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What To Pack For Japan: Complete Packing Guide For All Seasons

Deciding what to pack for your trip to Japan is exciting, but perhaps a bit daunting. There are some things you should bring, and just as crucially, some things you shouldn’t.

I’ve lived in Tokyo for years, traveled to and from Japan dozens of times, and advised a lot of friends and family members about what to pack for their Japan trips. In this guide, I’ll share my top recommendations about what to bring, what not to bring, and what you should or should not wear for all four seasons.

Take a read for detailed guidance about what to pack for Japan.

Planning to visit Japan? Take a look at my 7 Days In Japan Itinerary.

What should you pack for your trip to Japan?

What To Bring To Japan

What Not To Bring To Japan

The biggest thing to not to bring to Japan is any prohibited items. In addition to obviously banned items such as weapons or narcotics, note that Japan is very strict about drugs. Some prescription medications that may be legal in your home country are not in Japan. See the full list of prohibited drugs in Japan here.

Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary to bring a special “anti-theft” bag (although, I’m using an affiliate link to some reference items in case you really want one ;). Japan is one of the safest countries in the world and of all the things you can spend your money on for your trip, I don’t think an anti-theft bag is that high of a priority. Of course, I’m not saying that theft never happens in Japan (it does!) and you should always bring whatever makes you comfortable.


What To Wear In Japan

One of my favorite things about Japan and Tokyo specifically is that you can truly express yourself through fashion. You can wear basically anything and really commit to a “look” without feeling like you’re trying too hard or doing too much.

That said, as a general rule of thumb, I suggest wearing smart-casual and seasonally appropriate clothing. Japanese fashion tends to err on the more conservative and polished side, so you will see most people wearing an outfit that appears to have some effort behind it.

All Seasons

Autumn

Winter

Spring

Summer

What Not To Wear In Japan

One of the most fun things about Japan is the fashion. Particularly in Tokyo, almost anything flies and you’ll see people rocking all sorts of different styles.

However, there are a few fashion faux pas to be aware of:

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