So in about 5 hours and 15 minutes I will be taking off for Japan for a 10 day trip. The first 2.5 days I will be in to Tokyo Disneyland (and hopefully reporting back from the parks each day!), with the remainder in Kyoto, then back to Tokyo. Naturally I am super excited. I got the Kevin Yee book, which was useful but outdated. For example, he says that the only way to do hotel bookings for the on property and official hotels is by calling Tokyo at a certain number. That is no longer true. The Tokyo Disney website allows you to book Disney hotels on their website and the the Official hotels all now have English websites that allow you to book. Furthermore, I wound up getting my official hotel (the Hilton) from Orbitz. It was priced in US dollars and worked (so far) like any other domestic booking. Quick side note: I chose the Hilton because it was very reasonably priced for Tokyo ($150 a night for a double room) and was recommended by Yee, other websites, and Orbitz. I will have to take the monorail (which will be walking distance from the Hilton) to the park instead of just walking out the door, but that seems like nothing compared to WDW. Also, the monorail stop for the official hotels is called Bayside Station, and as I was born and raised in Bayside, Queens, and as I am easily amused, it seemed perfect. The book also appears to have step by step instructions on maneuvering around Narita airport (i.e., when you see the Starbucks, make a right...). They may no longer be true based on experience with the hotels, but it is good to have a game plan that is more than likely to work out for when you land and don't know the language. Moral of the story: I would really suggest getting the book for reference, but then checking out websites to see what has changed. I found the Japan section at Mousesavers personally to be very useful. Ok, final packing time! Speak to you all (hopefully) from Japan! Some fine print: I know this should technically be in the trip report section, but I thought we could use some beefing up of this thread. The question is: if I was to post anything from outside the parks, should I just continue this thread or start a new one over in non-park photography? Also, shout-out to Crystal (ScottWDW's daughter) for the name of this thread. My original thought was to translate it to Japanese, but real life got in the way.