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Miscellaneous: I recall someone asking this question - so here it is! Via VT's keywords' search! It worked wonderfully! :-)
I had to declare upon arrival at NRT if I had any psychotropic drugs with me - I wrote I had 30 'sleeping pills' (max allowed into Canada) and the customs guy at NRT (where I stopped over for one night enroute to YVR) just waved me through! The air stewardess was right: they would let it through for personal use!
So my doc't letter was redundant! Though I actually brought it for Canada, I didn't even need to declare these/other prescription/nonprescription drugs/supplements at YVR, so my doc't letter was redundant for Canada! Though it might have been useful for Japan, I didn't even need it there, either!
So, OP, be rest assured you'll be all right! I had 30 tables of xanax 0.5mg generic equivalent for my chronic insomnia ( to help me get over the initial jet-lag/time difference) and they let them throu at NRT! :-) Zzzz..
Written May 30, 2011
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothing and good shoes to walk everywhere.
Some raincoat is good always when traveling and a swim dress if you are planning to go to the Japanese communal baths house called Sentō (銭湯), where customers pay for entrance. Traditionally these bath houses have been quite utilitarian, with one large room separating the sexes by a tall barrier.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The normal AID box will serve you. Not too big is better.
Photo Equipment: Bear in mind that you will need and not regret a great camera and lots of cards to store your photos.
There are beautiful and awesome paths, events, signs, very different from what in Occident know, so It is good to deserve a good camera and eye will capture those :)
Miscellaneous: I think this is a very USEFUL book while traveling to/around Japan.
There are good tips and recommendations as well as the culture history in any region!
THIS SHOULD BE A MUST :)
Written Jun 5, 2010
Miscellaneous: We used in Japan the guidebook of Lonely Planet. That was good enough for all the basic information we needed, especially in some locations outside the major cities where information in English in the internet was not easy to find.
Written Mar 12, 2010
Miscellaneous: The Japan electric system is more similar to the one they use in the USA with electric plug of two thin flat pins (see image). So just in case, if you need to charge some of your electrical items have a plug converter to be able to plug your items as I have and you can see in the image. You do not need usually power converter as most electric items these days, from laptop to cameras can use 100-240v.
Updated Mar 12, 2010
Miscellaneous: Japan is known to be one of the biggest economies in the world and so also very expensive. That might be true, but I must tell that Japan is not as expensive as its image and if you do wisely you can save a lot on your expenses.
Written Mar 10, 2010
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We were in Japan in the summer, we had very light tropic climate cloths as it is hot and humid. We had sandals for most of the time.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you go to the countryside in the summer, have mosquito repellent with you.
Photo Equipment: The good part is, that all the best photo equipment is made in Japan, so if you miss something, here you can easily get it :)
Written Mar 10, 2010
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Yukata
Bath Robe (not all hotels)
Slippers (some are personal disposable type)
Disposable Body Wash Towel (not all hotels)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Soap
Disposable Toothbrush with Paste
Disposable Shower Caps
Miscellaneous: In-Room Pants Press (not all hotels)
Updated Jan 5, 2010
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In winter, why bring lots of winter clothes when you can buy them at Daiso (100Yen Shop) in Japan.
Some of the items spotted in Daiso:
Wool Shoes In-Sole
I was at Kinshicho and visited the Daiso at the Acrakit Building. It is big and besides the Daiso, there are other individuals shops selling various kinds of products.
Updated Jan 4, 2010
Luggage and bags: Preferably if you are backpacking all across Japan do no bring a suitcase but rather a back pack that can roll like a suit case. This came in so handy, you can roll it when your backs hurting and pop the handle down instantly and throw on your back when you need to climb stairs. When you do not need them you can get a locker for a few dollars and store it as long as its not to big.
Another good thing to have is a water proof camera backpack that way you can store extra things and it will keep your camera dry when it is pouring down rain.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: An umbrella, the weather can change drastically and never trust the weather man. Also bring a jacket, when its cool outside. Sunglasses are a must since many times it can be very bright especially in Tokyo. All the glare from the buildings makes it hard to see at times.
Sun screen is a must. All the glass windows from the buildings can easily give you a sun burn if your not covered up from the reflections, so while it may not be hot out you will get burnt.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toilet paper. Not all places supply it but rather have vending machines to buy it. Take some with you. Good deodorant especially if you plan on walking a lot. It can get really muggy and hot.
Photo Equipment: Tripod, mini tripod are musts along with extra batteries and a lens hood. If you try to buy a lens hood in Japan its going to cost you double what it would cost in the states. Prices start out at $50 and most stores do not have universal hoods. Waterproof case for camera or at least a bag.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Good hiking shoes.
Miscellaneous: Lots of places do accept major credit cards like visa, and mastercard however some of the best shops do not. I would take both with you.
Written Nov 14, 2008
Luggage and bags: I like to travel light, in all my travels i have always just brought carry-ons. A large backpack to hold all my travel essential (not the huge 1 week hiking ones) and a smaller day pack to hold my electronic gear, travel books, map etc(thing that i would carry while i am wandering around the area. Shoulder bags seem to hurt my lower back if i walk around with them alot and i do tend to overpack them so maybe it does get to be heavy, but i tmight be nice to have a day pack that converts into a shoulder bag so you can more easily carry it with your bigger bag and have your hands free. I am also thinking of getting those portable thin duffle bags that you can fold it too a packable size, i tend to buy alot of gifts and souveanirs at the end and end up checking in most of my luggage on the way out of the country, but i could also stick to buying a cheap dufflebag like i always do towards the end of my stay, they usually cost no more then 10 dollars.
Written Apr 22, 2008
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