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10 American Travel Bloggers Featuring Japan

By Lucy Baker
February 20, 2020
Updated: September 23, 2020
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There are a diverse range of American travel bloggers out there living their best lives and documenting it (and doing it well). Like visiting some amazing locations, capturing Instagram-worthy snaps, soaking up unique cultures, and sharing stories of adventures. Sound good? Oh and let's not forget, eating delicious food. So, here are our top 10 favorite American travel bloggers to follow who are exploring the world and capturing their adventures in blogs for us to fantasize/drool over. These fantastic American travel blogs especially cover the best of Japan (and some of the most delicious parts, too). 

10 US Travel Bloggers to Follow

Here are 10 fantastic American travel bloggers to follow for the travel tips and stories!

  1. Atlas Obscura
  2. The Crazy Tourist
  3. Nomadic Matt
  4. The World Pursuit
  5. Ordinary Traveler
  6. Road Affair
  7. Two Wandering Soles
  8. Lee Abbamonte
  9. The Blonde Abroad
  10. Wandering Earl

1. Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura Japan page

Headquartered in Brooklyn, the team that make up Atlas Obscura are spread throughout cities around the US. More contributors mean they have more stories to share, with almost 300 articles about trips to Japan alone. As in the name, the American travel bloggers at Atlas Obscura aim to share stories about unique experiences and unusual attractions around the world. We are big fans of their “gastro obscura” section brimming with articles that cover all kinds of interesting gastronomic adventures, especially the ones about delicious and unusual Japanese food! 

Website: https://www.atlasobscura.com

2. The Crazy Tourist

The Crazy Tourist Japan Page

Contrary to the name, The Crazy Tourist is actually quite a simple travel blog that is made up of a community of contributing writers (that’s crazy tourists, plural). These adventurous American travel bloggers share their worldly experiences with others, collaborating to create an awesome library of “best things to do” at different locations around the globe. These resources include some great articles about the best things to when you visit Japan for areas that are a little bit off the grid like Wakkanai, Obihiro, Uwajima, and more. 

Website: https://www.thecrazytourist.com

3. Nomadic Matt

Nomadic Matt Japan Page

Nomadic Matt is a pioneer in budget travel, traveling the world without breaking the bank for over 11 years. The titular Matt grew up in Boston, and slowly gained the travel bug in his 20s. Eventually he quit his cubicle job for life on the road, and over 100 countries later, his blog follows the philosophy of getting the most out of travel without spending too much or unnecessarily. His blog is chock full of travel hacks about cheap flights and budget (but authentic) experiences. His detailed travel guide for backpacking in Japan includes budgets, itineraries, and other useful resources. He offers courses on blogging, vlogging, writing, and photography, too!

Website: https://www.nomadicmatt.com

4. The World Pursuit

The World Pursuit Japan Page

The amazing experiences of American travel bloggers Cameron and Natasha are documented on their joint blog, The World Pursuit. Their story began meeting at a college party in North Carolina, right before Natasha was set to travel the world after graduation. Fast forward through to Cameron tagging along for some of the ride, then moving in together in New York, then the two packing up and selling everything to travel the world again. Now based in Canada, The World Pursuit has been documenting their travels for 8 years, writing plenty of awesome travel guides and useful resources along the way. Plus, taking stunning photos. This blog includes handy tips, facts, and itineraries for a trip to Japan, which is one of Natasha’s dream destinations. 

Website: https://theworldpursuit.com

5. Ordinary Traveler

Ordinary Traveler Japan Travel Guide Page

The award-winning adventure travel and lifestyle blog, Ordinary Traveler, is proudly brought to you by Christy and Scott. Traveling since 2006, the basis of this American travel blog appeals to finding a balance between having an “ordinary life” (like having home base with a family) and being able to taste the adventure of travel (think adrenalin-pumping outdoor activities). When they are not blogging in America from their San Diego home, they are taking incredible photos and exploring the globe. Their ultimate Japan travel guide and tips for things to do in Japan are comprehensive with handy first-hand knowledge about visiting Japan. They also have tips and tricks for maximizing your vacation time for travel, as well as tips for camping, honeymoon, and spiritual travel tips. 

Website: https://ordinarytraveler.com

6. Road Affair

Road Affair Japan Travel Page

Road Affair is the budget travel blog written by US travel bloggers Ben and Jazzy, documenting their adventures around the world. Inspiring others to quit the rat race and stop “chasing the American dream,” this blog covers tips on saving money to travel and other useful travel tips. That’s including itineraries and area guides for different locations around the world, plus breakdowns of things to see there. Not just blogging in the US, their blogs about Japan cover the best places to visit, the best things to do in Japan, and the ultimate guide for planning a budget trip. 

Website: https://www.roadaffair.com

7. Two Wandering Soles

Two Wandering Soles Japan Travel Page for budget travel and planning blog

The two wandering souls of Two Wandering Soles are Katie and Ben from Minnesota. Together since they were 16 years old, these two American travel bloggers are lovers of nature, addicts of adventure travel, and guzzlers of delicious food. We particularly like their ultimate guide for foods to eat in Japan! They like to travel slowly and learn the most they can about other cultures. This blog features a few interesting off the beaten track activities and itineraries in Japan, matched with beautiful candid images and detailed breakdowns! They have useful trips for travel planning, working overseas (in light of teaching English for a year in Japan’s neighbor, South Korea), traveling in a van, traveling responsibly, and more on budget(ish) travel. 

Website: https://www.twowanderingsoles.com/japan

8. Lee Abbamonte


Lee Abbamonte Travel Blog Chichijima Ogasawara

Lee Abbamonte is the youngest person in the world who has been to every country, including both the north and south poles! Before his life of travel adventures, Lee slogged his way working on Wall Street for 8 years. Now he’s an acclaimed entrepreneur, writer, and travel personality-expert-author who features regularly on TV and shares his experiences in articles around the world. In amongst travel tips, blogs, and a list of all the countries in the world, Lee also has a dedicated section featuring the 30 best of everything, everywhere! His detailed articles about Japan are honest and packed full of images which make you feel like you’re there on the adventure, too.

Website: https://www.leeabbamonte.com

9. The Blonde Abroad

The Blonde Abroad Japan Travel Page

Kiki is the fabulous face behind The Blonde Abroad, a killer fashion and travel blog. This Instagram-worthy blog is like a scrapbook of Kiki’s adventures since she left California 6 years ago to travel. Now with 70 countries under her belt, The Blonde Abroad supports the freedom of solo travel, as well as exploring different types of trips ranging between female, budget, luxury, volunteer, student travel and more. Her travel tips, bucket list experiences, and articles about delicious Japanese food can be found in her detailed Japan travel guide section. Kiki is among the US travel bloggers with lots of awesome experiences in Japan backed up by fantastic photography.

Website: https://theblondeabroad.com

10. Wandering Earl

Wandering Earl Travel Page

Derek of Wandering Earl is a seasoned traveler who has been exploring the globe since his post-graduation trip over 18 years ago! Since leaving the USA, Derek has been to over 100 countries working, living, volunteering, and just soaking up life to the fullest (he’s even worked on a cruise ship). Derek (Earl is actually his middle name) now runs his own tours and blogs about his adventures, advocating that long term travel is definitely a possible dream. This American travel blog has a great range of categories to browse from including work and travel, how-to guides, personal reflections, and more useful resources which are helpful for any trip. Not to forget so many blogs about food, and his article about where to relax in the busy capital of Japan, Tokyo.

Website: https://www.wanderingearl.com

And that’s it, our top 10 US travel bloggers you should definitely be following. Don’t these travel blogs make you want to quit your job and buy a one way ticket? Maybe it’s time for a visit to the land of the rising sun for some culture, nature, and exciting foodie adventures in Japan.

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Lucy Baker
Never not hungry, Lucy is an artist and foodie from Australia. You can find her hunting for the next delicious deal, documenting her food, or brunching. She lives firmly by the philosophy that food friends are the best of friends.
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