Moving to Japan: What to Bring?

Planning on moving to Japan? Congratulations! Japan is an amazing country with a unique culture and rich history. It's also a great place to live, with a high standard of living and a safe, orderly society.

In today's post, we'll go over some of the most important things to think about as you prepare to move to Japan, including what to bring with you and how to make the most of your time in this fascinating country.

One of the first things you'll want to consider as you prepare to move to Japan is what to bring with you. It's important to pack light since you'll likely be paying for excess baggage fees on your flight.

You should also think carefully about what you'll need once you arrive in Japan, since some things may be difficult to find or more expensive there. Here are 7 things you might want to consider bringing with you!

  1. Cash
  2. Clothing
  3. Electronics
  4. Personal items
  5. Kitchen items
  6. Souvenirs
  7. A plan of what to do!


It's a good idea to bring some cash with you when you move to Japan, as credit card acceptance is not as widespread as in other countries. You may also want to consider getting a Japanese cash card or opening a Japanese bank account when you arrive.


Japan has a wide range of temperatures, from hot and humid summers to cold, snowy winters. Make sure you bring a mix of lightweight clothing for the summer and warm, layered clothing for the winter. You should also consider bringing a few formal outfits since Japanese business culture tends to be more formal than in other countries.

Japan has a lot of walking, so it's a good idea to bring comfortable shoes that you can walk in all day. Sneakers or other closed-toe shoes are a good choice.


Japan is known for its advanced technology, so you'll have no trouble finding electronic devices there. However, you may want to consider bringing your own laptop, smartphone, and other electronics with you, since they may be more expensive in Japan.

It's a good idea to check if the voltage and plugs are compatible with Japanese standards before packing them. You'll also want to bring any necessary chargers and adapters, as Japan uses a different type of electrical outlet.

Personal items

Don't forget to bring any personal items that you use on a daily basis, such as prescription medications, contact lenses, and your toothbrush. You should also bring any documents you'll need, such as your passport, visa, birth and marriage certificates, and any necessary visas.

For medications, be aware the rules in Japan are different and some drugs like cannabis are illegal in Japan. This ban will include e-cigarettes, or food containing cannabis. You can look at this poster from Customs Japan on some illegal drugs.

Kitchen items

If you enjoy cooking, you may want to bring some of your favorite cooking tools and utensils. Keep in mind that kitchen sizes in Japan can be smaller than in other countries, so it may be best to leave larger appliances behind.

Japanese cuisine is known for its diverse and delicious flavors, and many people enjoy trying new foods while in Japan. However, it's understandable that some people may not be accustomed to or may not enjoy certain types of food such as natto (fermented beans), whole fish, or even wonderful Japanese rice.

If you have a coffee maker, toaster, or other small appliances that you use frequently, you may want to consider bringing them with you. Keep in mind that the voltage in Japan is different, so you may need to purchase a voltage adapter.


If you have friends or family back home, you might want to consider bringing some small souvenirs from your home country to give as gifts when you arrive in Japan. 

Japanese people are often interested in learning about other cultures, so souvenirs from your home country can make great gifts. This is a nice way to show your appreciation for the people who will be helping you get settled in your new home.

Insurance Plan

If you are moving to Japan for an extended period of time, check if your health insurance covers your hospitalization there. If not, you have to consider public and private insurance in Japan.

A plan of what to do!

In addition to these practical items, you'll also want to think about how you'll spend your time once you arrive in Japan. There are countless things to see and do in Japan, so it's important to plan ahead and make the most of your time there.

We have reviewed some of the top Japan Travel Guidebooks out there and Here's our list of the best Japanese travel guidebooks!

Moving to a new country can be a daunting task, and there are a few things you'll want to consider as you plan your move.


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