5 Tips for Women Traveling Solo in Japan

Source: Gaijin Pot

As an expat, there are many reasons you might choose to take a solo adventure in Japan. Maybe your new friends don’t have the same days off work as you. Maybe you’ve been living in Japan for years and have grown tired doing the same things with the same people. Or maybe traveling alone just fits your personality.

When I moved to Japan, my English-teaching job placed me in Fukui, notorious for being the least-visited prefecture by international tourists. So once I’d settled in and a week-long fall break from work came around, I was eager to escape my prefecture’s cold, rainy days and explore the southern islands of Okinawa. My friends didn’t have the same days off work as me, so I booked a flight on a bit of a whim and set off on my first solo trip in Japan. It was a nerve-racking experience and lonely at times (and surprisingly took a lot of courage just to bring myself to eat at a restaurant alone), but 100 precent worth it.

… solo female travel in Japan is incredible and the trials and tribulations of traveling alone as a woman shouldn’t deter you…

Considered one of the world’s safest countries, Japan has been in the top 10 countries of the Global Peace Index for the last 10 years. No matter the reason, solo female travel in Japan is incredible and the trials and tribulations of traveling alone as a woman shouldn’t deter you from the adventure ahead. Here are five things to keep in mind before departing on a solo trip in Japan.

1. Choose your accommodation wisely

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Generally, I look for a place that’s closest to the city center. This way, I can avoid walking in low-lit, low-traffic …continue reading