3 Months In Japan Without A Plan



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3 Months In Japan - Without A Plan 

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In a few days my wife and I will be returning to the land of the rising sun. To live there for 3 months in Japan. (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.

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Revisiting Kyushu

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 Japan Rail Pass yet.)

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Start to a new life

For a bit of a control freak like me, 3 months in Japan without a plan is quite a big 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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A writer and publisher from England, Rob has been exploring Japan’s islands since 2000. He specialises in travelling off the beaten track, whether on remote atolls or in the hidden streets of major cities. He’s the founder of TheRealJapan.com.


Further Inspiration

A selection of posts and resources I offer that will help inspire you and plan your own journey...

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General Trip Planning Ideas

How To Plan A Trip To Japan In Just 4 Steps!
5 Essential Things You Need BEFORE Going To Japan
Japan Rail Pass Ultimate Guide
Japan - Why You Need To Go Beyond Tokyo

Cheap Accommodation

How To Stay In A Decent Cheap Hotel In Tokyo

Not Being Able To Speak Japanese

How To Travel In Japan Without Speaking Japanese
How The Japanese Anticipate Other People's Needs
Visiting Japan Without Speaking Japanese

Visiting in Spring for Cherry Blossoms

Spring: Cherry Blossom Party Time!

Enjoying Different Regional Food

Eating Your Way Around Japan
Discovering Okinawan Food and Goods

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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