New! Japan epitomizes the fusion of ancient traditions with modern lifestyles, where dazzling skyscrapers nestle against ancient temples. Whether you prefer to sleep on tatami mats or in a capsule hotel, it offers something for every taste. Speaking of taste, you are never far from a memorable meal anywhere in Japan. Few other destinations in the world honour food with such care and attention, with restaurants, often specializing in just one dish and chefs who have been perfecting it for many generations. Japanese cuisine is intensely regional and seasonal, with emphasis on using the freshest ingredient sourced locally and presented artfully. There is no better season to visit this magical place than in the spring when the Cherry Blossoms (called Sakura in Japan) bloom in a lavish but very brief spectacle, reflecting both the brilliance and fragility of life. No other symbol reflects Japanese culture more, with its imagery permeating Japanese paintings, film, literature, and poetry. In Northern Japan, due to its’ long winter, Cherry Blossom season starts a month later than the rest of the country, lending even greater significance to this symbol of the arrival of Spring to the people of the region. Discover why a visit to Northern Japan means seeing the off-the-beaten-track country on this 9 day, 6 port Princess cruise. Better yet, add the Optional land tour to enjoy 6 additional days diving deep into Tokyo and Kyoto’s stunning temples and breathtaking landscapes.
April 20 to 29, 2020
Starting at $2,399
Price per person Cruise only $2,399 based on Inside Cabin, two sharing, including taxes. Optional Tokyo & Kyoto land tour $2,999 per person based on two sharing. Hold your space with a 20% deposit in the cruise and a $500 non-refundable deposit on the optional tour. Single supplement available on request. Optional Tokyo & Kyoto land only $2,999 based on two sharing and a minimum of 10 travelling. Not included: Airfare & taxes, transfers, personal expenses, meals not specified, port taxes and gratuities. Please note this cruise and tour is not hosted.
Your Cruise package includes:
- 8 nights’ accommodation aboard the Diamond Princess
- Meals on board including 24 – hour Room Service
- Beverages, excluding Sodas and Alcohol
- World-class entertainment and activities
- 5 nights’ hotel accommodation
- Transportation by private vehicle with Guide
- Sightseeing and meals as per the Itinerary
At-a-Glance Voyage Itinerary:
Optional Tour Itinerary:
Wednesday 29 April – Yokohama Port
Departure home or continue to Tokyo: Those continuing will be met by a guide and transferred by Chartered Coach to a hotel in Tokyo. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the dynamic and modern capital city where ancient traditions hide around every shiny corner.
Thursday 30 April – Tokyo – (B)
Your tour of Tokyo starts with a drive by the National Diet Building, where both houses of Japan’s legislature meet; and the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. This is followed by a visit to the famous Tsujiki Outer Fish Market, where you will see a colorful variety of freshly-sliced sashimi, dried seaweed, fruit, vegetables, fish, sushi knives, kitchen utensils and other culinary items. You will stop by the iconic Tokyo Skytree Town shopping and entertainment complex which also houses an aquarium and planetarium (admission fees not included). Your day ends at the ancient Sensoji Temple, the oldest and most significant Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Don’t miss Nakamise-Dori on your way into the main hall – this shop-jammed pathway offers the best place to buy souvenirs such as Kimonos, Japanese sweets, and other small goods.
Friday 01 May – Tokyo-Mt Fuji-Hakone-Kyoto – (B, L)
After breakfast, you will board the bus for a full day tour starting at Hakone inside Japan’s Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. You will traverse the Fujisan Skyline up to the 5th Station. At 2400 meters above sea level, it offers a superb view of the iconic Mt. Fuji, which you will enjoy over lunch at the onsite restaurant. After lunch, you will embark on a scenic boat cruise of Lake Ashi, a crater lake situated against the southwest wall of Mount Hakone; and ride the Hakone Ropeway aerial lift, which affords stunning panoramic views. Your day ends with a transfer by Bullet Train to Kyoto Station, an easy stroll to your hotel
Saturday 02 May – Kyoto-Nara -(B,L)
Your tour of Kyoto starts at the famous Zen Buddhist temple, Kinkakuji, literally translated to the Temple of the Golden Pavilion owing to the top two stories of the structure being covered with pure gold leaf. You will stop by Nijo Castle, the residence of the first Shogun of the Eto Period, before stopping for lunch. Afterwards, you will see the Great Buddha at Todaiji Temple, and explore Kasuga Grand Shrine, a Shinto shrine famous for it’s bronze lanterns. Your last stop of the day is at the Nara Deer Park, where you can feed the resident Shika (Japanese for deer). According to Shinto tradition and lore, Nara deer were the sacred messengers of the gods, and killing them was punishable by death at one time. Although the deer are tame and very comfortable with humans, watch your belongings – they are known to snatch personal belongings or snack on maps!
Sunday 03 May – Kyoto – (B)
Day to spend at your leisure exploring Kyoto. Consider visiting the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine, whose iconic vermilion torii gates were made famous by an appearance in the movie, Memoirs of a Geisha, or the landmark Yasaka Pagoda in Higashiyama District. Explore the Izakaya culture with a night food tour of the back streets of the city on your last night in Kyoto.
Monday 4 May – Kyoto-Kix – (B)
Transfer by Airport Limousine Bus to Kansai Airport for your flight home.
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