Living In Japan – Travel Tips From The Real Japan



Rob Dyer promo The Real Japan

I hope you enjoy reading this post.
If you need help planning your Japan trip
click here.

Living in Japan is a dream held by many. 

Escaping the rat race and starting a new life in an incredible country like Japan is easier now than it has ever been. 

In this interview with J-Vlogger JaDan, I share some of my personal insights on escaping, living in Japan and tips on travelling in Japan... 

From my first visits to this amazing country, to my lifestyle choice of splitting my time between Japan and the UK, through to my travel plans for this year...

Who Is JaDan? - Dan In Japan

Dan's YouTube channel - JaDan - Dan In Japan - chronicles his everyday life in Japan.

Aside from the peek into what he gets up to, via his 'day in the life' style videos, he offers tips for those looking to live in Japan, videos about Japanese language, travel VLOGs and his love of (mainly J-punk) music.

I recommend subscribing - I do!

Japan Without Japanese Audiobook eBook bundle The Real Japan Rob Dyer

Warning! Language wise, not all of Dan's content is safe for work or young ones.

Dan and I first met in November last year and we instantly hit it off. Which I guess was no surprise, since I was already a fan of his entertaining channel. So I'm delighted to now feature on it.

Rob Dyer Kanazawa castle The Real Japan

Visiting Kanazawa Castle

Insights On Living In Japan

Here's a few of the insights on living in Japan you'll get from watching the interview:

  • When I first came to Japan
  • Why it was 10 years before I returned to Tokyo after my first time there
  • My lifestyle choice of splitting my time between Japan and the UK
  • Getting worse at speaking Japanese!
  • Travelling in Japan without speaking Japanese
  • Some of my most memorable travel experiences in Japan
  • My guide to 5 Amazing Adventures in The Real Japan
  • Dan's 'Lightning Round'!
  • My travel plans for this year

Plus there's also a look at Akashi Park and Castle - next to where we filmed the interview.

I hope you enjoy getting to know me better and some of my motivations for living in Japan. Perhaps hearing about my travelling throughout this wonderful land will inspire you to try your own adventures.

VIDEO: The Real Japan - Life In Japan

Are You Thinking About Living In Japan?

Or do you have plans to? If so, tell me about it - leave a comment below.

Catch the full interview on JaDan's YouTube channel HERE.

Watch my interview with Dan about his random decision to move from the UK to Japan HERE.

You may also like:

7 Secrets To Getting Better English Teaching Work In Japan

3 Months In Japan – Without A Plan

Exploring Teaching Opportunities in Japan (Including the JET Program)

Change Your Life – Why Am I Doing This?

More of my interviews:

Just Japan Podcast: The Real Japan

Travel For Stamps

Love Japan Magazine

AVO Magazine

Rob Dyer The Real Japan

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

Like this post? I'd love it if you'd share this image!

Living In Japan Tips The Real Japan Rob Dyer

Sign up for our Japan Travel Bulletin today, download your free copy of our Guide to Amazing Adventures in Japan, receive access to our free Resource Library and Private Facebook Group > SUBSCRIBE

Leave A Comment / Ask A Question

Book Your Trip: Japan Travel Essentials

Click to See My Recommendations

Book Your Flight
Find the best flight by using Skyscanner. It's my go-to flight search engine because it has the most comprehensive global search options.

Book Your Accommodation
I frequently use as they consistently offer the cheapest rates and most flexible cancellation options for hotels and guesthouses. Use Hostelworld if you're looking for budget-priced options.

Book Your Japan Rail Pass
The best official agent by a country mile is Clear and easy to use website. Excellent customer service.

Book Your WiFi
I never travel in Japan without pocket WiFi. Get Ninja WiFi for unlimited internet everywhere, use Google Maps, supports up to 10 devices.

Book Your SIM Card or eSIM
Order your physical
SIM Cards or eSIMs to stay connected and in touch while in Japan.

Book Your Hire Car
Rent a car in Japan without speaking or reading Japanese via's Car Rental portal.

Ready To Book Your Trip?
Check out my Recommended Japan Travel Resources. The list covers all the essentials. It’s filled with carefully selected travel resources. And I only include the best travel resources - those I use myself or recommend to my clients.

Need Help Planning Your Trip?
Japan Travel Store includes essential travel items as well as my books, travel guides and more.

Leave A Comment / Ask A Question

  • Peter Drysdale says:

    Just some advice that can make life a bit easier if you know anyone looking at moving to Japan for any length of time.
    If they have a middle name (or like me more than one) look into changing their passport and any ID you can to just first and last name where possible.

    Otherwise it makes filling forms, banking, doing administration a nightmare and can lead to denial of services or just high levels of frustration.

    Add in length of “your name here” boxes (sometimes not enough room for the name that matches what’s on file elsewhere), inconsistent katakana translations and then accomplishing somethings becomes nearly impossible.

    Just a lesson learned advice and my thoughts.


    • Thanks for sharing Peter – that’s good advice. 👍

      I do have a number of followers who are in the process of, or are planning to, relocate to Japan, so this will be helpful information for them.

  • {"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}