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DAY 5 - TOKYO DISNEYLAND RESORT (Part I)

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Train ride from Asakusa to Tokyo Disneyland was a bit tricky as you need to traverse three (3) train lines (with 3 trolley bags and 2 backpacks).

We thought of hiring a taxi, but was a bit turned off with the unjust fare of Y8400 (about P3700) for a taxi ride. So we braved the dependable and cheap train ride, which only cost about Y1900 (about P840).

Ginza Line: Asakusa to Ueno
Hibiya Line: Ueno to Hatchobori
Keiyo Line: Hatchobori to Maihama

TIP: Study Japan's train system well. Plan your train rides/transfers. You can use google map for this.  Other android applications which proved useful during our train planning were: Tokyo Rail Map Lite and Tokyo Subway Navigation.


The sign that told us we were still on the right track.
We arrived at the Maihama Station after 45mins.  The travel went well, despite a little mishap. We took the stairs, unknowing that there was an elevator while transferring to  Hibiya to Keiyo line (Oh, my poor husband who had to carry most of our luggage).

We …

DAY 4 - TOKYO JAPAN (UENO)

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For our DAY 4 in Tokyo, we went to UENO PARK.  

We left ASAKUSA at 8am for UENO Park.  Ueno is just 3 stops from Asakusa via the Ginza Line.

830am - Breakfast at Hard Rock Café.  We wanted to fill our tummy big time, before touring Ueno's huge park.






Ueno Park is a vast area comprising of a zoo, a huge pond and numerous museums.  It is generally a good  place to go people watching especially on weekends. Tons of Japanese families head here with their children for some family bonding time.
We came in a little late for the Sakura festival ~ when cherry trees are I full bloom.  We were just glad that there were still a few cherry blossom trees lining Ueno park when we visited (I guess they were waiting for us).


There were a lot people performing in the park to keep guests entertained (there where various dancing, playing musical instruments and even magicians). We chanced upon this group of Japanese in kimono doing, which we guessed is a traditional Japanese dancing.

There was a little dr…

DAY 3 - TOKYO JAPAN (From Tokyo to Nikko)

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DAY 3 is all about EDO.  Edo is the former name of Tokyo and the seat of power from 1603  to 1868.  To me it is the old mystical Japan ~ the world of Ninjas, Geishas and Samurai. 

We travelled 160 kilometers from Tokyo to Nikko-Shi to visit EDO WONDERLAND.  A theme park dedicated to the Edo period and living.  

We left the condo at about 7am, to catch an early 8am express train ride via the Tobu Railway. 

We bought the Kinugawa Theme park Pass at the Tobu Sightseeing  Service Center (opens at 730am). The Kinugawa Themepark is a discount all-in pass for tourists. Park entrance fees, round trip train ride and bus ride.

The pass gives you the option of 1 or 2 theme parks (Tobu World and Edo Wonderland).  We just got the Edo Wonderland, since my boys would probably be too tired playing ninjas, to try squeeze in a trip to Tobu World.  

The pass cost Y6180/adult and Y3090/children.  You need to pay extra to board an express train.


Here is the link for the detailed location - Tobu Sightseeing S…

DAY 2 - TOKYO JAPAN (Welcome to Odaiba)

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Aside from Tokyo Disneyland Resort, ODAIBA is the next best children's paradise in Tokyo.  It has everything to keep busy bodies ~ (really) busy.

We left the condo at 8am to have breakfast at McDonalds (the boys were missing their burgers).

Sorry... no rice here.
From Asakusa, we took the Ginza line to Shimbashi Station, where we transferred to Yurikamome Line.  We initially wanted to try out the Sumida River Cruise via Himiko, however we find it's first trip schedule rather late. 
TIP: Note that on all these train transfers, our PASMO card can be used.

DAY 2 - WELCOME TO ODAIBA

Our STOPS...


930am - STOP 1: MIRAIKAN (aka. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation).

9th Station from Shimbashi is the Telecom Center Station.  It was a huge  5 level building housing various science exhibits.  However, there were very little (if none) English translations of the exhibits. This was a bit of a let down for tourist.  The exhibits though were hands down grand and looks well funded.