What I Wish I Knew Before Taking a Solo Trip to Japan

Japan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Most people dream of going to Japan, but there are a few important things you need to know before planning a solo trip to Japan.

Compared to lots of other Asian countries, Japan is super easy to travel in and great for people who are new to travelling alone.

Don’t get too confident yet though because there are tons and tons and tons of mistakes I made when I was in Japan solo, and I’ve been travelling alone since 2015.

Japan is unique. Things that typically hold true for travel in other parts of the world don’t always hold true in Japan. Even things that work in Japan’s neighbour South Korea don’t necessarily work in Japan.

So, I’m going to share everything I learned on my solo trip to Japan with you to hopefully save you some mistakes.

Actually, at this point, I’ve been to Japan three times and feel like I definitely know what mistakes not to make. I’ve made nearly every mistake you can.

Let’s get into the nitty gritty of solo travel in Japan! Hopefully by the end of this article you’ll feel confident and prepared and be able to travel in Japan solo like a pro.

Stay Near the Main Train Station

The biggest mistake I made on my first solo trip to Japan was not staying near a major train station.

I know when you travel to most countries around the world, you don’t really have to stay near a major train station. As long as you’re near some sort of public transportation, you’re good to go.

That isn’t the case in Japan.

If there is only one thing you take away from this post, it is that you need to stay near a major train station. Ideally, about a ten minute walk away. That way you’ll be super close to the train station but far enough away that it’s quiet.

Most Japanese cities have one major train station. It’ll typically be the name of the city followed by the word station. Like Osaka Station or Kyoto Station of Fukushima Station. You get the point.

Tokyo is a huge city. Huge doesn’t even describe it. Since it’s so large, there are many major train stations.

The two I recommend staying near are either Tokyo Station or Shinjuku Station. They’re pretty central and have access to lots of different metro and JR lines.

Osaka Castle

Why is it Important to Stay Near a Major Train Station?

There are two main reasons it’s important to stay near a major train station:

  • Access to lots of different metro and JR lines so getting around is quick and easy
  • Lugging luggage around on Japanese metros is a hassle. Even if you only have a carryon bag, the trains are often crowded and have lots of stairs. Staying near a major train station means you can just leave the train station and easily walk to your hotel or Aibnb and avoid having to transfer to the metro, JR, or bus to get to your hotel.

Trust me. It’s 100% worth it to stay near a major train station even if it means you have to pay a little bit more for your accommodation.

It is the one tip I give everybody when they’re planning a trip to Japan. Whether it’s a solo trip to Japan or a group trip to Japan.

My Favourite Hotels Near Train Stations

Get Outside Tokyo and Kyoto

On my first solo trip to Japan, I only went to Tokyo, and that was a big mistake. Tokyo is nothing like anywhere else in Japan. It’s extremely busy, hectic, and overwhelming.

Kyoto is the next most popular city in Japan for tourists, and I honestly found it a big overrated. Please don’t crucify me for that!

I think that one of the best things you can do when in Japan solo is get outside these two major tourists hubs and see a little bit more of what Japan has to offer.

Osaka is super close to Kyoto, and it has a totally different vibe to Tokyo and Kyoto. It is way more relaxed and laid back and has a lot of interesting tourist attractions. Including Universal Studios Japan!

The food in Osaka is also top notch, and it’s known as the foodie capital of Japan.

If you visiting Kyoto is your dream because it looks beautiful and full of ancient temples and things to do, I recommend visiting Kanazawa.

It’s everything I thought Kyoto would be and more. Kanazawa is my favourite city in Japan and one I wish more tourists visited. Plus it’s way more affordable than Kyoto, which is a huge plus for solo travellers on a budget.

I don’t really care where you go, but I do highly encourage you to get outside of Tokyo and Kyoto and see a little bit more of Japan.

You won’t regret it. There are so many interesting things to do in Japan that most tourists don’t know about because most people only go to Tokyo.

And trust me when I say that I don’t know a single traveller who says Tokyo is their favourite city in Japan.


Install an Esim on Your Phone

Having access to the internet with data on your phone is an essential part of your solo trip to Japan. It’ll make your life so much easier.

To easily travel around Japan, you need access to the internet. To get around, to figure out what train to take, find tourist attractions, and make sure you pick the perfect place to eat.

Luckily, there is an easy solution on how you can have data on your phone everywhere in Japan.

That’s by installing an esim on your phone. An esim allows you to purchase local data for whatever country you’re visiting. In this case, Japan. You buy an esim, and you can use your phone’s data just like you do at home but without any high roaming fees.

All you have to do is purchase an esim either online or through the app, install it on your phone, and make your esim your main source of data. The entire process takes less than five minutes and is very intuitive and easy. You can even install an esim on your phone before you arrive in Japan, and it’ll automatically activate when you turn on your data in Japan, and you phone connects to a Japanese network.

I like to purchase my esim online because it gives you a QR code. You just scan the QR code on your phone, and your esim is set up in a few easy clicks.

Esims allow you easy access to phone data without having to rent a wifi egg, purchase a local sim card, or incur high roaming fees with your local carrier.

I recommend esims to all my friends and family when they travel, and they all love it as much as I do.

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Install an esim on your phone to make getting around Japan easier and stress free.

My Favourite Esim

Since esims are a relatively new technology, there aren’t a lot of reliable companies offering them yet. And you do not want to purchase an esim from an unreliable company and be stuck stranded without phone data.

I love Airalo. It’s my go-to esim provider, and I purchase all my esims through them.

They have the most esims available for the most countries compared to competitors. They also offer incredibly good prices and always have reliable data. You purchase a certain amount of data up front. If you’re close to running out of data, you can purchase more data to be added to your esim with one quick click in the app.

Another option you can look into is Drimsim. Unlike Airalo, Drimsim charges you per MB used rather than charging you for a certain amount of data up front.

If you don’t plan on using much data, Drimsim may be the better option. I highly recommend if you choose Drimsim to turn off your data whenever you’re not using it. This will prevent data accidentally being used in the background and running up your bill.

I tend to use a fair amount of data when I travel between Google Maps, texting, and scrolling social media while eating alone, so Airalo is my esim of choice.

I’m normally in a country for three to four weeks at a time and purchase the 5GB plan. I’ve never gone over before, but there have been a few times when I’ve been close. If you’re only in Japan for a week or two, you should be fine purchasing a 1GB or 3GB plan.

The 3GB plan is probably your best choice. It’s only a dollar or two more than the 1GB plan and gives you the peace of mind that you won’t accidentally run out of data while out and about exploring one day.

Plus it’s likely more expensive to purchase a 1GB top up if you run out of your pre-purchased 1GB data than it is to purchase a 3GB plan.

Anyways, whatever amount of data you choose to purchase is up to you. The important thing is that you install an esim on your phone, so you can easily access the internet when out exploring. This is especially important as a solo traveller!


Google Maps is Your Best Friend

You’re probably already acquainted with Google Maps, but it’s going to become your best friend when you’re travelling Japan solo.

Google Maps in Japan has some of the most comprehensive information of any country I’ve visited.

Especially when it comes to public transportation, which some people find overwhelming and confusing the first time they come to Japan.

Here is some of the information Google Maps tells you when riding the metro in Japan:

  • What entrance to take to get to the metro
  • What exit to take when leaving the metro. This is very important information. Please don’t ignore it!
  • The exact train car number you should get on for the quickest transfer or exit
  • What platform your train is departing from. This is very helpful in major train stations where there can be over 20 platforms
  • How busy the train is, is the train has AC or not, and whether or not there are delays on the route

Google Maps can also navigate indoors in Japan. This is super useful when trying to find a store in a massive shopping mall. It’ll guide you to the nearest escalator to the store you’re looking for and take you right to the entrance.

It’s fabulous. Google Maps may be your most used app while on your solo trip to Japan!

Major Train Stations are Difficult to Manage

Major train stations are extremely difficult to manage. You 100% need to use Google Maps if you’re trying to find what exit to use or something inside a train station.

Before you start thinking I’m dramatic and how hard could a train station possibly be, Shinjuku Station has 200 different exits.

So, yeah, complicated. You can easily get lost and spend an hour or two wandering around trying to find what you’re looking for.

Trust me. I once spent half an hour looking for a tempura restaurant in Tokyo Station and ended up giving up and leaving.

Whenever you have to exit a major train station, be sure you know what exit you want and watch the signs carefully.

Some major train stations like Kyoto Station and Kanazawa Station are easier to manage. Some like Tokyo Station and Osaka Station are more complicated.

Be prepared. Be patient. And if all else fails, find your way to an information booth, and someone will be happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

Be Prepared to Queue

I hate waiting in lines and avoid waiting in them at all costs. The Japanese don’t seem to have the same aversion to lines that I do. There are lines everywhere, and people don’t mind waiting for them.

There are lines for food (these are often the longest lines at popular restaurants). Lines for tourist attractions. Lines for no apparent reason.

It’s just something that comes with a solo trip to Japan.

Hopefully you don’t have to wait in too many lines but bring your patience just in case. If you know you’ll be waiting in a line on a particular day, consider bringing a book (or audiobook) or something to entertain yourself with.


Avoid Golden Week at All Costs

Golden Week is a national holiday in Japan where people get an entire week off of work. Japanese people use this as an opportunity to travel, and a lot of people travel within Japan rather than going abroad.

This means three things:

  • The most popular cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto are very, very, very busy
  • If you’re visiting a less popular tourist destination, things like restaurants may be closed
  • It will be difficult to find an affordable hotel even if you’re booking months in advance. I wanted to go be in Sendai durning Golden Week and couldn’t find an affordable hotel even though I was looking 5 months in advance.

I was in Japan during Golden Week in 2023 and experienced both those things. I spent the majority of Golden Week in Fukushima. Not the most popular tourist destination. A lot and I mean a lot of the restaurants were closed. Some were open until 2pm, but many were closed all day. Not great.

Then I was in Tokyo for the last two days of Golden Week. It was madness. I’ve never seen a city so busy in my entire life. I cannot imagine how busy it was during the height of Golden Week because I assume some people already went home to get ready for work in a couple of days.

Moral of the story is to avoid Japan during Golden Week at all costs. Don’t think to yourself that it won’t be too bad because it will be. Trust me.

On the flip side, going to Japan right after Golden Week is probably the best time of the entire year to be in Japan. I was at Tokyo Disney Resort the four days following the end of Golden Week, and I’ve never seen it so quiet before. It was magical.

Golden Week changes dates every year and is sometime in either April or May. Just do a quick Google search before planning your solo trip to Japan and make sure you aren’t planning it during Golden Week.

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Avoid Golden Week at all costs. Ideally visit Japan right after Golden Week for the lowest crowds.

The JR Pass Probably Isn’t Worth it

You’ve probably heard a lot about the JR Pass and how it is essential when travelling in Japan. How you’ll save so much money with the JR Pass.

But, honestly, that isn’t the case for most people.

If you’re only travelling between Tokyo and Kyoto, you likely won’t get your money’s worth out of the JR Pass.

If you’re in Japan for two or three weeks and spending more than a day or two in each city, you probably won’t get much value out of the JR Pass.

You need to be using the JR a lot in a short period of time to get value out of the JR Pass. Especially now that the price is increasing by about double!

I spent 3 weeks in Japan in 2023 and took the JR or Shinkansen between each city I visited. I used JR trains to travel within each city. Even though I would have used the JR Pass a lot, it still didn’t make financial sense for me to get one.

That’s because I wasn’t using the JR enough or on expensive enough lines that purchasing a JR Pass made sense.

Be sure to do the math and use a JR fare calculator before purchasing a JR Pass to make sure you’re getting enough bang for your buck by buying the pass.

The benefit of the JR Pass is that you can pre-reserve seats on the train, which is a huge plus if you have luggage and have to reserve luggage space.

Although, when I was in Japan, I never had to reserve luggage because you only have to reserve it on the most popular and busiest routes like Tokyo to Kyoto or Tokyo to Osaka.

You don’t have to reserve luggage space on most Shinkansen trains.

And if you’re going from Osaka to Kyoto without a JR Pass, just get on the slower JR train rather than the Shinkansen. It’s a third of the price and only takes 10 or so minutes longer if you get on a super rapid train.

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JR Fare Calculator (see if the JR Pass saves you money)

Be Internet Safe

Even if you get an esim for your phone, you’ll still be relying on public wifi during your solo trip to Japan. Even if it’s only while at your hotel.

Please don’t waste your esim data and use it at the hotel rather than the complimentary hotel wifi!

And since you’re going to be using public wifi at least part of your trip, I’m going to lecture you about the importance of using public wifi safely.

Public wifi networks are just that. Public. That means anybody with the code can access the wifi. From my experience, a lot of hotels in Japan don’t have a password on their wifi. Anybody can access the wifi even if they aren’t staying at the hotel.

This means that there are countless people using the same unprotected wifi network as you. That puts you personal online information (like you’re banking information) at risk of being stolen.

All it takes is one person with bad intentions, and you’re dealing with the headache of cancelling bank cards while abroad. Trust me when I say that’s no fun.

The only way to protect yourself when using public wifi networks is by installing a VPN on your devices. A VPN essentially puts an invisible forcefield around your devices that makes it impossible for prying eyes to access your personal online information.

A VPN makes using public wifi networks just as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the password.

One of the most important things you should so when preparing for your Japan solo trip is install a VPN. It’s the simplest safety precaution you can take.

The cost per month for a VPN subscription on a two-year plan costs less than a latte and cake pop at Starbucks. You have no excuse not to protect your online information.

I always say that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online information with a VPN.


My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of VPNs over my many years of travel. Most of them, frankly, suck. VPNs are notorious for slowing your devices down, and you really feel the different in internet speed when using a VPN.

That’s not the case for NordVPN. It’s consistently ranked the fasted VPN on the market and the only VPN I’ve ever consistently used. You don’t feel like your internet speed is slowed down at all when using NordVPN.

You can install a single NordVPN subscription on up to six devices. That makes it super easy to protect all your devices for one low price.

One of my favourite feature of VPNs is being able to cloak my location. That allows me to watch Netflix from different countries and watch Canadian sporting events while abroad.

There are really no downsides to installing a VPN on your devices. It’s an extremely small price to pay for the peace of mind you get by knowing your private information is safe and sound while you’re abroad.

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Get the fastest and most reliable VPN on the market for an extremely low price.

Be Quiet

One of the first things you’ll notice on your solo trip to Japan is how quiet it is. In terms of volume. Not in terms of people. There are always tons of people in Japan.

It’s a widely known rule that people are quiet and respectful while out in public. This means no talking on the metro and no loud conversations at restaurants.

And please, please never answer a phone call while on public transit. It’s considered quite rude to speak on the phone in nearly every indoor public setting in Japan. But if you talk on the phone on the metro, you will definitely be getting dirty looks.

Just be sure to be quiet, reserved, and respectful while in public in Japan. I know you’re on a solo trip to Japan, but I also know a lot of you like to make friends while travelling alone. So, if you go out with a group (or while you’re alone), please be quiet.

There is a time and place for loud conversations, and in public is not it.

Oh, and small talk isn’t really a thing in Japan. I know my American friends love starting small talk with strangers, but you’ll be getting weird looks if you try that in Japan.

Taxis are Extremely Expensive

Taxis are never the most affordable way to get around, but in a lot of places they’ve not super expensive. They’re affordable enough that you can justify taking a taxi if it’s going to be super convenient or save you a lot of time.

Japan is not one of those places.

Japan has the most expensive taxis I’ve ever seen in my life.

There is no circumstance I could ever see justifying me using a taxi instead of the metro other than being physically injured and needing to get to a hostpial.

And even in that circumstance, I may still take the metro because the taxi fees are so high.

If you normally take taxis when you travel, you’ll need to get used to the idea of using public transportation or walking.

See point one about staying near a train station if you need a refresher. 😉

The good news is that Japan has one of the best public transportation systems in the world. It’s so easy to get around. You won’t even miss taking a taxi.

Most major cities have large metro systems. Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto all have metros where you can easily get around. Smaller cities in Kanazawa rely on buses. But they’re smaller cities, so it’s easy to walk everywhere if you’re staying in a central location.

Just be prepared to use public transportation and walk a lot while in Japan. Taxis are a luxury not a normal thing to use.


Purchase Popular Tickets Online in Advance

As we’ve talked about in this article, Japan is busy, and there are often queues. To cut down on your time waiting in line, there are two things you can/should do:

  • Get to attractions earlier in the day to avoid crowds
  • Purchase tickets online in advance if you can

These two things will save you heaps of time on your solo trip to Japan. You’ve got a lot to see and do while in Japan alone, and you don’t want to be stuck waiting in a line if you don’t have to.

There are also some things you need to pre-purchase tickets for. As in you can’t get them at the door or they’re likely to be sold out. Those two main things are Universal Studios Japan in Osaka and Tokyo Disney Resort.

This is especially true for Tokyo Disney. You have to purchase your tickets in advance. You can’t buy them at the gate. Universal recently reintroduced buying tickets at the gate, but it’s a super small park and sold out in advance more days than not.

Other Tickets You Should Consider Buying in Advance

Narita is Very Far Away from Central Tokyo

Narita is very, very far away from central Tokyo. Haneda is closer to central Tokyo, but the majority of international flights fly in and out of Narita.

This means you need to have a solid plan on how you’re getting from the airport to your hotel. Sometimes it can take up to two hours depending on where you’re staying.

You can either take the metro or a limousine bus. I prefer the bus. You’re guaranteed to get a seat, probably drops you off closer to your hotel, there is no need to transfer, and you don’t have to deal with your luggage. It just sits nicely under the bus.

Taxis aren’t an option unless you’re rich because they’re so expensive. A taxi from Narita to central Tokyo will cost you a few hundred dollars!

And the last thing you want to do on a solo trip to Japan is break the bank taking a taxi just because you didn’t plan properly!

The fact that Narita is so far away from central Tokyo also means that you need to be strategic about when you book your flight.

If you land late in the evening or depart early in the morning, you might have an issue. Maybe the buses aren’t running early or late enough or maybe you don’t want to drag your butt out of bed super early or be trying to find your hotel in the dark.

If you’re arriving late or departing early, I highly recommend staying at a hotel near the airport for a night. It’s so much more convenient. I’ve done it before for a flight departing at 11am and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Plus the hotels near Narita are surprisingly affordable. I loved my stay at the Hilton Narita. It was super nice and seemed like it should have costed more than it did.

Most airport hotels offer a bus to and from the hotel, which is super convenient. The hotels say it takes about half an hour to get to the airport. From my experience, it takes about 15, but it’s better to be early than late!

Go to Tokyo Disney on a Tuesday or Wednesday

Tokyo Disney is a must do for any theme park or Disney fan. Heck the theme parks are so well done that even people who hate Disney enjoy them.

Tokyo Disney Resort has two theme parks: Disneyland and DisneySea. DisneySea is the more unique one of the two, but they both have rides you don’t want to miss.

TDR is hugely popular. Not only with tourists but also with Japanese people. This means that it’s always busy. The most popular rides often have wait times between 90 and 180 minutes.

That’s just on a normal day. Not even during the busiest times of year.

So, you definitely need a strategy when going to Tokyo Disney. It may be your only trip, and you want to get the most out of it.

There are way too many tips and tricks about Tokyo Disney to put into this short(ish) blog post. You’ll have to do a deep dive on that on your own. TDR Explorer is a great place to start!

One important tip I will give you is to visit Tokyo Disney on either a Tuesday or Wednesday.

This is when the parks will be the least busy. You’ll be able to get a lot more done on a Tuesday or Wednesday than on the weekend.

Mondays and Thursdays are normally medium busy. I’ve noticed that a lot of the times school groups are filling up the parks on Thursdays leading up to the weekend, and they’re a lot busier than Wednesdays.

Mondays have carryover from people visiting over the weekend. They’re not as busy as a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday but are still quite busy.

So, if you have flexibility in your schedule, try to arrange your trip to Tokyo Disney for the middle of the week. This will give you the best chance at having lower crowds.

Tokyo Disneyland Parade and Castle

Make Sure You Have Health Insurance

Health insurance is an essential part of travel, and you need to make sure you have health insurance that covers your solo trip to Japan.

You may have travel coverage through your work plan. If you do, you just need to make sure it covers the entire duration of your trip. Most policies only cover the first 21 or 30 days of your trip.

If you’re like me and don’t have insurance through your employer, you have two options.

First Option

The first option is perfect for people who are only going abroad for a shorter period of time. This is buying travel insurance from a major company in your home country.

You can normally get insurance through a bank, company that sells house or life insurance, your local healthcare insurer (like Blue Cross), or through a company like AAA or AMA or CAA.

All these places will let you purchase a travel health insurance policy to cover the duration of your trip.

These are normally reasonably affordable. Especially if you’re only gone for a week or two. They offer decent coverage, but they often make it a headache to make a claim.

You can also get a multi-trip policy that covers you for every trip you take abroad in a year as long as the trip is under a certain amount of days. You get to choose the amount of days when you purchase the policy, and they range anywhere from 7 to 60 days.

This is what my retired parents use, what I used when I was a student, and what most casual travellers use.

Second Option

The second option is for long-term travellers and digital nomads. That’s purchasing health insurance through a specialized company that solely provides insurance to travellers.

There are a couple of companies you can get this type of insurance through. I personally use Safety Wing and think they’re the best option you there.

They’re very affordable, have a low deductible, make it easy to make a claim, and even provide you coverage in your home country for 30 days as long as you’ve been abroad for 90 days.

I love the flexibility of Safety Wing and being able to cancel anytime I want. If I’m going to be in Canada for a few months, I can cancel my policy and then reinstate it when I start travelling again. They even let you purchase your insurance while you’re abroad and already on your trip, which is quite rare.

Again, this option is best for people travelling for a long period of time. It’s much cheaper in the long run than the first option and provides better coverage.

Safety Wing Digital Nomad Insurance

Bonus: Try the Melon Fanta (Trust Me)

This may sound like a weird thing to throw into this article but hear me out. The Melon Fanta in Japan is the best soda I’ve ever had. And I’m a soda girlie.

I know. I know. It isn’t healthy, but it just tastes so good!

Melon Fanta is incredible. It’s a bit hard to find in convenience stores, so you may have to order it at a restaurant, but it’s so worth it.

I tell all my friends who go to Japan to try it, and they all love it.

I know it sounds like an odd flavour of soda, but please trust me and try it!

My Favourite Things to do in Japan Alone



This article ended up being way longer than I thought it would! I guess I just have a lot to say about taking a solo trip to Japan and being in Japan solo.

Japan is a super unique country and requires a bit more planning and understanding than a lot of other countries. It’s so easy to accidentally offend someone because you don’t know the social norms.

But I hope this article helps you better understand what a solo trip to Japan will be like and how to best prepare for being in Japan solo.

It’s an amazing country, and I have no doubt you’ll love it. Basically everybody does. That’s why it’s so popular!

A Guide to Buying Tokyo Disneyland Tickets

Visiting Tokyo Disney Resort is my favourite day trip from Tokyo. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are often regarded as the most popular and amazing theme parks in the world and are well worth taking the time to visit while in Tokyo.

They are amazing to visit, but there are few things you should know about buying Tokyo Disneyland tickets before you get to the parks.

There are a few intricacies that come with purchasing and using Tokyo Disneyland tickets that make them like no other Disney tickets in the world.

It is arguable that it is much easier to buy tickets to any other Disney theme park in the world than it is to purchase a ticket to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

Note: Tokyo Disney Resort calls their tickets “passports” but for simplicity, they are going to be referred to as tickets throughout this post.

The reasons for this will be explained throughout this post. It will also give you lots of information and tips to make buying Tokyo Disneyland tickets easy and less confusing.

Types of Tokyo Disneyland Tickets

Before we get too deep into discussing the ins and outs of how to buy Tokyo Disneyland tickets, it is important to discuss the different types of tickets you can buy.

Age Breakdown

There are 4 different age categories at Tokyo Disney Resort:

  • Child: ages 4-11
  • Junior: ages 12-17
  • Adult: ages 18-64
  • Senior: ages 65+

You’ll want to make sure you’re purchasing the proper ticket, so you’re getting the best deal on ticket prices. The child, junior, and senior tickets cost less than an adult ticket.

You may be asked to show photo ID if you’re purchasing a discounted Tokyo Disneyland ticket so be sure to have your passport or driver’s licence on you just in case!

Tokyo DisneySea Minnie and Mickey

Single or Multi-Day Tickets

There are different types of Tokyo Disneyland tickets you can purchase. They range from a one-day ticket to a four-day ticket.

One-Day Ticket

This ticket allows you entry into either Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea for one day.

You cannot park hop between the parks with this ticket. You must stay in the same park for the entire day.

If you purchase a one-day ticket for Disneyland, you must stay in Disneyland and cannot go to DisneySea. The same is true if you purchase a one-day ticket for Tokyo DisneySea.

The one-day ticket does give you the ability to leave the park and return to the same park durning the day. You just need to get your hand stamped as you’re leaving, and you’ll be able to return to the same park later in the day.

The pricing of a one-day Tokyo Disneyland ticket or Tokyo DisneySea ticket is as follows:

  • Child: 4,900 yen or approximately $45USD
  • Junior: 6,500 yen or approximately $60USD
  • Adult: 7,500 yen or approximately $70USD
  • Senior: 6,800 yen or approximately $63USD

These prices aren’t too excessive considering a one-day one park ticket at Disney World for ages 10+ is currently $109USD. That, I think, is way too high!

Important: One-day Tokyo Disneyland tickets and one-day Tokyo DisneySea tickets are the same price!

It doesn’t matter what park you choose to go to- you’ll pay the above-listed price.

Two-Day Ticket

A two-day ticket at Tokyo Disney Resort allows you to visit one park per day for two consecutive days.

You can mix and match what parks you visit or visit the same park both days. However, just as with the one-day ticket, you can only visit one park per day. You cannot hop between the parks with a two-day ticket.

When you purchase your ticket, you will be asked what park you want to visit on each day. You need to choose what park you want to visit on each day in advance and cannot change your mind.

The day you’re visiting each park is printed on your ticket, so it is very difficult to change your mind and switch the day you visit each park.

Prices for two-day Tokyo Disneyland tickets and Tokyo Disneysea tickets are as follows:

  • Child: 8,800 yen or approximately $82USD
  • Junior: 11,800 yen or approximately $109USD
  • Adult: 13,400 yen or approximately $124USD

Unfortunately, there is no senior discount for multi-day Tokyo Disneyland tickets. People 65+ are required to pay the adult ticket price. It is a bit unfair, but there, sadly, isn’t anything you can do about it.

Three-Day Ticket

A three-day ticket allows you to visit one park per day for the first two days and then hop between the parks on the last day.

Just as with the one-day and two-day Tokyo Disneyland tickets, you must stay in the same park on the first two days. On the third day, you can hop between the parks as many times as you want.

You will, again, need to decide what park you will be visiting on the first two days when you purchase your ticket as your selection will be printed on the ticket.

Your ticket will have all 3 dates on the back. The first two dates will have either Disneyland or DisneySea printed beside them and the third day will have “both” printed beside it.

Prices for three-day Tokyo Disneyland tickets and Tokyo DisneySea tickets are as follows:

  • Child: 11,800 yen or approximately $109USD
  • Junior: 15,800 yen or approximately $146USD
  • Adult: 18,100 yen or approximately $168USD

Just like the two-day ticket, seniors are required to pay the adult ticket price and do not get a discount.

Four-Day Ticket

A four-day Tokyo Disneyland ticket allows you entrance to one park per day for the first two days and the ability to hop between the parks the last two days.

It is the exact same as the three-day ticket, but you get an extra day of park hopping tagged on at the end. You have a dedicated park for the first two days that you have to choose in advance then have complete freedom the last two days.

Prices for four-day Tokyo Disneyland tickets and Tokyo DisneySea tickets are as follows:

  • Child: 14,800 yen or approximately $137USD
  • Junior: 19,800 yen or approximately $183USD
  • Adult: 22,800 yen or approximately $211USD

Just as with the other multi-day tickets, there is no discount for people 65+, and they have to pay the adult rate.

Tokyo Disney Resort Passport

Starlight Passport

The Starlight passport is one of the most popular Tokyo Disneyland tickets amongst Tokyo locals.

The Starlight passport allows you to enter either park any weekend or holiday after 3pm. It is only valid for one day!

This ticket is ideal for people who want to frequently visit the parks and don’t mind standing in a long queue (the queues for everything at Tokyo Disney Resort get really long!), and are there to enjoy the atmosphere, food, and shows more than anything else.

One of the good things about this ticket is that it allows you entry into both parks, and you’re able to hop between both parks while you’re there.

By 3pm on weekends and holidays, the park is very, very busy (almost unmanageably busy), so this isn’t an ideal option for tourists who want to experience everything Tokyo Disney Resort has to offer

It is a great option for tourists who just want to get a taste of what the parks have to offer and aren’t hardcore Disney fans. It is for people who don’t mind not riding the most popular attractions or missing some of the morning and mid-day entertainment.

Prices for the Starlight passport are as follows:

  • Child: 3,600 yen or approximately $33USD
  • Junior: 4,800 yen or approximately $44USD
  • Adult: 5,500 yen or approximately $50USD

There is no discount for seniors, and they have to pay the adult price.

Note: The Starlight passport is only offered on certain days during the year. Please refer to the Park Operation Calendar to see when this ticket is available.

As you can see, there isn’t a huge difference between the price of one-day Tokyo Disneyland tickets and the starlight passport.

The Starlight passport is only $10-$15USD less expensive than the one-day single-park ticket. To me, it isn’t worth saving a little money and not being able to enter the park until after 3pm.

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are the least busy first thing in the morning and at the very end of the day. By purchasing the Starlight passport, you are missing out on one of the least busy times of day.

After 6pm Tickets

The After 6pm ticket allows you to enter both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea after 6pm on certain weekdays. This is another one of the most popular Tokyo Disneyland tickets among the locals.

The parks tend to close between 8pm and 10pm on weeknights, so this ticket doesn’t give you a lot of time in the parks.

You’ll really only have time to walk around the park, ride a less popular attraction, grab some food, and do a bit of shopping before the park closes.

This could be a good option if you’re staying around the Tokyo Bay area and want to briefly check out all the hype around the parks, but I don’t think it is a good option for people who really want to experience Tokyo Disney Resort.

Prices for After 6pm tickets are as follows:

  • Child: 4,300 yen or approximately $39USD
  • Junior: 4,300 yen or approximately $39USD
  • Adult: 4,300 yen or approximately $39USD.

As you can see, the cost of the After 6pm ticket is the same for everybody no matter the age.

The price of the After 6pm ticket is about half the cost of a one-day ticket, so it is a pretty good deal. I still don’t recommend it for tourists, but I can see the draw it has for locals.

This ticket, just like the Starlight passport, is only offered on certain days. If this is the ticket you want to purchase, be sure to review the Park Operation Calendar before you go, so you don’t get stuck paying full price!

Annual Passes

There are 3 different types of annual passes you can purchase at Tokyo Disney Resort. Annual passes aren’t a great option for tourists unless you plan on visiting the parks more than 10-15 times.

Annual passes at Tokyo Disney Resort only give you Tokyo Disneyland tickets, Tokyo DisneySea tickets, or access to both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

This is quite different from other Disney annual passes that give you special discounts when you purchase an annual pass. In Tokyo, your annual pass only gets you into the park with no other perks, so that is something to consider when purchasing an annual pass.

Tokyo Disneyland Annual Pass

A Tokyo Disneyland annual pass allows you entry into Tokyo Disneyland as many times as you want within the year. The year starts the day you purchase the annual pass, so you don’t need to worry about purchasing it at the start of the year.

A Tokyo Disneyland annual pass basically gives you unlimited Tokyo Disneyland tickets. You can visit the park as much as you want within the year.

The downside is that the Tokyo Disneyland annual pass does not give you access to Tokyo DisneySea. You would have to purchase a separate park ticket if you wanted to visit Tokyo DisneySea.

Prices for the Tokyo Disneyland annual pass are as follows:

  • Child: 40,000 yen or approximately $370USD
  • Junior: 62,000 yen or approximately $572USD
  • Adult: 62,000 yen or approximately $572USD
  • Senior: 52,000 yen or approximately $480USD

As you can see, the price for a junior and adult are the same, so anybody over the age of 11 but under 65 pay the same price.

Tokyo DisneySea Annual Pass

The Tokyo DisneySea annual pass is the exact same as the Tokyo Disneyland annual pass, but you’re allowed to visit Tokyo DisneySea rather than Tokyo Disneyland.

It has the same pricing as the Tokyo Disneyland annual pass.

2-Park Annual Pass

This annual pass allows you entry into both parks an unlimited number of times during one year and allows you to hope between the two parks!

Basically you’re purchasing unlimited Tokyo Disneyland tickets and unlimited Tokyo DisneySea tickets.

The upside of purchasing the 2-park annual pass is that you’re not restricted to one park and can enjoy both parks at your leisure. I would guess that this is the most popular annual pass option at Tokyo Disney Resort.

Pricing for a 2-park annual pass is as follows:

  • Child: 57,000 yen or approximately $525USD
  • Junior: 91,000 yen or approximately $840USD
  • Adult: 91,000 yen or approximately $840USD
  • Senior: 76,000 yen or approximately $700USD

You get a little bit of a deal when you purchase a 2-park annual pass, and it is definitely the way to go if you’re buying an annual pass rather than single day or multi-day Tokyo Disneyland tickets.

The price of a 2-day annual pass is fairly on par with other two-park Disney resorts. A 2-park annual pass at Disneyland California will cost you anywhere between $599USD and $1,399USD.

The Price of Tokyo Disneyland Tickets

I thought it would be helpful to have a section that just has the ticket prices in a format that is easy to reference. This section will list all the different types of Tokyo Disneyland tickets and the price of them.

One-Day Ticket

  • Child: $45USD
  • Junior: $60USD
  • Adult: $70USD
  • Senior: $64USD

Two-Day Ticket

  • Child: $82USD
  • Junior: $109USD
  • Adult: $124USD
  • Senior: $142USD

Three-Day Ticket

  • Child: $109USD
  • Junior: $148USD
  • Adult: $168USD
  • Senior: $168USD

Four-Day Ticket

  • Child: $137USD
  • Junior: $183USD
  • Adult: $211USD
  • Senior: $211USD

Starlight Passport

  • Child: $33USD
  • Junior: $44USD
  • Adult: $50USD
  • Senior: $50USD

After 6pm Ticket

  • Child: $39USD
  • Junior: $39USD
  • Adult: $39USD
  • Senior: $39USD

Tokyo Disneyland Annual Pass

  • Child: $370USD
  • Junior: $572USD
  • Adult: $572USD
  • Senior: $480USD

Tokyo DisneySea Annual Pass

  • Child: $370USD
  • Junior: $572USD
  • Adults $572USD
  • Senior: $480USD

2-Park Annual Pass

  • Child: $525USD
  • Junior: $840USD
  • Adult: $840USD
  • Senior: $700USD

Important note: All prices are as of January 2020 and are subject to change. Please visit the Tokyo Disney Resort website for the most current ticket prices.

Tokyo Disneyland Parade and Castle

Where to Purchase Tokyo Disneyland Tickets

There are a number of different places you can purchase Tokyo Disneyland tickets. They all have their pros and cons, and this section will help you decide where to purchase your Tokyo Disneyland tickets.

You can purchase your tickets at official Tokyo Disney Resort hotels, at the park entrance, at Ikspiari, good neighbour hotels, Disney stores in Japan, online, at Japanese convenient stores, or through a third-party seller.

That’s a lot of choices, and it can get overwhelming and confusing trying to figure it all out. I was certainly confused the first time I went to Tokyo Disney Resort. I tried to purchase Tokyo Disneyland tickets at multiple locations before filing buying them at Ikspiari.

Official Tokyo Disney Resort Hotels

Guests staying at an official Tokyo Disney Resort hotel can purchase their tickets at the hotel. The official Tokyo Disney Resort hotels are:

  • Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
  • Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
  • Disney Ambassador Hotel
  • Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel

Guests staying at these hotels can purchase their Tokyo Disneyland tickets upon arrival and don’t to worry about tickets being sold out for a particular day. Anybody staying at an official Disney hotel is guaranteed entry into the parks during their stay!

There are two other major ticket-related perks that come with staying at an official Disney hotel.

Multi-Day Passport Special

This very special ticket that is only available to guests staying at official Disney hotels allows you to hop between the parks any day your ticket is valid! It costs an additional 1,600 yen (approximately $15USD) and gives you a lot more freedom than the standard tickets.

You’ll have to figure out if this is something you want to take advantage of or not. I think it is a good option for people who only have a short trip and have been to Tokyo Disney Resort before but would probably not recommend it to first-time visitors.

It can take a long time to hop between the parks (sometimes up to half an hour depending on the frequency of the monorail. This really eats into your park time if you’re hopping between the two parks a number of times.

Happy 15 Entry

The second perk official Disney hotel guests get is what is called Happy 15 Entry. This gives you the opportunity to enter the parks 15 minutes before people who aren’t staying at an official Disney resort.

This may not sound like a huge perk, but it really is! The lines to enter the parks are always really long at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

I always get to the entrance gate an hour before the park opens and am normally at least a few dozen people back in line!

With the Happy 15 Entry, you’re able to get to the parks a few minutes before they open without having to wait in the line. Think of all extra sleep!

There are a select (very select) few attractions open in each park during the Happy 15 Entry time, but they aren’t the most popular attractions .

You are able to be first in line for the major rides when they open or be first to get a Fastpass for them.

The Happy 15 Entry saves you so much time and is a great benefit only available to the select few who pay the fairly high price to stay at an official Disney hotel.

At Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea

You can purchase your Tokyo Disneyland tickets and Tokyo DisneySea tickets at the entrance gate of each respective park. This is a pretty standard feature that every Disney park has.

You’ll need to purchase your tickets at the park that you’re visiting that day or plan to visit first with a multi-day ticket.

For example, if you’re purchasing a two-day ticket and want to visit Tokyo DisneySea on day one and Tokyo Disneyland on day two, you need to buy your tickets at Tokyo DisneySea rather than Tokyo Disneyland.

I hope that makes sense. A cast member will direct you to the proper park if you try to purchase tickets at the wrong one, so one way or another you’ll get your tickets.

Why I Don’t Recommend Buying Tickets at the Gate

I really don’t recommend you purchase tickets at the gate! The queues are always really long and waiting to purchase your Tokyo Disneyland tickets at the entrance will only further delay your entrance into the park.

There are better and more time efficient places to purchase your tickets in advance, so you can head straight into the parks when you get there!

Tokyo DisneySea

Purchasing Tokyo Disneyland Tickets at Ikspiari

Ikspiari is the equivalent of Downtown Disney or Disney Springs. It is a shopping centre right outside JR Maihama station (the metro station right at Tokyo Disney Resort).

On the basement floor of Ikspiari, there is a Tokyo Disenyland ticket centre, and you can easily purchase your tickets there. This is where I always purchase my Tokyo Disneyland tickets!

You can pay with card or cash, and there is rarely more than a few people in the queue. This is a great option for buying tickets at Tokyo Disney Resort but not waiting the day of your park visit to purchase them at the gate.

At Good Neighbour Hotels

There are a number of hotels that Tokyo Disney Resort considers good neighbour hotels. They are vetted by Disney and are considered to be of good quality.

All of the good neighbour hotels are located along the monorail loop and are very popular. They are a less expensive option compared to official Tokyo Disney hotels but are still close to the parks.

If you’re staying at a good neighbour hotel (my recommendation is Tokyo Hilton Bay), you can purchase Tokyo Disneyland tickets at your hotel.

You must purchase your tickets with cash. Cards are not accepted.

The problem with purchasing your Tokyo Disney Resort tickets at a good neighbour hotel is that the ticket booth is only open during certain hours.

I’ve stayed at a Tokyo Hilton Bay a number of times and have always had to go to Ikspiari to purchase my tickets because the ticket booth at the hotel was closed.

Ikspiari is also more convenient because you can pay with your credit card. Most people don’t have hundreds of dollars in cash so being able to use a card is helpful.

At Disney Stores in Japan

You’re able to purchase Tokyo Disneyland tickets at major Disney Stores in Japan. Shibuya is the biggest Disney Store in Japan, and lots of people purchase their Tokyo Disneyland tickets there.

This means the queues can be huge! The first time I went to Tokyo Disney Resort, I was going to purchase my tickets at the Shibuya Disney Store, but the queue was at least 50 people deep!

I don’t really recommend purchasing your tickets at Disney Stores simply because the line can get really long. The line at Ikspiari is normally much shorter.

Purchasing Tokyo Disney Resort Tickets Online

Another option available is purchasing your park tickets online directly through the Tokyo Disney Resort webpage.

This is a great option for people visiting Tokyo Disney Resort at a busy time of year where tickets could possibly sell out. You’re able to purchase your tickets online 90 days in advance!

Tokyo Disney Resort only accepts the following credit cards:

  • JCB
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • AMEX (American Express)
  • Diners Club
  • Discover Card

If you don’t have one of those credit cards, you won’t be able to purchase tickets in advance online and will have to purchase them once you get to Japan.

You may also run into problems with paying for things inside the park if you don’t have one of those credit cards so be sure to have enough cash or a backup card if need be!

At Convenience Stores in Japan

Family Mart and Lawson are two popular convenience store chains in Japan, and they sell Tokyo Disneyland tickets.

They are normally pretty quiet, so it can be a good option. The problem is that they only potential issue is that the ticket machine is only in Japanese.

If you don’t speak/understand Japanese, this is not an option for you.

Through a Third-Party Provider

You can purchase one-day Tokyo Disneyland tickets through Voyagin. One-day tickets cost 7,700 yen, which is a few dollars more than buying tickets directly from Tokyo Disney Resort.

You need to pick-up your tickets at JR Maihama station and cannot print your tickets online. To pick-up your tickets, you need your QR code and confirmation.

This is potentially a good option for people who don’t have a credit card that Tokyo Disney Resort accepts, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

You have the added inconvenience of picking your tickets up at JR Maihama station before you enter the parks, can only purchase one-day tickets, and you’re paying slightly more money.

Tokyo Disneyland Star Wars

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of frequently asked questions about Tokyo Disneyland tickets that I hope to be able to answer for you.

If you have any further questions, please leave a comment, and I’ll try to answer it for you!

Am I able to Change what Day I visit a Certain Park?

If you have a one-day or multi-day ticket and want to change what park you visit on a certain day, you’re able to do so for a fee.

A small fee of 200 yen (or about $2USD) is charged per ticket per day you want to change.

Let’s say you purchased a 2-day ticket with the first day scheduled for Tokyo DisneySea and the second day for Tokyo Disneyland but loved DisneySea so much that you want to spend both days there.

You simply go to guest relations (at the front of each park) or the entrance gate, and a cast member will help you out.

Can I Add Additional Days to my Ticket?

Unfortunately as of June of 2019, you are unable to add additional days to your ticket. You need to purchase a new ticket for the number of days you want to add.

This is why it is important to research your trip and figure out how many days you want to visit. The more days you spend in the parks, the less the ticket costs you per day.

Can I Reduce the Number of Days on my Ticket?

Yes! You’re able to reduce the number of days on your ticket. If you purchased a 4-day Tokyo Disneyland ticket but only want to visit for 3 days, a cast member will be able to refund you for the last day.

There is a 200 yen fee per day per ticket to reduce the number of days on your Tokyo Disneyland tickets, but that is a lot cheaper than paying for a park ticket you won’t use!

These changes can be made to your ticket at guest relations or at the ticket booths at the entrance to the parks.

Should I Visit Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea First?

This is a difficult question to answer. It has more to do with personal choice and preference more than anything, and only you know what you like.

I personally always visit Tokyo Disneyland first because it has the castle and classic Disney attractions. Tokyo DisneySea is a very unique park unlike any other theme park in the world, and I like to get warmed up with Disneyland before I visit it.

You really can’t go wrong no matter what you choose. Both parks are great, and you’ll have a magical time no matter which park you visit first.

I Have a One-Day Ticket. What Park Should I Visit?

This question is a lot easier to answer. I highly recommend visiting Tokyo DisneySea if you only have one day at Tokyo Disney Resort. As mentioned, it is very unique, and you won’t find a lot of the attractions anywhere else.

That being said, if you’re travelling with smaller children, you may want to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

You’ll find the iconic Disney rides and feel at Tokyo Disneyland compared to Tokyo DisneySea. The attractions at Disneyland are also more family friendly than at Tokyo DisneySea.

How Many Days do I Need at Tokyo Disney Resort?

This is another very difficult question to answer and depends a lot on how long you’re in Tokyo and how big of a Disney fan you are.

I always buy 4-day Tokyo Disneyland tickets, but I’m a big Disney fan. A casual fan may not need as much time as that.

For more casual fans or people who just want to see what all the fuss is about, I would suggest purchasing a 2-day ticket. This allows you to visit both parks, see a lot of what they have to offer, eat some food, and shop a little.

Two days is probably enough for people who don’t want to watch every show and parade or ride every ride.

Where do You Recommend Buying Tokyo Disneyland Tickets?

I know I mentioned it earlier, but I wanted to say it again for the people who skim these posts (no shame I do it too!).

I recommend purchasing tickets at Ikspiari. In my opinion, it is the most convenient and easiest way to purchase Tokyo Disneyland tickets.

The one exception to this recommendation is for people staying at an official Disney hotel.

If you’re staying at an official Disney hotel, you should purchase your tickets at the hotel to get the added benefit of Happy 15 Entry and the option to upgrade your ticket to the Multi-Day Passport Special that allows you to park hop your entire trip.

Pooh's Hunny Hunt


As you can see, there are a lot of different options when it comes to purchasing Tokyo Disneyland tickets!

I think the most difficult part of the process is figuring out what ticket you want to purchase. You have to narrow down what is most important for you to see and then figure out how many days you need to see it.

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are always busy no matter what time of year or what day of the week. You’ll be standing in queues for nearly everything, and that is something to consider when planning your trip.

Spending 2-4 days at the parks should be enough time for you to experience the parks without feeling too rushed.

Tokyo Disney Resort is magical, and no matter how long you’re there for, you’ll have a great time! Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are beautiful parks with some of the best attractions in any Disney park.

Pro tip: don’t forget to try the Green Alien dumping in Tokyo DisneySea. They’re delicious!