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Our Team

Unique Japan Tours (UJT) is a neatly run, highly specialised travel company, founded by Darina Slattery in 2007. Darina set this company up after realising that Japan had so much more to offer Westerners, than the Japanese knew themselves. With her knowledge, passion, and eagerness to please people, Unique Japan Tours now run tours for all nationalities who wish for a personal service that is with you from the start of your trip to the end.

Darina and her team have spent 10 years developing a diverse mix of travel itineraries ranging from budget – style independent trips, to fully tailored luxury itineraries. UJT have carefully chosen Japan Travel Specialists and Operators from all over the world but mainly in Ireland, UK, and Japan. Darina is a longtime council member and current Chairperson of the Ireland Japan Association (IJA), and Unique Japan Tours is a member of several travel trade organisations; most recently having officially joined the Japan Association of Travel Agents in December 2017.

Our Team

  • Darina Slattery
    Managing Director
  • Karen Abe
    Japan Travel Specialist
  • Michiko Ishimoto
    Japan Travel Specialist
  • Aisling Duignan
    Japan Travel Specialist
  • Yaqin Rozi
    Accounts Administrator
  • Andrew Clarke
    Digital Marketing Manager
  • Tomohiko Moritani
    Japan/Ireland Tour Guide
  • Kumiko Breen
    Japan Travel Specialist

Helpers along the way…

We have a long list of others who help us all across Japan (local guides, drivers, assistants at the airport, and so on). Each one of these individuals contribute to making each and every tour unique and personal in its own way. Our wonderful team of local Japanese staff are what make our tours so unique. They bring expert knowledge and a lovely friendly approach to touring Japan. We hope you get to know our team well while you enjoy your trip!

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