Japan for the Solo Traveler
February 17, 2012 11:06 AM Subscribe
Traveling to Japan on my own for 2.5 weeks. Help me avoid the part where I start talking to myself.
posted by noted industrialist to Travel & Transportation around Japan (18 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I have a fair amount of free time before starting a new job, and decided to take advantage of it by making a trip to Japan. Given that most everyone I know stateside has to work, this’ll be a solo trip. I’m cool with wandering around on my own (and have done it before), but I also wouldn’t mind ending up in places or situations where it would be easy to meet people. Could be a great hostel in Kyoto, a particularly social izakaya in Tokyo, or an organized hike into the wilderness. Similarly, it would be great to hear ideas for things that would be easy and enjoyable to do on my own.
A bit more information:
- I’m flying into and departing from Tokyo and will be in country for 17 days, starting in early March.
- I’d likely buy a railpass and would be really interested to hear of any cities I should include in my circuit (beyond Tokyo and Kyoto). Also, any suggestions on how much time to spend where?
- I’m particularly into food, and it’ll be a big focus of the trip. I’d be pretty curious about any ideas you guys might have for food-related activities, classes, tours, destinations, etc...
- Temples, ruins, natural and cultural sights are all good.
- If I was to do an organized tour, I probably wouldn’t want it to be more than a day trip. I’d like to leave things fairly flexible and mostly independent if possible.
I’ll leave off there, but can hop in with more information as needed. Much appreciated!