There are a lot of websites out there when planning an international trip to Japan. While the amount of information can be overwhelming at first, these are some of the top websites I have used and have trusted in my past trips and recommend you visit before heading out on that next vacation.
Expedia – There are so many booking sites out there and let’s be honest, most of them are the same. Sure, there are plenty of plug-ins, applications, etc. that will find the best rates for you, but Expedia is a favorite of mine. The site is clean, easy to use, and can book pretty much everything you need. Their prices are the same when compared to the other big sites and I have never had an issue with them. They are my first when preparing to look at prices and begin the research and eventual purchase part of the trip.
Tokyo Cheapo – This is one hell of a site. Tokyo Cheapo not only provides real time information for tourists with critical information about what is going on throughout Japan (before they prepare to find the best spots to go) but also helps you find the best deals. The site provides information, links, and great insight about what the best deals are for anyone that is wanting to watch their wallet but also have a lot of fun at the same time.
Japan-Guide – Japan-Guide is a great website that provides both real time information like times, costs, and directions along with some basic historic information for sites you are looking to possibly visit. It also provides information about weather, travel, and other vital information when you are booking and researching your trip. I would use this site a lot when preparing to figure out what the best sites were and how to get to them all throughout the cities. This is a must use site when you are preparing for that trip to Japan.
Hyperdia – This is a very specific site, but if you are using the Shinkansen to get around Japan, this site is a life saver. It provides the Shinkansen types, times, and stations it will visit when you are looking at which bullet train you are going to use or book for your trip. I had the JR Rail Pass in 2019 and this site helped my friends and I find the correct trains to help us get to Kyoto and Osaka. Without this site, it would have been a nightmare to get anywhere across Japan.
JRailpass.com – There are a lot of ways to book and buy a JR Rail Pass, but for reliability and price, this is my go-to. Not only can you get your rail pass, you can also book your mobile WIFI, sim cards, and IC cards before you even leave your house for the airport. It is a really nice one-stop spot to hit to get all those little things booked and ordered. I have used them and have never had an issue with them.
And for the record, I am not sponsored by any of these sites, I just like them, have used them, and trust them to make a Japan trip come true. They have worked for me and I hope they can work for you as well.