Japan: Need to know
The cheapest fare from Dublin is €639 return with SAS via Copenhagen. Book with Trailfinders (01 6777 888; trailfinders.ie)
With tourism down 75pc, many hotels have discounts A double in Tokyo's Hyatt
Regency (hyattregency tokyo.com) starts from Â¤170 while the five-star Peninsula (peninsula.com) has rates at less than Â¤300 for a double.
is it safe?
Most of the country, including the popular tourist destinations of Kyoto, Hokkaido and Osaka, was not affected by the earthquake/tsunami.
Most of the damaged infrastructure in Tohoku has been repaired; it is safe to travel there, except along stretches of the coast and the area close to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility.
The Japanese government has placed a 30km (19 mile) exclusion zone around the plant.
In Britain, however, the Foreign Office (fco.gov.uk) advises against all travel to within a 60km (37 mile) radius unless transiting through the area via the Tohoku Expressway or by bullet train.
Radiation levels are monitored closely.