Japan’s spring weather in May provides a balmy climate for touring and sightseeing, and the rainiest season in Japan is still a month away. But because of the length of the archipelago and the mountainous terrain of Japan, the weather throughout the country can vary drastically. Although the average temperature in Sapporo during the month of May is 63 degrees Fahrenheit, Osaka`s temperature hovers around 76. Fortunately, there are a few simple packing tips to follow to ensure you are prepared, wherever your vacation takes you. To bring back some memories, make sure a camera is included in your luggage.


Pack season-appropriate clothing. Include a few short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts, as well as jeans or pants, a sweater and a jacket. When choosing the number of outfits to bring, consider what laundry options will be available to you throughout the trip. If no facilities are available, you will likely want at least one outfit for each day. Make sure you have comfortable shoes if you plan on a significant amount of walking. A pair of easy-to-remove shoes can be invaluable, as well. It is a common custom in Japan to remove shoes upon entering a home. Many other tourist destinations, such as temples, museums and other historical sites, may also require that you remove your footwear upon entering. It makes it easier when you have non-lacing shoes that are simple to slide on and off.

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It is a good idea to be prepared for different weather and different activities. Although the rainy season is in June and July, Japan often experiences plenty of rain in May. An umbrella and a raincoat make sure the weather does not interfere with your travel and sightseeing plans. Even during the cooler weather in May, consider packing a swimsuit for your vacation. Sento, which are communal bathhouses, and onson, a bathhouse fed by water from a natural hot spring, are generally open to the public. Although these public houses are less commonly used for hygiene purposes, they have remained in Japanese culture, in part because of the social connection its citizens believe are brought about by the use of communal baths.


Bring some washcloths and tissues. Casual dining restaurants often do not provide napkins at the tables, and public washrooms are often not stocked with paper towels or hand dryers. Packing some of your own ensures you can stay clean and dry wherever you venture. Disposable wet napkins are convenient to store in a purse or carry-on bag for quick and easy cleanup. Soap is often not available in some public washrooms, so some travel-size hand sanitizers are a good idea, as well.

Toiletries and Extras

Bring along a bag of the little essentials. Toiletries, such as shaving cream, your favorite soap and shampoo, a makeup kit and other odds and ends can make your trip more convenient. Consider making up a first aid kit of bandages and antibiotic ointment. Other items to consider include sunglasses and sunscreen for adequate sun protection. Be sure to pack any medications in your toiletry kit.