Solo Female Travel in Tokyo

Located in the heart of Japan, Tokyo, the bustling capital of the island nation, is a city that perfectly amalgamates tradition and innovation. Known for its towering skyscrapers, such as the iconic Tokyo Skytree and the historic Tokyo Tower, the city also exudes a unique blend of contemporary style with deep-rooted cultural offerings like the Meiji Shinto Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. Tokyo is renowned for its bustling shopping districts such as Ginza and Harajuku, expansive parks like Ueno, the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, and its extraordinary culinary scene featuring noteworthy sushi eateries and the udon-serving Tokyo Station. The city's vibrant nightlife, from its neon-lit streets in Shibuya to the traditional Izakaya bars in Shinjuku, is an experience in itself. Furthermore, Tokyo is globally recognized as the home of the otaku culture, with districts like Akihabara flooded with anime, manga, and video game stores.

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Is Tokyo good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

Tokyo is an incredibly safe city for solo female travelers. The city has low crime rates and a respectful culture, with the locals demonstrating courteous behavior. Public transport is extremely reliable, including during the night hours. There is a strong police presence and well-lit streets, enhancing the overall safety. However, as in any large city it's always important to stay aware of your surroundings and not leave belongings unattended.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Tokyo boasts an extensive and efficient public transportation system. Even though it might seem intimidating at first due to its size, it's surprisingly easy to navigate with clear signs and announcements in English. However, understanding the fare system can be a bit difficult, and the crowds during rush hours can be overwhelming. With a little practice, getting around becomes rather simple.
Things to do:

Things to do:Fascinating

Tokyo brims with immense activity and endless things to explore and enjoy as a solo female traveler. From ancient temples and gardens to modern skyscrapers, shopping districts and pop culture hubs, each offering a different slice of Japanese culture and history. The city also hosts an array of museums, art galleries, and exhibitions. Its culinary scene is world-renowned, and there are countless opportunities to participate in traditional tea ceremonies, take cooking classes, enjoy sushi, and explore local marketplaces, and more. As a female traveler, the city is generally safe, clean, and well-organized, with a comprehensive public transport system that makes moving around easy and efficient. Your time in Tokyo will be filled with discovery, learning, and richness in diversity. But remember, always respect local customs and traditions to make your trip more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Food:

Food:Excellent

Tokyo is a gastronomic paradise, where food-lovers can explore an enticing array of both traditional and modern culinary experiences. It is a showcase of diversity in terms of food variety and styles, from authentic street food stalls, sumptuous sushi bars, to high-end fine dining. Not only sushi or ramen, Tokyo offers everything from vegetarian-friendly options, exotic delicacies, to desserts. Irrespective of your food preferences, the quality of the ingredients and food preparation in Tokyo is of a very high standard, making it a food lover's dream destination.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Tokyo can be somewhat moderate when it comes to budget-friendly travel, largely dependent on your activities and choices. Accommodations can range from budget hostels to high-end hotels. Food is typically less expensive, especially if you're indulging in local cuisine like sushi, ramen, and street food. Attractions like temples, gardens, and museums have nominal entry fees. However, transportation and shopping can significantly influence your budget. The city has an extensive but slightly pricey public transportation network, and the shopping districts may tempt you to splurge.

Is Tokyo worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 27 experiences

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

3.2/5

Family travel experience

I had a wonderful trip to Tokyo with my family. The city is incredibly safe and fun. Our day started with a delicious curry in Hiroo, followed by a visit to the new museum in Azabudai. We then enjoyed a delightful dinner in Harajuku before heading home.

Posted: July 10, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Traveling to the other side of the country doesn't seem to be a common or daily activity most people do frequently, so feeling overwhelmed about the cultural shock, secure information, activities, safety and other aspects related to trips is understandable. Add up the fact of solo traveling to a country where your native language is not spoken at all. How scary! Isn't it? No worries...I gotcha. A few years ago I did my first solo trip from South America to Japan. I didn't know what to expect and how things were going there; open to surprises but lucky at the same time. For solo trips be sure to have an internet connection, it's gonna become your BBF during those times. In Tokyo, I got a little device which provides WiFi connection to your mobile, but there may be other options for internet connection. Tokyo is an expensive city but you can save some money by getting food from convenience stores like 7/11 and so. I got food for my breakfast and dinner, so I could afford to pay lunch when exploring the city. In comparison with other hostels, japanese hostels are amazing 10/10. Safety is the hit! You will never feel unsafe and your things will be secure. Culture impacts so well that when coming back to Latin America, I got my "mind chip" changed to be ok on going around with being careful for my safe as in Tokyo you will feel extremely secure. Biking is a to-do thing for your activities there. Renting is easy as you just show your passport in the rent offices, and pay the fee for day or more time if available. Very affordable. Exploring the city on bike during the day and at night is unbelievable. Finally, explore as many things you can from the culture. Touristic places are available everywhere and you may need to prioritize where to go.

Posted: July 7, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

If there’s one thing women who travel to tokyo should know is the culture of men approaching women near stations and busy streets. They will come up to you and ask you to sleep with them, and I know this can be very flustering when this happens, I really recommend to just grumble something in a different language and to keep walking. Other than that I felt pretty safe overall, I stayed in toshima. It was uncomfortable to see in real time how many underage girls were promoting their maid cafe’s and seeing middle aged men stop to talk to them.

Posted: July 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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Tokyo was a city where I felt entirely safe as a female traveller. Everywhere you go there is a wide variety of activities to partake in and foods to eat- it is very hard to find a bad restaurant!

Posted: June 21, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Jenny

Jenny (30)

Germany

Couple travel experience

I felt very safe, there was plenty to do, cheap food everywhere (also options to splurge). Lots of fun shopping opportunities (Definitely check out Mega Don Quijote in either Shibuya or Shinjuku). Huge, tranquil parks in the middle of the city.

Posted: June 3, 2024Experienced: September, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Maya

Maya

United States

Couple travel experience

Felt very safe the food was amazing! People were very polite and it was easy to get around the city with the public transportation. Would recommend learning some basic japanese phrases before going! 10/10

Posted: May 23, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Kira

Kira (23)

Japan

Solo travel experience

As a woman staying on the woman only floors at hostels I felt mostly very safe. I experienced one of the men at the hostel being a total weirdo creep, but thankfully was moving hostels after I met him. Unfortunately in Kabukicho at a Karaoke, while I walked back from the washroom a random drunk Japanese man accosted me and for it grabbed my buttocks in the hallway. I pushed him off me and left. Besides that I felt very safe throughout my trip. It was safe to walk down the street. Be careful in kabukicho by yourself.

Posted: May 21, 2024Experienced: April, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Laura

Laura (27)

Germany

Group travel experience

Japan is super safe for women. I really enjoyed the following during my trip in Japan: Tokyo: - baseball on a rooftop - visiting the hosts streets - wagyu bbq in izakaya bar - small festival with street foods -Mont Fuji

Posted: May 8, 2024Experienced: April, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Olivia

Olivia (19)

China

Solo travel experience

When you finish a wonderful trip, everything goes back in your mind. I love this trip, I'm solo traveler so i can enjoy and spend a lot of time with another travellers. I love everything in Tokyo, Japan. But i only two things i hate are that No trash bin in the street and No eating outside.

Posted: May 7, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Jaime

Jaime (26)

United States

Group travel experience

I loved Tokyo and Osaka, Tokyo has fantastic character cafes, animal cafes, and regular cafes! Be aware that there’s nowhere to sit down/benches on the street, so if it’s really hot in summer you’ll have to duck into a store or buy a drink at a coffee shop. Check out Akihabara and my favorite, Takeshita Street in Harajuku! They have incredible dollar stores (my favorite is called 3COINS, you can personalize things like aprons, makeup bags, and chopsticks!)

Posted: May 5, 2024Experienced: August, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Tokyo safe for women?

Safety rating

4.5 /5

Based on 6 experiences

Crime rates rating

1 /5

Based on 6 experiences

Yumi

Yumi

I think it’s the safest place in the world. There are some areas that are thought less safe, but there is no problem if you avoid those area. Japanese people tend to be kind to foreigners and since not many people can speak English, they are not aggressively trying to speak or get involved with them. That means your safer than Japanese people.

Posted: July 10, 2024
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Hikari

Hikari

Tokyo is the busiest city in Japan but very safe. People are nice and polite. If you’re in trouble, someone definitely helps you. You can come to Japan without worrying about anything!! Transportations are usually punctual. Summer is Tokyo is very hot and humid so I recommend you should visit spring, autumn, or winter seasons!

Posted: July 8, 2024
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Meet locals in Tokyo

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Hikari

About Me

Hi I’m Hikari from Japan. Now I’m 21 and a university student. I love cooking, reading, walking, and traveling so much! Though I’m not a great English speaker, interacting and talking with people from different countries and who have different backgrounds is surely my favorite thing because it’s so interesting to know other cultures, lifestyles, values, thoughts, etc. I also want to practice speaking English. About my personality, I’m active and very curious! Many of my friends say like that. I think I’m easygoing and sociable too. I’d love to make many friends during my travel.

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Shu

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I’m Shu. I love art and learn languages!

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Local tips

Demona

Demona

Japan

Travel & Shopping with IC Cards If you didn't get a JR Pass, you'll want an IC card. If you're here for only 28 days, the Welcome IC card is available at airports. There's no deposit, but any money left on the card after the 28 days will disappear. Otherwise, I recommend getting a regular IC card. In Tokyo it's either Suica or Pasmo, but there are other brands that are nationally accepted like Toica, Icoca, etc.. Not only does it make your fare cheaper on trains and buses, but you can make purchases at shops, restaurants, convenience stores, vending machines, etc. For day-to-day life in Japan, cash is still pretty much king for daily purchases. If you don't want to deal with all the coins, using an IC card is much more convenient. At the end of your stay, you can go to the station's green ticket window and get your deposit as well as the remaining money on your card back before you leave.

Posted: February 5, 2024
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Stay with locals in Tokyo

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Shu

Tokyo

Can host for:

2 days

About me

I’m Shu. I love art and learn languages!

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Kenya

Kenya

Tokyo

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hi! My name is Kenya and I’m from the United States and have been living in Japan for 5 years now. I work as a game developer and love geeky things! Looking forward to meeting new people!

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Upcoming visitors to Tokyo

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Bianca

About Me

Hey hey! I'm an aspiring English Teacher who loves learning languages, cute pets and cultural hangouts.

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Ruby

Ruby

About Me

Hi everyone! I'm Ruby, 23 from The Netherlands currently in Japan until november! I would love to meet new people whilst I am on this app! I am very outgoing, love going out for food and deinks and going clubbing or sightseeing as well as a nature lover that can hike for hours!

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