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Checklist For Japan Travel
Checklist For Japan Travel
Japan is one of many traveler’s favorite countries in the world.
In 2015, there are about 19,7 million people travel to Japan.
About 5 million of them came from China.
South Korea’s travelers ranked second with about 4 million visitors.
While arrivals from Taiwan totaled 3.7 million visitors.
If you count, there must be many places to visit in Japan.
The experience is about the climate, the history, the culture.
They will have a truly unique and memorable experience.
Most people who visit Japan do a variety of activities.
These are a few things to do when you visit Japan:
- Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto
- Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto
- Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto
- Mount Fuji
- Onsen in Hakone
- Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
- Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo
- Cross Shibuya Intersection, Tokyo
- … and many more
Because of the nature of these places, it is important to pack smart and to avoid taking anything you do not need or forgetting anything you do.
Besides packing the obvious things that you need, such as sweaters, jackets, clothes, passport, credit cars and plane ticket, a little bit of research about Japan will make a big difference.
These are a collected list of items recommended by many seasoned travelers to help you on your Japan trip.
#1. Jet lag homeopathic relief. Because you are going to be on a very long flight, jet lag could get to you when you arrive in Japan. You have to prevent jet lag to avoid the jet lag.
#2. Passport purse or pouch. It is the most important thing to store your IDs and documents in one place. You can also keep your money, credit card where they can’t be accessed by pickpockets. It is out of sight, hangs beneath your clothing and keeps away from danger. You will not look like a tourist because it is hidden.
#3. Travel insurance to Japan. If you are a beginner, you might not know overseas experiences where you will have had your baggage stolen, your hotels canceled, or have had an unexpected medical emergency. You should choose to take one travel insurance to have those trouble solve during the travel to Japan.
#4. Slip-on Shoes. When you know that there are many places to go in Japan, you will need to bring comfortable shoes that will not require lacing up. Going to the restaurant, in and out of your inns, visiting temples, homes will require you to take off your shoes without any hustle. You will need to take off your shoes in many places in Japan because of its culture. In a big city like Tokyo you want shoes that is comfortable for walking.
#5. Clothing. You have to honor Japanese culture which is modest. They generally cover their shoulders even in the summer and because you will be visiting many spiritual places and expected to meet people, you should wear a comfortable and proper clothing. Casual dress is a perfect choice to bring.
#6. Organic Activated Charcoal. You might already know that Japanese food are full of a lot of uncooked fish. With this facts, you might get stomach upset. An organic activated charcoal will be very natural and effective to fight and shorten the duration of diarrhea and food poisoning. Organic activated charcoal will naturally absorb toxins in your system.
#7. Medicine. Medicine are very important when you travel to Japan. You never know when you will get sick, even if you do not want to. These are medicines you need to bring beside jet lag relief and organic activated charcoal.
| Ibuprofen | Fast Acting Antihistamine | Cream for itching | Cough and cold medicine | First aid kit |
#8. Jacket. When you plan to visit the Fiji Mountain or other cold temperature places in Japan, you might want to bring along a jacket that is good enough to withstand the cool temperature.
#9. Warm and comfortable socks. Because you will be walking a lot, your socks might get wet and you might get blister. You need to bring the anti-blister socks.
#10. Anti-blister balm. Even if you wear anti-blister socks, you might get the blister anyway. To avoid and protect you from blister you can use the anti-blister balm with you.
#11. Warm pajamas. You have to remember how the Japanese culture have traditional architecture and minimalist style with no heating in place. You might be trapped in a place where there is no warm pajamas. So during that cold season, bringing a warm pair or two of pajamas to remain comfortable at night.
#12. Daily bags. You will be carrying some of the things on your way ti visit places. You have to have a bag to carry the things on each day to visit places. The small tote is big enough to hold the items you have to carry your iPhone, purse, keys, camera but it is small enough to be cute and comfortable.
#13. Fold-able water bottle. You will get thirsty on your way to visit places. You can bring with you an easy to fold water bottle and fill em with water.
#14. Portable charger. While you are out of your hotel room, your camera or phone or other devices will run out of battery power. You have to bring portable charger to use it several times before having to plug it back in. The size should be small so you do not have the burden of size.
#15. (Japan) Universal power adapter. The idea of bringing universal adapter is to adapt with the Japanese electric outlets.
#16. Toiletry bag. Toiletry bag is very handy during your trip to Japan. You can stuff your soap, shaving cream, toothpaste, and other things. While traveling you can keep your toiletry items orderly and contained.
#17. Sleep mask. You possibly need to have a sleep aid and eye relaxer during you trip. So after a long day walking, you can have a nice sleep at night.
Other items you should bring for traveling to Japan.
- Hand sanitizer
- Facial cleansing wipes
- Lip balm
- Travel pillow
- Empty plastic bags
Things you will not need to bring to Japan
#1. Do not bring too many cash with you.
Just bring your credit card with a few cash in your wallet.
#2. Do not bring sleeping bag.
#3. Do not bring too many books
#4. Do not bring too many gadgets.
What you have to do within 24 hours when you arrive in Tokyo, Japan
If this is the first time you have ever been to Japan, you just want to go straight to Tokyo before going to other cities in Japan.
Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and it is a big metropolitan city.
Besides the glamour big city of Tokyo, there are many traditional places to visit.
You might want to use this guide when you visit Tokyo, Japan for the first time.
Going to Tsukiji Fish Market you will explore the maze of seafood vendors at this seafood market.
You can try the sample a range of sake, sushi, bonito, fresh tune and local omelets.
You can also learn the history of the market and feel the seafood.
When you arrive you can start your day shopping and eating like a local inside the Tsukiji Fish Market.
You will know why Japan’s top chefs pick the freshest ingredients here.
You can start by eating a variety of local foods. You can try eat finger foods to delicacies.
At the end, you can eat authentic sushi restaurant with a serving of fresh sushi and then leave the market. It could take 1 to 2 hours in the market.
From Tsukiji Fish Market, you start walking to nearby Higashi-ginza Station. From there take the Toei Subway Asakusa Line to Asakusa Station.
When you arrive at Asakusa, you will see immediately the traditional part of Tokyo.
You can see not far away from the station, Kaminarimon or Kaminari Gate).
It is the gateway to Asakusa’s most popular attractions.
Beyond the gate there is the Sensō-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple which has become a symbol of Tokyo’s history.
You will soon uncover Japanese wooden architecture, Shinto shrines, and Buddhist pagodas.
After a walk through the area of Asakusa, you can cross the Sumida River heading to the Tokyo Skytree.
This is the place where you can lay eyes on one of the best panoramas in Tokyo.
Tokyo Skytree’s Tembo Deck is 350 meters (1,148 feet) above the city.
While the Tembo Galleria 450 meters level above the city.
There is a station near the Tokyo Skytree.
From this station (Oshiage Station), you head to Otemachi Station for another traditional Japanese architect design, Tokyo Imperial Palace.
When you arrive there, you can not enter the Tokyo Imperial Palace because it is not accessible to the public.
But the Imperial Palace East Garden can be access everyday except Mondays and Fridays.
It is a pleasant place to visit.
After relaxing in the East Garden, head towards Sakuradamon Station and head to Shinjuku Station.
When you arrive in Shinjuku, here are a few of the best things to do in Shinjuku:
- Golden Gai
- Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
- Omoide Yokocho
FAQ of Japan visit
Do you have to give tips in the restaurant? It is not casual to give tips to the waitress. Sometimes tipping would be refused.
Do I have to learn Japanese language? No. You can speak English as you wish. Many Japanese would understand English since they were tought English in Junior High School and High School. But not many people speak English.
What city should I visit? There are many cities of course. But there are three cities with the most tourists, they are Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. You should try Tokyo first before other cities.
Do trains in Japan run 24 hours a day? No. The train start in the morning and stop running late at night about 1 AM.
When would be the best time to go to Japan? If you head to Tokyo or Osaka, the best times would be from late March to May or from October to November.
Where is a good place to go shopping? There are many places for shopping in Tokyo and Osaka. There are shopping areas like Harajuku in Tokyo and Amemura in Osaka.
Henry Kaswandi is graduated from University of Indonesia majoring History. After receiving the bachelor degree of History, Henry Kaswandi take the education to the next level by graduating from University of Indonesia majoring Information Technology. On daily basis, he writes article and review the product sold on Amazon. Before this, he was the Head of Information Technology Department at PT Indopoly Swakarsa Industry, Tbk and was the Head of Information Technology at PT Pratama Cipta Inaweb.