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Saturday, 21 July 2018

The "Brooklyn Of Tokyo", Daikanyama! // Solo Travel Japan

In today's Japan vlog, I head to the upmarket district of Daikanyama - known as the 'Brooklyn of Tokyo'!

I may not have been to Brooklyn before, but the upmarket, effortlessly cool vibe of Daikanyama definitely transported me there - with a tonne of cute boutiques and backstreets, and the most gorgeous bookstore I've ever seen, if you have a spare day in Tokyo and want a relaxing district to explore, look no further.

But before I headed there, I had to make a stop at a dentist in Aoyama - you never expect to do something as mundane as go to the DENTIST while you're on holiday in Tokyo, but it was sooo lucky that I was able to find an english-speaking clinic!

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

A Day Trip To Kyoto & Kiyomizudera Temple!

One day in Kyoto is never enough, but for my fifth visit to this gorgeous city, I decided to spend it at my absolute favourite temple in Japan - Kiyomizudera.

The views of Kyoto from atop this World Heritage Listed Site are absolutely breathtaking - even on my fifth trip to Kiyomizudera (I've now been in every season!), it still completely blew me away! 

If you're currently researching a trip to Japan, put Kiyomizudera on your itinerary - it's my favourite spot in Kyoto and the area has everything you'd want in a day trip to this cultural city; amazing photo opportunities, great souvenir shopping (including TWO Studio Ghibli stores!) and endless restaurant choices!

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Saturday, 7 July 2018

A Night Out In Harajuku & The AVOCADO Cafe?! // Solo Travel Japan

There are so many themed venues in Tokyo, so when I heard that there was an AVOCADO-themed restaurant in Harajuku, I HAD to check it out!

πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘❤️πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘ basically 

This is a bit of a short and sweet vlog, so I hope you guys enjoy it! 

With avocado overload, checking out some shops and taking purikura (super kawaii photobooth pictures!), come along on our lil girls night out in Harajuku!

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

New Friends At Tokyo's YouTube Hanami! // Solo Travel Japan

I barely slept the night before this vlog.

The lovely Keira from Keira in Tokyo messaged me at midnight to invite me to the 2018 Tokyo YouTube Hanami (a huge cherry blossom viewing picnic!) and I was SO NERVOUS abut going that I stayed up all night, worrying that I wouldn't know anyone and that I'd make a fool of myself if I went - but I am SO glad that I did (go, that is!).

When you solo travel, you're kind of forced to get out of your comfort zone. It's SCARY, it's UNCOMFORTABLE, but it's GROWTH.

And I'm so proud of myself for busting out, because I had a rad time and met so many new friends!

If you were at the picnic and said hello - THANK YOU! Thank you for so warmly welcoming me, and being a part of one of my favourite days of my trip to Japan.

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Visiting Persona 5 Locations In REAL LIFE! // Solo Travel Japan

My all-time favourite game is Persona 5, where you play as a high-schooler in Tokyo who has to save the world while staying a model student (that description sooooo doesn't do it justice!).

But the coolest part is that it's ACTUALLY set in REAL LIFE Tokyo, so the locations in the game actually exist! So I thought I'd dedicate a day of my trip to visit some of the real life locations of Persona 5, and OH. MY. GOSH. These places are truly spot on!

Hope you guys enjoy the vlog, and if you've played P5 before, let me know in the comments who your fave character is! Mine is Joker - obviously ♥️

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This video was also inspired by RyiSnow's video, comparing real life Shibuya to Persona 5's version of Shibuya! Check it out here.

πŸ’•πŸ’• ALSO to everyone who came from Sammie's video - hello! I'm so excited to meet you and I hope you enjoy the videos that I have in store πŸ’•πŸ’•

*I am not affiliated with or own any part of Persona 5 or Atlus; I just LOVE the game and wanted to share that with you! But definitely play the game if you get a chance, it is RAD.


Saturday, 2 June 2018

Tokyo’s Hipster Town Shimokitazawa (LOTS of Cafes!) // Solo Travel Japan

If my home city of Melbourne, Australia had a long-lost twin in Japan, it would be Shimokitazawa!

In today’s vlog, I visited Tokyo’s ‘hipster town’, which is full of trendy cafes and vintage clothing stores (plus, an adorable bakery that make TOTORO-themed cream puffs! Yes, we know, I’m obsessed, etc. etc.).

I also caught up with Ken from MrKenDenis!! We went out for dinner and dessert and it was sooooo nice spending time together in Tokyo πŸ’–

warning, i do a lot of eating in this video lol #wheninjapan

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

How I Take Travel Photos Alone & Bento Cooking Class! // Solo Travel Japan

UM. Those Totoro bento boxes were almost too cute to eat!!

Adorable themed bento lunches are super common in Japan for elementary / primary school age students, and in today's vlog I learned how to make my own! Because I'm a kid at heart πŸ’– 

If you have a spare two hours in Tokyo, I highly recommend booking a local cooking class! This one was all in English, and it was so much fun using a tonne of new-to-me ingredients and learning some new cooking techniques. 

Afterwards, I headed into Shibuya to do some shopping and I explain how I take my Instagram photos while travelling alone! Spoiler - I have no shame 🀣

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Countryside That Inspired My Neighbour Totoro 🌱 // Solo Travel Japan

If you're a Studio Ghibli fan... you NEED to go here! 🌱

Because I'm travelling solo in Japan, I wanted to do something a bit different, so I decided to join an Airbnb Experience tour! 

I spent the day hiking through Tokorozawa in Saitama, which is the country town and forest area that inspired Hayao Miyazaki (i.e. the KING of Studio Ghibli!) to make the famous film, My Neighbour Totoro - which is one of my all time favourites! 

The guided walking tour included hiking through the 'Totoro Forest' (literally), visiting Korosuke's House - which the house in My Neighbour Totoro was modelled after! - and sampling the best green tea I've ever tasted at a traditional Japanese tea plantation. 🍡 

It was a total dream, and if you have a day spare in Tokyo and want to experience the countryside, Tokorozawa is a one hour trip from the city and WELL WORTH the visit!

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