6 Things You Don't Need to Bring When You Travel to Japan

On Odigo, you will find lots of advice on what to bring when you travel to Japan. But I think it's equally helpful to have a list of things you do not need to bring when you travel to Japan.  Such a list can help you eliminate things you probably will end up not using and thus, travel light.

1. Tissue or toilet paper

I have never been to a public toilet in Japan that is not stocked with enough toilet paper for a mob. Toilet stalls generally have 2-3 rolls on standby in a dispenser, and several more rolls stacked somewhere in the stall. In addition,  business establishments like to give away packets of tissue paper to advertise their products and services. Streets with busy foot traffic would often have people giving away packets of tissue.  

2. Selfie stick

Most museums and art galleries ban them anyway, but even when taking photos outdoors, Japan is a country where you really don't need a selfie stick because people are generally nice about helping you take a photo of you and your family and friends. Most people will even ask you to check whether you're happy with the photo they took and they wouldn't mind retaking more. Plus, there is zero risk of anyone running off with your camera, no matter how expensive it is.
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3. Hand sanitizer / alcohol 

Japan is one of the cleanest countries you will ever visit. Public toilets often have a wall mounted seat sanitizer you can use to clean the toilet seat. All restaurants, cafes and shops are required by law to have a wash stand for guests and so you will have absolutely no problem sanitizing your hands before eating. 

4. Bottled water

Tap water in Japan is potable. Most train stations and practically all parks have a water fountain to quench your thirst for free. And if you're looking for something besides water, vending machines are everywhere. There's even a vending machine at the foot of a mountain I frequent!

5. Pepper spray and other similar self-defense tools

Japan is one of the safest places you will ever visit. Stranger to stranger crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. 

6. Too many clothes

Seasoned travelers know that one of the things people overpack is clothes. We usually bring more clothes than we actually need or use. So bring half the clothes you want to bring and if you find yourself in need of something, most convenient stores have common items people need (i.e. socks, stockings, undershirts) and clothing is really quite cheap in Japan (shops like Muji and Uniqlo are great places to shop). 

How about you? What would you add to this list?

Sherilyn Siy