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 please give me a heads-up if you know of any
sites that need to be on the list, thanks...
Climbing in Japan Links
Kanto Adventures brings a team of professional administrative staff and
wilderness-certified trip leaders to provide mountain trekking,
climbing (rock and ice), snow mountaineering guiding, and instruction.
They offer group guided trips as well as private trips, specifically
for visitors from all over the world.
informative hiking blog with stunning photos by David Couvreur, mostly
covering hiking up and around non-famous mountains in the vicinity of
Climb Japan is a comprehensive resource for some of the great climbs,
alpine routes, hikes, and trail runs of Japan. The blog is run by Tony
Grant, a passionate Tokyo-based alpine, rock, & winter climber who
also works as a mobile learning content editor for the British Council.
Tokyo Hiking & Trekking
A group for anyone interested in hiking, climbing, trekking, camping,
etc. in the Tokyo area. All skill levels are welcome. Group was started
for hiking with other outdoor enthusiasts and to meet those with a
higher experience of climbing.
An amazing blog by photographer/hiker David Lowe with pics & a
guide to hiking trails in the Tokyo area. Some of the most stunning
photos I think I've ever seen.
A site (in Japanese) dedicated to the new breed of outdoor women,
called yama girls (山ガール, mountain girls), who are young urban women who
enjoy doing outdoor activities in their free time, but wanting to look
cute & fashionable while doing so. Includes the latest news,
events, fashion & beauty tips, recommended gear, route guides &
maps, and a blog.
"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
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, mostly in Japanese, but includes a brochure 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 (click on flags
for trilingual brochure).
& 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
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
Backcountry ski and snowboard guiding in all of Hakuba, the Kita Alps,
Nagano, and Japan by certified mountain guides.
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
a Job/Doing Business
Career Development Corner
Mostly English teaching jobs, as listed in The Language Teacher, a bimonthly
publication by JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching).
Japan's #1 English Job Site.
Listing of university teaching positions in Japan offered thru the
Japan Association of College English Teachers.
The Japan Research Career Information Network aims at providing
informational support to expand the researchers' career path by
collecting and providing information on job openings and job-seeking
Work in Japan. Jobs in Japan and Japanese jobs.
Bilingual jobs, careers, and employment site run by Japan's largest
The American Chamber of Commerce in
Japan's 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.
Space in Tokyo
An easy to use service for finding professional, affordable office
space throughout Tokyo.
A Japanese culture & travel web magazine which highlights seasonal
events, daily customs, and the unique sense of beauty that dwells
everywhere in Japan, a mysterious mix of both ancient and modern
cultures. By all means, be sure to check out recent articles focusing
on Tokyo's Arakicho neighborhood, including some very informative
write-ups by my friend David.
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.
for a Multicultural Japan (Oops, it appears their link,
www.tabunka.org, went south. Pls. educate me if you know the new one,
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
The Japan News
Formerly called The Daily Yomiuri, 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
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.
Services Links/Phone numbers
(COVID-19) advisory information
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) also has a hotline
providing information about the coronavirus in English, Chinese and
Korean, 24 hours a day: 050-3816-2787 (Overseas: +81-50-3816-2787)
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government recently boosted its capacity to take
coronavirus inquiries at their call center, which is open from 9 a.m.
to 9 p.m. including weekends and holidays. It is aimed only at
residents in Tokyo and is available at 0570-550571 in English, Chinese,
Korean and Japanese. "We have expanded this because there are a lot of
foreigners living here,” said an official from the Tokyo Metropolitan
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is also offering a medical hotline
for speakers of English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Thai and can
refer people to relevant public health centers as necessary. The
service is provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical
Information Center "Himawari" from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day including
weekends and holidays. The phone number is 03-5285-8181.
Guide for when you are feeling ill (For safe
travels in Japan)
Another site by JNTO listing almost 2,000 medical institutions
nationwide with foreign-language services. Users can filter results by
prefecture, language and medical department, as well as specify a
keyword in the search box.
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.