Japanese Crown Prince, Princess visit Kraków

The Crown Prince and the Crown Princess during the visit the Royal Castle on Wawel hill. Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

Crown Prince Akishino of Japan and his wife, Crown Princess Kiko, on Saturday, the second day of their Polish trip, visited the southern city of Kraków.

The Royal Couple was welcomed by the Mayor of Kraków, Jacek Majchrowski, followed by an official breakfast held in the city's historic cloth hall (Sukiennice) and attended by the head of the Polish President's Office and local government leaders.

Crown Prince Akishino said he was extremely pleased that on such an important occasion as the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and Poland, he and Crown Princess Kiko could come to Poland and its historical capital Kraków for the first time. "I was looking forward to coming to this beautiful medieval city, which in 2002 was also visited by the Emperor and the Empress," the Crown Prince said, adding that Kraków, like the old capital of Japan - Kyoto has a very rich history and is very popular among Japanese people.

In the afternoon, the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess were scheduled to visit the Royal Castle on Wawel hill, the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology.

The Royal Couple will also visit the central town of Łowicz before leaving Poland. The official farewell ceremony for the Japanese Royal Couple will take place on Monday afternoon in the Belvedere Palace.

On Tuesday the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will travel to Finland, a country which is also celebrating its 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Japan.