Solo Travelling has not crossed my mind till a particular friend encouraged me to visit her as she was stationing there for a few months. Of my 3 solo trips, I went to Tokyo, Osaka/Kyoto/Nara, and Taipei. Let me share my adventure for Tokyo first – which took place 3 years ago.
Firstly, I would strongly encourage solo travellers to do some research so that you have an inkling on what to do when you are alone in a foreign land.
There’s 2 airports in Tokyo – Narita and Haneda. Flights to Narita is cheaper than that of Haneda and I usually book my flights to Narita. Take Narita Express and alight at Shinagawa Station. Transfer to JR Yamanote Line if your hotel is near. Click here for more info on railway ticket.
Here’s some pictures of Shinjuku
Alight at Shinjuku Station along JR Yamanote Line
|Found this place in Shinjuku and tried their lunch set|
The key thing for solo travelling is to let yourself lose your way and explore. I was determined to find Metropolitan in Shinkuju for its complimentary observatory tower. I walked around in circles in Shinjuku before I finally located it.
Next stop, head to Harajuku! It is the to-go place for youngsters who like to do cosplay.
Click here for information on how to get to Harajuku. Alight at Harajuku Station along JR Yamanote Line.
|Entrance of Harajuku|
|Faomus crepes stores all around|
It is the to-go place for youngsters who like to do cosplay. There’s other places of attraction at Harajuku such as Meiji Shrine.
As you can see, the journey to Meiji Shrine was a long one. You can purchase the small wooden box and write your wishes.
It is the bustling place in Tokyo and akin to our Orchard Road.
Shibuya is the place to go where you get to see the famous Shibuya Crossing in front of Shibuya station. Take JR Yamanote line and alight at Shibuya. For more information, click here.
If you are a great fan of Liz Lisa, do drop by their stores at Harajuku and Shibuya 109 building!
Odaiba is an interesting entertainment district on a man-made island. Some attractions include Palette Town, Rainbow Bridge, Venus Fort and shopping centres located there. For more information on how to get there, click here.
Disneyland and Disneysea are both tourist-worthy attractions in which I would highly recommended to visit while in Tokyo. It was an amazing experience to cast everything aside and truly enjoy the day. The ticket to Disneyland itslef cost 6900 yen. For more information on how to get there, click here.
DisneySea is located beside Disneyland and you can purchase the 2 passes together to enjoy greater discount. I woke up late that day and didn’t get to have much rides. For both Disneyland and DisneySea, I would say there’s generally more crowd of Japanese than tourists as a whole.
If you have the spare time, it is good to plan a day trip or overnight stay in Hakone for its onsen! You don’t want to miss that. So here’s my friend Khairah who embarked on this overnight stay with me. We always have crazy times together. We stayed at Hotel Senkei which cost around SGD270 per night.
We went to the Open Air Museum and it’s really an eye opener. Thereafter, we took this pirate ship lookalike to view Mt Fuji. We then took the ropeway down and made our way back.