What to pack for your trip to Tokyo

The weather in Tokyo is humid subtropical with hot humid summers and generally mild winters with cool spells. Annual rainfall averages nearly 1,530 mm, with a wetter summer and a drier winter. Snowfall is sporadic, but does occur almost annually.

All-weather gear. Throughout the year, be prepared for rainy and windy conditions. Ideal are lightweight hoodies like the highly weatherproof Arc'teryx Squamish jacket, which is breathable, too – handy for when the weather clears up again. Tuck a good (but compact) umbrella, like Repel's Windproof Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating, into your bag, in case of a real downpour.

Super-comfy walking shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking in Tokyo, so the key is to be comfortable. Try to avoid bringing shoes you have not broken in. Tennis shoes (trainers, sneakers), hiking shoes or other types of durable sports shoes are probably your best bet. If you don't want to look like a tourist, dress fashionable! It might be a good idea to pack a not-too-bulky pair of trail runners, such as Saucony’s Peregrine 7 for men or women, that hold up well on wet and dry ground.

Power adapter and charger. In Japan the power sockets are of type A and B. The 2-pin plugs fit into North American sockets, but the voltage is different. The standard voltage is 100 V and the standard frequency is 50/60 Hz. Type A and B adapters are included in this world adapter set from Bestek, and a multiport charger, like Anker’s compact Powerport 4.

Packing cubes. They not only keep your suitcase organized, but also compact your clothes to save space. One of frequent travellers'favorites are Eagle Creek‘s Pack-It cubes, which come in different sizes so you can tailor your setup to your needs.

Travel guides. Lonely Planet has a great Tokyo travel guide. Spend all-night in a karaoke parlour in Shinjuku, walk the forest path to Tokyo's largest Shinto shrine, Meiji-jingu, or sample the delights of Mitsukoshi's food hall.

Other great sources of free information are the GoTokyo travel guide and Time Out Tokyo.

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Gosyo Gekkoujyu – Communal and Private Onsen

Gekkoujyu is a very special Japanese inn in the famous Kurokawa Onsen spa area.

Hakone Ginyu – Communal and Private Onsen

Overlooking the Hakone Mountains, this refined hot spring hotel is the perfect combination of modern and traditional.

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba – Terrace Suite

Set on the waterfront, with gorgeous views of Tokyo's skyline and the famous Rainbow Bridge.

Konansou – Public Outdoor Onsen

A ryokan at the base of Mt. Fuji.

Kozantei Ubuya – Deluxe Room with Private Bath

A ryokan with views of Mt.Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi from both the bedrooms and the large bathrooms.

Kozantei Ubuya – Suite

A ryokan with views of Mt.Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi from both the bedrooms and the large bathrooms.

Kozantei Ubuya – Suite

A ryokan with views of Mt.Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi from both the bedrooms and the large bathrooms.

Myogaya Honkan – Communal Onsen

This hotel is located in the Shikamatagawa river valley featuring communal onsen with views of the river.

Oniyama Hotel – Communal and Private Onsen

Oniyama hotel is home to Beppu City's most renowned open-air hot springs and offers a selection of bathing facilities steaming with a unique atmosphere reflective of southern Japan.

Tenku no Mori – Villa Onsen

Literally translated as 'the forest in the sky', Tenku No Mori is a luxury hotel and spa which offers stunning panoramic views of the mountains, lush forests and active volcanoes of northern Kagoshima

Zaborin – Villa

Zaborin is a secluded luxury ryokan in the Hanazono woods in Hokkaido.