Britain's Prince William is due to arrive in Japan on Thursday, the first stop on his official week-long North Asian tour, where he will stay for three days before flying to China.
The Duke of Cambridge's trip to Japan from February 26 to March 1 will be followed by a four-day visit to China from March 1 to March 4. He is traveling without wife Kate, who is seven months pregnant, and son George.
"This will be The Duke's first visit to both countries – two of the world's leading economies, and he is very much looking forward to the opportunity to start building a relationship with and an understanding of both China and Japan," Miguel Head, private secretary to The Duke of Cambridge wrote in a statement.
William's visit has sparked a flurry of excitement. Japanese twitter users are flooding the site with recommendations of local delicacies under the hashtag #ウィリアム王子に食べて欲しいもの, which translates to "Things I would like Prince William to try eating".
"In preparation for his big arrival on Thursday, I have been struck by how supportive, excited and generous our friends in Japan have been. Like any member of the British Royal Family, The Duke's life attracts a lot of attention, but particularly so in Japan," said Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan
What's on the agenda?
"The Duke's visit to Japan will be one of contrast: old and new, city and country, high speed and slow pace," said Head.