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Whether you’re a nomad or just wanting to get away for a week, the list of solo travel destinations is endless. Solo travel has exploded in the past year and has become a popular pastime for adventurers looking to visit new countries.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a place to start your solo travel journey, and while foodie scenes and communities are important, safety is usually the top concern for most.
With its cherry blossom seasons, quaint towns, and safety rating, Hordes of solo travelers are traveling to Japan now more than ever, and here’s why.
Individual dining made easy
A big concern for many solo travelers is the fear of eating alone. It’s less about how we feel than what others might think of us. While traveling solo has become increasingly popular over the years, there are still some who wonder why you’re eating alone.
Fortunately, traveling solo is the norm throughout Japan (for locals, too). Japan is also a hub for business travelers, so you’ll find that many restaurants are designed with side tables for solo travelers to sit and chat.
The locals are also extremely friendly and welcoming throughout Japan, so if you want to pass the time with stellar Asian cuisine and convos at the counter, this is the place.
Hotel options for solo travelers
A new idea that is emerging in the world of hospitality is the idea of rooms that are perfect for solo travelers. All over Japan, capsule hotels they are a great phenomenon. If you are ok with the minimum space, your room is in a capsule where you can sleep.
If you want to have your own space and feel a little safer at night, some hotels in Tokyo even have female-only floors (a big plus for us solo travelers). Some of the capsule hotels are also exclusively designed for women – no men allowed!
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Train cabins for women only
While the train system in Japan is extremely convenient, it is also very chaotic during rush hour. If you’re traveling solo, it’s best to travel off-peak, when you’ll have a little more time to get to know each other.
If you are brave enough to travel during rush hour in Tokyo, there are female-only train cabins available during these hours. A stressful time for most commuting to and from work, these cabins are a piece of mind for single women.
One of the main advantages of traveling solo is the ability to make your own schedule and explore new streets on your own time. According to a study conducted by bounce luggageJapan came in at number one as the safest place to travel in 2023.
Because more tourists came to the country post-covid, the overall crime rate in Japan increased in 2022. However, according to the Bounce survey, the country still ranks 23.1/100 in the crime rate (a place above Switzerland).
Cities like Osaka and Tokyo are extremely safe to walk around at night. With a low crime rate, vibrant energy, and fellow travelers, women should feel good venturing to most destinations in Japan when the sun goes down. (Of course, it’s always important to stay alert anywhere in the world!)
Another big reason why Japan is one of the safest destinations for travelers this year is due to its police presence. Known as ‘Koban’, Japanese local police are stationed on the streets, making it easy for them to quickly respond to any danger.
As a solo traveler in a new country, just seeing some form of safety on the streets is an instant relief for most. It’s nice to know that if something were to happen, there are people you can talk to right away.
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