The links are sorted by topic, so just browse and see what you’re interested in.
I read most of the websites and blogs here myself! They’re listed in no specific order.
Great Japan Blogs (English):
A very popular blog that features awesome photos of Japan (food, festivals, conventions). The main focus of the website are manga, anime, games and merchandising!
|Jamie in Japan||
A blog written by an American aspiring mangaka in Tokyo. The blog is about daily life in Tokyo and how to become a mangaka.
Awesome photos, mainly of Japanese festivals!
About life in Tokyo mainly, but also lots of inspiration for traveling in Japan. Great photos. Not updated very often.
|Surviving in Japan||
A lot of profound information about daily life (e.g. giving birth to a baby in Japan). Here’s my interview with Ashley Thompson, the owner of the blog.
|Loco in Yokohama||
About being black in Japan – or a foreigner in general, also a lot about racism in Japan. The blog owner is the author of the book “Hi! My name is Loco and I am a racist.“. I also interviewed him about teaching English in Japan and his second book “Loco in Yokohama”.
|Japanese Rule of 7||
Another blog of somebody living in Japan for many years. What makes it unique in my eyes is the writing style! Very amusing, refreshing and yet you learn something!
A German girl married to a Japanese citizen, living in Japan, talking about all good, bad and crazy things of daily life. The blog is in English, German and Japanese and she’s also selling great selfmade things, so check it out!
|Jeffrey Friedl’s Blog||
Extremely beautiful and professional photos of Japan (mainly Kyoto). Some of them can be used as wallpaper!
Another great blog with a lot of posts and information about Japan! You’ll find information about Japanese holidays, food and traveling.
While the title of the blog might be misleading, it’s not a blog about Japanese haikus, but about Japan in general. The blogger used to live in Japan for some years and provides readers with a lot of information about Japan and Japan related events in the UK.
Great Japan Blogs (German):
He’s writing about daily life in Japan, also quite a lot about politics as well as updates on the situation in Fukushima and radiation.
|8900km: Berlin – Tokyo||
This is the blog of a German young woman who left Germany to get married to a Japanese man. Now she’s living with her husband in Japan and blogs about her daily life there.
Check out this blog of a German guy living and working in Tokyo for the past few years writing about daily life including some photos and videos.
About traveling, tea (ceremony), kendo and everything in and around Kyoto featuring absolutely stunning photos!
Traveling in Japan:
My personal main resource when planning trips. A lot of valuable information about various cities in Japan (sightseeing spots, food, hotels, other interesting things nearby etc.)
A very detailed travel guide with photos in English. I also often use this to plan my trips!
Best website out there if you need to check train connections and price information! It also includes subway and airplane information. I always use it when planning my trips!
|Muza-chan’s Gate to Japan||
A photo of Japan every day and some nice travel tips as well.
This is THE guide to Japanese Castles in English! Personally I always use it when planning my trips as I’m a castle lover and you’ll get most of the necessary information there!
|Japanese Castle Explorer||
Another great guide if you’re interested in Japanese castles.
|More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan||
Very good blog if you want to get some travel ideas. Covers especially smaller and unknown sightseeing spots, so good for insider tips.
Need some travel inspiration or just can’t get enough of Japan? Then how about watching live videos instead of only staring at photos?!
|Japan Travel Mate||
A Japan travel blog with nice Japan photos and travel tips. The author is Dean Wormald, an Australian living and working in Japan.
Cheapo Japan is a site dedicated to traveling and living in Japan, without bursting the bank. The owner is a British expat who has traveled in Japan with almost no money, so he knows some nice money-saving tricks.
Working in Japan:
|Dave’s ESL Café – Japan||
Want to teach English in Japan? Then check out this forum for more information. The main website has job offers!
|Life after the BOE||
The website isn’t really active anymore, but offers funny comics about life as an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Japan. The comics have been published in a book now, so check it out!
|Reviewing the Kanji||
One of the best forums out there if you want to talk about studying Japanese with others or get great study advice. It also features an online flashcard program to review the kanji you’ve studied using the Heisig method.
The best, free flashcard program out there. I’ve been using it for many years myself. A must-have if you’re studying Japanese. I’ve used it for studying vocabs, grammar and kanji. You can use it on your mobile devices, too!
Tofugu is not only about studying Japanese, it also features a lot of random cultural information about Japan, often by using funny videos, so check it out!
Want to practice like Japanese students do? This website offers great practice sentences every day. Within a sentence you have to transform the kana into kanji!
Want to practice your Japanese a little? Here, you have to “O” or “X” a short statement and give a short reason for your voting. All in Japanese, of course!
|Nihongo day by day (Japanese)||
A blog written in Japanese by a Japanese teacher. You’ll learn a lot of grammar by reading it. Not updated very often.
General Japan Websites:
Gaijinpot is a great resource for anybody who intends to live and work in Japan. They’ve recently updated their website with three major services “Study in Japan”, “Work in Japan” and “Travel in Japan”. Read more about it here.
JREF is a travel, language and study guide on all things Japanese. There’s also a discussion forum, a section on Japanese language, a Japan gallery, a comprehensive directory, a Japan-related classifieds section and a place where you can find Japanese friends or pen pals.
Adorable and funny comics comparing the life in Japan with the one in Singapore. You’ll learn a lot about life in Japan by enjoying these cute little stories.
|Unterwegs in der Welt (German)||
A travel blog with its main focus on Japan (especially smaller islands). Great photos!
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If you know any good blogs or websites that have to do with Japan in any way, then please feel free to contact me. I’ll review it and then decide if I’ll add it here or not.
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- May 3-4: Hakata Dontaku Festival (Fukuoka)
- May 3-5: Hamamatsu Kite Fighting
- May 10-24: Tokyo Sumo Tournament
- May 15: Aoi Matsuri (Kyoto)
- May 15-16: Takigi O-Noh (Nara)
- May 15-17: Asakusa Sanja Matsuri (Tokyo)
- May 16-17: Kanda Matsuri (Tokyo)
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- May 17-18: Shunki Reitaisai (Nikko)
- May 30-31: Aioi Peron Festival (Hyogo)