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Ready to Begin Planning Your Trip? Start Here...

Anyone can plan a trip... just choose 2 or 3 destinations and hope for the best. Right?

Well, only if you want to return home regretting all the things you could have done but missed entirely.

If you're starting to plan your trip to Japan, this is the place to learn everything from the basics – from the travel essentials and helpful planning resources, through to the specifics of building your perfect itinerary.

Below you'll find my most popular tips and advice on planning a unique and unforgettable trip to Japan. Let's get started!

Travel Essentials

Planning Info


Videos To Help You Plan

SkySpa, Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba

The Kyoto Hotel That’s Also An Art Gallery

Pocket Wi-Fi in Japan:
Ninja Wi-Fi Guide

Top 7 Etiquette Tips
For Travel in Japan

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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I feel much more organised and confident about my upcoming trip.

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