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Young female solo travel to Japan - need advice!

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Young female solo travel to Japan - need advice!

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?

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You might get more specific information if you also post your question on the Japan forums, Kyoto forum etc.

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2. Re: Young female solo travel to Japan - need advice!

Gemma, Avanti is right - but I suggest you read the Trip Report , first one on the Top Questions has one on Japan that answers your question and more. I think you will find it helpful.

If you are on a phone and can't see them post here and I'll put the link in.

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3. Re: Young female solo travel to Japan - need advice!

Train travel in Japan is easy. Most of the signage is in Japanese and English, as are the announcements. You've also got the station and JR attendants who are very helpful. I never once got lost or caught the wrong train. Hyperdia is a useful resource for planning your trips.

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