Japan (日本): Exploring Shinjuku + Tokyo Sky Tree

Photos: Camie Juan (For Outfit Photos)

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Outfit: Coat (Uniqlo x Lemaire), Shirt (Zara Man), Trousers (Zara Man), Cap (New Era), Sneakers (Adidas)

Tokyo has such a vibrant and interesting energy that one can only find here. From the busiest intersection that is Shibuya Crossing, crazy and eclectic Japanese fashion, overwhelming Japanese retail brands scattered all over Shinjuku, cosplayers walking down Harajuku, Japanese minimalist architecture, numerous temples, respectful and helpful Japanese people, the heartwarming story of Hachikō and its owner, Japanese anime, the delicious and authentic ramen, fresh sushi, I can go and on. That’s why when I was invited by Airlite Int’l Travels & Tours last March to visit Japan, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

However, I can definitely say that this was probably the most spontaneous trip I have ever taken in my life. My Japanese VISA got approved just 4 hours before the flight! Being the expert procrastinator that I am, I didn’t pack for the trip just yet (mostly because I wasn’t sure it was pushing through). I was watching the Les Miserables show at Solaire that night when I got a text from Airlite saying I was granted a Japanese VISA and that the flight is at 5:30am. It was 12 midnight, my girlfriend was laughing at me because I was panicking. I gave myself an hour to drive back home, pack for 30 minutes (an impossible task for most fashion bloggers lol) then head to the airport.

I made it to my flight–along with 51 other people who were part of the tour. It felt like a field trip! I was excited because I’ve been to trips (local) with travel agencies and I always end up having the best memories because of the new people I meet. I had high hopes for this one. I went with my good friend Camie, one of the few bloggers I look up to. I’ve always admired her for putting up quality content every single time and I think that’s very difficult to do now (and has remained down-to-earth in the process). I knew we would learn so much from each other in this trip.

We arrived in Narita at 11 in the morning. Camie and I immediately rented a pocket wifi which cost around 1,290 Yen (around 580 Pesos) per day. Not bad at all! We met the 50+ other people who were part of the trip by Airlite Int’l Travels and Tours. Yes, you see those people traveling in big groups with the tour guide waving a stick with a flag (sometimes a stuff toy lol). Yup, I’m on those group tours. Haha! I was excited to focus on the sightseeing, learning from our tour guide Kenny, take my time snapping and taking everything in. No need to worry about getting lost, looking for the right train station, or finding the best place to eat authentic Japanese food. Scroll along to see Japan through my eyes. Stay tuned as I have a few more blog posts waiting for you guys!

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SHINJUKU (新宿):

Shinjuku is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is a major commercial and administrative centre, housing the busiest railway station in the world. It also offers a wide array of quaint coffee shops, massive shopping stores, the best sake (mmm), rock bars, popular shrines and the best views of the city. Our tour guide Kenny told us that you could live in Tokyo for years and still not discover everything it offers! It was the perfect first stop for our trip.

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I wore this Uniqlo x Lemaire coat which I got from my trip to Japan last year. I’m so happy I finally got to wear it! I paired it with olive green trousers + a white cap and sneakers to keep it clean and casual. 

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One of the many things I admire about the Japan is their Japanese school uniform! The first thing that comes to mind when I see the locals wearing these are (a) sailor moon (b) Japanese horror movies. Haha! Nevertheless, they look so chic! Also, did you know that some schools in Japan don’t require school uniforms but since this style is such a big part of their culture, some of them wear fake uniforms (or “nanchatte” uniform as they call it). A lot of local brands offer this type of clothing! 

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It is impossible to remain indifferent to Japanese culture. It is a different civilisation where all you have learnt must be forgotten. It is a great intellectual challenge and a gorgeous sensual experience. -Alain Ducasse

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Japan’s street style is famous around the globe for its ever-changing face. From soft hues and simple silhouettes to over-the-top and crazy weird. This is just one of the many things I love about Japan. I always enjoy being out in the streets and just observe the locals and how they dress. Most of them have the same style–a military/utilitarian coat or a soft pastel pink/yellow/green one. Layered with a simple top, skirt, white socks and sneakers (or boots).  

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TOKYO SKYTREE (東京スカイツリ)

The Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo. The highlight of the Tokyo Skytree is its two observation decks which offer spectacular views out over the city. The two enclosed decks are located at heights of 350 and 450 meters respectively, making them the highest observation decks in Japan and some of the highest in the world! Too bad we didn’t get to go up because we were pressed for time. But our tour guide took us to the best spot where we can see the tower and take photos!
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That’s it for my first day in Tokyo! I have tons and tons of stories and photos to share with you from my trip so make sure to keep checking back on the blog for new posts! If you’re interested in joining a tour with  Airlite Int’l Travel & Tours, head on over to their Facebook page to see all their tour packages! 
All photos were taken using my Fujifilm X-T10 (35mm lens)
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