If you have an opportunity to visit Japan, I highly recommend that you do! While this blog does have some information about places I have visited in Japan (and a few other places in East Asia), you probably will not find too much information here. But, thankfully, there are many helpful resources on the web about visiting Japan.
You can find some information about visiting Japan at these websites:
Japan Guide – This site has information on tourist attractions around Japan. And they update their site frequently. During the cherry blossom season, they even have updates about what the cherry blossoms are like at popular viewing areas. This is important because the ephemeral cherry blossoms only stay around for a couple weeks. If you are a Japan newbie, you might consider starting by looking at their essentials section. And if you can’t find an answer to a question you have on their site, you might be able to find it in their forums.
Lonely Planet – Lonely Planet, the backpackers best friend. They is much more information in the book, but the website has some basic info, advice, forums, and some gorgeous photos. Lonely Planet also gives you an alternative to buying a whole heavy book to lug around, digital downloads. You can purchase just the chapters that you will need on your trip and put them on a laptop or print them out. You can save money and the environment. Nice.
Japan National Tourist Organization – The official Japanese tourist promotion organization has a very slick looking website that is packed with information and can be viewed in 12 languages. Not too shabby!