JAPAN & SOUTHERN ISLANDS EXPLORER
Round-trip from KOBE, JAPAN aboard DIAMOND PRINCESS
14 Day cruise – MAY 13 – 27, 2018
Date Port Arrive Depart
Sun, May 13 Kobe, Japan Embark 5:00 PM
Mon, May 14 At Sea
Tue, May 15 Okinawa, Japan 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Wed, May 16 Ishigaki, Japan 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Thu, May 17 Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
Fri, May 18 At Sea
Sat, May 19 At Sea
Sun, May 20 Kobe, Japan 6:00 AM 5:00 PM
Mon, May 21 Kochi, Japan 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Tue, May 22 Hiroshima, Japan 9:00 AM 8:00 PM
Wed, May 23 Beppu, Japan 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
Thu, May 24 Kagoshima, Japan 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Fri, May 25 Busan, South Korea 12:00 PM 10:00 PM
Sat, May 26 Kanmon Straits, Japan 5:00 AM 7:00 AM
Sun, May 27 Kobe, Japan Disembark
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DOUBLE occupancy fares:
INSIDE Category ID – $3,750 INSIDE Cat. IC – $3,795 INSIDE Cat. IB – $3,895
OUTSDE Cat. OF – $4,650 OUTSIDE Cat. OC – $4,695
BALCONY Cat. BF – $5,595 BALCONY Cat. BE – $5,650 BALCONY Cat. BD – $4,695
BALCONY Cat. BC – $5,795 BALCONY Cat. BB – $5,895 BALCONY Cat. BA – $6,295
BALCONY Cat. B4 or B2 – $6,595
MINI-SUITE Cat. MD – $6,795 MINI-SUITE Cat. MB – $6,995
SINGLE occupancy fares:
INSIDE Cat. IE – $7,095 OUTSIDE Cat. OF – $8,795 BALCONY Cat. BD – $10,595
Initial deposit of $1,250 per person is required. Final Payment is due by FEBRUARY 15, 2018
ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND INCLUDE:
14-Day cruise with all your meals and onboard entertainment.
All your port taxes and government fees.
All your prepaid shipboard gratuities in the equivalent of up to $15.50 US dollars per person per day during your cruise.
Please Note: Cost of airfare will be quoted at time of booking when available with Princess Cruises as well as any optional hotel stays with your cruise.
KOBE, JAPAN – Kobe is the fifth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture on the southern side of the main island of Honshu. Its name comes from “kanbe”, an archaic title for supporters of the city’s Ikuta Shrine. With a population of about 1.5 million, the city is part of the Keihanshin (Keihanshin) metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kyoto. The earliest written records regarding the region come from the Nihon Shoki, which describes the founding of the Ikuta Shrine by Empress Jingu in AD 201. For most of its history the area was never a single political entity, even during the Tokugawa Period, when the port was controlled directly by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Kobe did not exist in its current form until its founding in 1889. Kobe was one of the cities to open for trade with the West following the end of the policy of seclusion and has since been known as a cosmopolitan port city. While the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake diminished much of Kobe’s prominence as a port city, it remains Japan’s fourth busiest container port. The city is the point of origin and namesake of Kobe beef as well as the site of one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts, Arima Onsen. Kobe is also your gateway to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient imperial capital and the nation’s cultural and spiritual center.
OKINAWA, JAPAN – 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.
ISHIGAKI, JAPAN – 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.
TAIPEI (Keelung), TAIWAN – 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.
KOCHI, JAPAN – 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. Kochi is one of the wettest places in Japan – and a frequent target for cyclonic storms or typhoons. Southeast of the city, warm oceans currents washing against the Aki Mountains create a subtropical landscape of hibiscus, palm and ficus at Muroto-Anan Quasi-National Park.
HIRSOSHIMA, JAPAN – On August 6, 1945, human history was irrevocably altered when the American bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The bomb was code-named “Little Boy,” but its detonation left half the city in ruins and aflame. Today, Hiroshima is a monument not only to the destructive forces harnessed by men but also to the indomitable will of the human spirit to overcome tragedy. At the heart of the city lies Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. The gutted walls of the city’s old Industry Promotion Hall and the skeletal frame that supported its copper dome, vaporized in the blast, are instantly recognizable symbols of Hiroshima. Travelers to Hiroshima will discover a more serene note at nearby Miyajima Island. One of the top-three scenic spots of Japan, the island is home to ancient Itsukushima Shrine, a designated National Treasure.
BEPPU, JAPAN – Ominous steam rises from the Japanese island of Kyushu where Beppu lies in wait. But not to worry – this legendary tourist town is renowned for its healing geothermal waters and spas. Overlooking Beppu Bay to its east and protected from the west by dramatic mountain peaks, this exotic city is blanketed with misty turquoise waters and elegant Japanese foliage. Its main attraction is the “Hells of Beppu,” a collection of nine stunning onsen, or hot springs, some of which feature geysers and colorful waters in shades from white to copper to sapphire. The springs’ names, including Kamado-Jigoku (Boiling Hell) and Oniyama-Jigoku (Demon Mountain Hell), are somewhat misleading as all of the hot springs are breathtakingly beautiful rather than frightening – though your nose may cower and crinkle at the sulfurous odor they emit!
KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN – From the 12th century to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Kagoshima was the chief stronghold of the mighty Shimazu clan. The city lies at the top of the Satsuma Peninsula, a mountainous, geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers. The area is also rich in modern Japanese history: Saigo Takamori and the Satsuma samurai were leaders of the Meiji Restoration that toppled the shogun and restored the Emperor to power in 1868. In 1877, dissatisfied with the direction of the new government, Saigo led the Satsuma Rebellion, which ended in his death and the final defeat of the samurai. The symbol of Kagoshima is Sakura Jima – the volcanic island that sits just offshore. The volcano has erupted over 30 times in recorded history.
BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA – The second largest city in South Korea, Busan is your gateway to a fascinating land whose culture is a unique amalgam of old and new. Modern high-rise towers dwarf ancient Buddhist temples. The city’s bustling business district offers a stark contrast to the serene grounds of Yongdusan Park. In short, Busan is a microcosm of South Korea, a nation whose startling economic success often obscures one of Asia’s most sophisticated and venerable cultures. Busan was the scene of bitter fighting during the Korean War. The United Nations Memorial Cemetery marks the final resting place for the troops from 16 nations who gave their lives during the conflict.
KANMON STRAITS, JAPAN – Morning scenic cruising aboard the Diamond Princess