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Blueskygirl Does Tokyo

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A November 2008 trip to Tokyo by blueskygirl

Final destination Photo, Tokyo, Japan More Photos
Quote: A winter visit to this vibrant city

Tokyo DisneySea

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Attraction | "If You Don't Enjoy, Check Your Pulse!"

Tokyo DisneySea Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Since this is our anniversary trip, my husband acquiesced by agreeing to go to Disney Sea. Of course, we had both been to Disneyland in Anaheim as kids. So this was our first time doing a Disney trip as adults. My husband admitted that he was expected to be pretty underwhelmed. But guess what… we were totally wow-ed and had the best time!The best part was doing a bit of research before out trip to find out how to work the FastPass system. It is the civilized way of "cutting in line". I can’t believe how much better using the FastPass made our day; we basically did in one day what it would take us two days to see and do. So what’s the FastPass and how does it work?At...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 19, 2008

Tokyo DisneySea
1-1 Maihama
Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan 279-8511
81 (0)45 683 3333

Our Highlights and a Total Ho-Hum

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Harajuku Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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In addition to Disney Sea and the Vermeer exhibit at the Tokyo Met of Art, these are a few highlights in no particular order:1. People watching on Omotesando Hills. As an added bonus, one of the best toystores I have ever been to is here as well. Lots of cute accessories, games, Lego that I had never seen before. Kiddyland6-1-9 JinjumaeTEL: 3409-3431A great place to buy a couple of cool unusal toys for my adorable little nephew.2. Our meal at Kaikaya in Shibuya. This restaurant was recommended to us by a serious food-lover who boldly proclaimed that it might be the "best restaurant in Tokyo". What makes the meal even more thrilling is...Read More

Vermeer in Tokyo

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Shinjuku Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Vermeer in TokyoAnother reason we wanted to visit Tokyo for our anniversary trip was to visit the Vermeer exhibit at the Tokyo Metropolitan of Art in Ueno Park (showing August 2 – December 14, 2008).8-36 Ueno-Koen, Taito-kuTEL: 03-3823-6921Johannes Vermeer a Dutch painter only produced 36 canvases (as opposed to say, Picasso who has over 1,000 pieces). Of course, Vermeer’s most famous work is probably "Girl with Pearl Earring" or the "The Astronomer" so this was a chance to see some of his lesser-known works. Anyways, the exhibit in Tokyo was showing six of Vermeer’s pieces including, "The Little Street", "Diana and her Companions", "The Girl with the Wi...Read More

Oakwood Apartments Shinjuku

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Hotel | "We've Found a Winner!"

Oakwood Apartments Shinjuku  Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Oakwood Residence Shinjuku7-5-9 NishishinjukuTel: 03-5338-3131This serviced apartment is consistently #1 on Tripadvisor for the Shinjuku district and we could not agree more. We scored a rate of 11,000 Yen/night which we thought was an amazing price after comparing a bunch of other hotels in that price range.The rooms are equipped with a small kitchen including a fridge, stove, microwave, plates, cutlery, corkscrew, wine glasses, tumblers, pots/pans and even a rice cooker. Of course we didn’t do any cooking but it was great to have a stock of cold drinks in the fridge and also some real-size (read: big) wine glasses for our breaks back at the apartment....Read More

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Oakwood Apartments Shinjuku
7-5-9 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo
+81 3 5338 3131

The Narita Airport Quandry

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Final destination Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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The Narita Airport Quandry - How Do I Get Into Tokyo?Arrival at Narita airport was pretty hectic. The lines at Customs were long and it seemed to take forever for our luggage to come onto the carousel. It didn't help that we had our bags searched as we were exiting (it might have had to do with the husband being Mr Scruffy). It might be a good time to note that perhaps in Japan looking clean-cut and hiding any visible tatoos might be the way to go, just to avoid hassles at Customs. There are four main options for getting into Tokyo from Narita (figure two hours on the safe side):1. The local train called Limited Express (¥1,000 to Ueno or Nippori). This train make...Read More