A Short Guide To What To See And Do In Japan

Whether you are visiting on business or plan for a short or long term stay, hopefully this short list of resources will make your trip to Japan more interesting. While much of this pertains to Tokyo but there should be enough information here to guide you to experience the rest of Japan.

Guide

Art Space Tokyo
Art Space Tokyo acts as your 272 page personal guide and interpreter, connecting you with the neighborhoods and figures behind some of the most inspiring art spaces in this colossal city.

Tokyo superguide
Downloadable PDF city superguide for global shopping experts 30 pages total

Japan 101
Taito Culture Guide
Tokyo Art Beat
TAB is Tokyo’s bilingual art & design events guide. Offering event listings, reviews and a shop, the site is updated daily and lists more than 500 current & upcoming art events, at any moment.
Planet Tokyo
Planet Tokyo is here to guide you through the culture shock that many western travelers experience upon arrival in Japan. If you’re planning a trip, or just hoping to learn something new and interesting about Japan, you’ve come to the right place.
Pop Japan Travel
The original and premiere provider of pop culture themed tours of Japan! There’s no better way to experience Japan’s burgeoning pop culture, including anime, games, manga, food, and fashion (to name a few) – all at an affordable price.
Metropolis
Widely-distributed English-language magazine with a focus on entertainment, events, and Japanese culture. Check out their travel section and visitors guide. Join their community to help plan your trip with advice from those that live there or have been there.

Ideas

Near Tokyo, a City Shows Its Age, Proudly
To learn about Tokyo, you sometimes have to leave it. The capital has been rebuilt so many times that those wanting a glimpse of what it looked like years ago head to places like the Museum Meiji-Mura, more than two hours away.
But the city of Kawagoe, right in Tokyo’s backyard, is a more practical alternative. Less than 45 minutes by train, the center of Kawagoe is filled with a well-preserved collection of century-old kura, or warehouses, that still double as stores, workshops and homes.
How to be culturally correct in Japan
Highlighting Japan
These are online magazines published once a month by the Japanese Government, to help people around the world better understand Japan today, including politics and economy, environment, science and technology, lifestyles etc.

Food

Japanese Local Atmosphere And Hearty Hospitality Are Awaiting You
Top 10 Restaurants in Tokyo
Japan Times Food and Restaurants section
Virtual Japanese Restaurant (an oldie)
Tasting Menu’s Tokyo Restaurants

Get organised

Moleskine City Notebook Tokyo
The Key Map summarizes the overall layout of the city showing the sequence and location of the zone maps. Map of the metro system and list of stations. Up to 76 blank pages giving you all the space you need to write jot down useful information and record your thoughts stories and memories. 32 removable sheets for loose notes and for exchanging messages. 12 translucent sticky sheets to overlay and re-position so that you can trace your route as you go. Up to 36 pages of zone maps ranging in scale from 1:5 000 to 1:17 000 with large-scale maps of the city center and an alphabetical street index.
Travel to-do and packing list
Tripit
Online travel itinerary and trip planner

Places

AtoZ Cafe
AtoZ Cafe, a collaborative project between artist Yoshitomo Nara and design unit Graf. An unlikely rustic setting — especially unlikely when you consider that the cafe is found on the fifth floor of a building in Aoyama — welcomes you in what comes off as a sweet and homey environment, with the majority of the tables surrounding a “house” that acts as a sort of showroom/exhibition space for some of Nara’s works. [excerpt]
Tokyo Attractions
MetroGuide Networks’ overview of Tokyo-area attractions.
Secret Japan
Secret Japan is one of the most comprehensive resources on the web for off beat travel in Japan
Yahoo Travel’s Things to do in Tokyo