Searching the Web for travel info about Japan should be easy, but many websites make pompous promises and then fail to deliver. Our team at Tokyo-Top-Guide.com is familiar with many Japan travel industry websites, so when the time came to line up our favorites the task was easy – we just turned to the sites we go back to time and time again because they’re so darn good.
Hyperdia – The most useful Japan travel research site. It’s a web service which offers the route and the timetable of the trains and subways of Japan.
It is absolutely essential for planning your train itinerary and train connections based on travel times and fares. Use the English version of Hyperdia website.
Airbnb.com – There lots of good reasons to rent an Airbnb apartment in Japan. Besides the most obvious cause of lowering accommodation costs, extra space is another good reason. The average hotel room in Tokyo is tiny, and apartments offer you a little extra breathing space.
Even better is that you will be staying in a local neighborhood, shopping in the local stores and immersing yourself in Japanese life.
Another great thing about staying at an Airbnb place is that most Airbnb apartments also have a washing machine which enables you to pack
JapanToday – A Tokyo-based online magazine, featuring all the latest news on Japan including travel, entertainment and local sports news. It’s always worth checking into JapanToday travel section for Free sake tasting tours, a non-traditional Fuji climb, nature hikes just off bullet train stops, and free SIM cards to help foreign visitors connect.
Savvy Tokyo – A specialized website for foreign women visiting Tokyo. Content includes from Five Weird and Wonderful Japanese Beauty Gadgets (Hey, why not take them back as souveniers for your friends back home), to A Beginner’s Guide to Harajuku’s Lolita Fashion, to Tokyo’s Top Five Wifi Cafes. Not to be Missed!
Japan National Tourism Organization – promoting travel to Japan by publishing travel-related activities. From Cycling, Hiking, Skiing and Diving, to Japan’s Hot Springs, Castles, and Geisha Getaways.
GaijinPot – A site for foreigners on extended stay in Japan. All the information needed for a foreigner to rent an apartment, work or study in Japan. A huge source of jobs for foreigners, Japanese language schools, travel and classifieds.