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Japan Explorer

  • Departure Date10 Jun 2022
  • Princess Cruises Diamond Princess
  • 14 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £2,899 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 3 nights in Tokyo
  • Tokyo
  • Nagasaki
  • Jeju
  • Hiroshima
  • Kochi, Japan
  • Osaka
  • Shimizu
  • Tokyo

A unique and captivating itinerary awaits you with our Japan Explorer holiday. Vibrant and bustling Tokyo is the perfect way to begin; ancient traditions and ornate palaces blend perfectly with ultra-modern living and towering neon-lit skyscrapers and with a 3 night stay, you will have plenty of time to discover all its wonders. Then, set sail aboard Diamond Princess for your cruise to fascinating ports of call, steeped in ancient traditions and diverse cultures. Explore beautiful Nagasaki and take a glimpse into its history, equally harrowing and colourful, before taking the chance to explore Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park to witness how locals have transformed an infamous tragedy into a firm call for peace. Then, take in the ancient pagodas and timeless castles of Kochi. Sample some of the finest cuisine in Japan at one of the buzzing street food stalls in Osaka and enjoy exceptional views of the sacred and snow-capped Mount Fuji from Shimizu.

Highlights

  • FREE Tokyo Stay
  • FREE Mount Fuji Tour
  • Upgrade for only £30pp per day & get: Premium All Inclusive Drinks, WiFi & Crew Incentive 

What's Included?

  • Return flights from UK (call about regional departures)
  • FREE 3 night stay in Tokyo on room only basis
  • FREE Mount Fuji Tour
  • 9 night cruise on board Diamond Princess on full board basis
  • Upgrade for only £30pp per day & get: Premium All Inclusive Drinks, WiFi & Crew Incentive 

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Jun 2022£2,899£2,999£3,399-

Price based flying from London. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport and hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

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Gr8 efficent and knowledgable staff knew what i was looking for, love the preview package that was given. Also due to a previous booking with another company let us down Naomi made sure the other company made sure this was all deal with before we went ahead as we let down by them and now naomi has made our dream still alive.

Eleanor henderson / June 2021

Great booking experience!

Miranda was excellent, very friendly helpful and professional. She booked us in straight away and helped with links to car parking etc.

Mrs Brown / June 2021

Excellent Customer Service

Received excellent service from all of the staff that I had the pleasure to talk to regarding booking a cruise. Miranda was my contact when I actually booked cruise for next year. She had great Customer Service skills and really looked after me and all my requests! Nothing was too much trouble for her. Well done Miranda and well done to Scotland Cruise Centre.

Mr Brockett / June 2021

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Itinerary for Japan Explorer

Day 1 - Fly UK to Tokyo

Day 2 - Enjoy Tokyo

Day 3 - Enjoy Tokyo

Day 4 - Enjoy Tokyo

Day 5 - Embark Diamond Princess in Tokyo

Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866. Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It's a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza - an international shopping mecca - stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the "Eastern Capital," to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the "Western Capital."

Day 6 - At Sea

Day 7 - Nagasaki

The Peace Park is a poignant reminder of relatively recent times in this busy colourful city. Visit Glover Mansion, the setting for Puccini's 'Madame Butterfly', which looks out over the Chinese temples.

Day 8 - Jeju

Jeju-do lying off the south coast of Korea is the warmest and wettest place in the entire country. The island is at its most beautiful in spring when the azalea blooms in a riot of delicate colours and the wooded areas display the most fascinating shades of green. In Jeju the seasons determine the changing hues of color through the island. In the autumn the color that dominates is brown and orange due to the falling leaves, in summer the aqua blue waters of the sea and golden beaches take over as in spring the brilliant yellow flowers cover the landscape. Jeju Island, also known as the "Island of the Gods," is a popular vacation spot for Koreans and many Japanese. It remains one of the top honeymoon destinations for Korean newlyweds. The island's mixture of volcanic rock, frequent rains, and temperate climate, make it very similar to the Hawaiian Islands in the U.S. The island offers visitors a wide range of activities: hiking on Halla-san (South Korea's highest peak), catching sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, viewing majestic waterfalls, riding horses, or just lying around on the sandy beaches. One of the most outstanding features of the island is a regular maze of tunnels, caves and pillars formed by the cooling of lava flows from ancient volcanoes. Jeju-do is basically an island composed of extinct volcanoes formed by volcanic matter such as basalt and trachyte and layered with sedimentary rock. It still has a volcano- an extinct one, called Mt Hallasan, which, at 1950 m also doubles up as the island's main mountain. The main city on the island is Jeju City, the main base for trekking, sightseeing and exploring the rest of the island.

Day 9 - At Sea

Day 10 - Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, human history was irrevocably altered when the American bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The bomb was code-named "Little Boy," but its detonation left half the city in ruins and aflame. Today, Hiroshima is a monument not only to the destructive forces harnessed by men but also to the indomitable will of the human spirit to overcome tragedy. At the heart of the city lies Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. The gutted walls of the city's old Industry Promotion Hall and the skeletal frame that supported its copper dome, vaporized in the blast, are instantly recognizable symbols of Hiroshima. Travelers to Hiroshima will discover a more serene note at nearby Miyajima Island. One of the top-three scenic spots of Japan, the island is home to ancient Itsukushima Shrine, a designated National Treasure.

Day 11 - Kochi, Japan

Kochi sits on the broad alluvial plain facing Urado Bay. This city in Shikoku takes its name from the great feudal castle that sits at its very heart. Completed in 1611, Kochi Castle was the seat of Yamauchi Kazutoyo, a noted warrior who supported Tokugawa Ieyasu in his successful quest to become Shogun. Tosa Province and Kochi Castle were Yamauchi's reward for faithful service. There is an historical irony here: 250 years later, a Kochi native son - a former low-ranked samurai and now ronin named Sakamoto Ryoma - played a pivotal role in bringing the Tokugawa Shogunate to an end and restoring the Emperor of Japan to political prominence. The prize once awarded for faithful service had become a hotbed of support for the Meiji Restoration. Kochi is one of the wettest places in Japan - and a frequent target for cyclonic storms or typhoons. Southeast of the city, warm oceans currents washing against the Aki Mountains create a subtropical landscape of hibiscus, palm and ficus at Muroto-Anan Quasi-National Park.

Day 12 - Osaka

For centuries, Osaka was Japan's cultural and commercial gateway to Asia - the point of entry both for trade goods and, most importantly, cultural influences that shaped Japanese society. From tea to Zen, from art to science and philosophy, Osaka was Japan's contact with the great East Asian cultures that flourished in China and Korea. The city reached its zenith in the late 16th century, when the great feudal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi made Osaka his capital. Toyotomi was master of Japan, and an immense administrative and commercial center rapidly developed around Osaka Castle. After Toyotomi's death, the nation's seat of power shifted from Osaka to a sleepy little fishing village called Edo - modern Tokyo. While overshadowed by Tokyo, Osaka remains Japan's second largest city and a vital commercial center. Modern Osaka is home to monuments from Japan's past including Toyotomi's immense castle and the Sumiyoshi Shrine. The city is also your gateway to Kyoto, Japan's ancient imperial capital and the nation's cultural and spiritual center.

Day 13 - Shimizu

A mesmerizing landscape, a revered cultural history, and Japan's most sacred volcano are just a few of the many delights beckoning you to come and explore this ancient city. While Shimizu may have the reputation as being bustling and modern, its cultural and spiritual side is on display in the form of ancient and enthralling shrines. Of course, it may be the sacred and snow-capped Mount Fuji that garners the most attention. Towering over the region at approximately 12,388 feet above sea level, the active volcano, designated a "place and source of artistic inspiration" by UNESCO is just one of the many unforgettable adventures Shimizu inspires.

Day 14 - Tokyo, disembark and transfer to airport/ Fly Tokyo to UK

Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866. Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It's a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza - an international shopping mecca - stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the "Eastern Capital," to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the "Western Capital."

Fly Tokyo to UK/Arrive UK

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Gr8 efficent and knowledgable staff knew what i was looking for, love the preview package that was given. Also due to a previous booking with another company let us down Naomi made sure the other company made sure this was all deal with before we went ahead as we let down by them and now naomi has made our dream still alive.

Eleanor henderson / June 2021

Great booking experience!

Miranda was excellent, very friendly helpful and professional. She booked us in straight away and helped with links to car parking etc.

Mrs Brown / June 2021

Excellent Customer Service

Received excellent service from all of the staff that I had the pleasure to talk to regarding booking a cruise. Miranda was my contact when I actually booked cruise for next year. She had great Customer Service skills and really looked after me and all my requests! Nothing was too much trouble for her. Well done Miranda and well done to Scotland Cruise Centre.

Mr Brockett / June 2021

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