How To Enjoy Tokyo As A Solo Traveller | Clozette


An ideal destination for first-timers and repeaters alike, Japan’s capital Tokyo has it all whether you’re in it for the history, the pop culture, the selection of beauty products or all of the above. But given its many family-friendly itineraries and fun group activities found at almost the entire stretch of the city, it’s kind of hard to imagine planning a trip to Tokyo as a solo traveller. Still, we’re not saying it’s impossible. Ahead, we’re listing down ideas on how you can maximise your trip to Japan’s capital even when you’re going solo.

Save some time on queues at the city’s greatest observatory decks


Tokyo Skytree


Tokyo’s amazing cityscape can be viewed atop many observatory decks all over the city. But since you’re not the only one with this activity in mind, the queue can be pretty tough. The advantage of going solo? One, some buildings can have a ‘skip the queue’ pass if you’re getting your ticket alone. Two, you can easily squeeze in the elevator should a bunch of groups in front of you prefer to go up the deck together. Our top picks would be the Tokyo Skytree in Asakusa, which provides a great platform for viewing no matter what time of day it is, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, which is free for admission and should the weather permit it, might allow you to see Mount Fuji in the horizon!

Enjoy the city lights ‘til the sun goes up


Shinjuku


Tokyo’s nightlife is incredibly colourful, especially in areas like Shinjuku, Roppongi, and of course, the ever-busy Shibuya. You’d be surprised that almost every pub has a different style, vibe, and crowd, so you’ll definitely have your fill of both tasting new mixes and meeting new people at every location you find yourself in. If heavy drinking and partying is not your thing, you can still chill in izakayas (homier bars) that operate until dawn and see a glimpse of Tokyo night owls having some downtime during the wee hours of the day.

Eat ramen at a private booth



Probably Japan’s most popular ramen chain, a visit to the country is never complete without trying out Ichiran Ramen’s private booths. Introverts and solo travellers will truly enjoy their eating experience in this restaurant because they don't require any kind of interaction. You place and pay your order via a Vendo machine, get your ticket, head to the private booth section, and get served. You’ll also be given a chance to customise your order depending on how firm you want your noodles, how rich your soup base is, and more — all without the need to chat someone up. You can find its branches in Tokyo in Shibuya and Shinjuku. 

Stay in a capsule hotel


capsule hotels in tokyo


Accommodation is one of the things that usually take up a chunk of our budget when travelling. But one perk of travelling solo in Japan is getting to try their capsule hotels. Aside from being well-maintained, clean, and complete with a lot of safety precautions to keep your belongings safe, many people can also attest to their comfortability. In fact, some can even fit six-footers or more with allowance both sitting up and lying down, giving a nice comfy cocoon type nestling after a long day of exploring the city. The baths and showers are also well equipped with free toiletries and the common areas are perfect for quick snacks or just hanging out.



‘Rent’ a companion


Of course, we saved the best for last! If you're feeling a bit lonely during your solo travel, we say why not hire an ossan (middle-aged man) to keep you company? That’s right! Think of it as an upgraded tour-guide service where you can drink, dine, and even just chill and chat about life with a friendly local.


One girl who hired an ossan to get an honest opinion about her chances at an audition and another hired one to have someone to talk to about their mental health. Cool, right?


couple holding hands


If being a romantic is your thing, boyfriends- and girlfriends-for-hire are also available for you to spend a date with as you tour the city. Similar to ossans, think of them as upgraded tour guides who can make you feel extra pampered and spoiled as you explore the bustling streets of Tokyo.


On a final note, if safety is your concern, all rented companions ensure a 'no-funny-business' policy. You'd even be surprised how professional they are, without losing the charm and warmth that compel people to take their service in the first place. 


On track with your Tokyo itinerary? Make sure you also dress the part by checking out the latest fashion trend in Japan's capital

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Whimsical glamour — that’s the much-awaited H&M x Giambattista Valli collab in a nutshell. In the past few months, we’ve been offered a glimpse of the opulent pieces through a Cannes debut thanks to Kendall Jenner, the face of the collection, and a fashion show. And finally, after much teasing, the signature Valli tulles will finally drop all over the world tomorrow, 7 November. 



H&M’s latest capsule collection in collaboration with the Italian designer follows successful designer lines from Balmain, Isabel Marant, and Moschino. This time around, H&M grants our dreams with the show-stopping princess dresses that serve as stars of the collection. But as much as we’d like to twirl into these stunning creations, we can’t really do so on a normal day. Still, don’t let that stop you from incorporating Valli’s extravagant designs in your wardrobe. Ahead, we show you our faves from the collab that are perfect for your everyday ensembles.


Bold Mondays


H&M x Giambattista Valli collab silk chiffon blouse

Silk chiffon blouse, SGD159 (hm.com)


Do away with Monday blues with a striking piece that’s totally work-appropriate. Face the week with boldness with this red silk chiffon blouse from the H&M x Giambattista Valli collab. Its wide flounced trims and long balloon sleeves are a soft contrast to the strong colour, and nothing else spells girl boss better than this elegant piece.



Chilly Tuesdays


H&M x Giambattista Valli collab cardigan with sparkly stones

Cardigan with sparkly stones, SGD159 (hm.com)


The temp’s rising up now that we’re heading towards the end of the year. Brace yourselves for the chilly winds of November by layering up with a short cardigan. Made with soft, fine-knit merino wool, this black piece can be worn on its own as a top or can be worn over a turtleneck or a simple dress. The hand-embroidered sparkly stones that adorn the neckline elevates the look with subtle glamour.




White Wednesdays


H&M x Giambattista Valli collab Short Lace Dress

Short Lace Dress, SGD399 (hm.com)


It’s the middle of the week, and since you’re caught up with a dozen tasks, you’ve no more time to curate your look for the day. When you’re facing this dilemma, let a sophisticated white dress save your day. The dress made from lace and organza is also decorated with sparkly studs. It’s a statement outfit on its own, so you can quickly head out, confident that your outfit’s on-fleek even with minimal accessorising.



Trendy Thursdays


H&M x Giambattista Valli collab bead-embroidered skirt

Bead-embroidered skirt, SGD159 (hm.com)


Sure, pants are our comfy best friends. But on days when we feel like dressing up a bit more, a nice statement skirt is your buddy. This flared mesh skirt embroidered with braided trims and glass beads is lined with contrasting-coloured chiffon, making it the perfect piece to keep your outfit from looking too plain. Pair it with a white chiffon top and black stockings for a sophisticated monochrome look.




Fancy Fridays


H&M x Giambattista Valli collab Dress with embroidery

Dress with embroidery, SGD249 (hm.com)


You’re finally done with the week and you’re excited for your Friday night out with the gals. Ace your day-to-night dressing with this black embroidered dress. During the day, pair it with a structured black blazer for a subtler look. But when the sun sets, let its detailed embroidery and sparkly stones shine as you enjoy the night. 



Simple Saturdays


H&M x Giambattista Valli collab Cargo trousers

Cargo trousers, SGD119 (hm.com)


For a casual day out to do your errands on the weekend, opt for a get-up that’s simple yet still stylish. These bleached cotton cargo trousers are your key for a relaxed look. Top it off with a black halter top or a cropped sweater, then slip onto leather sandals for a laidback chic outfit.



Sweet Sundays


H&M x Giambattista Valli collab Chiffon dress

Chiffon dress, SGD249 (hm.com)


Indulge your feminine side by wearing a floral dress for a Sunday brunch. This calf-length dress is airy and softly drapes your silhouette with its chiffon material. Not to mention, its raglan sleeves and extra decorative flounces give off this sweet whimsical vibe. To balance it out, wear a contrasting black leather belt. Or, if you’re going for a more relaxed vibe, choose a pair of plain white sneakers to finish your look.


As always with H&M’s designer collaborations, the shopping rules for the H&M x Giambattista Valli collab are different, with the pieces only available in selected stores across the world. Can’t wait to grab these pieces off the rack? Skip the hassle of queuing and access them — as well as a number of exclusive pieces — online. 


(Cover photo from: @hm)



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Neutrals are great as versatile style pieces, but nothing beats having some fun with prints. Print dresses great for making a statement even with minimal to no accessorising. A quick browse through our Clozette Community will show you exactly what we're talking about. Here are some of our favourite looks.

(Cover photo from: juleneang)


Ready to don printed outfits? Take your pick below!

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