5 Things I’m Glad I Carried Along for My First Trip to Japan

Life-saving tips for first timers to Tokyo — especially if you’re travelling solo!

Manisha Dhalani
4 min readMay 29

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Photo by Louie Martinez on Unsplash

I just got back from my first ever trip to Japan. I visited Tokyo for five days.

It was a solo trip so I wanted to be as prepared as I could. I asked around for things to do (and what not to do, of course).

I had some good advice from people (and TikTok) about what I should bring.

While I didn’t adhere to everything (it became rather “information overload” after a while), here are the few things I’m so glad I carried along with me:

International charging adapter

Japan’s power sockets aren’t the same as the ones we have in Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia. I’m glad I carried my international charging adapter with me. I actually got one as a gift from Changi Airport many years ago and it’s been my trusty adapter for years.

The good news is that if you don’t have an adapter, you can charge your phones using USB outlets. My hotel had one so that made it easy for me to charge my laptop and phone at the same time. Yes, I carry my laptop on vacations too — I have a problem! Haha.

Coin pouch

My gosh, they were not kidding when they said the Japanese currency involves a lot of coins. I found my coin pouch becoming so heavy after the second day and I actually had to sit and sort out which coin was what.

If you have a coin separator, that’s even better. Will help you pay for smaller purchases much much more easier.

If you didn’t pack a coin pouch, not to worry, I found so many cute coin pouch shops. While some were a bit pricey, there’s a stall just outside the Tawaramachi station on the way to Senso-Ji Temple. Costed about 110 Yen.

Got these as souvenirs for my mother and sister

Extra cardigan and shawl

Before going to Japan, I checked the weather and it was pretty fair. I’m just glad that I packed and extra cardigan and shawl because…

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Manisha Dhalani

Content writer and marketer helping solopreneurs achieve organic growth. Loves reading, eating cake, and having insightful conversations. www.manishadhalani.com