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Hokkaido Explorer
Tour Dates September 25th - October 8th, 2018 (14 days)
Included meals 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rostad Tours or Tour Host
Pricing from $2,712 CAD
Discover the Beauty of Japan sailing aboard the Diamond Princess. Japan is a study in contrasts, with its tranquil retreats of profound beauty lying just outside cities where skyscrapers soar over stunning temples and shrines. Truly timeless, the country is a place where ancient traditions are fused with modern life as if it were the most natural thing in the world.
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Day 1 - Tokyo - Embark Ship

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

templeWelcome to Tokyo. We board the beautiful Diamond Princess and settle into our staterooms. Get ready to begin an incredible journey as we set sail later this afternoon.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Sea Day

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

MoviesWe awake aboard our beautiful ship, with a whole day to explore and indulge! Relax in the Spa, or lounge by the pool; take in an exciting art auction, or enjoy a movie this evening under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Kushiro Japan

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

CranesTanchoNPToday we find ourselves in Kushiro, nicknamed 'the town of mist'. This is a major Japanese fishing port where freshly caught seafood served ashore is a highlight for many visitors. Stroll Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf MOO, where a variety of coastal restaurants and boutiques will delight. Or, explore the natural wonders of Kushiro Marsh, a lush national park and home to the country's most extensive marshland. Break out your binoculars for close-up views of the rare and graceful Japanese cranes at Tancho Nature Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Sea Day

Friday, September 28th, 2018

DancingAnother day aboard our home away from home. Take in one or more of the specialty restaurants aboard the ship - chocolate, and sushi and pizza, oh my! Browse through the myriad of shops, or have your portraits taken by the talented photography staff. Don't forget your dancing shoes - the nightclubs are calling!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Korsakov Russia

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

DiamondSpaFounded in 1853 as a Russian Military Post, Korsakov was ruled for a time by Japan. Despite the political drama, the town is the perfect picture of tranquility today. We will see a fascinating mix of modern buildings, museums and executive offices sitting comfortably with Russian and Japanese structures.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Otaru Japan

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

OtaruCanalOtaru survived the downturn in coal mining and herring fishing, to shine as a beacon of winter sports, fine sushi, and historic architecture. We will experience Otaru's charms and the scenic beauty of the rugged west coast and nearby national parks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Hakodate Japan

Monday, October 1st, 2018

OverviewAfter two centuries of self-imposed isolation, the port of Hakodate became the first Japanese city fully opened to Westerners. Wander the cobblestone streets of the city's Motomachi District; at Hakodate's four-block-long Morning Market, vendors offer a stunning array of fresh fish and shellfish prized for sushi including salmon roe, sea urchin, scallops and crab.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Sea Day

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Island Princess Crooners LoungeAn exciting day aboard the Diamond Princess awaits us! Experience a Japanese bath, or one of the many fitness classes; we can try our luck at the casino, or take in a show by the incredible Princess dancers. There's a putting course to enjoy, or perhaps a game of tennis!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Tokyo - Yokohama

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

YokohamaLandmarkContemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. Ancient tradition and postmodern culture merge to form a city that will dazzle and delight us. Walk through shrines, temples and gardens that will take your breath away.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Sea Day

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

DiamondDiningAnother sea day gives us time to fit in more of the shipboard experiences that are offered. There's a steakhouse and an Italian resturant. A photo and video gallery, a cigar lounge and an observatory; or we may just visit with our new friends, and review our many photographs from the first part of our adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Busan South Korea

Friday, October 5th, 2018

BusanBuddaThis afternoon we arrive in beautiful Busan - the second largest city in South Korea. Temples, tombs, fish markets and museums await us, while parks and cemetaries offer a unique view into the cultural history of Busan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Kanmom Straits

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

KanmomStraitsA very early morning start will provide us with a stunning view of the Kanmom Straits, as we cruise towards our next port.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - Yokkaichi Japan

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

GrandIseShrineYokkaichi began life as a market place, open only on the 4th, the 14th, and the 24th days of the month. Thus, Yokkaichi translates as "Fourth day Market". Today, the city is dotted with museums, parks and shrines - make sure to loosen your belt a notch, the food is sublime!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - Tokyo - Return Home

Monday, October 8th, 2018

TokyoScapeToday we are taken to the airport for our return home with souvenirs, memories and new found friends. This has surely been the trip of a lifetime, and one we will treasure forever.

Meals: Breakfast

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Cruise Information

Princess Cruises
Ship Name
Princess Cruises
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Prices per person (CAD)

Cruise Lead In$2,712
Single supplementCall


Deposit is 20% of cruise fare


  • Accommodation in choice of stateroom
  • All meals onboard ship
  • Shipboard entertainment
  • Cruise port charges

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Any airline luggage fees
  • Transfers roundtrip between airport and ship
  • Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses
  • Onboard tipping for ship staff
  • Any fuel surcharges
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Insurance
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