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photo guide by weeks
Week 1 - Tokyo
Week 2 - Tokyo,Kanto
Week 3 - Nikko
Week 4 - Tokyo
Week 5 - Kyoto
Week 6 - Osaka,Nara
Week 7 - Tokyo,Kanto
Week 8 - Hokkaido
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|Japan Travel Tips and Resources
additional travel information ( and others' photos ) to help planning
a trip to or in Japan
Individual travel planning, VISA, entering
U.S. based Travel agencies and Tour operators
UK based Travel agencies and Tour operators
Accommodation search in English
Accommodation search in Japanese
Tourist discounts in Japan, accessories
( Japan Rail Pass )
Miscellaneous Japan related community sites
Travel sites and Communities
Travel Photography sites
|Individual travel planning,
VISA, entering Japan
Information you'll need or find to be useful when visiting the country
National Tourist Organization
( JNTO )
A great website for most of the information you'll need to know
before departing your flight to Japan, like whether you need to
prepare any special documents, or whether you need to obtain a
VISA beforehand ( although you will find that a valid passport
is about all what people need most of the time ), what to do when
entering the country and what to expect at the customs. But essentially
it's a great resource on basics of history, a detailed list of
regions to visit, has articles on seasonal events and attractions
with lots of easy to follow and fun model trips and guides...
and all this in well-written English Has in-depth information
on each area, prefecture and famous districts of major cities,
with useful notes on festivals you could come by when visiting
them at the proper time. It's a good one-stop reference site to
plan your trip before arriving to, or little excursions when already
in Japan. And if you look close enough you'll find a huge amount
of help on how to customize your trip exactly to your needs, including
hints for budget travelers, and one of the best English accommodation
search/reservation systems available.
Always up-to-date in every aspect, this website's sole purpose
is to keep all interested parties informed both on a causal and
an encyclopedic level. It's basically a hub of official, useful
or simply interesting information, with links to ( seemingly )
separate sites within its network, themed into pages of interest,
guides, current cultural news and travel related pages, but also
features its own articles on economy and society. When it comes
to laws and foreign policy you could call this website more or
less an "official" source, for it is sponsored by the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( MOFA ), although written and run
by a non-government related organization. It's very much like
an extensive weekly magazine on Japan in English with official
textbook precise data added as reference.
Sublinks you might find interesting: NIPPONIA
in Japan, Trends
Japan! ( Ministry of Foreign Affairs )
One of the several different gateways to provide travelers and
interested people with information this website is THE officially
official collection of links and current VISA, customs and border
information. In case you want to read up on how to obtain special
visas that would allow you to stay longer, study or work in Japan,
this is the place to start reading up on it.
Sublinks you might find interesting: Embassies,
* Note that if you're reading this you're more
likely than not are already eligible for the temporary visitor's
visa, which is granted upon arrival to Japan and lasts for 90
days most of the time. Look up the country of your residence on
list to let go of any concerns you may have.
|U.S. based Travel agencies
and Tour operators
Custom, escorted, small group and private tours by professionals
in your region
( tour operator - based in the state of Arizona, USA )
specializes in unique Private
and Small Group Introductory Tours to Japan. These Land-only
tours are conducted in English, and are offered to travelers from
Classic Tours ( tour operator / travel agency - based
in New York, USA ) - "Going the Distance with Excellence"
- specializes in small group and customized tours to countries
in Asia, including tours
to Japan, China, Indochina and Taiwan, with local english
|UK based Travel agencies
and Tour operators
Custom, escorted, small group and private tours by professionals
in your region
Journeys through Asia ( tour operator - based in London,
UK ) - One of the UK's most known and most trusted specialists
when it comes to quality tours, tailor-made holidays or well arranged
independent travel experiences... they offer quite a selection
of nicely prepared tours
of Japan, with different emphasis on different aspects of
the country to suit the needs of all travellers. Also, tours of
small groups, escorted tours and individual travel plans are available
for India and China as well, should you show interest in Asian
countries west of Japan.
Hotels, hostels, ryokans, apartments...
As a general, although not an official rule,
hotels and ryokans will not initially charge you anything when
you make a reservation on the net. Meaning some will, but most
won't. The system will most likely only check whether you hold
a valid credit or debit card or not, but the actual payment is
made at the facilities when checking out. You will only be billed
on your cards in case you do not show up, show up late, or do
not pay for the rooms you reserved, which is quite a reasonable
measure. ( Please note this is NOT some official rule, and is
up to the preferred business procedures of each and every place...
Japan hotels from AsiaRooms.com - Provides a broad range of
more than 60,000 hotels around the world ( of which there are
a lot from Asia, more precisely in Japan ), hotel information
and over 45,000 hotel reviews. You can also do online reservations.
The site is available in English and French.
Hotels from HotelTravel
Well, actually there are hotels featured on the website for many
major cities in Japan ( including Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kobe,
Yokohama, Nagoya, Fukuoka... well you get the idea ), but it surely
offers the most spots for Tokyo. The feature we found the most
useful is that you can pick places by district names ( visit the
Tokyo page on our site if you don't know how much this can mean...
;-) and can even spot the right location from a detailed
map, which shows the given neighbourhood, major transportation
lines, nearby attractions... the hotel locations of course, and
all this in English. ( Site is available in Japanese
if you'd like to get used to the Kanji of your possible surroundings,
but the maps are always romanized ).
Tourism Center of Japan
Accommodation search based on location, accommodation type, available
facilities and price range within an extensive database.
Even if you don't use the JNTO website for its articles and regional
guides, it may be quite helpful when looking for a place to stay.
The system features lots of participating hotels, ryokans, public
lodgings to choose from for even the smallest cities, and a search
feature in which you can pinpoint your needs and the desired services
or room types quite accurately.
Club - Ryokan style Kyoto guesthouse
Based on the backpacker experiences of the young owner, this ryokan
( Japanese inn ) style guesthouse was designed to give pretty
much an all-inclusive cultural experience while still staying
in the category of hostels as for its prices. It's located in
the center of Kyoto, walking distance from just about everything,
including historic sights and facilities alike ( not mentioning
Kyoto Station! ). Based on what you're after, the Tour Club offers
both dorm and private rooms in Japanese style, there's a zen garden,
traditional Japanese rooms, kimono try-on for women ( for free
;-), but also has western style rooms, is generally fully equipped,
and the list goes on... with the person behind this venture having
had his own experiences on what exactly budget travellers need...
the motto seems to be "dive into the culture of where you
go". And this lodging facility lets you do just that. The
website is featured in nine languages ( just to make sure everyone
gets the message ;-), and has information on the guesthouse, its
surroundings, Kyoto attractions, transportation, even recommendations
on where to dine out or shop... all detailed to a level where
it's almost a guide on its own. The Tour Club has also been mentioned
as a recommended place to stay by Lonely Planet a few times. The
little independent chain also has a different location nearby
with nearly the same parameters called Budget
Inn Kyoto, just in case the Tour Club is all booked.
( recommended )
as a Tokyo apartment and guest house portal, although the service
is probably much more serious and extensive than of a portal...
the office coordinates the lease of apartments, takes on all guarantees
and responsibilities, so that even a person with a low budget
for rent or a casual traveler can rent a place in minutes, over
the Internet, and as easily as if booking a hotel room. All you
need to do is look up the location to your liking, check the attributes
and included services, go through photos or even video clips,
and either reserve it or reserve the apartment or room for later.
You only need to pay the first month at the office on the day
you move in, and in exchange you get the key for your room/apartment
and some helpful guides about Japanese household customs, rules,
and maps to show you around your residence. Also, everyone at
the office speaks English quite well and are usually very helpful
when it comes to aiding the clueless travelers like giving hints
on programs, events, reserving hotel rooms in other cities, or
explaining the methods of buying train tickets.
International - Japan
Not an exclusively Japan related site, but a useful resource for
people opting for Hostels with hundreds of registered locations
to choose from.
Travel ( english version )
Rakuten Travel surely is the largest and most commonly used option
for reserving accommodation online, but before proceeding to the
english version of the website please read our article - by
clicking here - on how to make the most of their services.
Hotels, ryokans, special offers... in Japanese
of the largest if not the largest travel agencies in Japan, this
website is a hub of real-time information on all of the hotels,
ryokans and other facilities that are linked to its system, which
are in fact an amazing number. There's no parameter you could think
of when traveling that the search feature can't handle, and the
result pages let you go and read up on the hotel in detail, see
photos, available and optional services, and even reserve the room
through the site with even special needs being adjustable on the
forms. The English version of the site seems to be somewhat restricted
in the number of available rooms displayed, although this blocking
might have been lifted since our last test. The reservation system
itself is of course just as reliable, and offers the widest selection
of accommodation facilities on the net, the only thing we found
to be interesting is that in peak seasons, the English version will
show a hotel all booked much sooner, while the Japanese version
will still allow you to reserve accommodation ( Perhaps to protect
the traditional seasons of national tourism, however we don't know
for sure ). The service is the same for both the English and the
Japanese version, we can only recommend their use.
Sublinks you might be interested in: Rakuten
Travel in English
in Japan, accessories
how to obtain a Japan Rail Pass in your region, how to rent
a mobile phone... etc.
Japan Rail Pass or JR Rail Pass is a document solely
aimed at and exclusively offered to tourists and other non-resident
status visitors to Japan. Also keep in mind that you can't
aquire it while already in Japan, as a prevention to abusing
its rather extensive discounts. It's supposed to be a publicity
stunt to boost tourism, and it's a pretty effective one to say
the least. So in case you want to make use of the pass, meaning
get significant (!) discounts from local to shinkansen tickets...
you'll need to look for it in your own country. Once purchased
the pass remains inactive until you validate it in Japan, meaning
you don't have to arrange your entire trip in accordance of its
time-limit, furthermore you can buy more than one, and activate
them once the previous one has expired. The passes are valid through
different time periods ( one week, two weeks, three weeks ) and
are either nationwide or area specific like the JR East Pass (
includes the Tohoku region, Tokyo and northern Honshu ), or the
JR West Pass ( Kyoto, Osaka, Nara... ). The passes are of course
priced according to the areas and time periods they can be used
in. The JR websites offer comprehensive english information on
its detailed use ( the link at the beginning of the paragraph
should take you there ), but if you've read the Japan Guide from
Lonely Planet... you'll probably have a general idea on how big
of a difference it can make. Not necessarilly though, but in case
you're into exploring the country by train, this pass is a no-brainer.
Mind us that traveling by train is not cheap anywhere in the world,
and this includes Japan.
Alernative JR website ( also in english ): Japan
Note that the state owned "JR" has been privatised years
ago. The name JR now stands for many private sector companies
serving different areas. Furthermore there are other railway companies
as well, on which the JR pass doesn't provide you any discount.
But since JR, or in other words, the Japan Railways Group is still
the largest, and has trains to and from just about anywhere, the
pass is still a good choice.
Some well known regional suppliers of the Japan Rail Passes
( UK ) is one of the UK's leading European and International railpass,
flexipass and train ticket suppliers. They allow you to book your
Japan Rail Pass on-line for probably all combinations there can
be, JR East, JR West, and nation-wide passes.
International ( Germany ) offers JR passes in Germany, including
the JR East Pass ( the one which includes Tokyo for example ),
Hokkaido and Kyushu.
( Germany ) has a wide range of selection of JR passes for Germany.
You can buy one specifically for the Tohoku region ( JR East,
you know, Tokyo... ), Hokkaido, Kyushu, but in case you're traveling
by train around Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka the Kansai pass is most
valuable, and for the rest of central Honshu the a Sanyo pass
might come handy ( JR West ).
|Miscellaneous Japan related
local information and information on the locals in English
Kjeld Duits is now one of the most sought out freelance journalist
and phographer when it comes to covering Japan - for both Japanese
and western media. His insight is second to none, a straightforward,
friendly and unbiased view on both everyday problems of people
and global issues touching the lives of the Japanese. The articles
are often the world debut of information of soon-to-be-news issues,
and the photographs he takes are just a wonderful resource to
explore Japan and get to know the Japanese people without an artificial
aftertaste. ( May we mention his visual culture is close to how
we like to portrait the country, but unlike us, he's very good
at photography. The images have a nice touch of realism. ) Ikjeld.com
articles and photo pages are as updated as ever... if you'd like
a deep dive into an easy to comprehend, everyday-issue driven
view on Japan, you may want to visit to balance out mainstream
media with his up-close and people oriented coverage. ( Stock
photos are also available for download. )
first sight it may be mistaken for just a random personal blog
( which it was probably intended to be ), but it's in fact a quite
entertaining and informative read on today's Japan. The culprit,
Jeremy Hedley has been giving away his good hearted comments (
for five years now ), dotted with great photographs every now
and then ( which you can also catch on flickr by the way ), letting
you experience everyday life in Japan from the perspective of
a designer / (copy)writer / Mac and photo enthusiast. An eye out
for just about everything creative ( perhaps that would be the
key to the interests ), books, movies, advertisement ( even classic
Japanese ads, cultic icons ), and entries on nature ( there are
some amazing shots ), city life, family life, recent news that
have an(y) impact on local life or are just food for thought.
As for someone this modest, his style is fluid and entertaining,
photos are great ( forever searching for THAT great shot however
helps them get better and better ;-), so if you're interested
in Japan, and don't intend to be satisfied with just scratching
the surface of its reality, you better go and take a look.
- The mother lode of Japan job information
Possibly the most widely known and most useful English language
classifieds for people in Japan, and yes, you probably guessed
it already, the main feature is of course jobs in japan. You can
find all kinds of work with a focus on the most common areas in
which - mostly English speaking - foreigners are sought out, which
include but aren't limited to EFL / ESL and other teaching jobs
( there's never a shortage of employers seeking native English
teachers, but don't get any wrong ideas, it IS a job! ), bilingual
work, modeling, chefs, bartenders, acting, modeling, hosts, hostesses
and other entertainment related work, the evergreen IT related
jobs, and a whole lot more. Also, the site features a lot - and
this means a lot - of classified ads in every possible category
you can think of, mainly aimed at the foreign community living
in Japan. If you'd like to inherit the used electronics or bycicles
of someone who's moving, buy up some unwanted tickets or clothes,
or are looking for a babysitter, friend, a good party, this is
where you should start looking.
Design Festa - Asia's biggest freestyle International Art
Event open to all artists from all over the world to exhibit their
creative talent. Begun in 1994, the event is held twice a year
in spring and fall. There is also an art gallery in Harajuku,
An encyclopedia website devoted to the study of Japanese history
by Chris Spackman. Launched in 2001 and regularly updated ever
since, it evolved into a vast resource, great for both enthusiasts
of Japanese culture and history, and the casual reader. It's compiled
in the spirit of open source projects, meaning its materials are
free to be used for teaching purposes for example, has its encyclopedia
in several formats to be downloaded, and also revisits some of
the most famous historic places in Japan with current real-life
photos! The albums stroll through many areas, even some of which
we didn't cover ( for example the Kanazawa
Castle and Kenrokuen , with some fine images of the beautiful
Japanese gardens ) so, if you're after Japanese history and/or
additional photos of Japan, be sure to check it out.
Johnson's Japan Page - Sushi a la Carte and "Favourite
Getaways in Rural Japan"
The pages Randy Johnson has been creating and updating for the
past 11+ years may not claim that they will be your one and only
source for information, but depending on what your favorite things
in Japan are... they might become just that. For this long timer
Japan resource - made by Randy who has all the experiences about
Japanese sushi bars you'd ever need - has been winning both the
attention of the audience and awards of web sites for many years,
and for a reason. Sushi
a la Carte is perhaps the most comprehensive and detailed
sushi guide on the net, with images, translations, pronounciations,
how-, where-, and what to eat, an all in one presentation for
those who love sushi and those who admire from a distance ;-)
...or in other words, are yet to try it. And should you get tired
of visiting each and every sushi bar in the cities, the site also
has Randy's Favourite
Getaways in Rural Japan which is again, a detailed guide yet
an easy read on how to chase some authentic rural Japanese slices
of life through the country, with information for each region,
city, activity and landmark, and photos illustrating the articles.
From the spas of Noboribetsu to the historic backrounds of Kyoto
temples... where to stay and what to do to experience it all...
an amazing resource for contemporary sightings of classic Japanese
Japan Zone - The #1 guide to Japan and Japanese popular culture
A very typical example of a Japan guide done right, with attention
given to the huge diversity of pop culture, traditions and people
living in Japan. Has been around for a while now, in fact for
many years, and serves a lot of generic information for those
interested in the coutry, but is laid out so that both newcomers
and longtimers can enjoy its articles and features. The introduction
to culture, entertainment and celebrities is as easy to understand
as it can be, add some news, historic background and pictures
illustrating the pages, and you get the idea. But of course it's
major attractions are the forum, and JapanZoneFriends, with hundreds
of thousands of people... from Japan, the US and all over the
world, chatting, messaging, getting together and getting to know
each others' lives.
The website calls itself the No. 1 for foreigners in Japan and
it is probably right on this. A huge amount of current information
on jobs, apartments, money, travel and of course a forum to meet
up with others, a well-renowned and rooted community site, which
has members having done research on ( or simply experienced )
nearly all aspects of leading a lifestyle in the country... while
being a foreigner. An extensive employee and employer database
awaits those who have or would like to obtain a working visa for
something they actually like and are good at doing, you can even
create a profile that companies and headhunters will later search.
The discussion board is a useful resource to learn about everyday
wisdom ( and even hardships ) of residents of Japan, let them
be native, temporary workers, or settled down foreigners, but
be warned that this site is said to be far from being romanticist...
it's hard-core reality, in which it's good at.
Sublinks you might find interesting: Coming
to Japan , Apartments
Mode - A cool hub of information with lots of events and articles
on culture and even sub-culture, including the Tokyo Game Show,
fashion in Japan... with fun tools like the Kanji Name Converter
and a rather unique BRAND SEARCH feature where you can check out
the hottest fashion brands in Japan, meaning what the latest trends
are on the streets, tips on clothing, trendy make-up, hairstyles,
and more... a very useful little resource if you're to go out
shopping in Shibuya or Harajuku.
of Japan - A Gallery of Scenes from Japan by Jeffrey Bridgman
"From the large metropolis of tokyo to rural countryside,
modern marvels and historical landmarks, tropical beaches to snowcapped
mountains, Japan has it all." - This sentence from Jeffrey's
website tells the tale in a beautyful way, Japan is in fact the
land of diverse harmony. Growing up in the country, he shares
his experience and views that most people will find the most clear,
and most to-the-point introduction of the many faces of Japan
through well selected scenes of everyday life. Even though a school
project, this website has all what it takes to provide people
with basic insight of the feeling of being in Japan, as it covers
most aspects of why anyone - born and/or raised in the country
or not - would fall in love with what is has to offer, and acts
as a visual guide to the many atmospheres. ( wow, pretty much
like us, maybe that's why we like it ;-) His project is also something
we're proud of helping out with a few of our photos... and provides
a great example of an eye for details, both when it comes to selecting
images, and selecting words with which to describe them.
Lab Costumes Cosplayers and Contacts - If you are into Japanese
Pop Culture chances are that you've either thought about, know
someone who has or have already wandered into cosplaying ;-) (
you not knowing what cosplay
is would be unthinkable. Mind you we believe that getting the
latest trendy outfit just because it's worn all over by J-Pop
stars IS cosplay... we know that most people may argue on this
though ). Cosplaylabs.com is an amazingly well established website
with a huge community of cosplayers, a wide variety of an ever
growing selection of things to help complete an outfit, including
special contact lenses ( there are THREE different rasengan contact
lenses, would you have believed? :-), but if that's not enough,
the entire community is posting all the photos of all the costumes
that are created or are in creation! Add a full and always up
to date event calendar on conventions, events, news, anime news,
anime conventions, anime events and you'll get an idea that's
close to what this place is about. Go and see for yourself!
- Japanese language lessons and quizzes
This website is ideal for those who don't know how to organize
their own learning of Kanji, Hiragana or Katakana, in other words,
get used to the different writing systems of the Japanese language.
It covers an extensive array of good tests and quizzes to help
your Japanese learning, whether you're skill is beginner or advanced...
with even its best features, the Kanhi flash cards available for
any casual visitor.
Corporation - Building Bridges between Japan and New Zealand
The title might have given it away already, this website has been
a great hub of information for years, specializing in personal,
business and marketing relationships between the two countries,
and providing a selection of great resources to educate people
of both Japan and New Zealand. Opportunities for homestays, information
about travel, language and other schools, photos, links on health
issues, magazines, accommodation, and an amazingly detailed list
of Universities to attend... there're tips sorted by a large number
of topics complete with reviews.
sites and Communities
Hubs of official information and personal experiences, guides
Japan - independent travelogule / travelguide to Japan by
The independent travel "bible" when it comes to Japan,
even if in the form of a personal travelogue by a Finnish explorer.
A complete all-around presentation of what it's like to plan ahead,
arrive, go about, experience, and treasure all what's happening.
The web site details every aspect of both solo and independent
travel to Japan in an easygoing way that will make you read through
the journal as if it was prepared especially for you. Ude seems
to have the skills and style to write a travelguide that's both
informational and actually keeps you entertained. For those who
are planning their own trip, the good news is that the site is
crammed with references, information, photos and down-to-earth
reviews of all places visited during Ude's two subsequent tours
of the country ( with hopefully a third set soon to come... )
This web site exemplifies a travel guide made with love for the
- Tourist and resident information on Japan.
A pretty much one-stop resource for both short visits and long
term stays, with information on embassies, airports, tourist services,
accommodation search... downright to renting your Keitai ( mobile
) phone, finding the restaurants, bars, clubs to your taste, pinpointing
Shrines and Temples you'd like to visit or even find the sports
events you'd be interested in. Packed with general yet important
knowledge such as the how to behave in- and where to find bathhouses,
to where to report a missing credit card... Look close and you'll
see that the site is packed with the things you'd like to know
Guide from JapaneseLifestyle - Tokyo Hotels and Travel Guide
- Tokyo Hotels, Tokyo maps, Tokyo itineraries, Tokyo pictures,
Tokyo airport, Tokyo temples and Tokyo gardens. Visit the main
site for even more information on Japan and other major cities
as well... a well balanced and resourceful hub of information.
The Online Guide to Travel
Comprehensive directory for travel related web sites.
Read unbiased opinions about hotels
Sublinks you might find interesting: Japan
Travellerspoint is a free worldwide travel community with
tools and services to help travellers before, during and after
Travel and Leisure Magazine
Oriental Tales Magazine features entertaining short stories and
travel photography from East Asia.
Library - Browse travelogues, independent hotel reviews, free
holiday and airport guides plus much more! ( see the Japan section
Focusing on essential
information for travelers, by regions.
Hotel Booking service, interactive sightseeing map, the distant
cousin of Japan, Hungary
A little known historic theory ties two distant countries together,
claiming that the Japanese and the Hungarian are descendents of
the same Asian tribe or at least have lived very close to each
other, having parted ways thousands of years ago. Even with little
proof of this relation between the Japanese
and Hungarians, both nations welcomed the idea since they
already viewed each others' cultures with mutual interest, not
to mention the numbers of curious Japanese, tourists, elderly
and the young alike, visiting this Central-East European country,
making you feel as if you were in fact closer to Asia than you
think. Should you be planning to check out the similarities yourself
( there are none though ;-), check out the above reference for
a new and ( compared to others ) a relatively useful accommodation
search site which has lots of extras, like allowing you to look
up places near the most famous attractions through an interactive
Hotel in Budapest:
HOTEL VICTORIA**** Budapest – Hungary
Hotel Victoria is the cheapest 4 star Hotel located in the heart
of historical downtown of Budapest, directly on the riverside
of the Danube.
partenring up with other sites portraying Japan, and other
: Travel photo gallery and stock photographs - by Frantisek
Staud. - Probably the one-stop resource for beautiful photos of
Japan ( and in fact most of the world ), with the visual culture
of a pro, but the attitude and insight of a freelance, Frantisek
Staud has captured some visions of the country that makes just
about everyones' jaws drop... photography taken to the level of
art, while keeping it real and informal at the same time, this
website is a must-see to those who'd like to take a deep dive
into the visuals of traditional and modern Japan. Both under and
overrepresented aspests are brought to fabulous highlight in a
very humble way, including an entire album of Maiko
and Geisha portraits, and blossoming
cherry trees , or our favourites, the Festivals
of Kyoto album, the Kyogen
and Noh album, and the album on Hiroshima
and western Honshu, including photos of Miyajima, Himeji and
Iwakuni. But there are images on Tokyo, Zen Buddhist Gardens,
Kyoto city, Sumo, Oshogatsu ( New Year's day ), Fuji-san, Shikoku
and much more.
ORourke Photo Portfolio : Tokyo, Japan, East Asia -
The site of Aidan ORourke devotes an entire section to professional
( read: amazingly well composed ) images of Tokyo sights, landmarks,
architecture, transport, neon signs, parks, temples and more...
the collection also displays images of Kyoto, Hiroshima, the shinkansen,
the Tama Monorail, and lots of other iconic themes Japanese. The
site has a definite atmosphere, and professional yet easy-going
attitude, and is presented and hosted entirely by the Manchester-based
photographer, writer and Japan enthusiast. Should you have been
convinced of his talent in capturing the visual essence of different
places ( and you probably will be ) he has a whole lot more pictures
to show, other sections include England, Scotland, Northern Ireland
in the UK, Ireland, Europe, and other cities from the entire World.
Benoa.net : Guide
to the World through Digital Pictures - A real journey around
the World through an ever increasing number of wonderful photos
by Benoist Sébire. 3000+ photos sorted into more than 100
comprehensive albums for each country and city, including Japan
China, Korea, Austria, Denmark, France, Iceland, Mexiko, Sweden,
the USA and much more... The site is also a great resource on
photography equipment... especially Canon Lenses ( which we use
as well ). With personal insights and local information of each
place featured, it's just a great site for aspiring travelers,
photographers, and of course travel photographers.
Travel Photography and Photo-weblog diary
An amazing collection of atmospheric pictures from all around
the world, an honest and entertaining image library of thousands
of shots from Japan, Berlin, Finland, Helsinki, New York, Venice
and Budapest. With narration throughout the entire site it is
indeed one of the most enjoyable and most straightforward travel
related photo site available.
iipix.com : Ed
Kaspar's Photos of Japan, Thailand and China
...and more, to be exact. Ed has a certain style in combining
humor, snapshots of Japanese life, festives, everydays, food and
food for thought with complete little paragraphs of information
you probably won't find elsewhere, or at least not in this compact,
funny and still very useful way. Visit
The Japan Galleries on his website and get loaded with the
insight of this traveler through a series of photos that engulf
about three years in Japan.
A vast and long trusted directory of skilled and professional
photographers from all around the world. The people and companies
are shown both by the themes they specialize-, and the region
they work in... a really easy to navigate resource.
/ Stock Photography - US, WA based company specializing in
Japanese stock photos. A vast library of professional images on
traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, lifestyle, architecture,
people, events, places and much more. Their archives include more
than 90,000 images and are categorized with extreme precision
( including black & white and vintage pics as well ), from
which you can search the previews of on their website to help
you choose the right ones for you.
& Marilyn's Photo Tour of Tokyo, Japan - A multimedia
virtual tour of Japan's capital with more than 200 high resolution
photographs, maps, sounds, music, narration, scanned images and
personal observations. From the high tech Tokyo Tower to the beauty
of the Imperial Palace and Zojoji Temple. If you have ever wanted
to visit Tokyo, we invite you to see this site!