Is Tokyo Worth Visiting for Solo Female Travelers?

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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Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 9 experiences

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Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.5/5

Food

4.4/5

Budget-friendly

2.6/5

Solo travel experience

I went solo travel to Japan (Tokyo)- May 2023. It was one of the best city iv visited! I was only there for 8 days but felt like it was still not enough! I've explored Asakusa where I rent a kimono and walk around the temple, i also joined sushi making class in Asakusa. I've also gone for a day trip to the Mt Fuji area and the view is breathtaking! Shibuya crossing is a must! Well especially if you ever watch Tokyo Drift 😂 oh I stayed at the Shinjuku area at all women capsule - nine

Posted: February 23, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Aleena

Aleena

Australia

Solo travel experience

Tokyo is super exciting and there’s a million and one things to do! Always carry cash because most places don’t accept card Bring a rubbish bag or something to keep your rubbish in because there aren’t many public trash cans Be prepared to walk thousands and thousands of stairs

Posted: December 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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I went to Tokyo to fulfill the dream of visiting Japan! I was studying in 高雄 in Taiwan at the time and used my new years holiday to go to Japan by myself. I felt very safe the whole time and had a great time. I stayed a bit further outside of the center in a business district, so it was cheaper and more quiet but still super easy to get into the heart of Tokyo with the Yamamoto line. As it was January I only payed 150€ for 3 nights!! I took a low cost bus from the airport to the city which took around 45min and I think it was really cheap! On the way back I took the public transit which was a bit more but i think it was still only around 1.200¥. Tokyo is huge and such a different vibe and I loved it. I actually walked through the city most of the days getting in about 20-30k steps cause I just loved to see everything. I booked a private photoshoot on airbnb to have some fun pictures of myself too, as I didn’t have anyone to take pictures of me. This was around 89€. Overall I felt really safe and wasn’t treated weirdly by anyone. In Taiwan I had experienced a lot more starring and people wanting to take pictures with me, in Japan people just kind of did their own thing. The only minus point was that I was followed by a man for a bit which scared me a lot but he was a foreigner too, so I would not hold that against the Japanese people! He left me alone after I went into a store and told him to f off. Food was also not too expensive, I’d say pretty comparable to my home in Germany. The pancakes in the picture were around 20€ as it was a very famous spot in Ginza! I recommend checking out the huge Uniqlo flagship store in Ginza, I spent about 2h in there just looking at things and getting a customized bag for only 18€. Also check out the teamLabs Planets exhibition! It was incredible and a great way to be entertained when you’re alone! Tickets are a bit expensive but I’d say it’s worth it, plus they sell organic and even vegan ramen there too, which was super delicious. As a vegetarian, I could not check out all the places that were popular or recommended as Japanese cuisine is still very meat and fish heavy. But don’t get discouraged, there are many veggie and vegan places now that offer authentic dishes! Overall, I spent around 900-1100€ for the whole 5 day trip (not including airport hotel and public transport in Taiwan) - 350€ were the flight tickets with two Asian low cost airlines (Taipei - Narita) I think it could have been cheaper but Chinese New Year was coming up - around 150€ for the hotel - around 90€ for the photoshoot - 200-250€ for food and snacks + snacks I brought back to Taiwan - around 200€ for tickets to Teamlabs, Metro, Airport Bus and ONE very expensive 77€ Uber - plus another 100 for other souvenirs and a donation at Meiji Jingu

Posted: December 6, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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The largest city in the world where you can enjoy any kind of entertainment, including amusement parks, drinks, karaoke, historical sites, etc. One thing to note is that hotel rooms are usually incredibly small and you can't even open suitcases.

Posted: May 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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If you're a foodie and not afraid to try new local dishes... you'll be in seventh heaven! Make sure to visit the digital art museum, and if you like fish, you definitely need to visit the Tsukiji fish market. The sushi they serve there is the freshest you can get. Definitely try the fatty tuna. A walk down Harajuku street will stun you if you're interested in crazy fashion. The Sensoji Temple in Asakusa will let you experience the zen flavor of Japan. For nightlife, I recommend Kabukicho and Golden Street in Shinjuku. Check the table charges before entering any izakaya (Japanese pubs), as sometimes they can be quite high. I recommend eating from the convini store... it's fresh, cheap, and you can taste the flavor of Japanese food before you fully immerse yourself... be sure to try the curry bun... whenever and wherever you can get it... You will certainly find it in 7/11 stores, and some street vendors also sell it. You can also go crazy with what you can get from a vending machine, from hot or cold coffee and tea, to beer, hot soups, and even ice cream.

Posted: September 22, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I stayed at an Airbnb in Yoyogi, Tokyo because it was a walkable distance to Shinjuku, Yoyogi Park, and Harajuku, and also a direct route to Tokyo station from where one can travel to Kyoto. The first time I went to Japan, I allocated 3 days to Tokyo and 4 to Kyoto, but I eventually adjusted my plan and stayed in Tokyo two more nights because I liked it so much there.

Posted: August 17, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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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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I'm Estelle, originally from Bordeaux, France. I moved to Japan and I've been living in Tokyo for the past 20 years. I love to travel across Asia (I regularly visit Okinawa and Vietnam) and sometimes go back to France to see my family. My favorite city is Hanoï and my dream destination is Mongolia. I do love and know Tokyo very very well.

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Hi I’m Miu! From Japan! I’d love to talk with people from different countries. I hope I can have great conversation with you<3

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Hi! I'm a 24yr old professional, experiencing solo travel for the first time since graduating college! I'll be in Japan and South Korea in the next few weeks and would love to find other women to sightsee, explore, cafe hop, and go to fun shops with!

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I will soon be living in the Atlanta area. I have airline flight privileges and am ready to travel!

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