A Day Out in Tokyo

A lot of my time in Japan was spent running around like a headless chicken – it was new year, so a lot of things are closed, and I spent most of my time hanging out with family and friends. I did spend some time doing some touristy things, though, and here is my list of what to do for a day out in Tokyo:

Harajuku

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The fashion in Harajuku is as bizarre and wacky as you imagine, and is excellent for clothes shopping. We went along just after new year, which was a bit of a mistake as all the sales were on, and it was totally rammed. Crepes are an absolute must – they’re really famous, and Marion Crepes are definitely the best.

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As you turn onto Takeshita Dori, on the right you might see a little sign pointing down to a basement that says ‘Purikura’. DO IT. Purikura photo booths are unbelievably popular, and they are actually quite addictive – they automatically make your legs look longer and skinnier, and your eyes a lot bigger, in an attempt to give you a more ‘desirable’ look. The actual end result is that you look positively terrifying, and you can edit the pictures after with nonsensical stamps and messages. It is so much fun, and for 200 yen it’s a great keepsake (that you can share with your friends on Facebook, too).

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Asakusa

Asakusa is really famous for the Sensoji Temple, but it’s got a nice promenade and some interesting architecture, making it well worthwhile. There’s also some pretty great street food there, too – and although I didn’t go up the Sky Tree skyscraper close by, my boyfriend did, and got some incredible views of Tokyo.

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I wouldn’t necessarily recommend picking up any souvenirs here, as it’s really expensive, but it’s got a great vibe, and the temple itself is beautiful.

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Shibuya

It would be a crying shame to go to Tokyo and not swing by the famous Shibuya crossing. It’s pretty manic, but Shibuya has some great bars, and is where I usually go out drinking with my friends when I go back. Bic Camera is also a great place to get great deals on cameras and electronics – I had to really behave myself as I was really tempted by the white and beige Olympus Pen!

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Honorable mentions: Akihabara, or ‘the Electric Town’ for electronics and maid cafes; the Owl Cafe; Tsukiji Fish Market (go before it changes location!); and Karaoke.

Have you ever been to Tokyo? What are your favourite things to do there? Be sure to comment below, or let me on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Disneyland Tokyo

I freaking love Disneyland.

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I love it so much that I’ve been to Tokyo Disneyland over 20 times, and I’ve been to almost every Disneyland in the world except Hong Kong and Paris. I want to go there so badly, but unsurprisingly no one seems to want to go with me.

I can’t really put my finger on what I like about it so much. I mean, I like all of the movies, but if you asked me if I wanted to go somewhere that was like one big commercial, where they would play the same music over and over again, AND is full of kids, I would probably run away screaming.

Except for Disneyland.

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My boyfriend even managed to get a video of me almost crying from happiness as we went to Tokyo Disneyland this trip – it is just total escapism, and I cannot get enough.

I get that it’s not for everyone, but Tokyo Disneyland is even more magical than any other Disneyland in the world. I know that makes me so ‘basic’ or ‘lame’ or whatever the kids are calling it these days, but I DON’T CARE. That’s how much I adore the place.

Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland
Part of the appeal is the attention to detail everything has. From the gates to the rubbish bins, everything is so on-theme. The other thing about Tokyo Disneyland is that absolutely everyone gets involved – even the guys. Where else can you see grown men with mouse ears on? Where else can you find awkward teen goths inexplicably in a sugary-sweet theme park wonderland? NOWHERE ELSE.

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Even the eggs have been genetically engineered to be on theme.*

Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland
I really couldn’t write about going to Tokyo without including Disneyland in the list – it’s always been a massive part of my trips there, and I always have such a good time. I also wanted to put together a list of what rides to go on, and what to avoid – and most importantly, what order to do them in.

Disneyland have this FastPass system, which is great for the most popular rides – you’ll get a ticket for a set period of time, and won’t have to stand in the queue for two hours waiting to get onto Big Thunder Mountain, or whatever.

Splash Mountain is the most popular ride by far, so I’d recommend going to get the Fast Pass ticket for that immediately (or being one of the first ones on, if you can). Make sure you try and get in there as the Fast Passes for that get taken up pretty quickly, and queueing is long.

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After two hours pass, you can get another Fast Pass for Big Thunder Mountain or Space Mountain, which are two of my favourite rides and well worth getting in there for.

Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland
The tamer rides include the ToonTown ones – Roger Rabbits Car Toon Spin and Gadget’s Go Coaster are the only ones worth going on there.

The only rides worth going on in Tomorrowland are Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, which is a StarWars themed ride. The queues are never big for this, so don’t waste getting a Fast Pass for it. Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters is a good laugh – you are playing against your partner to get the most points – although not good enough to waste a Fast Pass on, or queue for ages for.

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Then there are the attractions at Fantasylandwhich include Pirates of the Caribbean (a must, in my opinion, although it has gotten pretty naff after they made the Johnny Depp films about it) – It’s a Small World (the stuff of nightmares), Alice’s Tea Party and Snow White’s Adventures. I’d give The Haunted Mansion a miss – it kept on stopping, which is really irritating.

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The Jungle Cruise is my guilty pleasure, as is Peter Pan’s Flight, which was closed when I went last.

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We ended up going home a bit earlier, and missed the fireworks (damn jetlag), but I had such a great time and I can’t wait to be back.

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Have you ever been to Disneyland? What’s your favourite part? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

*I actually have no idea how they did this. I really hope it isn’t genetic engineering, because I ate that thing.