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Route Search- Japan rail fare calculator and travel navigator (between any station or
airport in Japan).
- About.com Japan for
Visitors - Travel to Japan: tips, sightseeing, entertainment, dining, transportation,
maps, culture, events, schooling, accommodation, history, and weather. Includes bi-weekly
feature about Japan.
Japan Travel Q&A - Veteran travelers answer your questions about tourism and
travel in Japan.
Travel Marketing Association - Japan - Japan highlights, news, events, tourism
contacts and links.
Travel Japan - Free independent travel information, with an open source travel guide
- A guide for travellers in Japan as well as monthly updates.
- A guide to travel and study in Japan. Includes travel guide, information about visas,
transport, accommodation and a searchable database of Japanese language schools.
World Japan - Listing of Japanese embassies and consulates in the world, as well as
other nation's embassies and consulates in Japan.
Guide To Japanese Money - Brief but very useful photos and descriptions of Japanese
bills and coins, plus what machines accept them.
English-Language Golf Course Guide - A comprehensive, English-language guide to
Japanese golf courses which always welcome non-Japanese players.
Guide for the Indian Traveller - Japan travel and tourism guide with tips, cuisine,
sports and events.
- Japan National Tourist
Organization - Japanese government site providing information for online budget hotel
reservations, regional guides, convention locations, museums, and important starting
- Japan Rail Pass
- Information on the Japan Rail Pass and where to buy it before coming to Japan.
Travel Guide - Guide to tourism, hotels, accommodation, destinations, and tour
National Holidays for 2003 - Listings of holidays when banks and offices are closed.
Rail Pass - Prices, validity period, and how to obtain.
- JR-West Rail Pass
- Kansai area pass or Sanyo area pass. How to purchase from outside of Japan.
- Mumu Travel
Tips in Japan - Basic travel tips on money, eating, culture and business for
first-timers to Japan.
- Price Check
Tokyo - Listing of prices for common everyday items in Japan.
Aquariums in Japan - Listings of major aquariums across the country.
Japan Homepage - A look at interesting and unusual places and events in Japan,
designed for people who want to get off the beaten track.
- Tara Group -
Based in Kobe offering personalized travel services and homestays.
- Today's Japan -
Information on downtown access from airport, culture, holidays, climate, dining,
transportation, accommodations, food, and tours.
International Airport - Includes flight schedules, maps, and airlines, plus details on
parking and ground transportation.
- Hiroshima Nishi
Airport - Hiroshima's western airport with ground transportation information, terminal
map and aircraft services.
International Airport - Contains flight and access information, departure and arrival
procedures, general information, and a comprehensive photo gallery.
- Kochi Airport - With
terminal map, telephone directory, flight information, city access, history of airport and
Airport - Ishikawa Prefecture airport page with flight schedule, access, history,
facilities, terminal map, related statistics, air cargo data, and links.
Airport - Includes guide to airport and its facilities, international and cargo
terminal information, map, access and guidebook to Kumamoto sightseeing.
Airport - Located in Matsumono City, Nagano Prefecture; with history, facilities and
- Misawa Airport -
Features profile and its facilities, ground transportation, flight information, gift
shops, local attractions and nearby hotels. Located in Aomori.
- Nagasaki Airport -
With information on flights, airport access, restaurants and shops.
- Nagoya Airport Terminal Building
- Official Nagoya international airport page with flight schedules, access, check-in
procedures, shopping, facilities and links.
- New Chitose Airport -
Hokkaido airport just outside Sapporo with terminal building information, telephone guide,
FAQ, maps, bus stops and taxi stands.
- Sendai Airport - With
listings of flights and related data, terminal map, airport access, profile and air cargo
- Sendai International
Airport - Includes location and access map, flight information, airport guide, ground
transportation, visitor information on Miyagi Prefecture and Sendai and links.
Airport - Information on its development, location, key statistics, flights to east
and southeast Asia, and access.
- Tokachi-Obihiro Airport -
Located in Hokkaido; providing flight schedules, airport access information, links, and
routes to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.
- Tokyo Narita
International Airport - Airport guide featuring terminal, hotel, car rental and car
Narita International Airport - Offers flight arrival and departure information,
services, and facilities.
Hotels - ANA Hotel Directory, ANA Hotels Sales Office.
- Associa Hotels and
Resorts - Locations at Nagoya, Shizuoka, Takayama, Toyohashi.
- Hotel New Azuma, Tokyo
- The Guest House is situated in Asakusa, the traditional heart of old Tokyo. Specially
designed for backpackers and budget travellers in Japan.
New Hankyu Group - Information and reservations.
Taiseikan in Hakone - Ryokan in Hakone National Park of Japan. Taiseikan Hotel
includes 500 year old spa. Site comprises a photo album, map and advice on how to meet
- Hyatt Luxury
Hotels and Resorts in Japan - Hyatt Luxury Hotels and Resorts Hotels Directory for
Japan - in Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo.
- Imperial Hotel
- Imperial Hotels in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kamikochi.
- Information on Kuju Kanko
Hotel - Rates, local sites, hot springs, and hotel services for Kuju Kanko Hotel, in
- Hotels and Resorts in Japan.
Hotel - Accommodations and ice diving services with great Japanese food in Shiri Town,
- Japan Hotel Network
- Finding affordable business hotels and other accommodation in Japan (search and online
- Kashiwaya Ryokan
- Traditional Japanese inn located in Agatsuma, Gunma Prefecture.
- Miyazaki Seagaia -
Large indoor ocean dome park with simulated beach and waves.
- The New Otani
- Hotel Directory and Online Reservations.
- Nikko Hotels
International - Hotel Locations and Reservation.
Hayaokidori - A small accommodation in Hakuba Nagano, 3 hours from central Tokyo.
Skiing, snowboarding, rafting, kayaking, and paragliding.
Hotels - Prince Hotels Information and Reservation.
Park Hotels - various locations in Japan; online reservations.
Nakaya - Japanese style hotel in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka with reservation by mail or fax.
Hotel - Hotel and resort located in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture.
Tamanoyu - Traditional Japanese hotel and spa in Yufuin, Oita.
- Bookings in
Japan - Hotels search engine with prices and online hotel reservations.
- Cheaper Japanese Accommodations
- Nationwide, Tokyo, and Kansai area lodging for budget travellers.
- Cozy House -
Information about an inexpensive guesthouse, with social activities, map, and rates.
- Dai-Ichi Hotels
- Has several moderately priced hotels across Japan.
- Listing of over 200 cheaper hotels throughout Japan.
- E-Ryokan -
Reservation site of Japanese inns and hotels, including useful tips to enjoy a stay in
Inn Fifty's - Budget motel in Tokyo and Osaka with free breakfast in a 1950's American
Hotel Association - Hotel Guide, Search, and online Room Reservations.
- Japan Youth
Hostels - Directory of Japanese hostels affiliated with Hostelling International (HI);
Guest Houses - Choose from a wide variety of traditional Japanese inns (ryokan) all
- Japanese Inn
Group - List of Japanese inexpensive inns and hotels across the nation.
- J-Hoppers Kyoto - A
backpacker's hostel near Kyoto Station, with internet access and bicycle rentals.
Craftsman House Japan - Kyoto Craftman House, providing information on
"Nishijin", Traditional Kimono, and the guesthouse in Kyoto.
- Lodging Guide in Japan
- Guide to ryokan (Japanese) hotels, pension (family inns) country inns, regional maps and
information, and travel resources.
- Newbies Dormitory
- Low budget students accommodation in Tokyo with dormitories avaiable in Setagaya-daita,
Akihabara, and Ogikubo.
- The Otarunai
Backpackers' Hostel Morinoki - Hostel with dorm rooms in an old Japanese house.
Located in Otaru, Hokkaido.
- Pension Link Japan
- List of 20 Japanese guest houses in the Kanto and Chubu areas.
- Web Guest House
- Two guest homes near Hakone, Kanagawa. Includes access information and guide to nearby
- Welcome Inns: Reasonable
Hotels - Find and book small reasonable hotels and traditional inns throughout Japan
with free reservations.
Guide in Japan - Database of accommodations in Japan such as hotels, Japanese inns,
pensions, and family inns.
Hotel and Inn Guide - Listing of cheaper accommodations in Japan according to region.
- The Chubu Region - Japan
- Site providing information on Chubu Mountains, South Alps and Ise Shima National Parks.
National Park in Japan - Site providing very detailed information on Daisetsuzan
National Park, Japan.
- Lake Biwa - Brief
details of Lake Biwa, a Quasi-National Park in Shiga Prefecture.
- Yokogawa near Mount Fuji
- A tourist guide to 4 gorgeous National Parks in Japan: Fuji-Hakone-lzu, the Southern
Alps, Chichibu, and the Yatsugatake National Park. Just a few hours from Tokyo.
- ChefMoz Dining Guide:
Japan - Detailed restaurant listings with reviews submitted by the public, and links
to outside reviews. Search by name, cuisine, rating or location.
- Club Connection Japan
- Listings of nightclubs, bars, lounges, and pubs in Japan.
Local Japanese Restaurant Listing - Lists restaurants in the Fussa-shi and Tachikawa
City areas. Provides maps, menus, and some descriptions of the food.
- ESake.com - Buy Sake
Online - Info on small family-run Japanese sake (nihonshu) breweries and online store
selling nearly 40 sake. Broad coverage of sake topics, free newsletters, and guide to 50+
Tokyo sake pubs.
- Good Honest Grub
- Popular Tokyo cafe in Minami-Ebisu. Contains menu and current art exhibition.
Navigator - Restaurant search by price, purpose and dishes.
Navigator - Provides information about restaurants in the Kanto, Kansai, and Chubu
areas; including food, atmosphere, size, and price ranges.
- Hotei Wines -
Importer of premium wines offers top name new world wines for sale by mailorder, including
free delivery anywhere in Japan.
Microbrewery Beers - A review of some of Japan's best craft beers and a report from
the second annual Tokyo Microbrew Beer Festival.
German Beer Restaurant - Numazushi, Shizuoka restaurant with German beer, schnaps,
wines, spirits, and authentic european foods.
- Sake World - Site
devoted to Japanese sake including glossary, links, a newsletter, sake restaurants, and
- Worldramen.net -
Specializing in ramen noodles with articles and database of noteworthy ramen shops.
Meguri - Daily log and diary of author's three month, 2000km pilgrimage along the old
Tokaido Highway and Shikoku's 88-temple circuit.
- Amazing Amakusa in Kumamoto
Prefecture - An American who worked as an English teacher on some beautiful islands in
southwestern Kyushu reflects on his experiences there.
American Visit to Japan, 1923 - This is the diary kept by the maintainer's grandfather
on his visit to Japan from August 6 to September 10, 1923. An idyllic travelogue
culminating in the cataclysmic Tokyo Earthquake and Fire.
- Bilder Book
Japan - Mostly pictorial travelogue of a trip to Tokyo and Kyoto. Site is bilingual in
- Birdwatching Trip Report
- Report from a birdwatching trip to Japan in early 2002.
Ant's Tanka Journey to Japan - English language tanka and haiku sequence from a poetry
journey to Japan.
Skies, No Sushi - Eric has enlightening experiences in Japan while expounding on the
benefits of Open Source and Linux.
Dreams - A group of five friends celebrate their lack of employment by visiting Kyoto.
of Life in Japan - Life has turned upside down since the author started teaching in
Japan. Read about all the insanity and mayhem in Japanese public schools.
- Chris & Lina's
Postcard from Japan - Read about the author's self-guided three week tour of Japan.
Topics include Japanese food, staying in a traditional inn and many tourist destinations.
Takes on Tokyo - A Romanian goes to Tokyo for a World Bank conference and has a short
but eventful stay.
Adventure in Japan - Perspectives from a Hospital Administration student from Iowa
during a summer internship at Kameda Medical Center in Kamogawa City, Japan.
- Daryl and
Joel's trip to Japan - Author visited Kyoto, Hiroshima, Tokyo, and Nikko. Many
- The Dave
Brown Journal - A former reporter's view of teaching in Japan. Also has a book list
and a "Silly English" lexicon.
Japan Trip - There and back again, a Canadians adventure in Nippon (1996). The
itinerary included Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Gifu, Awara Onsen,
Kanazawa and Togi.
- Denney-net -
Illustrated travelogue of a trip to Japan in 2001. Includes history and a keyword index.
Japan - Site includes a photo gallery, various essays regarding Japanese culture and
close-up looks at Tokyo, Kyoto and Mt. Fuji. Site is bilingual in French and English.
Morrissey's Trip to Japan - A Missouri elementary school teacher spends three weeks in
Japan on the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program.
Trip to Japan - Ed tours around the Tokyo area while teaching developers about Mac OS
- Elf Junction, Ink.
- Details one person's six months as an English teacher in Japan. Includes pictures from,
among others, Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Hiroshima and Miyajima.
Getaways in Rural Japan - Randy Johnson's detailed guide to rural Japanese travel
getaways, with comprehensive facts on using Japanese inns, transportation, and baths, plus
insights on Japanese culture, customs, and religion.
- fi's Japan Trip - A mostly
photographic record of a two week trip to Japan in 2000.
- Gateway to
Japan - A collection of photographs, thoughts and experiences gathered over several
trips to Japan since May 2000.
- Go Fish - An
early morning visit to the tuna auction at Tokyo Central Wholesale Market in Tsukiji.
- Greggman: Japan -
Stories about living and traveling in Japan. Site covers a variety of topics and includes
Melle's Year 2000 Travelogue - Japan - Travelogue for Japan portion of Greg's
"BIG 2000 TRIP."
- Hiking Trip in
Japan 2000 - Diary of a participant in a trip to the Japan Alpa sponsored by the
Appalachian Mountain Club. The author spent a total of 18 days in Japan, went on two
hikes, one overnight and the other for a total of 6 days. He also visited the cities of
Komagane, Matsumoto, Nikko/Lake Chuzenji, and Kamakura, and Tokyo.
Kong and Japan Photographs - A couples photographs from their travels, with a brief
Cave - Japan Trip, March 2001 - Impressions from a first visit to Japan.
- Japan - Travel
Adventures & Photographs - Contains many stories and pictures - each of which can
be enlarged and sent as a postcard for free. Links to travel sites.
- Japan, a travelogue by Evelyn
C. Leeper - A personal journal covering a 1996 trip to Japan. The well-traveled author
took the usual tourist track from Tokyo, to Kyoto/Nara to Hiroshima. Text-only.
- Japan by
Motorcycle - Daily journal of a 7000km, 24-day motorcycle trip across Japan in 1999.
Includes text and photos covering most regions including Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and
Diary - A Danish guy spends a frustrating week in Tokyo.
- Japan Gourmet
Expedition - Travelogue with detailed descriptions and photos of the food (e.g. sushi,
okonomiyaki, sukiyaki, natto, shiokara, shirako, ramen, soba, tendon). Places visited:
Tokyo, Nikko, Yonezawa, Kyoto.
Journal - Dr. Bates-Jensen and Carrie Sussman, authors of a book on wound care, travel
to Kanazawa, Kyoto and Tokyo.
Journal - After reading about and studying Japanese language and management at
university, the author visits Japan for the first time in January 1998 for 10 days.
on $1000 per Day - The Tognazzini's spend two weeks in Japan where they would eat
poisonous fish, sleep at mountain inns, and travel the length of Japan's main island,
leaving a trail of hundred dollar bills like Hansel and Gretel's trail of bread crumbs.
Tour - Daily travel report from Japan with photos and interesting details about the
- Japan Travel
- Details of various trips within Japan including Okinawa, Izu-hanto, Matsushima and
- Japan Trip - Personal travel
narrative. Includes some travel tips and photos.
Trip 1998 - Daily journal and photos from teen's trip to Japan.
Trip 1998 - Details of a 1998 trip to the Tokyo area to visit friends and in-laws.
Trip 1999 - Photos from a trip to Japan. Destinations included Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima,
Miyajima, Iwakuni, and Tottori.
- Japan Trip 1993 - The Daicon
Report - An Australian visits Japan in 1993 to attend a science fiction convention.
- Japan Trip Report - Short
travel report concentrating on cultural and other notable topics from the author's
Trip: Tokyo, Koya-san - Tale of a trip to Tokyo, Takayama and Koya in June of 1994.
Cats Like Squid - A personal account of a three week trip to Japan with travel hints.
Includes visits to Tokyo, Matsushima, Hakodate, Sapporo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Beppu, and
- Jeremy's Japan
Trip - Includes flight schedule, travel log and many photographs of Jeremy's trip
through Tokyo, Kamakura and Kyoto.
- JG's Japan
Trip Report - John Greene visits Japan to see seven Phish concerts in 2000.
and Robin Abrams' Trip to Japan - Text and photos detailing a 2001 trip to Tokyo,
Hakone, Takayama, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima.
- John and
Val Visit Japan - A UK couple spends a month in Japan with their Japanese-speaking son
and attends his wedding. Travelogue covers the sights, food, history, culture and everyday
life. They spend time in Hiroshima, Miyajima, Matsuyama, Kyoto, Nara, Kagoshima, and Mt.
- Joseph's Tales from Japan
- In October 2000, Joseph Tame decided to take a break from life in the Swiss Alps and
travels through Hokkaido, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nagoya and Tokyo.
- Journey to Japan
- Ric Getter's personal memoir of a two-week trip to Japan, his wife's homeland.
- Journey to
Japan - A Teacher's Trek to the Orient - A teacher from Missouri takes part in the
2000 Toyota International Teacher Program and visits Tokyo, Nagoya, Toyota City, Kyoto and
Otsu. Site contains over 500 photos from the trip.
Adventures in Japan - An on-line travel diary about a solo trip to Japan.
Trip to Shingu, Japan - Stories and pictures from Kirk's two week trip to Shingu,
- Larry's Japan Journal
- Larry spends about three weeks in Japan on the Fullbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program.
Most of his time was spent in Tokyo and Kurashiki, Okayama.
- Laura's Japan Trip
- Laura shares journal entries and photos from her 1998 trip to Japan. Also included is
her travel budget.
- Leo's Trip to
Japan - Leo covers Tokyo, Kamakura, Wadayama, Kinosaki, Himeji, Hattoji, Okayama and
Ushimado on his 1998 trip.
in Japan Reviews - Information on trips to Nagasaki's Huis Ten Bosch in Kyushu,
Kinugawa and Tobu World Square/Edo Village, and Mt. Fuji.
- Lone Locust Tokyo Smash & Run
Tour 2001 - Travelogue covering a short layover in the Tokyo area.
- Mark Peters Travel
Stories - Three trips through Japan made by an Australian.
- Martin Iffert's Japan Page and
Travel-Log - Documents a journey through Japan with a lot of photos, info, tips and
links. Site is bilingual in English and German.
- The Mediaman
2001 Japan Tour - Journal entries and photos from a 2001 trip to Japan.
Trip to Japan - Mike Massee travels to Japan and photographs Tokyo, Kyoto and
- Molly and Marc in
Japan 2001-2002 - Detailed travelogue of a trip to Japan during the New Year period.
Japan - Outside 1996 - A fan follows David Bowie to Japan and manages to see a little
bit of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima in between concerts.
- My Trip
to Japan - Detailed diary and many pictures from Linda Granqvist's May 2000 trip to
Trip to Japan - Narrative and pictures from David Goldsmiths' trip to Japan in January
- My Trip to Japan
- Details of a sumo oriented trip to Japan in 1998. Includes pictures of several top
- mykp's Travels
in Japan. - Experiences in Japan -- the culture, the people, the food and the places.
Also includes information on Japanese phrases, transportation and money.
Naked Man Festival - Three "gaijin" take part in the annual Hadaka Matsuri
("Naked Man Festival") in Okayama, Japan.
- Oniko Goes
To Japan - Extensive Japan travel diary detailing travel to Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Yamagata,
and Saigoku (Kansai).
- Operation Cherry
Blossom - Dominik Rabiej's travelogue of his January 2002 two-week stay in Japan as
part of the US Army's Operation Cherry Blossom, a prize given out at the May 2001 Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Includes over 500 photos and 25,000
words of text.
Discovery of Japan and its Culture - A visit to Japan in 2001 by the parents of a girl
teaching English in Chiba.
in Japan - Diary of a five week long stay in Japan.
- Piedmont Choirs - Osaka Japan
2001 - Piedmont Choirs represent California at the 2001 International Junior Chorus
- Quyen Van Minh's Jazz
Travelogue in Japan - Quyen Van Minh, the maestro of Vietnamese jazz, returned home to
Hanoi after two-week visit to Japan in February, 2000.
- Rash in Japan 1999 -
Journey report for a 1999 trip to Tokyo and some nearby areas.
- Rotary GSE
Japan 2002 - Trip diary of the Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team that travelled
to Miyagi Prefecture and Sendai in Japan from the Top of the South Island of New Zealand.
- Sandra's Trip to
Japan - A massage therapist studying shiatsu visits Hokkaido on a Rotary Club exchange
program in 2000.
Travelogue - Japan - A web journal of recent travels to Japan and other places.
- A Second
Trip To Japan - A three week trip starting in the southern city of Kumamoto, visiting
11 different cities finishing in Tokyo. Highlights include the festivals in Kyoto, Tsukiji
Fish Market in Tokyo, Miyajima, Matsumoto and hot springs in Kyushu.
- Seven Days in Hokkaido -
Intrepid traveler, Angus Tin, searches his soul in Hokkaido.
Short Trip to Japan - Lynn Larrow describes her trip to Kyoto, Nara and Tokyo in
- Shuggie's Travelogue -
Find out about Japan and Japanese; A Scotsman's Guide to Japan and the Japanese
- Silk and
Sushi -- Japan Journal - A detailed travelogue of Japan with many photos covering
Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, and Hiroshima.
- Solo Japan -
Travel report from a Finn who visited Japan in November 2002 for 14 days. Thoughts,
experiences, photographs, tips and links.
Travelogue - Travel diary from a 1999 trip to Tokyo. Includes various travel tips.
- Tom and
Jana's Japan Journal - The journal and photos from Tom Goetz and Jana Neighbors' 2001
trip to Japan.
- Trains, Temples,
and Hordes--Gozaimasu! - A detailed trip narrative from a first-time traveler to
- Travel Journal: Japan
April 2002 - Details of a twelve day trip across much of Japan.
Travel Log - One Swedish person's log of his activities during a year-long study of
the Japanese language in Sapporo in northern Japan.
in Japan - A collection of travelogues - learn from other travelers' trips to Japan.
Trip to Japan - Three engineers take a two week trip to Japan to see the source of all
things electronic (and visit a few friends along the way). Some of the high points include
Tokyo, Nikko, Aizu-Wakamatsu, Kyoto, Nara and Toyohashi.
in Japan - Details of a 2001 trip to Japan. Includes sections on Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara,
Osaka, Nikko, Warabi, Kamakura, Yokohama, Kobe, and Himeji.
7573 Tokyo - Five people from Vancouver backpack in Japan, speeding through Tokyo,
Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Kumamoto in merely eight days in 5/2002. Detailed text and many
- Visit Japan - A
school teacher visits Japan and touches on schools, tea ceremony, gardens, religion and
- Wayward Random -
Japan Trip - Details one person's first visit to Japan for two weeks in 1998. Includes
a detailed journal and many photos.
- What's with...Japan? -
Travelogues from a one year stay in Japan with pictures and related links.
- World Cup Diary -
Japan 2002 - An Irish football fan travels to Japan for the 2002 World Cup.
- Yakushima - Details
of a one-man backpacking expedition on the island of Yakushima in Kyushu.
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