[June in Japan] Day 8 in Tokyo DisneyLand

I’ve seem to be on a roll today so here I am, starting another blog entry! (3 July) I’m hoping that this entry won’t take another 3 months to be completed. 😂 It is going to be another long one though because I don’t want to cut it into 2 parts so please bear with me!

I just want to get right into it so here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 7 in Tokyo DisneySea

We started the day around the same time as the day before, except the weather was much worse.

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It was quite wet and grey in the morning. It was a good thing that I brought my cardigan with me, poor lune was quite cold in her short sleeves shirt.

As mentioned in the previous entry, Tanabata was just around the corner and Tokyo DisneyLand decorated its park to match the theme too.

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It looked like there were a lot of people but that could be because everyone didn’t fancy going out in the rain. There’s a roof over World Bazaar which made walking around in bad weather much easier.

We turned right in World Bazaar and gone into Tomorrowland for our first ride.

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Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek! It is a popular ride and I would recommend getting the FASTPASS for it. But since it was still pretty early, just before 10am, and the weather wasn’t nice, the stand by queue wasn’t too bad for us.

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“Working hard? Or hardly working?” This quote cracks me up because it hits pretty close to home, lol.

It was a pretty fun ride, where you shine a torch on the sensors and set the animatronics in motions. If you are a big fan of Monsters, Inc., you will have a fab time. And even if you aren’t (I because I’m not), I still have a fun time every  time I’ve been on it.

We then walked further into Fantasyland to get a FASTPASS for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. We still had a bit of time before our time slot so we came out to Castle to snap a few photos.

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It wasn’t pouring per se, but it wasn’t a drizzle either…

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Hello Mr. Walt!

There’s a plaque underneath the statue and here’s what is written on it.

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It definitely is one of my happiest places on Earth!

We then made our way back into Fantasyland for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt!

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The interior is very cute, they make it feels like we are walking into a story book. Super fun ride, I really enjoy it every time.

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Since it was still raining, we popped into Mickey’s PhilharMagic to hide for the rain and see what was the ride like. Turned out, it wasn’t a bad choice to go into to hide from the rain, but it’s not a Must Do for me.

We then walked a little bit into our next ride, which was Peter Pan’s Flight.

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My sister really likes this ride, I quite enjoy it too but it’s not mind blowing or anything to me. I find it a bit funny that it’s a very popular ride in Magic Kingdom. I suppose if you are a fan of the film, you will get a lot of joy out of this ride. Not that I don’t like the ride, I do, but I wouldn’t say it’s on my the Must Do list.

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Anyway, I ate this rice ball while we were queueing to pass the time xD

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And look! My nails glowed in the dark! xDDD

Afterwards, we took a small detour to go to Critter Country to get a FASTPASS for Splash Mountain and I took a picture of one of my favourite corners in Tokyo DisneyLand.

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We then made our way back to Tomorrowland through Fantasyland (we walked by this path many times that day, lol).

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Sights along the way

 

Our next ride is the Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland.

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It’s a pretty fun ride, you have to shot at targets to earn points. I find it difficult to get the aims right so my score isn’t too high but I’m enjoying it more and more!

After that, it was time for lunch (1pm). It was still drizzling as well so we took cover at Queen of Heart’s Banquet Hall.

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The interior decor

It is quite well known to be one of the most themed restaurant in Tokyo Disney Resort, and the food is great here. I first visited in April 2015, with a cousin and a friend. I tried the Rotisserie chicken dish and I was hooked! It is one of the best roast chicken I have ever had.

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Since then, every time I visited Tokyo DisneyLand, this is the restaurant I go to for lunch. And I always have the Rotisserie chicken. 🙂

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I also ordered hot tea as well, because I could never drink too much tea. And look! Disney tea! (It just tasted like black tea, but more expensive because Disney. 😂)

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I also brought the strawberry cake from Ginza with me and it fit with the theming! 😂

We must have spent about an hour in there before we were ready to face the crowd and grey weather once more.

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When we came out, we saw parts of the parade too so here are some photos from that.

And then, it was time for my favourite ride in Tokyo DisneyLand: Splash Mountain.

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Of course we got a FASTPASS xD

I don’t know why, but this is my ultimate favourite ride in DisneyLand. It’s been my top ride since I was 13, I think, and now it’s just for my inner teen that gets giddy every time.

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It’s also not a short ride. As in, you are on the ride for about 5 minutes and it has a story line and it’s a thrill ride! Basically, everything I love in a ride. So every time I visit Tokyo DisneyLand, it’s an absolute must. Even if it’s pouring, I will be on that ride xD

And I have done that before as well. XP

After getting off Splash Mountain, we ventured further back in Critter County and found another restaurant, the Rackety’s Raccoon Saloon. I’ve been on Splash Mountain many times before, but I would head out straightaway after I’ve gotten off the ride. This was the first time I actually went further in.

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Tortilla Cheese Dog

I’m a fan of hot dog so when I saw the Tortilla cheese dog on the menu, I had to give it a go. It was all right and I’m glad I’ve tried it. I won’t get it again though, lol.

We had time to kill before our next FASTPASS so we went back to the Cinderella Castle so lune can have a walk through inside.

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It took a couple of visits before I realised that we could go into the Castle itself. If you are a Cinderella fan, you would love it very much. The attraction itself is called Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall.

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I’m not exactly a huge fan of Cinderella myself (my favourite Disney Princess film is Sleeping Beauty), but I still appreciate the theming and decor inside.

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There’s even a glass slipper for guest to try on as well!

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It’s a shame that the glass slipper is a tad too small for me. xDDD

After that, we went back to Critter County for our next ride, Big Thunder Mountain.

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Big Thunder Mountain is actually one of the star rides in Tokyo DisneyLand. It’s fun and I always aim to go on it every time, but it hasn’t got any dips in the rides so I can’t say I love it.

The last ride on my Must Do list is Star Tours, which is in Tomorrowland. So we walked back that way pass Fantasyland again. 😂

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Since becoming a Star Wars fan (I am a very late bloomer), this ride gives me more and more joy to go on. I mean, I appreciated it before I was a fan but now I can spot all of the Easter eggs!

The ride isn’t that popular in Japan though, and the queue very typically non-existent. I appreciate the 5 minutes stand by queue (which is basically how long it takes to walk into the ride) but I worry about it.

After Star Tours, we had a lot of time left (it was before 5pm). I wanted to stay and see if there will be any firework that night so we took the opportunity to just walk around and take lots of photos. xD

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We walked by World Bazaar and came out to see the Castle once more.

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Since it was the end of June, the roses were still blooming so we took lots of photos of that. The background to my phone is still a picture of the roses with the Castle at the back. 🙂

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Here’s another picture of the Castle.

Afterwards, I wanted some ice-cream and the only place (I think) that sell chocolate soft-serve in Tokyo DisneyLand is the Troubadour Tavern.

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I stumbled upon this while we were walking back to Westernland. One of the cast members must have drawn it to entertain the guests on a rainy day.

Troubadour Tavern is at the border between Fantasyland and Westernland. I actually didn’t know the name of this counter service, I just know where it is and have to open the map up to see what it’s called. 😂

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I only like my ice-cream in chocolate flavour so I would walk back around to get it. 😂 Sorbet, I would eat almost any flavour because I like most fruits. But if it’s cream based, chocolate only. Not even chocolate chip with vanilla ice cream. Chocolate. Only. XP

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Anyway, being the foodie that I am, I also ordered these baked cheese potato  from Captain Hook’s Galley (right next to Troubadour Tavern) to try as well. They were great, but I was so full that I couldn’t finish it. 😂

We decided to go have a look at Toontown so we made our way through Fantasyland once more.

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Pretty flowers as we were walking around.

Now, here’s where my memory is a bit fuzzy. I just remember that another ride I usually go on at DisneyLand is the Haunted Mansion. But I have only one picture of it and it’s a blurry picture of lune taking a picture of the Haunted Mansion. 😂

So I’m not sure if we went on it on our way to Toontown or if it was closed for renovation. I’ve asked lune and will come back to update the answer.

Update: We did go on the Haunted Mansion! I should take better care to take a photo at the entrance to remind myself. 😂

Anyway, we went into Toontown because there is actually another ride to go on: the Gadget’s Go Coaster.

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This is pretty similar to the Barnstormer in Magic Kingdom and that is probably the first roller coaster I’ve ever been on. So I hold the Barnstormer near and dear to my heart, hence the Gadget’s Go Coaster getting similar treatment. I’m surprised that it actually took me this long to go on it! 😂

After the ride, we went around Toontown and took lots of photos.

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There are the Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse (above) and Donald’s Boat (below) where guests can explore.

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There’s also the Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey.

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It’s a Disney Character Greetings place to meet Mickey himself.

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Look at the mailbox!

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There’s also Minnie’s House (above) and Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House (below) where guests can walk through as well.

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Further back, the area is themed to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (I think).

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Until this April, I didn’t know that there’s another ride in there called Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.

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It was still pretty nice to walk around through.

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One of the things I love about Disney Resort is the theming. They do go all out with it and it’s so easy for me to just immerse myself into the different parts.

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I took a picture of this sign because it cracks me up. Dr. I. Teethe! xD

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Castle in the evening

We walked back to the World Bazaar and were just looking around the shops. We then discovered a gallery on top of on the shops where guests can go up and have a look around.

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Sleeping Beauty, my favourite Disney Princess Classic film.

This was another place I discovered during this trip, even though I’d been to Tokyo DisneyLand many times before. The gallery was pretty amazing, especially the drawing board for Sleeping Beauty since I loved this film so much.

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I also discovered other animations that I’d never heard of before, like The Cookie Carnival.

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There are also figurines you can buy as well so I suppose it’s a combination of a gallery and a shop…? I actually can’t remember the name of the shop this was on top of either. All I remember is it’s roughly the opposite of the Penny Arcade…?

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I think due to the windy/cloudy weather, there was no firework that night. It was a good thing we already saw the firework in Tokyo DisneySea from the night before, but it’s a different feel to watch the firework with the Castle backdrop.

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Window display in front of one of the shops in World Bazaar. I love all of the Princess’s shoes!

Anyway, we decided that we should head back to the hotel so we slowly made our way back to the entrance. It’s after 8pm by then and we were both pretty tired.

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Another display from a shop.

One last picture of the Castle, all lit up at night.

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Two last pictures of the Tanabata decorations at night in the World Bazaar.

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A couple of pictures of the entrance of the park at night.

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As we were walking back to the train station, we popped into the huge shop at the front, called Bon Voyage.

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It’s basically the last stop guests can make to make sure that they have bought everything they want. xD

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I have another energy drink to keep me going on the journey back. It takes nearly an hour to travel from Maihama station (Tokyo Disney Resort) to Takadanobaba where we were staying.

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In total, it looks like we’ve walked more than our day in Tokyo DisneySea! We did walk through the path connecting Westernland, Critter County, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland multiple times during that day after all. 😂

 

And look! I only took 5 days to finish this blog post! It’s a massive improvement from 3 months. 😂

There are only 2 more days left of our trip, the other two entries should be much shorter than this one too because I did not take as many photos as I did in Tokyo Disney Resort. xD

 

Hope everybody is having a lovely weekend!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – I went to see Incredibles 2 yesterday and it was, well, incredible! I know that The Incredibles is well loved and after re-watching it last weekend (in preparation for Incredibles 2), I could see why. It is a family film for both children and adult. And Incredibles 2 did not disappoint. The only thing I’d change is to have more Ednar Mode in it! Other than that, a brilliant sequel. Well done Disney and Pixar!

 

[June in Japan] Day 7 in Tokyo DisneySea

Why, hello again. It is Wednesday night (4 April) so I thought I would try to write some bits up for a new post. Not sure when I’ll get around to finish this so I thought I’ll just add the date I start so I can keep track. 😂

Before I get started on one of the best days of (and one of the reasons why we planned for) this trip, if you haven’t read any of this review before and would like to start from Day 1, here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 6 in Tokyo (a chill Sunday) 

 

Both lune and I are Disney fans and absolutely love the Disney theme parks. Tokyo Disney Resort is such an ideal destination because there are 2 Disney theme parks within a 6-hour direct flight from Bangkok, with only 2 hours time difference.

And because we are relatively hard-core fans (we like to think we are xD), we started of our journey relatively early. As in aiming to leave our room around 7am so we could be at the park before it opened.

From the time on my phone, we did leave our room around 7am and we both grabbed a quick breakfast from 7/11 on our way to the train station.

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Onigiri with eggs boiled in shoyu. It was very good.

We might have taken the subway train and then switched over to JR line to head to Maihama JR Station because that might have been a quicker route than taking the JR train then having to switch at Tokyo Station…? I seem to remember crowding into the subway with the morning rush hour…

Anyway, we reached the station just after 8am and went to catch the monorail to get to Tokyo DisneySea or TDS.

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The decorations were all about the 15th Anniversary for Tokyo DisneySEA and it was all about wishes and crystals.

The first time I visited TDS, I thought that we could walk from the Maihama JR station to TDS without that much trouble. I didn’t want to ‘waste’ the fare for the ride (and back then it was 250 yen per ride, no matter where you are heading. I believe the fare has gone up to 260 yen now.)

I found out that it was a lot more complicated trying to walk to the TDS and I thought I wouldn’t make it to the park. Thankfully we managed to fumble our way to the entrance without wasting too much time. After that, I always use the Monorail instead. ^^”

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Duffy themed handle on the Monorail.

We must have arrived before or around 8.30am but there were already so many people at the park. 😂

The weather wasn’t too hot and the sky was crystal clear. Definitely a beautiful day to take photos.

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The voyage to search for crystals was what inspired the theme, I think. Hence this huge and beautiful centre piece at the front. I only spared enough time to snap a quick photo though because my main goal for visiting theme parks is the rides and there was one ride I needed to hurry to get the FastPass ticket.

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The decoration at the entrance to the park itself.

If anyone is interested in what TDS park looks like, here is the map of it: Map of Tokyo DisneySea

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There were already people sitting and waiting to see a show by the Mediterranean Harbor!

Lune and I quickly walked and turned left into American Waterfront and found…

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This long queue. 😱😱😱

But did we let this deter us? No, definitely not. (Like I’ve mentioned before, we are relatively hardcore fans. xD) And the ride this queue was for is definitely worth the wait. Mind you, this is only the queue for the FastPass only. The stand-by queue for the ride itself is about 3 hours long on average on a normal day at the park. 😂

Which ride is this?

It’s the Toy Story Mania!

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Here is the FastPass for the ride. I was quite happy that we were able to get the FastPass for it before it ran out! And if you look closely at the time on the bottom right, it tells you when we got this pass. At 8:52am. And the time on this FastPass is already at 17:45-18:45 time slot.

This just goes to show how popular this ride is. And I can confirm that it is worth the hype. I didn’t think much of it before, partly because I’m pretty ambivalent about Toy Story. But the ride is so well known and  there were always super long queues so I never thought that it’d be worth it.

Then during the trip back in April of 2015 where I went to TDS with my cousin and another friend. I thought I really check it out so we basically went to this ride first to get the FastPass (like what we did here) and it should have been a clue to me how great the ride is since the FastPass time was already at 4pm even though we got out FastPass before 10am.

Turns out that it was the only ride to have given out all of its FastPass that day. (The other rides closed their FastPass booth around after lunch because there weren’t that many people there because it was pouring cats and dogs on that day.

And because it was such a wet day, there were no shows for us (boo) so we ended up going back to queue for the stand-by line for Toy Story Mania! twice more. The ride was that good. 😂

Anyway, we got our FastPass this time and so I could finally relaxed and take in the decorations. We visited Tokyo DisneySEA at the end of June so the decorations for Tanabata was up.

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We are still in American Waterfront area.

We each got a card below to write our wish on, and we went to hang it up in the designated area.

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Here is a picture to show how Disney loves to use the theme and adapt it to include their characters. I love it.

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Tanabata princess Minnie

We walked by the Waterfront Park, in front of the Tower of Terror to snap a picture below.

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You can see children playing with the fountains to stay cool as well.

Another thing I always have to do when I find myself in TDS is to get the hot dog in American Waterfront area at a place called Delancey Catering (I just found this out from the website xD it’s actually just a hot dog wagon).

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I don’t think it’s a spectacular hot dog but I love hot dog and I just have to get at least one every time I visit the park. xD

We then made our way around to go to the Lost River Delta area, which is at the back of the park. We must have cut across Mysterious Island, may be to check how long the queue for Journey to the Center of Earth was, and I suppose it was long so we forwent it for now and just use the path to go from the west side to the east side of the park. On the way, we passed by a point where there is a perfect spot to take a photo of the Mermaid Lagoon.

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I absolutely love this picture. It’s got such great lighting from the sun and with that clear, blue sky backdrop. So. Beautiful.

We also passed by the entrance to Arabian Coast and there is a stall for curry flavoured popcorn, which is one of the few flavours I like for popcorn here in Tokyo Disney Resort. 😂

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I got the paper bucket one because there was no way I could finish the huge bucket all by myself.

And then, because it was so hot, we also stopped by the Sultan’s Oasis cafe for some shaved ice to cool down.

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Strawberry and milk shaved ice

I think this was my first, and only, shaved ice (or kagigori in Japanese) during this trip. I love shaved ice and it’s such a great way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. Shaved ice is also very popular in Japan during its summer months but I always find it a tad too expensive. So when the novelty of having kagigori in Japan wore off, I kinda stopped getting them even when I visited during summer.

However, I make it an exception here in TDS. It’s a nice way to stop and take a little break from all of the walking and enjoyed a bit of sweetness and icy snack.

 

Anyway, we soon made it to Lost River Delta and the first ride we went on was Raging Spirits.

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It is advertise as the only ride in Tokyo Disney Resort with a 360 degree loop. There is one but it’s pretty small and it’s actually not that scary. xD We didn’t use a FastPass for this ride. Instead, we used the Single Rider option. It’s for not letting any spare seats go to waste and there is no guarantee how long the wait would be. But the line is always shorter and I think the wait time is shorter than the stand-by queue.

I actually have stood in the cold for this ride, waiting for 2 and a half hours in the stand-by once when I came during Christmas time in 2013. That, was an experience. 😂

 

After Raging Spirits, we then moved to the ride next to it, which Indiana Jones® Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull.

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It is another thrill ride with a FastPass option available. But again, why waste a FastPass when there is a Single Rider option available. ;p It worked out quite well for me and lune this time around.

 

Oh, look! It’s nearly the end of May now (29 May) so this post is 2 months in a making! Let’s see how much I can get done today.

After the Indiana Jones ride, we walked back to Mysterious Island again. On the way, I spotted this plane and the name on it: C-3PO! At first I thought that it’s a reference to Star Wars C-3PO, turns out it’s a plane from Indiana Jones. 😂

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At Mysterious Island, we went on Journey to the Center of the Earth. It’s a ride inside the Volcano in the park. I think we took the standby queue rather than having a FastPass. There is no single rider line here either.

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There are a couple of things to have a look at while you queue up in here and the ride is worth the wait.

After Journey to the Center of the Earth, we went to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This is another attraction with FastPass available but the queue is not long at all for the past few times I’ve been to Tokyo DisneySEA. Sometimes, there are no FastPass available because it’s not needed with the short queue. I’ve been on it when I first visited the park and wasn’t that impressed with the ride. But since it’s lune’s first time here, we went on it.

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After a hot morning, it’s time to refill our energy with this energy drink.

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Grape flavour, very good. Highly recommended!

We also managed to catch a bit of the show in the Harbor as we were walking back towards American Waterfront.

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We went to American Waterfront for this:

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A FastPass for Tower of Terror! We actually waited quite a bit to get a night-time time slot to see the view at night. And we had to aim for a time slot after the night show and fireworks.

After that, we took a stroll down to Cape Cod to get some beautiful photos.

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I love Chip&Dale!

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We made a brief stop at this popcorn stall for a sea salt flavour popcorn as per lune’s request.

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And then we headed into Mermaid Lagoon.

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Hello Ariel!

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Look at this beautiful blue sky backdrop…

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I also have just noticed the small details in Mermaid Lagoon as well. Look at these tiles!

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It’s an indoor area with air conditioning so it’s a nice place to have a sit down during the heat.

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After Mermaid Lagoon, we were on a hunt for lunch. Lune said that she wanted hamburgers. Somehow, we thought that there’s a restaurant in Mediterranean Harbor so we headed back that way.

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Turns out, we were wrong xD This is Cafe Portofino which serves Italian food, lol. It’s my first time eating in a restaurant in Tokyo DisneySea I think. (I normally go for a quick service counter instead.)

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It’s spaghetti with tomato sauce and shrimp. I also ordered a glass of orange juice (I think). It was all delicious!

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Beautiful interior design as well!

After lunch, we took a stroll at the back of the restaurant where it looked like we were in Southern Italy.

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We pretty much have been on all of the rides we want (the ones that are left, we have FastPass for) so we had time to walk around and chill.

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We also took lots and lots of photos xD I also took the opportunity to use my macro lens and snapped a few pictures of the flowers.

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Above are photos with the macro lens. Below are the flowers I took the pictures from.

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We also had time to go outside and take a picture (or two) of this ship from the Tokyo DisneySea’s 15th Anniversary.

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Afterwards, our beautiful, clear blue sky slowly disappeared as you can see from the pictures below…

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Along the border between Mediterranean Harbor and Mysterious Island.

 

We also had some gelato because chocolate gelato. xD

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You might have noticed that we were just chilling around, almost like we were waiting for something right?

We were waiting for this.

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Eeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Below are pictures of some of the interior design inside.

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All of the decor makes us feel like we are really toy-size and are about to step into Andy’s bedroom. The first time I’ve gone inside, I was in awe of the theming. This, is what makes Disney Resort so captivating to me.

And here are our scores! Mine is the red one 😀

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It must have been 6pm or close to that time when we came out and found a seat for the night time show. We then took turns to go buy food for dinner.

I went for a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese from New York Deli.

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And here is one of my favourite snacks, a caramel filling Tokyo Banana cake.

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We also saw the Volcano erupting! I think this happens everyday, roughly around this same time.

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The sun slowly set as we waited.

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The show that I always made a point to camp out to get the best seat is Fantasmic. I don’t really watch shows or parades at Tokyo Disney Resort anymore other than Fantasmic and the night time firework.

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Such a joy to watch, no matter how many times I’ve seen it before…

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Thank you for another fab show!

 

After Fantasmic, we went to Tower of Terror to use our FastPass. We waited for a time slot that will be after Fantasmic so we can get the night view of the whole resort.

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And we found out that there was some technical difficulty. 😂 It did start running again and they let the fastpass holders go in first. I felt quite bad because other people in the standby queue must have been waiting for long.

And I’m not going to lie, I was a little bit worried that something might have gone wrong while we were on the ride itself as well. 😂 But everything was fine!

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Afterwards, we strolled out of the Tower of Terror to make our way out of the park.

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For all of the times I’ve been to DisneySea, I still haven’t gone into see the Big Band Beat. I may have to try the ballotting in earnest from now on. 😂

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One last shot of the 15th Anniversary ship!

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Bye bye, DisneySea! See you again soon!

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We took the monorail back to Maihama JR station to go back to our hotel.

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Total walking distance overall. This seems to be the average for a day spent in Tokyo DisneySea.

Lune and I had such a great time and it was fab to have the lovely weather for most of the day.

Tomorrow, Tokyo DisneyLand! Don’t know when that entry will be written and posted 😂 but hopefully it won’t take another 3 months. 😂

With love,

From BKK

[June in Japan] Day 6 in Tokyo (a chill Sunday)

Oh boy, it has been a long time since I’ve written one of these posts. Even longer since the trip has happened! ^^” But hey, better late than never right? (I think this can become a new slogan for this blog, 😂)

Anywho, if this is the first time you’ve just stumbled across my blog, welcome! Here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 5 in Tokyo (second day subway-ing)

Let’s get cracking on.

We could afford another late start to the day so I think we must have left our AirBnB after 10am. We still aimed to still be early enough to use the subway pass one last time to Tokyo station. (It being 48-hour rather than 2-day so we can still use it on the 3rd day as long as it’s before the time we start using it on the 1st day. Perks!)

We headed to Tokyo station so I can buy more goodies and to check out the Character Street underneath the JR Station.

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Brunch today 😉 Tonkotsu ramen~

We were hungry and since there is also a Ramen Street there, we had ramen for brunch. (Because it was late enough to be brunch, lol.) Tonkotsu ramen is my favourite and I believe this restaurant is called Ore-Shiki Jun.

We actually walked around a bit to try and decide which ramen restaurant to go for and i think one or two weren’t open yet. I kind of wanted to try another type of ramen just to expand my pallet but Ore-Shiki Jun caught our eyes the most. It wasn’t out of this world good (because I don’t remember much of it) but it was pretty decent.

After refueling, we walked around Tokyo station and I bought quite a bit of goodies which I’ll show at the end of this entry.

From my photos, we then hopped onto JR trains to get to…

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Takeshita Street entrance

Harajuku~ Yeap, again. lol However! There is a valid reason why we ended up in Harajuku again (other than the fact that it’s one of my favourite places in Tokyo).

But first!

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Banana and chocolate crepe

Another must-have at Takeshita street in Harajuku, crepe! Managed to get lune to have one as well. She didn’t want any until she saw that there was a tiramisu one and she ended up having that, lol.

The funny thing about these crepes is that I wasn’t that keen on them the first couple of times I visited Tokyo. I thought all of them would have lots and lots of whipped cream in there and I’m not the biggest fan of whipped cream.

Then a few years ago, I actually went up and read the menu just to see if they have any selections without whipped cream. Lo and behold, there’s a whole section without whipped cream so I’ve been getting at least one crepe per trip ever since xD

I tried to branch out from banana and chocolate fillings once with apple-cinnamon may be but I didn’t like it that much. So I think I’ll just stick to banana and chocolate for now, lol.

 

Anyway, here’s the reason why we came to Harajuku again:

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Soft kitty

For the cat cafe! It’s called Mocha Cat Cafe and there are several branches of them around Tokyo. I find the Harajuku one the easiest to find because I’m so familiar with the area hence this choice.

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Warm kitty

We also chose Mocha Cat Cafe, even though it is a bit pricey, because there’s enough information on their websites and their cafe in English.

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Little ball of fur

It’s a shame that most cats are asleep and didn’t appreciate us petting them…

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Happy kitty

There were also quite a few people around as well so there wasn’t a lot of space to just lounge.

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Sleepy kitty

I think we both went for the price that included unlimited drinks, but you really don’t need to. Plus, we were pretty full so we didn’t have that many drinks either…

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Paw paw paw

 

After Harajuku, we hopped onto the JR train to come to Shinjuku because I was on a hunt for drip-coffee for my dad. There’s a picture below to show how many packs I bought. xD

After my success with the coffee, it was dinner time!

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We tried to find a Japanese curry restaurant in Shinjuku. There must be at least one but we couldn’t find it. So in the end, we settled for okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza) instead.

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We had to order 2 because there were 2 of us so we went for cheese and seafood I think. The cheese one was very good with pork and pesto sauce!

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This seafood one was a classic too. We were very full by the end of dinner.

It was still pretty light when we came out after dinner, even though it was close to 7pm. Bless long summer days.

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Beautiful evening sky above Shinjuku.

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It was a pretty chill day, we also had a full, fun day ahead of us so we headed back to our AirBnB.

 

I bought quite a bit of snacks today so here are the pics!

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This is my favourite Tokyo Banana brand product. It has caramel filling inside and they only sell this at Tokyo Station! There are also many Tokyo Banana kiosks at Tokyo Station and I always have to walk around a few times to find the right place. 😂

But it’s always worth it though and I always have to get them every time I’m in Tokyo. -^^-

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Here’s another Tokyo Banana brand snack, but I believe it was the summer’s special. The filling inside is custard and cream cheese I think. It was pretty tasty.

 

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Above: shekwasha (which is a type of tangerine) flavour Below: Dark chocolate sublime Kit-Kat

There’s also a fancy Kit-Kat kiosk at Daimaru department store in Tokyo station and I picked up these 2 things. I love dark chocolate Kit-Kat so I had to pick the sublime one up. The shekwasha looked interesting and I think it was dark chocolate as well so I tried one. I don’t think it made that good of an impression on me because I have no recollection of how it tasted like. 😂

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And here are how many pack of coffee I bought back for dad. 😂

 

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I’d say it was a pretty chill day for us, we started pretty late and ended the day before the sun has set. However, we still managed to walk more than 10km! I’m quite happy with that.

 

Next on the list: Tokyo DisneySEA!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

PS – finally finish this entry! ^^” I want to post this tonight since it’s the night of the super blue blood moon. I had to google it up why it’s called this. It’s a blue moon because it’s the second full moon in this calendar month. It’s a super moon because it’s close to the Earth. And it’s a blood moon because there’s a lunar eclipse that makes the moon appears to be a red colour! Pretty impressive. Especially since I can see it from my bedroom window! Can’t believe my luck…

[June in Japan] Day 5 in Tokyo (second day subway-ing)

Writing these blog posts made me realised that it’s a brilliant thing I take so many photos. Or else I wouldn’t remember much about what I did on each day, unless there was a highlight to it like visiting an amusement park. As I was choosing the photos for today’s entry, I also realised that there was a gap for about a couple of hours during this day that I’m not sure what we did, lol. We’ll talk more about that when the entry reaches that point.

Anyway, back to our travelling blog post!

If this is the first time you’ve just stumbled across my blog, welcome! Here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 2

So we are still in Tokyo! It probably is my favourite city in this world… It’s the fifth day of our trip and we are also still subway-ing around Tokyo because we got a lovely 48-hour subway pass.

But first! Breakfast!

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From Yoshinoya near our flat.

A pork-bowl with lots of negi (Japanese leek) and a raw egg yolk topping with a small bowl of miso soup.

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While on the subway…

Also tea to get me through the day. Here is my favourite royal milk tea found in the Japanese convenient store. I don’t think every convenient store has this brand though, Family Mart does stock them but not 7-11 I think…

And I will stop here tonight. The battery of the laptop is dying and my eyes are drooping. Will hopefully come back to this soon!

 

And then I left this entry for over a month before I can manage to come back to it ^^” I’ve left it for so long that I didn’t remember starting this entry or how much I’ve written it until I saw the entry in my draft section yesterday ^^”

So here I am, coming back to continue by adding all of the photos first, since that seems to be a way to get me to finish an entry. Plus, now I can just keep typing and not have to fiddle with adding images.

Let’s continue with our day!

As you could probably guessed, we made full use of the subway because we had the subway pass and so went to Ginza. There’s a cafe there I had been wanting to try, since Henri Charpentier is one of my favourite dessert shops in Japan

Welcome, to Ginza Maison, Henri Charpentier.

I was a little bit disappointed in the menu selection. There wasn’t anything that sprang out to grab my attention and I’m comparing the experience with their normal dessert line in department store kiosks, which usually leaves me torn with which one to choose.

In the end, I decided to go for a seasonal crepe dish with lime ice and zest, mango sauce and coconut crunch.

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I have to say, I was impressed with it. But then again, I probably wasn’t expecting much because this isn’t really my normal go-to dessert, lol. The lime ice was fantastic though and it went very well with the mango sauce and the crepes. The lime zest was a great touch too. I don’t think I was that impressed with the coconut crunch, but then I’m not that fond of them in the first place anyway.

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I, of course, also got a pot of tea. I was suffering from period cramps (it being the first day and all), hence the hot beverage. It was also probably why we didn’t do too many things on that day. I don’t think I could have coped with a lot of walking in my state.

(I am fortunate enough that I don’t suffer from sever period pains. It’s just annoying and makes me not want to do anything but to lie down, especially on the first day.)

Anyway, here are two photos of the interior inside the shop.

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Love how it spells ‘Celebration’. Woo!

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And here’s the entrance to the female toilet! How anyone could have found it without asking is a mystery. I asked or else I wouldn’t know.

 

And then I left this entry for, goodness knows how long ^^” Anyway, let’s see if I can finish this entry today.

After finishing with our lunch(?) at Ginza Maison, Henri Charpentier, we went to a building that hosts a stationary store as lune was looking for something for her cousin. I browsed around but didn’t have the budget to splurge, lol.

After that… we must have gone to Shibuya! xD I don’t remember this bit but the pictures are telling me this fact, lol.

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Here’s a picture of the famous Shibuya crossing!

I think we went to Shibuya to go buy our tickets to Tokyo Disney Resort at the Disney Store there.

After we’ve finished in Shibuya, we then went on to Shinjuku… Here’s the point where there are a few hours gap where I’m not sure where it went. I think may be we went exploring in Shibuya to look for Animate just to look at anime/manga products. We definitely did that but I’m just not sure which day that was xD

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That sign on top of this building has been there since April 2011, so I make it a point to snap a photo every time. 

Anyway, we went to Shinjuku to get some dinner and I managed to drag lune to have my favourite Japanese dish: tonkatsu (or the pork cutlet).

There is a restaurant I wanted to try out at Takashimaya Department Store hence why we ended up in Shinjuku.

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One of my favourite part of Tokyo. 

The restaurant is called Katsukura, on the 14th floor. This was the first time I’ve tried out this place, and I was excited! I think we had to queue for a bit but it didn’t take that long.

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The bowl for the sauce. The toasted sesame can be crushed in this bowl and then the sauce added.

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This was the set I got where there was a piece of pork cutlet and this vegetable, wrapped in tofu skin then covered in bread crumb and deep fried like the pork cutlet.

The pork was amazing, I was totally hooked and Katsukura definitely made it on the list of restaurants I must visit in Tokyo. 😉

So in the end, it was a pretty chill day. Here’s a summary of how much walking we did today:

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Considering that we didn’t really have a plan and that I wasn’t feeling my 100%, it’s still impressive that we managed to hit 12km of walking!

Also, here are some of the goodies I’ve bought during the trip so far. They are mostly snacks xD

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These are some fruit jellies I bought back for my little sister. She wanted a mix of flavours so I got all that were available for her. 

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This is a ‘takoyaki‘ flavoured potato chips that I loved. I tried them the last time I went to Osaka (April 2015) and made it a mission to buy it again this time around xD 

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They are kind of like croutons but triangular shaped in 53% brie cheese flavour. 

And last, but not least:

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Ritz snacks with cheese fillings. So good.

 

So here you go, finally, this entry is finally done. I wonder how many months it has been ^^” Well, it’s actually a year and a month since this trip so I really should get going with the entry….

 

Anyway, I’m going to sign off here. Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

[June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 2

(I’ve never managed to finish this post on Saturday. Or Sunday. Or Monday. Or Tuesday. xD I’m hoping I can finish it today.)

Oh… New setting/format…? To the post page anyway… Not sure if I like this… But probably because I’m not used to it yet. Hmm…

I’m procrastinating from work. And I got cramps so the plan of going out to the coffee shop to do work is now in limbo. I will try to get some work done at some point today but the prospect is as grim as the weather outside today. (Which is pretty gloomy because it’s very foggy. Really, really foggy.)

Anyway, here’s the link to my previous post: Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 1 (WordPress makes it so convenient with the hyperlink!)

Now let’s see where I ended the post… Oh yes! The fig tart from Qu’il fait bon. (Now that I think about it, I think I bought the tart first, then saw the Tokyo Banana shop and bought the strawberry cake from Ginza after… but sat and ate them at the same time xD)

Lune and I found a small area with tables and chairs where people can just buy food from the shops around and sit and eat. So that was what we did with the tart.

Oh! I forgot another thing we got! From the Tokyo Banana shop, they were selling these. I think it says ‘Gin-no-budou Strawberry Milk Cake’.

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I believe it was a light sponge cake on the outside, and then fresh cream and some strawberry jam/puree on the inside…? It was quite nice and big but I prefer the other strawberry cake more. Though because this one got fresh cream, it can’t be kept for long. I think lune and I shared this one?

Anyway, we walked around the mall and then decided that we’d skip lunch and go straight to dessert.

Yes, even though I had a fig tart and strawberry milk cake, I still don’t think I’m full enough. xD There was actually a chocolate place lune wanted to visit so we walked around trying to find the place. Almost couldn’t find it…

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The Tanabata decorations around…

Apparently Max Brenner Chocolate Bar is well known. (I’ve actually made this spreadsheet where I typed out places I would like to visit around Tokyo, sorted by locations and colour-coded with what type of place is it. We ended going to the same places but it’s still nice having that spreadsheet ;D)

The location to this particular Max Brenner is here. We almost couldn’t find it because we actually had to get out of the building and walked around a bend to see the place.

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Chocolate lava cake with a scope of vanilla ice-cream. Oh! Found a menu! So the menu we got was called Melting Chocolate Heart Cake and Shake. I also got myself a cup of Earl Grey because I was in need of tea and that was the only blend of hot tea they served there.

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Chocolate is GOOD for you!

Such great decor 😉

We sat there for quite a while, just chilling and chatting with great chocolate dessert and tea for me.

However, there were still a few more places we would like to hit with the subway-pass so we gradually got a move on.

Our next destination was pretty close by as well so it didn’t take long at all on the subway. And it’s really popular among tourists.

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The classic red lantern in front of Sensoji Temple.

I actually can’t remember now how many times I have been to, possibly, the most popular temples in Tokyo. I definitely visited when I first went to Tokyo back in 2011 and then have taken numerous people to the place.

Asakusa was teeming with people as usual and then the rain started. ^^” Lune actually had to get some stuff from there for her family so we walked through (what I have just found out is called) Nakamise, looking at all of the stalls before coming to the main hall.

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The main hall of the Sensoji Temple.

As you can see, the umbrellas were out now…

I don’t think lune found what she was looking for but she wasn’t too worried so we went on to our next destination.

This time, it took quite a bit of time to get across Tokyo back to Harajuku again. Nestled in the middle of the buzzing city lies a huge area of so much peace that it has quickly become on of my favourite spots in Tokyo since the first time I’ve stepped inside it.

The Meiji Shrine is like a gem in Tokyo to me. The first time I’ve visited this well known shrine was, I believe, at the end of 2013. I was there with my family over Christmas and New Year so we had a lot of time to spare. I ended up wandering inside Meiji Shrine because I was looking for things to do. Imagine my surprise when I found out that what I thought was just another temple turned out to be one of the greenest, most peaceful place in Tokyo. That contrast was so jarring but it makes me love this place even more.

It was no different this time. As soon as you step through the huge wooden gate, it felt like I’ve stepped into another world.

(And this is as far as I’ve made it on Saturday. Let’s continue!)

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The main hall of Meiji Shrine.

It was even more quiet this time around because it’s been raining quite heavily for an hour or so. However, we weren’t the only one there either! I really like the atmosphere inside the Meiji Shrine, even in the rain. The rain actually made it refreshing yet peaceful.

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Every time I visit, I always pay 100 yen to get one of these poems. I believe they were written by the Emperor and I have been keeping one in my wallet ever since. This was the poem I got from this trip and I felt like the message was what I needed at the time.

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I also couldn’t help taking this photo because I’ve just never seen anything like this anywhere else. Of course you show the visitors what the gate would normally look like when it’s not undergoing reconstruction. xD It’s very considerate of them though, so that visitors who might never have a chance to visit the Shrine again will know what the gate normally look like.

After the peaceful time in Meiji Shrine, lune and I ventured out again to the bustling Tokyo for one last place to visit for the day.

Why were we there, you ask?

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For these gorgeous goodies. XDDD Yeap, we went there to line up for these Arashi‘s Waku Waku goodies. Oh! And I’ve forgotten! We actually went the day before too but they weren’t selling then because there was a baseball match!

Now we thought that if we go in the evening, surely the line would be short by then. And this was like, around 7pm already and I think the ‘shop’ was only opened till 8pm. But nope. Still a pretty long line! Lune and I had to separate to line up in different queues for different things!

But I was so happy with what we’ve gotten. Oh! The concert goodies (Japonism Arena Tour) were on sale then as well, that was why we had separate queues.

After a pretty packed day, we headed back to our AirBnB flat.

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Saw this in a convenient store and of course I had to buy and try it because of the presenter! xD

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It was very lemon-y. Though, I actually prefer the grape one more.

And that was it for our fourth day!

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As you can see, we still walked over 10 km though we did start quite late into the day xD.

We also continued to have a very chill, very relaxing weekend in Tokyo too. Hopefully I will get to the next entry very soon! But I’m yawning right now and it’s not even 8pm yet, lol. It’s been an exhausting week so far and may be it’s time to get some extra sleep.

Hope your week is going better than mine!

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – I forgot to mention the new toy I bought that day!

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It’s one of those clip-on lens for your phone camera. I was actually talking about this with lune before because she has one. And then we actually found it in LOFT at Tokyo Skytree Town. And it was around 500 yen AND it’s in pink! Of course I had to buy it and try it out!

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Top row: normal phone camera on the left and one with the wide lens on the right. Bottom row: normal phone camera on the left and with the macro lens on the right.

It came with two types of lens and I really should remember to bring it with me more. It’s fantastic to take on trips.

 

 

 

[June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 1

Oh it has been a long time for this series! xD Here is the previous entry to this trip series: Day 3 – To Tokyo we go!

And I’ve already put a ‘Part 1’ up in the title because I know I’m not going to get through to the end of the day because it’s 10 minutes to 9 and I’m sleepy but also stubborn xD And that I’m still waiting for a.) the rice to finish cooking, and b.) the laptop to finish charging. So I’m going to write and add picture till when both of those are done, click post and come back to finish it another day.

Right, here is what me and lune did on our 4th day!

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We went to get this subway 48 hours pass from Bic Camera near the West Exit of the Shinjuku JR station. They sell a slightly cheaper price for these there. I remember from the last time I went to Tokyo and they still sold it in June! You just need to show the staff your foreign passport with a tourist visa or the equivalent.

And this was an improvement from the previous 1-day/2-day/3-day pass. Those would expire at midnight no matter when you’ve started using the pass. These will only start counting the hours from the first time you’ve gone through the ticket gate. So we used the pass on the 4th, 5th and the morning of the 6th day ;D Very worthwhile!

We also got this pass because our first destination of today was the Tsukiji Fish Market! I believe we had ‘brunch’ there xD

But first thing first:

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We both love this tamagoyaki so much ❤

Lune loved them as well. She loved them so much that she ended up eating 3!! xD She got 2 first, then we went to have some food then came back and get one more. Now I felt like I should have gotten the second one with her as well… xD

And then we queued up at a restaurant and then this:

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I’ve ended up at this restaurant almost every time I go to the Tsukiji Fish Market ^^” And also ended up getting the same thing too! Especially the rice dish (on the right in the picture). I was greedy/hungry so I got the salmon plate on the right too. I normally would share this with my little sister but I think I finished this on my own this time, teehee.

After we were full, lune and I took a leisure stroll and slowly made our way back to the subway (after lune had her third tamagoyaki of course, xD).

We then head of to the tallest tower in Tokyo!

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From the subway station, coming up to the ground level. This was a common sight to see during that time, I believe these are the decorations for the Tanabata festival.

And here we are:

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Tokyo Skytree!

I really like the mall here (;D) which I believe is aptly named Tokyo Skytree Town. There are so many shops that I like as well as sweet shops that I adore *-*

For example:

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I’m not a big fan of their original ‘Tokyo Banana‘ but I love these Strawberry Cake from Ginza ❤ There are also flavours unique to Tokyo Skytree where you can only get them here too but I’ve never tried them. There is a another flavour that I love, but I think they only sell them at Tokyo Station. That, will come up later 😉

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A slice of fig tart from one of my favourite dessert places in Japan *-*

Ever since I’ve first visited Tokyo Skytree, I’ve always get one fruit tart from this place: Qu’il fait bon

I first heard of this place from a Japanese TV show that I love (Arashi ni Shiyagare) and the shop was recommended as one of the best fruit tart places in Tokyo. So I wanted to try it out. I did my research and found out that there is a branch in Tokyo Skytree and have been visiting the place ever since. This time wasn’t an exception, I looked around but when I saw that they got fig tarts, I really didn’t have any other choice xD I love fresh figs, so sad that it’s not easy to get them in Asia. I loved having them in England.

Oh! The rice is done and my laptop is fully charged! And it’s past 9pm, so I think I’ll sign off here for tonight xD Will try to come back to finish Part 2 on Saturday! I really do want to finish with this series, I’m now more motivated from the 30 day writing challenge!

Hope you are all having a good week! It’s Friday tomorrow ! Yay~

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – the weather was so gloomy today! Very British of GZ, lol. Rainy and grey and quite cold. But I think it will get warmer again tomorrow.

 

[June in Japan] Day 3 – To Tokyo we go!

Huh… I thought I wouldn’t be able to post this entry until I go back to Thailand. WordPress has been giving me a hard time uploading images even though I’m sitting right beside the router…

Glad they are now all up there!

So here we are, the 3rd day for our trip from last June (I know, I know, but better late than never right…? ^^”)

But first, links to my previous entries on this trip:

Day 1 in Kyoto

Day 2 in USJ Part 1

Day 2 in USJ Part 2

I don’t think it will be a long entry either because we didn’t do much that day apart from sitting in a train and ate xD

We booked an early-ish train back to Tokyo, the Nozomi shinkansen left Shin-Osaka station at 9.10 so we had to be at Shin-Osaka before 9am at least. We ended up checking out pretty early and took the subway to Shin-Osaka.

We had enough time, in fact, to have breakfast!

Cue picture:

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A classic Japanese breakfast with rice, grilled fish and miso soup.

We found a small convenient restaurant near our platform in the station itself which served Japanese styled breakfast pretty quickly so we ate there. I was happy because I wanted some Japanese styled breakfast at least once while I was in Japan.

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Also had my favourite milk tea with me! I had nearly a bottle everyday for the whole trip! I’ve tried other brands too but this one is my favourite. And it was tricky, because not every convenient stores sell them… I mostly had to hunt for Family Mart.

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Our train ticket

Lune and I talked about whether do we wanted to splurge a little bit more for the Nozomi train, which is the fastest from Osaka to Tokyo. The ones I’ve been on were Hikari ones which is the second fastest. The Nozomi trains are not included in the JR Rail Pass so never had the chance. We didn’t buy any Rail Pass this time since we only needed one trip into Tokyo so we thought, why not?

I planned on sleeping on the train, but somehow didn’t. No idea why… May be I was too excited to get to Tokyo…? ^^”

It was a smooth journey and we arrived at Shinagawa station before lunch time.

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This was the waiting area where I sat and waited for our Shinkansen during my first ever trip to Japan. That was back in April 2011 and we landed in Tokyo but took the shinkansen to the Kansai area before coming back to explore Tokyo. So seeing this scene again brought back fond memories 🙂

We then took the JR train to Takadanobaba where our AirBnB was!

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We passed by Harajuku on our way so I couldn’t help but to take a photo ;D

And look at what (or who, rather) I spotted on the train too!

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May I introduce you all to Sakurai Sho, my favourite Jpop idol ;DDD I’ve really been into Jpop for over a decade now and that pushed my interests (and shall I say, passion?) for Japan and its culture to the maximum level xD

Anyway, our room was pretty nice. We actually booked the one in Shinjuku, because I love that area and it’s been a while since I got to stay there. But there was a change in the law or something about AirBnB in Japan so the owner has to shut that one down and moved us to this one in Takadanobaba instead. Apparently it was bigger and there was a king size bed and a sofa bed. There was a small kitchen and a washing machine too so it was great for me since it was summer time and I didn’t want to save all of the laundry for 10 days…

The owners were really nice and were kind enough to let us ‘check-in’ to our room earlier than normal so we went in, dropped our luggage, freshened up a bit and headed out for lunch again!

We headed back to Harajuku because Lune and I are fangirls and I wanted ramen xD

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One of my favourite dishes to have in Japan at Jankara Ramen! This was recommended to me since my first trip but I didn’t plan on going to it. And then my family and I stumbled upon it by accident! lol It wasn’t until I sat down that I realised it was the same place as the one my friend recommended to me. And because the first time we went was in April 2011, we were the only patrons in the shop (granted it was around 2pm but the shop has never been that empty every since).

We can now request for the egg to be soft-boiled only too so it’s always heavenly to have this bowl of ramen.

IB grade: a strong 6

After a fulfilling lunch, we walked down Omotesando road to Kiddy Land. Where we proceeded to spend a few hours in, exploring each floor and Lune was shopping for a friend xD

However, the exhaustion finally caught up with me and I really needed a place to sit down so we walked back towards Harajuku JR station to Pablo cafe.

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I told you we went to Pablo more than once during this trip! xD We also tried out their classic cheese tart as well as this scrumptous cheese honey toast. I had a pot of tea to keep the exhaustion and headache at bay too…

The cheese tart was ok, we were too full to fully enjoy it but we dug out every single cheese pieces in there!

The cheese honey toast though… Om nom nom… The honey actually made the taste more conflicting so I would highly recommend you to just have the cheese toast on its own. So good.

By that time, the day was moving towards the evening so we made our way back to our room. I had an important appointment to keep too. You’ll see.

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There was a 7/11 convenient store on the way and because I’m a sucker for presenter/ads, I bought this energy drink.

Oh, it looked similar? Well, why don’t you scroll up towards the top and see.

Yeap, the same one that Sho-kun was a presenter off xDDD Solely the only reason why I bought it in the first place. And then I tasted it and was hooked! The jelly was so grape-y!!! It felt like I was eating a really delicious grape jelly drink. I bought quite a few of these during my trip.

We also bought our light dinner at the convenient store too so we can eat in our room.

So what was the appointment that made me go back so early in the evening?

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VS Arashi is normally on every Thursday at 7pm on Fuji TV. One of my favourite shows of all time. It was soooo fun!! And even though I know little Japanese, I still enjoyed it massively. ;DDDDDDDDDDDD

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And here’s dinner, salad with peach yoghurt (because you got to have peaches during a Japanese summer). I told you it was light! XD

All in all, not a busy day. We just started early so a reason to go back to our room and rest early was a good thing.

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Just to show how much we walked that day.

We pretty much chilled around Tokyo for a couple of days before hitting Tokyo Disney Resort. It was still great fun to spend time with my wife in pretty much our favourite city 😉

And I think I’ll sign off here! I’m scheduling this post to go up tomorrow instead because I want to write something about my birthday over the weekend. But it’s 7pm already! Let’s hope that my internet is strong enough so I can do something on the bed instead of in the spare bedroom….

Hope you are all having a great week!

With love,

From GZ

PS – Flying home on Thursday! Whoop whoop!!

PPS – I actually finished this entry first before yesterday’s one about my birthday. But decided to postpone publishing this entry until today…

PPPS – 25 January is actually Sho-kun’s birthday so お誕生日おめでとうございます! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and a fantastic year ahead! <3<3

PPPPS – this entry was suppose to go up on the 25th of Jan but I just found out today (1 Feb) that it didn’t happen…. Why, WordPress? Why?

[June in Japan] Day 2 in USJ Part 2

(I had actually started this post weeks ago but never managed to get passed what has now become the first line of this entry… ^^” And the internet is driving me insane again. I wonder sometimes how on earth can I just live with this all… but then laziness always win over. orz dammit.)

In the last entry, we finished at what we had for lunch. After that, the rain started -3-

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We went to the outside part of the Three Broomstick where we can see the castle clearly for some photo taking session…

True, it does kind of look pretty like this but I would like to, just once, see the Hogwarts Castle with a clear blue sky backdrop ><

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One more with the (almost) full reflection of the Castle in the water.

We, then, slowly made our way out of Hogsmead area, visiting the shops we hadn’t yet.

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So here are some giant ice-cream cones(?) at the Honeydukes shop.

And right next to the Honeydukes, where you can literally walk across as the shops are interconnected, is the Zonko’s Joke Shop.

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The shop is tiny though since the majority of the area goes to Honeydukes…

I actually bought some sweets from Honeydukes this time around, got one chocolate frog (because how could I not?) and a dark chocolate wand. Because I’m a sucker for dark chocolate.

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I have a feeling this was from the wand shop. It might have been Ollivander but not the section where the wand can ‘pick’ you. I tried my best to capture as much of the stars map as I could but it covered the whole wall. And I was mainly interested in Draco. xD (I’m a bit surprised actually that I didn’t manage to capture Sirius as well… hmm…)

Lune and I managed to come out from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter by about 1pm-ish because we had our Hollywood Dreams -The Ride – Backdrop‘s time ticket at around that time.

The last time I was at USJ back in April 2015, I remember clearly hearing the screams from this ride and seeing how long the queue was right from the start all the way through to almost the closing time. And I was only able to try out the Hollywood Dreams – The Ride (because the queue was shorter then) and it was my favourite rides at USJ from that visit. So I was adamant that we tried out the Backdrop one this time around. This was also the reason why I wanted to the get this particular Express Pass.

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What makes Backdrop so special is that the roller coaster goes backwards. Me being a roller coaster fan couldn’t wait to try it.

Sadly, it wasn’t as good as I had hoped it to be… 😦 The ride actually made me slightly nauseous because my head kept being swung back and forth. I didn’t feel as dizzy when the roller coaster moves forward because you have the backrest to keep your head pretty much in place.

After that, we thought we should walk around to recover so went into shops to browse.

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Couldn’t help snapping pictures of this wands display.

 

(It was getting past my bedtime on Monday night so I left the entry here and have been fighting my internet connection to get back on it since then… -3- I’m not sure for how long I’ll have the connection tonight so we’ll see…)

We then took a stroll around the park and came across this.

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I believe it’s for the Attack On Titan. There was a special ‘ride’ on at the time.

Neither of us are fans of the manga/anime, we mostly just took pictures of this and moved on.

We were actually trying to find a Residential Evil ‘ride’ that Lune’s brother was adamant we tried. Turns out that the event has finished. I was a bit relieved because I am not a fan of those things….

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These seems to be hand prints of famous people, most if not all Japanese, who have ever visited the park.

After this, we decided that it was time to go on more rides/attractions since we’ve already got our Express Pass anyway. It would be a waste not to use it!

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Terminator 2: 3D was next on the list because it was the closest one to where we were then. This attraction was more theatrical than a ride. The lady who played a manager or some sort was really into her character, she was the highlight of the show.

We all gathered in front of the theater first and she was introducing herself and asked where some of us were from. Mind you, all of this was all in Japanese so this was what we gathered from our limited Japanese. She made fun that some of the patrons were from Osaka. One person behind us raised their hand and said that they were from Chiba.

And then someone else said that they were from Hawaii. That got a major reaction out of her because she was very impressed with how far they have come. She even turned around and said to the group from Osaka that that group was here all the way from Hawaii. It was all very entertaining.

Anyway, I don’t want to say much about the rest in case you don’t want to spoil yourself. What I would say is that it made me feel quite nostalgic for the Terminator 2 film (which, to me, is the best Terminator out there).

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Taken while walking to our next ride.

After Terminator 2: 3D, we went on to The Amazing Adventure of Spider-Man – The Ride 4K3D. (My goodness, another mouthful isn’t it? xD)

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I didn’t go on this the first time I was at USJ because I’m not a fan of 3D and not really a fan of Spider-Man. However, Express Pass this time! xD And lune actually liked this ride the most in USJ. So do check it out if you have the chance.

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Cute name right? To match it with the ride’s name at the back.

I really contemplated getting the hot dog but it was so expensive! Almost double the price of the one I got at Tokyo DisneySEA. So I didn’t get one. ^^”

We were slowly making our way back to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when we came across this sign.

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I couldn’t help taking a picture of this because it reminds me of my two favourite Brooklyn boys!

And beside this sign, we saw this:

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The Spider-Man circular sign is so cute. And can you spot Spider-Man himself?

We ended up sitting by the ‘lake’ just to relax and rest a little. There had been a lot of walking that day xD

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And of course, I kept taking pictures… The tracks on the top picture are from The Flying Dinosaur I think.

After about 20 minutes, we continued on our journey to go back to Hogsmead once more..

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The rain continued on hence all of the umbrellas… Lune has pointed out that the weather was like we were in Scotland where Hogswart is. Well, I suppose she is right but it would have been much cooler when it rains in Scotland…

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We spent a lot of time just taking photos. I wanted to document it all in my phone. We actually went by the Castle one more time to take more photos too xD

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What can I say? I love tea and cakes xD This was just a display though, the shop isn’t real.

Lune quite wanted to try the butter beer ice-cream so we went inside The Three Broomsticks once more and the place is almost empty! I suppose that was to be expected since the park closing soon-ish.

I, of course, had to try the chocolate ice cream too.

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It was pricey, around 400JPY but hey, it was Florean Fortecue’s! xD The ice cream was quite good too. 🙂

We really didn’t want to leave but we had too because the park isn’t opened for the whole night. So we slowly made our way back out.

I almost forgot! We had to leave because we want to have enough time for one last ride. Hollywood Dream – The Ride. Again, with the Express Pass, it was almost no waiting time at all. And I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I visited USJ. I think this would be my favourite ride of the day…

I then took Lune to see Universal Wonderland too and came across these cute Woodstocks!

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It was the second half of June so I was a bit surprised to still see the Easter display… ^^”

We then slowly made our way out to the Hollywood area, stopping to take a couple of photos of the lights as the sun was slowly setting.

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Beverly Hills? Beverly Hills! xD

This was the first time that I left an amusement park while it was still light. xD However, the park was closing. We heard the announcement and I stayed behind to see the electrical night parade the last time I was there, it wasn’t worth staying for really.

(That was the reason why I thought the opening and closing time on the website wasn’t reliable. We stayed beyond the closing time on the internet that first time. The parade didn’t finished till nearly 8pm or something and I remembered seeing the closing time being 7.30pm on the web…)

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The famous Universal globe…

We weren’t interested in taking a picture of/with this at all in the morning xD but in the evening as we were leaving, we had all the time in the world.

We took the same trains back to our hotel, and we happened to see a takoyaki shop right by the train station where we had to change from JR to the metro.

It wouldn’t be a proper visit to Osaka without eating takoyaki!

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So we bought this to share. Ended up eating them right there by the station because they wouldn’t have survived the metro to the hotel…

There was also a Family Mart convenient store right by our metro exit to the hotel, so I went into check if they still had oden or not and it turned out they still did!

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I got two daikon pieces and one egg roll!

I love oden because it’s such a light but refreshing meal 😀

We made it back to the hotel not too late, which was great because we had another early morning the next day. Visiting USJ with Lune was definitely another highlight of my year this year. So happy I got to share this with her.

To finish this entry off, here are all of the things I’d spent my money on at USJ:

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:DDDDDDD

 

And here is how much we walked that day!

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Not bad, not bad at all 😉

And that’s it for this entry. I’m so happy it’s doneeeeee. So let’s post it before I can’t xD

Next stop, Tokyo~

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – It’s not 9pm yet but I’m so tired I will go to sleep after this. It’s also been really cool today! Cool enough that I don’t need the A/C and just has the fan on at the lowest and I’m under the duvet! xD

 

PPS – I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday. OTL So packed this week and I’ve been sleeping on time! But still feel tired. Urgh.

 

 

[June in Japan] Day 2 at USJ Part 1

Good evening everyone!

It’s Wednesday again and y’all know how I like updating my blog on a Wednesday xD

Today, I bring with me a whole heaps of photos to take you all through my day at Universal Studio Japan.

We planned to leave quite early to make the most out of the day. Because I checked on hyperdia, I found out a shorter way to commute to USJ from our hotel in Namba. We had to switch from the metro to JR line, but it was without any hassle with the Suica card we had.

I believe we stopped by a convenient store (may be Family Mart because that was right on top of our subway exit) to grab a quick breakfast which we ate on the way. Though, actually, I have a memory of eating a hot breakfast burrito by the train platform so may be we stopped by at 7/11…

Anyway, we arrived at the Universal station around 8ish which was slightly later than we planned but the park wasn’t opened quite yet.

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Special decoration for their 15th year!

(I remembered from the last time I went there in April 2015 that even though I arrived before the park’s opening time on the website, I could hear screams from the roller coaster already as well as staying past the closing time on the website so I questioned how reliable the information was on the official website itself.)

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Waiting for the park to open. There were many other people who came early just like us…

 

Lune had bought the park ticket as well as the Express pass for both of us from Thailand in advance so we didn’t have to queue up to buy a ticket.

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Yay for Harry Potter design one! This is the entry ticket. The Express pass came as a print out A4 with a QR code the staff could scan.

The reason why we bought the ticket before hand was so that we could buy the Express pass.

The last time (which was my first time) I came to USJ, I didn’t buy any Express pass, thinking that I wouldn’t want to spend more money just to cut the queue. However, I was very intrigued to see how much more time I would save if I did buy the Express pass so we gave it a go this time around.

And well, it was worth it.

We went for the Express 7 Pass ~Backdrop~ because the Express 4 didn’t seem enough and I really wanted to try the Backdrop this time around. The queueing really was almost non-existence with the 7 rides we could enter with the Express pass so we had plenty of time to walk around, browse the shop and take photos. It also came with an entry time for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which sometimes required a time ticket. If you only bought the park entry ticket, you’d have to go get the time ticket at the booths near the entrance to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to get a designated time before you can go in.

Or this was what happened when I went in April 2015. It didn’t turn out quite like this this time around…

But we are getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s get back to the beginning first.

So we queued up and slowly made our way in after 8.30am when the park opened. Our first ride was going to be The Flying Dinosaur which is a new attraction for the 15th Anniversary.

However, I thought that we might not be able to go back into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter after we come out the first time so I thought we’d try to get a time ticket for an evening slot just in case. So we walked all the way to the Rose garden to find out that we didn’t need a time ticket for that day. *fail*

I’m not sure if they’ve stopped with the time ticket altogether or if it was just because of that time of year where there were less visitors…

We then wanted to cut through Amity Village to get to the Jurassic Park area to find out that they had closed the Amity Village (due to JAWS renovation) and we had to walk around the lake to get to the Jurassic Park area.

*Double fail*

Here’s a link to the Studio Map if anyone is interested.

Anyway, we finally made it to The Flying Dinosaur before 9am and decided to go with the Single Rider option for less queueing time. This is the one thing I like about amusement park in Japan, not sure if they have this option at other countries but I’ve never seen them before until in Japan.

It’s for filling a spare seat or two so they won’t be wasted. So even if I went with Lune, I wouldn’t get to sit next to her. The line is shorter so less queueing time though, even if it’s you can’t really say how long it will be because it really depends on the people in the normal queue and how many people are in each group.

Anyway, we went with the single rider queue and only waited for less than half an hour to get on the ride. We were lucky enough to be on the same train but in different row.

I didn’t realise that the seat would really move so that if felt like you were being carried face down towards the ground. I kept tensing because I was scared that the seat wouldn’t hold me and I would fall face first to whatever it was beneath me. Irrational, I know. But still.

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I think it was because I was so tensed, as well as the seat arrangement, the ride actually made me more nauseous than usual. One time experience really was enough for both lune and I…

After that, we decided to go on the Jurassic Park – The Ride because it was right next to The Flying Dinosaur.

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We also had the Express pass which meant almost no queueing at all 😀 yay~ The last time I went there, I surprisingly liked the Jurassic Park ride even though I hadn’t really seen the films at all.

This time, I was (and still am) a fangirl of the franchise. I went to the Jurassic World in the cinema (Chris Pratt and his raptor squad…) and came home wanting to watch the original trilogy and did. So I was able to immerse myself in the ride way more than last time.

Lune and I had also packed a rain coat because I remember how wet we got the last time and it really did help 🙂

And here’s to what we had been looking forward to since… probably forever ;p

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What is this picture of the forest you say? Well…

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It’s Hogsmeade time!!

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Can I take this train to Hogwarts please? Pretty please?

The place was busy but not too crowded.

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Anyone need to send a post?

Because a time ticket wasn’t needed to enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we went into the area around 10am. We had to wait until nearly 11am for our designated time for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in 4K3D ride (what a mouthful! xD), so we walked around from shop to shop to browse through merchandises.

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That monster book Hagrid required all students to buy for his subject xD

As we strolled further into the area, we came to one magnificent sight…

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Hogwarts Castle *sighs happily*

When the time came, we went to the Express pass entrance and was quickly ushered into the Castle itself.

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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in 4K3D

The Forbidden Journey ride (I ain’t gonna say the full name again, too long!) was a bit better than my first time. Probably because I was trying to be as relaxed as possible and tried not to focus my eyes on one thing in particular. I was more gazing dazedly at everything during the ride xD

After that, we went on the Flight of the Hippogriff straightaway. Again, with the help of the Express Pass, we didn’t really have to queue at all. Whoop!

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Almost didn’t have time to snap some photos because we didn’t have to stand and wait at all!

This ride was much more fun than the Forbidden Journey one, just like I remembered… It’s a shame there isn’t an Express Pass where I can skip the Forbidden Journey and have this Flight of the Hippogriff instead… -3-

We browsed around the shops some more, spent some money and decided that we were hungry after all! xD

It was lunch time 🙂

We’d decided before even going to USJ that we would have lunch at the Three Broomsticks. I didn’t eat here when I visited the first time and so felt like I needed to make up for that xD

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Inside the Three Broomsticks…

There was a bit of a queue (surprise, surprise) to get into the restaurant but we didn’t have to wait too long. I took this chance to take quite a few photos as well as upload them up onto my social media 8D Bless pocket wifi.

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For lunch, I went for this chicken and pork ribs platter (because I kind of wanted to try both roast chicken and the BBQ ribs). Sadly, the chicken was too dried. The ribs were ok, I would have liked to have some vegetable too. The corn cob was a bit too much for me…

I also got dessert because I’d always wanted to know what Harry’s favourite dessert tasted like.

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Treacle tart with clotted cream and raspberries.

Now this, I would get again. I think it would have been perfect with a cup of tea. (Mmmmm.) The treacle filling was sweet, chewy and I could taste a hint of lemon zest. It went extremely well with the creamy clotted cream and the sharpness of the raspberry cut through and helped lifted the dish up. I especially liked the part near the crust that was a bit burnt. Om nom nom.

 

And… my laptop is now down to 29% and it’s nearly my bed time… I didn’t realise that it would take me this long to write a post on our day at USJ so I am splitting it into 2 parts! ^^”

And hopefully, the next part will come soon-ish. Not tomorrow though, tomorrow is packed full D: And then Friday is for going out (xD) and there may be plans for Saturday… So we shall see, lol.

 

Hope you guys are having a good (and less busy) week!

 

With love,

From GZ