A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Geographer, conservationist, and explorer David Scott Silverberg has been working on Japan's Islands and Seas since 1983, and has explored the country's mountains, forests, coasts, gardens, and temples. He researches and lectures on Japan's fascinating geography, gardens, cuisine, art, music, Shinto, and Buddhism. A National Geographic grantee and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Asia Society, David helped establish Tokyo-based Earthwatch Institute-Asia and explored the coastlines of the Seto Sea, the Sea of Japan, the Kuril Islands, and Hokaido by expedition ship. He has worked on community-based protected area projects on six continents. He also served as executive director for research at Earthwatch Institute and helped launch AmeriCorps' environmental programs.
Travel writer Don George is an editor-at-large and columnist for National Geographic
Traveler magazine, as well as host of the National Geographic Live series of conversations with notable authors. Don has edited eight literary travel anthologies, including Better Than Fiction, The Kindness of
Strangers, and Travelers’ Tales: Japan, and received dozens of writing awards, including the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Gold Award for Best Travel Article and the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year Award. Don lived and taught in Japan for two years, and his recent National Geographic Traveler article “Japan’s Past Perfect” inspired this expedition.