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Princess Cruises

Japan Explorer Cruise

From €1,625pp including flights
Upgrade to a balcony cabin from €1845pp
Depart From
Fly from Dublin, Sail from Shanghai
Departure Date
03 Jun 2020 - 11 Jun 2020
8 Nights
Shanghai, Tokyo, Osaka, Kochi
From €1,625pp including flights
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Ports of call: Shanghai | Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan | Shimizu (for Mt. Fuji), Japan | Osaka (for Kyoto), Japan | Kochi, Japan | Shanghai

Fly from Dublin to Shanghai and board your ship the Sapphire Princess for an eight night Asian cruise of China & Japan.

Your first city experience will be Shanghai. This fabled port on the Huangpu River has played a pivotal role in the history of modern China. The streets are packed with individuals, cars and bicycles, weaving an extraordinary tapestry of humanity. Yet serenity and beauty are always present, be it a class practicing early morning tai chi or the serene repose of the city's jade Buddha.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Your cruise ends in Shanghai where you will fly home from or choose to extend your holiday.

Day 1: Shanghai, China

Day 2: At Sea

Day 3: At Sea

Day 4: Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan

Day 5: Shimizu (for Mt. Fuji), Japan

Day 6: Osaka (for Kyoto), Japan

Day 7: Kochi, Japan

Day 8: At Sea

Day 9: Shanghai

Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • Return flights from Dublin including taxes
  • 8 nights on board the Sapphire Princess in an Inside Stateroom
  • Overseas Transfers
  • $150 On board credit

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks Packages
  • Upgrade to a Balcony Cabin from €1845pp and get $250 onboard credit.
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. Book by 23rd December.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094, email cruise@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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