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Essential Things You Need to Pack For Your Next Trip to Japan

Essentials you'll need on your next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.
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With the Japanese government relaxing its reins on visa requirements for Filipino tourists and businessmen, it’s imminent that a trip to the East Asian country is in your near future. If you’re looking to avoid overpacking and work on a must-bring list, here are some of the essentials you’ll need to take with you on your next trip to Japan.

A Comfortable Pair of Sneakers

Versus Versace sneakers

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If your trip requires a lot of walking, we recommend a pair of versatile white sneakers. Bring a pair you'll able to slip on and off easily, as Japanese culture at times requests people to remove their shoes before stepping into a temple or on a tatami floor.

Available at Distinqt, Shangri-La at the Fort, distinqt.com.ph

A Light Jacket or a Windbreaker

Patagonia Women’s Houdini Jacket

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The weather in Japan this season is as fickle as it is in the Philippines, with sudden downpours interspersed between sunny days. If your trip to big cities like Tokyo or Osaka requires time spent outdoors, carry a light hooded jacket or a windbreaker with you. There’s also always the option of an umbrella—a clear one in Japanese fashion, but you can save on luggage space by borrowing one from the hotel you’re checked in to.

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Available at zalora.com

A Lip Hydrating Treatment 

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

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The transitional climes not only damage the skin, they also dry up the lips. The Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil is suitable for all seasons and skin types and mainly combats dryness. It’s best to use before applying your usual lipstick or lip color. You’ll find that it also leaves a hint of color, which is why it is also recommended to use on its own.

Available at SM Makati, 811.0000

Trusty Bottle of Sunscreen

Sisley Sunleÿa Age Minimizing Sunscreen Cream Broad Spectrum

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The season is slowly transitioning from spring to summer and while the sun’s presence isn’t always evident, the Japanese always make it a point to apply sunscreen before leaving home. Of course, you can always lessen the layering of products by packing a moisturizer or foundation that’s double-duty, but that will limit your re-application throughout the day.

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Available at Rustan's The Beauty Source, Rustan's Makati, 813.3739

A Timepiece With an Alarm Complication 

Blancpain Villeret Reveil 

The Japanese have always been known for their punctuality. Buses, trains, and tour guides will arrive exactly the minute promised, which is why you need to forget Filipino time and be on time as the Japanese do. To aid you in never being late, a watch such as the Blancpain Villeret Reveil is a classic timepiece that alarms at preset times.

Available at blancpain.com

A Chic Yet Spacious Handbag

Givenchy Mystic Bag


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If you must limit yourself to one bag for the entire trip, choose the sturdiest and most versatile piece in your collection. This new classic from Givenchy comes with an adjustable strap that lets you wear it as a handbag or a cross-body bag. Its body is made from fine calf leather and is lined with suede. It also comes in neutral colors such as storm gray, desert, natural, lichen, and more, which makes it pairing it an easier task.

Available at Greenbelt 4, 757.6294

Pocket WiFi That Connects to Multiple Devices

Verizon Jetpack MiFi

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One of the most invaluable things to take with you on a Japan vacation is access to the internet. Navigating through the country’s maze of a railway system, making countless reservations, or simply translating kanji or katakana words is achievable with a few simple clicks. If you’re traveling with a large group, there are pocket WiFi devices, like this one from Verizon that allows 15 devices to connect to it at a time, which means one dongle is enough for everybody.

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A Compact Translator

iTranslate Mobile App

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This is technically not an item to pack in your bag but it is convenient to have when visiting a place where English isn’t the first language. For a monthly subscription, the app lets the user translate text or websites in over 100 languages. What’s more is that it converts the words you speak into your phone to text and translates them into a few supported languages (Japanese, French, Italian, Cantonese, and Spanish, among others, included). Another feature lets you use your phone’s camera to translate text on images so you will no longer have a problem with signs and menus.

Download the app on Google Play and on the App Store.

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