Is Japan Worth Visiting?

Japan, located in East Asia, is an extraordinarily beautiful island nation famed for its diverse blend of centuries-old traditions and cutting-edge technology. Known for its impressive cluster of skyscrapers in Tokyo, the ancient temples and geishas of Kyoto, the mesmerizing cherry blossoms in Hakone, and the delectable sushi and ramen, Japan offers a wealth of unrivaled experiences. The country is renowned for its impressive Shinkansen, or bullet trains, that deliver travelers across its four main islands while providing breathtaking scenic views. Japan also stands out for its respect for nature, which is reflected in its numerous stunning gardens and gorgeous Mount Fuji, a dormant volcano and the country's highest peak.

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Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 30 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.9/5

Safety

4.9/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

2.9/5
Chiara

Chiara

Belgium

Solo travel experience

Japan is super safe to travel as a solo women! I did a multiple days hiking trip in the middle of a taifoon and Japanese locals hosted me in their house when there was a red alert, they helped me a lot in a difficult situation. Despite language barriers it was always easy to somehow understand each others and get help

Posted: February 9, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Japan was amazing. Visited Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto, and Osaka. I felt safe and comfortable traveling alone, everyone was nice and respectful. I wasn't sure what to expect, but Japan certainly impressed me.

Posted: February 7, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Denise (38)

United States

Solo travel experience

Japan was every bit as wonderful as I had hoped! It was my first time visiting, and I stayed for the entire month of May for the language immersion experience. I flew from Houston to Haneda on ANA. It was excellent. I did not stay in Tokyo, but took another flight on JAL to Osaka. I then took a train to Kinosaki Onsen and stayed in a ryokan while visiting all 7 onsen. After, I took another train from there, to Kyoto, then a taxi from Kyoto to Osaka, then a flight back to Tokyo when it was time to head back to the USA. APA Hotels are safe and plentiful in major cities, but SMALL. They worked well for me as a solo traveler.

Posted: January 28, 2024Experienced: May, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Japan last year and it was an absolutely amazing trip. Beautiful country and friendly people. I felt safe throughout the trip. I recommend using the metro and trains, taxis are definitely too expensive.

Posted: December 3, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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M (36)

Philippines

Solo travel experience

Japan has it all. It is a shame I was not able to explore more, but I’ll surely be back as often as I can.The food was superb, I cannot get enough of Japanese food. I wish to try the Nakasendo trail one day and I hope you guys from Travel Ladies can join me. :)

Posted: November 27, 2023Experienced: April, 2017
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

The people were charming, and I felt much safer there than where I currently live. The food was excellent and incredibly affordable with a lot of vegan options, which is hard for me to find in the country where I live. The only problem was the language barrier, but in most cases, it could be overcome using Google Translate.

Posted: November 25, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Japan is the only country where I have taken a complete solo journey. I felt extremely safe there. I took a one-day trip from Osaka to Kyoto and loved how close these cities are. I also went to Hiroshima and was very moved by the atomic bomb museum. Near the city, there is also a cool floating temple. I also visited Fukuoka and really enjoyed there.

Posted: October 3, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I was alone in Japan for two weeks and visited Tokyo and Kamakura (the Great Buddha definitely makes a bigger impression than the largest one in Nara). I also made a brief stop in Yokohama to see the Chinatown, then went to Nikko, Mount Fuji (a bit of trekking), Hakone, and the wonderful Kyoto. In the meantime, half a day in Nara and an evening in Osaka. I felt very safe.

Posted: September 29, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I travelled solo to Japan and it was my first international solo travel destination. I fell in love with this country and its people. It is definitely the safest and the most beautiful country I have ever seen. People are incredibly warm and even though they don't speak English, they are always ready to help you.

Posted: September 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I visited Japan alone for 10 days and it was great. People there are very friendly, it's easy to get around, and it's extremely safe. It was a last-minute decision made for a birthday and it was a truly wonderful trip. I flew to Tokyo, then took a train to Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, back to Tokyo, and then I went to Kamakura.

Posted: September 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

Demona

Demona

Japan

Discount Tickets There are various discount tickets available to foreigners visiting Japan. JR Pass All-you-can-ride in Japan (nationwide) for a set duration of time. This is for only JR affiliated trains, shinkansen, and fairies. JR Regional Pass Similar to the above mentioned JR Pass, but restricted to a particular area. City Pass You can get one day or more all you can ride. There are various passes available in larger cities. For example, a bus/ train/metro pack, bus/metro, train/bus, or different combinations. Purchases If you can make a purchase online at an amusement park, event, highway bus tickets, or the like, it'll be sometimes cheaper. Also, as a result of the pandemic, some establishments require a purchase prior to arriving at a venue and there are limited tickets sold on the day. If you make a purchase online, your credit card may or may not go through. If you have a Visa or a MasterCard, try both. Be very specific with how you write your name as well. They will mention whether it needs to be in all caps, full width / half width, or even may need your name in Japanese characters. If your credit card doesn't go through, you can still try to make your purchase at the reception window.

Posted: February 5, 2024
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Japan is very safe. I lived there for 2 years and walked and traveled by trains everywhere. In Okinawa, for a year I drove a car, went on hikes, and swam all over the island, mainly alone. I didn't have any problems nor did I encounter any obstacles from other people.

Posted: March 30, 2023
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Ryn

Ryn

About Me

I am an artist currently in Kyoto on an artist residency. I would love to meet local people to make friends and share languages.

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Demona

Demona

About Me

I'm born and raised in the US, but I've lived nearly half my life outside of them. I lived in Belgium and am currently in Japan. I speak English, Japanese, and Dutch (Flemish). I regularly host international events in the Tama area (West Tokyo Prefecture). I like cooking, terrace cafes, festivals, flea markets, anime and manga.

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Stay with locals in Japan

Valerie

Valerie

Osaka Kobe

Can host for:

1 day

About me

I love meeting new people and can converse quite comfortably! I’m from Singapore and currently live in Kobe, Japan now for more than a year now and might say that I know Kobe better than most who live here 😄 I love exploring and discovering new places, and going for really long walks. Catching sunsets is definitely one of my favorite things to do. :)

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Юлия

Юлия

Japan

Can host for:

5 days

About me

Hello, my name is Julia and I will be glad to meet new people!

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Upcoming visitors to Japan

Daria

Daria

About Me

🌞🌻✨ Hello girls, I'm Daria and I come from the beautiful old town of Memmingen. One of the best things about living here is the proximity to the mountains where you can go on beautiful hikes but also enjoy wonderful skiing. Traveling is a big passion of mine but in my opinion it is best when you start an adventure with several people. I look forward to meeting new people and having a wonderful time.

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Marli

Marli

About Me

I’m a queer Philly native that works remotely and am trying to find others who would be interested in working vacations. Ideally where there’s a beach!

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