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Osaka Station City plazas The Real Japan Rob Dyer

Exploring Osaka Station City: Plazas

Exploring Osaka Station City: Plazas This is the first in a series of film-based articles about Osaka Station City. It focuses on the plazas within the complex. Osaka Station City is a vast shopping and transportation complex. It’s bookended by the towering North Gate and South Gate Buildings, and with Osaka Station at its heart. This sprawling development connects multiple rail and subway lines with a bus terminal and incorporates Umeda Station, and is justifiably…

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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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Tōkaidō Shinkansen Travelling Through Nagoya Station

Tōkaidō Shinkansen Travelling Through Nagoya Station

  Tōkaidō Shinkansen Travelling Through Nagoya Station, Aichi Prefecture Japan’s fourth-largest city, Nagoya is a modern metropolis with Nagoya Station – the world’s largest train station (by floor area) – at its heart. The Tōkaidō shinkansen train line runs between Tokyo and Osaka, taking it’s name from the Eastern Sea region it is in and referring to the historical road running throughout its length.   It was the first of the so-called ‘bullet trains’ to…

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Bus Ride Through the Mountains of Miyagi Prefecture

Bus Ride Through the Mountains of Miyagi Prefecture

Bus Ride Through the Mountains of Miyagi Prefecture Ride the Miyagi mountain bus like a local! It’s a sunny day in May when the bus departs from the remote Zao Fox Village, weaving its way down winding mountain roads, passing through small villages and stopping half way down so the bus driver can take a cigarette break ;-). Miyagi Prefecture is in the northern Tōhoku region, on the main Japanese island Honshu. Tōhoku has a…

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Lunch, Sweets, Coffee and Naramachi (Nara)

Lunch, Sweets, Coffee and Naramachi (Nara)

Lunch, Sweets, Coffee and Naramachi (Nara) Naramachi is the former traditional merchant’s quarter in Nara – the old capital of Japan. Spending time, slowly walking around its narrow streets is evocative, like stepping back in time. Many of what were previously merchant stores and warehouses have been sympathetically rennovated; repurposed into a charming tapestry of boutiques, cafes, restuarants and craft shops – most of which are either family-run or solopreneur businesses. There’s no Starbucks or…

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Journey From Kansai International Airport to Ashiya

Journey From Kansai International Airport to Ashiya

Journey From Kansai International Airport to Ashiya (via Limousine Bus, Train and Taxi!) Join us as we travel in the evening from Kansai International Airport to Ashiya. On this particular occasion we had three legs to our journey: 1.) LIMOUSINE BUS – from outside Kansai International Airport to Nishinomiya At Kansai International Airport – look out for the security guard gliding around on his Segway. It’s so slow though, I’m not sure it’s a very…

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Senkoji Ropeway Cable Car, Onomichi City

Senkoji Ropeway Cable Car, Onomichi City

Senkoji Ropeway Cable Car, Onomichi City Onomichi City is in Hiroshima Prefecture, on the main island of Honshu, facing the Inland Sea. It’s a gateway to a series of small islands sitting in the Inland Sea of Japan. The city features in the seminal 1953 Yasujirō Ozu film Tokyo Story. Onomichi’s many temples attract spiritual tourists from across Japan, but you rarely see foreigners here. The well-informed ones often visit Mt. Senkoji via the Senkoji…

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Driving The Hanshin Expressway – Kobe to Kansai Airport

Driving The Hanshin Expressway – Kobe to Kansai Airport

Driving The Hanshin Expressway – Kobe to Kansai International Airport (KIX) A little different from the films we tend to post, but I know some people like to watch these POV (point of view) videos, partly as it makes it easier to imagine yourself being there! This film (without music, narration or captions to interrupt the view) was shot from a taxi we caught from Kobe to Kansai International Airport (KIX). The quickest way to…

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