Are you travelling to Japan for business and pleasure? Whether you intend to climb Mount Fuji, learn how to prepare sushi, or tour the castles, Japan packing tips will ensure you have an unforgettable trip.
Pack shoes that you can easily slip on and off
Japan has several places where you will be required to remove your shoes. Wherever you go where you see tatami mats, you will need to remove your shoes. Some of the places you should expect to remove your shoes when you visit include traditional inns (ryokans), restaurants, and temples. It is important to remember that it is impolite to be barefoot in some of these facilities. It is best to pack some pairs of socks. If you will be walking a lot, it is best to pack comfortable shoes.
Pack only the items you need
Packing light is essential, especially if you intend to use public transportation. Japan has an easy-to-use comprehensive railway network. However, you will have a difficult time moving around with plenty of luggage. Additionally, only a few of the bullet trains have overhead space for small bags.
The train stations in Japan have a significant number of commuters, so you are likely going to bump into several people if you have a lot of luggage. You will also have a hard time moving because elevators and escalators are in a few places.
If you need to carry more luggage, you can use the luggage forwarding services to move around Japan. This is a reliable service that allows travellers to move comfortably without worrying about moving with luggage from one area to another. The hands-free travel service transports luggage from hotel to hotel, and from the hotel to the airport. You can explore Japan and go to the airport without worrying about your luggage.
You need the Japanese Yen
Japan is largely a cash economy. Although some restaurants and shops accept credit cards, it is best to play it safe by having some cash on you. Fortunately, you need not worry about crime since Japan is pretty safe. You may opt to get Japanese Yen before you arrive or you can exchange currency at the airport.
Carry an adapter
If any of the devices you are carrying with you use a 3-pronged plug, you need to get an adapter. Almost everywhere you go when in Japan, you will find electrical outlets that are 2-pronged (100 Volt 50-60 Hz). If you have sensitive electronic devices, it is best to look at the voltage requirements.
Public transport network
Buses, taxis, and trains are the dominant modes of transport in Japan. Most cities in Japan have a public bus and train system. Smaller towns have tourist buses because of the absence of tram services.
Taxis are in the large and small cities, as well as on the tiny islands. Hotels and transit stations have taxi stands. You are expected to queue for taxis in this area. When in an area where there is no stand, you can hail a cab. Most taxi companies accept payment by credit card.
Japan is a haven for shoppers. If you are planning to do some shopping, it is best to have some space when packing your bags. For you to take delight in what Japan has to offer, you need to prepare appropriately for your stay.