Hi, first time poster here.
I'm very glad to have found this forum, as it has reignited my passion for TDR . I'm planning to go on a trip with my bestie in summer(preferrably in June). Just like to ask a few questions in regards to planning our trip.
1) What are the crowds like at TDR in the summer months (June, July, August)? Of course, we'd like to go at a time that would net less crowds.
2) We plan to do a week long trip, allocating 4 days to TDR. While we're at TDR, we plan to stay in a hotel around that area for convenience. After the TDR excursion, my friend would probably like an extra day to shop around in a downtown area (e.g. Shinjuku) afterwards. But there's all the concern about the lugguage and stuff. Should we move out to stay in the downtown areas, or should we stay in the TDR area for the rest of the trip and take the long train trips around?
3) About staying in the hotels in TDR area, we plan to stay in the Bay area hotels, and then, may plan to splurge one night at Miracosta. Would this be a big hassle, in regards to switching hotels? If we really switch, when is the best time to switch during the 4 days?
4) I noticed the Duffy bear in various posts. Would merchandise of Duffy still be on sale next summer? Or it is only up till April, when the 25th celebration ends?
This trip is really important to us. First time without our parents, first time spending so much time at TDR, first time not staying in a hotel in the Shinjuku area, and possibly only trip we'll do together in the coming few years. I had this trip in mind long ago, but the damn economy has been pushing the exchange rates to extreme situations. I hope we can make this trip before we graduate from university, if not next year .
To close, just like to thank all of you for posting the great trip and photo reports. I was so estatic that I phoned my bestie who's studying in England around 6am in the morning (my time). Both of us are sooo envious of posters here who can visit TDR regularly . In fact, before my bestie left for UK, we regularly visited our home DL (HKDL). Of course, its nothing compared to TDR. The photos are really a life-saver during my rush-to-finish-revision times, and when my friend is lonely in her dorm !
P.S: To Ichigopara: Your son is so cute in the pictures !