Uncover the beauty of Japan and its islands with Princess Cruises® following time in the modern city of Tokyo and beautifully-preserved Kyoto.
• Tokyo, Japan
• Kyoto, Japan
• Osaka, Japan
• Okinawa, Japan
• Taipei, Taiwan
• Tokyo, Japan
• Nagoya, Japan
• Osaka, Japan
Gion Corner, Kyoto Medley performances offer travellers a taste of geisha and maiko culture, featuring tea ceremonies, flower arranging and traditional dancing*. Cruise From music performances to acrobatics and fire-breathing shows, the Piazza’s exceptional live shows are well worth lingering for.
Kyoto Royal Hotel and Spa Just minutes’ from the restaurants and the main shopping district of Kyoto, this comfortable hotel is a great base for getting around. Cruise Relax in your Balcony Stateroom which features a private balcony with a table and chairs and either twin beds or a queensize bed.
Kanazawa Head to the only active geisha district near Kyoto, the Kazuemachi, and view the pretty, preserved buildings, market and park before a visit to a samurai house and a museum to learn about Zen Buddhism*. Cruise Take a spiritual journey out to Mount Koya and discover significant Buddhist temples*.
Kyoto Dining with Maiko Dine in the company of a maiko – a geisha in training – in a traditional ryokan. During this authentic experience, you’ll enjoy local delicacies and a maiko dance*. Cruise Taste the flavours of Japan during your voyage at Kai Sushi, the Diamond Princess’ elegant speciality sushi restaurant*.
* Extra charge
Is this for you?
Princess Cruises® have a passion for travel and their unique itineraries visit some amazing ports of call. On board, comfortable staterooms, friendly crew, a great full-board package with mouth-watering cuisine and dazzling entertainment await. Princess operate a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships and have over 50 years’ experience taking guests to over 360 destinations across the globe.
Built in Japan, the incredible Asian-inspired facilities on board the 2670-guest Diamond Princess® include the Izumi Japanese bath − the largest of its kind at sea − and the speciality restaurant, Kai Sushi.
What to expect
SUGGESTED STAY & CRUISE ITINERARY
Day 1 UK to Tokyo, Japan Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Tokyo.
Days 2-4 Tokyo, Japan On arrival, transfer to your hotel where you will stay two nights. Your time here is free to explore as you please; browse for the latest gadgets in Akihabara, Tokyo’s ‘Electric Town’; see the beautiful Sensoji Temple illuminated at night; or climb the 634-metre Tokyo Skytree for incredible views over this metropolis, with Mount Fuji providing an enchanting backdrop on a clear day. A wander through the yokocho, or alleyways, of Tokyo is the perfect end to a day of sightseeing. Along these narrow streets packed with izakayas – Japanese tapas-bar-meets-pub-style hangouts – is where you’ll find suited office workers unwinding over a beer and small plates, as well as simple eateries that are so small you’ll only just about manage to fit a group of ten inside.
Day 5 Tokyo to Kyoto, Japan Take the Shinkansen, the iconic bullet train, to your next stop in Kyoto – an unmissable experience as you travel across the country at speeds of up to almost 200 miles per hour. We recommend staying at Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa in the former capital and seat of the emperor, where you’ll find plenty of tradition in this prefecture with over 1000 preserved temples and Shinto shrines. Your stay in Kyoto is also spent at your leisure.
Day 6 Kyoto, Japan A trip to Kyoto wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Gion, the geisha and maiko (geishas in training) district. Here, numerous tea houses line the narrow streets and traditional low-rise buildings are crowded together. If you’re lucky, you might spot a geisha or maiko as you wander down the alleyways. Alternatively, to ensure you don’t leave Kyoto without meeting one of the most quintessential members of Japanese society, join our Dining with Maiko experience. In a traditional ryokan – a Japanese inn furnished with tatami straw mats and futon beds – you’ll be served sake and Kyoto delicacies, accompanied with a maiko dance.
Day 7 Osaka, Japan
Begin your cruise on board the Diamond Princess®.
Day 8 At sea
Day 9 Okinawa, Japan
Day 10 Taipei, Taiwan
Days 11-12 At sea
Day 13 Tokyo, Japan
Day 14 Nagoya, Japan
Day 15 Osaka, Japan
Following disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
Departing 10 February 2019; the same itinerary is available on alternative dates, please call for details.
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