Uncover the beauty of Japan and its islands with Princess Cruises® following time in the modern city of Tokyo and beautifully preserved Kyoto.
• Toyko, Japan
• Kyoto, Japan
• Tokyo, Japan
• Ishinomaki, Japan
• Hakodate, Japan
• Maizuru, Japan
• Busan, South Korea
• Kanmon Straits, Japan
• Tokyo, Japan
• Busan, South Korea
• Nagasaki, Japan
• Tokyo, Japan
Head to the famous neon-lit junction and get lost in the throng of pedestrians at one of the busiest crossings in the world.
From music performances to acrobatics and fire-breathing shows, the Piazza’s exceptional live shows are well worth lingering for.
Keio Plaza Hotel
This modern hotel has city views and a great location close to shops, restaurants and the Shinjuku Station for the famous bullet train.
Relax in your Balcony Stateroom, which features a private balcony with a table and chairs and either twin beds or a queen-size bed.
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*.
Take a spiritual journey out to Mount Koya and discover significant Buddhist temples*.
Master your sushi rolls in this hands-on class – a must for foodies. Learn about key Japanese ingredients such as dashi and mirin, and taste your creations in this unique experience*.
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 2-3 Tokyo, Japan
On arrival, transfer to Keio Plaza Hotel where you’ll stay for two nights. Your time here is free to explore; browse 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 visible 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 so small you’ll only just about manage to fit ten people inside.
Day 4 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. Staying at Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, you’ll find plenty of tradition in this former capital and seat of the emperor with over 1000 preserved temples and shrines.
Day 5 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.
Day 6 Kyoto to Tokyo, Japan
Head back to Tokyo on the bullet train for a night’s stay before your cruise.
Day 7 Tokyo, Japan
Begin your cruise on board Diamond Princess®.
Day 8 Ishinomaki, Japan
Day 9 Hakodate, Japan
Day 10 At sea
Day 11 Maizuru, Japan
Day 12 Busan, South Korea
Day 13 Kanmon Straits, Japan
Day 14 At sea
Day 15 Tokyo, Japan
Day 16 At sea
Day 17 Busan, South Korea
Day 18 Nagasaki, Japan
Day 19 At sea
Day 20 Tokyo, Japan
Following disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
Departing 03 September 2019; alternative Japan itineraries are available with Princess Cruises®, call or speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details.
Upgrade your cruise
Choose a Mini Suite on board the Diamond Princess® for extra space and a complimentary glass of Champagne on embarkation.
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While the cruise itinerary is set by the cruise lines, the land-based section of your holiday is fully flexible. This means you can choose the airport you fly from and airline you fly with, where you stay, for how long and the adventures you will have while you are there. These featured holidays have been curated using our extensive cruise and destination knowledge, however almost any itinerary can be put together – just speak to one of our Personal Travel Experts.