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Tokyo Disneyland: Tokyo, Japan Travel Diaries Part 4

June 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

For our 4th day, I was given the opportunity to spend the whole day in the happiest place on earth, Tokyo Disneyland ! I am a HUUGE disney fan and it is a MUST for me to check out the Disneyland Parks. Since my parents did not want to go with me, one of dad’s Japanese friends has a daughter who just arrived in Japan. Good thing she said yes to go along with me, bringing her son.

As a tourist, there are times that you can’t help but feel lost due to the language barrier. Because of the language barrier, I had to learn how to adapt to Japanese ways and good thing the daughter of dad’s friend knows how to speak English fluently. Listed below are the following details you should remember when visiting Tokyo Disneyland:

there are English signs you can find inside the park but it would not be enough for you to properly roam around the place. Once you get in the park, make sure to ask for a guide map in English (especially if you plan to visit not on peak seasons)

Tokyo Disneyland is an attraction where majority of the kids go to. If you want more thrilling rides and adventure, then I suggest you go to Tokyo Disneysea. This is an attraction where adults usually go to. Note : Tokyo DisneySea will be my next destination since we did not have enough time to go to DisneySea.

There are different kinds of park tickets for the guests. Click here to find out more information.

The earliest time the park opens is usually around 8am or 9am and always closes at 10pm. The park operation is subject to change. Click here to find out if the day you plan to visit Disneyland is open or not.

If you wish to re-enter the park, you need to have your hand stamped at the Re-Entry Gate when you exit. This will be needed for verification as well.

Different attractions in the park have age or height restrictions. If the child is under 7 years old, he/she MUST be accommodated by a person ages 16 and above.

If you are the type of person who tends to be impatient while falling in line, there’s this pass called FastPass. This gives you the opportunity to go into rides with a less amount of waiting time.

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Easter Egg Parade

20150528_122329“The happiest place on earth”

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20150528_154829“I am your father”

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Minnie Mouse Abode

It’s a small world after all

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mt. Fuji: Tokyo, Japan Travel Diaries Part 3

June 23, 2015

May 27, 2015

For our 3rd day in Japan, it was all dedicated to Mt. Fuji. Mt. Fuji is the most highest mountain located in Japan, standing at 3776 MASL. From afar, the mountain may look attractive due to its perfect cone shape. Climbers can actually climb this active volcano during early July til mid September. When visiting Japan, it is a must to visit this tourist spot to actually enjoy and experience what it’s like seeing Mt. Fuji.

Before we drove up to the the 4th stop of Mt. Fuji, we had to pass by a temple called Hakone Shrine. Usually, climbers would pass by temples to make a short prayer before they adjourn for Mt. Fuji. Going to this temple made me feel like I was brought to the past. You can actually see that Japanese people still treasure their culture which makes them unique.

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After passing through the temple, off we went to the tourist attraction where you can see the view of Mt. Fuji properly. As we arrived the destination, lo and behold! We were able to see Mt. Fuji very closely and the feeling was surreal. I never imagined that I would be able to see the famous mountain. God’s work indeed can be seen here. I really can’t wait to go back to Japan and see this wonderful mountain again!

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Tokyo, Japan Travel Diaries 2015 Part 2

May 30, 2015

May 26, 2015

This is the day where I consider it to be our first day since we did a lot of sightseeing and went to tourist attractions.

For our first destination in our itinerary, Mr. Kitamura (one of our hosts) brought us to Fujikachoen Bird Park. Fujikachoen is 8000 square meters big and consists mainly of different kinds of plants, flowers, and animals. If you have not seen an owl nor a penguin, then this is the place to be ! You have to take note that you have to respect and follow the rules of the park. If you want to view the English website, please click hereIf you want the Japanese website, please click here

20150526_094846Meet Mr. Owl

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For the second destination, we unexpectedly passed by Fuji Shizabakura Festival. The Fuji Shibazakura Festival is a famous festival known for its shibazakura (pink moss or phlox moss). This festival is usually held every April til early June. It is best to go to this area around April til mid May. Since we went here on the last week of May, we were not able to see much pink moss on the ground. It could have been so beautiful to see the shibazakura with Mt. Fuji at the background.

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For the third destination, we went to Narusawa Ice Cave. Narusawa Ice Cave is a type of cave wherein you can actually see ice and ice sculptures inside. It is very cold inside and one must be careful because it is slippery inside. Make sure when one plans to visit this cave, they should wear the proper attire to feel comfortable.

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0 degrees inside the cave. Crazy of me?

The last destination we went to for the day was Kawaguchiko Music Forest. Kawaguchiko Music Forest is not your typical museum. It’s a music museum wherein you can enjoy the different music and different instruments that will be shown to you. Get ready to hear and learn interesting facts about music!

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Tokyo, Japan 2015 Travel Diaries Part 1

May 29, 2015

I have a feeling that this year will actually be my year. Last January, I had the opportunity to go to Macau due to Philam Life. Last February, I went to Batanes with my parents and my mom’s friends. Last April, I went to Cambodia with my parents and my aunt (dad’s sister) and uncle. This May, JAPAN with the parentals plus dad’s Japanese and Korean friends.

The trip to Japan was unexpected. I was informed a few weeks ago before our flight regarding our Japan trip. I felt so excited and happy to actually land in The Land of the Rising Sun. It is all because of dad’s Japanese friends our trip to Japan pushed through.

On May 25, 2015, we left Manila around 7:20am via Japan Airlines in NAIA Terminal 1. In order not to miss our flight, we left the house around 5am. Traffic in EDSA is HELL when 6am approaches and it is better to be early so that everything can go smoothly.

It was my first time to ride Japan Airlines (JAL) and they did not disappoint ! On the way to Japan, we took the Economy Class and I was in awe when I saw small screen tv’s on each chair for each person. There was even a remote per tv. You have the option to choose what movies or music you would actually want to watch or listen. The best part of the TV is that you get to see a Birds EyeView of what’s currently happening outside of the plane ! Interesting right? Another thing I love about Japan Airlines is that the flight stewardess are accommodating and they smile all the time. They also gave out refills for what drink you would want.

After 4 hours of sitting down in the plane, finally, we arrived Japan! Once we landed Japan, dad’s Japanese friends brought us directly to Mt. Fuji where we would actually stay for 3 days and 2 nights.

japan-1I tested out mom’s new Fujifilm camera. I am loving the quality!

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20150525_192551Yakiniku : a famous restaurant where many Japanese celebrities go to

20150525_183936What we basically ordered. It’s a lot but super worth it!

After our hearty and heavy dinner, we then decided to go to the hotel and take a rest to prepare for the long day the next day. The hotel we stayed at was spacious – there were two rooms and there were two single beds in each room. We even had a nice view from our balcony. We did not even need aircon because when night time comes, it tends to get cold. I would have to estimate the temperature reaches around 15-19 degrees, just like in Baguio.

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