convivencia entre el pasado y el presente en el país. 

    Descubre Japón y sus inesperados y preciosos paisajes, sus encantadores y amables habitantes, un sentido de la historia tangible y unas valiosas tradiciones; pocos conseguirán resistirse a la oportunidad de captar su misteriosa y tentadora cultura.