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With one foot in the future and another in folklore, Japan is a thrilling jumble of pristine temples, stunning green landscapes and glittering metropolises. Taking your holidays in Japan allows you to explore the myth and magic of a new culture with an incredible heritage, from its cutting-edge urban spaces to its spiritual sights, and not to mention its world-famous cuisine.

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Fall for the Land of the Rising Sun

With one foot in the future and another in folklore, Japan is a thrilling jumble of pristine temples, stunning green landscapes and glittering metropolises. This clash of the old and the new makes Japan a truly unique place, a growing holiday destination filled with never-ending excitement and unexpected delights.

Taking your holidays in Japan allows you to explore the myth and magic of a new culture with an incredible heritage. From its cutting-edge urban spaces to its spiritual sights, and not to mention its world-famous cuisine, there’s a wealth of things to see and do here.

Staff Tips

  • Despite its futuristic reputation, cash is still king in Japan. Many places don't take payment by card
  • Public wi-fi isn't common here - consider buying a personal wi-fi hotspot before visiting

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Quick Facts:


Local Time: 08:22


Transfer Time: 1.00


Currency: Yen


Fly From: Dublin


Average flight time: 14hrs


Language: Japanese


 


Temperatures

Japan has distinct seasons with varying temperatures. During Summer, temperatures generally reach a height of 26°C with the coolest weather coming during January with lows averaging at 5°C.

 

When to Go

Spring and Autumn - from March to May and September to November respectively - are considered the best time to visit, with clear skies, pleasant temperatures and beloved seasonal events like the cherry blossom festival. Winter months are less popular with tourists, so expect cheaper prices at this time of year.

Dining out

Japan’s cuisine is full of delicious specialties and unforgettable flavours; from ramen, to sushi, takoyaki and don’t forget the world-famous Kobe beef. Your Japan travel is not complete without taking the time to experience the local delicacies on offer. Tokyo alone is home to 230 Michelin star restaurants making it a foodie world capital. For simpler fare, explore its street food scene and smaller mom-and-pop style eateries. Oftentimes dining spots will specialise is as little as one dish, with generations and expertise going into its craft. Osaka too is renowned as a major food capital of Japan with an incredible number of authentic, tradition recipes unique to its thriving food scene. Whatever part of the country you go to, you will find delicious local twists on traditional national dishes, a true culinary adventure.

Popular things to see in Japan

It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to things to do in this country. Tourist attractions in Japan come in so many forms. In Tokyo, you can visit the otherworldly Seno-ji temple. Why not visit Tokyo’s iconic districts like stylish Harajuku or shopping Mecca Shinjuku for a jolt of energy. You’ll also find plenty of museums to satisfy art lovers. The ancient capital of Kyoto has many of its own traditional festivals, and is home to famous landmarks like the Kinkakuji Temple, also called the Golden Pavilion. Make sure to visit the Gion district and discover its long-lasting Geisha scene. One of the most popular things to do in Japan is the Cherry Blossom Viewing, just a few days during Spring when tons of parties, festivals and celebrations take place. And don’t forget to go for a sing-song in a karaoke bar!

Places to go

Tokyo

A futuristic metropolis full of famous sights, from urban icons to spiritual shrines.

Kyoto

Japan’s historic capital, famed for its geishas, its temples and stunning gardens.

Osaka

A relaxed port city with modern architecture, tons of history and delectable local cuisine.

Nara

With rich history going back to the 8th century, Nara is a feast of temples, shrines, museums and more.

Hakone

This mountain town is famed for its tranquil hot springs and spectacular views of Mt. Fuji.

Hiroshima

Visit Peace Park, stunning landscaped gardens, fascinating museums and pay respects at the city’s memorials.

Takayama

A mountain city packed with charming wooden houses, famed for its festivals celebrating spring and fall.

Sapporo

Japan’s 5th largest city, famous for its skiing, its beer and its Snow Festival with its spectacular ice sculptures.

Things to see

Mount Fuji

One of the country’s most famous sights. This volcano towers above the landscape and can be seen from many captivating viewing points.

Meiji Shrine

Found in Shibuya, Meiji Shrine is a spectacular site dedicated to the country’s former Emperor Meiji.

Senso-ji

Tokyo’s oldest temple, celebrated for its rich Buddhist heritage. A truly unforgettable sight.

Osaka Castle

One of the most important and historic castles in Japan. Famous as a destination choosing the cherry blossom season.

Tokyo Tower

333 metres high, this steep tower looms above the Tokyo landscape, a perennially popular tourist destination.

Harajuku

The fashion epicentre of Tokyo, Harajuku is known for its style, shopping and youthful vibe.

Kyoto Imperial Palace

A sumptuous example of classical Japanese architecture, rich with history and perfect for a guided tour.

Itsukushima Shrine

This spiritual site is most famous for its ‘floating’ traditional torii gate, a truly memorable sight.