Holy cow! I just realized I had never even finished writing about our Tokyo trip, and I have another trip to update about since then, plus two more approaching. So I decided to get my blogging act together this morning.
Hopefully my pictures will refresh my memory (fingers crossed).
The next morning we woke up and took the subway over to the Ueno Zoo. The big draw to this particular zoo, is that they have a panda exhibit. Which was super neat. The one thing I wish we had done in this area, was go to the Tokyo Skytree. It’s the tallest tower in the world, and the second tallest structure in the world (after the Burj Khalifa).
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect while we were there. As you can see, we also got to see more cherry blossoms at the zoo. They had a neat tram that went around the zoo. There is a picture above, of the kids in front of it.
They also had a few art museums in the area, as well as a Children’s literature museum that I wanted to check out. But we ended up spending so much time in the zoo, that we were all pretty ‘hangry’ when we got finished, so we decided to eat and head to our next adventure instead.
After the zoo we trekked over to a different area of Tokyo called “Shinjuku”. We had tickets to the Robot Café, which is a show with tons of electronic robots, crazy lights and costumes. The kids said it was their favorite part of the trip. It was definitely like nothing I had ever been to, or seen before, but worth every penny.
Before we went to the robot café though, we had some time to kill, so we wandered around Shinjuku for a bit, got a coffee and a crepe (which are huge in Japan), and played at one of the arcades for a bit. One of the funny things about the arcade we went to, was that the top floor was women only. It was full of these ‘glamour shot’ type photo booths that are huge in Japan. I’m sure there’s a proper name for them, but I’m not sure what it is?
The robot café pictures are below.
The next morning we wandered out to a smaller island called ‘Odaiba’ (still part of Tokyo). It was an extremely touristy section, and really just had a completely different feel than the rest of Tokyo to me. We ended up not doing a whole lot besides walking around and taking in the sights. They did have a Madam Toussade’s Wax Museum, LEGOLAND, and a 3-D Art museum.
After we explored all day in Odaiba, we headed back towards our hotel and ate at Sushi Yasuda, which we had seen on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. I was nervous that it was honestly not going to be as great as it had been talked up to be, but it did NOT disappoint. The kids both really enjoyed their sushi, as did Garrett and I. Blake really liked the Alaskan fatty Salmon and asked for doubles. Brooklynn’s favorite was the ‘grass sushi’ (haha!), it just had green onions on it…no fish…We really enjoyed everything besides the sea urchin. I had never eaten sea urchin before, and the texture was different. Very slimy and watery.
Our final, full day in Tokyo was Blake, our son’s, 8th Birthday so we surprised him with tickets to Disney World. There are two Disney parks in Tokyo, Disney Land and Disney Sea. We had heard Sea was a different experience than Orlando Disney, so we opted for the Sea tickets.
There are different flavors of popcorn in each section of the park, and our favorite was the curry popcorn. They had a soy sauce flavored popcorn as well, that we were hoping to try and didn’t get around to it. Another thing about Tokyo Disney is that they have more/different characters than Disney in America. For example, Duffy (who I believe is Mickey Mouse’s teddy bear?) is huge over there, as well as Shelli May, who is Duffy’s girlfriend. There is also a cat that is a big hit over here, and I’m blanking on its name right now.
We had such a great time. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times over; we are SO thankful to be able to take this time to travel with our family and introduce our kids to these amazing experiences. We love and miss you all!
❤ The Butler