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Travel Planning Service

Tailored travel plan ideas - Japan Travel Questionnaire | 45-Minute Skype Call | Personal Travel Plan | Guide Book

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Sometimes all the information out there – even on TheRealJapan.com – can be overwhelming.

My travel planning service is designed to help you cut through the noise and refine a trip to Japan best suited to your budget, interests and time.


Here’s how it works:

  • I send you a Japan Travel Questionnaire which helps you define what you want from your trip
  • I review your completed questionnaire and use it as the basis for preliminary travel research
  • A 45-minute Skype Call where we chat through your travel needs in more depth, based on your completed questionnaire and my preliminary research
  • I then use the information and insight gathered from the questionnaire and the call to build you a bespoke travel plan
  • I send you your Personal Travel Plan ideas with links to resources where you can make direct bookings
  • Includes a copy of my book "How to Travel in Japan Without Speaking Japanese"

Please note that as I am not a travel agent, I do not make reservations or bookings for you.

However, I can supply detailed travel ideas including links to tours, destinations, accommodation and transportation, which you can directly book yourself.

In some cases these may be for services that pay a small commission to TheRealJapan.com, which helps keep my pricing low.

Your Instructor


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 TheRealJapan.com 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


"My first full day in Japan and I am loving it. Thanks to The Real Japan for the service to put together a sensible and varied itinerary based around my rugby World Cup matches.

The purchase of JR pass ticket direct to my hotel, a Suica card and an ultra fast router has made arriving and negotiating my way around to be a part of the holiday experience and not a stress.

I’d highly recommend the service as it was above and beyond the call of duty."

- Andy Sparkes, TRJ Subscriber

"Thank you for helping us with our Japan Travel Plan.

The plan worked with us on gives me a lot of confidence in our two weeks of touring Japan on our own. The plan is very detailed and easy to follow… pulling all the necessary elements together.

I am so excited about our trip to Japan in November."

– Amanda Graves, TRJ Subscriber

"The Travel Plan looks fantastic!"

"I can't tell you how useful this is to me!!! I am so much more confident in the trip because of how much you have done."

– Jackson Houston, TRJ Subscriber

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the service start and finish?
The service starts immediately and ends with me sending your your travel plan.
Do you make our reservations/bookings?
I do not make reservations or bookings for you. Where required, I can supply detailed travel ideas including links to destinations, accommodation and transportation, which you can directly book yourself.
What's included in the package?
* Japan Travel Questionnaire * 45 Minute Skype Call * Tailored Travel Plan Ideas * Copy of my book "How to Travel in Japan Without Speaking Japanese"
How long does it take?
Typically, between 10 - 20 working days. Just how fast I can deliver depends, in part, on how quickly you can respond to the questionnaire and how soon we can get on a Skype call.

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