Tokyo Travel Essentials

15 Things for Traveling in Tokyo

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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!


Get a backpack or bag that allows you to be hands free. You'll want something to hold all of your daily travel essentials and to have room for the (many) things you'll purchase along the way.

Everest Vintage Backpack

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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!

Wet Ones

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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. 

Case Logic Camera Bag


To low key people watch, or are we the only ones who do this?

Aviator Polarized Sunglasses


Self explanatory, for music. You don't want to drain your phone's battery to listen to music so why not bring an mp3 player if you have one?

Bose On-Ear Headphones + Apple iPod shuffle


We mainly used our iPhone 6S as the camera for this trip but we did bring along our DSLR for those long exposure and low light shots. A good camera is highly recommended, the pictures you take will last a lifetime, might as well make sure they're high quality!

Canon EOS Rebel T5i + iPhone 6S


Who likes chapped lips? *doesn't raise hand*

eos Lip Balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew


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%. 

Passport Holder

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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*

eos Hand Lotion in Cucumber

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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For when your hair needs a pick-me-up. We swear by dry shampoo, one of the greatest inventions ever! Especially needed if you're traveling in the summer. 

amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo


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. 

Lepow Moonstone Power Bank


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. 

Coin Bag


The best way to see a city is the run through it, or in our case, to walk through it. Comfy shoes are a must, there's a lot to see in Tokyo!

Nike Juvenate Sneakers

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.

More information on renting a pocket wifi here (COMING SOON).

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