Japan Diary: Day 6- The horrors of Disneyland, Roppongi

On Tuesday, we woke up bright and early to go to Disneyland. I wasn’t eager to go at all, as I had been to Disneyland in Paris before and didn’t enjoy it that time, so I had a feeling I wouldn’t enjoy it this time either. J had been eagerly anticipating it though, so I felt obliged to go for her sake. After we got ready and left our apartment, we decided to have a small meal at Starbucks in Otsuka. I probably already mentioned that Starbucks in Japan is of a superior quality compared to Australian Starbucks. Even the food was good.

Wrap at Starbucks
Chicken wrap at Starbucks

Salmon and cream cheese bagel from Starbucks
Salmon and cream cheese bagel from Starbucks

Since the food was from Starbucks, I didn’t have high expectations. However, the salmon was fresh and so was the bread. Salmon and cream cheese is always a winning combination.

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After our small meal, we caught a train from Otsuka station to the stop where Disneyland was. We had to change trains at Tokyo station, and I think it took about an hour and a half all up. Again, it was a hot and sticky day and as soon as we came off the train we were sweating immediately. From the station, the Disney castle was visible and hordes of young people and families also alighted the train to proceed to Disneyland.

Crowds outside the Disney castle
Crowds outside the Disney castle

J and I regretted not wearing our hats as the sun beat down upon us mercilessly. The Disney souvenir store was located almost right next to the station so we went in there first to browse. J had her eye on a pair of Mickey Mouse ears, so we bought the same ones in order to be matching for the day. After about half an hour, we were done with Disney souvenir shopping and proceeded on to the theme park. The entry fee was about Y6,000.

After we entered, J wanted to get this ice cream in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head which she had been eyeing on Instagram.

The Mickey Mouse Ice Cream sandwich and Minnie Mouse raspberry iceblock
The Mickey Mouse Ice Cream sandwich and Minnie Mouse raspberry iceblock

We walked first to the ice cream stand where these were selling and sat down at some tables nearby. It was an extremely crowded day and therefore, was difficult to get a table. After we finished eating these, we decided to look around and decide which ride to go on first. A wasn’t keen on going on rides, so J and I went on a small rollercoaster first.

The line for our first ride wasn’t very long. I think it took us about 20 minutes to line up and less than 5 minutes to go on the ride itself. After that we walked around and went on the merry go round and a scenic train ride in the Western themed part of Disneyland.

Lining up for the first ride of the day
Lining up for the first ride of the day

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After the scenic train ride I’d just about had enough of Disneyland so I decided to leave J and A and went back to the apartment to freshen up before dinner. It took me about an hour and a half to get back to Otsuka station so I was a little late and got to Roppongi around 8pm. After getting out of Roppongi station I got lost walking to Grand Hyatt in Roppongi Hills and walked the back streets of Roppongi alleyways before finding J.

We had dinner at a sushi place called Oyako Gunkan that was around Grand Hyatt Hotel. In terms of decor it looked more modern and chic than the other kaiten-zushi restaurants I went to in Japan, but I didn’t think the quality was any better.

Revolving belt at Oyako Gunkan
Revolving belt at Oyako Gunkan

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After the tiring day at Disneyland, I wasn’t really bothered to take pictures so this is the only photo I have of what I ate at Oyako Gunkan. After dinner, J and I walked around chatting in Roppongi and admiring the view before calling it a night.

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Tokyo Tower in the distance
Tokyo Tower in the distance

 

 

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