SINGAPORE,
2 September 2021: The lure of Japan’s traditions, festivals and landscapes can
magically come to life for travellers during the newly-announced 2023 cruises
and cruisetours season from Princess Cruises.

A
multitude of itineraries spanning from the southern tropical islands of Okinawa
to the northernmost island of Hokkaido offer guests the opportunity to discover
the culture, history, cuisine and natural wonders of Japan, where ancient
traditions and fast-paced modernity exist in harmony.

Japan-built
Diamond Princess returns for the summer and fall of 2023 to celebrate the 10th
anniversary of sailing from Tokyo (Yokohama) and Kobe. Diamond Princess will
call to 38 destinations in four countries on 43 unique itineraries and 57
departures, ranging from five- to 19-days.

The
ship was designed with the destination in mind, featuring regionally infused
cuisine, unique entertainment as well as the largest open-air Japanese bath at
sea, an 8,800-square-foot bath and garden complex, offering indoor and outdoor
Japanese bathing experiences including steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs with
panoramic ocean views. Diamond Princess also features Kai Sushi, an authentic
sushi bar, and traditional music and entertainment.

For those travellers with
more time to explore Japan, Princess offers 13- or 14-day Highlights of Japan cruisetours, featuring a multiple-night land tour combined
with the cruise, for more time on land to experience the wonders of both
Tokyo and Kyoto.

Top reasons to experience Japan with Princess in 2023 include:

  • Temples,
    Shrines, Castles
    – Guests
    delight in the abundance of stunning temples and shrines, like the magnificent
    16th century Osaka Castle or Seiryu-ji Temple, home of Japan’s
    largest bronze seated Buddha.
  • Festivals – Opportunities to experience seven festivals,
    including Japan’s world-famous Kyoto Gion Festival, featuring massive,
    hand-crafted “Yama” and “Hoko” floats that are constructed every year without
    the use of nails, or watch a display of 10,000 fireworks during the Kumano
    Fireworks Festival.
  • Vibrant
    Cities & Landscapes

    Astounding cities where the 21st century coexists with the spirit of
    ancient Japan thrive, such as shopping in Tokyo’s Ginza district, trying local
    delicacies at nearby restaurants or exploring the Imperial Palace plaza. With
    access to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, guests can marvel at Mt. Fuji, the
    Hiroshima Peace Memorial and the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.
  • Spring
    Flowers, Gardens and Onsens

    Travelers soak in spring flowers all over Japan during spring, whether it’s
    visiting a classic Japanese garden, seeing hundreds of sakura (cherry blossoms)
    while picnicking, enjoying the meditative atmosphere of tranquil parks or
    soaking in the healing benefits of a geothermal “onsen” natural hot spring
    bath.
  • Cruising
    with Princess is the  Best Way to See
    Japan
    –Princess offers
    English-speaking guides and shore excursions to enjoy the stunning sights and
    local culture to the fullest, and features eight “More Ashore” late-night stays
    in ports such as Akita, Aomori, Hakodate and Osaka (for Kyoto).
  • Princess
    MedallionClass vacation
    – A
    significant part of the guest services experience includes the cruise line’s
    effortless and personalised Princess MedallionClass vacation, simplifying the
    guest experience and delivering next-level service.

More information about the multitude of offerings to explore Japan with Princess in 2023 can be found at www.princess.com/japan.