November 23, 2010 (Tuesday)
– We got up early to go Tokyo Disneyland today. After having breakfast with food we bought in our nearby Sunkus, we were out our apartment at 7:20 AM. We experienced the “real” feel of Tokyo Metro and the morning Rush hour today as the trip from Akihabara to Hacchobori Station was really crowded. The trip from Hacchobori to Maihama was good as Xiane even got a seat.

We arrived in Maihama at 8:06 AM and stopped by the large suitcase shaped “Bon Voyage” shop where they were selling loads of Disney items. Mavis wanted to buy a cap for her the other day but didn’t see one she really wanted so she tried looking for one here. Disneyland was to open at 9 but the shop already had loads of people buying stuff! You have pouches for your tickets, hats, caps, toys, buckets, cookies, and your 1900Yen China-made kids’ Tiarra! While Mavis was able to buy what she wanted, Xiane got to try some of the hats that all Japanese ladies must have while in Disneyland.

Minnie ears wih Roses

Minnie ears wih Roses

Mickey Cap

Mickey Cap

Bon Voyage holds a huge amount of Disney Merchandise

Bon Voyage holds a huge amount of Disney Merchandise

1900 Yen Tiara

1900 Yen Tiara

There was already a long line in front of us when we got to the gates but not nearly as long as the one yesterday in DisneySea and we were in fact lined up just after the covered entrance. Considering you have several gates, it also meant there were probably 700 visitors ahead of us not including the Hotel guests who were already inside the park!

4 Day Magic Passport!

4 Day Magic Passport!

When the gates opened, you’d see people rushing off everywhere and you know that you don’t have enough time to enjoy whatever there is in World Bazaar except the big Christmas Tree displayed in the middle. Here is where your “Tokyo Disneyland Plan of Attack” comes in.

Remember that this is a Tuesday, which makes it less crowded than your weekend. By the time we reach Monsters, Inc. Ride and Go Seek, Fast Passes were already for 11 AM and there was a looong line. I grabbed Mavis and Xiane’s ticket and told them to go to Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters to line up for the ride. I got 12:15 PM Fast Passes for Monsters, Inc Ride and Go Seek and hurried off to Astro Blasters.

Getting a Fast Pass of Monsters Inc.

Getting a Fast Pass of Monsters Inc.

Fast Pass Machine

Sticking to the Monsters Inc. theme!

Passing Space Mountain and wondering how we’d be able ride it later with its long queue, I reached Astro Blasters which has its own long queue. Since we were already able to ride this in Hong Kong Disneyland, it was ok for me to miss it as I thought Mavis and Xiane were already inside. After 10 minutes, I see them in line near the entrance and joined them. Mavis didn’t have a map so she got lost a bit and thus allowed me to catch up with them in line.

Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters!

Controls were'nt as responsive as those in Hong Kong 🙁

Xianelle on her own

Xianelle on her own


We went straight across to Captain EO but already had a 40 minute wait time. I lined up while Mavis and Xiane looked for the cart selling Caramel Popcorn. Captian EO is a “revived” Michael Jackson 3D show which Mavis and Xiane really liked but me, not much. The show was in English so there no problem understanding the flimsy plot.

Captain EO

Captain EO with Michael Jackson!

Popcorn Bucket

Popcorn Bucket worth 1400Yen!

You can buy a filled popcorn bucket for 1400Yen and bring it every time you go to Disneyland to try out all the flavored Popcorn available i.e. Soy Sauce, Strawberry, Caramel, Curry, Sea Salt, Chocolate, Honey…Refills go for 500Yen. You may also want to collect the different buckets in every location!

After the show, we were right in time to line up for “One Man’s Dream II – The Magic Lives On”, a live show with a lot of your favorite Disney Characters in Showbase.

One Man's Dream II at Show Base, Tomorrowland!

One Man's Dream II at Show Base, Tomorrowland!

DisneyLand Tip: If you want to see “One Man’s Dream II –The Magic Lives On” without the hassle of getting thru the lottery system, the first show is on a First Come, First Seat basis. Line up at least 45 minutes before the show to get good seats.

This is a must-see in Tokyo Disneyland! It probably compares to Hong Kong Disneyland’s Golden Mickey’s. It would have been better if we saw the show in the evening but I didn’t want to risk getting tickets thru the lottery. Loads of photos below and continuation on another post!

Mickey and Minnie

Mickey and Minnie

Mickey and the Gang

Mickey and the Gang

Bug's Life

Bug's Life

Wendy, Peter Pan and Croc

Wendy, Peter Pan and Croc

Wendy and Peter Pan flying

Wendy and Peter Pan flying

Dancer

Dancer

More photos below!

More photos below!



The video above shows you how jam packed trains in Japan can be during morning rush hour

If you’ve been doing some research on YouTube regarding Tokyo’s morning rush hours and saw some Train Officers pushing people to fit in train cars, we nearly saw one on our visit. It was about 7:20 in the morning in the Metro Station (Hibiya Line) in Akihabara and the train car in front of us was already full… or so we thought. I was already thinking to myself how full this train is until a Tokyoite arrived, turned his back to the train car, planted half of his feet on the car and started moving backwards. It wasn’t easy as he didn’t have his whole body inside the train. With half of his feet planted on the edge of the train and hands grasping the door, he slowly inched his way backwards. You really see him exert effort in pushing and nudging little by little to get in the car until his whole body was inside the train car! Nobody from the car itself was telling him to stop, or pushing him from the door as this is an accepted way to get in a crowded train in Japan. We were so awed at watching him do this for less than a minute that we forgot to take photos or a video. But this is one experience in Tokyo that we would never forget.
We did experience getting a train car and getting pushed inside like it was the last train out of hell. It wasn’t that easy for us as I had to protect Xiane and give her enough space or else she’d be literally squished. No one ever said a word, mumbled, grumbled at how everybody gets to invade each other’s personal space, but what you’d end up having is enough space for your chest to contract and expand to breathe. I’m not kidding one bit! As Xiane puts it, we were like sardines in a can! We joked that it should be considered as one of Disneyland’s ride. But that’s life in Tokyo!



Go! Go! Curry!There was something in Peter Barakan’s (Begin Japanology) presentation of Japan’s curry that made me want to try the Japanese version of curry. So upon seeing Go!Go! Curry in Showa Dori in Akihabara, I told Mavis that we’d have to eat there. We actually made a mistake by going to the wrong exit and not the one that directly takes you to Yodobashi where we were supposed to eat. After spending the day in DisneySea, we were famished, it was raining and we didn’t have any umbrellas.

Go! Go! Curry Akihabara

Go! Go! Curry Akihabara

Japanese Curry is quite different from your typical Indian Curry. Instead of getting a yellow-orange soup base, what you get is a thick, brownish and less “intoxicating” smell of curry. It usually is topped or has a siding of shredded cabbage that compliments the “Ru” or sauce of a Japanese Curry.

Look for Go Go Curry’s unmissable gorilla sign, and fall deeply in love with their deeply broiled curry sauce. Tonkatsu and Chicken katsu are very popular toppings for curry. Go Go’s dishes come in large portions, and if you find it’s too much, you can request a smaller rice serving for 50yen off. The original Go Go Curry started in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, home of Major Leaguer Hideki Matsui. The name of the restaurant comes from his jersey number 55 (pronounced “go go” in Japanese). Matsui merchandise is available in the restaurant.

As with typical Japanese “Fastfood”, you pick and order your food on a vending machine placed near the front of the shop. You also get to eat on the bar/counter as with other typical Japanese “Fastfood”. However, this one near the JR Station is bigger than the one in Chuo Dori so you also get some chairs and tables for groups.

Go Go Curry!

Yellow and Red/Orange are the prominent colors

Major Curry at Go Go Curry!

Major Curry at Go Go Curry!

We decided to stay on the counter. Mavis wasn’t too sure about curry so we just ordered the biggest one for the two of us. For Xiane, we ordered her the Chicken Katsu. However, all the staff started laughing when we asked for Chicken Katsu without the Curry! The curry is mildly spicy so it’s something that Xiane wouldn’t really eat. Xiane has very low tolerance to spicy food including anything that has some pepper on it (which we also ask the staff from Pepper Lunch to remove from her order).

Chicken Katsu

Sleepyhead with her Chicken Katsu

So what’s the verdict? I love it! It’s cheap (well, cheaper than most), easy and no fuss to eat, tasty and the “Ru”/sauce is more like a thick beef gravy than your typical Indian Curry. It really does go well with rice and the shredded beef, with a little hint of bitterness, makes a good side dish. Mavis said she wasn’t really impressed but I didn’t expect it to be food that you would really consider “amazing” due to the price. The Major Curry Mavis and I shared was about 1000Yen while Xianelle’s Katsu was only 720Yen. If you want something cheap,”fast food”, Go! Go! Curry! would definitely satisfy your tummy!

By the way, Xiane did finish hers as the fried chicken tasted more like her Chicken nuggets from Sadia (a middle eastern brand).



Tokyo, Japan 2010 Trip

This is our blog of our 14-day trip to Tokyo, Japan! Itineraries, budget, where to go, what to see and what to do!

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