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Ireland and Japan: Marking 60 years

In July, the Embassy of Ireland presented the second half of its year-long programme celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan and highlighted Ireland as a destination for Japanese tourists.

Ireland and Japan: Marking 60 years through culture, sport and tourism

In July, the Embassy of Ireland presented the second half of its year-long programme celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan and highlighted Ireland as a destination for Japanese tourists.

Among the events coming up are a new world premiere production of Irish Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’, based on the author’s own handwritten stage notes, which will travel from Ireland for performances in Tokyo and Kyoto in September.

Ireland is famous for its horseracing and there will be a unique opportunity to celebrate this at Tokyo Racecourse on 14 October, when the annual Ireland Trophy Stakes will be upgraded to a Grade II event making it the largest race in Japan that day (Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes). An Irish cultural fair on the JRA grounds will mark the occasion with the racing day expected to attract huge crowds.

In November, Irish traditional music’s ‘national treasures’ The Chieftains, will make an eagerly-awaited return visit to Japan. The group is celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2017 and will perform in 10 venues around Japan beginning on 23 November. A variety of Japanese artists will join the Chieftains on stage, helping to express the spirit of exchange of this 60th anniversary year.

‘These events will help to celebrate and deepen the connections between Ireland and Japan. I hope that many Japanese people will learn more about our country and consider a visit to Ireland’ said the Ambassador of Ireland, Anne Barrington.

Ambassador Barrington added ‘To mark the 60th anniversary, a charter flight will travel direct from Tokyo to Dublin for the first time in August. It is fitting that this flight will be the very first direct flight from anywhere in East Asia to Ireland.’

Travellers on the sold-out charter flight will enjoy a 9 day tour around Ireland, organised by Club Tourism, which will take in some of Ireland’s most popular sites including the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way, the longest coastal driving route in the world on Ireland’s west coast. Along this route there will be many opportunities to experience Irish traditional culture, music and dance, as well as to sample wonderful fresh seafood.

The tour will start and end in Dublin, Ireland’s capital and a hub of cultural activity designated a UNESCO City of Literature. Among the cultural landmarks included will be Ireland’s famous 9th century Celtic manuscript, the Book of Kells housed in the famous Long Room of Trinity College.

‘I am delighted that this first charter flight is completely booked out and wish all of the travellers well. Ireland has a lot to offer visitors from our ancient history to vibrant modern cities, from the wild outdoors to amazing galleries and museums. Match all of this with safe streets, warm and welcoming people and great food, and you have a perfect destination for Japanese travellers.

For information on 60th anniversary events please see the Embassy’s dedicated listings page ( or follow us on social media: Twitter IrishEmbJapan) and Facebook ( Tourist information on Ireland is available on the new Japanese-language Tourism website,


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