Planning a trip to Japan?

Feeling overwhelmed?

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Are you spending way too much time reading TripAdvisor reviews and searching Google – but getting nowhere fast?

  • Looking for inspiration on where to go? 
  • Need help choosing where to stay?
  • Don’t speak Japanese?

Then you, my friend, are in the right place!

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Who’d have thought planning your dream trip to Japan would be such a pain in the

You started with a simple idea – a dream of seeing all the incredible sights Japan has to offer. To experience that trip of a lifetime.

But then you started researching that idea.

And slowly, day by day, week by week, what you thought would be a fun and exciting exercise actually turned into a frustrating chore. One that turned up more questions than answers the more time you spent on it.How the heck did that happen!?

Oh yeah, and nobody told you just how soul-sappingly time consuming all this stuff was going to be. Am I right? We’ve all been there – spending day after day wading through out of date info on TripAdvisor – only to find out that the more reviews you read the less insight you had! And as for those Google searches: just exactly how many of those 8 million matches will you click on before you consider putting that dream trip on hold while you recover the will to live?

Trust me, I totally relate to your travel planning fatigue. I’ve been there and done that. Several times over.

“The Real Japan gave me excellent advice and guidance.  I
 feel much more organised and confident about my upcoming trip.”

Like you, I read all that stuff too, but couldn’t find a place that had what I was looking for. Answers and solutions to the questions I had, from someone that I could actually relate to.So I created The Real Japan.

Let me help you Live Your Dream

Welcome to The Real Japan“An award-winning Japan travel resource for people just like you”

Welcome to The Real Japan – an award-winning travel and lifestyle resource for (and a community of) people just like you. People who are interested in exploring Japan beyond the cliches. People having amazing adventures in Japan.People who want to explore Japan beyond the cliches and off-the-beaten-path, those willing to try places they’ve never heard of before.It is supported by tens of thousands of followers globally across a YouTube channel, Private Facebook Group, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram social media channels and my weekly Japan Travel Bulletin email service.

Who am I?

Rob Dyer The Real Japan

My name is Rob Dyer

and I have been exploring Japan since 2000,
and yet I still feel like I have only seen the tip of the iceberg of this amazing country.

Think of me as your virtual Japan travel guide.

Here you’ll find me sharing information, tips and resources all about travelling across Japan – hopefully inspiring you to set off on your own Japanese adventures.

My wife is Japanese and we were married in a Shinto ceremony in Japan. We now split our time between Japan and England – my home country.I started The Real Japan to share my passion for travelling in Japan. The hidden Japan. The Japan beyond the hype, beyond the clichés. The Real Japan.

How I can help You

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For many people who love the idea of going to Japan there can appear to be many barriers, some so challenging that they simply put off making the trip.

With The Real Japan I not only show you that there are ways to overcome the perceived barriers (be it the overwhelming volume of information out there, the language, the cost, the potentially daunting whole ‘alien world’ experience), but then guide you to get even more out of your travels in Japan than you imagined was possible.

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It's really hard to find a really good Japan blogger, but Rob is one.

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What you’ll get…

Subscribe and become a member of The Real Japan community and you’ll get:

Access to my free Resource Library, including the following guides:

  • How To Travel In Japan Without Speaking Japanese
  • The Real Japan Guide to 5 Amazing Adventures in The Real Japan
  • How To Stay In A Decent Cheap Hotel In Japan
  • Ultimate Checklist to Choosing The Best Japan Travel Guide Book
  • Onsen Tips For Those With Tattoos
  • 9 Japanese Accommodation Hacks Checklist
  • …and more being added regularly


  • My bi-weekly Japan Travel Bulletin  email
  • Access to my Private Facebook Group
  • Advance notifications of giveaways and competitions
  • Advance notifications of new blog posts, and videos on my YouTube channel
  • + more exclusive subscriber-only content

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