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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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The Real Japan YouTube Channel Launched!

Yep. You did read that correctly. We have just launched the official The Real Japan YouTube Channel! :-D I cannot tell you how excited I am about this news – but I’ll try to keep the exclamation marks under control – but it is difficult! (oops) To celebrate the launch we’ve made a trailer for the channel that includes footage I’ve shot from numerous places tucked away around the land of the rising sun. Just…

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Interview With Love Japan Magazine

Interview With Love Japan Magazine

Love Japan Magazine is a beautiful print publication, with accompanying website and blog, so I’m rather chuffed to have been interviewed by them discussing some of my many adventures in The Real Japan. You can read the full interview online HERE. Love Japan was created by fans, for fans of Japanese culture.  Put together by a small creative team from London in the UK, all of whom have travelled around Japan, they offer a fusion…

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12 Reasons Japan Is A Tourist Paradise

12 Reasons Japan Is A Tourist Paradise

  There are hundreds of reasons why Japan is a tourist paradise. And they go beyond the robots, geisha and neon lights we’re used to seeing in the media. Not that there’s anything wrong with robots, geisha or neon lights of course. ;-) Whether you’re staying in a hotel or a traditional ryokan, catching a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyushu or jumping on a long-distance bus, eating out in a high-end restaurant or a…

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How To Travel In Japan Without Speaking Japanese

How To Travel In Japan Without Speaking Japanese

  One of the major considerations with travelling in Japan is the inscrutable Japanese language. A seemingly incomprehensible, often kaleidoscopic, barrage of cryptic symbols awaits the foreign traveller who doesn’t speak or read the language. But, really, just how difficult is it to travel around Japan when you don’t speak the lingo? Well, it probably isn’t as big an issue or potential problem as you might fear. Don’t speak Japanese? Want to know explore Japan…

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Exploring The Island of Shodoshima And Kankakei Gorge

Exploring The Island of Shodoshima And Kankakei Gorge

Shodoshima is an island found in the Inland Sea of Japan – a relatively little-known but well worth exploring part of the Japanese archipelago. There are around 30,000 people living here. Although a holiday destination for some within Japan, this is well off the tourist trail for many foreign visitors and, as ever, all the more enjoyable for it. When planning a trip to or tour of Japan you might want to include exploring the…

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How To Stay In A Decent Cheap Hotel In Tokyo

How To Stay In A Decent Cheap Hotel In Tokyo

    Isn’t Japan Prohibitively Expensive? Is there such a thing as a cheap hotel in Tokyo? One of the most common, recurring myths about Japan is that it is prohibitively expensive. So expensive in fact that, as much as you’d love to go there, you’re simply not sure you can afford to go for any decent amount of time. Whilst it’s true that travelling in Japan isn’t likely to be the cheapest trip you’ll…

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Changing Plans, New Discoveries

Changing Plans, New Discoveries

I recently arrived back after our most recent 16 day Japan adventure. It was one full of discovery and variety, friends, family, seeing a friend’s band perform their first gig in Japan and me DJing in Tokyo(!). Travel wise, what worked especially well this time was taking in several short and one-day trips, rather than building an itinerary around one major trip, as we’ve often done before. However, some things didn’t go as planned during…

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2 Week Tour of Chugoku – 16 Day Itinerary

2 Week Tour of Chugoku – 16 Day Itinerary

Our next adventure begins soon. This time around we have just over two weeks. In order to make the most of that time, we have planned an itinerary that takes in at least 9 locations but, at the same time, doesn’t see us crazily running around non-stop. We’ve put together a 2 week tour of Chugoku region (Western Honshu). What we’ve come up with gives us time to pause, relax, stroll, socialise, spend time with…

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Japan – Why You Need To Go Beyond Tokyo

Japan – Why You Need To Go Beyond Tokyo

One of the biggest headline messages I want you to take on board when planning any trip in Japan, especially your first, is not to make the mistake of thinking that provided you spend a week or more in Tokyo then you’ll have a great grounding in the country. You won’t. Here’s why you need to go beyond Tokyo. For discovering and experiencing The Real Japan you’ve got to try harder, dig deeper, look further….

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