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Traveling Japan Alone? How to Make the Most Out of Your Solo Trip!

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Exploring at your own pace, eating what you want, choosing the hotel you like best – traveling alone can be a wonderful experience. While it may seem a bit intimidating for those who’ve never done it, the veteran solo travelers are surely nodding their head in agreement. Japan is a large country that has much to offer in basically all regards. From culture to food, here’s how to make the most out of Japan if you’re traveling alone!

Sofmap Akiba: The Top 10 Most Popular Anime Goods & Games at Sofmap’s Amusement Store

Akihabara Other Shopping

Japanese manga and anime are popular and loved all around the world and have long become an inherent part of global pop culture. The “holy land” of anime and manga is Tokyo’s Akihabara, a colorful district known for its rich subculture scenes. Located there is Sofmap Akiba, a large shop that specializes in figurines, games, and all sorts of other fun pop culture merchandise! Let’s check out the 10 must-have items!

Nogi Shrine – Discovering Modern-Day Shinto and the Real Last Samurai

Roppongi Shrines

Nestled between the busy nightlife district of Roppongi and the stylish commercial area of Akasaka lies a place of modern-day Shinto worship, dedicated to someone who can be called Japan’s real last samurai: Nogi Shrine. Right as I left Tokyo Metro’s Nogizaka Station, I was greeted by a large white torii, the gate that marks the entrance to Shinto shrines all across Japan, as well as two statues of komainu, or lion-dogs, the protectors of the precincts. The noise of the metropolis was quelled by this very atmosphere as soon as I took my first steps onto the shrine grounds – it almost felt like entering an entirely different world. Large trees cast their cooling shadow on me, the air felt fresh and clean, and the soft murmuring of the water in the temizuya, the basin used for ritual purification before prayer, welcomed me to an entirely different part of modern Tokyo.

Welcome to Tokyo's Street of Youth! Top 6 Recommendations in Shimokitazawa for 2018


Are you familiar with the name "Shimokitazawa?" If you’re into Japanese literature, then you might know of the original novel "Hello, Shimokitazawa" by Banana Yoshimoto. Or if dramas are your thing, then maybe you've seen one called "Shimokitazawa Diehard" starring Eiko Koike. Or maybe you're a music fan who's been to the Shimokitazawa Music Festival. In 2004 construction began on the new Shimokitazawa Station, due for completion in 2019. How has this town, formerly nicknamed "cotton town" for all its clothing stores, changed? Allow us to introduce some of Shimokitazawa's best antique shops, gourmet food spots, and latest trendy information!

Filipinos Recommend: 4 Best spots around Tokyo for shopping!

Shibuya Department Stores

Whenever you visit Japan, especially if it’s your first time, one of the top five things you’ll want to do is: shopping! And why wouldn’t you: very few cities in the world offer the same kind of shopping experience and opportunities you can find in Tokyo. One thing to remember, though, is that Tokyo is a colossal metropolis. The largest in the world, in fact. You could certainly use one of the many guides available online to find some shopping areas, but wouldn’t it be much better if you could listen to some recommendations coming directly from people who live here, and also who are from the same country as you are? Many people from the Philippines visit Japan, and Tokyo in particular, every year. Not only that: the Filipino community in Japan counts more than 260,000 people currently residing in the Land of the Rising Sun. If you’re visiting from the Philippines, why not ask those with the same background as yours what areas would be the best to go do some shopping? We asked a few of the attendees of the recent Philippine Festival what shopping areas in Tokyo they would suggest other Filipinos visiting the city shouldn’t miss. See what they think and get yourself a nice head start on your planning!

Save with The Greater Tokyo Pass: Discover More with Unlimited Train and Bus Rides for 3 Days!

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas Other Sightseeing

Tokyo boasts a wonderfully efficient public transport system that takes you to every sight you want to see! However, this system is made up by numerous companies that all require different tickets – sometimes, a train company even changes halfway. As convenient as Tokyo’s trains and buses are, they can get terribly confusing at times. This is especially painful if you plan on getting around a lot to discover different areas. In that case, the Greater Tokyo Pass offers you hassle-free sightseeing with unlimited rides for buses and trains in the Kanto area – starting this spring!

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  • Harajuku
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  • Tsukiji
  • Ueno

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