The Ultimate Packing List For Your Tokyo Trip
Planning for your next travel destination? No need to dwell on wishful thinking because Tokyo got you all covered. Tokyo is one of the most visited cities, not just in Japan, but in the whole world. Why? We can just start off with the unlimited shopping districts, then the countless tourist attractions, and of course, the adorable cherry blossoms. The city is an exceptional portrayal of hectic and homey combination. You will be amazed with the overly busy yet punctual citizens, the frenzied yet incomparable Shibuya crossing and the peculiar yet tasty Jap cuisines.
Before anything else, let us be guided with the essentials that you need to bring and activities that you need to do. We’ve made it easier for you as we give you the ultimate packing list for your trip. Tokyo, here we come! Check out the Airport Style Inspired by Travel Icons.
Pack According to the Season
The most important thing you need to take into account before you head on to Tokyo is the weather. Japan is a four-season country, so better prepare all your travel essentials in line with the weather. Experience the beauty of Tokyo in different seasons. If you’re traveling during spring or summer, it is best to bring light-weight fabrics and wear light makeup. Summer means you need to deal with the scorching heat. Thus, comfy OOTD’s must be included in your luggage. Don’t forget to bring your reliable cap and sunglasses.
Travelling during the autumn and winter season might be filled with heavy rains in extreme temperature. You should bring an umbrella, just in case the seasonal variations will ruin your itinerary. Jackets will be your unswerving buddy, so never miss to have one.
If you love the cool and crisp winter breeze in Tokyo, you might consider these top winter destinations: 15 Best Vacation Destinations in Winter.
Only Bring the Essentials
There’s no need to bring your whole wardrobe with you. Just need to bring the essentials and as much as possible, pack lightly and sensibly. A tip to all first time travelers to Japan— local trains has limited space for compartments. Consequently, a medium size luggage and a hand bag or backpack are appropriate. You should put the important travel stuffs like passport, wallet, train tickets and phone chargers, on your hand bag. This will definitely make your trip more convenient and comfortable. And of course, almost everyone knows that Japanese are living in a fast paced society, with on top of the line technology. You might be left out if you bring a lot of luggage on your trip. Just be practical on the things you need to pack.
Prepare Your OOTD’s
Dressing up in major cities in Japan, especially Tokyo, could be significant. You should always think of the perceptions of the locals. Tourists are advised to wear casual clothes, instead of provocative ones. Lighter and looser clothing does not mean as wearing less. You must be considered as a modest and well-preserved person through your clothing selections. The country is loaded with a lot of shrines and temples, so it’s really fitting for you to choose casual OOTD’s. If you will be attending significant festivals, you can wear costumes that related to the event.
It’s also a Japanese tradition to take your shoes off before entering some religious spots. To make it easier for you, it is best to wear sandals or flip-flops. This footwear is very easy to take off and wear on.
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Know the Routes and Basic Phrases
With the advancement of technology, you can now go to your destination using your smart phones. If you are travelling without a tour guide, you should know the routes ahead of time. Make use of some mobile applications that provide useful information about Tokyo.
Learn some basic Japanese phrases. This will really be useful because most Japanese do not know how to speak English. Some important greetings that will be very functional for every traveler are: Sumimasen (Excuse me?), Anatawa eigo/nihongo o hanashimasuka (Do you speak english/japanese?), Wakarimasu/ wakarimasen (I understand/I don’t understand) and Domo arigato gozaimasu (Thank you very much).
Bring Cash, At All Times
For convenience purposes, bring cash wherever you go. Don’t just rely on credit cards because there are certain places in Tokyo that do not accept credit lines. Further, tourist attractions mostly entertain cash payments. And in every travel destination, you should know how to estimate your budget. Running out of money on a trip is apparently the worst thing that you want to happen. Plan your budget ahead of time and focus on the essential aspects like accommodation, food, transportation, tourist attractions and shopping. Remember to stick to your budget.
Control Your Shopping Madness
Tokyo is well-known as a haven for shopping maniacs. Some of the notable shopping districts in the city are DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, KITTE, VenusFort, Tokyo Midtown, SHIBUYA109 and TOKYO Solamachi. These shopping hubs are certainly the best places to treat your shopping madness. There’s nothing wrong with shopping, but you should be a sensible buyer. Control your shopping madness or else you’ll go home broke. It is also very practical for you to leave some space in your luggage for the things you will be buying in the city. Through this, there’s no need to buy a new bag for your souvenirs and new stuffs.
No to Tipping
Tipping has always been a no-no in the Japanese culture. If you appreciate an exceptional service, Japanese will likely be grateful with tokens instead of money. It is very advisable to bring at least one or two gifts that will represent your country or if you forgot to bring one, you can go to a shop and buy a nice present.
Don’t Worry About Wi-Fi
Almost all prominent places in the country have Wi-Fi connections. In Tokyo, most hotels and restaurants provide free internet connection. However, if you are traveling to some rural spots, it’s best to bring with you a reliable pocket Wi-Fi and a charger. To make your travel more memorable, don’t forget to have at least one extra battery and memory card.