Have you been smoking something strong? Did you trip and fall into a huge pile of what-the-fudge-are-you-talking-about, woman? That was my sister's first reaction when I told her I am inspired to climb Mount Fuji, the most climbed mountain in the world, and I am going to do it all by myself. I have never been one to shy away from travelling solo (or eating alone). I have taken trips with family, casual friends, soul friends, colleagues (I like), colleagues (I don't like), travel groups but my favorite kind of trip has always been a solo trip. You are at your best free spirited self on a solo trip. This strange powerful sense of independence is addictive. I have always felt "Free Will" does not exist, there are very few moments in life when we truly exercise and experience the power of free will. Solo travel is closest I have come to, in understanding what having free might feel like and the refreshing sense of liberty that comes with it.
With every solo travel, I have felt more centered , more in touch with my higher self and above everything, its liberating to make decisions for yourself like a boss(wo)man! Its my escape whenever I realize how little control I have over some things in my life. A solo trip allows me to regain that sense of control and puts things in perspective.I strongly recommend taking at least one solo trip, even if you think you're not the one to take one by yourself. Borrowing from Shia LaBeouf's motivational masterpiece, "Do it. Just. Do. It."
I had 6 days and decided I needed a change of pace. Japan , the land of MANGA (fooled you, didn't say rising sun ;)), has somewhat been this mysterious place that would not be an obvious choice for a short break. Oh, but it should be. I have traveled to 16 countries, and Japan is the most awesome country ever. Japan has the most intriguing culture, tradition, food and people, incomparable to any other country. I repeat, incomparable. There will be plenty of things to catch your fancy and enough to feed your sense of wonder all through the trip. If you are a serial solo traveler, your next destination should be Japan because it will be like a trip to another planet. If you are thinking of taking your first solo trip, Japan is one of the safest countries and Japanese, the kindest, most helpful and friendliest people you will ever meet (no exaggeration). Don't think, just do it!
I picked Tokyo (for modern eccentric Japan) and Kyoto (for traditional tranquil Japan). Don't freak out by the tiny matchbox-sized apartments, hotel rooms because you would realize just how real the problem of space in Japan is. "Capsule hotels" would just about sum up this very real issue. I found a perfect little apartment in the heart of Tokyo, Shibuya, on Airbnb (read my review here). I highly recommend booking this apartment for its unbelievable location and amazing host. The electrifying Shibuya is one of the best districts to stay in especially if its your first time in Japan.