Packing List for Japan Do’s and Don’ts
Going to Tokyo? 10 things that should be on your mind, and in your suitcase.
There are a few unique Japanese customs that set the city apart from other travel destinations in terms of what to pack.
In case you forget something – Tokyo is a Westernized and sophisticated city, and shopping here is paradise.
Tokyo Packing List Tips
Prepare Your Tokyo Packing Checklist With These Things In Mind
- Think Small
Luggage storage space in trains, including the shinkansen bullet train and the NEX from Narita Airport to the city, are on the small side.
Compared to westerners, Japanese people travel with smaller luggage. They are masters of packing everything into a tiny suitcase. They have no other choice, and so do you.
Coin lockers in subway stations aren’t big enough to hold big suitcases either.
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- Lots of Stairs Tokyo Subway stations have endless pathways, some include stairs (and no elevators). Planning to use the underground with lots of suitcases in hand is not a good idea.
- Shoes and socks. Since it’s a Japanese custom to take off your shoes when you’re indoors, you might find yourself taking off your shoes very often. So, please no holes in socks or pantyhose.
Throw in a pair of comfortable shoes that you can slip on and off easily.
Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes too. You’ll be doing a lot of that in Tokyo.
- The electricity in Japan is 100 volts. If you need to bring along your own appliances make sure you pack an electric converter.
American appliances can be used in Japan without an electric converter although they will have less power. If your appliances are three-pronged, you need a plug since Japanese appliances are two-pronged.
- Wi-Fi in Japan
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- Money. Many stores and restaurants do not accept credit cards. Bring Japanese Yen in a substantial amount in cash.
- A Japanese/English electronic dictionary It’s fun to be able to exchange a few words with the locals with this compact little Appliance, that will fit in your pocket or purse.
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- A small towel. A mini-towel in your bag for drying your hands is very useful. In most restrooms, in spite of their extreme cleanliness, there’s no paper towels. Carrying a mini towel with you is a very common Japanese thing to do.
Tokyo Packing List: Dressing Code In Tokyo
Casual clothes are fine for sightseeing, but the Japanese dress very formally: a suit or a jacket for men, a skirt and high heels for women. If you want to feel like part of the crowd Jeans and shorts are not an option when dining in Tokyo restaurants.
Women dress very femininely – usually in skirts and heels, but nothing too Revealing here. No short skirts, no low cleavage. Japanese women dress very conservatively and you’re likely to feel very out of place in shorts or a cleavage.
Colors. Men and women dress in classic colors: black, blue, brown and gray.
If you plan to have a business meeting in Tokyo, know that Shirts for men are usually blue or white. If you’d like to blend in the crowd, the classic colors are a safe option.
Avoid black ties or an all-black look for women as this is the formal funeral clothing.
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What to Pack For Tokyo By Season
What to Pack For Tokyo winter? What to Bring In the wet season?
Tokyo winter (December-February). Packing warm clothing is a must in winter. Temperatures are around 5 – 10 degrees Celsius (40 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit). The wind is freezing cold. Your packing lists should include Gloves, long underwear, a scarf, and a warm knitted hat.
Winter weather in Tokyo is very dry, and people with sensitive skin should take along their favorite skin lotion in abundance.
Wet season (June). Japan Summer climate begins in June with the rainy season, which lasts between 3 weeks to 1 month.
Although it doesn’t rain every day, rain can be heavy. Pack an umbrella.
Summer in Tokyo (July-August). For the hot and humid summer, cotton clothing is the best. Most Tokyo places are air-conditioned, so women might need a light jacket or cotton sweater too.
Tokyo Autumn (October-November). The climate is perfect for sightseeing. Tokyo Weather in October means pleasant temperatures during the day and a clear sky.
Tokyo Night temperatures drop significantly, so bring something warm for the evening.
Spring (March-May) is the perfect season to visit Tokyo. That’s when Japan’s famous Blossom festival happens, beginning with plum trees in February through to March and April with cherry blossom flower festival.
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Tokyo Packing List
- Visa For Japan
- Check the expiration date of your passport (for Japan – it must be at least 6 months before expiration)
- Airline Tickets
- Buy Japanese yen in cash (there are very few ATM spots in Tokyo)
- Travel Insurance
- Hotel vouchers
- Flight timetables
- Photocopies of your passport and other documents
- Walking shoes
- Great socks
- Your Prescription Medicine
- A few Mini-towels
- Name and address of your Tokyo hotel in Japanese and in English
- Electric converter