Japan Booking Timeline

We’ve planned 3 separate trips to Japan and we think this is a really great checklist of things to think about booking and when. For example, there are certain parts of your Japan trip you should be booking a year in advance, and some things you can wait until the month before to book.

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    In this free PDF download, we’ve provided a breakdown of all the elements of your Japan trip you’ll need to book—from flights and accommodation to key attractions and transportation.

    We broke it down into a timeline that tells you exactly what you need to be planning and booking 1 year out, 6 months out, 2-3 months out, and 1 month before your trip. 

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