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My Packing List For 10 Days In Japan

I just returned from a 10 day trip to Japan and wanted to share my packing list. This list is meant to travel light and fast for train trips, hiking, and maximum freedom for exploration.

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I just returned from a 10 day trip to Japan and wanted to share my packing list. Taking a city trip after so many trekking vacations made packing a lot easier. I’m usually consumed with my pack weight and making sure I have everything I need for the duration of the trip. Taking a normal vacation this time around made for a lot less stress. For one, I knew that if I lost or forgot anything, I could pick it up at any given store. That’s not just for toiletries and clothes, but for electronics, too. That’s a far cry from the situation on the John Muir Trail, where at any point, you could be a day or two away from being able to reach anybody. The prospects of city travel also allowed me to bring a carry-on sized roller bag. As much as I love carrying my hiking backpack, it was really nice to give my shoulders a break from all the weight. The final benefit of city travel is the ability to really go light and minimal. Being able to stay at a hotel means no tent, soaps, or sleeping bags, and access to markets and restaurants in cities made it so I didn’t have to pack food or a cooking setup.

packing list for 10 days in japan kyoto tokyo

I brought along two bags for this trip, the Delsey Helium Spinner and my Quicksilver backpack.


10 Days In Japan Packing List
My Setup

Traveling in late March was the perfect time to visit Japan in regards to my weather preferences. The days had temperatures in the 50s and 60s, and the nights got down into the low 40s. We had a few days of rain, and experienced fairly cold temperatures in the mountain towns of Nikko and Koyasan. On our night in Koyasan, the temperatures were down into the 20s.

Our travel itinerary is as listed:

  • Kyoto
  • Miyajima/Hiroshima
  • Koyasan
  • Tokyo
  • Kamakura
  • Nikko
  • Kyoto

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On My Body:

Clothes To Wear In Japan
My Standard Get-up

In My Carry-On:

Clothes For Japan
Voodoo Pants and Down Sweater Hoodie For Cold Weather

In My Backpack:

Camera for Japan
Extra Lens, Chromebook, Camera

Final Thoughts:

My packing list for Japan turned out to be just about perfect. I didn’t feel like I forgot anything or packed too much.  My camera setup was perfect, as the 10-18mm lens worked well for all of my outdoor daytime shooting, and the 12mm Rokinon f/ 2.0 was perfect for low light and night time shooting. I left my laptop at home in favor of my Chromebook, which I’ve started to do for business trips as well. The Chromebook is lightwieght, cheap, and being that it’s just a browser, contains none of my personal information. It doesn’t allow me to edit photos on the road, but it does allow me to get a lot of work done.

Shorts on men in public is a big faux pas in Japan, so make sure you have a comfortable pair of pants. I brought a pair of running shorts along to wear at night, but could have easily gone without. My one fear while packing was that I left behind a nice pair of shoes for restaurants. It wasn’t a problem though, as many people wore running shoes.


If you have any questions or comments, leave them for me in the sections below!


I'm Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

10 comments on “My Packing List For 10 Days In Japan

  1. Welcome to Japan! ! ! ! !

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  3. Japan! So jealous 🙂

  4. Wow Japan!

  5. My next vacation is to Japan and I definitely will be checking off all of the packing items from your list. Thanks!

  6. Which Lowepro bag is the one at right?

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