Unique for its unusual blend of tradition and ultra-modernity, Japan is a perfect choice for those who want to explore foreign culture without losing the comfort of modern facilities. As a country of myriad islands the best way to explore as much of Japan as possible is by sea.
– Spot a geisha in the temple city Kyoto
– Tokyo’s Harajuku for quirky fashion and shopping
– Mt Fuji and its beautiful surrounding lakes
– World-famous bullet train (Shinkansen)
Official Shore Tours
Japan has an excellent transport system and is very English-friendly, so it’s easy to explore without an organised tour. We do recommend however taking a tour if you’d like to visit Mt Fuji.
Mt Fuji & Hakone National Park (Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity) Scenic walk and cable car ride through the forest and natural hotsprings, then take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi, famous for views of Mt Fuji and its clear reflection on the water’s surface.
Kyoto Temples Tour
Princess: Nijo Castle, Golden Pavillion, Heian Shrine, Kyoto Handicraft Centre Royal Caribbean: Golden Pavillion, Heian Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, bullet train ride Celebrity: Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Golden Pavillion
Best temple: Kiyomizudera (Water Temple) in Kyoto for beautiful buildings, gardens and views over the city Must-try food: Okonomiyaki, a cross between an omelette and a pancake which is cooked right in front of you on a hot plate Unique experience: Catch a train during rush hour. You’ll be squashed in like sardines in a can.
Japan Cruise Itineraries
Princess cruises Japan from Yokohama near Tokyo and Otaru in Hokkaido. Diamond Princess features a new Japan cruise program so you can really experience Japanese culture. Japanese-style breakfasts, Sake rice wine tastings, karaoke, traditional performances and Japanese bathhouse are all unique features found on Princess’s Japan cruises.