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Stefan Schauwecker produces this outstanding site which functions both as a well-organized searchable directory of internet resources as well as a repository of original information about Japan. The Guide is broken up into 16 general categories such as Arts and Crafts, History, Language and Politics; each category is further subdivided into subcategory listings. Each page in the Guide has original text providing a general overview of the issue -- for example, the subsection on Traditional Music lists major musical genre with definitions, types of instruments used and other basic terminology -- as well as useful links to Japanese and English internet sources and related sections within the Guide. At the site, you can also post questions about Japan in an active forum and receive answers, or peruse the photo gallery. The local networking feature of the site is also available in Japanese.

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About.com maintains this guide to Japan for visitors. It features information about hotels in Japan; you can search for accomodations by area using a metasearch and check the availability or book your hotel room online. The site mainly functions as a compilations of links on travel to Japan, but also offers original articles about Japan as well as a site on the Japanese language where you can test your knowledge of kanji! It functions well for those planning their first trip to Japan or people who just want to find out more about Japanese customs.

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Your first stop on a journey to ancient tradition to modern cities to colorful events to exquisite cuisine to breathtaking scenery to Japan! The Japan National Tourist Organization is one of Japan's primary tourist promoters. With 13 regional offices around the world, it provides many places with brochures, videos, and tours. Their website features tourist sites located all over Japan, with the option to browse these sites by destination, map, or interests. It also offers help finding hotels and travel accomodations.

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JIN, or Japanese Information Network, began as an electronic database developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Japan Center for Intercultural Communications (JCIC). The website has grown into a major undertaking in both original content and link directories. Must-see sections of the site include videos of on-air programming from the Japan Broadcasting System, a "Gateway" to a variety of information on Japan, an entertaining web portal for kids, and a Fact Sheet about Japan. JIN also servs as host to the quarterly journal Japan Echo which contains translations of important articles and essays from Japan's leading public affairs periodicals. To top it all off, the site is also offered in Chinese!

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Yokoso! Japan is a campaign launched by the Japan National Tourist Organization to provide information about Japan travel to potential visitors. The site is user-friendly and serves as a good starting point for those who are considering the trip. Some interesting features to note are the Travelogues, as well as important information simply presented about visas, currency, and other details. The site may not contain as much informaiton as other compilations, but it is easy to read and contains helpful links.

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A great Japan travel guide with all kinds of travel information and resources. Includes Japan maps, Japan hotels, Japanese popular culture, Japan cities and more.

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Web Japan
 

This site provides highly reliable information on Japan across many different areas, including culture, sightseeing, society, history and nature. The content is provided primarily in English, but a portion of the site is multilingual.

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Cool Japan allows you to get to know all of Japan- not just the well-known places like Tokyo or Kyoto.

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Your guide to travel and the outdoors in Japan. Share info, win prizes, meet new friends, plan a trip, buy great outdoor gear, get inspired, join a race- get out there and enjoy your time in Asia.

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This informative site is a section within the official web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Includes information on visas, hotels, museums, study abroad, and more. Also includes videos on topics on Japan in various languages.

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