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.
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.
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.
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.
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.