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Old 07-15-2012, 04:41 PM   #76
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They often have cold noodles there in summer (soba) if you're game give it a go. Yummy and refreshing!

Great start do far though! Glad you made it there safely and that you like your hotel.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:34 AM   #77
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Me neither. I've never had them put wasabi on my sushi in Japan, thank goodness! But then again, I don't order it a whole lot there.

Say hi to the CST for me! Looking forward to continuing to follow your adventure.
Thanks for reading. I really like CST, but I tell you what, on a day like today I would have loved a pool!! It's so hot and sticky!!

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They often have cold noodles there in summer (soba) if you're game give it a go. Yummy and refreshing!

Great start do far though! Glad you made it there safely and that you like your hotel.
Cold noodles... I wonder if I'll be lucky enough to come across those. Ordering food has pretty much been pointing to something on the menu and nodding and smiling

Here are some photos from yesterday that I've just loaded to photobucket:

View from our room




Lunch


Dinner from Crillon inside Tokyu Hands






Electrical Street






Sorry the pics are so big. I'll resize them later
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:01 AM   #78
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Oh!! The Japanese vending machines!!!! Love it!
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:02 AM   #79
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And that view...wow!
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Look at the view.....and I'm not just talking about the food porn or the vending machines.

I like that size!!


Great pics.
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OK... So, today...

Actually it was a really good day, but to sum it up in a few words for those in a rush - It was really hot and sticky, my feet and calves are killing me, I think I have heat rash on my lower legs and a sunburn...

We got up at 7am this morning and decided we were going to start the day at the Imperial Palace. Using Hyperdia we found how to get there and set off. The train lines are easy enough to work out, so long as you know which line you're after and which station.

I had read somewhere that the Imperial Palace is open to the public on public holidays, which today was supposed to be but it wasn't open, so we walked all over the East Gardens - they are amazing!













We bought some iceblocks from one of the rest houses in the parks and they were awesome - sort of like sunny boys if you know what they are, but softer so you could bite them if you wanted to.

Just before 12 we decided we were getting hungry, so we headed out of the park along some random street and into some random building and decided to eat at a little restaurant called Leaf Kitchen (or was it Kitchen Leaf?) basically you got some meat, some garlic, some onion in a spicy sauce, some kimchi and some other spicy something or other and wrap it in lettuce and eat it. I ate it with just the pork, garlic and a little of the spicy onion and it was pretty damn tasty!



We then decided that it was early enough to try tackling Ueno Park, so we hopped on the Yamanote line and made our way there.

We walked around the park for a little bit, they had some street vendors selling food, as well as a few market stalls. We also spend the 600Y each to go into the zoo. For 600Y it's actually a pretty good zoo - not so much for the animals, but you can get pretty close to them, which is good for pics.







For those who have read Lurkyloo's TR - she mentions (and shows pics) a lake in the middle of Ueno park, which is sort of plain and bare, well this is what it looks like in summer:



We also saw a shrine while there;





By this time we decided we were pretty tired, so we headed back to CST for a bit of a rest.

We annointed our burns, bandaged our blisters and soaked our feet for maybe 2 hours. Then we decided to venture out for dinner.

We just walked from CST to find dinner, basically we just headed towards the lights. We wandered the streets for probably over an hour or more trying to decide where we should try and eventually settled on a place (I have photos, I just haven't taken them off the camera yet...)

This place was great, good big servings and my meal was only 450Y and I think DH's 2 bowls was 620Y. They only had water for drinking, which would usually be a bad thing, but I think we were pretty dehydrated that we didn't mind... We have decided that if we can't decide where to eat during the week, we'll just come back to this place.

After our meal we headed into an arcade - people are allowed to smoke in these places, so they smell terrible, and music is blasted out of every machine, so they sound terrible too, but it was fun. We had a go on 3 machines - one of those sorta claw machines , kind of a virtual reality pod like thing, and something we thought was a poker machine (slot machine) but sorta ended up being a little like a pin ball machine... We really had no idea how any of the machines worked, we just pushed random buttons and got excited when it starting making noises, and flashing lights...

We also got some footage of people who know what they're doing, those people are nuts!! (I will post it, you just need to be patient with me!)

After a while of wandering around and getting lost we headed back to CST. Like I said at the beginning, I'm pretty sore, but it sure was worth it!

Now I better get some sleep, DISNEYLAND TOMORROW!!!
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I am following along with keen interest, those food places sound good - I bought our tix on Sunday - we are def going in April

I am hoping for milder weather, it sounds like you are melting!
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I am following along with keen interest, those food places sound good - I bought our tix on Sunday - we are def going in April

I am hoping for milder weather, it sounds like you are melting!
Our weather today wasn't as bad, a bit of cloud cover rolled over and there has been a pretty nice breeze. If I was at home I'd be more then happy with this weather, but because we're out constantly walking and in the elements it gets a bit rough...

OK, I'm going to quickly go through my pics from today and load a few good ones on PB so you can see what we got up to today!
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:55 PM   #84
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Omg your Korean BBQ looks so yummy. I am on the diet of my life right now because I'm leaving for Japan in about 6 weeks and as you've probably noticed, everyone and everything there is tiny! Seriously drooling on my keyboard right now . . .
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Omg your Korean BBQ looks so yummy. I am on the diet of my life right now because I'm leaving for Japan in about 6 weeks and as you've probably noticed, everyone and everything there is tiny! Seriously drooling on my keyboard right now . . .
Hahaha my DH and I are also the Japan trip diet! We both drooled when we saw the Korean BBQ pics too!!

Great report so far!!! Can't wait to see and read about TDL!! How's the Stitch Merchandise there? :-)
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Japanese gardens, architecture, food porn and animals. What more could you ask for?


Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your TDL pics and I hope you enjoy yourself; irrespective of weather.
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Japanese gardens, architecture, food porn and animals. What more could you ask for?


Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your TDL pics and I hope you enjoy yourself; irrespective of weather.
Thanks, we're having such a great time!

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Great report so far!!! Can't wait to see and read about TDL!! How's the Stitch Merchandise there? :-)
To be honest I don't think the merchandise is as good here as it is at DLR or WDW, there's definitely different stuff, but not as much variety as the US counterparts. It also seems more expensive

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Yeah everyone and everything is tiny over here, including the meal portions, so it probably wouldn't hurt getting used to eating less We've almost been snacking all day long.

OK, I know last night I said I was just organising my pics and then I was going to update, and that didn't happen, but this time hopefully it will happen. I want to try and keep these updates umm... up to date because I've been known to take over a year to complete a TR before and I don't want that to happen or I forget everything...

Phew, my photos are taking forever to transfer onto my computer, I thought I took a lot yesterday (About 800) but today I took just under 1300...
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Ok, I thought I posted something this morning, but it obviously didn't go through - I'm thinking too many pictures. I'll post it again when I get home tonight

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During the night, for some reason my phone refused to charge, which meant the alarm didn’t go off and we slept in until around 7:30. Also because my phone was flat we didn’t have hyperdia to help us find how to get to Disneyland… I knew in my head roughly what the name of the station was that we needed to get to, but had no idea how to spell it, and it seemed like over night the train station had removed all of their English maps and replaced them with Japanese ones…

Luckily after staring blankly at a train schedule for 15 minutes a local asked us where we were trying to get to, and was able to point out Maihama on the map. So after 30 minutes and with just one transfer we arrived at the Tokyo Disney Resort!!! It was around 10am.

We headed into Ikspiari to exchange our printed receipt for park tickets and then started making our way into the park, with a quick stop off to get something to eat from Beck’s Coffee.


DH had a BLT and I had a hot dog



And then in we went!!


The TDL Castle is gorgeous!





We headed to the left and the first thing we came across was POTC, with only a 5 minute wait, so in we went. So far we’ve found that pretty much all of the TDL rides are longer then the same ones at DLR and WDW. The same can be said for POTC. It also seemed darker to me…

We then made our way to BTMRR and picked up fastpasses. These were the only FP’s we were able to get today, all of the other machines were shut the whole day.

We were then almost able to walk straight on to HM with only a 15 minute wait. Again it seemed longer then DLR, however the whole spiel was in Japanese. We love this ride.

It had been hot all morning, but by now it was starting to get nasty hot, so we grabbed some iced treats – I had an orange Mickey Head and DH had a frozen mango - we think this is really a frozen mango half. Both really good.



We headed around the back of the park and ended up in Tomorrowland, with only a 25 minute wait on space we decided we’d see what it’s like compared to DLR and WDW – Space is probably DH’s favourite ride. Again we felt this one was longer then the others, better then WDW, and probably equal to DLR.

This might have been where we either watched Captain EO or had lunch at the Blue Bayou (maybe we did both here…)

Captain EO is the original, so all in English, and still as stupid as I remember it from when I saw it in 93.

The Blue Bayou of course has amazing ambiance, but I feel the food was a bit of a let down. To me it felt similar to the sort of meal you’d get at an RSL or Services Club. Alright, but nothing to write home about.

We both had the chef's special of the day, which was a chilled tomato soup with pesto



Steak with gravy and vegetables with either a side of rice or bread - I had rice, DH had bread.



Lemon mango mousse with pineapple jelly - really refreshing and yummy.



There was a pretty short wait on the Jungle Cruise as well, so we hoped on it and I must say it was probably the funniest one I’ve ever been on. Probably because we had no idea what was being said!







Very similar to the DLR ride, but with an extra bit where you go through an indiana jones style tunnel.

We then made our way up and over the Swiss Family Tree House. I don’t know why, but if there aren’t many people on it, I always enjoy doing the tree houses. Plus there are great views from the top!





By now we could use our BTMRR FP’s, so we headed over that way. Again it felt longer! Great ride.





It was still pretty nasty and hot and we saw that IASW only had a 10 minute wait. I hadn’t ridden IASW since I was little, so I dragged DH in. I really enjoyed it. I don’t know why, I just did. Plus I got to sing along with “Duff Beer for me, Duff Beer for you, I’ll have a Duff, you have one too.”

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