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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…

Cafe Keshipearl, Kobe

Not far from the business district in the harbour city Kobe, and 5 minutes or so walk from Sannomiya JR station, unassumingly tucked away on a first floor you can…

Cute Coffee in Kobe

  Being one of the first ports in Japan to open up to the outside world, Kobe is one of Japan’s most cosmopolitan cities. It has a well-deserved reputation for…

Fujimiya ryokan Kinosaki The Real Japan Rob Dyer

Review: Fujimiya Ryokan, Kinosaki Onsen

In the bustling onsen town of Kinosaki, the centrally-located ​but tucked away family-run Fujimiya ryokan ​offers just the right balance of ​traditional features and modern convenience.  ​It’s a fine example…

The Real Japan Meetup 2019 Kobe Rob Dyer

The Real Japan MeetUp 2019

​​The second annual The Real Japan MeetUp took place in Kobe on 30th November 2019.​ Despite an 11th hour ‘hitch’ (more about that below), it was another great ​opportunity to…

Kinosaki Onsen The Real Japan Rob Dyer

Hot Spring Hopping in Kinosaki Onsen

​Kinosaki Onsen is a 1300-year-old onsen (hot spring) ​village famous for its seven different public ​baths and charming atmosphere.  Onsen towns like Kinosaki encapsulate all that is attractive, enticing and rewarding…

ANA Experience Japan Fare The Real Japan

ANA Experience Japan Fare

​As part of their domestic flight service, ANA’s Experience Japan Fare is a great, cost-effective way to explore Japan by air. ​​​​All Nippon Airways, usually abbreviated to ANA, is the largest…

goya champuru The Real Japan Rob Dyer

Discovering Okinawan Food and Goods

The people of Okinawa live longer than anywhere else in Japan (indeed most of the world), and much of that longevity is attributed to their diet.  O​kinawan food is diverse…