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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If you’ve got money to spend and a penchant for high-tech hotels, you’re in luck. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you’re also in the clear. Japan’s lodging options are as varied as its climate and cultural practices. The Web sites we recommend in this section show you the range.
- Most hotels and other accommodation options in Japan (including hostels) can be booked online. Take advantage of the Web by booking early; it may save you some cash.
- Japan is the originator of the pod hotel: somewhat coffinlike rooms that were first built in the 1970s, according to World Hum. However, today people in Japan looking for a cheap place to catch a nap have been settling for reclining chairs at Internet cafes. Rest assured that basic hotels and hostels are also readily available.
- Ryokans are accommodations unique to Japan. Although these traditional inns tend to be more expensive than regular hotels, they’ll give you a taste of ancient cultural features such as tatami (straw mats), communal baths, and yukata (kimono-style robes).
For accommodation search engines …
is based in Ireland and searches for quality hotel deals from around the globe. Use the fast search tool to locate accommodation meeting your date, location, and price requirements, and you’ll be presented with a list of results with photos. You can book after a simple (and free) registration process.
is more than just a fast, efficient hotel search resource; it also provides traveler reviews of each property to help you make a decision. Most reviews are thorough, offering insight and details only a paying customer would notice.
For hotels and hostels …
International Tourism Center of Japan
maintains a network of foreigner-friendly lodgings that earn the designation “Welcome Inn.” Search listings by type of hotel (you may want to pause to read explanations of each different kind of accommodation
), city, or additional details. You must complete free registration with the site to make a booking.
is an essential resource for budget travelers, offering countless hostel listings around the world with reviews, photos, and a quick search tool. The Japan page lists locations throughout the country; click on one to find hostels there. The site has a reservation system to help you book and, best of all, there are no ads to get in your way.
For camping …
The National Camping Association of Japan
offers a free downloadable PDF that lists 3,000 campsites around the country (scroll down a bit to the leaflet). NCAJ has been working to develop and promote camping in Japan since 1966.
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