Diamond Princess in Kagoshima, Japan © Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has revealed details of its 2018 Japan programme, which offers more than 60 voyages sailing between April and December.

Guests can cruise solely around Japan or combine it with other countries including South Korea, Taiwan, Russia and Vietnam.

Sailings from Japan have become increasingly popular among Princess Cruises’ UK guests, with Asia now the second most visited destination for the line.

Highlights of the 2018 programme include More Ashore night calls in 12 ports, allowing guests to enjoy more time on shore with departures from 9pm or later; a Highlights of Japan cruisetour available on 10 voyages at an extra cost, providing guests with the opportunity to experience the main sights in Kyoto or Tokyo before or after their cruise; and seven voyages inside of school summer holiday dates.

There will also be 12 UNESCO World Cruise Heritage Sites to explore such as the historic monuments of Ancient Kyoto, cruises that coincide with the Nebuta festival (departing 27 July) and Kumano fireworks (departing 15 August) and a Spring Flowers cruise (departing 13 April) for the spring cherry blossom season.

The season also includes six maiden ports of call and two new autumn sailings. The new voyages, named Fall Foliage, will take place during Japan’s peak autumn season. The itinerary includes calls to regions famous for their changing autumn colours, including Kyoto (Osaka) and Momijidani Park in Iwakuni.

Guests will sail on the 2,700-guest Diamond Princess. The ship is unique in the Princess fleet as it is tailored to offer Japanese experiences. The dining rooms serve a wide range of authentic cuisine, including sushi, and the ship boasts the largest Japanese bath of its kind at sea – a traditional onsen that’s both indoors and outdoors. ‘Rakugo’ storytelling performances and origami classes are also offered onboard.

The programme will go on sale tomorrow (22 February).

For more information or to book, visit princess.com/holiday or call 0843 374 2402.