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The Wonders of Japan Cruise

Includes Mount Fuji Bullet Train Tour With Lunch

15days from
£2,339*per person

Overview

Visit this far eastern corner of the world where cultures, customs, history and scenery collide in an explosion of colour and lifelong memories. Japan is particularly in vogue where your stay would not be complete without riding on a Bullet Train, bathing in a hot spring and admiring the snow covered peak of Mount Fuji rising from lush green fields and rice paddies. Soak up the buzz of Tokyo where futuristic James Bond-style buildings and neon-lights are juxtaposed with ancient temples and soothing Japanese tea gardens. Travel in Spring for a chance to see the world-famous cherry blossom season and in summer festivals abound throughout this wonderful and mysterious island chain. Take in the incredible fall foliage or experience Japan in a Winter Wonderland like state during November or December. With so many dates and a varied range of itineraries to choose from, there truly is something for everyone.

Itinerary

  • Fly overnight from the UK to Tokyo.
  • Transfer yo your hotel in central Tokyo for three nights' hotel stay. One of the largest cities in the world home to over 33 million residents covering 844 square miles and is located centrally on the south coast of Honshu Island. Just three-miles south of Central Tokyo lies Haneda international airport while 35 mile to east lies Narita international airport. Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. The epicentre of Tokyo features the Imperial Palace and gardens - the residence of Japan's Imperial Family and the Emperor. Ginza is the popular shopping and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes- where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee. Tokyo Tower at 333 metres is the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower and one of the most recognisable landmarks in Tokyo - it is rather like a red version of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Odaiba area can be best compared to Canary Wharf in London - but bigger. This is a another popular shopping and entertainment district on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. It is home to some of Tokyo's boldest architectural creations, such as the Fuji TV Building, Telecom Centre and Tokyo Big Sight. Here you will also find the hot spring theme park where you can enjoy various types of indoor and outdoor baths which are fed by hot spring water pumped from a depth of 1400 metres.
  • Transfer from your hotel to the Osanbashi Terminal in Yokohama to embark the ship. Please note that the itinerary shown below is an example of those available. They vary from date to date- please call for the details of the exact cruise itinerary relative to your chosen departure date.
  • Relax and make the most of the myriad of facilities available on board the ship, from fantastic entertainment to delicious and diverse dining options.
  • Nagasaki became the target of the second atomic bomb ever detonated on a populated area (9th August 1945); about 75,000 people were killed or wounded, and more than one third of the city was devastated. Among Nagasaki's landmarks is Glover Mansion, scene of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly. A visit to the Atomic bomb museum and peace Park in Nagasaki are well worth it.
  • Busan is the second largest city in Korea and a major port city where there is a myriad of sea routes offering gateways to Japan and to the rest of the world. Busan also boasts scenic visions of nature such as the Nakdong River, a coastline littered with fine beaches, scenic islets and tall mountains.
  • Scenic cruising of the narrow Kanmon Straits between Honshu and Kyushu islands.
  • When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide. The destructive power of the bomb obliterated nearly everything within a two kilometre radius. Destroyed monuments of Hiroshima's historical heritage, like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park is one of the most prominent features of the city. At over 120,000 square meters. its trees, lawns and paths are in stark contrast to the modern surrounding downtown area. Before the bomb, this area was the political and commercial heart of the city. For this reason, it was chosen as the pilot's target. It was decided that the area would not be redeveloped but instead devoted to peace memorial facilities. Visit the A-Bomb Dome (known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial) when the bomb exploded - it was one of the few buildings to remain standing. It has been preserved in in its bombed state making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site providing a tangible link to Hiroshima's unique past.
  • Kochi is located on the south cost of Japan's Shikoku Island which is nestled in between Honshu and Kyushu islands. It is famous for scenery and delicious skipjack tuna. Kochi also boasts a rich history with one of Japan's most famous samurai, Ryoma Sakamoto, being born in here. Prior to the Meiji Restoration, Kochi was known as the Tosa Province. In addition to top sightseeing destinations and historic sights, Kochi is well known for the informal, folksy appeal of local markets and activities, and rustic food halls.
  • A major port in south-eastern Honshu island and gateway for ancient Kyoto - the ancient capital of Japan until 1868. Visit Nijo Castle constructed in 1603, enjoy quiet contemplation at the imposing Todaiji Temple - Japan's largest wooden Buddhist temple and look out for tame deer in beautiful Nara Park. Nothing is as symbolic of Kyoto as Kinkaku-ji's golden reflection shimmering across the rippled surface of the pond before it. The current gold leaf-coated reconstructed temple was unveiled in 1955, five years after the 14th-century original was torched by one of the temple's monks. It is set on the water amid a garden complex in Muromachi period garden design - the most classical of Japanese gardens.
  • Toba is situated on the south coast of Honshu island at the mouth of the bay of Nagoya. Nearby are the ruins of the 16th-century Toba Castle. In Toba Bay, Mikimoto Pearl Island is known for its ama (female pearl divers). The Pearl Museum traces the history of local pearl cultivation. Tōshijima Island is renowned for its seafood. On Kami-shima Island, trails lead to Shinto shrines and a lighthouse.
  • A coastal port on Honshu Island with views of Mount Fuji.
  • Disembark the ship after breakfast at the Osanbashi Terminal in Yokohama and transfer to your Tokyo airport for your flight home.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • The world class city experience of Tokyo
  • Mount Fuji and bullet train experience
  • Wide variety of itineraries to choose from between March & August
  • The cherry blossoms of spring or the summer festivals

Our Price Includes

  • Return flights from the UK with baggage allowance
  • All transfers
  • Three nights' four-star bed-and-breakfast accommodation in Tokyo
  • Full-day tour with lunch to Mount Fuji with return on Bullet train
  • 10 nights' full-board cruise accommodation on board Diamond Princess
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Accommodation

Keio Plaza Hotel Shinjuku -

★★★★

Located in Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo has been welcoming guests from all over the world. Enjoy the free shuttle bus to Tokyo Disney Resort, free fitness room, sky pool (summer only; free for Premier Grand staying guests) and the rich heritage of Japanese culture - highly regarded all over the world - can be experienced first-hand at the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, such as Tea Ceremony Experience, Flower Arrangement Experience, Kimono trial options, and many more. Free in-room wi-fi is available.

Ship Information

Cruise Overview
The 116,000 tonne Diamond Princess entered service in March 2004 - the same year as her sister ship the Sapphire Princess and are the only ships of the fleet that were built in Japan. As can be expected from Princess - these ships have an impressive line-up of facilities which flow freely from one area to another giving a feeling of space and never-ending options. There are four separate swimming pool areas, Movies and the Stars and the adults only Sanctuary# for guaranteed sunbathing space. The Lotus Spa is particularly impressive with a wide range of facilities including separate His & Her Steam room and sauna.
Cabin Details
All Diamond Princess staterooms have private en-suite facilities, air conditioning, colour cable TVs with Free in room movies, vanity area, hair dryer, telephone, safe, refrigerator with mini bar and free room service. Free guest self-service launderettes.
Dining Details
There are five main dining rooms - four of which feature the flexible anytime dining option. In addition, the Horizon Court offers self-service buffet dining virtually 24-hours per day and there are two speciality restaurants: Sabatini's# (Italian) and The Sterling Steakhouse#. There is also a poolside pizzeria and a hamburger grill.
Activities Details
On board you will find four-separate freshwater swimming pool areas, six-whirlpools and a separate kids splash pool. Plus, a nine-hole mini golf course, library, Lotus Spa & Fitness centre, internet cafe and a range of kid's clubs. In the evening choose from a wide variety of bars, lounges, the Princess Theatre, The Grand Casino and Sky Walkers Nightclub.
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Hotel Info

Advertised hotel is subject to change and other same standard hotels may be offered as an alternative

Holiday code

J645

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