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Exploring Japan Alone

The thought of travelling to a foreign country can be overwhelming, let alone travelling to the other side of the world alone. There are many Youtube videos that show solo travel to Japan is possible – and thoroughly enjoyable! Japan is a nation with an incredible culture: a strong sense of courtesy, a diverse and delicious cuisine, incredible scenery, shopping experiences, and of course, temples and shrines.

Before visiting Japan, it’s important to research, read and learn about the culture and etiquette, so that you can experience Japan to the fullest and understand Japanese culture without any misunderstandings. Not to mention, embedded in the Japanese psyche, or known as ‘Kokoro’ is the idea of respect. Understanding this will help you enjoy your time in the country much more, as locals will be more welcoming.

When it comes to solo travel in Japan, there are numerous benefits to travelling alone. Being a solo traveler forces you to be more self-reliant, be more observant and think outside the box. You will be able to explore more without the distractions of a group of people and you can really take the time to travel at your own pace. If you’re searching for tranquillity and don’t want to have to wait for people to catch up or wait in line, then travelling alone is ideal. You won’t be part of any plans and you can just go with the flow.

When travelling by yourself, safety is of course a concern. While Japan is generally considered the safest country in the world, it is still possible to find yourself in harm’s way. The simplest way to reduce the risk of harm when travelling to Japan is to stay in busy areas, in well-lit or populated areas, and exercise common sense when travelling and sightseeing.

From dense cities to stunning mountain vistas, Japan is teaming with breath-taking landscapes and experiences to be had. It is a country that is impossible to cover it all in one trip – unless you’re willing to move fast – so be sure to prioritize what you would like to do and see first. Taking your time and really embracing the weird, wild, wonderful experiences that Japan has to offer is well-worth doing.

Small Group Tours

Solo travellers to Japan should know that there is still the option to join in the fun and participate in small group tours of all types and sizes. Organized tours allow you to visit the most popular sites and attractions in the country. Attending such tours can increase the comfort level for the traveler by allowing for a group experience.

Due to the pandemic, these group tours have increased even more, as they are structured to adhere to social distancing protocols. By joining in a group tour, you can explore the area in a worry free manner, as the tour operator will provide the necessary safety guidelines and the tour will be monitored every step of the way.

However, some people are more private and would prefer a solo tour, then an organized tour, which can be quite limiting. If this is the case for you, you can still visit the major sites in Japan, you just have to explore the country more. Go off the beaten path and stay in villages, well away from the cities and tourist destinations. This way, you can also meet with friendly Japanese locals and really get to know the country’s culture.

There is also the option of going on an adventure tour. Adventure tours are ideal for the solo traveler since they can be tailored to your interests and physical abilities. As a solo traveler, you will be able to travel more adventurously and stay in some of the out of the way spots in Japan.


Accommodation is an important part of any trip, so it’s essential to find a suitable place to stay during your travels. Japan has a variety of accommodation options from traditional Japanese Ryokans to western-style hotels. For solo travellers, there are some great hotels that cater specifically to individuals travelling alone.

Ryokans offer an authentic Japanese experience, and the atmosphere in these traditional Japanese inns is designed for solo travelers. Not only will you experience the Japanese culture first-hand, but the luxurious accommodations and hospitality make for a feeling of complete relaxation and comfort.

In Tokyo, there are a number of ‘capsule hotels’ available, for the more budget-minded traveler. These hotels are comfortable, but offer tiny sleeping capsules that make a great place to crash, right in the heart of the city. They are generally quite affordable, and some offer traditional Japanese hospitality services.

For a luxurious experience, look no further than the incredible selection of luxury hotels in Japan. These hotels offer not just plush comfort, but memorable experiences as well. From Japanese baths to private dining experiences, you’ll be pampered from dawn till dusk.


Getting around Japan is much easier than it seems, and there are a large number of transportation options available. Since trains are considered to be the best way to get around in Japan, solo travellers should consider buying a Japan Rail Pass. This pass will save you a great deal of money, as it allows you to travel anywhere in the country and take advantage of all the different train lines.

Buses are a cheaper option for travelling within cities and small towns, and they are also a great way to explore rural areas. Local buses are quite comfortable, but be sure to be aware of the schedules, as they can be quite infrequent. For those looking to explore further, there are even bus tours that can take you to distant cities for a day trip.

Taxis are available in most major cities, and are a great way to get around, but can be a bit expensive. It is always good to be aware of your surroudings and check the meter to make sure that you are not being taken for a ride. It is also possible to negotiate the price with the taxi driver, if you are going to a destination that is not too far away.

Other ways to get around such as bicycle rentals, boat trips, ferries, and helicopters are also available for the more adventurous. Just be sure to check if it’s safe to travel the area first.


Taking a cruise in Japan can be a great way to see the country, and the best part is that you do not have to worry about transport, accommodation, or booking tours. Cruises are also great for solo travellers, as it provides the opportunity to meet new people and create unforgettable memories.

Cruises in Japan offer a variety of options, from island rides to river cruises, and even up and down the coast. Depending on the route and duration, prices vary, but all offer a great chance to experience Japan’s unique beauty, culture, and cuisine. You get to travel and explore a variety of destinations, and in the same time, relax and be pampered onboard the ship.

For a more unique experience, some companies offer cruises specifically for solo travellers. These cruises will take you to some of Japan’s most stunning and remote islands, providing the chance to explore and to make new friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

No matter which cruise you opt for, it will be an unforgettable experience – and you will get to spread your wings and explore Japan in a way you could never have expected.


Tasty food is one of the great joys of travelling, and Japan is no different. The Japanese cuisine is truly one of a kind, and visitors to the country are sure to find something delicious. From traditional Japanese dishes to international cuisines, you will find something to satisfy your taste buds.

The food in Japan is also quite nutritious. As a solo traveller, you can plan a meal that is enjoyable and healthy, without having to worry about how to cook and prepare it. Japanese restaurants, fast food and convenience stores can provide you with hot and delicious meals, without having to spend a lot of money.

When travelling alone, you can also try some of Japan’s unique food experiences, like the sushi train, a conveyor belt restaurant where fresh sushi dishes are brought to your table; or the izakaya, a traditional Japanese pub where you can sample Japanese sake and other drinks.

And of course, not to be forgotten are the ubiquitous convenience stores. Here you can find a variety of snacks, meals, and drinks at affordable prices. These convenience stores also offer good options for solo travelers who are looking for a quick meal.


Another great thing about travelling solo is that you have the freedom to shop to your heart’s content. Shopping in Japan is an experience like no other, from traditional Japanese items to modern and exclusive brands. Japan is a shopper’s paradise, and you can find something for any budget.

For traditional shopping, visit the 100-yen stores, which offer a wide range of items at low prices. Here you will find all sorts of items from food to souvenirs, as well as stationeries and cosmetics. For a more upscale shopping experience, the department stores are a great option. These stores offer the best of

Margarita Nelson

Margarita M. Nelson is a Japan-based writer and researcher. She has written extensively on the culture, history, and current events of Japan for various publications. She holds an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Tokyo, and is currently writing a book on the history of the Ainu people of northern Japan.

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