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What to Bring to Japan: The Ultimate Packing Checklist

Not sure what to bring to Japan? Read this packing checklist for useful advice, style tips and outfit suggestions for what to wear on your Japan vacation. 

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What to Bring to Japan Packing List

 

What to Wear in Japan


Click the icon next to each image to shop directly on the retailer page or browse via the links below. I’ve also linked more affordable options throughout the post. Cuban attire is casual, comfortable and classic.

1. Sneakers | 2. Anya Hindmarch Crossbody Bag | 3. Chloe Sunglasses | 4. Vintage Polaroid Camera | 5. Sweatshirt | 6. Tassle Sweater (more options here) | 7. James Perse T-Shirt | 8. Cashmere sweater | 9. Pink Silk Wrap Trench Coat | 10. Kate Spade Wallet | 11. Silk Crepe Shorts | 12. Scarf leather belt (cheap options here) | 13. Asymmetric Leather Skirt (cheaper options here) | 14. Levi’s Jeans | 15. Kindle | 16. Camera Bag | 17. Felt Grey Hat (affordable options here) | 18. Embroidered Leather Backpack

Japan Packing List

 

Planning a Japan vacation? Here are some things you should pack for your trip!

 



 

What to Pack for Japan: Clothes

 

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Fun day trips in Japan


 

3. Suitcase & Accessories

If you’re visiting Japan for two weeks or less, I recommend bringing a rolling suitcase, just because I find it more comfortable to push luggage rather than carry on my back. I’ve reviewed all my favorite carry on luggage brands in this previous post here and am currently using my Delsey large suitcase.

Packing Cubes | I like to group clothing by color or function and pack each group of items snugly in their own packing cube. These are a lifesaver for keeping your suitcase organized in your hotel room and are my number 1 secret to maximizing space in just a carry on suitcase. I typically reserve one packing cube for all my worn clothes to separate the dirty stuff from my fresh clothes!

Amazon has their own inexpensive 4 piece packing cube set and several travel blogger friends swear by this set from eBags.

Toiletry Bottles | Optional, but I currently like these for shampoo and conditioner. If I know I’m staying in nice hotels, I don’t always bring shampoo but I always want my conditioner. I also pack extra ziplock bags to keep toiletries and wet clothes safely contained.

Sunscreen | Japan makes some really amazing beauty products and their sunscreen is the best in the world. Don’t feel like you need to bring any toiletries – you can shop till you drop in Japan! Look out for Biore in drugstores – they make my favorite sunscreen.

 

4. Camera & Electronics

I brought my DSLR and gear to Japan, but if you find yourself missing anything chances are Akihabara (the electronics district) in Tokyo will have it. After all, most camera manufacturers are Japanese!

Camera | I bring a professional DSLR camera and a couple lenses to shoot all the photos you see on this blog. I also bring my spare battery, battery charger and extra SD cards. To keep everything organized, I use a memory card case and a travel accessories case so the wires, chargers and small things don’t get lost.

For underwater photos, I use a GoPro, backdoor floatie and dome. For video, I use a stabilizer and my iphone, along with an external battery. You can find all my gear here.

Portable Charger | Definitely a must! I currently use an iPhone 6S Plus and this Anker portable charger keeps my phone fully charged at all times. The charger is small and sleek enough to fully charge an iPhone twice. Anker has great customer service – I once bought a product off Amazon that ended up dying and they quickly sent me a replacement free of charge, so I highly recommend them!

Electric Converter | If you are abroad, you’ll need a universal adapter and converter. Also pick up a travel sized power strip so you can charge your laptop, phone and everything in one go.

 

Read more: The Best Japan Itinerary

 


And that’s it! Am I missing anything?

 

Japan Vacation Checklist

We flew American Airlines direct from New York to Tokyo, a roughly 14 hour flight. Check for flight deals since occasionally first class tickets are a great deal!

Accommodation is Japan is quite expensive in the large cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. Check accommodation availability and pricing on Booking.com and book in advance. Or, consider a Capsule hotel for a unique experience!

Lastly, be sure to visit Japan with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or an injury forces you to cancel all or part of your vacation, travel insurance will help when you need it most. I use and recommend World Nomads travel insurance.

 

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How to Travel Japan Shinkansen & the Japan Rail Pass

Tokyo’s Most Famous Temple: Asakusa and Senso-Ji

Hotel Review Mornings at the Park Hyatt Tokyo

Tokyo Sights: Visiting the Imperial East Gardens

 

Kyoto Vacation Planning Articles

A Visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto (Memoirs of a Geisha!)

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Olivia ReyesDecember 18, 2017 - 10:30 pm

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