What to buy now Princess Cruises unveils 35 Japan itineraries for 2022 By TTG Asia / Posted on 18 December, 2020 19:28 Come summer 2022, Princess Cruises will sail out of Tokyo (Yokohama) and Kobe on diverse itineraries spanning from the southern tropical islands of Okinawa to the northernmost island of Hokkaido. Now on sale, the cruise line’s 2022 Summer Japan programme offers 35 departures onboard Diamond Princess during May through September 2022, covering 31 destinations across four countries. Cruises range from five to 19 days, featuring 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto, Buddhist monuments and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Princess Cruises 2022 Summer Japan Programme offers multiple opportunities to experience local festivals For guests with more time to explore Japan, the Highlights of Japan cruise tour combines an eight-, nine- or 10-day cruise with two nights in Kyoto and three nights in Tokyo. The season offers nine opportunities to visit local festivals, such as Kyoto Gion Festival featuring massive, handcrafted “yama” and “hoko” floats, and Kumano Fireworks Festival showcasing a display of 10,000 fireworks. Other featured festivals include Osaka Tenjin Festival, Aomori Nebuta Festival, Akita Kanto Festival, Kochi Yosakoi Dance Festival and Tokushima Awa Dance Festival. In Tokyo, guests can enjoy shopping in the Ginza district or exploring the Imperial Palace plaza. The 2022 season features the maiden port call to Hitachinaka, for access to the shrines and temples of Nikko. Ten ports offer More Ashore late-night stays including Akita, Aomori, Kochi, Osaka and Tokushima on Summer Festival dates. Guests can also lap up the serenity in Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s Three Great Gardens; experience a traditional tea ceremony while overlooking Mt. Fuji; or enjoy a good soak in an onsen (hot spring). Built in Japan, Diamond Princess offers a cruise experience connected to the local Japanese culture. Guests dine on authentic cuisine at Kai Sushi, soak in a traditional Izumi bath, and enjoy folkloric shows and regional entertainment. In 2022, Diamond Princess will feature the cruise line’s exclusive Princess MedallionClass Experience, delivering highly personalised service and enabling touchless interactive experiences and entertainment.