Two Days at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

Two Days at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

We’re both huge theme park and Disney fans. So as soon as we discovered that there is a Disneyland Resort in Japan, it instantly went straight to the top of our bucket list. Japan is home to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. DisneySea is the most unique Disney park in the world, and is absolutely a must-visit during your stay!

Before visiting Japan, we had only been to California’s Disney Parks – Disneyland and California Adventure Park. Although we’ve both visited these parks multiple times, we unfortunately hadn’t widened our Disney horizons beyond Anaheim. That’s why we decided to spend a day at each of Tokyo’s Disney parks, starting with DisneySea!

Two Days at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea

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Getting to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

Japan’s train system is world class, meaning traveling between cities throughout Japan is super easy. Getting to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea is no different!

JR train line to Maihama Station

If you’re traveling from Shinjuku, Tokyo, Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Shingawa, Yokohama or Akihabara, catch any of the JR train lines at one of the stations above, that’s heading to Maihama Station.

Use Google Maps for directions from your hotel to the nearest major station. The Google Maps app will give you step by step directions, including the train(s) you need to catch and the best exit to leave through. It will also give you the direction and how far you’ll need to walk once you exit the station.

Disney Resort Monorail from Maihama Station

Once you arrive at Maihama Station, you’ll then need to catch the Disney Resort Monorail. It’s super easy to find – just follow the huge crowd of people dressed as Disney characters and you’ll be fine.

The monorail is decked out in Disney and is super adorable. Even the windows are shaped as Mickey’s head. The monorail will take you directly to the entrances of both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, so just hop off at your desired park!


Tip: If you have a Japan Rail Pass, you can actually use this to get to the Disney parks. Simply show your JR pass to an officer standing next to any JR entrance gate, and you’ll be let straight through without having to pay any extra! For more information, here is a detailed explanation of the trains you can catch from the main stations around Tokyo.

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Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea Tickets

There are a few options when it comes to purchasing tickets to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. The ticket you choose to buy depends on whether you want visit just one park or both.

1 Day Passport

Adult: 7,400 yen per person
Ages 4 to 11: 4,800 yen per person
Ages 12 to 17: 6,400 yen per person

2 Day Passport

Adult: 13,200 per person
Ages 4-11: 8,600 yen per person
Ages 12-17: 11,600 yen per person

3 Day Magic Passport*

Adult: 17,800 yen per person
Ages 4-11: 11,500 yen per person
Ages 12-17: 15,500 yen per person

4 Day Magic Passport*

Adult: 22,400 per person
Ages 4-11: 14,400 yen per person
Ages 12-17: 19,400 yen per person

*A Magic Passport gets you into both parks on the 3rd or 4th consecutive day. This means you can spend the morning at Disneyland then end the day at DisneySea (or vice versa).

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Where to buy tickets

We are about to give you the most important piece of advice we will share throughout this entire post.

Do NOT purchase Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea tickets at the gate.

You will absolutely regret it. The lines are excruciatingly long and you will end up spending a great deal of your time waiting in lines, before you even enter the park. Instead, there are a few ways to purchase tickets before arriving at Japan’s Disney Resort.

Selected Disney Stores around Tokyo

Some Disney Stores located throughout Tokyo actually sell Disneyland and DisneySea tickets. Tickets cost the same as everywhere else, but will save you a ton of time on the day. It also means you won’t struggle with an online purchase.

The following stores sell Disney Resort tickets:

  • Shibuya Koen Dori
  • Odaiba Aqua City
  • Ikebukuro Sunshine City Alpa
  • Hachioji Tokyu Square
  • Machida 109
  • Akishima Mori Town

Online

Tickets can be purchased online via the Tokyo Disneyland Resort website. If you’re staying at a hotel, the front desk will be happy to help you purchase your tickets and print your confirmation or e-ticket.

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Selected convenience stores

Family Mart or Lawson convenience stores throughout Tokyo generally sell tickets to a lot of attractions, including Disneyland and DisneySea. If you’re unsure, just walk in and ask! Japanese people are some of the friendliest we have ever met, and will almost always go out of their way to help in any way.


We purchased our 2-day passports from the Shibuya Disney Store a few days before our first day at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. This turned out to be a great decision, as it meant we only had to wait in line for 10 minutes instead of up to an hour. If you aren’t able to purchase tickets online, plan a day out in Shibuya!

Disneyland and DisneySea: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve visited Anaheim’s Disneyland before, Tokyo Disneyland is very similar. It’s set out pretty much the same way, and you can still walk through and admire Cinderella’s Castle. The castle itself looks totally different, but the characters are the same and you can still indulge in dozens of delicious churros.


However, if you’re looking for something a bit different, while still wanting to experience the magic of Disney, we recommend visiting DisneySea.

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Everything about Tokyo DisneySea is amazing. From the props and buildings, to the decorations, rides and attractions. Not to mention the huge river stretching across almost half of DisneySea, from Port Discovery to Mediterranean Harbour. The detail that’s been put into DisneySea is hard to describe, so you’ll just have to check it out for yourself!


In our experience (having been to Anaheim’s Disneyland and California Adventure Park multiple times), DisneySea is completely different. The sheer size of everything, like the Journey to the Centre of the Earth volcano, is incredibly impressive and like nothing we have ever seen before.

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Food: Quick Eats & Food Carts

Just like every other theme park in the world (Disney or otherwise), there are food carts absolutely everywhere, catering to almost all of your sweet and savoury food cravings. These are the general snacks you’ll find throughout Disneyland and DisneySea:

Churros – 310 yen
Fried dough pastry, aka the best theme park food on Earth

Popcorn – 310 for a regular box, 1,000 to 2,300 yen for a character souvenir bucket
Flavours: Cappuccino, caramel, milk chocolate, honey, soy sauce, butter and regular salted. The flavours will vary depending on which park you visit, and the land within that park.

Ice cream – 200 yen to 300 yen

Soft drink and water – 200 yen to 300 yen

There is a good combination of Japanese and Western food options available at the snack carts throughout Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. Japanese snacks include: steamed buns filled with various meat, dessert steamed buns with strawberries, mochi dumplings filled with custard, and various fried delicacies.

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Food: Restaurants

The restaurants at both of Tokyo’s Disney parks are very similar to any other Disney park you’ve been to. They’re all themed, based on which land they are in. Although most sell the same general food options, you might find a bit of variety if you shop around first.


We didn’t spend too much time exploring the restaurants, as we were on the hunt for cheap and quick food. But if you like pizza, french fries, sandwiches, bakery foods, rice, pasta, Japanese cuisine and a lot more, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

As far as theme park food prices go, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are very reasonably priced. You can get a huge cup of french fries for 500 yen, a decent sized slice of pizza for around 450 yen and from what I saw, the fancier meals were better than expected at less than 2,000 yen (they usually include a main meal, drink and a side of some sort).

Time and money saving food tips

Bring your own snacks

Before arriving at Disneyland or DisneySea, stock up on snacks and drinks at one of Japan’s hundreds of convenience stores. You’re allowed to bring in your own food, so why not make the most of it?


This will not only save you money, but also tons of time throughout the day. The lines for most restaurants at both parks get super long, so bringing your own lunch and snacks will make your day a lot easier. Expect to wait at least half an hour for the most popular popcorn carts!

Bring a water bottle

There are heaps of water fountains located in both parks. Usually you’ll find at least one in each of the different lands, so there’s no shortage of cold water available for free. We were glad we decided to bring our own water bottles, as it saved so much time and money throughout the day.

Eat lunch earlier in the day

Waiting in long lines at a theme park is inevitable. But we were surprised at just how long the lines were at food carts and restaurants around the park. So we suggest eating lunch earlier as opposed to, well, lunch time.

The restaurants in particular remain fairly quiet up until around 11am, so head there earlier in the day to save some time. Every minute counts, especially if you only have one day to explore the park.

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Rides at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the part of this post you’re actually here for: Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea rides!

It’s no secret that Disneyland in general is a very busy place. No matter which Disney park you visit or what time of the day, you’re gonna have to share the park with other people. I know, it sucks.

The minimum wait time for almost every ride was around 140 minutes. Even longer on the bigger, newer and most popular rides and attractions. Unless you get lucky and visit on a quiet day, this is the average wait time for most rides.


For example, when we visited Disneyland (on a Thursday in winter) we arrived at the park around fifteen minutes before it opened. We would have arrived earlier if it didn’t take an hour to get from our hotel to the park. It just didn’t seem worth getting up at 4am to be there by 6am with everyone else.

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Remember earlier in the post, when we recommended that you don’t purchase your tickets at the gate?

Well, when we arrived at Disneyland, there was a line to even enter the line. The people that hadn’t already purchased their tickets (either online, from a convenience store or a Disney Store) would have been waiting in line for over an hour. That’s just to purchase their ticket.


Guests then need to line up to enter the actual park. Since we pre-purchased our tickets at Shibuya’s Disney Store, we were directed straight to the second line. This took around twenty minutes to get through. Once the clock struck eight o’clock, the gates opened and thousands of Disneyland guests ran to their favourite ride.

Our plan was to get a Fast Pass for Space Mountain. But by the time we finally made it into the park, it was already 8:10am. The line to get a Fast Pass was crazy long, and the standby wait time for Space Mountain was well over 100 minutes.

Moral of this story? Purchase your ticket beforehand, and arrive as early as you can.

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Tips for using Fast Passes

A Fast Pass is your best bet in getting on most (if not all) of the major rides and attractions. Insert your park ticket into a machine located outside of each ride that has a Fast Passes available. The machine will then print out a new ticket with the name of the ride at the top, and a one hour time frame for you to come back later in the day.

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When you go back during your allocated time, you’ll be able to breeze past all of the people who have been standing in line for over an hour, and get on the ride in under 10 minutes! Well, most of the time. Sometimes you might have to wait a little longer than expected, but either way, it’s better than waiting 140 minutes!


Note: You can only get one Fast Pass ticket at a time. For example, if you get a Fast Pass for Space Mountain as soon as the gates open, you’ll have to wait a couple of hours until you can get another Fast Pass (for a different ride or the same ride).

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Fast Passes available at Tokyo Disneyland

These are the rides at Tokyo Disneyland that have Fast Passes available. There are only a small number of Fast Passes available for each ride, per day. So to make things easier for you, we’ve sorted the rides below into the different lands throughout Disneyland. You’re welcome.

Westernland – Big Thunder Mountain

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Critter Country – Splash Mountain (water ride)

Fantasyland – Haunted Mansion, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt (fast passes run out quickly)

Tomorrowland – Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, Space Mountain (my all time favourite ride), Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, Monster’s Inc Ride & Go Seek (interactive ride, fast passes run out fast)

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Fast Passes available at Tokyo DisneySea

These are the rides at Tokyo DisneySea that have Fast Passes available. There are only a small number of Fast Passes available for each ride, per day. So to make things easier for you, we’ve sorted the rides below into the different lands throughout DisneySea. You’re welcome.

American Waterfront – Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania (fast passes run out super quick)

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Lost River Delta – Indiana Jones (super fast rollercoaster), Raging Spirits

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Arabian Coast – The Magic Lamp Theatre

Mermaid Lagoon – Mermaid Lagoon Theatre

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Mysterious Island – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Centre of the Earth

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Age & Height Limits

As you might expect for a theme park, all of the attractions at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea require riders to be of a certain height and sometimes a certain age. To make things easier for you, here are the Disneyland and DisneySea website pages, which list each ride individually, as well as the age and height restrictions for that particular ride.

Parades

We can’t really give any advice or suggestions in regards to the Disneyland or DisneySea parades and shows, as we prioritised rides over parades. But from what we could tell by queues, the “Big Band Beat” show at DisneySea and the “Happiness is Here” daytime parade at Disneyland are unmissable!

Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea Helpful Tips

Buy food before lining up for a ride

This is a great way to save time while waiting in long lines. We saw people snacking and even eating their lunch while waiting in lines for rides! It’s a pretty convenient way to kill some time, and eat some delicious food.

Get to the park early

If you only have one day at each park, we definitely recommend arriving earlier than 8am (when the park opens). The earlier the better to be honest. You’ll be able to fit more into your day, and won’t risk missing out on Fast Pass tickets.

Plan your day around Fast Passes

Before you arrive at Disneyland or DisneySea, write a list of your must see rides and attractions. Next, write down whether that particular ride is a Fast Pass attraction. When you arrive at the park, head for the ride at the top of your list and grab a Fast Pass. Then, head to number two on your list and wait in the standby line.

By the time you’ve been on that ride, eaten some food and had a look around, it will be time for you to grab your second Fast Pass ticket! Planning your day around Fast Passes is the best way to ensure you experience most (if not all) of the rides and attractions on your list!

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In Conclusion

We hope we’ve given you plenty of tips, to help you make the most of your day at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. The service from every single staff member at Disneyland and DisneySea is absolutely amazing. So if we’ve have left something out, we’re positive that any of the friendly Disneyland team will be happy to help you out!


If you have any other questions that you would like me to answer, feel free to ask them down below! I’m more than happy to help out! Have you been to Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea? What did you think? I’d love to know!

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A Tokyo Itinerary for First Time Visitors

A Tokyo Itinerary for First Time Visitors

Given that Tokyo is the most populated city in the world, there is literally an endless amount of things to see and do. We spent 12 days exploring Tokyo during our month long trip to Japan back in March 2017. Since there are so many things to see and do in Japan’s capital city, we decided to put together this Tokyo itinerary to help you plan your trip!

Tokyo is as bright, bustling, crazy, beautiful and exciting as you have probably imagined, and definitely cannot be explored in just 12 days. You can, however, see a lot of what the city has to offer. From the exciting attractions, endless shopping and must eat food, we guarantee you’ll always have something new to see and do!

Planning a trip to Tokyo might seem like an impossible task, but with our guide to spending (almost) 2 weeks in Tokyo, it will be a lot easier!

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Day 1 – Arriving in Tokyo

We arrived in Tokyo on the Shinkansen Bullet Train. If you’re unfamiliar with the Shinkansen, it’s a super high speed train that travels between most major cities throughout Japan. You can read more about the Shinkansen here

Tip: Arriving in Tokyo for the first time will probably be a tad overwhelming. Try not to let the intensity of such a huge city put you off – it’s honestly not as scary as it seems! Plus, if you ever need help, Japanese people are some of the friendliest we have ever met, and will go out of their way to help in any way that they can.

The journey from Nagano to our hotel in Shinjuku was around two and a half hours. We stayed at Shinjuku New City Hotel, which would be our home for the next 12 days!

Japan’s hotel policies are quite strict, and if you arrive before 3pm, you’ll probably be asked to come back later to check in. That being said, one of the best things about Japanese hotels, is they will hold your luggage for free while you wait. We arrived at around 2pm, so we dropped off our suitcases and headed down the street for some lunch!

Relaxing Afternoon in Shinjuku

Tokyo was the last stop on our month long Japan adventure, so we decided to take it easy on our first afternoon in the city. It had been over a week since we were last able to do some washing (gross!), so that was priority for the afternoon. We loaded up a washing machine in our hotel, then walked to the Family Mart convenience store down the road for snacks and alcohol!

Day 2

One of the reasons we decided to stay at Shinjuku New City Hotel, is because it’s only a 10 minute walk from Shinjuku Station – the busiest train station in the world. You can travel almost anywhere in Tokyo in a really short amount of time, which we think is super convenient!

Harajuku

Harajuku is one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s also the hub for teenage fashion and culture, with the main attraction being the busy Takeshita Street. If you’ve visited Osaka before, Takeshita Street is very similar to Dontonbori and Shinsaibashi Street. You’ll find dozens of cute boutiques, souvenir stores and fast food options to keep you happily walking through Harajuku for hours on end.

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One of the most important things to remember about Japan, is that most major cities are going to be busy almost every day of the week. If you hope to avoid the crowds as much as possible, we suggest visiting Harajuku on a weekday as opposed to the weekend. Weekends are painfully busy, and you’ll be doing more bumping shoulders with strangers, than actual shopping.


We spent a Sunday dodging selfie sticks and winding our way through Harajuku’s busy weekend crowds. It was still an awesome experience, but learn from our mistakes and try to visit during the week!

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Takeshita Street is filled with fun, second hand clothing stores, and we both scored some awesome bargains! We suggest taking the time to browse each store, even if you don’t think you’ll find anything. Tokyo is a very unique city, and there are hidden gems behind every corner. 

Harajuku Quick Facts

Address: 1-chome Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: Take the JR Tamanote Line and get off at JR Harajuku Station. Take the Takeshita Exit into Harajuku
Best time to visit: During the week, avoid weekends and public holidays

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Shibuya & Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing is the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, with thousands of people crossing to the other side every two minutes. For one of the best views of Shibuya Crossing, head up to Starbucks. You’ll probably have to push your way through for a good spot, but if you’re patient, you’ll get great photos and footage of the Shibuya Crossing scramble!

Shibuya Quick Facts

Access: Get off at Shibuya Station, leave via the Hachiko exit and you’ll be right amongst the action!
Best time to visit: It’s been said that Shibuya Crossing is best between 7pm and 8pm each night. This must be because there are far more people using the crossing, and therefore a much more amazing sight. We visited during the afternoon, but it was still impressive to watch.

Another cool place to visit while you’re in the Harajuku area, is the Meiji Shrine. It was under construction the day we visited, so we didn’t get a great sighting of it. But the scenic walk up to the shrine itself is well worth it.

Day 3

Akihabara

Akihabara (or Electric Town) is the Anime, video game and electronics hub of Tokyo. If you love old school video game consoles or the endless amount of Anime that Japan is known for, you’ll have a blast exploring the streets of Akihabara. Even if video games and Anime aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty to see in Tokyo’s Electric Town. There are also a ton of food options for all tastes, so you won’t be limited on choice!

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Shinjuku Batting Centre

After exploring Akihabara, head to the Shinjuku Batting Centre. Whether you’re good at sport or not, I guarantee you’ll still have fun. As long as you keep paying the 300 yen fee (there will be a machine inside the batting cage), you can stay for as long as you like. Just make sure to rotate turns, so the people waiting behind you don’t miss out!

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The Shinjuku Batting Centre is a ton of fun for all ages, and all levels of coordination. There’s snacks and drinks available inside, plus a handful of arcade games to keep you entertained while you wait for your shot!

Shinjuku Batting Centre Quick Facts

Address2-21-13 KabukichoShinjuku 160-0021
Access: Take the east exit at Shinjuku Station
Cost: 300 yen (28 balls)

Day 4

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

We stayed in Shinjuku for our entire 12 days in Tokyo, which put us centrally located to a lot of the best things to do in Tokyo. On the other side of Shinjuku Chuo Park, directly across the road from our hotel, was the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. There are two towers (northern and southern) and both have free observatories at the 202 metre mark. Each tower reaches a total height of 243 metres, so you’re super close to the top!

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We recommend visiting on a clear day, because you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of famous Tokyo attractions like Mt Fuji, Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Skytree. Each observatory has a cafe and souvenir shop, plus restrooms and seating areas of the incredible panoramic views are tiring you out. Did you sense the sarcasm? 


Another awesome time to head up to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building observation decks, is for sunset. Be prepared, though. The lines can get extremely long at this time of day, and you will more than likely be waiting for a while. It’s not surprising though – you are getting an incredible, free view of the busiest city in the world!

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Quick Facts

Address: 2 Chome-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 163-8001
Access: Take the east exit out of Shinjuku Station OR the Tocho-mae Station on the Oedo Subway Line is located in the basement of the building! How convenient.
Cost: 100% free! (unless of course you decide to buy some snacks or souvenirs once you’re at the top. Just a heads up, it’s quite overpriced)

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Note: Before entering the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, you’ll be required to have a bag check. As long as you’re not taking anything dodgy up to the top, you’ll breeze through.

The rest of our 4th day in Tokyo was pretty relaxing. We wandered around the area near our hotel, had some lunch, restocked our snacks and alcohol supply and headed back to the hotel. Remember, it’s a good idea to have some ‘rest days’ while traveling. Especially if you’ve crammed a lot into a short amount of time.

Day 5

Tokyo Mega Pokemon Centre & Shopping

Like a lot of the world, I hopped on the Pokemon Go bandwagon when it became a huge craze. Also, like a lot of the world, I stopped playing after about a month or so. Russell has been a lifelong Pokemon fan, so obviously the biggest Pokemon Centre in Japan had to be on our Tokyo itinerary.

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The Mega Pokemon Centre is located in Sunshine City shopping mall. No matter which Pokemon is your favourite or what kind of souvenir you hope to return home with, you won’t be disappointed.

You’ll find an endless amount of cool stuff to buy. From badges, Pokemon cards, backpacks and notebooks; to stationery, clothes, socks, books, plastic and cuddly Pokeballs, stuffed Pokemon toys, food and much more. I recommend setting aside at least a couple of hours to explore the Mega Pokemon Centre, especially if you’re a die hard fan. You’ll need as much time (and money) as possible.

Mega Pokemon Centre Quick Facts

Address: 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-6002 (Sunshine City shopping mall)
Access: Take the east exit out of Ikebukuro Station. From there, it’s roughly a 10 minute walk.
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm
More Information: Mega Pokemon Centre website

Days 6 and 7

Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea simply have to be on your Tokyo itinerary. We have another article up about our two days at Disneyland and DisneySea, which tells you everything you need to know before visiting Tokyo’s Disney parks! From the cost of food and tickets, to tips about Fast Passes, wait times and much more.

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Tip: DisneySea is the most unique Disney park in the world, so be sure to set aside an entire day for it. If you’ve visited other Disney parks, this one is sure to blow you away! We spent one day at each park, starting with DisneySea and I’m so glad we did it this way.

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Day 8

Odaiba

Odaiba is a popular entertainment and shopping district in Tokyo. It’s located in Tokyo’s man made island, Tokyo Bay. There’s a surprising amount of stuff to see and do in Odaiba, it all depends on the things you’re interested in!


You’ll find a miniature version of the Statue of Liberty, plus a ton of shopping malls with various stores and restaurants. Not to mention the fact that the fifth floor of the AquaCity Mall has a ramen food court. Yep, that’s a thing. Our broke asses couldn’t afford to eat there, but it’s still pretty darn cool!

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Tip: Track down the Italian chain restaurant, Saizeriya for a quick bite to eat. There is a huge variety of super cheap food, and 200 yen glasses of wine (which I took full advantage of). Unlimited drink refills and a double mozzarella pizza for under 5 bucks is also another reason to eat at Saizeriya. We ended up eating at various Saizeriya locations all over Japan, once we discovered how delicious and cheap it was!

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Day 9

Tokyo Giants Baseball Game

As soon as we discovered there was a Tokyo Giants baseball home game scheduled during our stay in Tokyo, getting tickets became a priority. You can purchase tickets to sporting games online or at some convenience stores, but we decided to take the train to Tokyo Dome itself!

Right next to Tokyo Dome is Tokyo Dome City, which is an awesome theme park in the heart of Tokyo. So if you’re keen to hit up a baseball game during your stay, we recommend buying your tickets from Tokyo Dome a few days beforehand.

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In true Rhiannon fashion, I decided I wanted to get drunk before heading to the game. Once I finished half a bottle of wine and Russell had a glass or two of Whisky, we headed to the train station.

Let me just tell you: drunkenly catching a train in the busiest city in Japan is quite an experience. Not that I encourage excessive consumption of alcohol, but it did make the experience a whole lot more fun. If, of course, you are of legal age to drink.


The Tokyo Giants baseball game was a lot of fun. The atmosphere at a Japanese baseball game is something we’ve never experienced before. The fans of the away team get super into it, and almost every single one of them stands up and sings, dances and even jumps up and down in support of their team. It’s very cool to watch.

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If you decide not to eat beforehand, you may be a bit disappointed in the selection of food. You can, however, purchase a Bento box to enjoy while you watch the game. Prices aren’t great, but that’s to be expected. I suggest bringing your own snacks and bottle of water. We didn’t think to do this, and ended up spending 400 yen EACH on two airplane sized bottles of water.

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Tokyo Dome Quick Facts

Address: 1 Chome-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-0004
Access: Suidobashi Station on the JR Chuo Line (use your Japan Rail Pass if you have one!)
Japan’s baseball season: March to October

Kabuchiko

After the baseball we headed back to our hotel, drank some more alcohol and ate some food. Then we headed out to experience Shinjuku’s night life!

The Robot Restaurant in Kabuchiko was on our list of things to do. However, due to the flashing neon robot experience costing a devastating $80 per person, we settled for a photo of the sign outside instead. But if you aren’t broke and want to be part of something that will literally blow your mind, definitely budget better than us, and experience the Robot Restaurant!

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Golden Gai is Shinjuku’s well known street of super tiny bars. To be honest though, they looked more like household kitchens to us. Most of the bars cost 1,000 yen to even walk through the door, not to mention the 500 yen or higher drink prices. So naturally, we didn’t actually go into any of the bars.

The street itself was fairly disappointing, especially after all the rave reviews we read. But I guess if you have some money to blow, the experience itself would be pretty cool. Instead, we bought cheap booze from convenience stores and wandered the streets of Shinjuku’s Red Light District.

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Walking the streets of Australia while drinking alcohol isn’t allowed, so it was quite exciting being able to openly explore Tokyo while very, very intoxicated. I might have almost fallen asleep while drying my hands in a public restroom. Oops. Hey, we were on holiday – no judgement please!

Days 10 and 11

After 10 days of almost perfect Tokyo weather, our last few days in Japan were spent with almost 48 hours of non-stop rain. Of course this was very disappointing and rather inconvenient, but we tried to not let the weather ruin our last couple of days in Japan. So, despite constant rain, we headed out to explore more of Shinjuku on foot!

If you’re at the end of your time in Tokyo, we suggest simply heading out to explore. Whether that includes shopping, wandering the streets or visiting a few shrines and temples, take a day to relax and appreciate the wonder that Tokyo has to offer. All it takes is one hour to see for yourself that Tokyo is the busiest city in the world. But it doesn’t have to feel like bedlam the entire time! Sometimes it’s nice to simply walk around and take in the sights.

Day 12

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Day 12 was our last day in Japan. The sun came out and we took full advantage of this and headed straight to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. For 200 yen, you get entry and access to the beautiful and relaxing park. There are a ton of place to have a picnic with family and friends, or simply stroll around the park enjoying the serenity.


We visited at the beginning of spring, so Cherry Blossom trees were blooming and petals were starting to fall. Almost everyone we saw, was snapping away on their cameras. It’s a pretty cool sight, seeing large groups of people standing right next to a single blossom petal, taking photos from dozens of different angles.

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Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of this monster article! We hope you’ve found our Tokyo itinerary helpful. Like we said earlier, you’ll definitely need more than 12 days to explore Tokyo. There is so much to see and do, and this itinerary is simply the start of your massive Japanese adventure!

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