If you are planning to spend a few more days in Tokyo and have time for ‘alternative’ sightseeing suggestions, you might want to include a trip to Disneyland in your Tokyo agenda! Getting there takes less than an hour from the usual areas in Tokyo where people tend to stay.
Once you arrive at Disneyland, there are two theme parks, DisneySea and Disneyland. If you want to visit both parks you should plan in two days. One option is to stay in the lovely Disney resort hotel and feel like a Disney princess. The other option is to just head back to your hotel in Tokyo and come back the next day. As Disneyland is so conveniently located, you might as well do that.
We decided to spend one day only on Disney craziness and went to the Disneyland park. Though I was sad to miss out on The Little Mermaid and Jasmine who are in the DisneySea park, I just love Donald Duck and his friends too much to miss out on Mickey’s Toon Town. And Cinderella, Belle and Snow White also live in Disneyland so I still got my fair share of Disney princesses :)
Disneyland’s attractions are super cute and there is something for everyone. Lots of entertainment and rides for little kids, as well as for bigger kids (adults living their childhood dreams..). If you have been to the Disneyland in Los Angeles you will not find many new attractions in Tokyo’s Disneyland. The big difference is just that everything is in Japanese and I had the feeling there are more shops where you can buy lots of Disney accessories. Of course, I had to get Minnie Mouse ears!
This is Goofy’s house in Mickey’s Toon Town. You can also hang out at Minnie’s and say hi to Mickey in his house (of course it right next to Minnie’s house!).
Make sure you arrive before noon to make most of your day in Disneyland. That way will be able to join all rides and attractions while still having time to have coffee and sweets. And don’t forget to use the fast track tickets. You can get them next to the entrance of each attraction. If you time it right, you can get one ticket per hour which saves you lot of waiting time! Also, do see Donald Duck’s 3D show – so so so cute :)
While this time, we didn’t make it to Indonesia, it is now a new destination on my travel bucket list!
During the last 9 months we have travelled across the Americas and Asia and seen incredibly beautiful beaches for surfing, scuba diving or just relaxing. I surfed a lot in South America and did lots of snorkelling in Hawaii and Vietnam yet only managed to go scuba diving a few times here and there. Certainly not the many times I had planned before going on this trip! Well, now I am planning to do my Advanced Open Water back at home in London and not at some remote location during the trip as it was planned. That way at least I can fully take advantage of some night and ship wreck diving during my next scuba diving trip without spending a couple of days on scuba diving theory and exercises while on a beautiful beach. Rainy London seems like a much more comfy location for that! And then, that’s where Bali comes in – scuba diving paradise! Bali is part of the Coral Triangle where apparently over 500 reef building coral species can be found. Yeeey :)
Apart from beautiful beaches and nature, there are also cultural treasures to explore. So after a scuba diving session in the morning, I am planing to make my way to Tanah Lot Temple which is said to be the island’s most iconic temple (photo below). For sunset, maybe Uluwatu Temple to watch a sunset kecak fire dance in the open amphitheatre. On another day, it will be the Besakih Temple. Having seen lots of temples now across Asia, this one seriously looks super gorgeous and I can’t wait to visit it in person.
Of course, no beach holiday is perfect without SPAs and a stunning place to stay. The Karma Kandara hotel which is located on the Bukit Peninsula looks super beautiful and has good reviews on TripAdisor. The Uluwatu Temple is also located on the peninsula, so once you are done sunbathing and getting massages, you could pay a visit to the sunset fire dance. Also, lots of surf spots and scuba diving schools are just under 30min away from the hotel.
There are more pretty photos of the Karma Kandara hotel here on Traveloka. Just don’t look at them while you are sitting in the office and don’t have any holidays planned for a while. Like me… now my top priority is to get settled again after having globetrotted around since last summer. So since I won’t go to Bali that soon, I thought I’d remind you guys that there is this beautiful surfing and scuba diving paradise in Indonesia..
Well and to make things even more perfect, there is also awesome surf happening in Bali! Now, writing this post I can’t sit still anymore, really want to take the board and jump into the water! I spent the last month in Hong Kong and Japan and though I love cool cities, I really could need a beach holiday now :)
Tokyo is loud, crazy and full of high rises and flashing lights.. Is this is what you imagine Tokyo to be, yes you are right. But there is another side to the craziness of this metropolitan city. Just a few metro / tube stops away there are Ueno and Yanaka – two more traditional and quiet districts where time just stood still. Hence, the area should be a must-see on your Tokyo sightseeing list!
If you are staying in Shinbuku, Shibuya or Ikebukuro, just take the Yamanote line which will bring you straight to Ueno, the perfect spot to start your walking tour through the hidden neighbourhoods with tiny alleys and lots of little temples and shrines.
Once you have crossed the Ueno park and are heading to Yanaka, make a stop at this absolutely lovely tea place that is on a little corner just off the main street. I have pinned it on the above Google map. Nobody spoke English in the café and the name of the place was written in Japanese signs – hence I still have no clue what the name of this cosy place was. Instead, use the Google map above and the photo of the place below for your guidance ;) Once you have arrived in Tokyo you will realise that this is how it works, don’t rely on names – they are more often than not in Japanese signs and you will not be able to read anything!
Once you have entered this cute tea place, you are greeted by a lovely lady who speaks Japanese only. Once you have chosen your sweets and tea and paid at the counter, find a cosy spot and wait for your order to be served.
I chose Matcha tea and a little Japanese sweet beans dessert which was super yummy!
I can really recommend this place, it was one of the sweetest greetings I received and the tea as well as the dessert were very good. Bring a good book, relax and let time stand still :)