Plus Size Packing for Japan in April

Packing for Japan in April Packing for Japan in April

Packing for Japan in April is tough, especially if you are plus size. Japan is a country made for small people. The train seats are small, the bath tubs are small, and the apartments are small. Being a big plus size woman in Japan makes you very aware of your size. The country honors personal space and respect over everything, it seems. When the trains get crowded it’s a challenge not to feel like you need to shrink yourself to not seem overbearing. I found that a lot of the time I was twice the size of most of the Japanese men. Alas, this observation only made me hyper aware of my plus size-ness.

Plus Size Packing for Japan in April (Cherry Blossom season)


I traveled to Japan with nothing other than a backpack and a single carry-on bag. For a week in Japan, a carry-on with a few outfits that could accommodate the island’s bipolar weather was all I needed. I also made sure to reserve space for all of the awesome Pokemon Center goodies I bought.

Packing for Japan in April is difficult for two reasons:

  1. Japan’s weather is unpredictable and all over the place
  2. Japan’s small apartments make it difficult to store luggage

Packing for Japan in April

In Osaka, we found that the temperature was cooler and less rainy. Our trips through Osaka and Kyoto were lovely. The weather was mostly cloudy and very little rain, so dressing for adventures were easy. Once we took the Shinkansen to Tokyo, we realized that we definitely needed to buy a decent umbrella. On the third day in Tokyo, we spent all day exploring Tokyo’s remote suburban areas and were soaked to the bone. Luckily, I brought a windbreaker for safety. My mom had warned me that Japan was a rainy country, and she was right.

I tried to coordinate the colors of my outfits to the spring cherry blossoms. I thought a lighter palette would make it easier to mix and match items, plus bonus for coordinating with the colors of the sakuras.

Packing for Japan in April

Plus size packing list for Japan in April

  • 1 pair of light wash jeans
  • 1 windbreaker jacket
  • 1 pair of black jeans
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 1 knit sweater
  • 2 blouses
  • 2 sleeveless shirts
  • 1 hoodie
  • 2 sleeping shirts
  • 1 windbreaker jacket
  • 1 hoodie
  • 1 light jacket
  • 1 dress
  • 1 pair of walking shoes
  • 1 pair of flats
  • 1 handbag
  • 1 short sleeve sweater
  •  Assorted toiletries
  • Small bag of makeup

If I could change things up, I would definitely have packed rainboots. I recently bought these Jessica Simpson rainboots for my trip to Baltimore but would have been GREAT in Japan. I also could have benefitted from a second pair of leggings. My leggings got soaked and needed to air dry at one point. You know how much I hate wearing pants with a button. Leggings are the best travel companion for any plus size traveler.

Here are some outfits I fashioned using the packing list above:

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17 comments

    1. It’s from Forever21 plus! I was eyeing it for a while but couldn’t get myself to pay $25 for Forever21 shirt (they’re stuff is so cheaply made) but it was on sale for $5! It was fate.

  1. I love the idea of dressing to match the blossom, or at least complement it – i would never have thought of this. I am definitely more of a practical kind of packer

    1. I am too! It just so happened my jacket was baby pink that went really well with the cherry blossoms and to make sure it went with my outfit I ended up packing a lot of pastel hues. It made for great photos!

  2. Ah you look fantastic… I love the clothes you chose!

    Me and some friends have wanted to go to Japan for a while… I think I might plan it for April so that I just choose exactly what you took. If I pretend I knew all the info you gave in the video – they are going to think I’m a Japan pro haha! Thank you so much 🙂

    1. Yes, go! It’s so pretty. My favorite was seeing all of the business people enjoying their lunch in the parks under the cherry blossoms in their suits LOL. I say, those who do research are the smart cookies.

  3. You post is very helpful. I am planning to go to Japan early next year, and your tips will definitely help me when packing. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Right!? When I was in Baltimore I packed rainboots I didn’t even wear and every day had a 75% chance of rain but alas, nothing.

  4. I’m leaving on Monday for a 5-week trip, so this was a great list and perfect timing! This looks like a fun trip and I love your outfits!

    1. Wow now that is an adventure! I have never tasked myself with packing for a trip that long. I would love to hear how that goes.

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