This is going to be a quick and dirty post. Largely because, although we went to Tokyo Disney Sea, we actually didn’t do anything there. Turns out, the day we went, it was the last Friday of Japan’s Spring Break. Every single ride had a 2-3+ hour wait time; every food cart for stinking popcorn must have had an hour long wait, too. Okay, the truth is that we’re not really Disney people. You may be and can handle the lines and the mouse ears and the good cheer. So, more power to you. My one contribution to your experience – these are two links to Japan Disney Crowd Calendars: here (English) and here (Japanese). According to those calendars, we chose a day that ranked a 95 out of 100 on crowd size. I recommend choosing more wisely.
Pictures start off on the Disney Monorail. From Tokyo Station, it only takes about 15 minutes to get to Maihama Station in Chiba Prefecture (fronting Disney). From there, it’s a short walk to the Monorail.
Welcome to Tokyo Disneyland. Note: your wait from this point will be 200+ minutes. Might as well just pay us your money and you can just go home now. Please exit through the gift shop, please.
Okay, I guess a little guidance – Tokyo Disney Land is very much like the California Disneyland except in miniature. It has it’s own unique flavor, obviously, but many of the rides are similar. You’ll even find an It’s a Small World ride sung completely in Japanese. Disney Sea, however, is more of an open, ocean-themed park with seven “ports of call” to wander through. There are some cool rides, but there’s less emphasis on rides in this park.
And lunch. Believe us, it was crowded enough that after a quick survey of the park, we went straight here to at least secure a meal. This is Magellan’s, one of Disney Sea’s fine dining restaurants.
It’s actually a pretty cool set up in here. Another Disney tip: ask for the “secret room” to be led to a hidden bookcase that reveals a private dining room in a wine cellar.
First course: deconstructed vegetable appetizer.
Second Course: Butterfish on a bed of risotto with olives and tomatoes.
Third Course: Beef tenderloin served with puff pastry mushroom stuffed stars and assorted vegetable balls.
Dessert Course: fancy, schmancy. Basically, a mousse, fruits and ice cream.
After lunch, we went to by far the neatest part of Disney Sea that you get to experience without waiting in a 200 minute line: Ariel’s Grotto in the Mermaid’s Lagoon.
The gift and apparel shop. Located in the whale’s mouth. There’s an appropriate metaphor to be applied here. But I was most disappointed in the fact that I couldn’t find a quiet niche to take a nap in.
And on to more crowds. This time on the Arabian Coast.
And here. Okay, we’re out. I’m sure you’ll take better pictures on your trip.
So, with some time to spare, we went down to Goi-Higashi, Ichihara City to visit the town I lived in for a few years. You’ll never go this far down into Chiba (unless, for some reason, you’re big fans of Vonds Ichihara and the Division 2 Japan Soccer League), but if you do there’s one highlight…
If you ever find yourself in Goi, look up Kitakata Ramen Keisui (喜多方ラーメン圭水). I’ve eaten ramen all over Japan and I still think this is one of the best bowls. But, as this shop was about a 3 minute walk from where I lived, perhaps it’s just nostalgia.
Regardless, this is a great bowl of ramen. (So far) unbeatable char siu.
And that was pretty much our day.
- Japan 2012 – Introduction, Day 1
- Japan 2012 – Day 2, Part 1 – Tsukiji and 3 Breakfasts
- Japan 2012 – Day 2, Part 2 – Asakusa, Kappabashi
- Japan 2012 – Day 4 – Odaiba and Hometown Tonkatsu
- Japan 2012 – Day 5 – Ueno, Meiji Jingu, Yoyogi, Omotesando, Shibuya
- Japan 2012 – Day 6 – Travel Day by Shinkansen, Kyoto
- Japan 2012 – Day 7 – Kyoto and Nara Day Tour
- Japan 2012 – Day 8 – Bicycling through Kyoto, Turtle Dinner
- Japan 2012 – Day 9 – Kyoto Imperial Palace, Ginkakuji, Travel Day to Hakone
- Japan 2012 – Day 10 – Hakone Circuit and Onsen-ing
- Japan 2012 – Day 11 – Travel Day Return to Tokyo and Sushi at Kyubey
- Japan 2012 – Days 12-13 – Akihabara Craft Beer Festival and Our Goodbyes to Japan