I'm 19 years old and am going to Japan for just over two weeks by myself before moving onto SE Asia, the one thing that i'm really concerned about is navigating the railway system and being unable to understand the station names and platforms. Here's my itinerary;
Staying with a friend in Kyoto for 6 days
Taking the train to Hiroshima - hostel booked for 2 nights
Taking the train to Nikko (via Tokyo?) - hostel booked for 3 nights
Taking the train from Nikko to Tokyo where I will stay for 4 nights
I'm going to purchase a 7 day rail pass for travel to each place.
So my question is - is Japan's rail system hard for foreigners to navigate? Are station names displayed in English? and any other advice for my time travelling solo in Japan?