Travel: Japan Trip 2012 (Day 15 – Tokyo Disney Sea)

Travel: Japan Trip 2012 (Day 15 – Tokyo Disney Sea)

See: Japan Trip 2012 itinerary and summary

Day 15: December 10

The only other Disney theme park I’ve been to is Tokyo Disneyland back in 2006 during my first trip to Japan. This time I wanted to visit Tokyo Disney Sea, which is unique to Japan. I had heard amazing things about it. From Shinjuku, we took two trains to Tokyo Disney Resort (which is where both Disneyland and Disney Sea are located) near JR Maihama Station. From there, the Disney Resort Line, which circles the resort, will stop at both parks.

Even the special Disney Resort Line monorail is aptly in the Disney spirit.



We visited on a Tuesday in winter, so it would have been a fairly low crowd day. It wasn’t terrible but there were still lots of people. I definitely would not want to visit during holidays or weekends. It was a cold day, but also super sunny.

We were there all day, from just after opening to after the big show at night, Fantasmic. We didn’t go on any rides, as we weren’t interested in that kind of thing. The whole place was incredibly beautiful with unbelievable attention to detail. It was also so clean! It was honestly so much fun, just to wander around and experience everything. My mum really enjoyed the day too, so I definitely think it’s a great place for people of all ages. There’s just a lot of walking, standing and people.






I was really tempted by a lot of adorable souvenirs, like these hilarious hats. How cool are there? I talked myself out of one, but I did buy some really flashy Disney sunglasses which I wore all day, haha. In my defence it was really sunny so kind of useful (for one day). The great thing is almost everyone in Japan is a little dressed up in Disney attire or accessories when they’re at Disneyland or Disney Sea. There’s not much you can wear that will make you stand out.


Arabian Coast was one of my favourite themed ports. It was so well made and there were so many hilarious Genie details everywhere!









The main “finale” of the night (the time changes throughout the seasons, but around 6/6:30pm in winter I think) is held at the Mediterranean Harbor. To get a good viewing spot, it’s best to get there early.




Most people leave after the show, so the exits and transportation will be really crowded.


After we left, we headed back to Shinjuku, and went into an izakaya for dinner. The drinks and food were great, but we hadn’t anticipated all the smoking, which was a total downer. I often still forget to check the smoking status of restaurants in Japan.







Food Lately: January 2017

Autumn Brekky bagel with ham, egg, beetroot relish & cheese (Huff Bagelry, Carnegie)

This used to be a seasonal special but they’ve kept it for years and years. Did you know that every time I go I get the same bagel – this one. It’s so perfect I don’t think any other bagel could surpass it, so what else is there to try? This is one of my favourite food items in Melbourne!

Tostados: Cauliflower with beetroot, smoked cheese & spices | Crab & prawn with celery, cucumber & apple guac, lime-habanero mayo & luxury walnut (Mamasita, CBD)

Mamasita is another favourite restaurant of mine. They always get the flavours and textures spot on. These tostados were amazing!

Mejillones: Mussels with garlic chilli & tomato (Portello Rosso, CBD)

These are the best mussels I’ve ever had! They were so fresh and meaty. The incredibly flavoursome sauce also had wonderful depth. Mussels aren’t really my pick but I was more than happy to tuck in to this dish.

Croissants, ham & gruyere croissant, danish, lemon curd cruffin (Lune Croissanterie, Fitrzoy)

I wrote in depth about my experience at Lune during the peak of their popularity. These days you can often walk in mid-late morning without lining up and almost have your pick (I took the last two plain croissants). This box was for my family, although the lemon curd cruffin was for me. It’s just as delicious as I remember it being back when it took a combined five/six hours to get. It’s so fluffy yet crispy and the curd is amazingly tangy. I’m already dreaming of the next one…

Melbourne: NYE fireworks up close

I don’t think I’ve gone out on New Years’ Eve to watch the fireworks in Melbourne (except maybe once when I was really little). I really don’t enjoyed crowded and loud places. In recent years we’ve gone to my uncle’s apartment where we can see a the fireworks, since he lives very close to the city. Since moving into my own apartment, which is located close to The Yarra River, I’ve been watching the fireworks from my balcony! Because the fireworks are set off from various tall points across the city and I’m fairly central, I don’t get a view of the all the fireworks though, just close ups of the few from nearby buildings.




Travel: Japan Trip 2012 (Day 14 – Yokohama, Tokyo)

Travel: Japan Trip 2012 (Day 14 – Yokohama, Tokyo)

See: Japan Trip 2012 itinerary and summary

Day 14: December 9

On this day we visited Yokohama (Minato Mirai area), mostly taking it easy before a long day at Tokyo Disney Sea the next day, so this should be a short post. Enroute to Yokohama from Shinjuku, we briefly went to Shibuya (because that was the recommended travel route). So of course we went to pay Hachiko a visit, and made the obligatory walk across the famous Shibuya crossing.



Yokohama is where I spent half of my Japan exchange trip in high school, so it’s a special place to me. Minato Mirai is the harbour area of Yokohama and has lots of shopping complexes, an observatory, amusement park and museums (including the Cup Ramen museum). I’ve visited the Sky Garden Observatory and been on the large ferris wheel previously and think they are both excellent! On this day though, we just walked around the harbour and the shops. For lunch, we had doria and ramen.






We returned back to Tokyo for dinner. Again we got lost in Shinjuku station and got so hungry trying to find our station exit that we chose to have dinner first in a restaurant we came across that specialised in hambaagu (Japanese hamburger steak).

With more energy, we resumed our journey of finding the right exit and thus the way to our hotel. We ended up walking passed a small event for Japan’s bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, before retreating to our hotel ahead of our big day at Tokyo Disney Sea!

Melbourne: Gingerbread Village by Epicure

On Saturday I visited the annual Gingerbread Village by Epicure, which this year is raising money for The Royal Children’s Hospital. I’ve been wanting to go for a few years now, but the lines are always long after work and on weekends, especially the closer it gets to Christmas. I arrived at 10am, which is precisely when the line grew to some thirty people, even though T said there was no line just five minutes before. Whoops.


It’s a small-ish room of people moving in a circle and they let in as many people as the number that leaves. Because the lighting was really dim and I had to keep moving along, my photos unfortunately ended up blurry.

Docklands and The Melbourne Star:



The Melbourne Zoo:


Albert Park and The Grand Prix:


St Kilda Beach:

Luna Park:


Flemington Racecourse:

MCG:

Melbourne Town Hall:

Arts Centre Melbourne:


And of course The Royal Children’s Hospital… the inside is so adorable! They even have the famous meerkats!





The Gingerbread Village by Epicure is located at The Melbourne Town Hall and opens 9am – 8:45pm daily from December 1 to December 24.