Japan: Modernistic Tokyo Meets Ancestral Kyoto on the Web
Japan is often thought of as the most modern country in the world, and in many ways it is. Yet behind the glitz and glamour of the neon lights and robot dogs, you’ll find a deeply traditional culture that changes at a glacial speed. This guide features the best Web sites to aid you in planning and implementing your trip to Japan, including resources to introduce you to Japanese culture and sightseeing, tools for finding and booking transportation and accommodation, advice to help you stay safe and healthy overseas, and blogs and forums to put you in touch with other travelers.
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A highly developed country, Japan is easily accessible to travelers worldwide. Use the sites below to get there by sea or air.
- Most international flights to Japan land at one of the following airports: Narita International Airport just outside of Tokyo, Kansai International Airport in Osaka, or Central Japan International Airport near Nagoya. Look for these when booking your flight.
- Many Asian airlines, including Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), are widely regarded by experienced travelers as luxurious when compared with their western counterparts. Traveling to Asia on an Asian airline also allows you to begin the experience the moment you lift off, with flight attendants, entertainment, and food from your point of destination.
- For more information on making travel arrangements no matter where you’re headed, including links to and advice for using flight search engines, see the findingDulcinea Travel Web Guide.
For flight search engines …
is a flight search tool that scouts out deals from more than 100 travel sites like Travelocity and Expedia. Several sort methods are available to help you sift through the results, including time, airline, airport, dates, and number of stops. You’ll be linked directly to a travel site to book your ticket.
is another efficient flight searcher, consulting hundreds of travel sites to find low prices and flights meeting your specific criteria. SideStep is great if you are flexible regarding your travel plans; you may find better deals at nearby airports or on different dates, for example, and these options will appear in your results.
For individual Japanese airlines …
conveniently has an “International Flights
” tab at the top of its homepage. Be advised that results are somewhat difficult to navigate, and that you’ll have to call to make reservations. JAL is affiliated with American Airlines
, which provides daily flights to Japan from several U.S. cities.
All Nippon Airways Co.
is a Tokyo-based airline, providing service between Asia and numerous international cities. Use the Network Map
to plan your trip. ANA is affiliated with United Airlines
, which has daily flights to Tokyo from California locations.
For cruises to Japan …
was named Forbes’ favorite cruise search site in its annual Best of the Web list for 2006. The site’s intuitive design helped it stand out, and its easy navigation (search by special, cruise line, price, and length) won points as well.
furnishes a Japanese Port Manual in its Sightseeing Guide to the country. Consult the chart to find the distance from various international port cities to Japan, and click on the map of Japan for information about each port, including tourist attractions.
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