Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha)

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 Guest Post by Amy Smith Many travelers seem to skip over Japan when traveling the world. It’s unfair, really, as it’s one of the most culturally rich destinations you’ll ever come across – from the wonder of its major cities to the intrigue of its rich history and heritage, Japan’s culture is prevalent and diverse, making for a very unique experience. If you’re considering a trip to Japan for the culture, here are four… Read more »

Dinner with a Geisha

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 “What was your favorite experience in Japan?” I’ve been getting this question quite frequently recently. Which really isn’t very easy to answer. There are a million things I loved about Japan…so, I figured it would be a bit easier to break it down into tours and places I visited. I also can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am that readers are reaching out to tell me my blog has inspired them… Read more »

22 Things That Surprised Me About Japan (as an American)

Last Updated on August 4, 2019 I know I’ve said this a million times, but Japan is an absolutely amazing country. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, DO NOT hesitate. Living in Tokyo has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I would move back in a heartbeat and stay there forever. It is my absolute favorite place I have been to, hands down. (And my husband seconds this!) I know there are many preconceived… Read more »

Ichiran Ramen

Last Updated on July 28, 2019 My last weekend in Tokyo didn’t end with a bang…it was more of a quiet goodbye. I wanted to remember how at peace I felt here, and not cram a bunch of activities into my last few days. But I did make an effort to finally head over to Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens (Gorgeous!)…and then topped off the day with one heck of an experience at Ichiran Ramen! I’ll first tell/show my experience at… Read more »

Shein Polka dot dress

Last Updated on July 27, 2019 As you’re reading this post, I will be flying somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on my way to our new home Sydney, Australia! That is crazy to think. Especially since we’ve been trying to move to Australia for the past 4 years…it really doesn’t feel like it’s happening now. So, this will be my last outfit post from Japan. I do have a few travel posts from Tokyo that I will publish next week… Read more »

Striped Dress

Last Updated on July 24, 2019 I don’t usually mind standing out in a crowd when it comes to my style choices. Actually, I don’t usually care one bit. But there are a few times that I’ve found myself wanting to blend in. One of these times was when we first arrived in Tokyo. Not knowing the language or customs all that well, I already felt a bit out of place and out of sorts when I first arrived and… Read more »

DMM PLanets

Last Updated on July 11, 2019 Whether you fancy a stroll through a “Crystal Universe” made up of millions of LED lights or frolicking through a cushy “Black Hole”…or maybe swimming with some Koi? DMM.Planets Art has a little something for everyone…and it’s all amazing! It’s also user interactive. So, even if you don’t think you enjoy viewing art, I do believe everyone of all ages will find this exhibit to be an incredible experience! Tokyo-based artists, teamLab, are the… Read more »

Tokyo National Museum

Last Updated on June 27, 2019 *If you like this post, it is now available as a self-guided walking tour! Click here to download it. From samurai swords to beautiful kimonos and ancient Buddhist scrolls to interactive displays and much more…the museums in Tokyo have a lot to offer. I know I may be in the minority here, but I really enjoy visiting museums (especially art museums) and recapping them on my blog. I know these generally aren’t the most… Read more »

Cure Maid Cafe

Last Updated on June 19, 2019 Have you ever heard of a “Maid Cafe?” I had only recently heard of such a thing…I’m aware of cat cafes and actually visited an owl cafe, but the maid thing sounded a bit creepy. However, I’ve been getting told repeatedly to visit one…So, I finally caved this last weekend and went to see what all the fuss is about. I ventured over to Akihabara to visit “Cure Maid Cafe.” It is said to… Read more »

Sensō-ji

Last Updated on June 10, 2019 Asakusa is a district in Tokyo that has a lot going on…and I, personally, loved it. I thought it had a similar feeling to Kyoto. This is probably because Asakusa has more buildings from the 1950s and 1960s than the rest of Tokyo…giving it a much older feeling. (There aren’t many buildings over 50 years old in Tokyo because of the World War II bombings.) It’s also an area in Tokyo that still has… Read more »

View from Tokyo Tower

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 I hope everyone had a great weekend! Today is actually a national holiday in Japan (Marine Day), so instead of working, we went to watch our first Japanese baseball game! It was a blast! But I’ll share more about it later because today…I’m hosting another giveaway with GPSmyCity! This time, I will be giving away 2 of my articles about Tokyo: “The Views of Tokyo” and “Visiting Tokyo’s Owl Cafe: Fukuro no Mise” (pictured… Read more »

snoopy museum tokyo

Last Updated on May 21, 2019 Are there any Peanuts fans out there? I’m a big fan! Who doesn’t love Snoopy? Haha. And apparently, there are a lot of Peanuts fans in Tokyo as well. I had absolutely no idea there was a Snoopy Museum just minutes from where I am staying. I took a different route home from the gym and just happened to stumble on this museum! I had to go in! Snoopy Museum in Tokyo The wall… Read more »

hippo getting his teeth cleaned

Last Updated on May 18, 2019 I promised to show off my panda photos today, and I’m going to keep that promise! Haha. And, of course, the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo doesn’t just have giant pandas. They also have hippos, okapis, rhinos and even tapirs! It was pretty awesome to see tapirs or okapis in real life! And the hippos were even getting their teeth cleaned out when we saw them – it was crazy! But before I show some… Read more »

Fujimi-yagura (Mt Fuji-view keep), guard building within the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace

Last Updated on May 17, 2019 The Imperial Palace is a huge park-like area in Tokyo where the Emperor of Japan lives. The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public and are beautiful! And they are free to tour. I’m going to show off some photos of the gardens, as well as a tour of the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace…which we had gotten very lucky and were able to tour the day we were there! But… Read more »

Robot Restaurant Tokyo

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 *If you like this post, it is now available as a self-guided walking tour! Click here to download it. If you find yourself in Tokyo someday and only have time to do one touristy thing, I highly recommend you visit Robot Restaurant! It is the most inexplicably crazy (in a good way) performance I have ever seen. This isn’t an actual restaurant, really, as the name implies. It’s a robot show where snack food… Read more »

Marvel outfit

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 Shop the look:   Harajuku is one spot in Tokyo that was pretty much a requirement to check out, as everyone who has been to Tokyo had told me to go. Even the person who cut my hair last week in Tokyo told me to go see it (more on that adventure a different day)! I knew Harajuku is all about nonconventional fashion and fun street style. So, I figured this would be a… Read more »

Tokyo outfit post

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 Yippee! I am honored to have had another blog post selected by Independent Fashion Bloggers for Links à la Mode! My “I’m in Tokyo, I Swear!” outfit post was the one that was selected this week. Just a reminder of what Links à la Mode is, it is a weekly roundup of 20 of the best blog posts selected by the site, Independent Fashion Bloggers. (You can read the full guidelines for submitting your… Read more »

sailor moon exhibit

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 I spent a good chunk of my childhood pretending I was Sailor Moon, watching Sailor Moon, obsessing over Sailor Moon…and did I mention pretending I was Sailor Moon? Well, as you can see in the photo above, I still like to pretend I’m Sailor Moon somedays. Haha. My lovely babysitter, Ruth, had Cartoon Network…something we did not have at home. And she always let me watch Sailor Moon after school…which is where my obsession… Read more »

Tokyo Tower

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 *If you like this post, it is now available as a self-guided walking tour! Click here to download it. Wow! This weekend we kicked our exploring skills into high gear! We saw and experienced so much these past few days, that I will need to break it into several posts. Which leads me to an announcement regarding Have Clothes, Will Travel…starting this week, I will no longer be publishing on Monday, Wednesday & Friday…. Read more »

Tokyo outfit post

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 Dress (Similar here & here) | Cardigan | Pumps | Earrings You probably can’t tell by these photos, but I swear I’m in Tokyo. Haha. This little alley is right next to my apartment and was the first quiet place I had noticed when looking for spots to take photos. I have since found a whole bunch of out-of-this-world beautiful locations to take photos. So, I swear, from here on out…my backgrounds will do… Read more »

Tokyo's Owl Cafe - Fukuro no mise

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 I had heard of cat cafes, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I was introduced to an owl “cafe.” My friend, Shannon, had sent me a Buzzfeed article with a list of wacky things to try in Tokyo. At the top of the list was visiting Fukuro no Mise – an owl cafe. It had awesome reviews on TripAdvisor and Google…and wasn’t too far away from us, so, my husband and I decided… Read more »