Princess Mako, 22, the oldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, left Haneda airport on Wednesday morning for London to begin one year of study in England.
Mako will study for a master's degree in museology at the University of Leicester's graduate school in central England and will stay in a student dorm.
The princess was educated at the prestigious Gakushuin School in her primary, junior high, and high school years, then studied English at University College Dublin in 2010 and the University of Edinburgh in 2012. She graduated from the International Christian University in Tokyo in March with a degree in Art and Cultural Heritage.
Mako is expected to return to Japan briefly during the New Year period to attend to some official duties.© Japan Today