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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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.)
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.
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About the Author
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.
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General Trip Planning Ideas
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Enjoying Different Regional Food
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