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The Ryokan Collection Heritage Traditional Contemporary
The Ryokan Collection Heritage Traditional Contemporary
Traditional Japanese Summer Festival Journey on
Diamond Princess Cruise
with Specially Curated Tour
by The Ryokan Collection & Zenses
Join Diamond Princess for a memorable voyage of iconic Japanese seasonal events this summer.

Experience mesmerizing Awa-odori parade in Tokushima, the largest dance festival in Japan and magical Kumano fireworks, complete with a dazzling display of colors in the dark night sky in Mie.

Learn the essence of Japanese Zen Sprit through a private tea ceremony at a renown temple in Kyoto. Enjoy exclusive lunch with Maiko, only at access to VIP customer of tea houses.

Make the most of your time in Tokyo - gain cooking skill of Japanese cuisine and specially reserve seats at award winning Michelin stared restaurant.

This specially curated tour is the one and only opportunity for you to truly experience the summer festivities of Japan.
Travel Itinerary
For Diamond Princess
August 10th ~ 21st, 2017

Diamond Princess is a treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered. Dine on freshly prepared sashimi in Kai Sushi, watch street performers in the dazzling Atrium, or take in a lavish production show in our state-of-the-art theater. And for a unique treat visit the Izumi Japanese Bath, the largest of its kind at sea.
Premium Junior Suite information

Premium junior suites (323sq. ft) include a separate sitting area with sofa bed, premium bathroom amenities and two flat-panel televisions.

- Approximately 323 sq. ft., including balcony

- Balcony with 2-4 chairs, table and ottoman

- Bathroom tub and massage shower head with upgraded amenities

- Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors

- Separate sitting area with sofa bed and coffee table

- Luxury mattress topper and pillows

- Two flat-panel televisions

- Comfortable queen or two twin beds

- Refrigerator

- 100% cotton, high-thread count linens

- Complimentary 24-hour room service

- Spacious closet

- Desk

- Hair dryer and fine bathroom amenities

- Digital security safe

- Special menu at main dining room

- Complimentary welcome half wine bottle

- Evening canapé service

- Priority embarkation and disembarkation
 August 10th (Thu)   Day Arrive at Tokyo
Arrive at Narita/Haneda airport.
Check in at Peninsula Tokyo.
Accommodation: The Peninsula Tokyo
Room category: Premier room

 August 11th (Fri)   Tokyo
Spend a full day in Tokyo, consider our suggested optional plans below.

= Cooking experience of popular Japanese dishes =
Learn to make popular Japanese dishes such as sushi, tempura, and yuzu salmon. Participants can decide what dishes they would like to learn, or choose from a number of suggested popular Japanese dishes. In this class you will learn three recipes consisting of one main dish and two side dishes made with seasonal ingredients. (Some popular dishes: Oyakodon, Gyoza, Tonkatsu, Okonomiyaki, Bento box, Teriyaki, Nikujaga, Takenoko gohan, Somen, Gyudon, Chawanmushi, Curry rice/ soba, udon and somen noodles)

= Private river cruise =
You will have a private cruising in Tokyo bay by a luxury boat. This boat is equipped with a bed and a long sofa seat, perfect for relaxing underneath the sky.
Food and drink will be arranged upon your request.
= Reservation of Michelin restaurant =
We will make a reservation in advance at Michelin restaurant. Please choose your preferable restaurant.

For example...

Taku (Sushi)
Location : Nishi-Azabu
Cost : from JPY20,000
Michelin :☆☆
An innovative sushi restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere, Taku offers an interesting pairing of sushi and wine.

Kondo (Tempura)
Location : Ginza
Cost : from JPY10,000
Michelin :☆☆
The owner takes pride in sourcing his vegetables from all parts of Japan and then preserving them in ice to keep their moisture.
He then fries them into tempura in his original sesame oil and lets their flavor speak out.

Ukaitei (Teppanyaki)
Location : Omotesando
Cost : from JPY20,000
Michelin :☆
One of the best teppanyaki restaurants in Tokyo, the mix of Japanese and Western atmosphere, antique interiors, high quality service and delicious food more than justifies the high prices. A top teppanyaki chef prepares everything in front of you.
Accommodation: The Peninsula Tokyo
Room category: Premier Suite
 August 12thth (Sat)   Embarkation
Meet an English speaking driver at the hotel lobby for the transfer to Yokohama pier by a private car.

Arrive at Yokohama pier. Upon arrival, check in to the cruise.

** The check-in counter will open at 12:00. And you must check-in at least 2 hours before the departure time.

Departure from Yokohama pier.

 August 13thth (Sun)   Tokushima
Arrive at Tokushima pier.
Take a complimentary shuttle bus to the city center in Tokushima.

Enjoy Awa-odori dance festival in the evening.

** Seats in the best category are arranged as a benefit for The Ryokan Collection members.
Awa-odori dance festival began in 1586 when Iemasa Hachisuka hosted a party to celebrate the opening of Tokushima castle.
After many centuries, Awa-odori dance festival became very famous and around 1.3 million people flock to Tokushima for this festival.

The dancers often sing a traditional song while they are dancing.
This is the common phrase of the song:
Odoru ahou ni - - - - The dancers are fools
Miru ahou - - - - The watchers are fools
Onaji ahou nara - - - - Both are fools alike so
Odorana son son - - - - Why not dance?
It's also common to chant sounds (with no meaning) such as Yoi, yoi, yoi, yoi!

Also, the Awa-odori dance is characterized by irregular steps (said to have its origins in the drunken history of the festival). There are two versions of the dance, the night time version is frenzied and energetic.

After Awa-odori dance festival, a complimentary shuttle bus takes you to Tokushima pier.

Departure from Tokushima pier.

 August 14th (Mon)   Cruising
Cruising at Seto inland sea all day.
 August 15th (Tue)   Busan in Korea
Cruising at Kanmon straits.

Arrive at Busan pier in Korea.
Spend the time at leisure and explore the city of Busan

Departure from Busan pier.
 August 16th (Wed)   Cruising
Cruising at sea all day.

 August 17th (Thu)   Cruising
Cruising at sea all day.

Enjoy Kumano fireworks festival from the cruise ship in the evening.
Kumano fireworks festival has a history of over 300 years. With the Kumano-nada sea as backdrop, over 10,000 fireworks are launched from boats to light up the summer night sky. It includes the famed "water-surface fireworks" where a ship leaves self-exploding fireworks in its wake. This is seriously a spectacular fireworks show.

** Kumano fireworks festival is subject to the weather condition and it may be cancelled by the sponsor's sole discretion. If event is cancelled due to inclement weather, no refunds or exchanges will be made.

 August 18th (Fri)   Travel to Kyoto
Arrive at Osaka pier.

Meet an English speaking driver at the exit of cruise ship for the transfer to Kyoto by a private car.

=An Exclusive lunch with Maiko performance at prestigious Ochaya tea house =
Though Geiko and Maiko are still symbols of Japan, but they are a rare sight these days. However, this evening, you can have Geiko and Maiko show you Japanese dances and play traditional musical instruments in their traditional costume, and they will sit together with you, serve drinks in the Japanese way, play games and take some photos with you.
=A Private Tea ceremony at local temple=
Attend a private tea ceremony. Sen no Rikyu was the tea master who perfected "Cha no Yu," the way of tea ceremony, in the 16th century. He had a disciplined lifestyle and defined the term wabi cha by emphasizing simplicity, rustic-ness and other humble qualities in the tea ceremony.
Explore the city by a private car.
English speaking driver will take you any place you wish to visit.

Heading back to Osaka by a private car.

Arrive at Osaka pier.
Dinner is available in the cruise ship.

Departure from Osaka pier.
 August 19th (Sat)   Shimizu
Arrive at Shimizu pier.
Spend the time at leisure and explore the city of Shimizu.
Departure from Shimizu pier.
 August 20th (Sun)   Disembarkation
Arrive at Yokohama pier in the morning.
Upon arrival, you will meet an English speaking driver at the pier for the transfer to ryokan in Hakone or Izu.

Arrive at ryokan.
The rest of day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Yoshimatsu, Yama no Chaya, Hakone Suishoen, Atami Sekaie,
Atami Fufu or Yagyu no sho

Please choose one ryokan from the below list.
- Yoshimatsu
- Yama no Chaya
- Hakone Suishoen
- Atami Sekaie
- Atami Fufu
- Yagyu no sho
 August 21th (Mon)   Departure
Departure from Narita/Haneda airport.

Diamond Princess Cruise Ship
Inaugural cruise : March 13, 2004
Refurbished : March 2014
Passenger capacity : 2,706
Number of deck : 18
Tonnage : 115,875
Length : 952 feet
Height : 205 feet

** As benefits for The Ryokan collection members, dinings at Sabatini and Sterling steak house are included one time at each restaurant. (Usually extra charge will occur). Please ask the concierge in the cruise to make a reservation.
**The reservation and the admission fee are required for on board large public bath.
**We are happy to arrange an English speaking guide for 18th August upon your request.
**Cruise only program is available. (Not including stay at Hotel and Ryokan)
** The transfer from/to Narita/Haneda airport is not included.

JPY 1,150,000 per person

(based on two adults in one room)

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