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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.

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Here and in my Japan Travel Bulletin you’ll find me sharing information, tips and resources all about travelling across Japan – hopefully inspiring you explore more of Japan, away from the crowds.

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.

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