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About Unique Japan Tours

Our Story

Unique Japan Tours is a global Japan travel specialist company, registered with Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) and the Irish Travel Agents Association. Our Managing Director, Darina Slattery, is an Alumni of the University of Ulster and the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. She holds an MA in International Marketing and a BA in Business with Japanese. After studying in Japan, Darina developed expertise in Japanese culture, language and traditions. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Japan. Darina has forged strong cultural relationships and has been the Chairperson of the Ireland Japan Association 2009-2011 & 2016-2020. 

Combining both theory and practice, Darina created Unique Japan Tours. She has built an internationally diverse team around her. Their sole purpose is to help you enjoy the attractive, mysterious and adventurous destination that is Japan.

Darina and her team have spent the past twenty years researching and designing exciting adventurous routes throughout Japan. The itineraries are personally designed to embrace Japan’s highlights as well as some hidden gems. The company’s head office is based in Dublin with another office in London & Tokyo.

Our Crew

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 contributes to making each and every tour unique and personal in its own way. Our wonderful team of local Japanese staff is what makes 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 with us!

Unique Japan Tours

  • Darina Slattery
    Managing Director
    Darina Slattery
    Managing Director

    Darina first went to Japan in 1998 as part of a university exchange programme (Business Studies with Japanese). She spent a number of years studying all things Japanese until she moved back to Ireland in 2003. On her return, she spent a further year doing an MBS in International Marketing at the Smurfit Graduate School of Business, where she researched the idea of specialising in two markets; Japan and Ireland. While in Japan she spent considerable time traveling around, whilst also working full-time, her passion for Japan has continued and she takes regular trips to Japan to keep in touch with her contacts for both business and pleasure. Darina enjoys horse riding, skiing, hiking, dancing, adventure traveling and working!

  • Kumiko Breen
    Operations Administrator
    Kumiko Breen
    Operations Administrator

    Kumiko has been with Unique Japan Tours since the early days. She joined us in 2008 when we were a mere yearling! She helps design fabulous tours, prepares our detailed travel packs, and is our technical genius for the most part! Originally from Himeji, Kumi has settled in well to life in Ireland.

  • Mizuki Kamakura
    Japan Travel Specialist
    Mizuki Kamakura
    Japan Travel Specialist

    Originally from Kobe, Japan, Mizuki is one of our newest Japan Travel Specialists, but already one of the most passionate about her job! 😉

  • Shane Kelly
    Finance Department
    Shane Kelly
    Finance Department

    Shane has worked with our accounts team (indirectly) since 2013. More recently, he has joined our team directly & remotely in 2021. Shane holds a degree in accounting and finance from the Technological University Dublin. With almost ten years practice experience, Shane brings with him expertise in sectors such as construction, travel, retail, and hospitality. Shane loves to travel, particularly in Asia, so he couldn’t be more suited to the role of Accounts Administrator for Unique Japan Tours!

  • Andrew Clarke
    Marketing Manager
    Andrew Clarke
    Marketing Manager

    Andrew has spent 8 years living and working in Japan and is intimately familiar with Japan's destinations, highlights and cultural experiences offered by Unique Japan Tours. He has been working on and off with Unique Japan Tours since 2012 and has been running our social media channels and digital marketing for many years. 

  • Kaori Kijima
    Japan Travel Specialist
    Kaori Kijima
    Japan Travel Specialist

    Kaori has been in the travel industry for more than 20 years. She started my career in a leading travel agency in Japan, planning many tours and making brochures for travellers. Since she moved to the UK in 2002, she continued my career by experiencing sales, planning, managing, and operations for both leisure and business before becoming a Japan travel consultant for Unique Japan Tours. She has travelled all over the world, would love to help many people's dream trip come true.

  • Hiromi Kanehara
    Operations Manager (Tokyo Based)
    Hiromi Kanehara
    Operations Manager (Tokyo Based)
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Our Promise

The core values of our company are customer service and customer safety.

We promise to provide first-class customer service in assisting you to choose one of our small group or self-guided tours or design a tailor-made tour to match your dreams. When you contact our company your personal travel consultant will be appointed to manage your travel plans.

We promise while you are in Japan that your safety is our number one priority. In the unlikely event of an emergency, or should something of an unforeseen nature occur, our local staff will respond to your every need. This 24/7 customer support will deal with anything from lost luggage to rescheduling itineraries.

We promise that our private guides will assist you in exploring the treats that Japan has in store. Our knowledge and in-depth experience will ensure you are exposed to the wide and diverse culture of Japan. This will make choosing Unique Japan Tours a memorable lifetime experience.


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