Planning your trip to Japan can be incredibly overhwelming. Here are some tips to get you started and to help in curating the trip of your dreams without spending a lot of money. The key in travelling for any trip is doing your research. I hope you find the following series of articles of help.
As a note, I bought my ticket to Japan a month before I left Toronto and was able to get a ton of research done ahead of time.
Go to your local library and grab a bunch of travel books on Japan to start reading up on culture, customs and itinerary suggestions. I liked Fodor’s Japan.
Here are some links of interest that maybe worth checking out. Add their social media links to your networks.
After I booked my trip to Japan I was riddled with anxiety about if I could really travel on my own. I looked up a bunch of YouTube links that helped in taking some of the edge off.
I liked these links:
I liked Skyscanner to find the best deals on a flight. I ended up going with Delta Airlines and paid around $1300 CAD for 14 days in May 2018. I left right after Golden Week which offered the best weather and was not super busy when travelling around Japan by local train and Shinkansen. If you can pay the extra – travel direct.
Finding a hotel can be a pain especially if you don’t know the prefecture (local areas). I liked agoda.com as it gave me the best deals within some central locations. I opted staying close to train stations that gave me quick links to the city. I encourage you to research the neighbourhoods for your needs before you book a hotel. If you stay anywhere around the Yamanote line in Tokyo you will be fine. I liked the Ikebukuro (Tokyo) neighbourhood as it was near the train stations and had Shinkansen connections. The same applied in Osaka – my hotel was near Shin-Osaka and Osaka Namba train stations which had Shinkansen connections. I chose to stay on Osaka as my home base in the south as Kyoto could be a tad more expensive and then took day trips around Osaka.
In Osaka, I stayed at https://www.apahotel.com/ja_en/ and in Tokyo I stayed at http://www.centurion-hotel.com/ikebukuro/. They were both decent and I had no issues at either. I also really liked that they were kitty corner to a subway station, clean, had great Wi-Fi and were in safe areas as a woman travelling on her own.