Things You Shouldn't Miss Out On When Visiting Tokyo | Clozette
Editor’s note: Our Features Writer, Amanda Arambulo, was recently in Japan on a family vacation. So since it’s our Travel Issue this month, we asked her to list out the 5 things you shouldn’t miss when visiting Japan. Read all about her experience below!


One of the places that's probably in everyone's bucketlist is Japan. Whether it's fashion, history, geek culture, or just about anything that ignites your wanderlust, Japan definitely has something in store for you. And there's no better way to maximise your visit than exploring the melting pot of Japanese culture -- Tokyo.

What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and start planning! Here are five must-do things in Tokyo that you should definitely check out. 


Unwind with nature

The Imperial Palace East Gardens is also home to mini-museums with various exhibitions, from art to historical relics. Admission is free. 

Tokyo may be known for the hustle and bustle of city life but sights such as Ueno Park, Yoyogi Park, and the Imperial Palace's East Gardens are definitely a breath of fresh air. Blooming with cherry blossoms around the end of April and a lush sea of greens during spring time, these places will really help you unwind and make the most out of your Tokyo walks.
Learn and relive the ways of the samurai

Samurai helmets can weigh up to 4 kilos when worn, but it's definitely worth the try!

The Samurai Museum in Shinjuku is truly an edu-taining experience! From a special guided tour given by their friendly crew, authentic samurai helmets and katana replicas that you can try on, a samurai sword exhibition where you could join in, and Japanese garbs that you can wear and take photos with, it may seem small on the outside but the experience you'll get is definitely a huge takeaway.!

Join the scramble

Your trip in Tokyo is never complete if you don't join the world famous scramble in Shibuya crossing. Known as one of the busiest cities in Japan's capital, it's home to massive shopping centres, arcades, and restaurants as far as your eye can see. It's also where you can find the statue of Hachiko, a dog who used to wait every afternoon in Shibuya station even 10 years after his master's passing. The statue is meant to symbolise loyalty and fidelity and is considered to be one of the station's most popular attraction.

Appreciate the shrines and temples

Meiji Jingu is where locals pay homage to the spirit of Emperor Mutsuhito, also known as Emperor Meiji the Great; upper right photo shows how the rope for the sake barrels found in the temple are made and lower right photo shows a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony that took place in the temple

It's truly amazing how deeply embedded culture is in the middle of the city. From big, open spaces to small nooks and crannies, there are shrines and temples that will not only satisfy your aesthetic but will also give you a glimpse of Japan's value for nature and the human spirit. 

Who would have thought that this glorious shrine is found in the middle of a humble neighbourhood near Akihabara?

Make sure you add Meiji Jingu in Harajuku, Kaminarimon Shrine and Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, and Kanda Shrine in Akihabara in your must-visit list!

Don't leave without a haul

Upper left image shows the bright and lively signs in Akihabara while right images show various trinkets and souvenirs that can be found in Nakamise

Whatever you're into, Tokyo is definitely a shopping paradise. Spend the day exploring the different buildings with floors and floors of geeky merchandise and gadgets and feast on treats in various themed cafes in Akihabara; buy your own kimono, authentic tea sets, and other souvenirs in Nakamise market in Asakusa; and splurge on fashion finds in Harajuku. Wherever you are in Tokyo, you can never leave without getting your hands on a trinket or two. 


Which of these activities would you like to try first? Share it with us down in the comments below!


Exciting news for the fashionistas of The Philippines: Canada's leading fashion retailer, Joe Fresh, has finally opened its first store at Shangri-La Plaza. The brand offers accessible, modern designs for every fashionista with pieces that feature polished, thoughtful details on everyday essentials--spanning from apparel, accessories, footwear, and beauty.

A new player in the affordable and accessible fashion in the country, Joe Fresh brings a full-range of looks for women, men, and kids that maintain its signature Joe Fresh touch as seen in their current SS16 Collection. Expect pieces that are clean, easy-to-wear, and embellished with polished details to give each look a fresh and carefree vibe.

So if you're looking to add a new brand to your fashion collection, we've selected a few must-have looks perfect for your next OOTD.


For The Working Woman

Printed Tunic Dress: PHP 1,860 / Printed Crop Pants: PHP 2,150

For The Traveller

Oxford Blouse: PHP 1,590 / Trench Coat: PHP 4,890

Dark Wash Jean: PHP 1,860 / Striped Cardigan: PHP 1,590

Casual Fridays

Printed Tee: PHP 1,320 / High Waisted Jeans: PHP 2,150

Collarless Blouse: PHP 1,590

Weekend Wear

Printed Dress: PHP 2,150 / Drawstring Tunic: PHP 2,150

Active Wear

Active Sweater: PHP 1,590 / Active Tank: PHP 440

Yoga Short: PHP 1,040 / Printed Active Skirt: PHP 1,320

Weekend Getaway

Printed Tunic: PHP 1,860 / Zipper Shorts: PHP 1,590

Crochet Dress: PHP 3,250


Joe Fresh is located at Shangri-La Plaza. Look out for their 2nd store in The Philippines, opening soon in August 2016 at Trinoma Mall.


(cover photo from TheAmbitionista)

Believe it or not, one of the ways to make sure you have fun on your trip is by having the perfect suitcase or luggage. Why? Because having a sturdy bag, which can snugly fit all your essentials, ensures that your valuables will be safe and makes for one smooth trip!  

But just because you need a sturdy and reliable suitcase, doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish and edgy like the rest of your OOTDs! 

So if you’re looking for the right “mobile home” to suit your all your stylish needs, keep scrolling below for our fashionable luggage picks which will suit all fashionistas going on overnight trips to extended vacations! 


Samsonite Cosmolite Cherish by Edmund

Actor, artist, and author Edmund Chen designed Samsonite’s Cosmolite Cherish collection with the four seasons serving as inspiration for his drawings. Each artwork is embedded into the luggage's CURV material, making it resistant to scratches, and is combined with Samsonite’s signature lightweight-yet-sturdy material; a suitcase that will surely be every jetsetter’s dream!

Flight 001 Spacepak Clothes Blue

If you’re one who likes to bring numerous outfit options, then Flight 001’s Spacepak Clothes compartment is a must-have! As part of the Spacepak System, the Spacepak Clothes will compress the volume of your items by 30%, allowing more space in your luggage! All you have to do place your items inside the pouch, zip it in, and push the excess air out through its one-way vents!

ASOS New Look Overnight Bag

For short trips or overnight stays, there’s no better luggage to bring than the New Look Overnight Bag! This chic faux leather bag contains a fully lined interior and numerous pockets so you can easily put all your necessities inside one chic and edgy bag!

American Tourister Painter (HS) Spinner Luggage

Whenever we travel, it’s easy to spot a bright-coloured suitcase amongst a sea of black and brown ones when picking up our bags, right? Which is why the American Tourister Painter Spinner Luggage is the perfect one to bring when you’re hopping from one country to the next! Its smooth wheels, bright print, and protective features will make sure your items are safe while adding a bright pop to your outfit!

Herschel Supply Co. Parcel Luggage Hawaiian Camo

Taking an extended vacation? Then you’ll need the Herschel Parcel Luggage for its convenience, stylish silhouette and print, and large storage compartments! Its gorgeous Hawaiian Camo design complements its pebbled leather pulls and mesh compartments, which will snugly fit all your clothes and toiletries for easy and fun packing! 


Got any more fashionable luggage recommendations? Share your suitcase picks with us in the comment section below!