Southern Islands & North Japan

20 nights from $3899

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Up to $400 Credit. Enjoy a jam-packed 4 nights in Tokyo before a 16 night cruise... firstly to the southern Islands, then Northern Japan incl a day visit to Russia.

ABOUT THE SHIP

Diamond Princess is a treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered. Dine on freshly prepared sashimi in Kai Sushi, watch street performers in the dazzling Atrium, or take in a lavish production show in our state-of-the-art theater. And for a unique treat visit the Izumi Japanese Bath, the largest of its kind at sea.

BONUS
  • ** Make a booking before 30 April 2019 and receive: Up to $400 onboard spending money per stateroom as listed below 
  • Bonus USD$235 inside or outside;  USD$385 for balcony or suite per twin cabin onboard 
  • Past Guest Exclusive: Receive an additional $100 onboard spending money per stateroom^ when you book a Balcony or above on cruises 7 nights or more

20 night Fly,Cruise & Stay package from $3899

  • Upgrades from $120pp
  • Departs July 14, 2019

Price based ex Sydney. Departing from Brisbane + $280 pp; Departing from Melbourne + $480 pp

INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy airfare with full service carrier to Tokyo
  • 24 Meals ... 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 4 nights 4 star accommodation in Tokyo including breakfast+
  • One Hour Rickshaw Tour of Tokyo 
  • 2.5 Hour Tokyo Dinner Cruise 
  • Full Day Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi tour with lunch^*
  • 16 night Southern Islands & Northern Japan (NebutaFestival) Diamond Princess cruise ex Yokohama return
  • 24 Meals included - 
  • Main Meals~ and entertainment onboar
  • Airport taxes, Port charges and government fees

ITINERARY

  • Day 1 - Leave Australia
  • Day 2 - Tokyo: Rickshaw Tour of Tokyo
  • Day 3 - Tokyo: Tokyo Bay Dinner Cruise & Oiran performance
  • Day 4 - Tokyo: Mt Fuji & Lake Kawaguchi with Lunch
  • Day 5 - Tokyo: Day at Liesure
  • Day 6 - Embark on Cruise
  • Day 7 - At Sea
  • Day 8 - At Sea
  • Day 9 - Okinawa (
  • Day 10 - Miyako Issland (Mayakojima)
  • Day 11 - Tapei (Keelung), Taiwan
  • Day 12 - At Sea
  • Day 13 - At Sea
  • Day 14 - Yokohama
  • Day 15 - Ishinomaki
  • Day 16 - Kakodate
  • Day 17 - At Sa
  • Day 18 - Vladivostok, Russia
  • Day 19 - At Sea
  • Day 20 - Aomori
  • Day 21 - At sea
  • Day 22 - Tokyo... depart of Australia


PORTS OF CALL

Okinawa
The largest island in the Ryukyu Archipelago, Okinawa has been a center of trade and a source for conflict through its history. The island has been an independent kingdom, the feudal possession of a Japanese daimyo and a prefecture of Japan following the Meiji Restoration of 1866. Okinawa was the scene of bitter fighting during the closing days of World War II. Over 100,000 civilians perished and the island was left in ruins. A US military possession, Okinawa returned to Japanese rule in 1972. Naha is the island's largest city and the capital of Okinawa Prefecture.
Okinawa is the birthplace of karate. One of the world's most popular martial arts, karate is a fusion of Chinese kung fu and traditional island martial arts.
Places of Interest
  • Shurijo Castle Shurijo Castle -     Built in the 1300s, this vermillion-colored landmark was the palace of Ryukyu kings and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the castle's interior, now a museum, and take in panoramic views.
  • Okinawa Prefecture Museum Okinawa Prefecture Museum -    Dedicated to preserving Okinawan art and history, this modern museum showcases 85,000 artifacts pertaining to folklore, crafts and archaeology in its collection ranging from the 12th century to the present.
  • The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters - Descend 105 steps into a complex dug by hand that served as the Japanese Navy's headquarters during World War II. A recorded audio feed enhances your tour through the underground tunnels.
  • Peace Memorial Park and Okinawa Prefecture -  This serves as the main memorial to the Battle of Okinawa. Stroll the grounds and learn about the events leading up to this devastating period in Okinawan history.
  • Shikinaen Gardens  - Constructed in the 18th century as a second home to the Ryukyu kings, the property's landscaped gardens, quaint wooden palace buildings and a tranquil pond can all be viewed by strolling a picturesque circular path.
  • Ryukyu Mura - Traditional culture comes to life in this charming re-creation theme park of an ancient Okinawan village. "Living exhibits" showcase festivals, cuisine and crafts. A parade and dance performances add merriment.
  • Seifa Utaki - Okinawa's most important, outdoor sacred place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover ceremonial altars created from natural stone and caves nestled within a rocky seascape.
  • Churaumi Aquarium - A kaleidoscope of marine life is on display in 77 tanks, including the massive Kuroshio Tank, holding 2 million gallons of seawater. See Whale Sharks, mantas, colorful coral, and a dolphin show.

Miyakojima

Miyako Island (Miyakojima), the fourth largest in the Okinawa Prefecture, has a rich history that dates to the Jomon Period. The original language is still spoken on the island, which has developed its own cultural heritage; its own version of soba noodles; and its own Otori customs, including a ceremonial drinking of awamori (rice liquor), the island's signature beverage. Miyakojima is most renowned for its spectacular natural scenery. It lays claim to some of Japan's best beaches, 62 miles (100 km.) of coastline fringed by a vibrant coral reef. Its underwater splendor and subtropical year-round climate make it a highly prized diving destination. Sugar cane fields and mangrove groves stretch as far as the eye can see, punctuated by small towns and graceful bridges that connect Miyakojima to four smaller islets, making island hopping a breeze. The Botanical Gardens offers trails lined with over 1,600 types of plants, including the official Prefectural "Deigo" Flower. The island's unique cultural and industrial endeavors are delightfully varied, and visitors can tour a commemorative German Cultural Village, watch the creation of hemp cloth called Miyako-Jofu, which is woven into intricate patterns, and sample and purchase salt products from the factory that produces salt with the highest mineral content in the world. For more traditional souvenirs, shop at one of the large specialty malls offering everything from Japanese mementos to cosmetics, top brand-name apparel and confections. And when you feel like doing nothing at all, just soak in an onsen overlooking the picturesque landscape. 

Places of Interest
  •     Shigira Ougon onsen resort -  Bubbling waters rise from a 1,250-meter underground source surrounded by lush vegetation and picturesque views, creating a warm, relaxing and therapeutic Japanese bath experience.
  • Ueno German Culture Village -  Paying homage to the Meiji Era (1868-1912), when a German vessel shipwrecked off the Miyako coast. This theme park has a replica of the Marksburg Castle and presents Germanic culture in a variety of fun family attractions.
  • AEON town shopping mall - Explore this modern consumer complex, a treasure trove of the latest fashions, souvenirs, cosmetics, electronics and more
  • Maehama Beach or Painagama Beach - Walk along the white-sand shores of one of the top-rated beaches in Japan. The driver will choose based on weather and beach conditions.
  • Irabu Ohashi Bridge  - Irabu-Ohashi Bridge is a bridge between Miyakojima and Irabujima in Okinawa Prefecture. The total length of the bridge is 3,540 meters, and it is the longest toll-free bridge in Japan.
  • Imugya Marine Garden - Yukishio (Snow Powder Salt) Facility Yukishio (Snow Powder Salt) Facility

Taipei (Keelung)
The oldest Chinese reference to Taiwan dates back to the Han Dynasty in the 3rd century B.C. However, it wasn't until the 17th century A.D. that Chinese Hakka traders first settled on the island. These bold merchants were soon followed by European and Asian adventurers seeking to control and colonize the strategic island. The most famous migration of all occurred in 1948, when the government of the Republic of China fled the mainland.
Taipei is Taiwan's capital city and one of the world's most important commercial centers. Despite its turbulent history, Taiwan today boasts an economy that is the envy of the world. Modern Taiwan is a world leader in the production of bicycles, computer chips, plastics, chemicals and computer notebooks. Taipei is a sophisticated modern metropolis that has not forgotten its rich traditional past.

The port of Keelung is your gateway to Taiwan. Visit the bustling city of Taipei and other interesting areas surrounding on this fascinating island in the East China Sea. 

Places of Interest

  •  Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall - Situated in renowned Liberty Square, Taipei's impressive monument honoring the former President of the Republic of China features a blue tile roof with a gleaming gold apex and fascinating artifacts pertaining to the late president.
  • Lungshan Temple - Built during the Ching dynasty, Taiwan's ornate Lungshan Temple is devoted to worshipping the Goddess of Mercy. Marvel at the serene temple's beautifully crafted wooden doors and its stone and bronze beams and dragon-shaped poles.
  • National Palace Museum - Discover one of the world's largest collections of ancient Chinese art and artifacts at the Republic of China's national museum whose amazing collection spans over 8,000 years and includes precious objects amassed by ancient emperors.
  • Martyr's Shrine - Over 350,000 square feet of grass surround this stately shrine to the 330,000 brave men who sacrificed their lives during historic Chinese battles. Stoic military officers trained to remain absolutely composed guard the main gate.
  • Confucius Temple - The Taipei Confucius temple modeled after the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, China was constructed in 1925 at the initiative of two of Taipei's leading citizens along with donations from others. The temple is renowned as a home for the scholarly in the past, with a distinctive history, cultural conservation, and sightseeing value as well as a vital site of Confucian learning.
  • Pao An Temple - Dedicated to the God of Medicine, the striking Pao-An Temple, completed in 1830 and fully restored in 2002, amazes with intricately carved dragon pillars, imposing stone lions and historic tablets inscribed by famous Chinese scholars.
  • Taipei 101 - The world's second tallest skyscraper wows with its bold postmodern design that seamlessly marries high-tech and traditional elements. The landmark features 101 floors aboveground, 5 below and a chic multilevel mall off to one side.
  • Yang Ming Shan National Park/Yehliu/Hot Springs -  Yangmingshan National Park offers a postcard-perfect volcanic landscape and attracts tourists to its soothing hot springs, while Yehliu Geographic Park is known for its otherworldly rock formations.
Ishinomaki 
Ishinomaki is enjoying a period of revitalization after being hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Its lively and colorful urban core showcases its "manga" culture-the art of Japanese comic books and illustrated novels-thanks to famed writer Shotaro Ishinomori, known for his Kamen Rider series. Throughout the city, you'll see comic book artwork and statues. The thriving city of Ishimonaki serves as a gateway to a variety of cultural and historical adventures. Explore exquisite temples from the national treasure Zuiganji Temple, the oldest example of Momoyama architecture in northern Japan, and the decorative paintings, gold-leaf ornamentation and manicured gardens of the Entsuin Temple. Stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hiraizumi, said to once rival Kyoto in its grandeur, or-for unique gastronomic delights-wander along the stalls of the Shiogama Fish Market, where the catch of the day is only the beginning and you can dine on extraordinarily fresh sushi and rice bowl creations. With magnificent vistas around every turn, you'll delight in Japan's natural beauty while soaking in the warm waters of an ancient hot spring surrounded by spectacular forests and mountain views or on a scenic cruise through sparkling Matsushma Bay, studded with more than 200 pine-covered islands and considered one of Japan's three most picturesque views. 
Places of Interest
  •     Entsuin Temple -     An iconic landmark in Matsushima and a designated Important Cultural Property, the remarkable Entsuin Temple, founded in 1647, impresses with Namban-style art motifs, decorative paintings, gold leaf ornamentation and elegant gardens.
  •     Akiu Otaki Onsen Hot Springs - Nestled on the bank of the Natori-gawa River, this ancient hot spring dating to the 6th century is found in the center of Sendai, surrounded by spectacular forest and mountain views.
  •     Hiraizumi -  Over 3,000 national treasures can be found in the cultural haven of Hiraizumi, which prospered from the 11th to 12th centuries. Despite its small size, it was said to rival Kyoto in its grandeur.
  •     Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) - Situated on a high wooded plateau, this once stately castle built in 1602 was home to the powerful Date clan throughout the Edo Period (1600-1867). View architectural remains, an equestrian statue of Date Masamune and Sendai city vistas.
  •     Zuihoden Mausoleum - Towering cedar trees mark the entrance to the resting place of Date Masamune, richly decorated with intricate woodwork and deep-hued colors befitting one of the most powerful feudal lords of the Edo Period (1600-1867).
  •     Godaido - Perched on an islet, this petite temple was originally built in 807. Today's architecture dates to 1604. It is noted for its exterior hall decorated with carvings of the animals of the lunar calendar.
  •    Matsushima Bay - Designated one of Japan's three most picturesque views, this celebrated waterway, studded with more than 200 pine-covered islands, is best enjoyed by a scenic cruise that takes in its soothing vistas.
  •    Shiogama -   A thriving fishing port in Miyagi Prefecture, Shiogama is known for its vibrant fish markets trading in the catch of the day, its fine local seafood and the highest number of sushi restaurants per capita in Japan.

The Aomori Nebuta Festival

 Is a Japanese fire festival held annually between August 2nd and 7th in Aomori city. Every year more than 3 million visitors gather for the festivities from all over Japan and abroad to attend. During the festival, over twenty dynamic nebutas – massive lanterns floats based on kabuki or mythical stories – parade through the city of Aomori.

Terms

  • Conditions Apply: Prices are per person, capacity controlled and listed in Australian dollars twin share including port taxes. 
  • Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change, and may be withdrawn at any time. 
  • Prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. 
  • The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. 
  • Offer correct as at 05Mar19 and subject to live availability at time of booking. 
  • Prices are per person twin share based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. 
  • All offers are capacity controlled and can be withdrawn or modified at any time without notice and subject to availability at time of booking. 
  • Outside and Balcony cabins may have obstructed views and Suite cabins comprises Junior Suites, Mini Suites and any other type of suite that represents the best value for each cruise. 
  • Unless otherwise stated, onboard gratuities are NOT included. 
  • Unless otherwise stated, all packages containing airfare will require full airfare and taxes within 24 hours of reservation and cancellation/amendment conditions apply. 
  • Air taxes are included in package price and are subject to change depending on departure city. 
  • Airfare and schedule is valid ex Sydney and other departure cities may require more or less accommodation due to airline schedules. 
  • +Hotels in certain cities must charge local government tax directly to guests upon checkout which cannot be collected in advance by our agency. 
  • ^*With international travel most tours will run in multi languages by a multilingual guide/audio. 
  • #Rickshaw ride tour with a Japanese speaking driver. But tour operator will try their best to provide English speaking driver if possible. 
  • ~Specialty restaurants may incur a surcharge. 
  • ^Bonus Credit is in US Dollars, a total per twin cabin and is non-transferrable and non-refundable. 
  • Onboard credit cannot be used at the medical centre or casino. 
  • All unused on board credit is forfeit on final night. 
  • Bonus Onboard Credit offer is subject to the discretion of Princess Cruises and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. 
  • To be read in conjunction with the Princess Passage Contract available at princess.com/legal/passage_contract/ which passengers will be bound by. 
  • All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia.
  •  Some cruise lines reserve the right to impose a fuel levy if the NMEX price reaches a certain level - please check with your consultant at time of booking. 
  • Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. 
  • Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
  •  Offer ends 30Apr19 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. 
  • Please note only residents with an Australian address are eligible to book Australian rates in Australian dollars. 
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