In mid-January, we left on a 12 day trip to Tokyo and Hong Kong. Monday we flew to Hong Kong and spent the night there before flying to Tokyo the next day. Dad had a show there for work, so Mom, Jenna and I spent 3 days at Disney. Tuesday was a really long day because after the early morning flight, we had to take several trains to get the hotel near Disney. We stayed in one of the hotels inside the Disney area, but not in the park. We had 4 suitcases, and since Jenna is so little, she often had trouble with hers. We had to switch trains several times, and getting on and off with suitcases during rush hour can be a hassle. I think we spent more time getting from the airport to the hotel than we did flying. But we finally got there, and when we did, we were more than ready than to collapse into bed.
Disney was incredibly fun. They have two parks, Tokyo Disneyland, and DisneySea. The Tokyo Disneyland was similar to the ones in the States. Not everyone spoke English, but we were able to manage. The hardest part was that we couldn’t do any of the shows, and couple of the rides because it was all in Japanese. It was kind of
We were going to do a two-day pass, but realized we didn’t have much planned for Friday, so we upgraded to three days. The first day was beautiful, a little chilly, but sunny. We spent the entire day in in Tokyo Disney, and stayed till closing time. There were a couple parades we watched, and lots of rides we went on.
The second day was little colder and cloudy, but we were still able to enjoy it. We spent it at DisneySea, and while some of the rides were familiar, many weren’t. But one of my favorite parts of the day was the nighttime show we watched called Fantasmic. It was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of DisneySea, and it was so cool. They did it over a small man made harbor, with lots of lights and water effects. There was a tall Mickey Magic hat, and other floats the characters would dance on. At one point, they even shot off flames into the water, and did several neat water affects. It was amazing to watch.
The third day was a little disappointing because of the weather. Dad’s show had finished, so he joined us. It was raining, windy and pretty cold, so we did mostly inside rides. We even saw snow showers! We spent the morning at DisneySea doing some rides we hadn’t gotten to, and that Dad wanted to do. We had lunch together, then he went back to the hotel to get some work done while we went over to Tokyo Disney. It was still raining, so we did a few rides, a little shopping, then decided to call it a day. Leaving Disney is always a bittersweet feeling, since you’re kind of sad to go, knowing it may be a while before you’ll come back. And we might never be back to the Tokyo Disney.
The biggest difference between the Disney in the U.S. and the one in Tokyo was the food. We expected to see Japanese food, but we thought there would be more Western food than we found. It’s a Disney park, and we expected it to have more of the kind of foods we are used to seeing in an amusement park. We found one location for hot dogs and hamburgers, a couple for churros, (Mickey-shaped of course) and many popcorn wagons. The interesting thing about the popcorn was the flavors it came in. Besides the typical butter, caramel and chocolate, we saw curry, soy sauce, cranberry, strawberry and milk tea. We also found pizza. But, not quite like the pizza we’re used to. The Mickey-shaped pizzas we had for lunch had corn on them. Our biggest problem in both parks was that we never seemed to be near the western food when we were hungry! The one thing we didn’t see (and were looking forward to having) was cotton candy. We love it, but it doesn’t seem to be here at all.
We had a late flight Saturday, so we spent the morning doing a bus tour of Toyko. We were able to see the highlights, like the Tokyo Tower, which is similar to the Eiffel Tower. Tokyo Tower is a TV tower that is now too short. They are almost finished with a new TV tower almost twice the size of Tokyo Tower. We also saw the Imperial Palace and a Buddhist Temple. We learned a little about Japan’s history and more about the two major religions in Japan, Shintoism and Buddhism.
Saturday was incredibly long. We had a 6:30pm flight, so we didn’t land till in Hong Kong until around 10:30. By the time we’d gotten through immigration, customs, got our baggage, and took train from the airport and then a taxi to the hotel, it was around 1am. We were exhausted, and slept in late the next morning. The Tokyo part of the trip was really fun, and it might be nice to go back and see more of Japan.