Discover the Japanese islands, and Taiwan, on this fabulous 5 star cruise on board Diamond Princess. Following a one night stay in a Tokyo hotel your cruise departs Yokohama and visits the islands of Okinawa and Ishigaki before calling at the capital of Taiwan, Taipei.
|DESTINATION||Japan & Taiwan|
|FROM||Dublin / Tokyo|
|DATE||17 July 2018|
|DURATION||9 Nights (8-night cruise + 1-night hotel)|
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1-2: Dublin to Tokyo, Japan:
Following your overnight flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to a hotel in Tokyo for your one night stay giving you a chance to explore this lively city.
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.
Day 3: Yokohama, Japan: Depart 17:00
Following your overnight in Tokyo, you will be transferred to the port in Yokohama to board the magnificent 5* Diamond Princess.
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 4-5: At Sea:
Day 6: Okinawa, Japan: Arrive 07.00 Depart 17.00
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.
Day 7: Ishigaki, Japan: Arrive 08.00 Depart 17.00
The balmy, subtropical climate draws countless visitors to its sandy shores, but Ishigaki offers much more than your typical island getaway. It is the cultural, political and economic center of the Yaeyama Islands, originally founded in 1908 as Yaeyama Village and becoming Ishigaki Town in 1926. Ishigaki was elevated to city status on July 10, 1947. A hilltop Shinto shrine which dates back to 1614 is the perfect place to start your exploration of this lovely town. Noted for its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters to which snorkelers flock for a glimpse of the island’s famed manta rays, Ishigaki Island offers many opportunities to commune with nature. Ishigaki has palm forests, mangrove-lined rivers suited for kayaking, and jungle-covered mountains perfect for hiking adventures. Amidst such natural beauty, you’ll find an abundance of cultural sites with ties to the island’s rich history. The Yaeyama Museum displays historic artifacts as well as traditional cultural items, and a visit to the well-preserved Miyara Dunchi, built in 1819, is a rare example of a samurai-style residence. Be sure to leave time in your busy day to sample some of the sweet island pineapple and to shop for the island’s famed black pearls, a most special souvenir.
Note: Ishigaki is an anchorage port. Transportation from ship to shore is via the ship’s tender service.
Day 8: Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan: Arrive 07.00 Depart 17.00
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.
Day 9-10: At Sea:
Day 11: Tokyo, Japan: Arrive 06.00
Following your departure from the Diamond Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.
1 Night in a Tokyo hotel and 7 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Diamond Caribbean Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Diamond Princess)
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 theatre. And for a unique treat visit the Izumi Japanese Bath, the largest of its kind at sea.
- Last Refurbished: March 2014
- Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths
- Number of Crew: 1,100
- Tonnage: 115,875
Dates & Prices
|17 July 2018||Was €2,519
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|17 July 2018||Was €2,939
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|17 July 2018||Was €3,199
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- Overnight flight from Dublin to Tokyo
- All transfers from airport – hotel – port
- 1 night in a Tokyo hotel before the cruise
- 8 nights onboard the 5* Diamond Princess based on 2 sharing
- Superb dining on a full board basis while on board
- Entertainment onboard
- Return transfer from port to airport
- Overnight flight from Tokyo to Dublin
- Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
- Optional Insurance available (call for details)
- Child and family prices available on request
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.