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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Taking The Shinkansen to Osaka, Airbnb Tour & Dotonbori! | Solo Travel Japan Vlog

Today we're leaving Tokyo and are off to the city of bright lights, unmissable street food and bustling nightlife - Osaka!

It's around a three to four hour trip on the Bullet Train from Tokyo to Osaka, and I definitely suggest booking a JR Pass (must be purchased before arriving in Japan!) so you can catch the Shinkansen for free - it works out very affordable if you plan on travelling between cities.

Plus, the 300km/h ride is suuuuper comfortable and it's lots of fun watching your surroundings zoom past!

This is also my third visit to Japan's second-largest city, but it's the first time I've featured Osaka in a #hijessicaanneinjapan vlog. I can't wait to share some of my favourite spots with you! 

This trip I stayed in one of the most unique, and BEAUTIFUL, Airbnbs I've ever seen, which was situated in the very local neighbourhood of Nakatsu. 

It was a gorgeous mix of old and new Japanese architecture, and if you're looking for a fantastic place to stay in Osaka, it comes with a glowing recommendation from me!

Stay tuned, more Osaka vlogs are on their way!

Watch the video below:



BIO - Batonship Inn Osaka (Osaka Airbnb) //
Chibo Okonomiyaki //


Saturday, 18 May 2019

Inside The Studio Ghibli Museum + Tokyo Cat Cafe! | Solo Travel Japan Vlog

Even though you may not be allowed to film or take photos inside the Studio Ghibli Museum, I found an a-okay way to still share with you a little of what's inside of this notoriously-hard-to-get-tickets-to museum - watch for the reveal!

What I will say now, is that if you're a fan of Studio Ghibli, this Tokyo-based museum NEEDS to be on your travel itinerary (just make sure you buy your tickets well in advance - like MONTHS in advance!). 

You can watch an exclusive museum-only short film in their cinema, wander through room replicas of Hayao Miyazaki and his team's animation studios, and even see a lifesize Cat Bus and eat Ghibli-themed meals in their cafe.

If that wasn't cute enough, I also visited an adorable cat cafe in the nearby neighbourhood of Kichijoji - it is seriously a super kawaii way to spend an afternoon! 

Let me know what your favourite Studio Ghibli film is in the comments! Mine is Spirited Away, but I also love Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbour Totoro 🌱 

Watch the video below:



Paddlers Coffee //
Ghibli Museum //
Cat Cafe Temari no Ouchi //
Delicaondoru Shin Okubo //


Saturday, 11 May 2019

The “Girl’s Akihabara”, Otome Road + Pokemon Mega Centre Tokyo! | Solo Travel Japan Vlog

Calling fans of manga, anime and video games! Akihabara may be known as Tokyo's top destination for pop culture, but if you're a female fan or girl-gamer, head to Ikebukuro!

Ikebukuro's "Otome Road" - otherwise known as Maiden Street - is a treasure trove of fandom goods all aimed towards girls.

You can find plushies, doujinshi fan art books, accessories, stationery and SO much more; I found merch from My Hero Academia, Fruits Basket, Persona 5, The Tales Of Series, Fate... it felt endless!

We also headed to The Pokemon Mega Centre Tokyo - the largest Pokemon Centre in Japan! 

Let's just say, stay tuned for a video later on in the #hijessicaanneinjapan series where I'll be sharing a haul including everything I bought in this vlog (it's a LOT)!

Watch the vlog below:



K-Books Ikebukuro //
Animate Ikebukuro //
Mutekiya Ramen //
Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo //


Saturday, 4 May 2019

Designer Brands, Kiddyland & Shopping in Omotesando, Tokyo | Solo Travel Japan Vlog

...Aaaaand the annual #hijessicaanneinjapan episode where I get my hair done in Tokyo and visit Kiddyland is here 😂 After six visits to Japan, it's tradition!

In today's vlog I headed (lol) to Number76 Nalu in Omotesando to get my hair cut and coloured, before popping into my favourite coffee spot in Tokyo and buying waaaaay too many nerdy knick-knacks at Kiddyland.

Plus, stay tuned to the end for a lil toy unboxing and a sticker haul!

Watch the video below:



Haruka Breads //
Number76 Nalu Hair Salon //
76 Cafe //
Vintage QOO Tokyo //
Cafe Kitsune //
Kiddyland //
B-Side Label //
Harajuku Gyozaro //


Saturday, 27 April 2019

Visiting Tokyo’s “Little Europe”, Jiyugaoka | Solo Travel Japan Vlog

Tokyo is a city full of unique neighbourhoods, that each have their own individual personalities, vibe and aesthetic. 

In today's video, I took a trip to Jiyugaoka, one of the trendiest areas in Meguro, which is known as Tokyo's "Little Europe"! 

There I visited the Peter Rabbit Cafe, which is probably the cutest themed cafe I've ever been to in Japan, and pop into Jiyugaoka's super photogenic La Vita - a mini replica of Venice! 

AAAAAAND as you'll soon find out, there was a little bit of drama in this video... RIP cam!! 

Hope you enjoy episode 3 of #hijessicaanneinjapan season 3! 



Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe // 
La Vita, Jiyugaoka // 
BAKE Cheese Tart // 
Bic Camera // 
Daimaru Tokyo //


Saturday, 20 April 2019

A Sunday In Tokyo's Sleepy Little Suburb, Ebisu | Solo Travel Japan Vlog

It's day two of #hijessicaanneinjapan season 3!

Come along on a super chill day in Tokyo's sleepy suburb of Ebisu, which is around a 15 minute walk from central Shibuya. 

It's a laidback little residential neighbourhood full of hidden-away cafes (and home to my favourite burger joint in Tokyo!) and the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon. 

Plus, there's a tour of my cute lil Tokyo Airbnb at the beginning of the vlog! 

It's located in Hatagaya in Shibuya (two stations from Shinjuku) and was a lovely base to explore Tokyo from. 

Enjoy the vlog! ビデオをお楽しみ!



The Airbnb I stayed at in Hatagaya, Shibuya //
(Sign up for Airbnb & Get A$55 To Spend On Your First Trip! //
Burger Mania //
Melting In The Mouth //
Nail & Eyelash Max Kelly (Ebisu) //
Shabu Shabu On-Yasai (Shinjuku) //


Saturday, 13 April 2019

The First Day Of My 6th Trip To Japan! | Solo Travel Japan Vlog

Welcome to the very first episode of #hijessicaanneinjapan Season 3!

After five trips to Japan, I returned to Tokyo for the SIXTH time - I CLEARLY cannot stay away from the place - for a two week stay during cherry blossom season. 

Watch to find out what I got up to on my first day back and stay tuned... there are heaps more daily travel vlogs to come! 

ALSO! I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who watched the first two seasons of my Japan solo travel vlogs - I love your excitement, enthusiasm and absolutely appreciate all of the support, comments and messages you've sent me over the past two years. I hope you love watching and coming along with me on this new series, as much as I did living it! 

If you have any questions about travelling to Japan, let me know in the comments below! I'd be happy to answer them and help a traveller (or traveller-to-be!) out. 




Lush Lab // 
Curry Udon Senkichi // 
Alfred Tea Room //


Sunday, 10 February 2019

Hot Springs, A Cute Picnic & Fancy Japanese Food! // Birthday Weekend Vlog

What's better than your birthday falling on a weekend? Your birthday falling on a long weekend!

Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate, and hope you guys enjoy this short and sweet birthday weekend vlog!

Watch the vlog below:

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