Day 17: The Wrap-Up

Our last day in Tokyo went quite smoothly, and we’d had enough time in Japan (plus that last visit to Disney) that I didn’t feel like I had missed anything on our list. In fact, I can’t ever remember feeling so content at the end of a trip—neither sad to leave nor desperate to get home.

We woke up around 9 and emptied our suitcases and repacked the whole shebang, including souvenirs, and weighed the two checked bags.

Disney would make a mint if they could create a functioning Mary Poppins bag…

Our breakfast consisted of the “Delicious” model of the convenience store’s “Sandwich Series”… no, really—look!

Not only that, but it sent to us the lovely flavour of the wind in the meadows!

It had a surprising deliciousness which we’ll never forget. Ever.

So long, view!

After we checked out, we left our bags at the bell desk and went in search of a good last lunch (the surprising deliciousness already forgotten). We found it on the top floor of the Daimaru department store at what is apparently one of Tokyo’s premier eel restaurants.

We got a seat with a nice view…

….But that wasn’t the only place with a view—check out the john!

World’s Best View from a Urinal

This was probably the least edible meal of our trip for me – the eel and the rice was about all I could do, and the eel had little bones that irritated my already irritated throat.

Three guesses what this is, and the first two don’t count

Eel combo meal

The two businessmen next to us struck up a conversation with us. One was Japanese and one was French, and the Japanese guy complimented me on my Japanese pronunciation! When I told them I’d only had 2 weeks to learn, they seemed really surprised, and the French guy wrote down the name of the program I used because he was having trouble picking up the language. Now Patrick thinks they were just flattering me, cuz when I excused myself to go cough up some eel bones, the Japanese guy quizzed Patrick about whether we were a couple. Now I know this is the city where you can find such off-the-wall fetish items as used underpants in vending machines, but somehow I doubt this guy had a thing for ginormous pasty broads in frumpy, too-short pants and frizzy hair …

I *think* this is a shot of the elevator we took down to the basement of Daimaru.

Swanky macaroons

On our way out we got some shots of the baumkuchen counter for you…

The ever-present line

Hundreds of dollars’ worth of baumkuchen

We back to our hotel to get our bags and ask about catching a limo bus to Narita Airport. We were able to buy our tickets right there (cash only), which was a big relief cuz I was stressed out about buying the fare on the bus from the ticket agent for some reason. Oh yeah, because you can only buy them at the second stop, Tokyo City Airpoort, and I didn’t know if I’d have to get off the bus or what (turns out the agent comes on the bus and goe down the aisle selling tickets). Then they drew us a map to the limo bus stop across the street from Tokyo Station.

We picked up our bags back at the hotel and wended our way through the construction zones at Tokyo Station and emerged at the correct exit (hooray) to cross the street and meet the limo bus. Here’s what the stop looks like.

They must’ve known I’d be there…

The bus ride was easy and comfy – we got our own rows of seats to put our huge carry-ons in.


Last-minute kawaii

I dunno, it’s just weird to see the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel from this vantage point


Check in went smoothly, and security had the shortest line ever. JAL had these robo-check-in machines, but they weren’t saving a lot of labor, cuz as soon as we approached one, a nice employee came over to help us use it.

So THAT’s where Tokyo’s recycling containers all are!

Once you get beyond security, there’s miniature mall to browse while you wait for your flight. When we spotted our pal Anita’s two favorite stores—Hermés and Tiffany—right next to each other, we had to get a shot.

There was also a mini-Akhiabara hawking electronic goods, plus the usual assortment of gift-wrapped foodstuffs, most of which we’d never actually encountered in Tokyo.

Wait a minute—how’d this picture get in the camera? Paaaaaatrick!!!

Because eel bones only tide you over so long, we decided to have a second lunch at a café—which took Pasmo/Suica for payment! I merrily depleted the remaining balance on my subway card to buy our lunch.

Then we loaded up on snacks for the plane at a convenience store, including a jumbo box of Patrick’s favorite Meiji strawberry candies, which I saved as a surprise.

Our plane


And then we got on the plane! It was an uneventful flight, about 9 hours. The only drag was that the seatback TVs cut out a few times for about 20 minutes. But I still managed to catch “Up in the Air” and the truly awful “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” plus 1/3 of “Kinky Boots.”

The people in the row ahead of us got moved to premium economy cuz their TVs never worked at all, so Patrick got to stretch out and nap in that row. Oh, and the dinner included more delicious egg salad, and Patrick let me have his! (These are the highlights listed in my journal, so you know the trip must’ve been uneventful.)

When we got into SFO, we staggered to passport control and waited in line to the strains of Disney’s IllumiNations soundtrack, which plays over the US State Dept.’s “Welcome to America” video. The line was only 10 or 15 minutes long, and we just answered some questions about our trip and got passed to baggage. We eventually found all our luggage and then dragged it to the last stop, customs, where they glanced at us and sent us on our way.

Patrick’s dad picked us up and whisked us to his parents house, where they fed us split pea soup and sourdough bread that tasted like manna, I tells ya! I think we took about a 2-hour nap, but we were pretty much fully recovered the next day, so jetlag wasn’t even an issue.

We gave Môma & P-Daddy their omiyage, which they LOVED! They were so excited about the fake food we brought them. Patrick was right – it was the highlight of their own trip to Japan, and they couldn’t believe they finally owned some.

I’ll post this one again…

Omiyage in action!

Then we dumped out our suitcases in the spare room and separated the omiyage from our loot.

Our Loot

Uncle Not-Traveling Matt’s Birthday Present

Hotel Heist

I can’t resist showing you a few shots from Uncle Matt’s house, where we went to deliver the birthday goods the next day. It looks like a Disneyana Convention exhibitors’ hall!

And that’s it! I am so glad we were finally “forced” to go to Tokyo instead of keeping it a far-off, someday dream. I really hope that I’ve been able to make a trip to Japan seem slightly more accessible to US Disney fans (I just wish I could make it cheaper too!).

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49 Responses
  • Rose
    March 26, 2018

    I loved your trip report! We will be visiting my daughter and son in law in Japan in June. Your report really helped with making decisions on what we should do. We are spending 3 days with my daughter and doing seeing things near them (I have Ghibli Museum ticket for one day!), 4 nights at the Ambassador with 3 Park days, 3 days in Tokyo and 4 days in Kyoto. Most of the planning is done and I’m so excited

    • Carrie
      March 27, 2018

      That trip is gonna be amazing! I’m so glad I was able to help a little!

  • Len
    August 30, 2017

    So enjoyed your saga. We leave for Japan this Friday. We’re staying at the Disney Sheraton from Sunday to Thursday. Have three days in the parks, but the crowd levels are expected to be very low. Then we transfer to the Palace Hotel in Tokyo for 4 nights. Then bullet train to Kanazawa for 2 nights, Shirakawago for an overnight home stay, Takayama for 2 nights, then Kyoto for 5 nights before returning to Tokyo for one night, then home. I’ve jotted down your suggestion: ichiban seki. And w have added the Shitamachi Museum to our afternoon in Ueno Park. Thanks for the ideas. Wish us luck.

    • Carrie
      August 30, 2017

      Wow! This sounds like a fantastic trip! Have so SO much fun for me!

  • Nuttie
    April 7, 2014

    OMG! This report helped me soooooo much in planing and where and when to go.
    I’m going to tokyo over the Easter holidays, we live in brisbane.

    We will be leaving on 17 th April and come back on 25th April

    I have booked miracosta for 2 nights the Porto paradisso room( took quite sometimes to get it, I was literally check the website constantly for two weeks to get this room) totally can’t wait to go.

    Thank you so much both of you, you have put so much useful info that il de firefly use it as our

    I have also successfully booked all the restaurants that I wanted as well yay!!!!

    FYI for julie Wanda, you need to book the hotel first before you can add the resto booking 😉

    • Carrie
      April 7, 2014

      Fantastic! I’m glad you found the info helpful. I think you’re going to love the Easter decorations they have up. I’ve only seen pictures of Halloween and Christmas, but I think I can safely say their Easter decorations are my favorite.

  • Julie Wanda
    March 16, 2014

    Thank you SO MUCH for your entertaining trip report! I am supposed to be studying for an exam, but instead I keep reading your pages, using each one as a reward for a bit of studying. I have been to Tokyo Disney Land and Tokyo Disney Sea twice in the last five years and every time we go, I say “But when will I ever be here again?” and buy a million things. Now, my dear Boyfriend has decided that we need to go back in the fall (hopefully September for Halloween Time) and I am laughing because how many more times can I use that excuse? At first, I wouldn’t even use the things I bought in Japan (stationary, towels) because I thought they were too precious, but now I think I should use them up as an excuse to get more!

    Here’s my question: we have never stayed at an “official” Disney hotel – they just seem too extravagantly expensive. We stayed at the Hilton Tokyo Bay last time in a Happy Magic Room and it was absolutely delightful, but your descriptions made me seriously want to stay at a Disney resort. So, first part 1) was it worth the money? and 2) which one was your favorite? I’m going to start looking at rates now, and as soon as I get over sticker shock, maybe we can afford to book one night. Thanks for any help you can give. I am now a faithful follower of your blog!

    • Carrie
      March 17, 2014

      Yay! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog. Also, I am jelly of all your Tokyo trips! 🙂 OK, so I think if you can manage even one night at a Disney hotel in Tokyo, it’s worth it for the experience. I mean, it’s a crazy-insane amount of money, and I had to try really hard not to think about all the things I could have bought with the money we spent. But whereas rack rates at Walt Disney World leave you feeling like you’ve paid Ritz-Carlton prices for a Marriott experience, the level of service and amenities at the Tokyo hotels almost *almost* seem worth the prices. MiraCosta was definitely my favorite because you’re actually inside the park. Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is pretty but the park view is distant enough that it didn’t feel as worth the prices. At the Ambassador I’d suggest either getting the very cheapest room or getting concierge, since it could cost about as much as a standard room at one of the other hotels. If you’re gonna do concierge anyplace, do it in Japan, where they REALLY know good service. Hope this helps!

      • Julie Wanda
        March 18, 2014

        Thank you SO MUCH for your response! I sent it to my bf (who is on travel in NY right now) and he called me today and left a message that said (I’m paraphrasing) “screw it, I’m buying plane tickets today.” SO EXCITED. I also told him I’m going to try and get at least one night at the Mira Costa, but when I went online, the site would only let me book through early September. I think you said you had no issues booking online (and re-booking, and jiggering things around) so that is what I am going to try and do, unless anyone knows of a site to get a good deal on a Disney hotel. We have been renting someone’s DVC points when we go to WDW (usually once a year), so I am not used to rack rates at all!

        BTW, your post on how to rent DVC points was awesome because it took me months on the DIS boards to figure it out and then get up the nerve to really do it, so you’ve done a great service to others who are trying to figure that out. (And DVC is really the way to go, as it allows me and the BF to go to WDW frequently, even though we practically live in Anaheim!)

        One final question: how did you book at Blue Bayou? I couldn’t figure it out when I was there last time, and I really want to eat there this time…

        PS let me know if you want a POPCORN BUCKET and I will get you one in September! I didn’t buy any the last time I was there and it was probably the only thing I didn’t buy! 🙂

        • Carrie
          March 20, 2014

          WHOA, really??? I’d love a popcorn bucket! That is so kind of you to offer! 🙂 OK, so with the Blue Bayou, you have to call to make your reservation, and as I recall you can only do it 30 days out or 2 weeks out or something. Lemme see if I can dig up the info…

        • Carrie
          March 20, 2014

          OK, yeah, you have to call cuz the website’s only in Japanese. +81-45-683-3333 I feel like there’s a rule that only hotel guests can book 30 days out and others have to book the day before… I wish I’d put this part in my trip report, cuz I can’t quite remember now, and it’s not turning up on their English website. However, we walked right into *every* restaurant we wanted to eat at with no wait. They just weren’t that busy, even in peak season. The exception might be the character meals, which we didn’t try…

  • Dave
    March 13, 2014

    Thanks so much for the entertaining trip report! We’re leaving for Tokyo Disney Resort next week and you got me in the mood. We were there in 2009, but I ended up with the measles and saw nothing but the inside of the room at the Disneyland Hotel. I’m glad they upgraded us to a park view, at least! My partner came back from DisneySea and announced that he was taking me to see it if he had to push me around in a wheelchair (he was right, it’s fantastic!) Luckily I recovered and did manage to see almost everything the last 3 days. This time we’ll be there for 10 nights, then off to Hokkaido to work our way back to Tokyo over the following 5 weeks. Anyway, thanks again for putting me in the mood!

    • Carrie
      March 14, 2014

      WOW! Well this one sounds like it’ll be a dream trip. Way to make up for last time! (And I love that your partner dragged you out to see Tokyo DisneySea—he’s a keeper!)

  • chadbag
    November 6, 2013

    Thanks for the cool TR. We will be spending 3 weeks in Japan and 6 nights in Tokyo, leaving on Dec 26 and coming back mid January. We’ll be staying at Disney the whole time in Tokyo, though only spending 3-4 days at the parks, as the wife wants to hang with her sisters and stalk Japanese pop stars or something. I’ll hit some museums and stuff and get an extra day in at Disney while they do that. I like your attention to detail as I have gotten some good ideas for our Disney trip from your TR. This will be our second time at TDR. The first was 4 years ago when we had a 1 1/2 year old and a 6 1/2 year old, and my MIL in a wheel chair. So I am looking forward to this trip to be able to do a lot more stuff than we got done before (where we stayed a ways away and never got to the park before 10:30 or 11).

    Again, thanks for the fun and detailed TR. It is inspiring me for my own trip in 2 months.

    • Carrie
      November 7, 2013

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the report. What a great trip you have planned—I’m jealous!

      • chadbag
        January 18, 2014

        We got back from Japan this past Thursday. Home was reached around 11:30pm (instead of 7:30 pm as originally scheduled as we were rescheduled when we got to San Francisco due to a late arriving plane that would have stranded us in Denver). Out of our 3 weeks in Japan, we were one week in the Tokyo area, all of which we stayed at Disney official or actual hotels. Two nights at the Hilton (when we made reservations, no affordable rooms were available at a Disney hotel and our prepaid rate was 1/2 the cheapest Ambassador rate), one night at the Ambassador (so we could eat breakfast at Chef Mickeys), and three nights at the Disneyland Hotel (so we could do laundry and get the monorail pass). We actually only did the parks 3 days as a family, and my son and I added a fourth day (after a morning visit to Studio Ghibli museum). Other days were the arrival day, and a day up the Tokyo Skytree and shopping, and a day shopping and leaving late in the afternoon by Shinkansen. Your TR was very helpful to me when I was figuring out what to do and how to arrange the Disney park days and what to see. The first day (Jan 6) was busier than I thought (my wife said she thought kids were not back at school until the 7th after the long New Years break) and we were at Disneyland and got in about 5 or 6 rides. Long lines, etc. We didn’t quite make park opening but were there very soon there after. I think we only ended up with one Fast Pass (Hunny Hunt). By the time our second slot opened, everything we were interested in was sold out. We had wanted to hit Buzz Lightyear as well but I never saw lines under 60 minutes even by the last hour of the park being open (closed at 8pm). Second day was Disney Sea. Lines were much more reasonable except Toy Story Mania (where my son and I spent over 2 1/2 hours in line). We still did not get that much in. Third day we basically went on Buzz Lightyear over and over (11 times) at Disneyland as that is my son and my favorite 🙂 and lines were quite reasonable the whole day. That and Monster’s Inc twice since we had fast passes and my wife and daughter had left the park so we used their passes as well. Later in the afternoon my son and I went to Disney Sea and waited not quite two hours for Toy Story mania, and did 20000 Leagues and Journey to the Center of the Earth again. We wanted to do Toy Story Mania again, but even though it was cold and raining some, 90% of the park visitors still there seems to be at Toy Story Mania and the line was still 60 minutes with less than an hour before park closing. So that is when we headed off to 20000 Leagues etc again where the waits were 5 min (20k) and 5-10 min (JttCotE). Last day was again Buzz Light Yea (7 times) and a final 2 hour sweep through Disney Sea, skipping Toy Story Mania as the wait was huge, and again hitting 20K and JttCotE which were basically walk on. The fourth day we did not start at Disney until around 2pm due to the Studio Ghibli visit in the morning. Originally that day had no Disney plans at all. We owe you great thanks for the detailed TR which helped us immensely. Thanks! (We also loaded up on Hotel Amenities from all three, but especially the Disney properties, but due to space issues in our suitcases, when time came to come home, 2/3 of them ended up being left at my MIL’s apartment)

        • Carrie
          January 20, 2014

          Wow! Thanks for the mini trip report—fascinating stuff! So does Toy Story Mania differ from the US versions? I’m not sure we’d wait in line to ride it in Tokyo unless it was significantly different, but I know with kids, if that’s what they wanna do, that’s what you do! 🙂

  • Arturo
    July 28, 2013

    Ms. Loo,
    I thoroughly enjoyed this trip report! I came across it from searching for tips on 1st timers visiting Japan, or more specifically Tokyo, or even more specifically Tokyo Disney Resort. We are planning a first visit to TDR for the second week in March of 2014 and your deliciously humorous writing made us more excited for the trip!
    Ironically (or coincidently?) I perused your other reports and found that I believe that I (imagine the latter “I” is in bold print for added emphasis) am the big-head sitting in front you during the Legends forum at the D23 Expo! While I was a bit proud to see myself in your blog, albeit from the back, I am sorry to have blocked you.

    • Carrie
      July 29, 2013

      That’s incredible—I’m so glad to meet you! Sorry I got cranky about your noggin… 😀 I really shouldn’t complain, since I’m tall enough that I prolly block plenty of people in theaters too.

      You are going to have SO much fun in Tokyo. Let me know if you end up posting a trip report anywhere!

      • Arturo
        July 29, 2013

        Ms. Loo (or are we chums enough to call you Lurky?)
        My noggin will be making an appearance-and blocking hundreds-for the third time at the Expo in a few days! Are you going?
        I’m interesting in starting a Disney blog but have yet to realize the angle or niche. I visit WDW every six months, but then, who doesn’t? But I will do a video blog of the Expo and of our Tokyo trip! Perhaps a blog about the footwear of Disney park fans…but I’m worried of my blog becoming a fetish site on what the Disney Princesses wear whilst in their respective castles/picking up a few groceries at Walmart.

        • Carrie
          July 29, 2013

          Hee hee hee! I remember years ago there was a site called something like “Inappropriate Disney Footwear” and it was shots of women at Disney in high heels and impossible sandals and slippers and things. I say it’s time for a re-boot (ba-da-bump!). We are indeed going to the Expo, so we’ll keep an eye out for yer noggin!

          • Arturo
            July 29, 2013

            Cool! (About you guys being there and not so much about guest feet site that I considered creating for just 1.7 seconds.) I will be the one wearing a Disney shirt of the World variety- GOTTA REPRESENT FOR THE SOUTH EAST SIDE PARKS- and the corpulent cranium!
            Hope to see you there!

  • Helen
    July 28, 2013

    Hi there! First off, your reports on your adventures in Japan are amazing!

    Secondly, I was just wondering what time of year were you in Japan and also how much did you spend each day at Tokyo Disneyland and or Disneysea? I’m thinking of a day where you did a bulk of your souvenir shopping.


    • Carrie
      July 28, 2013

      We were in Japan the last 2 1/2 weeks of March, so the weather varied from rainy and cold to beautiful and balmy. I honestly can’t remember how much we spent on souvenirs, but I will say that the prices for most things seemed about equivalent or slightly cheaper than at the US parks, before the exchange rate. For example, I think I paid about 4,000 yen for a sweatshirt, which is $40 when the exchange rate is $1 to 100 yen. When we went, it was more like $1.20 to 100 yen, though. Hope this helps!

  • jenny
    January 15, 2013

    OMG! My husband and I totally loved this review! I felt like I was traveling with you! We are from Guam, USA and are planning a trip for the 1st or 2nd week of March 2013. I am terrified and excited at the same time. We are taking our 14 year old daughter, 4 year old daughter, and 1 year old son. What clothing should we pack and what kind of budget should we have? We are looking to spend as little as possible to still have a great time. Thanks in advance!

    • Carrie
      January 17, 2013

      I’d have to re-read my trip report to remind myself what the weather was like in March, but I think it will be on the cooler side with a chance of being really cold. We had that one cold rainy day, but the rest of the time we were OK in layers. Budgetwise, it really depends on where you stay and eat. Modest centrally located Tokyo hotels could be $300/night, whereas hotels farther out are less, but then you have to spend a lot of time on the subway getting places. I’d definitely avoid sit-down dinners in Tokyo. The counter-service places in and around train stations are usually reasonably priced, and we made cheap breakfasts from the cold case at 7-ll! At Disney, food is comparably priced to Walt Disney World, so stick with counter-service and snacks or eat at Maihama train station/Ikspiari food court to save. If you do want to have a nice meal at one of the hotel restaurants, definitely go at lunch time. Hope this helps!

  • Kathrin
    December 30, 2012

    Hi! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog as I’m a big Disney fan and your experiences at the various Disney Resorts around the world are really interesting to me! Not to mention your wedding which looks like it was absolutely AMAZING!

    I’m going to Japan in April for the first time in my life and sadly I only have one day I will be able to spend at Tokyo Disney Resort. I wanted to ask you if Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea would make for a better experience, if I can only choose one? And do you have any tips what I should absolutely go see/do since I only have that one day?

    I’ve only ever been to Disneyland Paris (but I’ve been there a couple of times, it’s fantastic!), so I suppose Tokyo Disneyland might be fairly similar and Tokyo Disney Sea something new, on the other hand, it might be easier to stick with something similar. It’s a difficult decision! I wish I had more time!

    • Carrie
      December 30, 2012

      Definitely Tokyo DisneySea—no question. There is nothing like it in the world, and we think it’s the very best Disney park anywhere. Unless you don’t do thrill rides, I’d say to run to Journey to the Center of the Earth first, get a FASTPASS and then ride it. Then go on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Tower of Terror would be my other recommendation to do early or to get a FASTPASS for, but the drop sequence matches ours in California, so for me the attraction there is the amazing queue. Use single rider as much as possible (it isn’t always offered, though).

      Don’t waste time with Raging Spirits unless you love roller coasters and can get on really quickly as a single rider. My other recommendations to skip would be Stormrider (it’s a movie-baed simulator like old Star Tours but the storytelling’s really disjointed) and Aquatopia. I would also probably skip Midway Mania since we have 2 of them over here, but I haven’t seen the queue – maybe it’s amazing. I would NOT skip Indiana Jones—it is waaaaaaay better than ours in California. For one thing, all the effects work like they’re supposed to, and they have different ones than ours. Also, don’t skip Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, even though everyone just writes it off as “like Small World.”

      None of the restaurants knocked my socks off, and if you only have 1 day you might wanna skip table-service altogether. We really liked the counter service place on Mysterious Island, and the one in Mermaid Lagoon has some interesting dishes for a counter-service. If you do want to do table service and can afford it, I recommend doing the buffet at Mira Costa Hotel during the afternoon water parade. They have a balcony you can watch from, and it’s a great way to see it. Alternatively, I’d schedule dinner there to watch Fantasmic! but dinner is even more spendy than lunch.

      Hope this helps! So glad you’re enjoying the blog!

      • Kathrin
        December 30, 2012

        Thanks it does! Your tips are great, I think I’ll definitely stick with counter service places (better for time and budget!).
        I actually haven’t been to Disneyland in California but it’s definitely on my list too!
        So, Tokyo Disney Sea it is! It does look amazing in your pictures, so I’m really looking forward to it. The rides sound interesting, I don’t think we have any of them in Paris! Except Indiana Jones, but I actually read it’s a different ride, though I’ll have to check on that again.

        I only have one additional question: How scary are the rides? I’m a little nervous about rollercoasters, but I like them if they’re not too scary. For example, I don’t really enjoy loops or riding in the dark (much). To give you an example, I LOVE Big Thunder Mountain in Paris, it’s probably my favorite ride there (along with Pirates of the Caribbean). OTOH, my sister tried the Indiana Jones one and said it was much scarier (I was too nervous to even try it, so I did everything in Fantasyland – cause that’s how long the line for Indiana Jones was – in the meantime).

        • Carrie
          December 30, 2012

          Let’s see… well definitely skip Raging Spirits, then. I think Journey to the Center of the Earth and Indy are worth riding in the dark (at times) — JTTCOTE especially is so short, that if you don’t like it, it’ll be over before you know it! Nothing else there is really scary. I guess Tower of Terror would be if you don’t like drop rides. Can you handle Disneyland Paris’ Haunted Mansion? Cuz to me that seems scarier than ANYTHING at Tokyo DisneySea (but I haven’t actually been on it yet…).

          • Kathrin
            December 30, 2012

            Thanks! I don’t mind it if it’s only partly dark, so I’ll try everything except Raging Spirits I guess! What I love most about Disneyland is the details and the amazing work they put into their attractions so I just don’t see the point about not seeing anything. 😉 I’m not that much of a thrillseeker.
            I LOVE Paris’ Haunted Mansion (it’s number 3 on my list of favorites), I didn’t think it was that scary. Although I might have when I first went there (that’s actually pretty likely, now that I think of it, since I was a kid back then and I was absolutely terrified of Big Thunder Mountain), maybe I’m just used to it by now. Still adore the artwork there, though! I always go there when I’m at Disneyland.

            • Carrie
              December 30, 2012

              Ooh! I hope I get to see it some day!

  • Dawn
    June 27, 2012

    I just finished your wonderful trip report from Japan and am so impressed and thankful for all of the time and effort you put into it.

    When my oldest son was a senior in high school, we let him pick where he wanted to go for spring break. I was thrilled when he chose Disney World and we had a fabulous time. My youngest son is starting his senior year this fall and it is his turn to choose spring break. Knowing that I need at least 6 months to plan a good Disney trip, I’ve been asking him where he wants to go for at least the last year. My husband kept telling him that he could go anywhere and to think outside the box.

    And he did! He chose Japan! I think I’m the most excited about his choice. We aren’t even going until June of 2013, but I have been obsessively researching and planning for the last 2 months already. Your TR was perfect. I’ll be referring back to it constantly.

    Thank you again for your wonderful photos and your detailed descriptions!!!!

    • Carrie
      June 27, 2012

      Wow! You guys are GREAT parents! How exciting to get to spend spring break at Tokyo Disney… I’m glad you’ve found my trip report helpful!

  • singerroo
    May 10, 2012

    What a wonderful trip. Doing a bonus day at Tokyo DisneySea was definitely the right move! I had a similar experience several years ago.

    After three solo trips, I finally convinced my Disney fanatic parents to accompany me and my brother (who had lived in Japan for three years) to Japan.

    After a week in the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe), we spent four nights at the Miracosta and four days at the parks. It was amazing. My parents totally loved it. When I went by myself, I literally would stop every 30 minutes to call them to gush about how amazing everything was. I just couldn’t stop myself. It was so great for them finally to understand.

    After our final day at TDR, we went to Tokyo to enjoy the balance of our trip. Sadly, I discovered that a couple of items I had purchased in TDR had broken. I was so disappointed. Luckily, I came up with a brilliant plan. I would go back over to TDR and buy a starlight passport to enjoy a bonus day and exchange the damaged items. It took about 30 seconds for my parents and brother to join my mission. That evening is one of my fondest memories of our trip. We actually took the Keiyo line from Hatchobori, the stop after Tokyo Station, which allows you to circumvent the tunnel of doom and staircase of despair (a tip for your next trip!).

    It has been so fun looking at all your pictures, particularly since I know the locations very well. It’s wonderful to see everything through someone else’s eyes, and I have to say I laughed out loud MANY times.

    It’s also gotten me even more excited for my upcoming trip at the end of June. I haven’t been to Japan in three years (which as crazy as it sounds is the longest time I have been away from Japan since I first went in 2002. I am suffering from severe Tokyo Disney Resort withdrawal!

    You have definitely inspired me to do a thorough job taking photos, and I hope I can make them as beautiful and entertaining as yours.

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your adventures.

    • Carrie
      May 11, 2012

      So glad you enjoyed the report! I will definitely try your tip next time. I was a little overwhelmed by the tips on Mice Chat for circumventing the tunnel of doom and staircase of despair before I went. Yours sounds easy! Have SO much fun in Japan!!!

  • Charlie
    October 18, 2011

    Hi! Just speant two very productive days off work reading your whole report. Have put Tokyo on my list of places to go, mainly for Tokyo Disney Sea which looks as great as its name (could that name get anymore Japanese). Love all the weird loot but most of all those spring themed ears with the flowers on, they are amazing! WDW should learn a lesson there because compared to the Tokyo mickey ears their selection is rather pants.

    • lurkyloo
      October 18, 2011

      Oooh! I wanna know what “pants” is slang for so I can start using it too! 🙂

      • Charlie
        October 18, 2011

        It literally means like a pair of pants, that you wear like underwear. In this case a bad of a pants. It seems really ridiculous now that I’m explaining it! Its a very polite English kiddie way to say something is rubbish… although now I’m realising I might be the only person that still says it :s

        • lurkyloo
          October 18, 2011

          Well I think it’s adorable and shall adopt it at once! 😀

  • Lyn
    September 25, 2011

    Just read from start to finish! Brilliant! We are going to be in Tokyo 27th Dec until Jan 8th and my planning is in full force. You report has really helped. Thanks!

    • lurkyloo
      September 25, 2011

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! Have a blast in Tokyo!

  • Krystle
    May 7, 2011

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your trip to tokyo and all the details about Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Sea. The hubs and I are going in two weeks and now we’re super excited after reading your posts (I think I spent a couple days on Day 8 and 9). Glad I found your blog!

    • lurkyloo
      May 8, 2011

      Wow – have SO much fun in Tokyo! And let me know if you post any pictures or reports online!

  • Elizabeth
    May 5, 2011

    I TOTALLY feel as though I have been to Japan now! Thanks!

  • Heather Jones
    April 6, 2011

    Wow! I just finished the whole lot. I never thought that my fascination with Disney would take me out of the U.S., but now I think I have a new goal. Your trip report has really inspired me. Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to detail your adventures. It truly felt like I was along for the ride.


    • lurkyloo
      April 6, 2011

      Thanks for leaving a comment! I do hope you get to go—such a fun time and a culturally rewarding trip!

  • ATG
    October 5, 2010

    At last! The TR is complete! So glad you made it back for one more fun day at DisneySea. I think that’s the perfect way to end your trip.

    If you are serious about April, let me know! I think it would be great to have some overlap with pals in Tokyo. Maybe it’s just me but, I am delighted whenever I find someone I know at a Disney park!

    Thanks for all the great pics, helpful info, and thinking of me with loot and a picture of some of favorite things, side-by-side!

    • lurkyloo
      October 8, 2010

      Yay! Thanks for reading all the way through! I’ll let you know what we decide to do about April…

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