Traveling alone is always a unique experience, it has its positive and negative points. Traveling alone you have the freedom to do what you want. Of course, before choosing a country to travel alone you need to know if it is a good destination for that purpose. In this article we will show you why Japan is one of the best countries for lone backpackers traveling alone.
One of the main reasons why Japan is one of the best choices for traveling alone is your security. Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, the crime rate is extremely low. You feel completely safe walking in the mountains of Japan or even exploring small islands. Even if you lose something of value, it is very likely that you will find it, thanks to Japanese honesty. During my trip to Japan I forgot my passport bag in one place, and I managed to successfully retrieve it by returning to the place.
In addition to security and honesty, the Japanese are very hospitable. It doesn't matter if you go to a hostel, ryokans or homestays, you will feel right at home. Even if you feel strange about being alone, remember that Japanese society is very individual, and they struggle with loneliness. So it is absolutely normal to stay and walk alone in Japan.
You travel alone, but you are not alone
It is true that many Japanese people are shy and silent, you will feel a little lonely at times. But it is not difficult to make friends! In reality it is very easy, most Japanese people want to train and use their English so they will try to communicate with you in that language, but if you know Japanese it is a thousand times easier to socialize and in a short time to have friends and companies on your adventures . Just don't be shy like me!
In Japan, people always follow the rules, so you don't have to worry about unexpected or unpleasant situations. People in Japan are willing to help, sometimes you don't even need to ask for help. They have complete patience to face the language barrier, taking out their cell phones and using the google translator. Although some feel that the Japan is kind of xenophobic, the great reality is that most Japanese love foreigners, they like different and new things ... Sometimes you will even stand out. Just don't confuse the Japanese shyness, thinking they are avoiding you. Almost all are elegant, respectful and pleasant!
Most backpackers comment that they have traveled alone in many countries, but cannot think of a more welcoming country for individual travelers. It is impossible to be bored in Japan. A country full of culture, shops, restaurants, sightseeing, museums, castles, temples, mountains, islands, forests, animals and much more.
It is totally different from what people think
Japan is one of the easiest countries to travel alone. Everything in Japan is done to make our lives easier, especially the rail system. With it you can get around the city or country. Everything is well signposted, organized and even cheap. Sometimes it is cheaper to live as a tourist in Japan than in Brazil, this idea that everything in Japan is expensive is not real. There are thousands of different restaurants, with cuisines from all over the world, the competition is huge and the prices for food are very low.
There are many free and paid tourist spots, traveling alone you have no trouble deciding which spots to go to. Sometimes you can feel more comfortable going to a hot spring alone without any acquaintances. Another great facility in Japan is the convenience stores that make your life easier when buying something. Japan is a country that will surprise you a lot, you need not be afraid to travel alone. The first time I traveled alone I went straight to Japan, and I felt much safer and more comfortable on the plane.
Everything in Japan can surprise you! Try to make the most of every opportunity that comes up! Don't waste time!
Tips for traveling alone to Japan
Of course, to have a satisfactory trip you need to make sure and some things, so we will leave some tips and suggestions below:
- Rent a portable wifi device or unlimited chip;
- Book in advance;
- Plan your itinerary and leave alternative options;
- Call 110 for emergencies;
- Take your hotel card, in case you get lost;
- Always have money with you, some stores do not accept cards;
- Learn Japanese;
- Use a train map;
- Try a ryokan and onsen;
- Ask for help whenever you need it;
The only downsides of traveling alone in Japan is the fact that you have no one to take pictures with. Sometimes you may feel lonely or need someone to talk to the Japanese for you. So plan on traveling alone, but meet different people for different experiences on your trip.
In general, no matter where you go in Japan, you will always find places to relax your mind. Japan is not only the best country to travel alone, but one of the best countries to travel in, no matter the situation! Its rich and unique culture, security and ease are just one of the thousands of reasons why Japan is a must-see destination! Have you had a chance to visit Japan? What are you waiting for?
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