RejWanders: Tokyo, Japan Part One

March 16, 2017


Konnichiwa! Last summer I was able to visit the Land of the Rising Sun - Japan! together with my aunt and uncle who actually just tagged me along on this trip. If it weren't to them no Japan trip for me. To be honest, they were supposed to bring my little brother on this trip but they didn't get my dad's permission because it's not fair to my little sister who also wants to go so they gave me the ticket instead. Just my luck!

Our whole trip was courtesy of Emperador Distillers, Inc. for all their wholesale customers so everything was arranged by their agency and all we have to do is just submit all the documents needed. We have a total of  5 days and 4 nights (5D4N) in Japan and everything is set with a tour itinerary.  We do have a very strict tour rules since we were a big group tour, so I wasn't able to really explore the city aside from the places in the given itinerary but never the less it was a good tour for the first timer in Japan.



We stayed in Shinjuku Washington Hotel. The place is located in the centre of Shinjuku and it is a 5 to 10 minutes walk from the fashionable shopping, dining district and entertainment venues of the city. Our hotel room with 3 beds is quite small than the usual room we're used too, the reason behind it according to our tour guide is because of how expensive land space in Japan, so getting a space or lot in the city would probably cost double the price. So for businesses like hotels they make sure to maximize their spaces. If you think about it, smaller rooms can free up more space on which they can build few more rooms, allowing more guest to stay in the hotel, thereby getting more money.

Well, their rooms might be smaller but they surely serve you the best room equipment and amenities. I was amazed on the amenities they offer in the room. Their shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotions are all Shiseido brand and the good thing about it everything is in a regular bottle size and smells heaven! They also offer disposable underwear in your bathroom, shower cap, laundry bag and slippers to use that they change and refill everything every single day! And the best part of that everything is their toilet, oh boy, I generalize that toilets in Japan are the best! Who wouldn't love the automatic bidet-type toilet that offers hot and cold water for your butt and they even provide a paper cover to sit on for girls like me?! Well, if not just our hotel, I guess every single hotel in their country offers the best amenities, so hand down to Japan for being so modern and techie! I love it!

FIRST DAY: SHINJUKU








We arrived in Haneda Airport around late afternoon so we just spend our first day in Shinjuku area where our hotel is located. Our tour guide brought the group for dinner in a shabu-shabu eat-all-you-can buffet restaurant located somewhere besides the gigantic dinosaur building until we settled for the night. 

SECOND DAY: TOKYO DISNEYSEA



The second day in our itinerary is spending our whole day in Tokyo DisneySea. I'm glad they put this on the first official tour day of the group because this is one of the places I've been so excited to visit. Either Disneyland or DisneySea this is one place you shouldn't miss when you visit Tokyo! I highly recommend picking this park if you need to pick one, because it's one and only in the world! But if you could dedicate time to visit both, go for it, it will be worth it! Promise! 

Tokyo DisneySea is designed to be an adult/mature theme park because this park focuses on attractions and ambience where adults and grandparents could really enjoy but if you're with kids don't worry there is still plenty of things they could do, but they're more likely prefer Tokyo Disneyland. Well, this is probably the reason why our tour guide chooses this park over the other because most of the people I'm with are adults who's having a break from their businesses. Hahaha!







Anyway, I actually didn't try any rides in the park because most of it are extreme which is a big no-no for me. So instead of riding those scary rides, I focus on lining up in some shows, ride some train and boats and taking photos of all the beautiful attractions this park could offer. One of my favourites is the Mermaid Lagoon because it's just so pretty and colourful. If you notice, I didn't get lots of photos of the attractions because I mostly lined for the shows that I waited for about an hour to get in. A day in DisneySea is not really enough to see everything and to take photos because every angle in this park is worth that perfect shots. 


By the way, don't you dare miss their water show in Mediterranean Harbor! It's the last show before the park closes when we visited that day. The weather that day is really bipolar so they keep on postponing the show so I'm not really sure the exact time it will start so do check their theme park guidelines. To be honest, if I didn't notice the people gathering around the harbour I could have missed this amazing show. Anyway, a day in here is not enough for me so "I'm not yet done with you DisneySea, wait for me because I'm definitely coming back to sea you!" This is definitely one for the books, I guess every Disney theme park is! Do you agree?!

If you want to see more photos of DisneySea I found this site where it did great justice to show the best attractions in the theme park.

And as much as I want to tell you everything about this whole Japan trip in one entry I just have to make you wait for a little bit more as I put the rest of my stay in another blog post. For now, I'll leave you with my first two days in Japan. So do enjoy!  

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18 comments

  1. My boyfriend and I have decided not to go to DisneyLand or DisneySea or USJ when we visit Japan. Hahaha! We both want to spend most of our day touring Japan and try all types of food.

    I'm looking forward to your next post! When you went to DisneySea, is it a weekend or weekday?

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    1. Why? Well, if you really have limited time and want to explore the city more then I guess skipping Disney is one wise decision since going to Disney you really need to spend a day in there to slightly fully enjoy the park. You know, I always think of a reason to go back to a country I've been too and I guess yours will be going back to Japan to see Disney! Hahaha!

      We went there on weekday. Marami parin tao! lol.

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    2. Limited time :( and I want to enjoy the city muna. Next time na siguro ung Disney and USJ. Hahaha. Sometimes 1 day is not enough pa nga. The last time we went to Disneyland in HK, 2 days kami. Because 1 day is bitin - lalo na to my sister who was a child then. Hahaha.

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  2. Hello, Rej! I was there last summer too!! ♥ Kakamiss naman ang Japan. And I definitely agree with everything you said, lalo na about sa Tokyo DisneySea! And sana makabalik din ako. I was able to try most of the extreme rides, siguro din kasi mga kapatid and cousins ko kasama ko kaya rin kahit sinong may ayaw mapipilitan sumama. Haha! Can't wait for your next post! Actually, ako din hindi pa tapos i-blog yung Japan trip namin. Btw, if you're looking for dresses you may check out this link: https://goo.gl/glwHDg Hope to hear from you soon! x

    Love, Airish
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    1. Can't wait din sa Japan post mo. Let's see if we have the same places na navisit. Hehehe! Okay, thank you!

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  3. Oh wow! Japan looks so beautiful. It's never really made it to the top of my list to visit but your pictures definitely make me want to see it now!

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    1. You should visit Japan soon. You'll definitely love it as well.

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  4. I've been living in Tokyo for eight months now and I still haven't visited Tokyo Disneyland. Haha! I would love to visit this sometime around when school's over. I'm glad you enjoyed! :)

    Kai
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    1. Are you half japanese? Hehehe! Do visit it, you'll surely enjoy. Promise!

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  5. I was in Japan last fall! Huhu i miss it so much!

    We also went to DisneySea but unfortunately, I wasn't able to enjoy it much because my feet were very sore because of my stupid boots. Haha! But still, the visit was worth it as we were able to ride more attractions compared to USJ. The crowd was lesser that day especially during the evening.

    I'm now inpsired to continue my Japan series posts by reading yours. Haha super tamad ko kasi. Looking forward to your next posts, Rej! :)

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    1. Tiis ganda talaga ng nakaboots. Hehehe! I want to see your Japan post too. Hope you could finish it. Push mo lang yan!

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  6. wow! Japan! <3 I've always loved that country and I am missing her. I wanna go back soon!

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  7. Japan is totally in my bucket list. Been choosing between Tokyo or Osaka. Not sure which to choose yet but Tokyo looks really nice. The hotel you stayed at also looks great. I've never tried going to an agency for any of my trips before and I like to do the itinerary myself but it might be a good idea to try it.

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    1. Go Tokyo first. Hahaha! Cos I think most of the famous attraction is in Tokyo. Well, like shibuya, harajuku and even Disney.

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  8. Hi Rej! You are so lucky to have had a free trip to Japan!!!! And DisneySea looks fun, I guess you're afraid of the extreme rides? Sayang. But you sure seemed like you had fun naman! Nice photos!! :)

    XX wheresnika.com

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    1. Totally lucky right?! Thanks to my aunt and uncle and to Emperador! Hehehe! Yes, takot talaga ever since I had a bad neck experience after riding a rollercoaster in Hongkong few years back and may hilo factor na ako ngayon. Lol! Thank you! 😘

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  9. Free trip to Japan?? Yes, please. Japan is on top of my Asia to-visit list pero kaloka kasi ng plane ticket prices. Nauna pa tuloy ako sa Korea haha. Hopefully, hopefully I can go later this year or early next. I really want to visit on my birthday but the season is not so good in Japan. And still not sure if I want to visit Tokyo or Osaka first.

    xo, Richel V.

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  10. Yes, courtesy of Emperador Inc.! Hehehe! I think any season is good to visit Japan naman but not rainy season siguro. Hahaha! I hate rain! Go for both, I see some blogs na kayang ivisit both in just one visit in the country. :)

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