I am ready to try Japan solo. I just got back from 2 weeks in Egypt, but it was VERY inexpensive & easy to use taxi's there, so that is what I relied on.
I am much less confident with trains & buses. I'm terrible with maps/directions. I was able to get totally lost in the Paris airport hoping wrong train after wrong train :)
I want to go Osaka, Kyoto & Nara. It will be a short trip (5 days) as I plan to return again to hit Tokyo, Nikko etc.
Question: Is it really that easy to navigate airports & trains there if you are as challenged by direction as myself?,(or) Should I find a tour? ( however, I hate tours ) Anyone know the best source for maps, schedules etc for me?
I've found some websites that show the train/bus routes, but nothing to show how to get to the stations/stops. I can already see myself lost, roaming the streets dragging a bag behind me.... :)