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Traveling from Canada to Japan Checklist

Check our ultimate Japan travel checklist for efficient packing and preparation. Have a memorable journey and stay connected.

Manuel M.

October 26, 2023

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Embarking on a journey from Canada to Japan promises an exciting blend of tradition and modernity. To ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip, proper packing and thorough preparation are crucial. We’ve set up a comprehensive checklist for when you travel from Canada to Japan, so that will help you be prepared abroad. From documentation to clothing to your data connection, you’ll have everything you need.

Keep in mind that your personal checklist also depends on how much time you’re going to stay in Japan, the purpose of your visit and the specific activities that you want to do. Use our traveling from Canada to Japan checklist as a template and adjust it to the time of year that you’re going and the weather.

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Travel Documents and Essentials

Airport Departures and Arrivals bay. Source: Pexles

When traveling to Japan, having the right travel documents and essentials is of utmost importance to ensure a hassle-free journey. You must have your documentation up to date and in order to swiftly pass though security checkpoints, immigration and passport checks.

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  • Passport and Visa

Your passport is your gateway to international travel and definitely an item on your checklist when you travel to Japan. Before leaving Canada, check that your passport remains valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Japan. It’s also essential to verify if you need a visa to enter Japan based on your nationality. Obtaining the appropriate visa well ahead of your departure date will prevent any travel-related issues.

There’s also the case that you only need an eTA (electronic travel authorization) or even no visa at all! Also, make sure you check how long are you authorized to remain in the country for. You want to avoid any issues with the authorities or any penalties.

  • Travel Insurance

Investing in comprehensive travel insurance is non-negotiable. It provides crucial coverage for medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost belongings, giving you peace of mind during your entire journey. Generally, international travel insurance policies should cover an overall of $30.000 for emergencies, unforeseen medical visits, baggage loss, flight cancellation, and even dental during your stay.

These insurance policies are a lifesaver in case anything happens while you’re on your travels and can really save you thousands on unexpected expenses and/or medical bills whatever the case.

  • Flight Tickets and Itinerary

Staying organized is essential for a smooth trip. Compile all reservation details and your itinerary into a folder or store them digitally on your phone or tablet. This way, you’ll have easy access to essential information when needed.

Check if your phone works in Japan in our blog post: How to know if your cell phone works in Japan

Weather-Appropriate Clothing

Pack everything you need for your adventure! Source: Pexels

Japan’s climate varies greatly depending on the season and region, so packing weather-appropriate clothing is crucial for a comfortable trip. You want to have clothing that won’t hold you down while you’re in Japan, specially any clothing that requires special cleaning or care. This type of clothing can easily give you a headache. Unless your travel’s purpose is a gala event with high – profile executives, don’t take a suit or an expensive dress.

If you’re on for the long haul, ask the locals or even the hotel staff where you can find a laundry mat. You may even find available laundry wherever you’re staying. It’s best to take clothing that can be washed in a regular washing machine and dried quickly. Maybe you just want to separate the colors as you do back home.

Seasons and Weather Considerations

Look up the climate of the regions you plan to visit during your stay in Japan. Each season offers a unique experience, from the blooming cherry blossoms of spring to the vibrant autumn foliage. Make sure you definitely add this to your Japan travel checklist as a prioritized item.

  • Spring and Autumn Clothing

Spring and autumn offer mild temperatures, making them ideal for light layers. Pack lightweight jackets, sweaters, and long-sleeved shirts that can be layered for comfort during cooler evenings. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as you’ll likely explore many picturesque parks and gardens during these seasons.

  • Summer Clothing

Summer in Japan can be hot and humid, so pack breathable fabrics like cotton to stay cool and comfortable. Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection. If you’re planning to visit temples or more conservative areas, consider bringing lightweight, modest clothing that covers shoulders and knees. If you’re going to the beach, don’t forget to take your itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polkadot bikini.

  • Winter Clothing

Japan experiences cold winters, especially in regions like Hokkaido. Besides warm clothing layers, ensure you have waterproof and slip-resistant footwear to navigate snowy areas comfortably. You want to stay safe from falls and from a cold. Definitely not a good time to get sick!

Electronic Devices and Accessories

In today’s digital age, electronic devices and accessories are indispensable for a seamless travel experience. Remember to take only what’s necessary, you’re not going to take speakers and a mouse with you. Keep it simple but keep it necessary.

  • Universal Travel Adapter

Japan uses a unique electrical socket configuration, so it’s essential to have a universal travel adapter to charge your devices. This adapter will allow you to plug in your electronics and keep them powered throughout your journey. Along with the adapter, when talking about batter and charging, take a power pack with you. You can take one that compatible with wireless charging if your phone has that option or perhaps a wired battery source. You want to make sure that your smartphone is always charged and that you stay online with a data connection.

  • Smartphone and Apps

Your smartphone will be your ultimate travel companion. Download essential travel apps for navigation, translation, and local transportation options like train and bus schedules. Other apps that may be useful are translation apps. These will definitely help you communicate with the locals if you’re unable to make out the words on your own.

Having access to the internet on the go can be invaluable, so consider getting a data SIM card or portable Wi-Fi router upon arrival in Japan. But the best is an eSIM card with a compatible smartphone. We will explain later how eSIM cards work.

Medications and Health Supplies

Take your meds on time even if you’re not home! Source: Pexels

Taking care of your health is essential during any trip. Be prepared with medications and health supplies to address any unexpected situations. Be sure to take any documentation related to medication and even medical equipment. It may be asked for at port of entry and even a translated copy. There’s always a strict list of things that you can’t enter with. In case something that you need is on the list, confirm if you can pack it in the airplane hold, or take some sort of substitute.

  • Prescription Medications

If you take any prescription medications, ensure you have an adequate supply for the duration of your trip. Keep them in their original containers and carry a doctor’s note for controlled medications to avoid any customs issues.

  • Hygiene Products

Don’t forget travel-sized toiletries like toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and lotion. While most hotels provide these items, having your preferred products can make your trip more comfortable. Hand sanitizer and wet wipes are excellent additions to your travel bag, especially during your daily adventures. These are specially useful during a long or overnight layover, even though you’re not home you still want to stay clean.

Money and Finances

Managing your finances wisely while traveling is essential. Consider the following when dealing with money matters in Japan.

  • Japanese Yen

Before leaving Canada, exchange some Canadian dollars for Japanese yen. While many places accept credit cards, having cash on hand will be useful for smaller establishments and local markets. Keep in mind that foreign currency exchange rates may vary, so it’s advisable to exchange a small amount in Canada and then obtain the rest upon arrival in Japan.

  • Credit/Debit Cards

Bring internationally accepted credit/debit cards to Japan. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but it’s a good idea to have alternatives like American Express and Discover. Notify your bank of your travel dates and destinations to avoid potential card issues while abroad.

  • Emergency Cash Stash

It’s wise to carry a small amount of Canadian dollars as an emergency backup. Store this separate from your primary money and use it only in case of unexpected situations.

Data Connection in Japan

As we mentioned before, even though there are plenty of options to connect to the internet, the best one available is the eSIM. Even though it’s a new trend in the consumer market, it has been well received by plenty of manufacturers. Cellphone companies are beginning to sell models that are compatible with both SIM and eSIM eSIM like the recent iPhone 14. One digital chip provider that stands out is Holafly.

Advantages of the Holafly Japanese eSIM plan with unlimited data:

  • Seamless purchase flow
  • User-friendly website and app
  • 24/7 multilingual customer service
  • Multiple payment methods
  • No risk of loss or damage

Add the best internet connection to your Japan travel checklist and you won’t miss a beat!