Explore a myriad of unforgettable Japanese destinations from the comfort of the Diamond Princess as she journeys effortlessly through this ancient and fascinating region. Walk in the footsteps of samurai and geishas as you discover magnificent temples, ancient castles and wonderful pagodas. Unearth an area of complete contrast from the wonderland of hot springs and geysers to the dizzying heights of Tokyo’s skyscrapers… the colourful markets with vivid fresh food to the serene gardens with Zen Buddhist Masters.
- Return Flights
- Tokyo Hotel for 3 nights
- 9 nights on-board the Diamond Princess
- Full board cruising
- 4* stateroom accommodation
- All transfers included
Your holiday details
Itinerary may be subject to change. Your cruise itinerary will be confirmed at time of booking.
Day 1 Tokyo - 08 June 2014
Begin your holiday with a 3nt stay in a 4* Tokyo hotel.
Day 2 Tokyo - 09 June 2014
Continue Hotel stay in Tokyo
Day 3 Tokyo - 10 June 2014
Continue Hotel stay in Tokyo
Day 4 Tokyo - 11 June 2014
Embark your ship - Diamond Princess
Tokyo is a marvellous mix of modern living and old-fashioned manners, slick high-tech gadgets and cutesy cartoon mascots. Although crowded, it can be strangely quiet. It's home to the understated, and the wacky, and you often find them right next to each other on the sidewalk. There are shrines and stone lanterns and other traces of old Japan scattered among the skyscrapers, swanky shopping malls and hole-in-the-wall noodle shops. The trick is to sample it all, to visit the serene garden and the massive office tower with a sky deck.
Day 5 At Sea - 12 June 2014
Day 6 At Sea - 13 June 2014
Day 7 Kanazawa - 14 June 2014
Kanazawa, which means "marsh of gold," draws its name from an old legend in which a Japanese peasant, digging for potatoes, found flakes of gold in the ground. Today, gold leaf is a major art form synonymous with the city, and even has a designated museum. A City of Crafts and Folk Art, Kanazawa is also known for its intricate kaga-nui embroidery and delicate kutani porcelain, among other handicrafts, making it a shopper's paradise! There's also no shortage of history in this coastal city. Once boasting geisha houses and a labyrinthine samurai village, the city was built around Kanazawa Castle.
Day 8 Maizuru - 15 June 2014
Day 9 Sakaiminato - 16 June 2014
Wedged between sea, sky and mountains, this small fishing port has been esteemed for centuries for its superb seafood. Here, the Sea of Japan yields up both crab and hon-maguro, the prized Bluefin tuna esteemed by gourmets around the world. Sakaiminato is also your gateway to a very ancient region of Honshu. West of the city lies Izumo-taisha, one of the oldest and holiest shrines in Shinto. This area is dotted with burial mounds from Japan's Bronze Age. The town of Matsue boasts the celebrated "Black Castle," a six-story, black-walled castle that home to a clan of the mighty Tokugawa dynasty that ruled Japan for over 250 years.
Day 10 Busan - 17 June 2014
The second largest city in South Korea, Busan is your gateway to a fascinating land whose culture is a unique amalgam of old and new. Modern high-rise towers dwarf ancient Buddhist temples such as Beomeosa and Tongdosa. A must see has to be the Ja-Gal-Ch'i Fish Market with is huge array of seafood, shellfish and sweet seaweed. In short, Busan is a microcosm of South Korea.
Day 11 Kagoshima - 18 June 2014
Capital of Japan's southernmost prefecture, Kagoshima faces the Kinko-wan Bay and the Sakurajima Volcano. Visit the Iso-teien Garden laid out in 1660 by the Shimazu lord of the time or one of the city’s many museums, including the Shōkō Shuseikan, next to the Iso Garden, the City Art Museum or the Kagoshima Prefectural Museum of Culture on the site of the former Tsurumaru-jo Castle.
Day 12 At Sea - 19 June 2014
Day 13 Tokyo - 20 June 2014
Disembark your ship - Diamond Princess
- Inside Fr £1,599pp
- Outside Fr £1,799pp
- Balcony Fr £1,899pp
- Suite Fr £3,199pp
- Four main pool areas, several whirlpools, children’s splash pool
- Princess Theatre, show lounges and live entertainment in other bars and lounges
- Selection of themed restaurants, speciality Steakhouse and Sabatini’s restaurants
- Movies Under The Stars giant poolside screen
- Tonnage 116,000
- Passenger capacity 2,670
- Total Crew 1,100
- Total Cabins 1,337
- Decks 13