Tokyo Travel Essentials
Traveling to Tokyo, Japan? Lucky you! Tokyo has so much to offer, make sure you pack accordingly to get the most out of your travels. No one likes traveling and having to scramble to buy x, y, and z before they even get to see anything!
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We spent four days in Tokyo, Japan and each day was spent exploring different parts of the city. Since it was our first time visiting Tokyo, we wanted to take it all in and typically started our days early and ended them late at night. These were our daily Tokyo travel essentials and what we would consider 15 essential things to pack and have when traveling in Tokyo!
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WET WIPES OR NAPKINS
Because you never know when you'll need one, and napkins aren't easy to come by in Japan. At most restaurants they'll give you a wet towel to wipe your hands at the beginning of your meal or they won't give you anything at all. Don't worry, all you have to do is ask!
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CASES AND POUCHES
To compartmentalize and protect the goods. Put all your little things into cases or pouches then put those into your main bag. This makes finding things in your bag SO much easier.
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Who likes chapped lips? *doesn't raise hand*
PASSPORT + PASSPORT HOLDER
To get there and to protect it. Shopping tip: bring your passport with you and when you spend $100 or more at select shops your purchase will be tax free! Otherwise sales tax in Tokyo is 8%.
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An essential for traveling around Tokyo. This card will save you time and make traveling SO much easier, read more here (COMING SOON).
Who likes dry hands? *doesn't raise hand*
CA$H | Japanese Yen (¥)
Japan is a cash country. Only large businesses like department stores accept credit cards, so as a general rule always have cash on you. Plus credit card transaction and international fees are not fun.
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To stay fully charged throughout the day! We purchased this particular powerbank and use it daily. A personal life safer, over and over again. It's our favorite power bank, and we have four! Seriously.
As mentioned previously, Japan is a cash country. And unlike America, their coins hold more value (ex: $1, $5 coins). Even when we broke big bills we would be given change in all coins, so we ended up converting a pencil pouch we brought along into a handy change purse #winning.
Backpack and shoes in action on top of Mount Takao, Tokyo, Japan.
One Last Thing
One important travel essential that isn't pictured: a pocket Wi-Fi device. Best. Thing. Ever. It is the black rectangular case at the bottom right in the picture above. The case held the device itself, charging cable and power adapter, and a user manual. This pocket Wi-Fi GAVE US LIFE, a flawless Wi-Fi connection everywhere we went, we would've been lost without it.
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