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NEW POST! 38 Japan Travel Sites and Resources Every Traveller Should Know

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An effective approach to trip planning has become indispensable for many travellers when researching their next trip.

To consistently experience exceptional travels in Japan, it helps to have a list of the best Japan travel websites and resources.

That’s what this post is about.

DISCOVER: 38 Japan Travel Sites and Resources Every Traveller Should Know

NEW POST! How I Plan Trips To Japan

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When it comes to planning independent travel to Japan, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. 

That's why starting with a clear idea of what you want to get out of your travels, and then shaping those ideas into a well-designed travel plan, according to a few simple steps, is crucial if you want to consistently enjoy exceptional travel, trip after trip. 

Sometimes it can be hard to precisely figure out what you really want to do, and if you're planning the trip solo, it can be even more challenging.

So, since I've been travelling in Japan for decades, I thought it might be helpful if I shared with you how I plan my trips to Japan.

SEE: How I Plan Trips To Japan

VIDEO: Finding Peace In The Mountains of Wakayama

Koyasan (高野山) is a sacred Buddhist mountain retreat in Wakayama Prefecture. Founded in the 9th century by the great Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.

Followers believe Kobo Daishi did not pass away, instead entering a state of eternal mediation.

The mausoleum of Kobo Daishi is inside Okunoin (奥の院) an immense graveyard of 200,000 Buddhist monk graves, the largest in Japan.

Twice a day, every day of the year, monks make a sacred ritual offering of a meal to Kobo Daishi.

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