Golden Week Road Trip (Day One) 2017

This year the Golden Week Holidays in Japan fell perfectly, in a way that gave my husband and others an unusually long holiday.  So we packed our bags and went for a driven.

Normally, we go west, in the direction of Kyoto, like the rest of Japan, but this year we decided to go north, to Hokkaido.

The roads were so open and free, it was difficult to believe it was Golden Week. We zipped up and made our first stop at this city. Can you guess by the pictures where these were taken?

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Easter Fun At Tokyo Disney Sea

Yesterday, after two months of trying and failing, my friends K and C and I finally made it to Disney Sea. The weather could not have been more gorgeous.

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We attempted to buy our tickets in advance online, but that failed because Disney has terribly strict credit card controls.  (Ugh… that’s another story there).

When we arrived around 9:30 am, crowds were already flowing in. The first thing we needed was coffee and food.  However, that had to wait until after we picked up our fast pass from here:

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The Journey To the Center of the Earth Ride

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Where Celebs Dine In Tokyo

A few weekends ago, I went to Odaiba with my friend S to visit the coolest onsen in Tokyo.

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Before we headed to the onsen, we stopped at Odaiba mall and strolled around for a good lunch spot.

On the upper floor is this well decorated area that is made to look like the streets of a village in Italy.

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The restaurants are not unreasonable (most of them). We passed by one that has been frequented by celebs such as Johnny Depp, Sylvester Stallone, and a whole bunch more.

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Celebs love to eat here apparently.

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We didn’t eat there, but at a restaurant called La Boheme.

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The food was reasonable (a little overpriced), but very yummy.

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My carbonara pasta.

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We shared this dessert. So worth it.

S gave me quite the compliment about my food photography.  She said, ‘You take photos good enough for a magazine’.  I was so tickled pink.  I don’t know if that’s true, yet I do see the pics and get hungry still.

If you want to dine like celebs in Tokyo, than visit the restaurant floor of Odaiba mall.

Have a great April.

Naka-Meguro In Cherry Blossom Bloom

Yesterday had beautiful weather.  So I went to Naka-Meguro Station.

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I love going to Naka Meguro during cherry blossom season, and yesterday was my last chance before they are gone there.

The vendors are great, the sparkling strawberry champagne is tart, and the blossoms look gorgeous overhanging the river.

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See what I mean?

I must warn you, I drank this:

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I’m weak to sweet alcohols, especially on an empty stomach.  After I drank this, I was quite drunk for the rest of my photo-taking.

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April’s Fools Day At Yoyogi Park

Before I went to the Oedo Onsen, I popped into Yoyogi Park to check out the sites.  It was rainy, cold, and miserable, but with more cherry blossoms.  The crowds were only a quarter of what they were last year at this same time.

Here’s my day:

I must have hit some kind of search trend in you tube because this video has had over 90 views in less than four hours which is a record for my channel and it’s still getting a lot.

I tried something different in the video style.  I used film style common among Japanese film makers where you transition between noisy and calm cuts.  It works pretty good.

What do you think?

The Amazing Oedo Onsen In Odaiba (A Must Visit)

Next time someone asks me what’s a good place to visit in Tokyo, I’m answering, “Oedo Onsen in Odaiba!”

Usually, I dislike places too commercialized and catered to tourists, but not so with this place.  They get it right, combining a fun, relaxing, and exciting atmosphere in the perfect get-away-combo.

(Sorry about the bad angles of some of these photos.  My camera was running low on power so I had to take quick shots.)

It’s like the Disney Land of Hot Springs, and unfortunately it does include large crowds.
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We stood here waiting for over 30 minutes to get in.  The lines went out the door.  Apparently, we arrived at right before 6pm and the prices go on discount so everyone was waiting for that. One downside about this place is they are not very good at crowd control.   Continue reading