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Japan Winter Travel – Female Packing List (printable)

Printable winter in Japan packing list. For more information on planning your trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, visit www.thepetiteadventurer.com/japan

Japan is a remarkable country because of it’s continual innovation in fashion, transportation, and technology. It is a place where one holds his or her craft seriously; a place where you are treated with the highest respect no matter who you are. While traveling in a foreign country with a completely different alphabet can be entirely beguiling, I encourage you to think of Japan as a puzzle waiting to be unlocked. One of the main things to note about preparing for travel to this country is that it is a compact place. Having a massive suitcase will only slow you down in the numerous train stations, tiny staircases, and take up precious space in your lodgings. This is my packing list for 12 days in Japan during the winter traveling from Tokyo to Nagasaki on Kyushu.

Helpful tips for winter travel in Japan:

1) Travel with a carry on suitcase and backpack.

Having a carry-on suitcase will help alleviate weight stress on your back. Most streets and establishments are well paved or tiled so you won’t have to worry about dragging it across cobblestone. Do note that certain train stations are built way underground with only stairway access. Make sure you can carry the weight of your bag up multiple flights if you have to.

Vivid and colorful cranes honoring those lost at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

2) Save room by wearing your bulkiest items on the flight

Yes, you might look a little odd by dressing unusually warm to the airport. But, it will save valuable room in your luggage for important base layer items. Wear your winter coat, boots, scarf, and thickest sweater to the airport. Once you are on board, it’s easy to store your coat in the overhead storage bin with your other belongings. Check with the flight attendants if they might have slippers available so you can change out of your boots. You’d be surprised to learn the type of items airlines will offer if you just ask for it!

3) Change it up with accessories

Let’s face it– there is only so much room you have to pack essential items so you’re going to have to get creative with sprucing up your outfit each day. Bring functional accessories such as printed or colorful scarves, hats, or gloves that will introduce a different element to your daily attire.

 

4) Japanese people generally dress modestly and stylishly

You’ll be hard-pressed to find ripped jeans, beat up sneakers, bare midriffs, tiny shorts, or out of date fashions in the streets of Japan (especially Tokyo). Read more in my guide on preparing for a trip to Japan with information on its 9 regions, rainy season, and type of suitcase you should bring.

 

At the top of Mount Inasa, using the Nagasaki Ropeway. Here I am wearing my full airport ensemble!

Japan Winter Packing List

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Travel Necessities

Electronics

Printable winter in Japan packing list. For more information on planning your trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, visit www.thepetiteadventurer.com/japan
New Year’s is always a busy time at the temples! Tokyo’s Senso-ji is a great destination if you are in the Asakusa district.

Shoes

Bottoms

Tops

  • Wool coat
  • Fleece jacket (women’s)
  • Rain jacket (women’s)
  • 2 Sweaters
  • 2 Long-sleeve shirts
  • 1 Thick 3/4 sleeve shirt
  • 1 Dressier jacket for nice dinners or occasions
  • 1 Dressier top for evenings out
  • 3 Camisoles 

Miscellaneous

Toiletries (travel-friendly)

 

 

Printable packing list (print PDF)

 

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