Highlights of Japan Cruise

August 19, 2025 thru September 4, 2025

Embark on an enchanting journey through Japan with this epic itinerary. Arrive in Osaka and make your way to the magical city of Kyoto, where an evening at leisure awaits at the Kyoto Hotel Okura. The following day, explore Kyoto’s treasures, including the historic Nijo Castle and the iconic Kinkakuji Temple. Enjoy a traditional Japanese lunch and witness a Maiko show at a local restaurant. Travel to Nara to visit the Todaiji Temple before boarding the famous bullet train to Tokyo. Discover the bustling metropolis with visits to Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple, and Ginza District. The adventure continues with a day trip to Hakone, featuring the Hakone Open Air Museum, a scenic cruise on Lake Ashi, and a ride on the Hakone Ropeway. Return to Tokyo for a leisurely evening at the Grand Nikko Daiba Hotel. The itinerary concludes with a visit to Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck before boarding the Diamond Princess for a cruise through Toba, Osaka, Kochi, Hiroshima, Kanmon Straits, Busan, Nagasaki, Shimizu, and a final return to Tokyo (Yokohama). Immerse yourself in the beauty, culture, and diverse landscapes of Japan on this unforgettable journey.


Transportation

Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ

Transportation

Deluxe Motorcoach

Transportation

10 Night Cruise

Duration

17 Days, 16 Nights

Meals

All meals aboard ship included

41 meals (15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners) included

Availability

Available

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • Kyoto
  • Nijo Castle
  • Kinkakuji Temple
  • Maiko show
  • Nara
  • Todaiji Temple
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Sensoji Temple
  • Ginza District
  • Hakone Open Air Museum
  • Lake Ashi
  • Toba
  • Osaka
  • Kochi
  • Hiroshima
  • Kanmon Straits
  • Nagasaki

View the Diamond Princess – Winner of the Best International Ship in japan!

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
  • 10 night cruise on Diamond Princess
  • 7 nights in deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 41 meals (15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners)
  • Baggage handling (for one piece)
  • All meals aboard ship included
  • Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
  • Government fees & air taxes
  • Your SUN TOURS escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Day 1

We depart Albuquerque for our overnight journey to Japan.

Day 2 - Kyoto

Arrive in Osaka and head to magical Kyoto, where you’ll enjoy an evening at leisure. Overnight at the Kyoto Hotel Okura.

Day 3 - Kyoto

Today you’ll sightsee to some of Kyoto’s greatest attractions including stunning 410-year-old Nijo Castle, site of two lavish palaces and several beautiful gardens, and the unforgettable Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion). Savor lunch at a local restaurant followed by the Sanju Sangendo shrine and Arashiyama strolling. Dine in a traditional Japanese restaurant with a Maiko show, sure to be a highlight. Overnight at the Kyoto Hotel Okura.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Tokyo

Head to Nara to visit the impressive Todaiji Temple (Great Buddha) and breathtaking Kasuga Taisha Shrine before boarding the famous bullet train to Tokyo for an evening at leisure. Overnight Grand Nikko Daiba Hotel Tokyo.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Tokyo

This is Tokyo, one of the most thrilling cities on earth. An introductory sightseeing tour takes you to the Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping street, followed by a drive through the iconic Ginza District. The afternoon and evening are yours to take in even more of Tokyo’s countless attractions at your own pace. Overnight Grand Nikko Daiba Hotel Tokyo.

Meals included: (B)

Day 6 - Tokyo

Embark on a captivating journey to Hakone, a destination renowned for its scenic beauty and cultural attractions. Immerse yourself in the world of art at the Hakone Open Air Museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before you embark on a picturesque cruise across Lake Ashi, taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Your journey to Togendai promises awe-inspiring landscapes. Ascend to new heights aboard the Hakone Ropeway, offering panoramic vistas of the region. Your destination: Owakudani Station, where adventure awaits. Explore the Owakudani Valley at your own pace. Descend from Owakudani Station via the Hakone Ropeway, reveling in the changing landscapes as you make your way to Souunzan Station. As your day in Hakone draws to a close, board your transfer for a leisurely drive back to Tokyo. Overnight at the Grand Nikko Daiba Hotel Tokyo.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 7 - Tokyo (Yokohama) Embarkation

After breakfast, visit Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck at 1,148 feet, for a remarkable city skyline view before joining Diamond Princess.

Meals included: (B)

Day 8 - Toba, Japan

Toba is a coastal city located in the Mie Prefecture of Japan, known for its beautiful natural scenery, including Toba Bay and its numerous islands. It’s famous for pearl cultivation, particularly through the work of Mikimoto Kokichi, who developed methods for culturing pearls. Toba is also a gateway to the Ise-Shima National Park and is popular for its aquarium and as a tourist destination for those visiting the nearby Ise Grand Shrine.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Osaka (for Kyoto), Japan

Osaka is a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. It’s known for its modern architecture, nightlife, and hearty street food. The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, which has undergone several restorations, is its main historical landmark.

Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu known for its well-preserved classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines, and traditional wooden houses. It’s also famous for its formal traditions such as kaiseki dining and geisha female entertainers.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Kochi, Japan

Kochi is a coastal city on the island of Shikoku in Japan, known for its mild climate, lush landscapes, and the clear Shimanto River, often referred to as “Japan’s last clear stream”. The city is famous for Kochi Castle, one of Japan’s few remaining original castles, and its Yosakoi dance festival. Kochi’s markets, particularly the Sunday Market, are notable for their size and variety of local goods and produce.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima is a city in the western part of the Honshu island of Japan, widely known for being the target of the first atomic bomb used in warfare on August 6, 1945, during World War II. Today, it’s a vibrant, modern city that has been rebuilt, featuring the Peace Memorial Park, which commemorates the tragic event, and the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome, a ruin that remains as a stark reminder of the destruction. Hiroshima is also famous for its beautiful Hiroshima Castle, Shukkei-en Garden, and its culinary specialty, Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Kanmon Straits, Japan

The Kanmon Straits is a narrow body of water that separates Honshu and Kyushu, two of Japan’s four main islands. It serves as a key maritime route connecting the Sea of Japan with the Inland Sea. The straits are known for their strong tidal currents, making navigation challenging. The Kanmon Straits are also famous for the Kanmon Bridges that connect the city of Shimonoseki on Honshu with Kitakyushu on Kyushu, and for the undersea tunnel allowing pedestrians to walk between the two islands. The area is historically significant, with many historical sites related to the Genpei War and other historical events.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Busan, South Korea

Busan is South Korea’s second-largest city, located on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula. It’s known for its beaches, mountains, and temples. Busan is a major port city, famous for its bustling Haeundae Beach, the scenic Taejongdae Park with its cliffs facing the sea, and the Jagalchi Fish Market, South Korea’s largest seafood market. The city also hosts the Busan International Film Festival, one of Asia’s most significant film festivals, attracting artists and enthusiasts from around the world.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki is a coastal city on the western side of Kyushu Island in Japan, historically significant for its role as one of the only ports open to foreign trade during Japan’s period of isolation. It’s infamously known for being the target of the second atomic bomb dropped during World War II, on August 9, 1945. Today, Nagasaki is remembered for the Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which serve as poignant reminders of the city’s tragic past. The city also boasts a unique blend of Japanese and European influences, visible in its architecture and historical sites like Glover Garden, reflecting its history of foreign trade.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 15 - At Sea

A day at sea offers you the chance to enjoy the vessel. There are loads of entertainment options to choose from or take this time to relax from your explorations along the coasts of Japan and South Korea.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 16 - Shimizu (for Mt. Fuji), Japan

Shimizu is a district within the city of Shizuoka, located on the coast of Suruga Bay in central Japan. It’s best known for offering some of the most breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, Japan’s iconic and highest peak. The area is also renowned for its clear waters and the Port of Shimizu, one of Japan’s most scenic ports. Shimizu provides access to various outdoor activities, including hiking, water sports, and enjoying the natural beauty of the region. The district is famous for its fresh seafood, particularly tuna, and is a popular spot for tourists looking to experience the beauty of Mount Fuji from a picturesque coastal setting.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 17 - Depart Tokyo

Bid your ship and crew farewell as you disembark and prepare for your flight home.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change. Passport required.


Package Pricing

Category ID - Inside Stateroom (Aft) DOUBLE per person,

$8,995*

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category IB - Inside Stateroom (Mid Fwd/Aft) DOUBLE per person

$9,065*

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category OC - Oceanview Stateroom (Mid Fwd) DOUBLE per person

$9,495*

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category BD - Balcony Stateroom (Aft) DOUBLE per person

$10,275*

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category BB - Balcony Stateroom (Mid Fwd/Aft) DOUBLE per person

$10,485*

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category MB - Mini Suite Stateroom (Mid Fwd/Aft) DOUBLE per person

$11,205*

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Single occupancy upon request, limited availability

Call for single occupancy pricing

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Final Payment Due:

May 15, 2025

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
• 10 night cruise on Diamond Princess
• 7 nights in deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
• 41 meals (15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners)
• Baggage handling (for one piece)
• All meals aboard ship included
• Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
• Government fees & air taxes
• Your SUN TOURS escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Booking Policy

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: May 15, 2025

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • None through May 15, 2025
  • 50% – May 16, 2025 – June 18, 2025
  • 75% – June 19, 2025 – July 17, 2025
  • 100% after July 17, 2025

TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS at $910!


ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Sunport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included. Tips for guides/services on optional excursions or individual on-ship services are not included.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

The temperature and weather in Japan in August is generally pleasant. Prepare yourself by bringing clothing for a lot of sunshine and the possibility of precipitation. There are no dress codes where we dine or visit on this tour.

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