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Review Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba The Real Japan Rob Dyer

Review: Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba

  Review: Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba – Rooftop Sky Spa In keeping with our taste for a bit of luxury (without having to pay ridiculous luxury prices!), we singled out the Candeo Hotels chain. They operate business hotels across Japan combining an element of luxury but with a somewhat more reasonable price point. That key ‘element’ in the Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba is they offer what they legimately call their SkySpa – large rooftop onsen-style…

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Kobe Luminarie light festival The Real Japan Rob Dyer

Kobe Luminarie Light Festival

Kobe Luminarie is an annual light festival held in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, every December since 1995. It commemorates the Great Hanshin earthquake of that year. This stunning, multicoloured display attracts millions of visitors to Kobe in December every year. It’s a must see in winter time in Japan. The festival runs for around two weeks every evening. It is viewed by about 3-5 million people each year. It has a personal connection for me as…

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5 Days in Kyushu Nakashima River district, Nagasaki The Real Japan Rob Dyer

5 Days In Kyushu – Itinerary

Thinking of spending 5 days in Kyushu? Here’s a whistlestop tour of a few highlights of Kyushu, including recommendations for each day, with photos. We have just returned to Ashiya (our base, near Kobe) after five days on the southern island of Kyushu – here’s our five day itinerary. 5 Days In Kyushu – Itinerary       Day1: Kobe > Fukuoka Fly: 08:00 Osaka Itami to Fukuoka (5am start) Lunch: Cafe Brasileiro – Fukuoka’s…

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Sado Sadogashima The Real Japan Rob Dyer

3 Months In Japan – Without A Plan

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…

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Wadi Rum Jordan The Real Japan Rob Dyer

Interview With Travel For Stamps

Interview With Travel For Stamps Tifanee Baker who runs the travel blog Travel For Stamps has just published an interview with me on her blog. It’s about my global travel adventures not just limited to Japan – although, of course, Japan does feature highly. Tifanee is a licensed attorney from Texas. She also happens to be in love with travelling the world, including her own playground, the USA. Between ziplining in the rainforests of Puerto…

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Some Secrets For A Japan Trip

Some Secrets For A Japan Trip

Some Secrets For A Japan Trip (Just A Japanese Girl) I had planned to do a live Periscope broadcast a few days ago with Saki of the Just A Japanese Girl blog and Periscope fame. Sadly, it didn’t happen due to some technology issues. :-( Saki is a dynamo of unfettered, enthusiastic, bubbly energy. She’s positively infectious! She’s also passionate about her love of traditional Japanese culture and wearing kimono – which she frequently shares…

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Interview With AVO Blog

Interview With AVO Blog

The AVO Blog is an epic website in all senses of the word – it’s great and it is vast! Its focus is on Japanese music, with a good amount of anime, manga, and cosplay included for good measure. When AVO Blog announced their idea for a series of ‘First Time In Japan’ interviews with travellers in Japan – about their reflections on their first trip to Japan – I was curious. I thought this…

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Change Your Life – Why Am I Doing This?

Change Your Life – Why Am I Doing This?

When you wake up tomorrow morning, ask yourself “Why am I doing this?” If you’re not ok with the answer make a commitment to change your life. If you are not in a position to make the change now, bank that thought and feeling. Keep making deposits into that mindset account until you are in a position to act upon it (note: this may take years, even decades). But it will be worth it. Then…

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Japan Course

Plan An Amazing Trip To Japan – FREE Course!

Free mini-course includes free Workbook & Checklist! How long have you had ‘Plan my dream trip to Japan’ on your wish list? Probably a while! Well, every day that your plan isn’t in place is a day you put back, delay, even abandon your dream of travelling to or exploring more of Japan. So I want to get you up and flying off to the land of the rising sun as quickly as possible! Each…

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How To Choose A Japan Travel Guide Book

How To Choose A Japan Travel Guide Book

As much as the internet is a godsend to researching a trip to Japan, for many people, myself included, there’s still nothing quite like having a trusty, print guide book in your hands when travelling.   How do you choose the best travel guide to Japan? Selecting the best guide for you is a little like choosing your ideal partner, or your favourite album of all time – it’s a very personal thing. So, in…

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