Are you planning a solo trip to Japan? There are rumors on traveling alone in Japan. The high cost, the transport complexity, language problem, and many others. Do not be a worry, just be happy. Japanese proves some of that rumors otherwise. What was that?
Some say that the language problem while traveling alone in Japan is really a nightmare. But there is a trick to overcome it. When you think you are lost, stay calm for a moment and open the city map for a little while. Your helper will be approaching with a nice tone, “may I help you?”. The good news is, no one gets lost while traveling alone in Japan. It all being possible because every Japanese who speaks reasonably English feels responsible for your convenience. In any case, the orientation has become much easier in recent years. Subway announcements, train stations, and most street signs are now kept in two languages. Sure, traveling alone in Japan is safe anyway. Tokyo has a record of low crime rates city, while other big cities can only dream.
“No way, traveling cost in Japan is so expensive,”. This is a popular objection which only true in some cases. Of course, there are the sinfully expensive delicacies on the counter. But there are international hotel chains in Japan as well as traditional Ryokan accommodations and Minshukus (bed and breakfast). The latter is particularly suitable for a backpacker who traveling alone in Japan. The good news is the owners often speak a little English.
Stick to cheap restaurants and get a Japan rail pass before departure. They are usually even cheaper than in Europe. Simple dishes such as noodles or the fried rice are often a bit cheaper than comparable offers in Europe. Many snacks also. The order is simple for anyone who travels alone. Almost all restaurants exhibit their food as wax models in the shop window. Weird gifts, stationery, and even food far below the other big cities price level. You may find them in the multi-story 100-yen department stores.
Japan’s railroad is not only extremely punctual but also has a dense network. Information on fares, routes, and special rail passes, often available only before departure abroad. You can find it at www.japanrail.com.
Yes, Japan is a big country. With excellent infrastructure and the endless patience of the Japanese, they prove to be an amazingly easy-to-travel country. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s buy the tickets, pack your backpack, and yell out loud “Japan, I’m coming”…