What You Need to Know Before Your Solo Trip to Japan

Japan has long been a sought-after solo travel destination, even before the celebrity rush. What makes this country truly special is its incredible people, traditional delicacies, rich culture, remarkable efficiency, pristine cleanliness, and above all, an unwavering sense of security for solo travellers.

Navigating the language and culture might demand a bit of flexibility, yet embracing the adventure of getting lost and found is the highlight of your solo journey in Japan! You can check out my blog posts about Japan, where I offer insights on planning your visit to this beautiful destination in the best way possible!

Things to do in Japan

  • Admire cherry blossoms in prime locations.
  • Immerse yourself in Kyoto’s authentic Japanese charm.
  • Take part in the culinary journey across diverse flavors.
  • Be captivated by TeamLab Borderless Tokyo Light Show.
  • Explore the mysterious world of geisha culture.
  • Indulge in the rejuvenating ritual of an Onsen.
  • Witness the grace of sumo wrestling.
  • Conquer Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji.
  • Engage in the vibrancy of an anime fest.
  • Experience thrifting in Japan.
  • Embrace the unique capsule hotel stay.
  • Show your appreciation by audibly savoring ramen.

Travel Expenses: What to Budget

  • Accommodation – Choosing to stay in a hostel or a capsule in Japan rather than a hotel can help you travel within a budget. Dormitories and hostels in most cities in Japan charge you around 3500 yen per night.
  • Food – Small roadside restaurants in Japan provide food at a very reasonable rate, and trust me, you don’t have to visit a Michelin-star restaurant to enjoy delicious food. Instead, the true taste of Japan is in the little shops with a history in every bite.
  • Transport – While bullet trains are expensive, it is the easiest and fastest way to travel between different cities in Japan. The individual ticket can cost hundreds of dollars. But buying the Japan Rail Pass, or the JR Pass as it is called, will save you a lot of money and help you remain on budget.

Recommended Daily Budget

Overall, a budget traveller can expect to spend around $50 to $100 per day in Japan, while a mid-range traveller can expect to spend around $150 to $250 per day. Planning ahead and researching activities and costs is important to create a budget that works for you.

Proven and Tested Money-Saving Tricks!

  • Consider staying in a business hotel.
  • Book a capsule hotel in the cities.
  • The Japan Rail Pass is a really good deal for travel.
  • Trade a hotel night for a ride on an overnight bus.
  • Rent a car to explore beyond cities.
  • You can visit Japan’s shrines and temples for free.
  • Pick a bento box instead of eating out for a budget meal.
  • Find everything you need and more at the convenience store.
  • Enjoy your time unwinding in the city parks.
  • Consider booking directly at a guesthouse or hostel.

In a Nutshell, What Awaits You in Japan?

There are endless reasons to love this country. Where else do you find a perfect mix of tradition, culture, and history blended with modernity and futuristic designs? The scenery is breathtaking, no matter when you visit and where you are. But the best part about Japan is its uniqueness. Because only in Japan can you enjoy experiences you will never find anywhere else! Not many places in the world can compare with it.

Whether you’re dying to explore the variety of UNESCO World Heritage sites, travel in super-fast bullet trains called Shinkansen, fangirl over Manga and anime, or look forward to indulging in Japan’s diverse yet delectable cuisine, the country promises surprises at every corner!