• Kinkaku-ji

Japan Holidays

Known as the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan is home to intoxicating landscapes, stunning history and vibrant city life; the ultimate country of contrasts.

Offering a unique melting pot of culture, Japan boasts a range of sights and activities for any intrepid traveller: from wandering around Kyoto’s Gion District to see Geisha and taking in the panoramic views from Tokyo Tower’s viewing platform, to arranging an excursion to Mount Fuji and Hakone.  We recommend travelling around the country on the futuristic high speed bullet trains - they make your connections between cities much quicker, and allow you to pack far more into your trip.

Why not combine two fascinating countries in one adventure? Visit Japan and China together to spend two weeks exploring their amazing history and culture.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Don a kimono in Kyoto and learn how the Geisha live
  • Explore the national Park at Mount Fuji
  • Stay in a traditional ryokan for a taste of authentic Japanese hospitality
  • Visit the poignant Peace Memorial in Horishima
  • Picnic under the Spring cherry blossom in Tokyo's pretty parks
  • Experience a high speed bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto

Time Zone

GMT+9

Flight Time

Indirect flights available from Ireland with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong, Emirates via Dubai and KLM via Amsterdam.

Currency

Japanese yen (JPY)

Visa Information

Irish citizens don’t need to obtain a visa if staying less than 90 days.

Language

Japanese

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Japan.

The Japanese are proud of their culture and rightly so, with some of their social customs, such as bowing, or Ojigi, dating back to ancient times, this is one of the most polite nations on Earth. See this country at its prettiest during the Cherry Blossom season while Tokyo, a city that throbs with energy, has year-round appeal. Don’t miss the famous Shinjuku and Shibuyu neighbourhoods.

  • Mt Fuji

    Mount Fuji

    You’ll of course, be familiar with this sacred mountain as it’s one of Japan’s most iconic sights. Mount Fuji, or Fuji-san as it’s known in Japanese, is visible from Tokyo on a clear day. If you want to climb it, book your holiday for July and August.

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace

    Religious temples

    Japan abounds with gleaming temples and shrines, but you’ll discover some of the most celebrated ones in Kyoto – home to more than 2,000 religious sites. Ensure your camera is charged up for Kinkaku-ji, a spectacular lakeside pavilion covered in gold leaf.

Select month

Average weather in January

Good travel weather

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Japan
6ºC
62mm

Average weather in February

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7ºC
61mm

Average weather in March

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10ºC
125mm

Average weather in April

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15ºC
140mm

Average weather in May

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19ºC
151mm

Average weather in June

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23ºC
169mm

Average weather in July

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27ºC
183mm

Average weather in August

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28ºC
186mm

Average weather in September

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25ºC
215mm

Average weather in October

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19ºC
235mm

Average weather in November

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14ºC
108mm

Average weather in December

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9ºC
45mm
  • Karen

    Destination Specialist

    “Japan is best enjoyed late March to early April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and the true beauty of the country is uncovered.  But book early, or else you will miss out on this spectacular sight.”

  • George, Destination Specialist

    George

    Destination Specialist

    “Make sure to include a visit to Sagano Bamboo Forest in Kyoto and take the short walk to the Tenryuji Temple. To get the best pictures plan your visit in the morning before the large crowds arrive.”

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “There’s nothing better than sitting in your own private onsen while soaking up the amazing views that Japan has to offer. So why not choose to live like a local and stay in one of Japan’s many ryokans and enjoy the local hot springs.”

Our Japan destinations

Japan

Tokyo

Tokyo
Kiyomizu Temple Japan

Japan

Kyoto

Kyoto

Japan

Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Cherry blossom season in Japan

Japan

Takayama

Takayama

Japan

Osaka

Osaka

Types of Japan holidays

Japan Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Japan take 11 hours and 35 minutes. There are currently direct flights from London Heathrow to Tokyo with British Airways, Japan Airlines, and All Nippon Airways, along with various indirect flights from UK airports year-round.

Tipping is not part of the culture in Japan. In some circumstances, it may even be seen as insulting and it may be refused. So, it’s best to avoid tipping altogether and simply say thank you if you feel you have received particularly good service.

Japan has some of the safest and most efficient public transport in the world. But, plan ahead, it can get very busy during festivals and peak periods. Major cities may have some transport signs in English, but it is best to learn some phrases before you travel.

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