2. Recommendation for easy shoes, the multifunctional Rollasoles - For all the girls who know the struggle of having to wear heels all night and not being able to walk when going home, or the girl who knows the struggle of only being able to pack 2 pairs of shoes on a trip, Rollasoles are heaven! These small rollable flats will take up limited space (they even fit into a small purse and can be taken with you when going clubbing) and are therefore a great option if you like to change shoes once in a while while on holiday. PS they come in great designs as well!
3. Sea to Summit Microfiber Towel – Most hotels will provide free towels to use. Same goes for Japan. However, I do not like the idea of accidently finding one that doesn’t so I am not able to take a shower. Therefore I always brought along at least two towels with me. However, I found out I can save a lot of space by using an antibacterial microfiber towel. This quick dry towel can be used multiple times AND is very thin and lightweight. Therefore I now always still have a towel with me, but it doesn’t take up more space than 2 pairs of socks would.
5. Apps - Download Hyperdia, the Japanese train network app. This app will help you find all the train time tables you will need for your entire trip.
6. A large wallet. Japanese Yen is a lot bigger than the Euro or Dollar billiets. Also, the Japanese do not often fold their money like Europeans and Americans do. If it is folded, most of the time it is only folded in half and that is about it. Therefore a large wallet is recommended to properly store your yen.
2. Gargle Cup – I love this accessory. In some hotels you will not get a gargle cup to help you brush your teeth, so I bought the Gargle Cup! However, it is multi functional. I always take the Gargle Cup with me to events and while hiking. This cup can be packed in your purse and you are always able to get some fresh water from the bathroom instead of having to pay 5 euros for some water at events, or get some water while making a stop while hiking. I haven’t added this to my list, since Japan has so many cheap vending machines everywhere, you won’t need this, but I recommend this cup anywhere else.
3. Sleeping Liner - When I travel I always take my sleeping liner with me. Most often this liner is used inside a sleeping bag, so your sleeping bag will not get all sweaty when you use it over and over again. However, I also use the liner whenever I visit a hostel abroad and sometimes even whenever I stay in hotels. Because you will never know how often the bedding is changed or if bed bugs are present, the sleeping liner will prevent you from anything unwanted while you sleep. This item didn't make the list, since Japan's hospitality is very high and bedding is changed every single day in most hostels and hotels, so no need for a sleeping bag liner.