Tokyo Trip On a Budget: DAY 2 (Tokyo Disneyland + Akihabara)
I’ve been to Universal Studios, I’ve been to Legoland but this was my first time in Disneyland – home of the most sexist and racist animated movies. Anyway, theme parks attract me, but I guess I just reached the age where I prefer taking in all the energy and excitement of being in a theme park by people-watching and taking pictures rather than trying every ride that I see.
We went on a weekday but boy, was it crowded. I went with my two friends and we sometimes got separated among the crowd.
This was actually my first time to ride the Tokyo metro. We used the Pasmo Card we previously bought at the airport for ¥ 2000 ($ 16.76/ ₱ 745). While I was planning our itinerary, I had computed the train fares for each trip and the total as well. For the 2 days that we got around by train, ¥ 2000 was just enough.
TOKYO METRO. Our apartment was just a few minutes’ walk away from the Shibuya train station but still, it was a real torture to my legs and feet. I still hadn’t recovered from Day 1’s Shibuya walkathon. Plus, the cold weather wasn’t helping at all. We took the Hanzomon Line and transferred to Keiyo Line.
After reaching Maihama station, we hopped on the Disneyland monorail. One-way ticket costs ¥ 260 ($ 2.18/ ₱ 97).
Of course, it’s Mickey Mouse-themed.
This is just a sneak peak of Japanese girl cliques with matching outfits in Disneyland. So much more of their kind inside the theme park. I guess Japan makes it look cool. Back in the Philippines, this would just be plain tacky.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND THEMED AREAS
- WORLD BAZAAR. This is impossible to miss since it’s basically the gateway to the theme park. It resembles Main Street, USA, inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown. It is filled with specialty shops, restaurants and “street vendors” of all things Disney. These Disney characters-inspired headbands and headgears are pretty much their cash cow items. Almost everyone in the park bought one and wore it around the park.
LUCKY NUGGET CAFE. We were in such a hurry, we forgot to grab a bite. We arrived at around 11 AM and the first thing we did once we got in was to look for something to eat. Something heavy. We searched for lunch meals on the Disneyland map and we decided to go for some fried chicken. One combo meal costs ¥ 1020 ($ 8.55/ ₱ 380).
MARK TWAIN RIVERBOAT. We hopped on this one because there were no long queues, and that’s pretty much our most important criteria on choosing which attraction to try. Having three decks, the boat has a large capacity, hence no queues involved. I wasn’t listening to the narrator but I still enjoyed the ride while I took photos of wildlife and American Indian villages.
SHOOTIN’ GALLERY. I passed this up but went with my friend who wanted to try it. This is one of the pay-to-play attractions, ¥ 200 ($ 1.68/ ₱ 75) for 10 shots. My friend only hit one though.
MICKEY’S PHILHAR MAGIC. This was one of the two 4D attractions that we visited in the park. We still had to queue but just for a few minutes since the theatre had a large capacity. So as usual, we were given 3D glasses and we watched a short movie starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Aladdin, Ariel, Simba, etc. in freaking Japanese! It was cool to watch it in a different language but I didn’t understand a thing.
QUEEN OF HEARTS BANQUET HALL. It’s an Alice in Wonderland-themed cafeteria-style restaurant, so expect whimsical decors. It actually took us more than 30 minutes to get our food because of the long lines.
I had the Child’s Set for ¥ 890 ($ 7.46/ ₱ 330) because I wasn’t really hungry. The food was yummy but expensive for the quantity.
HAPPINESS IS HERE PARADE. It started at around 3 PM and it was pretty much the highlight of the day. A few minutes before, we looked for a nice place to sit. Somewhere not too far yet not too near since I had brought my prime lens.
I know I can be cynical and hateful sometimes but man, this parade almost made me cry for joy. I guess it just made me well up with emotion. I thought I was weird, but my friends told me they felt the same way after watching it. Haha.
STAR TOURS: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE. This might be my favourite attraction in Tokyo Disneyland. It reminded me of USS’ Transformers but that one was better in my opinion. It had long lines as well but you could buy a FastPass if you want to jump the queue.
You can watch some Star Wars characters speaking in Japanese and giving you a bit of a background story to what you will be experiencing. Obviously, I didn’t understand anything so I just enjoyed the 3D ride inside the Starspeeder 1000.
We did pass by all the themed zones but unfortunately were not able to experience everything since we had plans for the night – AKIHABARA SOILED PANTY HUNTING. Aren’t you just curious to see how could they actually sell those stuff or if it was just all a myth?
After taking the Disneyland monorail, we took the Keiyo Line then transferred to Hibiya Line.
Kidding aside, we planned our night to take in the vibe of Tokyo’s gadget district.. and to look for Animé stuff our friends back home asked us to buy.
YODOBASHI-AKIBA. Like Tokyu Hands, it’s a mega department store of everything you need to win in life. They don’t only sell electronics and gadgets, they have all sorts of Animé toys and stuff, high-end bags and perfumes, and basically everything.
(RANDOM RAMEN RESTAURANT) – I actually don’t know the name of the restaurant we went to. They didn’t have an English name or an English menu but we tried it anyway. We just ordered based on the pictures. I thought I ordered a spicy miso-based ramen but they gave me a curry-based one, which I’m not really a fan of. I consumed half of it and just munched on the gyozas.
After an incredibly exhausting day, we bought some stuff from Family Mart for a midnight snack and finally called it a day.