It Lends Itself to Solitude and Self-Reflection
With 85,000 temples and 95,000 shrines, Japan is home to many magical and meditative places. These peaceful religious sites encourage introspection and solitude, making them great places to go as a solo traveler.
The smaller temples were my favorite — not the famous ones full of tourists from all over the world — but the little ones somewhere hidden, where locals stop to say a prayer on the way home from work. Visiting them gave me a rare chance to be alone with my thoughts and reflect on my solo journey. There wasn't a day I didn't want to pinch myself. I couldn't believe how much fun one person could have all by themselves.
On the way to Osaka, I accidentally got off the train many stations too early. It was the first time on the trip I found myself completely confused, but I found strength and calm in that moment I've been able to carry with me since. When I finally got to my hotel — after taking more trains, subways, and finally a taxi — I was so glad I decided to take this journey alone. I discovered a resilience within myself I didn't know still existed.