The Daily Manila Shimbun


Princess Mako off to Hungary for private trip with father

August 19, 2017

TOKYO- Japanese Princess Mako left for Hungary early Saturday for a private trip with her father, Prince Akishino, taking a commercial flight from Tokyo International Airport at Haneda.

Prince Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, departed for the European country aboard a flight from Haneda on Friday afternoon.

Princess Mako, the first grandchild of the Emperor and the Empress, and Prince Akishino are set to visit a museum, a national park and a plantation in Hungary after joining in Budapest, the capital of the country.

The trip comes before the announcement on Sept. 3 of the princess' informal engagement to a former university classmate.

This is the third joint overseas trip by Prince Akishino and Princess Mako alone, after their first such travel, to Madagascar in 2007, and their second, to Laos in 2010.

They will return home on Wednesday. The princess is the eldest child of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko. Jiji Press