Shinkansen Service reaches Hokkaido

Japan’s shinkansen high-speed rail network marked a significant milestone today with the official opening of the first stage of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, directly linking the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu with the promise of faster travel times and comfortable, sleek new trains. The first scheduled service, Hayate 91, left Shin-Aomori station at 0632 hrs for … Continue reading

Princess Cruises Grows Presence In Japan, Unveils Preview Sailings For New Ship

Princess Cruises, a division of Carnival Corporation, has revealed plans to grow its presence in Japan with the deployment of a second ship to the market. The line has also announced 2 preview cruises for the upcoming Royal Princess, designed to allow cruises a taste of the new ship before its official inauguration.   Second Ship … Continue reading

EVA Air Launches Scheduled Hakodate Flights

Taiwanese carrier EVA Air has launched scheduled flights between its Taipei base and the Japanese port city of Hakodate. No stranger on the route, the airline has operated seasonal charters since 1998, providing approximately 400 flights during this time.   EVA Air will initially fly twice weekly, with flight BR 138 taking off from Taipei … Continue reading

Princess Cruises Plans New Japan Deployment

Princess Cruises is preparing to expand in Japan with the announcement that it will send a ship to the country next year. The 2,022-passenger Sun Princess will be based out of Kobe and Yokohama from April 2013 to operate a series of 9 cruises in what is arguably the largest ever deployment by a global cruise line in the … Continue reading

Holland America Deploys ms Volendam To Asia For 2012/2013

Holland America Line has announced that the 60,890-GRT ms Volendam will return to cruise Asian waters in 2013, in response to growing interest in the Far East. The vessel, which is poised to visit the region in early 2012, will sail a series of itineraries visiting Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. … Continue reading