3 Months In Japan – Without A Plan

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3 Months In Japan – Without A Plan

In a few days my wife and I will be returning to Japan – to live there for 3 months. (This has been a long time coming!)

Ironically, although it will be the most amount of time I’ve spent in Japan in one trip, I basically have no travel plan.

Well, that’s not entirely accurate. We do have an itinerary taking us up until Christmas – which revolves around revisiting the southern island of Kyushu – which I’m really looking forward to.

But, that aside, nothing else it yet planned or booked. (I haven’t even ordered my Rail Pass yet.)


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Garden on Sado Island


For a bit of a control freak like me – this is quite a bit deal.

But that’s because this trip is not a holiday. It’s the start of a new life.

“But that’s because this trip is not a holiday. It’s the start of a new life.

One where we split my time between Japan and the UK. (I left my job in October, so I can dedicate all my time to The Real Japan.)

And because we’ll be there for so long, we can plan once we’re there.

I’ve a few ideas of new places I want to see, and there are some friends I’d like to meet up with.

Of course, I’ll be Tweeting, YouTubing, Facebooking, etc as we go along, so you can see how this new adventure develops and turns out.


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Neighbourhood in Ashiya, Hyōgo Prefecture

If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to check out whilst I’m there drop me an email or leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do. :-)


In the meantime, here’s a few posts that might help inspire your own adventures:

General trip planning ideas – try these:
How To Plan A Trip To Japan In Just 4 Steps!
5 Essential Things You Need BEFORE Going To Japan
Japan – Why You Need To Go Beyond Tokyo

Cheap accommodation – try this:
How To Stay In A Decent Cheap Hotel In Tokyo

Not being able to speak Japanese – try these:
How To Travel In Japan Without Speaking Japanese
How The Japanese Anticipate Other People’s Needs

Visiting in spring for cherry blossoms – try this:
Spring: Cherry Blossom Party Time!

Enjoying different regional food – try this:
Eating Your Way Around Japan


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How about you? Are you happy travelling without a plan – or do you feel the need to have a carefully considered and worked out itinerary in advance? I’d love to hear from you – please leave a comment below!

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