Below are links to sites I found helpful during the research for our trip. I didn’t use every single one of them, because there is just way too much information out there and we only had a week, but thought it might be useful to share them. And if I can save you some time on the research, so much the better!
Japan-Guide.com– the is one of the best resources for all things related to traveling in Japan. The website has a lot going on visually, but search through it and there is a lot of depth there.
Japanese National Tourist Organization
Free Volunteer Guides in Japan
Books I used:
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Japan -These are my favorite series of guidebooks when what I want is to focus on the sights (as opposed to restaurants and hotels)
Food Sake Tokyo (The Terroir Guides)-All about food in Japan. Fantastic book, not only as a reference for all things related to food in Japan, but for specific recommendations.
Lonely Planet Tokyo (City Guide)-Good reference book from a budget perspective.
White on Rice– LA photographers and food bloggers spend a week in Japan
Free things to do in Tokyo:
Websites focusing on Restaurants and Food in Tokyo:
Self Guided Walking tour on PDF of Kyoto by Japan National Tourism Organization
Guided walk in Kyoto
If you want to be connected 24/7 check out these sites:
Tripit for itinerary
Mtrip for Tokyo