Finding information about domestic travel in Japan can be a bit challenging. This month, learn about a few websites that might help make your travel plans come together more smoothly.
The first one is Japan Saver (http://www.japan-saver.com). This company will help you book domestic flights at reasonable rates. With 11 business days' notice, you can book flights to almost anywhere in Japan for about 20,000 to 30,000 yen return. (Okinawa is more like 40,000 yen.) They also apparently do international travel, so you may want to ask about that too.
Fill out the information on the website and they will call with details and itinerary. If you prefer to talk to someone directly, call 03-5401-1142, and ask for Yasumi. She can help you in excellent English. Very friendly, and helpful.
If you are thinking of travelling by train, here are some sites that will help.
Japan Rail Planner: http://www.jorudan.co.jp
Tell it where you're going, and either when you need to leave or when you need to get there, and it'll give you train routes, times and prices. And it gives multiple itineraries. (The other rail planner, Hyperdia (www.hyperdia.com), also has an English site, but it is down until the middle of December. You may be able to make use of the Japanese site for now.)
See also: Japan Railways Group (http://www.japanrail.com).
Before you plan your trip, you might want to use one of these sites to see what is available in outdoor adventures.
Ski/snow information: Snow Japan (http://www.snowjapan.com)
Outdoor information: Outdoor Japan (http://www.outdoorjapan.com)
Hope these sites help, I especially recommend Japan-Saver! Great deals and wonderful service. Have fun traveling!
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