Emperor Akihito; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on October 28, 2008.

Prince Charles and Camilla arrived in Tokyo, Japan on October 27, 2008 to start off their tour of East Asia. They will also visit Brunei, after which Prince Charles will continue on to Indonesia, while The Duchess of Cornwall will return home. The Prince of Wales last visited Japan in 1990; the trip is the first official one for The Duchess of Cornwall.

The visit coincides with the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Japan. During this trip, Prince Charles will focus on promoting environmental sustainability, emerging technologies, education and heritage.

The British royals met with Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito upon their arrival. On their second day, they attended a private dinner with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Today, October 29, 200, Prince Charles and Camilla visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Todaiji Temple, one of the best-known Buddhist sites in Nara. They met with students in the Nara Traditional Craft Museum. Prince Charles also went to the Sharp Research and Development Centre to see how the company is using renewable energy. The Duchess of Cornwall met with children and staff from local Osaka schools involved in the British Council’s School Links project.

Tomorrow, October 30, Prince Charles, accompanied by Japan’s Princess Takamado, will visit Nagano’s Afan Forest to see how it is being managed sustainably to promote and protect bio-diversity. They will also visit a tea factory and meet with organic farmers. Tomorrow night, they will be the guests of honor at a dinner hosted by Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako at the Imperial Palace.

via The Prince of Wales website; image used with permission from newscom.