When I go to Tokyo I pack extremely light. Cabin baggage only.
I do pack a larger foldable bag inside my cabin baggage to carry all my buys on the way home. But before I left for Tokyo I said to myself, “You’re not going to buy that much stuff – you don’t need much more.” To counter this statement I only exchanged $1500 worth of cash (thankfully the aussie dollar is practically one to one, this has never been the case on my six prior trips). This cash would cover hotel, eating, transport and shopping costs. Sidenote: I find it much easier to use cash in Japan rather than a travel money card.
In terms of clothes shopping, if you are after designer – it’s the best place. For those of us without the cash for designer, I do find there is a lot of good-looking-fashionable-clothing that has a mid-range to high pricetag – yet it sucks on quality. I’ve bought this type of clothing on previous trips thinking it was a top find. But I’ve found, after one wash, it’s shrunk severely or lost it’s shape or buttons. This trip, I made a conscious decision to shop smart. Buy only really good quality items that will last and will work with existing pieces in my wardrobe.
In terms of homewares shopping. Japan (not just Tokyo) is pure heaven. I set no boundaries here in terms of dollars. However, in my mind any homewares that I bought needed to work with my collection, no one-off items. Things such as silicon moulds or kooky novelty kitchen gadgets – I wanted items I could shoot with and rework again and again.
With seven days in Tokyo – did my cash last?
For the most part yes. I went over because my cabin bag aka little blue broke after five long years together. It got replaced with a rather swanky Muji Bag that set me back $150 but it’s so well designed it’ll last me a good five years. That’s it!
Fabric from Uniqlo, Tray from Muji, Salt and Pepper Shakers from Kappabashi St, Fur Pom Pom Badge from Lumiere, Amber Glasses from Kappabashi St, Bills Ricotta Hotcakes Keychain from Bills Omotesando (purely for the novelty factor!), Oak Cutlery Holder from Muji, Craig purse from Lumiere, Pewter Plate from Kappabashi St.
Stone-look Plate, Teacups and Blue bowl from Kappabashi St, Oak Chopping board from Red Brick Warehouse in Yokohama, Linen Placemats from Muji, Enamel Tray Set from Red Brick Warehouse in Yokohama, Spot Purse from Lumiere, Blue Top from Kate Spade Saturday, Wooden fork and spoon from Kappabashi St.
PS – This is part one, just a snippet of things I bought. Part two will be up in a few days!