traveling solo in Japan is a fascinating, warm, and unforgettable experience. Most people have an idea in their head of what Japan will be like, but it’s impossible to understand until you’re there yourself.

Is Japan safe?

Japan is a phenomenally safe country to travel — one of the safest countries in the world, including for solo female travelers. Most travelers who watch their belongings and use common sense have zero safety issues in Japan.

Where are the best places to travel alone in Japan?

I highly recommend Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka for first-time visitors to Japan. If you want to get off the beaten path, I love Hokkaido in winter.

What’s the best time of year to travel to Japan?

I recommend traveling to Japan in the spring or fall. Winter can be very cold and I don’t recommend it unless you’re used to very cold weather or looking to ski. I urge you to avoid visiting in summer, when it’s stiflingly hot and humid.

What are the best things to do in Japan?

My favorite thing to do on a solo trip to Japan is to visit an onsen, a traditional Japanese spa! Be sure to read up on onsen etiquette before you go.

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