From The New York Times Travel- Solo in Tokyo

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"Tokyo is an ideal city for solo travel. Tables for two or more are not the default arrangement, thanks to standing sushi bars and long counters at restaurants specializing in tempura, ramen and soba. It is not uncommon to sit opposite a sushi chef and talk, or to order a meal from a restaurant ticket machine and enjoy it on a stool alongside other solo diners. At department store food halls, one can buy bento boxes, hot dumplings, and savory pancakes known as okonomiyaki and dig in at nearby tables. And at any 7-Eleven (they’re ubiquitous and a go-to lunch spot) onigiri, balls of rice filled with meat, fish or vegetables that fit in your palm, can be had for a couple of dollars for a tasty lunch on the run."

No one to travel with? No worries. There are few places in the world that are as accessible and as open as Japan for single travelers.

Discovering Japan can be incredible when done on your own. Not only is it one of the safest countries in the world, but people are kind, welcoming, and helpful. Traveling on your own also allows you to be open to meeting new people, instead of just focusing on your travel partner or group.

Something else that's really special about traveling in Japan on your own is how peaceful it can be. Whether you're getting lost in a crowd in downtown Tokyo or exploring a shrine, it's easy to find peaceful moments. Most of us think about "zen" when we think about Japan, and there's a reason for that. Getting lost in Japan is far from stressful- instead, ending up in gardens off the beaten track, seeing tranquil neighborhoods, and finding that perfect little cafe- that's what getting lost, alone, in Japan is all about.