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Hi there, I am planning to visit Tokyo myself at the start of April for between 6-8 days. I've never been to another country myself, however I am single and all my friends are unable to go. It'… Read More
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7m, 2d agoPosted 7 months, 2 days ago
Hi there,

I am planning to visit Tokyo myself at the start of April for between 6-8 days.

I've never been to another country myself, however I am single and all my friends are unable to go. It's been a dream to go and I don't want to put it off any longer.

I was wondering if anyone has been before. Do you think it is OK to go alone with little experience travelling by myself?

Would you recommend Tokyo?

Also wondering about flights. I live in Scotland and seem to be unable to get a direct flight. So if flying from London, what's the best course to take?

Many thanks for any advice you can offer.

S.
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7m, 2d agoPosted 7 months, 2 days ago
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#1
YES YES it is an amazing place you will have an amazing time.But it wont be cheap what sort of budget you thinking about all in ie flights,accommodation etc
#2
archer1204
YES YES it is an amazing place you will have an amazing time.But it wont be cheap what sort of budget you thinking about all in ie flights,accommodation etc

No budget really. Was hoping to get flights for a reasonable price. Maybe £700 direct from Heathrow. But you can get for around £500 with a stopover from Glasgow (local).

Maybe up to £150 per night for hotels - I would like something with an amazing view!

Was worried - I am quite shy and I've read that not many people speak English. Also, I'm not into fish at all (I like Sushi when it's cucumber or peppers) will I be OK food wise?


Edited By: shaunp on Oct 19, 2016 22:42
#3
I've not been to Tokyo, but I've been to Osaka, Kyoto and a few other places. Lived in Japan for a while too.

If you stick to the tourist-type places, you'll have no problems. If you go further afield you may run into a lack of English signage. I found a lot of people willing to try and speak English (most didn't expect me to know any Japanese) but very few who spoke enough to be helpful. Knowing some basic Japanese will help in any case, but especially then.

Food-wise, there are plenty of options other than fish.

Edited By: Darkeru on Oct 19, 2016 22:48
#4
shaunp
archer1204
YES YES it is an amazing place you will have an amazing time.But it wont be cheap what sort of budget you thinking about all in ie flights,accommodation etc
No budget really. Was hoping to get flights for a reasonable price. Maybe £700 direct from Heathrow. But you can get for around £500 with a stopover from Glasgow (local).
Maybe up to £150 per night for hotels - I would like something with an amazing view!
Was worried - I am quite shy and I've read that not many people speak English. Also, I'm not into fish at all (I like Sushi when it's cucumber or peppers) will I be OK food wise?
ok thats a good start but personally when i was there i would only spend the minimum amount of time at the hotel and always out and about there are loads of different districts to explore and most are varied.
Dont really worry about food even though its probably the freshest and best seafood out there whatever your tastes there are more than enough restaurants to try plus if you are brave enough loads of street market food.
First stop goto your library if you havn't already grab a few books about tokyo.Also have a look at tripadvisor especially the forum on tokyo for ideas and local help.How long you looking at going without flights.
#5
The women are HOT!!!
#6
mrman007
The women are HOT!!!


Haha won't do much for me...!
#7
good on you for going on your own . It just takes a bit of confidence . Seize the day and all that
#8
psychobitchfromhell
good on you for going on your own . It just takes a bit of confidence . Seize the day and all that


I'm trying to. I've lost 7 stone - 2 to go. Feel like my life has been on hold whilst I've been overweight. I feel life has passed me by and adamant to do this before I turn thirty (May).
#9
hello, i myself will be in Tokyo during this Nov. its not as expensive as you think as long as you know where to stay and eat. i have never spent more than £60 per night for a hotel room in Tokyo. you can easily live off 4 thousand Yen per a day.

i got my flight from London to Osaka / Tokyo for £350/
#10
shaunp
psychobitchfromhell
good on you for going on your own . It just takes a bit of confidence . Seize the day and all that
I'm trying to. I've lost 7 stone - 2 to go. Feel like my life has been on hold whilst I've been overweight. I feel life has passed me by and adamant to do this before I turn thirty (May).
Good on you . Do it . You've come so far . The world is your oyster and you can do anything
#11
Fair play. I travel a lot by myself and it's amazing to have the freedom. However, as others have said, Japan tends to be quite expensive, especially as a solo traveller - even taxis and basics cost considerably more. You may end up hemmoraging money if not prepared properly. There may also be a language barrier, the culture tends to be quite different. If you're confident - go for it, but depending on how easy going and adventurous you are, you may consider going somewhere else nearby which is more seasoned towards English travellers, such as Thailand, Malaysia and the usual suspects around there. Food may be an issue - not everything is sushi - but if you need to understand everything on a menu and have specific dietary requirements, i'd maybe not opt it. Tokyo is a great place for wandering around and the transit system is great. Depends what you want and need. Please message me if you need anything or want to talk it through - hope you have a great time whatever you do!
#12
getbacker_uk
hello, i myself will be in Tokyo during this Nov. its not as expensive as you think as long as you know where to stay and eat. i have never spent more than £60 per night for a hotel room in Tokyo. you can easily live off 4 thousand Yen per a day.
i got my flight from London to Osaka / Tokyo for £350/
Thats incredibly reasonable whos that with was it classed as a special offer and did you book a while ago.Last year i was able to get a glitch flight under £250 return but had to go via basel.
#13
LogicalHarm
Fair play. I travel a lot by myself and it's amazing to have the freedom. However, as others have said, Japan tends to be quite expensive, especially as a solo traveller - even taxis and basics cost considerably more. You may end up hemmoraging money if not prepared properly. There may also be a language barrier, the culture tends to be quite different. If you're confident - go for it, but depending on how easy going and adventurous you are, you may consider going somewhere else nearby which is more seasoned towards English travellers, such as Thailand, Malaysia and the usual suspects around there. Food may be an issue - not everything is sushi - but if you need to understand everything on a menu and have specific dietary requirements, i'd maybe not opt it. Tokyo is a great place for wandering around and the transit system is great. Depends what you want and need. Please message me if you need anything or want to talk it through - hope you have a great time whatever you do!
Again i never used a taxi once travelled all over the different prefectures using excellent public transport took a bit getting used to as not much english translation on some bus routes especially at night but that i considered half the fun was walking round the night markets at 3am perfectly safe etc.
#14
archer1204
LogicalHarm
Fair play. I travel a lot by myself and it's amazing to have the freedom. However, as others have said, Japan tends to be quite expensive, especially as a solo traveller - even taxis and basics cost considerably more. You may end up hemmoraging money if not prepared properly. There may also be a language barrier, the culture tends to be quite different. If you're confident - go for it, but depending on how easy going and adventurous you are, you may consider going somewhere else nearby which is more seasoned towards English travellers, such as Thailand, Malaysia and the usual suspects around there. Food may be an issue - not everything is sushi - but if you need to understand everything on a menu and have specific dietary requirements, i'd maybe not opt it. Tokyo is a great place for wandering around and the transit system is great. Depends what you want and need. Please message me if you need anything or want to talk it through - hope you have a great time whatever you do!
Again i never used a taxi once travelled all over the different prefectures using excellent public transport took a bit getting used to as not much english translation on some bus routes especially at night but that i considered half the fun was walking round the night markets at 3am perfectly safe etc.

It is super safe. People are kind and honest from my experience, even though language sometimes can be a barrier.
#15
LogicalHarm
archer1204
LogicalHarm
Fair play. I travel a lot by myself and it's amazing to have the freedom. However, as others have said, Japan tends to be quite expensive, especially as a solo traveller - even taxis and basics cost considerably more. You may end up hemmoraging money if not prepared properly. There may also be a language barrier, the culture tends to be quite different. If you're confident - go for it, but depending on how easy going and adventurous you are, you may consider going somewhere else nearby which is more seasoned towards English travellers, such as Thailand, Malaysia and the usual suspects around there. Food may be an issue - not everything is sushi - but if you need to understand everything on a menu and have specific dietary requirements, i'd maybe not opt it. Tokyo is a great place for wandering around and the transit system is great. Depends what you want and need. Please message me if you need anything or want to talk it through - hope you have a great time whatever you do!
Again i never used a taxi once travelled all over the different prefectures using excellent public transport took a bit getting used to as not much english translation on some bus routes especially at night but that i considered half the fun was walking round the night markets at 3am perfectly safe etc.
It is super safe. People are kind and honest from my experience, even though language sometimes can be a barrier.
Agree but there are some good translation apps out there as well
#16
I think the key to it all is planning . I've been to a number of places by myself or with just my child in tow and at the end of the day , a train is a train and a bus is a bus wherever you go . If you do your research before leaving this country you can book hotels transfers and even meals from your living room . I managed to get my 70odd year old mother from Edinburgh to Bangkok by herself a few years ago . I booked all her flights , transfers hotels etc in advance so all she had to do was show up . If she can do it , anyone can .
#17
psychobitchfromhell
I think the key to it all is planning . I've been to a number of places by myself or with just my child in tow and at the end of the day , a train is a train and a bus is a bus wherever you go . If you do your research before leaving this country you can book hotels transfers and even meals from your living room . I managed to get my 70odd year old mother from Edinburgh to Bangkok by herself a few years ago . I booked all her flights , transfers hotels etc in advance so all she had to do was show up . If she can do it , anyone can .
Agreed but if when you get on the bus and there is no english translation of what stop etc then it is a case of trial and error and i just looked for the relevant landmark or shop but again i treat that as half the fun.
#18
archer1204
psychobitchfromhell
I think the key to it all is planning . I've been to a number of places by myself or with just my child in tow and at the end of the day , a train is a train and a bus is a bus wherever you go . If you do your research before leaving this country you can book hotels transfers and even meals from your living room . I managed to get my 70odd year old mother from Edinburgh to Bangkok by herself a few years ago . I booked all her flights , transfers hotels etc in advance so all she had to do was show up . If she can do it , anyone can .
Agreed but if when you get on the bus and there is no english translation of what stop etc then it is a case of trial and error and i just looked for the relevant landmark or shop but again i treat that as half the fun.
I totally agree . Getting lost is half the fun . If you are in a big city you will stumble across a bus stop or metro station eventually . I love wandering . Barcelona is fantastic for that
#19
psychobitchfromhell
archer1204
psychobitchfromhell
I think the key to it all is planning . I've been to a number of places by myself or with just my child in tow and at the end of the day , a train is a train and a bus is a bus wherever you go . If you do your research before leaving this country you can book hotels transfers and even meals from your living room . I managed to get my 70odd year old mother from Edinburgh to Bangkok by herself a few years ago . I booked all her flights , transfers hotels etc in advance so all she had to do was show up . If she can do it , anyone can .
Agreed but if when you get on the bus and there is no english translation of what stop etc then it is a case of trial and error and i just looked for the relevant landmark or shop but again i treat that as half the fun.
I totally agree . Getting lost is half the fun . If you are in a big city you will stumble across a bus stop or metro station eventually . I love wandering . Barcelona is fantastic for that
yup also did this round hong kong as well
#20
archer1204
psychobitchfromhell
archer1204
psychobitchfromhell
I think the key to it all is planning . I've been to a number of places by myself or with just my child in tow and at the end of the day , a train is a train and a bus is a bus wherever you go . If you do your research before leaving this country you can book hotels transfers and even meals from your living room . I managed to get my 70odd year old mother from Edinburgh to Bangkok by herself a few years ago . I booked all her flights , transfers hotels etc in advance so all she had to do was show up . If she can do it , anyone can .
Agreed but if when you get on the bus and there is no english translation of what stop etc then it is a case of trial and error and i just looked for the relevant landmark or shop but again i treat that as half the fun.
I totally agree . Getting lost is half the fun . If you are in a big city you will stumble across a bus stop or metro station eventually . I love wandering . Barcelona is fantastic for that
yup also did this round hong kong as well
I love it . Unfortunately my son is autistic so it freaks him out a bit . I would wander for hours . I am a dreadful map reader so it's good I'm not fazed by being lost
#21
Check this site about visiting and living in Tokyo on a budget - tokyocheapo.com
#22
honestly well done

however

if youve never been abroad before can i suggest maybe aking a weekend trip to somewhere like madrid, barcelona, paris
somewhere you can still experience foreign culture and language change but just to help build your confidence in findi ng your way around somewhere new/
ryanair etc have lots of cheap flights abroad and i think it will help you enjoy Tokyo a lot more
#23
If you've never been abroad then you need to be really careful with your planning.
Scotland to London to Tokyo is at least a days travel and if you've never done long haul before you'll most likely get hit with massive jetlag which will take you out for best part of the following day.
You'll have the same coming back so you'd probably be best booking a hotel in London for the nigh/day you get back so you don't burn yourself out.

I've never been to Japan so can't offer any country specific information though.
#24
I have went to Japan every year for the last 5 years and it's a great country .
Download all the apps you can find especially subway ones as they are sometimes a bit of a nightmare but with the right app it will be so easy.
Try Tokyo rail map lite and it will keep you right.
Also I always book direct from klm and fly from Edinburgh you will change at Amsterdam but it's all so easy and the flight from Amsterdam is only 10 and a half hours.
Oh and I have never paid more than £500 for my flights
#25
Yep - I went about eight or nine years ago. The food is fantastic! plenty of really cheap places and also expensive ones.

You have to try the Gyoza (dumplings) they are just awesome!

If you want to travel by train the cheapest way is to get a week long pass.

I only did a day trip up to a national park - kindof wish I'd spent longer up there.

Akhibara is not the cheapest place for electronic goods, it's just rammed with them.

Check out a local Irish pub you can easily meet new people and get advice on the best places to go.
#26
I have never been to Japan but I would love to. I have however travelled loads on my own. One bit of advice I will give you is at your age youth hostels are a great way to save both money and meet other single travellers. Go for longer if you can a week when your traveling that far flys buy. I have been to Oz, Nz and Asia alone when I was in my early 30s and I met some great people. A few of who I am still good friends with to this day.
#27
Can you travel the second week of april from 15th? The reason is the first week of april is easter holidays and flight prices are more expensive.
#28
I am going to Tokyo next month from a deal I found here (£150 flight!) Considering your budget, I wouldn't worry too much.

I recommend two websites for planning your trip:

hyperdia
japan-guide.com
#29
Thank you everyone for your support, advice and replies.

Darkeru
I've not been to Tokyo, but I've been to Osaka, Kyoto and a few other places. Lived in Japan for a while too.
If you stick to the tourist-type places, you'll have no problems. If you go further afield you may run into a lack of English signage. I found a lot of people willing to try and speak English (most didn't expect me to know any Japanese) but very few who spoke enough to be helpful. Knowing some basic Japanese will help in any case, but especially then.
Food-wise, there are plenty of options other than fish.

I am glad to hear there will be other options besides fish!

getbacker_uk
hello, i myself will be in Tokyo during this Nov. its not as expensive as you think as long as you know where to stay and eat. i have never spent more than £60 per night for a hotel room in Tokyo. you can easily live off 4 thousand Yen per a day.
i got my flight from London to Osaka / Tokyo for £350/

That's a great price. Would I get a cheaper price flying in to an airport outside Tokyo?

tailo
Check this site about visiting and living in Tokyo on a budget - tokyocheapo.com

Thank you - I will certainly check it out.

mrwhitelabel
honestly well done
however
if youve never been abroad before can i suggest maybe aking a weekend trip to somewhere like madrid, barcelona, paris
somewhere you can still experience foreign culture and language change but just to help build your confidence in findi ng your way around somewhere new/
ryanair etc have lots of cheap flights abroad and i think it will help you enjoy Tokyo a lot more

I love this idea. It really makes sense and something I certainly could do in early January or February. However, nowhere else in the world strikes the passion in me that Japan evokes. I am simply not too fussed seeing anywhere else. With the exception of California.

Wadda
I have never been to Japan but I would love to. I have however travelled loads on my own. One bit of advice I will give you is at your age youth hostels are a great way to save both money and meet other single travellers. Go for longer if you can a week when your traveling that far flys buy. I have been to Oz, Nz and Asia alone when I was in my early 30s and I met some great people. A few of who I am still good friends with to this day.

Hostels, from what you describe sound like a good idea. However, I am the type of person who likes privacy and my creature comforts. I don't think I would get on too well in a hostel, although I like the idea.

MrMan2011
Can you travel the second week of april from 15th? The reason is the first week of april is easter holidays and flight prices are more expensive.

I'm a teacher so holidays set. I stop work on the 31st of March and return on the 18th of April. I too, have concerns about this time as this is cherry blossom season which'll increase the price of accommodation and flights. I could postpone until July, however flights more or less the same price due to summer holidays.

peterraul
I am going to Tokyo next month from a deal I found here (£150 flight!) Considering your budget, I wouldn't worry too much.
I recommend two websites for planning your trip:
hyperdia
japan-guide.com

Thank you for the websites.
#30
Agreed July will be expensive as well, Teacher times are always expensive. Check only prices for both maybe July will be cheaper as you are booking advance?
#31
peterraul
I am going to Tokyo next month from a deal I found here (£150 flight!) Considering your budget, I wouldn't worry too much.
I recommend two websites for planning your trip:
hyperdia
japan-guide.com
hows long your flight and any stops involved who you flying with just out of interest was this from the expedia.jp website or a different one thats one amazing price how much is hold luggage,

Edited By: archer1204 on Oct 20, 2016 23:31: sp
#32
Shaunp are you aware of the capsule hotel sounds and looks hell on earth and they not cheap either for the privelege of hearing and probably smelling all your neighbours. if you go down the airbnb route i can recommend the person who i stayed with he is very popular so might not be available but it was very reasonable your own room and your very own double bed which is an absolute luxury in tokyo as space is at a premium.Its in the asakusa prefecture.
Just keep us informed i had a quick look yesterday for some cheap flights and it looks like some return flights are nearly 60 hours in the air inc stops.It all depends how much you want to spend.
#33
When i return i will definitely be going to the top of mt fuji for sunrise just goto keep saving you have to go in the climbing season though which is quite short.
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