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Planning a trip to Japan?

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Japan Travel Resources

A collection of things to make traveling in Japan a bit easier.

eSIM for your phone with Airalo

Airalo is my preferred way to get eSIM cards while traveling around the world. It’s easy to use and install and they have a decent range of types available for Japan. I used Airalo on my last trip and was able to use Google Maps, Whatsapp, Instagram, etc. with no problems.

Sign up for Airalo and get a $3 credit with the code ANASTA0149.

Discounted tickets with Klook

Klook is a great website for finding tickets to tourist things, train tickets (including shinkansen), and even DisneySea tickets! Everything works with foreign credit cards, unlike some Japanese websites. It’s easy to use and well worth checking out.

Rental Cars with DiscoverCars

Packing Essentials

Stuff I recommend packing on your trip to Japan:

  • Beurer BR60 bug bite zapper thing — a small plate heats up and destroys the proteins that make bug bites itchy! They heal faster and don’t itch as much. A necessity in the summer, IMO.
  • Travelon soft packing cubes — these keep your suitcase organizes while you’re running between hotels. Or if you’re sending luggage ahead using luggage delivery service, pack a cube with your overnight stuff. Very lightweight and handy to have!
  • Kindle Oasis — if you enjoy reading but don’t want to waste space in your suitcase, bring a Kindle and load it with dozens of books! Plenty of space to have all the books you want, but in a device that fits in a purse.

Japan Guidebooks

Updated recently (2023 or newer) and includes updates since COVID changed everything:

Japan Tours & Activities

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