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Solo Trip in Japan: Complete Guide to Itinerary, Attractions, Cost and More

by Ryu_C@RakuRakuJP

How to start a person traveling to Japan for the first time?

How did you travel to Japan alone for the first time?

There are many things in daily life that always experience the first time, such as traveling to Japan with friends for the first time, going to Tokyo for the first time, going to Kyoto for the first time, taking the JR train for the first time, and taking the Shinkansen for the first time Trains, learning to ski in Japan for the first time...

Then suddenly, for some reason, it became the first time to travel to Japan alone, and suddenly there was only one person to deal with all the issues such as air tickets, accommodation, itinerary planning and so on. At this time, you will unconsciously ask, is it safe to go to Japan alone? How should a person go to Japan to arrange accommodation, attractions, and itinerary planning? What should I pay attention to when traveling to Japan alone? Also, who else would choose to go to Japan alone?

Perhaps for you who will go to Japan alone for the first time, this trip may be a major test in your life. Because you need to face a language barrier environment alone, and you have to solve all the things that will happen during the entire trip alone.

Difficulty of traveling alone in Japan

However, according to my many travel experiences in Japan in the past, traveling alone in Japan is not as difficult as I imagined. As long as I can overcome the first time I go to Japan alone, I will learn how to arrange the second and third trips . Just like I have been to the top of Mount Fuji, Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, etc. in the past, basically only a small part of Japan has not been visited

At the same time, I also tried to live in Japan alone, deal with different problems in daily life in Japan alone, and so on. In fact, traveling alone to Japan is not a terrible thing, but something that you will fall in love with unconsciously.

As I said at the beginning, there is a first time for everything. So whether you are "the first time to travel to Japan" or "the first time to travel to Japan alone", as long as you have not been to Japan many times, today's article will sort out one for you Japan itinerary planning. First of all, it will start from the most basic itinerary planning, and then to accommodation arrangements, scenic spot selection, and then to Japanese culture, what needs to be paid attention to when traveling in Japan, etc., will share past experience with you.

I hope that after reading this article, you can plan a Japanese travel itinerary that belongs to you. Whether it's your first trip to Japan alone, or your first trip to Japan with your family or friends, you can complete the entire itinerary at the end and return home safely with good memories.

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Is it safe to travel in Japan?

People often ask: Is Japan a safe and tourist-friendly country?

This is a question that many people who plan to travel to Japan for the first time will ask. To put it simply, Japan is different from other countries. Japan is a country that attaches great importance to tourism, and crimes against overseas tourists are very rare. If some unavoidable natural disasters and accidents are excluded, Japan is a very safe country on the whole.

In addition, the Japanese are a nation that attaches great importance to laws and regulations and the feelings of others, so even if you lose your wallet, mobile phone, or a coin, you can find it back with the assistance of the police and station staff thing.

More in-depth, as long as you concentrate on activities in popular tourist attractions and shopping areas, and do not walk into some residential areas or private land, the chances of accidents are basically very low. At the same time, try to avoid going to some unknown restaurants, izakayas, and places suspected of being pornographic places and gambling places, so that you can minimize the chance of accidents.

Shinjuku Kabuki Nobachi Street
If you are not familiar with Japanese culture, try to avoid some unknown restaurants. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Is Japan suitable for traveling alone?

If you are traveling to Japan for the first time, and there is only one person, you don’t need to worry too much in just a few days in Japan.

Because Japan is a place with very developed railway construction, you will definitely find JR stations or local railway stations near almost all scenic spots. Therefore, there is no need to worry about transportation arrangements. Traveling to Japan by yourself can actually solve transportation planning easily.

In addition, in major cities in Japan such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, etc., there are also many accommodation plans and restaurants suitable for one person, and many of them are very cheap and good quality accommodation and restaurants. So even if there is only one person going to Japan, it is not like other countries where only double rooms and double packages can be booked.

Another point is that as long as your actions don't affect other people, basically the local Japanese don't care whether you come to Japan alone or in a group. As long as you follow their instructions, whether you are in a hot spring hotel, taking JR, or going to some high-end restaurants alone, they will serve you according to the usual standards.

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Can I travel to Japan without knowing Japanese?

The answer first: If you only go to some popular tourist spots, this is totally fine. However, if you want to go to some scenic spots suitable for in-depth travel, learning some basic Japanese is a necessary condition for setting off to these scenic spots.

If you are going to Japan with your friends

To put it simply, if you are traveling to Japan with your friends, and you only go to popular tourist attractions in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, there will be no problem even if you only speak English. Because many of the clerks who can work in tourist areas are people with certain English skills, there will be no problem in ordering food, checking out, or inquiring about scenic spots in simple English. And because you are going to Japan with a group of friends, even if there is an accident, they will help you, so if you can communicate in Japanese, it will be helpful for the itinerary, but it is not a necessary skill.

However, if you are traveling to Japan alone, or plan to go to places other than popular attractions and stay in accommodation other than major hotels, your Japanese ability will completely affect your itinerary experience.

If you go to Japan alone

For example, take the itinerary in Tokyo as an example. If you go to some independent small restaurants, izakayas, etc. in residential areas this time, basically you must understand the Japanese on the menu before you can order food. Or if you want to book some cultural experience activities, you need to have Japanese communication skills to participate.

More importantly, if you are going to Japan alone and plan to leave popular tourist areas such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, whether you can speak Japanese will determine your chances of getting help. Because Japanese people in other regions may not be able to understand complex English sentences, especially when you miss the last JR train and need help when you are injured, Japanese will be the fastest language for you to get help.

Of course, if you are on an itinerary that mainly focuses on popular attractions, you can also say "すみません-Sumimasen", "これ- kore", "ありがとうございます- arigato gozaimasu", etc., which will be better than "Excuse Me / Sorry" , "This" and "Thank You" make it easier to get help from the store staff.

What attractions can you choose when you go to Japan for the first time?

It's the first time to travel to Japan, but after opening the map of Japan, I still don't know which places are worth visiting? In fact, the whole of Japan is mainly divided into two main parts, the city and the suburbs. You can decide which place to go according to your knowledge of Japan.

major cities in japan

If you are going to Japan with your friends this time, if you have never traveled to Japan, and if you don’t speak Japanese, Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto are all very suitable places for you to go.

Because these three places are very mature tourist areas, besides there are many scenic spots that allow you to arrange a itinerary for a week, and there are also people from different countries working in these areas, so even if you only speak English and Chinese The whole journey can be completed smoothly.

And between Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, I will recommend you to go to Tokyo or Kyoto first, and save Osaka for the next time you come to Japan.

Because the attractions and characteristics of Osaka are actually similar to those of Tokyo, what can be experienced in Osaka can be experienced in Tokyo. However, what you experience in Tokyo may not necessarily be experienced in Osaka. A simple example is like sightseeing at a high-altitude observatory. Tokyo has Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, and Shibuya Sky, but Osaka only has Osaka Tsutenkaku and Umeda Sky Observatory, but they cannot compare with Tokyo Skytree in terms of height.

In addition, Tokyo and Kyoto represent both modern and traditional Japan. If you are going to Japan for the first time, you want to experience Japan’s big cities, anime, shopping, or Japan’s ancient capital, kimono wearing experience, tea ceremony experience, geisha performance, some traditional Japanese activities and so on.

To sum up, Tokyo and Kyoto are places with very complete tourism resources. Even if you don’t spend too much time researching the itinerary, basically you don’t have to worry about transportation, accommodation, attractions, etc. place to go and get bored.

Tokyo is a very suitable choice of attractions for the first time to Japan. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Japanese regional cities

Of course, for you who will be going to Japan for the first time, you don’t necessarily have to go to places like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. If you have enough preparations before departure, in fact, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Nagoya, Shikoku, Hokkaido, etc., some places with natural attractions are worth your consideration. However, because the transportation facilities in these places are not as developed as Tokyo and Kyoto, there may only be one JR train passing by every hour.

In addition, because these places are not places that some overseas students would choose to go, sometimes it may be a little difficult to communicate in English. In addition, there are many places where the explanations are only in Japanese, which is not like the habit of providing Japanese, English, and Chinese multiple languages at the same time in Tokyo.

So for you who are going to Japan for the first time, if you still choose to go to these places, you need to have a certain level of Japanese ability, and have enough time to study each day's itinerary before departure, so that you can ensure that you are in the itinerary There will be no surprises along the way.

For those who travel to Japan for the first time, unless there are other people who have been to these places who can serve as tour guides and can quickly identify some important traffic and scenic spot information, it is best to have a certain level of Japanese ability, otherwise Should save it for the next time I visit Japan.

Windmills in Shodoshima, Shikoku, Japan
Shodoshima, Shikoku, Japan, is a place where the transportation is not very convenient. (Click to enlarge the picture)

What are the attractions to choose when traveling to Japan alone?

If you have traveled to Japan several times, but this time it happens that only one person goes to Japan, and it is the first time to go by yourself, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are some places suitable for departure at any time. The shopping malls, restaurants, and different attractions are sure to be enough for you to arrange a long-distance trip. If you want to challenge yourself, you can also consider using the JR Shinkansen train to go to Tokyo and Kyoto at the same time to experience two completely different Japans.

In addition, in summer, Mount Fuji, Hokkaido, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka are some places where you can enjoy the natural scenery. Or in Hakone and Nikko in winter, there are many hot spring hotels you can go to. As long as you book the required tickets and accommodation in advance, it is basically as simple as planning a trip to Tokyo.

However, it is not recommended to go alone for some relatively high-risk activities, such as going skiing in winter alone, climbing a mountain in Japan with only one person, or going into some suburban areas alone, all of which must be avoided.

How to arrange accommodation when going to Japan alone?

If you choose to go to areas such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, business hotels and youth hostels are some accommodation options worth considering. The characteristic is that the housing price is cheap, and the distance from the station is not very far. Even if you need to drag your suitcase, it is very convenient.

If you want to have enough private space, there areAPA HotelBoth are great accommodation options. If you want to communicate more with other people, youth hostels will be a good accommodation solution, but not every city in Japan will definitely have this kind of accommodation option.

For example, I oftenAgodaThe advantage of booking APA hotels in different areas above is that you can apply for free cancellation when you need to change your itinerary. In addition, you will also recommend other hotels, youth hostels, and even capsule hotels in the same area. When the APA hotel has no rooms available, I can immediately book other hotels instead of spending time calling each hotel to check availability.

However, you should pay more attention when you book some high-end hot spring hotels, because most of the hot spring hotel rooms are sold as double rooms, and the meals are mainly set meals for two people. In other words, no matter if you are alone, you still have to pay the cost of a double room before you can stay in those high-end hot spring hotel rooms.

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Room at APA Hotel Tokyo Shibuya Branch
If there is only one person, a single room at the APA Hotel is a good choice for accommodation. (Click to enlarge the picture)
A room at Hakone Onsen Hotel Kowakien Tenyu
Generally, high-end hot spring hotels are based on double rooms. (Click to enlarge the picture)

What should I pay attention to when traveling to Japan?

Since Japan is said to be a very safe country, why do we need to pay more attention during the tour?

The reason is simple, because the language and culture of each country are different, which may cause misunderstandings due to some cultural conflicts. Moreover, many people will overestimate their abilities during the trip, or lack of planning, and finally encounter some accidents that could have been avoided.

Therefore, whether you are going to Japan with friends or by yourself, you should pay attention to the following points when you go to Japan for the first time.

Knowing basic Japanese will enhance your travel experience

Since Japanese is the common language in Japan, if you want to get help from the shop staff quickly, the effect of asking questions in Japanese will be much better than English. In addition, making good use of translation software can help you break the language barrier, and the efficiency will be much better than simply using English to inquire with the clerk.

Avoid eating while walking in Japan

Japan is not a country that is used to shopping and eating at the same time, but is used to eating near restaurants and small shops before continuing to go shopping and shopping. If you're used to walking into different shops with your drink in hand, definitely avoid it when you're in Japan. Otherwise, you may need to pay before you can leave when the goods are wet.

Pay attention to the departure time of the last railway train

Regardless of whether you are traveling to any part of Japan, you must pay attention to the departure time of the last train on the railway. Because JR railways in different regions will have different last train times. For example, for JR trains in some remote areas, it is not impossible for the last train to leave at 18:00 in the afternoon.

Although the last JR train in Tokyo will end around 00:10 in the middle of the night, the distance between different stations in Tokyo is actually very far. If you don’t want to spend money to take a taxi, it will take a lot of time to walk there. So before you plan to arrange some night activities, it is better to check the departure time of the last bus of the day.

Avoid being alone on the street late at night

Although Japan is a country with very good law and order, it does not mean that there will be no crimes at all. Especially in some bar areas and nightlife-based areas late at night, if you are not familiar with Japanese culture, you must try to avoid going there late at night. This is the best way to ensure your own safety.

In addition, if you go to Japan alone, when you go to some remote places, try to stay in some main shopping streets after nightfall, so that even if you encounter an accident, you can get help immediately.

Avoid going into residential areas, private land, farmland

The Japanese attach great importance to private land, so even if you see a lot of sunflowers planted in some farmland, it is not recommended to go to touch or take pictures. Just like the Christmas tree in Biei, Hokkaido, you can't actually go in and take pictures, because the location of the Christmas tree is within the scope of private land.

Biei Christmas Tree, Hokkaido
The location of the Christmas tree in Biei, Hokkaido is actually within the scope of private land. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Avoid going into some unknown restaurants

If you go to places where izakaya are concentrated in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, and you meet some people who entertain you warmly on the street, or tell you that you don’t need to spend time queuing up, hoping that you will go to some specific restaurants, then you must careful. Because those restaurants are likely to be some restaurants that charge high fees. Seats, ice cubes, drinking water, snacks, service fees, etc. will be calculated independently, and they will also give you a high bill.

So if you are traveling to Japan for the first time, or if you are only traveling to Japan alone, it is recommended that you go to some restaurants in department stores, which will be safer and more convenient.

Avoid taking pictures of other people's faces

The Japanese are not a very enthusiastic nation, so when taking pictures in Japan, you must avoid taking pictures of other people. And according to Japanese law, they have the right to refuse to let you take pictures, and they can also ask you to delete photos that include their appearance, which must be paid attention to.

don't force yourself to go to any itinerary

For you who are traveling to Japan for the first time, sometimes you will want to visit several different attractions in one day. But it is often easy to underestimate the travel time required in the middle and whether your physical strength can handle it.

In fact, Japan is a country that is suitable for visiting again and again. Whether you go to a certain scenic spot today or next year, there will still be no big difference in this scenic spot. So when you really have no way to go to a certain scenic spot, it is actually the most appropriate choice to give up decisively.

cheap dining options

Although prices in Japan are not cheap, there are also delicious and cheap bentos sold in convenience stores and supermarkets. For example, there are many branches in TokyoKitchen Origin, provides a lot of bento options around ¥500, which is cheaper than lunch and dinner in many restaurants.

In addition, some beef rice restaurants, ramen restaurants, Chinese cuisine restaurants, etc., are all places where you can eat for less than 1,000 yen. If you don't have a lot of travel budget, restaurants like Matsuya, Otoya, Hidakaya, etc. will be your best restaurant choices during your travels in Japan.

Tickets and internet devices required in Japan

If you have never traveled to Japan, you can go firstklook.com Book the required Internet devices, tickets, and then depart for Japan. The feature is that it can save the time of queuing up to buy tickets, and sometimes you can get additional discounts, which are basically cheaper than buying tickets on the spot.

andklook.com Basically, it contains most of the packages you need to use during your travel in Japan, from theme park tickets, JR train passes, to different one-day tour guide groups. As long as you plan your itinerary, you can start immediately with these packages.


Japan is a country suitable for traveling in any season and at any time. No matter whether you are going to Japan for the first time or whether you are going to Japan alone, you will always find a way that suits you best to experience different aspects of Japan. local culture.

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