How To Travel In Japan Without Speaking Japanese

A practical Guide and Workbook covering all the essentials. No Japanese? No problem!

Ever dreamt of visiting Japan?

Maybe you're coming here for the 2019 Rugby World Cup or the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Concerned that you don't speak the language?

One of the major considerations with travelling in Japan is the inscrutable Japanese language.

A seemingly incomprehensible, often kaleidoscopic, barrage of cryptic symbols awaits the foreign traveller who doesn’t speak or read Japanese.

I've been exploring Japan since 2000 - and I still can't speak the language. (Shameful, I know.)

From the northern wilderness of Hokkaido, via seldom seen islands like Sado and Shodoshima, down to the subtropical paradise of Okinawa and the Yaeyama Islands, I've travelled in the major cities and well off-the-beaten-path.

And I've picked up plenty of tips along the way.

If I can do it, so can YOU!

I've distilled 19 years of my experience into this ebook for you.

This practical Guide and Workbook covers all the essential basics you need to ensure your first (or next) trip to Japan is as Amazing as you deserve it to be.

This 56-page ebook contains:

5 Self-paced, pre-trip planning Exercises

Chapters include:

  • Using Public Transport -
    • Airports, Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass), Shinkansen (bullet trains), JR & Private Local Trains, Seat Reservations
    • Using Buses, Riding Trams, Taking On The Tokyo Subway, smart travel (IC) cards
  • 12 Recommended Japanese Translation apps
  • 8 Recommended Japan Travel apps
  • Basic Essential Japanese Phrases
  • Eating Out, Money, ATMs and Banks
  • SIM Cards & Wi-Fi Rental
  • Pre-Planning Key Travel Connections and Booking Accommodation
  • Making The Most of Japanese Tourist Information Offices
  • Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO), Japan's Tourist Information Center (TIC)
  • Government Initiatives To Make Travel Easier For Foreigners
  • Travelling Off The Beaten Path
  • Body Language, Asking For Assistance, Using A Japanese Phrasebook
  • English Language Tours
  • + more!

Exercises include:

  • What Do You Want From Your Trip?
  • Taxi Checklist
  • Key Travel & Accommodation
  • Language Solutions List
  • Your Resources


  • Links to online resources
  • Further reading
  • Access to Japan tours with English-speaking guides
  • Designed to be printable and used digitally
  • Interactive PDF format compatible across all your devices

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I'm looking forward to helping you travel in Japan without speaking Japanese.

Rob Dyer
The Real Japan

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Rob Dyer
Rob Dyer

Hello, I’m Rob Dyer. I write, publish and travel.

I lead an ever-growing community where I inspire and help folks all over the world explore Japan off-the-beaten track.

I've been having adventures in Japan, off the tourist routes, for almost twenty years, and yet I still feel like I have only seen the tip of the iceberg of this amazing country.

I have a Japanese wife and an adorable, if slightly mad cat, named Salvador.

I started to share my passion for travelling in Japan. To offer inspiration and resources to anyone who wants to discover Japan beyond the clichés. The Real Japan.

Winner: 2018 Content Creator of The Year
- Grey, Grizzled and Gaijin Social Media Awards

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