What are the best resources for planning a trip to Japan?

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    #1Lonely Planet Japan

    Lonely Planet Japan
    Lonely Planet Japan is an extensive guide for traveling to Japan. You will find maps, itineraries, insider tips, phone numbers, prices... It is also especially recommended for those who want to know deeply the Japanese culture. 
    Books

    $37.26

    Gloria Ramirez
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "Japan can feel like a strange, exotic, and unfamiliar world, especially if you do not speak Japanese. The Lonely Planet Japan guide has allowed me to successfully navigate all of the hidden wonders of Japan. This guide provides a world class set of tips to make your destination getaway an unforgettable experience."
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    #2Traveling to Japan for the first time: Planning a 1-2 week trip

    Traveling to Japan for the first time: Planning a 1-2 week trip
    Especially recommended for first-time travelers, this article exposes to you the most relevant activities you can do in Japan. It organise the info in 14 days (a two week travel), describing each day individually.
    Websites

    Free

    Anna Fowler
    Written on February 16, 2017
    "I am getting ready to travel to Japan alone for the first time, for a two week long trip. This sight created a perfect two week long itinerary, but left no room for customization or changing of the itinerary. The plan didn't quite fit my needs and desires, but for a new and younger traveler, who perhaps has never been on their own before, this website created a pretty nice itinerary. "
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    #3Boutique Japan

    Boutique Japan

    This is a website entirely dedicated to people who want to travel to Japan. They count with food advice, testimonials, and a blog about Japanese culture. They even offer you the possibility of planning your travel with them.

    Websites

    Free

    Christina Fields
    Written on May 29, 2017
    "Two months ago, my husband and I traveled to Japan. Neither of us have language ability, and so navigating the country was remarkably difficult. In preparation, we used Boutique Japan to help plan our trip. They customized our itinerary based on our interests, and were available 24/7 for assistance and customer service. This sight is the real deal!!"
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    #4Cool Japan Guide

    Cool Japan Guide

    ‘’Cool Japan guide’’ is a comic book by Abby Denson, available for free in Google Books. If you are looking for something that caught your attention since the first moment, this comic book is a great option.

    Books

    Free

    Shirley Walker
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "This was such a cool guide and very informative in a fun layout! Sometimes it's difficult to keep reading so many articles and books but this resource taught me a lot and kept my attention. "
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    #5Heylinni

    Heylinni

    This Japanese blogger explains to you, face to face, how to plan a trip to Japan. In this video, she answers questions from subscribers, so it’s a very close way of knowing different things about traveling to Japan. 

    Videos

    Free

    Marilyn Gilbert
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "I am planning a vacation for my children and husband and I for next summer and in looking for resources to help plan my trip, we came across Heylinni. This video blogger explains a lot of details about a trip to Japan, but it requires you to watch the video, and it's a little annoying. There are probably better resources out there, but it's nice to have video footage of someone explaining things."
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    #610 tips for traveling to Japan from a first timer

    10 tips for traveling to Japan from a first timer

    This top 10 of traveling tips from the prestigious Forbes magazine is especially focused on first time travelers. It also combines literature and journalism, what makes it much more dynamic to read than a conventional travel guide. 

    Articles

    Free

    Catherine Stanley
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "This is a great source for someone looking to go to Japan, written by someone who has been there. She gives you lots of tidbits about the best places to go, airlines etc.. Her worst gripe is the lack of soap in bathrooms! Remember your soap when you go.."
  4. 8

    #7[CHANNEL] Sharla in Japan

    [CHANNEL] Sharla in Japan

    If you want to learn what it is to live in Japan being a woman, the YouTube channel Sharla in Japan is a great choice. You can watch this video of her, which is a list of tips for traveling to Japan.

    Videos

    Free

    Ethan Williamson
    Written on June 14, 2017
    "Sharla in Japan is quite the interesting video for tips on making Japan your next travel spot. The two people in the video do an acceptable just of telling you things to watch out for and thankfully not an annoying manner as I was originally expecting. Definitely is worth a look."
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    #8Resources & Ideas for my Japan trip playlist

    Resources & Ideas for my Japan trip playlist

    This YouTube playlist by Moustache D. Luffy collects several videos about Japanese culture and curious things you can find in Japan. It’s a playlist created for himself, so it’s a very eclectic option with very varied information. 

    Videos

    Free

    Theresa Hart
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "One of the best resources I've found in planning for a trip to Japan. So much informations about things the average traveler would not know, it made me feel as if I'd already been there before and was just returning. "
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    #9Google Trips

    Google Trips
    Google Trips is a free app for travel, that allows you to organize all the info that you need in one place. It also gives you activity suggestions and daily plans for your trip. It's available for iOS and Android.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Anna Feng
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "Google Trips saved my friends and me some significant time (and money) in our trip to Japan last year. Google Trips allowed us to purchase hotels and flights in bundles to save money, and get this... the app was available offline so that we didn't have to change our phone plans to international plans in order to access all the great information Google Trips gave us in real time!! The app even has an Uber widget built in!"
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    #10Hyperdia

    Hyperdia

    A Japanese free app designed by Japanese developers for traveling in Japan. This app just seems one of the most accurate options to know everything you need for your trip to Japan. It’s available in iTunes and App Store.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Jessica Obrien
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I used the Hyperdia app to plan my trip to Japan. It gave me all the information I needed. I was traveling to lots of different cities and needed to have something accurate that would tell me the times of all the trains I needed to take. Hyperdia was just the thing for that. I was able to speak to it and it would give me the information I needed. However, it didn't help me with other travel needs such as places to eat and tourist attractions to see."
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    #11TripIt

    TripIt

    TripIt is a travel organizer that creates a full itinerary for your trip. It tells you the nearest transport options, provides you with real-time flight alerts and can even share your plans in an instant. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Kenneth Rice
    Written on May 1, 2017
    "I like the concept of TripIt. I am able to email my trip info for my trip to Japan and it organizes it and synchs it with my Google Calendar. I would use it to organize my flight, hotel, rental car, and other things like restaurant, eat spots, activities, and events I plan on attending. However, there is some issues with the synchronization between the app and Google Calendar. The app itself does not have a good intuitive native calendar, so I use Google Calendar to save my events. The hassle is first making sure the info transferred properly with all the correct info, which it does not do occasionally. Then, sometimes, the event disappears in my calendar, and I have to return to the app and sync again which is a hassle. I believe this app is a good start but needs improvement before I use it for planning a big trip like Japan."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for planning a trip to Japan
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Lonely Planet JapanBooks 19 Paid
2Traveling to Japan for the first time: Planning a 1-2 week tripWebsites 16 Free
3Boutique JapanWebsites 13 Free
4Cool Japan GuideBooks 13 Free
5HeylinniVideos 10 Free
610 tips for traveling to Japan from a first timerArticles 9 Free
7[CHANNEL] Sharla in JapanVideos 8 Free
8Resources & Ideas for my Japan trip playlistVideos 6 Free
9Google TripsApps 4 Free
10HyperdiaApps 3 Free
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