What To Bring To Japan
For your first trip to Japan, you might wonder what you need to bring on your trip.
As with any trip, it will depend on when you are visiting and what activities you plan to do.
Here are our tips and recommendations.
You will need to get into and out of the country. You will also need for your hotel to check in.
A good idea is to make a photocopy of it to have with you; you can also have several copies made and stored in different places.
Cash Card/Debit Card/Credit Card
Credit cards are accepted at all major hotels and department stores. The popular ones are Visa and Mastercard.
Debit cards and cash cards can be used at some ATMs. Convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and Family Mart have ATMs that accept international cards. Make sure your debit or cash card has the Cirrus or Plus symbol on it.
Not every restaurant accepts credit cards. A good idea is to have some cash in yen available for souvenir shops, restaurants and museums that might not accept credit cards or e-money forms.
You might want to have a small coin pouch to keep any change you get.
You will need chargers and cables for your devices – computers, mobile phones, tablets and other items.
Japan has 100 volts of electricity, and the frequency ranges from 50 Hertz in east Japan to 60 Hertz in west Japan.
Because of different volt systems, a good idea is to bring an adapter that would work with your device in Japan. They can be purchased at electronic goods stores in Japan. North American visitors should be okay
Make sure you bring any medicines that you regularly take. You may not be able to get them in Japan if you run out or forget to bring. Some medications are not allowed in Japan by law.
You might want to keep a list of your medical conditions and medications handy in case you run into a health problem.
Comfortable Clothing and Shoes
Depending on the season and your planned activities, you should bring clothing that is comfortable to wear and easy to pack.
Japan is cold in winter, and Tokyo can have 5 C/41 F weather. Japanese summers are hot and humid, with temperatures in the 30s C/90s F.
Good walking shoes are important as well. You will most likely do some walking from train stations to tourist spots.
All Japanese hotels have toiletries in guest rooms. These include toothbrushes and toothpaste, cotton buds, combs, soaps, and bath products.
For skincare and personal toiletries, the limit for carry on is 100 ml or less for one product. Bigger size products should be packed in check-in luggage.
It is better to be prepared for your trip to Japan. You don’t want to waste time on looking for things or having trouble with something.
In the end, you can always get most of what you need in Japan. That might be part of the fun experience of travel.