Princess Cruises’ 2022 Summer Japan programme looks like the perfect post-Covid bucket list trip

Princess Cruises has unveiled its Japan summer travel plans for 2022… and it sounds like the perfect trip to look forward to when the world opens back up for travel. 

The cruise experts’ special Japan Season offers nine different ways to visit local festivals for unique celebrations, which we’re sure will be celebrating like never before by then. 

The Princess Cruises 2022 Summer Japan programme will feature 35 departures on Diamond Princess during May through to September 2022. Cruises range from five to 19 days, with 31 destinations, four countries and 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites include, so whatever sounds like your dream Japan sightseeing trip, you can expect there will be an itinerary for it.  Even better, it goes on sale on 15 December 2020 – making it just in time to be the ultimate luxe Christmas present (if it’s to yourself it counts, too). 

Diamond Princess sails by majestic Mt. Fuji

Diamond Princess will sail out of Tokyo and Kobe on diverse itineraries which span from the northernmost island of Hokkaido to the southern tropical islands of Okinawa (you can get excited and research before you go with these amazing virtual tours, now).

As well as the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto and Buddhist monuments of the Horyu-ji area and the opportunity to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the trips are also perfectly timed to give travellers the opportunity to experience some of Japan’s world-famous festivals such as 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. 

We’re particularly excited by the ‘Highlights of Japan’ Cruisetour, which combines on an eight, nine or ten day cruise with two nights in Kyoto and three nights in Tokyo.

Built in Japan, the Diamond Princess itself offers an authentic Japanese experience on board, too. 

Guests can enjoy authentic cuisine at Kai Sushi, enjoy regional folkloric shows and entertainment, and even soak in a traditional Izumi bath – the largest Japanese bath at sea. 

For an even more luxurious experience, in 2022, the ship will feature the cruise line’s exclusive Princess MedallionClass Experience, delivering an advanced, highly personalised service and touchless interactions and entertainment. Enhancements include expedited boarding; on demand food, beverage, retail and service delivery; keyless stateroom entry; contactless payment; friends and family locator; interactive games; and movies and live TV on the go, along with the best Wi-Fi at sea with MedallionNet.

Funnily enough, our summer travel plans for 2022 are starting to look a lot like Princess Cruises’… 

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