As a longtime resident of Japan, it's been my good
fortune to have benefitted from a number of wonderful websites
thru the years.
In an effort to provide value to my
visitors, this page is a short list of Japan links to
some of the more noteworthy Japanese websites I've bookmarked while
I update this page periodically, so please stop by again as you
time, and by all means pls. give me a heads-up if you know of any other
sites that need to be on the list, thx...
Climbing in Japan Links
"Hiking in Japan"
group @ Facebook
Set up & run by longtime Japan resident & climber Wes Lang,
this very active Facebook group is a place to share cool hiking info,
ask for advice, and meet hiking enthusiasts. Must be a Facebook member
International Adventure Club - Tokyo
Founded in 1981, the IAC-Tokyo is an all-volunteer group of folks from
the Tokyo area who enjoy outdoor activities together, including
camping, caving, cycling, hiking, ice climbing, kayaking,
mountaineering, mountain biking, paragliding, parties, rafting, rock
climbing, sailing, scuba diving, skiing, snowshoeing, tennis, and more.
Club - Kansai
A group of people of different nationalities in Kansai who regularly
participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities such as hiking,
weekend backpacking, mountain biking, cycling, skiing, and take part in
Outdoor Club Tokyo
(OCT) - アウトドア・クラブ・東京
An international outdoor club in Tokyo for Japanese and foreign people
to enjoy outdoor and social activities together: hiking, camping,
climbing, cycling, skiing, running, diving, kayak, barbecue parties,
social events, etc. Get a workout or some gentle exercise in the
beautiful Japanese countryside.
Outdoor Club Japan (OCJ) アウトドア・クラブ・ジャパン
volunteer international outdoor club in Tokyo for Japanese and foreign
people to enjoy outdoor and social activities together: hiking,
camping, climbing, cycling, skiing, running, diving, kayak, barbecue
parties, social events, etc.
at the foot of the Japan Northern Alps in Hakuba, the Evergreen Outdoor
Center has been operating bilingual, professionally guided adventure
& eco tours as well as outdoor education and team development
programs in and around Nagano's Hakuba Village for more than a decade.
Japan Alps" photo book
Canadian mountain photographer/writer Peter Skov has captured the
spectacular beauty of all 3 ranges of the Japan Alps with his
absolutely stunning photos, taken during all 4 seasons. To my
knowledge, this is the only photo book in English about the Japan Alps.
Preview all 120 pages at the link above.
to the Beautiful Northern Japan Alps
very informative site in English, Chinese, & Korean about this
spectacular area, including an access map, map of the mountain huts,
mountain hut phone numbers and URLs, course hiking
times, & mountain climbing safety guidelines.
& Mountaineering in Japan
Extreme climber & Facebook friend Chris White has a way with
words and takes some of the most stunning mountain pics I think I've
seen. Two of my favorite pages there are his 3 season
gear recommendations for a 3-day, 2-night
mountain climbing trip and his photography
Longtime Japan resident Wes Lang provides a
comprehensive site on hiking throughout Japan. Wes has also set up a
very popular group at Facebook by the same name, Hiking
Border Terrier Hikes the Hyakumeizan in Japan
Lang's collection of stories of his 7-year quest to scale the
"Nihon Hyakumeizan," Japan's 100 Famous Mountains.
A man & his
dog climbed Japan's 100 Famous Mountains and have
recently published a book detailing their journey.
Another blog by a Brit on Japan's most famous
100 mountains, based on the forthcoming English translation of "Nihon
One of Japan's leading specialists in
English-speaking guided hiking and
trekking trips in Honshu & Hokkaido.
Backcountry ski and snowboard guiding in all of Hakuba, the Kita Alps,
Nagano, and Japan by certified mountain guides.
Information about camping and hiking in
Shikoku, Kyushu, and beyond.
Mountains in Japan
An interesting site with many great pics by
Tomoo Chiba, an engineer in
JAMBO is an
international volunteer organization, open to all, providing activities
environmental improvement, and charities
in the Tokyo area and innumerable opportunities
for personal fulfillment. Day hikes are scheduled at least once
online community for Outdoor Japan Magazine, Japan's first
bilingual magazine featuring diverse outdoor activities, including
hiking & climbing.
Webcam of Mt. Fuji
From an office in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture (UT + 9 hrs. = Japan
Hugo Deslippe explores the beliefs, history, and symbols of
Buddhism in Japan, where art
and aestheticism are strongly influenced by the Zen school.
Imperial Household Agency
introduction to the official duties and various public activities of
Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, and other members of the
highly-ranked site featuring hilarious English mistakes that appear in
Japanese advertising signs and product designs.
One of Philbert Ono's two sister sites dedicated to introducing Japan
in English with photos, video clips, articles, and blog entries. Online
since 1996, the site features over 36,000 images from all 47
Japan National Tourism
JNTO promotes travel to Japan by maintaining 13
offices in key cities around the world, as well as operating
Tourist Information Centers in Japan for foreign visitors.
Informative insider's travel guide to the world's largest city
by UK expat Honor Dargan.
a Job/Doing Business
Space in Tokyo
An easy to use service for finding professional, affordable office
space throughout Tokyo.
Japan's #1 English Job Site.
Work in Japan. Jobs in Japan and Japanese jobs.
Bilingual jobs, careers, and employment site run by Japan's largest
In partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in
Japan, bilingual job site provides online job posting, resume
search, and advertising for international companies and job candidates
Jobs in Japan for bilingual professionals.
The biggest community site for finding jobs, apartments, news,
classifieds, and a guide to business and living in Japan.
for a Multicultural Japan
Non-profit organization working to promote the welfare and legal rights
of non-Japanese people married to Japanese nationals, and
other long-term or permanent residents of Japan.
Longtime permanent resident, university professor, and
foreigner rights activist Arudou Debito (formerly David Aldwinckle)
of Hokkaido provides useful info on all social issues facing foreigners
Japan's leading English-language newspaper is published by The
Yomiuri Shimbun, which has the largest circulation of any newspaper in
Japan Times Online
Daily news and features on Japan from the most widely read
English-language newspaper in Japan, covering national news, business
news, sports news, and commentary.
Japan's #1 English magazine is a 60-page free weekly city guide with a
focus on entertainment, events, Japanese culture, news, and classified ads, targeting
English-speaking foreigners in Tokyo.
East (East Japan Railway Company)
Official website of East Japan Railway Company shows routes, maps,
timetables, fares, & passes.
Official website for Japan's largest subway sytem provides information
on tickets, commuter railway passes, and sightseeing in Tokyo, as well
as subway network maps.
Official website shows flight info, airport access, terminal guides,
and area hotel reservations.
& Translator Links
Jim Breen's WWWJDIC
Almost every day I visit this awesome romanized Japanese to English and
English to Japanese site by Jim Breen, research fellow at
Monash University in Australia.
windows to enable you to read Japanese kanji in blocks of text or
on entire webpages.
Translate text or webpage URL in or out of 38 languages, powered by
Google's free online language translation
service instantly translates text, web pages, or documents in over 50
Free online text translator in and out of over 30 different languages.
Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)
TELL is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to
helping foreigners with advice and counseling on a wide variety of
problems they may run into living in Japan, including free telephone
counseling from 9am-11pm daily.
Japan's only 24
hour non-profit, nationwide emergency assistance service for the
international community. Call 24
hours a day, from anywhere & anytime about
anything, from a simple
question to emergency assistance.