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.
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
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!
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!
Read more: The Best Japan Itinerary
And that’s it! Am I missing anything?
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