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Planning Your Trip

Perhaps nothing can prepare you for the amazing sights, tastes, and experiences of this city, but a solid packing list is a good place to start.

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What to Pack

When packing shoes, remember that you’ll be taking them off frequently, especially at ryokans, temples and restaurants. Bring pairs that are easy to slip in and out of, and leave the lace-up boots and strappy sandals at home.


Business Travel

When doing business in Tokyo, looking neat and professional is a requirement — and a sign of respect.

  • It is customary to bring a small gift to a meeting to show your appreciation for the person’s time. Choose something that holds special meaning to your city or country.

  • Though work attire is decidedly conservative, during the humid summer months men often go without a jacket and tie to keep cool.

  • Many Japanese restaurants require you to take your shoes off before entering, so only pack your best pairs of socks.
Day Trips

Tokyo’s central location makes it easy to explore the region. Many sights are a bullet train ride away.

  • Wear comfortable shoes. Whether hiking up Mount Takao or visiting the beautiful Buddhist temples in Kamakura, you’ll likely be walking all day.

  • Travel light and carry a small bag for your necessities. Most public transportation offers limited space to store your luggage.

  • Japan’s rainy season is well-known for a reason. Bring an umbrella or raincoat when the forecast looks wet.
Evening Chic

The city comes alive when the sun sets, with sky-high restaurants, bars and nightclubs lighting up the night.

  • Dress to impress. Tokyo men and women always look elegant and stylish when going out on the town.

  • Bring accessories. Japanese style is modest and conservative, so handbags, jewelry and shoes add personal style.

  • Keep in mind that many fine dining restaurants observe strict dress codes. Check with the concierge for advice on what to wear.
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What to Reserve

Tokyo is the biggest city in the world, making the options for food, cultural sights, and activities seem never-ending. Here is what to book ahead of time so you don’t miss out on the very best this city has to offer.

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