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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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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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