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Japan, Tokyo What To Wear When You’re There

Japan, Tokyo
What To Wear When You’re There
Sunflower girl troop in Harajuku
Blossom and lanterns in Tokyo

Where? Tokyo, Japan
When? June 2014
Why? I’ve always wanted to go to Japan, so when The Chinzanso Hotel asked me to stay I couldn’t say no!
Best time to go? The most romantic and picturesque time to travel to Japan is in April / May when the cherry blossom is in full bloom. September is also spectacular when the trees turn amber and gold with the changing autumnal season.
Thanks to? The Chinzanso Hotel, Harita Shah, Carl Esprit, Kyoko Shoji and Yosuke Nakajima for making my trip so much fun!

View of Mount Fuji from the Bullet Train (photo by Harita Shah)
Yep! That’s me!! Dress like a geisha for the day in Kyoto

What to wear when you’re there?
Tokyo is without doubt one of the most stylish cities I have ever visited. The locals are so on-trend, it feels like they’ve just stepped off the pages of a fashion magazine, even if they’re just out shopping or on their way to work.

Whether you dress in an outlandish, eccentric fashion like the infamous Harajuku girls, suited and chic like the city slickers and salary men or opulent and feminine like a geisha, as long as you look stylish you’ll fit in perfectly.

This gorgeous Harajuku girl accessorised with homemade cigarette packet earrings!
The Boys
Cool couples
The Harajuku girls
Cool girl working the ‘my little pony’ look

Where to shop? The streets of Tokyo are filled with quirky boutiques, shops and retailers. For high end designer shops head to the luxurious tree lined streets of Omoto Sando.

If you take a little detour off to the back streets of Ula (which runs perpendicular to the main stretch of Omoto Sando) you’ll come across a much cooler, home grown style of clothing. Think edgy Japanese aesthetic.

Circus Store in Ula


The best place for street style spotting is Takeshita Street. Grab a smoothie at one of the roof cafes and watch the outrageous Harajuku Girls in full-kitch ensembles go by.  Make sure you take your camera! Want to join in the fun and fancy dress? Visit one of the many Photo Booth stores frequented by Japanese teenagers.
Kyoko and I couldn’t resist the photo booth shop on Takeshita Street
Mount Fuji

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