Japan is indeed a melting pot of culture that is filled with amazing architecture covering both modern and traditional buildings and amazing ancient temples. Japan also has some of the best destinations for vacations like Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. It is also very well known for its tropical beaches and snowy mountains. You can basically experience the best of both worlds in Japan. As for tourists who are about to make a visit to Japan for the first time, you are advised to spend at least two weeks there to experience the culture and lifestyle in depth and are guaranteed to go back with nothing but pure satisfaction.
For visitors from other countries, they are always fascinated by the dressing sense of Japanese streetwear culture. So here is my take on breaking down the dressing chart for your next visit to Japan. Before diving deep into the full on guide on the fashion tips and tricks that you need to follow while you are enjoying your trip in japan, it is also essential to discover the seasons there and how to dress according to it. There are 4 seasons in Japan and the netizens surely do need to dress according to it. However they do experience seasonal fluctuations that may bring abrupt shifts in weather which frequently catch travelers off guard and leave them unprepared. Therefore, you must be prepared for any curveball regardless of when you visit Japan.
General Japanese people’s style is very simple and basic. Do give a run on your trip’s itinerary if you are going to involve yourself in more mountain activities then you probably can bring clothes that provide warmth and if you are going to spend more time in the city just sightseeing you can probably pack clothes that are comfortable to walk with. However you need to follow the weather forecast that would help you better in styling. The modern Japanese, from Tokyo especially, have mastered the art of streetwear and it can be seen very evidently in their clothing from top to bottom. You can find them in unique and striking colours matching current street style fashion.
Spring is the only time where Japan is seen dry and sunny throughout. May is known for one of the warmest months of spring in Japan. Although it is warm you would also need to pack on a few layers to keep you warm. Dressing during spring is very easy as you can mix and match and still make your outfit instagram worthy. Shorts and skirts are particularly used but avoid wearing them while you are visiting temples and religious sites. You can also style your denim during this season be it a denim jacket or jeans and shorts. You can pair it with a comfortable light blouse and tank top and if you experience a drop in weather you could always pair it with a cardigan. Spring is said to be the best time to visit religious places and temples so wear slip on shoes and sandals that are easier for you to take off while you are at it. Try not to carry as many things with you can keep only the essentials.
Summer in Japan always resonates with beautiful greenery and flowers. But sometimes this weather is also accompanied with rainy seasons that would usually last from the beginning of June to mid July. It is very advisable to go light during summer in Japan, as the weather can be challenging for tourists to endure. It is not recommended for anyone to wear anything heavy like denim jeans and a jacket as it can get really hot and tend to hold moisture. You can opt for more light clothing like leggings, shorts and lightweight trousers that are able to dry quickly and withstand the heat. Also do bare in mind that showing off your shoulder is still considered as an inappropriate thing to do especially in rural areas and religious sites. So if you are wearing a tank top or tshirt always carry an extra jacket with you. As for footwear, avoid or just dont wear heavy boots as it can get super slippery when it rains. Or just wear flat sandals or shoes because confort do comes first during summer season. To finish the whole look, carry a handy backpack, it will be even great if it is a waterproof bag to protect your belongings during rainy times.
Japan’s Fall season is undoubtedly world famous for its colourful pretty blooms that captivates people from all over. Their gardens will begin to gain more attention from the public during this season making it one of the best spots for tourists to visit. October and November would be the best time to visit Japan as there will be less rainfall and it is not too hot. Tourists are expected to experience warm days during the beginning of the season which gradually will turn into even colder days later on. A light weight jacket would be sufficient for this weather, you don’t necessarily need a heavy jacket. You can pair a light blouse or shirt together with jeans or trousers. You could also mix and match your clothing with formal and semi casual. For shoes you can opt for comfortable sneakers or sandals that would give you more support and comfort. Avoid wearing heels that are too pointy that make it hard to walk on it. It is also advised for you to carry an umbrella.
If you are a person who loves chilly weather then you should visit Japan in the winter season. Although the cities are not covered with snow most of the time, it can be seen here and there so don’t forget to stock up on your warm clothes if you want to enjoy your time out. There are plenty of winter sports and snow festivals that take place during that time which is why it is considered as one of the best times to visit Japan. Do invest in good quality warm jackets that are able to pull you through the harsh weather conditions. Do Not also forget to pack together other accessories like a beanie, scarf and gloves. Do wear shoes that are closed and are practical enough to keep you warm on cold days. Warm compression socks also help as it would give you the heat. If you have really dry and sensitive skin, you probably want to look after your skincare as well. Your face can get really dry during this time so wear clothes that protect your skin. You can go over a light shawl to even cover your face to prevent further dryness.