Sydney, Osaka, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo, Hakodate, Niigata, Kanazawa, Busan, Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Kōchi, Kobe

$5099—Autumn Japan cruise w/air & 3-nt tour, save up to 56%

Kim de Vries
Deal Expert
You'll enjoy a guided tour of Japan from Osaka to Tokyo, then a 13-night circular Princess cruise

Why We Love This Deal

Diamond Princess is part of Princess Cruises' Grand Class, and offers passengers an unrivalled holiday at sea. Highlights include street performances in the stylish atrium, world-class productions at the state-of-the-art theatre, dazzling views of the night sky from the balcony of Skywalker's Lounge, and even an Izumi Japanese Bath, the largest of its kind at sea (which is modelled on the concept of the Japanese onsen). The ship also has its very own golf course, duty free shopping, ping pong tournaments, as well as multiple dining and entertainment venues on board.

With this exclusive fly-stay-cruise package from Cruise1st, you'll be on your way to see Japan's famous autumn foliage which draws plenty of international visitors every year. Usually peaking by early November, you'll be able to spot the vivid autumn colours (known locally as koyo) adorning the trees, gardens, mountains and carpeted slopes. 

Your exciting itinerary starts with a flight from Sydney to Osaka, where you'll spend the night before embarking on a bucket-list guided tour of some of Japan's most stellar attractions, including Kyoto, Mount Fuji and Tokyo. From there, you'll board the regal Diamond Princess – named the 'Best International Ship in Japan' by the Cruise Magazine Reader’s Poll – for a breath-taking 13-night roundtrip cruise that departs from and returns to the port of Yokohama via 11 must-see stops. This jam-packed itinerary will see you visiting the lively ports of Tokyo (Yokohama), Hakodate, Niigata, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato, Busan, Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Kōchi, Kobe, Wakayama and Omaezaki. Flights back to Sydney are also included following your epic cruise.

Travelzoo members can now save up to 56% on this incredible 18-night package, with prices starting from $4999 per person for an inside cabin. Insider's tip: usually this type of package holiday would cost more than double the price! 

What's included

  • One-way flight from Sydney to Osaka
  • 1-night stay at a 4-star hotel in Osaka
  • 4-day fully guided land tour of Japan with accommodation, transport and daily breakfast
  • 13-night cruise from Yokohama (Tokyo) to Yokohama (Tokyo) aboard Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess
  • Meals and entertainment while onboard
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Prepaid gratuities while cruising
  • One-way flight from Tokyo to Sydney

When

This itinerary departs Sydney on 7 November 2025.

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Cabin upgrades

Featured prices are based on an Interior Cabin while cruising, however, we've found even greater savings on upgraded cabins. You'll save $7183 per person if you upgrade to an Oceanview Cabin, and $7739 if you book a Balcony Cabin. If you treat yourself to an opulent Mini-Suite, you'll save an impressive $9659 per person. Upgrades start from $650 per person:

  • +$550 for an Oceanview Cabin
  • +$1800 for a Balcony Cabin 
  • +$3200 for a Mini-Suite 

Holiday snapshot

Sydney - Osaka - Nara - Kyoto - Osaka - Takayama - Shirakawa Go - Nagano - Mt. Fuji - Tokyo - Yokohama - Hakodate - Niigata - Kanazawa - Sakaiminato - Busan - Nagasaki - Kagoshima - Kōchi - Kobe - Wakayama - Omaezaki - Yokohama (Tokyo) - Sydney

About the cruise

Day 1 – Your holiday kicks off on 7 November 2025 with a one-way flight from Sydney to Osaka. Here, you'll spend the night in a 4-star hotel, before you are whisked off on a thrilling 4-day tour that will take you to key Japanese landmarks.

Day 2  Your sightseeing tour today will take you from Osaka to Nara (a city filled with historical temples), then onto the ever-popular Kyoto, before you head back to Osaka.

Day 3 Next up, you'll travel north from Osaka to Takayama, before you visit Shirakawa Go near the coast, and wrap up the day in Nagano, situated in Japan's central Chūbu region.

Day 4 – Get ready to travel to the iconic Mt. Fuji, Japan's tallest peak and one of its three sacred mountains. From here, you'll set your sights on Japan's bustling capital, Tokyo.

Day 5 – Today is dedicated to sightseeing in Tokyo, giving you just enough time to get a taste of this sprawling city. Must-see landmarks include Senso-ji Temple and the nearby Asakusa-jinja Shrine, the famous Shibuya Crossing (the world's busiest pedestrian crossing), the beautiful grounds of Meiji-jingu Shrine, the Nezu Museum – housing a private collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art – and, not forgetting, the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, where you can head up to the 52nd floor to the Tokyo City View observation deck to enjoy the incredible views below.

Day 6 – Your land voyage comes to an end (for now) as you do your last bit of Tokyo sightseeing before you board your cruise from the Port of Yokohama on 12 November 2025. 

Day 7 – Cruising

Day 8 – The first stop on your Japanese cruise is Hakodate, once a fishing port and now Hokkaido's largest city. Here, you can see Goryokaku, the remains of the first modern forts of Japan, or visit the four-block-long Morning Market, where you'll find vendors selling top-quality fresh fish and shellfish.

Day 9 – Your next port of call is Niigata, which boasts stunning coastal and mountainous landscapes. If you're up for it, you can indulge in some year-round hot spring bathing - head to Iwamuro Onsen, about 45 minutes out of the city, for some relaxation. 

Day 10 – You'll cruise south down the coast to Kanazawa, located on Honshu, the main island of Japan. Kanazawa, meaning "marsh of gold" has many interesting attractions, including the Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle.

Day 11 – Next up is the small fishing port of Sakaiminato: known as the gateway to a very ancient region of Honshu. While you're here, keep an eye out for Yokai, about 100 bronze statues of supernatural characters, created by the well-known manga comic author, Shigeru Mizuki.

Day 12 – Today, you'll cross the Sea of Japan as you make your way towards Busan, South Korea's second largest city. Busan features many ancient temples contrasted with skyscrapers and beaches, making it a fascinating place to visit.

Day 13 – As you keep sailing south, you'll arrive at Nagasaki on the Japanese island of Kyushu. Of course, many people associate the city with the 1945 nuclear bombing; today, you can visit several museums which commemorate the city's past, including The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and the Nagasaki Peace Museum. 

Day 14 – Next, you'll stop at Kagoshima, which has been voted Japan's friendliest city. Here, you'll spot Sakura Jima, the very active volcano that lies just across the bay. It is said to have erupted more than 30 times in recorded history.

Day 15 – Today, your cruise takes you to the island of Shikoku, where you'll dock at Kōchi, facing Urado Bay. The city is named after Kōchi Castle, which was completed in 1611. In general, the area is known for its natural beauty and the healing waters of its popular hot springs.  

Day 16 – Your cruise will dock on the southern side of Honshu, at the Port of Kobe. As the fifth-largest city in Japan, Kobe forms part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area along with neighbouring Osaka and Kyoto. Kobe is in fact the gateway to Kyoto, which is widely recognised as Japan's ancient imperial capital. During your stay in Kobe, be sure to check out the impressive Mount Rokkō, as well as its sacred temples, and the nearby Himeji Castle.

Day 17 – As you circle Osaka Bay, you'll reach the city of Wakayama, set at the mouth of the river Kinokawa. Offering more than 600 kilometres of coastline, this area is ideal for snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving, or simply relaxing on the beach. You can also enjoy animal encounters at Adventure World, or go on a walking tour of the 1200-year-old Koyasan monastery complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 18 – On your final full day of cruising, you'll visit Omaezaki at the tip of Omaezaki Peninsula on Japan's Pacific coast. It is one of the biggest producers of green tea in the area, and is also home to the dramatic Hamaoka Sand Dunes. On a sunny day you can check out the Nihondaira Park Outlook, which offers panoramic vistas of Mt. Fuji in the distance.

Day 19 – As you sail up the coast back towards the Port of Yokohama, your grand voyage comes to an end. You'll catch a return flight from Tokyo to Sydney on 25 November 2025.

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When You Can Go

7 November 2025

Savings

Up to 56%

$5099—Autumn Japan cruise w/air & 3-nt tour, save up to 56%

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