Japan as a Solo Female Travel Destination

Travelling alone in Japan as a woman? Here’s what you need to know about this topic.

For some, travelling alone might be intimidating. If you’re a woman, your doubts multiply. Fears of danger, pain, or even loneliness can deter you from going on a trip.

If you’re building up the courage to take your first solo trip, there’s good news: Japan is a terrific destination for almost everyone, but it’s especially great terrain for women travelling alone because it’s one of the safest and most convenient countries in the world. Here’s a quick guide to making the most of it.

 

Safety

When it comes to solo travel, women’s safety is usually their top priority (or their loved ones who might be worried about them). However, Japan’s reputation as one of the safest countries in the world is well-deserved. Women often go alone and unconcerned, regardless of the hour.

Having saying that, don’t take things for granted. The easiest approach to achieve this is to be aware of your surroundings and to err on the side of caution if you have any doubts. If you are the target of unwanted attention, which is prevalent among foreign-looking women, voice your displeasure or advise the aggressor to cease. Deterrence can frequently be as simple as being loud and displaying strength.

 

 

Stay

It can be difficult to decide where to stay if you’re used to sharing a hotel room with a spouse or friends. Those travelling alone can find plenty of possibilities in Japan. Hostels are the usual option, and Japanese hostels are safe and comfortable, albeit a little pricey in comparison to other nations. If you’re interested, inquire if the hostel has a women-only room.

Capsule hotels are a popular choice for travelers looking for a truly Japanese experience, but keep in mind that many of them are strictly for men. If a capsule hotel does accept women, the floors or rooms will be divided between men and women. If you’re making a reservation online, double-check that you’ll be able to stay in the bed you’ve chosen!

Manga cafes are another out-of-the-ordinary lodging alternative. They’re popular with transients and individuals who missed the final train home because they’re inexpensive and easy to get into without making a reservation. They’re best reserved for when you’re travelling light—or if you missed the last train back to your actual lodging and would prefer to stay in a safe, snug location rather than roaming the streets.

Business hotels are no-frills lodgings that won’t break the bank if you want a room to yourself. Don’t feel bad about splurging on a luxury hotel or a traditional ryokan, but keep in mind that some (but not all!) locations don’t have single rooms, so you’ll have to book for two.

 

Transportation

Japan’s public transportation was designed with solo travelers in mind. The train system is big and reliable, so there’s no need to find a carpool or split a cab. Because it is discouraged to speak loudly on trains, long train rides are ideal for a lone passengers. During peak hours, several local trains in big cities have women-only cars; signs or markings on the ground indicate the boarding area.

You can generally locate a bus where trains don’t travel. For people without a train pass, highway buses are a cheap way to commute between cities. If you’re riding at night, there are separate buses for ladies only, which gives you that extra peace of mind.

Getting to know people

Hostels and social venues such as bars are still fantastic places to meet people, but websites like Meetup and Couchsurfing make it simpler to meet people even before you arrive. Japan is a country full with dedicated enthusiasts, so whatever your interests, you’re sure to find a group here. If you’re fortunate, you’ll be able to attend an event during your stay. Japanese folks are likewise bashful, yet they are genuinely interested in conversing with Westerners. It is almost always welcomed if you break the ice and start a casual discussion.

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