Recommended Japan Travel Resources

Welcome to The Real Japan Travel Resources section, my list of the services and products I use and recommend or suggest you consider when planning and booking your next trip to Japan.

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by Rob Dyer, Founder The Real Japan

Whether you’re thinking about your first trip to Japan, or you're a seasoned multi-tripper looking for some fresh inspiration, the huge number of travel advice and resources out there can be overwhelming.

That’s why I've compiled this list for you.

This list covers all the essentials. It’s filled with carefully selected travel resources. And I only include the best travel resources - those I use myself or recommend to my clients.

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Best Flight Booking Services

These are the best flight booking and flight deal services on the market today. I have personally used all of these and am a member of both JAL and ANA's Frequent Flyer clubs. Both are known for outstanding customer service at an affordable price.

Japan Airlines site The Real Japan travel resources

Japan Airlines (JAL)

Plan Your Trip with Confidence

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ANA (All Nippon Airways)

Fly to Japan with a 5-Star Airline

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Jack's Flight Club

Cheap Flights, Flight Deals & Alerts

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Qatar Airways

Book Flights with a World-Class Airline

Best Accommodation Booking

These are among the best accommodation booking sites you can find. From the big names like whose market-leading position is well-deserved, through to more specialised Japanese companies like Japanese Guesthouses and Jalan. Be sure to register where it is offered as you'll likely get access to member-only deals.

Or read my review of Japanese Inns and Hot Springs →

Best Official Japan Rail Pass Agents

The Japan Rail Pass is fantastic value for anyone looking to explore Japan by rail. It's best to book Passes in advance and before you enter Japan for the best prices. Passes are only available through authorised Official Agents. These are my current top recommendations.

Best Japan Tour Booking Services

As a long-standing independent traveller, I used to turn my nose up at guided tours. But having used some down the years, these can be some of the most efficient and easiest ways to explore Japan. From full country tours to short trips, these are my top recommended tour booking sites. Again, register where you can for access to subscriber-only deals.

Best Short Guided Tours & Day Trip Portals

Here's my hand-picked selection of the leading short tour and day trip booking sites. These include everything from food and drink tours lasting just a couple of hours, to island tours lasting a day or more. 

Viator site The Real Japan travel resources


Things To Do, Tickets, Tours & Attractions

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Book An Experience You'll Never Forget

Best Japanese Experience Booking Services

Japan has so many unforgettable experiences, the choice can be overwhelming. Here's my selection of the best providers where you can discover and book everything from authentic Japanese cooking classes, cultural activities, sumo tickets, or a two-day express access pass to Japan's famous Universal Studios Japan. 

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Explore Japanese Food Experiences

Cookly site The Real Japan travel resources


Book Authentic Cooking Classes

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Explore All Things To Do In Japan

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Iconic Attractions & Amazing Experiences

Voyagin experiences site The Real Japan travel resources


Book An Experience You'll Never Forget

Best Restaurant Reservation Services & Food Tours

Knowing where to eat and then booking restaurants in Japan can sometimes be tricky. From 3 Michelin Star establishments, to vegan cafes, to the world's best sushi and ramen - there's literally something for everyone. Or how about a food tour?

Best Buses, Ferries, Flights & Railways Booking Sites

12Go Asia has an excellent search engine where you find the schedule for buses, ferries and more throughout Japan. Once you've found your ideal route simply reserve your seats directly on their site - really handy! Rome2Rio is a fantastic resource that can be used to simply find the distance between two places by your preferred mode of transport (car, bus, train, etc), or help you plan and book a trip in detail.

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12Go Asia

Book Buses, Ferries, Flights & Trains

Best Portable Wi-Fi Rental

For maximum connectivity and ease of travel in Japan, I strongly recommend renting a portable WiFi. This is my No.1 'Must Have' piece of tech while exploring the country. Thanks to Japan's excellent mobile phone network, you reliably get a strong signal and fast service even in the farthest reaches of Japan's far-flung islands. Here are my top recommendations.

Best SIM Card Providers

Short term Japan SIM cards are great for tourists, business travellers or short trips to Japan. You can choose between Voice+Text+Data SIMs or Data-only SIMs. Get your SIM shipped to you before you travel or pick it up when you arrive in Japan.

Best Japan Travel Guide Books

A good travel guide can be one of your best investments for unearthing places you've never heard of and for practical tips on getting the most out of any visit to Japan. Here's my top 3 recommendations.

Best Airport Meet And Greet Service

For stress-free travel in Japan, enjoy this personal concierge service at major airports and rail stations to assist with your travel documentation, ticket purchases, Japan Rail Pass voucher redemption, currency exchange, or SIM card/WiFi rentals. I have personally used this service.

Airserve Voyagin site The Real Japan travel resources


Personal Airport Concierge Service

Best Camper Van Rental

Although your average-sized American RV would struggle to navigate its way around Japan's small and winding roads, the compact but comfy camper vans at Dream Drive are tailor-made for the landscape. Their custom vans comfortably sleep 1-4 people.

Best Travel Luggage

If there's something I've learned in decades of travelling its that having the right luggage for the journey can save you a lot of hassle and headaches. From cabin bags, to suitcase sets, backpacks for adventure or business travel, duffle and specialist camera bags, look no further.

Samsonite site The Real Japan travel resources


Durable & Innovative Travel Luggage

Best VPN (Virtual Private Network) Service

Aside from securing your online access using encryption, if you want to use Facebook in Japan or access streaming services while away, a VPN can help. It changes your IP address and redirects your connection to the internet through a remote server - unblocking your favourite sites you use at home. Suitable both for business or personal use.

The Real Japan Travel Hubs

Whether you're planning your first trip to Japan or your tenth, our Planning Travel Hub will get you started.
The choice of incredible places to see in Japan can be overwhelming. Our Destinations Travel Hub will guide you.
Japan offers a never-ending supply of unforgettable experiences. Use our Experiences Travel Hub to discover your next memories.

Maybe you just want to skip all the hard work and get to the fun stuff?
Then use one of my Japan Travel Planning Services

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