My Favourite Japan Guides, Blogs & Books

I am no longer updating my own Japan guides so here are some books, zines, bloggers and vloggers I recommend. I have tried to include mainly those written by people who are Japanese or living in Japan.

Japan Experts

Providing a wealth of resources and information that is better than any guide book.

  • Kaila Ocampo / Rainbowholic – kawaii life and travel in Japan. Posts regularly on Youtube and Instagram but support on Patreon for additional content, travel guides, personal advice and monthly blog posts.
  • Makiko Itoh – author and food writer. Her blogs Just Hungry (recipes & food), Just Bento (bento recipes & tips) and Just My Japan (culture & society) are sporadically updated but she is very active on Facebook & Patreon on all these topics, and many more!

General Japan Blogs

Blogs based in Japan that are currently active and updating with new content

  • The Japan Times (daily newspaper with great food/culture writers)
  • Kyoto Journal (articles on traditional Japan and culture)
  • Moshi Moshi Nippon (kawaii & pop culture news including shops, cafes & events)
  • RocketNews24 (the latest weird, wacky and cute news + event/cafe/shop visits)
  • Time Out Tokyo (news, event listings, shopping, restaurants and more)
  • Tokyo Cheapo (cheap and free things to do in Tokyo + tips for living in Japan)
  • Tokyo Fashion (street snaps, fashion news and current/future trends)

Japan Trip Planning Resources

Everything you need to know to plan your trip.

Japan Books & Guides

I have not read all of these – please check reviews before purchasing. Sorry for Amazon links but you can get the info and buy elsewhere.

Diary Style Blogs

These are no longer updated but are great reads about life and travel in Japan