A Minimalist's Packing List for Japan in Spring

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It’s time! I’ll be jetting off to Japan for 2 weeks - you can follow my adventures on Instagram @thetimeoptimist_ or Snapchat lieupieu!

I usually pack light when it comes to shoes and clothing but this time I had to go that extra mile to save room for all the Pokemon merchandise. I scoped out the Spring time weather for Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo and it’s looking balmy, slightly humid, with scattered showers. I’ll be doing a bit of hiking too so I’m expecting winds. With that in mind, I whittled down my packing list to the following and yes, I have a thing for stripes.

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□ 2x Outerwear

An oversized denim jacket goes with everything and a light packable down jacket is perfect for mild Spring evenings or as a jacket liner for windier climbs.


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□ 5x Tops

I stuck with thin black/white tops that transition nicely from day to night. A loose fitting white peasant long sleeve top, casual fit striped crew neck long sleeve top, and a ribbed striped boat neck long sleeve top. The v-neck camisole will be a great layering piece for the day and dressier top for the night. The scoop neck long sleeve top doubles as innerwear for the plane journey and a going-out top.


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□ 1x Dress

Chucked in a loose fitting striped mock neck dress for any occassion.


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□ 3x Bottoms

I’ll have to leave behind my beloved mom jeans and live in plisse wide leg trousers and wide leg cropped trousers instead. Throwing in a button down skirt for when the humidity is too much.


□ 3x Footwear

Tucked away in the shoe bag is a pair of canvas shoes with a thick rubber sole for exploring cities come rain or shine, hiking shoes for day treks, and flat chelsea boots for the evening.


And now back to some last minute research - any tips for a first-timer in Japan?

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