• Kinkaku-ji

Japan Holidays

Famous for its beautiful Cherry Blossom season in April, the flaming orange and red foliage in Autumn, the hot and steamy springs of Mount Fuji and many other strange and beautiful things to see and do, in and out of the city, prepare to be astounded on a Japanese holiday.

A holiday in Japan never ceases to surprise, offering a mind-blowing melting pot of culture, nature and history that would satisfy even the most ardent of Japan enthusiasts. Speed your way across the ever-changing Japanese landscape as you ride a Shinkansen (bullet train) and explore the very best of Japanese tourism. See the Geishas in Kyoto, observe the fascinating art of a Japanese Tea Ceremony, surround yourself with world-class Japanese architecture such as Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple, take a stroll through Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima and shop til you drop on the neon-lit streets of Shinjuku. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape filled with indulgence, a cultural adventure packed full of history or some fun-packed family bonding time, a Japanese holiday will delight and amaze.

Land of the Rising Sun

For incredible photo opportunities and magical moments take a Lake Ashi boat cruise to see the snow-tipped peaks of Mount Fuji. Wildlife lovers will enjoy a day trip to Jigokudani Monkey Park where loveable snow monkeys bathe in the hot springs of this region. If you’re more of a city slicker looking for some Japanese weirdness, Robot Restaurant in Tokyo will leave you stunned with its bright neon laser show involving robots, anime, samurai and crazy techno music.

Holidays to Japan are overflowing with bucket list experiences. Give our Destination Specialists a call to plan a Japanese holiday package that includes the very best of Japan’s intoxicating culture and magical landscapes.

Destination Highlights
  • Cruise across Lake Ashi and immerse yourself in mountain spirit as you cast your eyes upon the breathtaking views of Mount Fuji
  • Soak your troubles away and relax the body and mind in a Japanese onsen (hot spring) and treasure the traditional experience of staying at a Japanese ryokan
  • Explore the dazzling districts of Tokyo, meander through the street markets, shop til you drop, and enjoy some of the best sushi in the world
  • Visit the many shrines and temples that line the Philosophers path in Kyoto, known as one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan

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.

Japan

Japan is a year-round destination with lots to offer regardless of the weather conditions. The best time to visit Japan is springtime, between March and May when the cherry blossoms are blooming. The rainy season is between June and July and Typhoon season is between July and October, although there are still plenty of safe and interesting things you can see and do during this time.

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Average weather in January

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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

    Don't be afraid to hop on public transport. Japan has one of the best public transport systems in the world. If you are visiting a few cities a JR Pass is ideal as it allows you to travel on all Japan Rail lines for 7, 14 or 21 days but it must be booked before you arrive in Japan.

  • 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.”

Events and Festivals

Japan offers a huge selection of natural events and traditional festivals held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our recommendations.

  • Hanami (cherry blossom season)

    Some of the world’s best events are shaped purely by Mother Nature. During two weeks in spring, cherry blossom petals fall like snow from the south to the north of Tokyo, creating picture-perfect scenes across the city. Over this period, you can sample a wide variety of cherry blossom based teas, confectionery and foods.

  • Golden Week

    Golden Week is a week-long public holiday that takes place at the end of April to the beginning of May each year. It’s advisable to avoid travelling to Japan during this time as internal Japanese tourism is a little crazy. You’ll find many of the tours and tourist destinations in Japan are fully booked or overcrowded.

  • Autumn Foliage

    The beautiful colours of Japan’s Autumn foliage are revealed between September and December. Head to Daisetsuzan National Park to enjoy the beauty of this natural occurrence along with stunning mountain ranges, hiking trails, hot spring resorts and diverse wildlife.

Local Cuisine

Traditional Japanese food is generally created upon the ‘rules of 5’; using five colours (black, white, green, yellow and red), five cooking techniques (boiling, grilling, steaming, frying and raw) and five flavours (salty, sour, sweet, spicy and bitter.) World-famous for its emphasis on incredibly fresh and seasonal ingredients, the food of Japan is sure to be a major highlight of your holiday in Japan.

  • Sushi

    There is no better sushi in the world than the sushi you will discover in Japan. Sushi is cooked, vinegared white rice either served alone or rolled in a seaweed wrap (nori) with fresh fish, meat or vegetables.

  • Sashimi

    Sashimi is thinly sliced raw meat/fish such as fresh salmon or tuna, served with pickles, wasabi and soy sauce.

  • Tempura

    Seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep-fried. The dish was influenced by Portuguese settlers in Japan and the name "tempura" relates to that origin.

  • Yakitori

    Yakitori is a Japanese type of skewered chicken grilled over a charcoal fire and usually seasoned with tare sauce or salt.

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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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