What to Pack for a Summer Trip to Tokyo

2018 Vanni Bassetti

Don't be afraid to go too bold.

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The city is at the forefront of technology, art, and culture so every time you visit the Japanese capital you will discover something new and exciting (maybe a little quirky, too) to enjoy.

The first thing you’ll want to get your hands on before you head there is a WiFi router so you can stay connected. While you could rent one at the airport, it’s always best to get your own. And while we’re talking gadgets, also bear in mind that electricity in Japan runs on 100 Volt so you’ll also need to pack a travel adapter.

Summer in Tokyo is hot, humid, with the occasional typhoon, but don’t let this discourage you. Pack light. And we mean that both literally and in terms of clothing. After all, Tokyo is one of the best shopping destinations in the world. Bring with you only a few essentials and if you need anything else, just buy it there. And speaking of essentials, a stylish day dress is a must. You’d want to stay away from very short and revealing silhouettes in case you want to visit one of the many shrines in the capital. Tokyo is a city that welcomes unique design so don’t be afraid to go bold.

Now check out our list of essentials for a trip to Tokyo.


Courtesy Kenzo

Kenzo Flying Phoenix Shirt Dress

This gorgeous dress will make you the chicest visitor in Tokyo. It sports a vintage-inspired silhouette with puff sleeves and reaches just below the knee.

To buy: $495, kenzo.com


Courtesy Nordstrom

Bao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Belt Bag

This Japanese-made belt bag symbolizes modern and functional design. When empty it’s completely flat so it’s extremely travel-friendly. The futuristic prism-inspired shape adapts to the shape of the objects you put inside so it looks different depending on its contents.

To buy: $575, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Nordstrom

Vince Half Zip Windbreaker Jacket

Don’t let unexpected showers put an end to sightseeing and pack this lightweight nylon windbreaker. It has a boxy fit with dropped shoulders and a stand collar.

To buy: $395, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Koio

Koio Kollective Capri Triple White Sneakers

A sleek pair of white kicks can go a long way. Not only could you wear them with a skirt or a dress for a trendy look but they will also come in handy in case the weather doesn’t fully cooperate during your stay in Tokyo. These Italian made sneakers sport a sleek, clean look that you can style with absolutely anything.

To buy: $248, koio.com


Courtesy Nordstrom

Tibi Denim Carpenter Pants

While we highly recommend you go denim shopping in Tokyo, you could also opt for this pair of trendy and comfortable Tibi pair made from high-quality Japanese denim.

To buy: $450, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Net-a-Porter

Junya Watanabe Oversized Ruched Linen Shirt

Don’t be afraid to think (and dress) outside of the box while you are in Japan. Junya Watanabe’s version of the classic white shirt comes with ruched sleeves for a striking look.

To buy: $705, net-a-porter.com


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Prada Sport Plexi Grip Sandals

Jump on the PVC trend with these platform sandals by Prada. They are made in Italy and feature comfortable 1.5-inch chunky heel and platform so you will be able to rock them all day long without having to stop at the hotel for a shoe change.

To buy: $620, bergdorfgoodman.com


Courtesy Nordstrom

SKII Pitera Welcome Kit

If you have never tried SKII’s Pitera-based products, you’re in for a surprise (a great one). This travel-friendly kit features cleansing lotion, the brand’s best-selling essence that protects the skin from pollution (very helpful when you’re in a mega city like Tokyo), and anti-aging moisturizer, that improves the skin’s elasticity and tone.

To buy:  $110, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Adorama

Leica Q2 Digital Camera

Opt out of carrying a bulky, heavy DSLR camera as it will undoubtedly take a toll on your neck and shoulders. Instead, consider this compact Leica that will help you take clear and vibrant photos and videos in Tokyo thanks to its 47.3 megapixel full frame sensor. With ISO of up to 50,000 you’ll be able to capture sharp images even in low-light situations. The camera is made from lightweight magnesium and the body is rain and dust proof.

To buy: $4,995, adorama.com


Courtesy Barton Perreira

Barton Perreira Metis Sunglasses

These Japanese-made aviator-inspired sunglasses sport a distinct octagonal shape for a modern take on a classic.

To buy: $490, bartonperreira.com