There's no shortage of incredible places to see in Japan.
But so much choice can be potentially overwhelming. Where's right for you?
Discover with me the most amazing places Japan has to offer.

Places To Go

Himeji Castle, Kansai

Must See

There are some essential sights and places you don't want to miss.

I'll guide you through the must see destinations.

Angel Road Shodoshima The Real Japan


Japan is made up of more than 6,800 islands. There are hidden gems throughout the country.
Let me help you discover them.
Japan Island Guides

Unkai Castle Chugoku The Real Japan

Off The Beaten Path

Hate tourist traps?  So do I. Join me as I explore Japan's remote atolls and hidden towns.

Need help finding the right destinations? Start Exploring...

So many places. So little time!

Everywhere in Japan sounds wonderful. So how exactly do you choose between all these incredible places to build your dream trip to Japan?

My range of articles will provide you not only with my top recommendations, but enable you to discover off the beaten path destinations you never knew existed.

From the big city lights to remote villages, through mountains and along coastlines of little-known islands, below you'll find the best. Let's get started!

Top Recommendations

Off The Beaten Path

Discover Japan's Islands

Use my Island Guides to learn more about Japan's distinctive island chain

More Inspiring Destinations

Big cities and remote islands. Shrines and villages. Mountains and coastlines.

Popular Destination Videos

Welcome to
The Real Japan

A Spring Day
Exploring Sendai City

Ainokura Village
(UNESCO World Heritage)

Winter's Day Walk
In Ashiya City

My List Of Recommended Japan Travel Resources

Whether you’re thinking about your first trip to Japan, or you're a seasoned multi-tripper looking for some fresh inspiration, all the travel advice and resources out there can be overwhelming.

That’s why I've compiled my Recommended Japan Travel Resources for you.

This list is filled with carefully selected travel resources. And I only include the best services and products. Those I use myself or recommend to my clients.


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About Me

A writer and publisher from England, Rob has been exploring Japan’s 6,800 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

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