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    Thanksgiving week at TDR!

    I decided not to load this report with pics, but if you want to check out my Facebook album, here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...3&l=6e8d02f12f

    Our big Thanksgiving trip to Tokyo and the Tokyo Disney Resort actually started in July when I found airfare with Continental (from Guam) for less than 300 per person! (I traveled with hubby, Steve and almost 18 year old daughter, Catelyn). Shortly after that, I’d researched the holidays and hotels and since Monday was a holiday in Japan, I booked our flights for Tuesday thru Sunday (11/24 – 11/29). We got a great rate at the Sheraton Tokyo Bay, one of the official Disney hotels on the Resort Line (monorail). Made reservations for our cat, Blondie, at the Pet Lodge, and counted down the days…..

    The week before our trip, I checked the exchange rates and found that we had a slightly better rate here in Guam than we’d have gotten in Narita. Not to mention the 3% fee that the Bank of Hawaii would have charged me to use my debit card….so we exchanged $1200 before we left – hotel, air and Disney tix not included – we were figuring a ‘walking around’ budget of 150 per day for food/etc. for three adults.

    Finally the 24th arrived and we left Guam, landing in Tokyo 3 hours later at about 10am. We decided to sample the train experience and bought NEX+Suica cards (3500 yen each) that we could use for the express train to Tokyo Station, then continue to use for the trains the rest of the week. The NEX was very comfortable for the 90 minute ride from the airport. We found Tokyo Station to be very exciting place, full of people and shopping and restaurants. We followed the signs to transfer to the Keiyo line and took a regular train to the JR Maihama Station - I was glad I’d insisted we all bring carry-on size rolling bags though, the train station was huge and it took about 15 minutes to walk through it.

    There is a Disney Welcome Center right outside the Maihama Station – so we took advantage of the opportunity to check into our hotel, transfer our bags, buy our 4 day tickets and monorail passes. After a sandwich set (2290 for 3) at the Beckers diner under the train station, we were at Disney Sea before 1pm! After taking pics of all the amazing Christmas decorations, we headed for Tower of Terror. The standby line was only 30 minutes, so we decided to wait. It moved very quickly and thought the ride was awesome, though the drop is much tamer than the WDW version. Next we headed thru the waterfront, stopping to buy caramel popcorn (our first of many flavors we will try), and got into line for the Indiana Jones ride. We were lucky again and only waited about 30 minutes - the theming for this thrill ride is great, but it is over very, very quickly. I was going to skip Raging Thunder, as I heard it was a bit lame for a coaster – but Cate insisted we try it. She’s not a fan of coasters, so I was pretty surprised – turned out it was the perfect tame coaster for her. There is a loop, but it’s a short easy ride. Sinbad was our next stop, in the Arabian Village. This was a fun boat ride, we liked the music and the genie a lot.

    The sesame churros for sale in the Village didn’t tempt us, so we headed back to Indy to purchase Yucatan sausage rolls from a cart there (420 yen each). This turned out to be our favorite snack in either park! Kind of like a bratwurst baked into a crispy baguette – yum! Journey to the Center of the Earth was next on our list. The 20 minute wait seemed like it took forever this time…the wait area is kind of boring – so we made sure to use Fastpasses on our next visit. The ride was fun – slow at first but it has a great rollercoaster drop at the end. The wait for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was posted at only 5 minutes, so of course we had to try it! Unfortunately, my claustrophobic daughter didn’t enjoy it much – even though she and I got the front seats (Steve got a side view). The ride was dull and really didn’t make much sense, those aliens were just weird, but it was pretty.

    We visited Triton’s Kingdom and took lots of entrance pics – the theming here is really fabulous! Unfortunately, the Mermaid Theater was “breaking down” so we just wandered around being amazed at the decorations. As we came out, we watched part of the Candlelight Reflections parade in the harbor. Found some strawberry popcorn nearby so we went ahead and bought the 2009 Christmas bucket for 1600 yen. This turned out to be a great deal since refills were only 500 yen – and we ate a LOT of corn. I thought the strawberry was way too sweet, but Steve and Cate liked it a lot.

    We noticed the park got a lot crowded after dark, so folks must’ve been snapping up the after 6 tickets. We wandered around a bit more, then decided it was too crowded and we were sleepy so we headed to the Sheraton around 8pm. The hotel was very posh and western style. Our bags were waiting in our room as promised and the view of Tokyo Bay was great. After a quick email check in the computer center (free internet) and a snack run to the little store, we were asleep by 9:30!

    Day 2 to follow....
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    In spite of our early bedtime, I really couldn’t get Catelyn out before 9 – so we didn’t get to experience the mad rush at opening, but I think I’m ok with that. On Day 2, we rode the monorail back over to the train station and had breakfast at Beckers (ham and egg croissants, 200 yen) then walked over the bridge to Disneyland. Took pics of Christmas decorations and the castle, got a refill at the chocolate popcorn cart, then headed for the Haunted Mansion. We rode after a 20 minute standby. This ride is one of my favorites anytime, but the Nightmare before Christmas overlay is fantastic! We grabbed Fastpasses for another ride later. Small World wasn’t on my must-do list, but the wait was only 5 minutes so we decided to ride. The mix of the traditional song with Christmas Carols really helped break the monotony, and of course the Christmas decorations were beautiful. Next was Pooh (standby 30 min), a great ride – my favorite was the Tigger room – but my family wasn’t very impressed. The honey popcorn was tempting us the whole time we were in line, so we refilled on our way back to the Mansion for our second ride. Fastpasses are so awesome, I love passing everyone up – though the standby lines are where you get to see all the great decorations, so doing both is a good idea.

    Space Mountain had a 90 minute wait, so we picked up Fastpasses and rode StarTours after only a 5 minute wait. Cate got a little sick on this simulator, a combination of the shaky camera effect and her claustrophobia. Monsters Inc was another 90 minute wait, and we noticed it was already out of Fastpasses so Cate and Steve decided to ride the Starjets instead. I think this is a truly lame ride, so I got honey lemon churros (250 yen)for everyone while they rode. Finally it was time for our Space Mountain ride. Seemed darker than usual in there, but maybe I say that every time? We all liked it, though we were kind of afraid to ride with our hands up in the dark! Pirates of the Caribbean had a short wait and Cate had a good time counting the Johnny Depp figures.

    Decided lunch would be a good idea, so Grandma Sarah’s Kitchen was our next destination. We all had versions of the meat and rice “sets” (aka combos). I had a very interesting sausage, like a hot dog with a chicken bone for a handle! After lunch we got Fastpasses for Splash Mountain and went to Toontown to ride Roger Rabbit and the Gadget coaster, hitting Pinocchio's ride on the way thru Fantasyland. I noticed the line for Minnie’s house was 100 minutes! We definitely did not worry about getting character pics on this trip! The snack of choice in Toontown is the cheese filled pretzel (300 yen) which Cate really enjoyed. She kept saying she must have a tapeworm as she kept snacking so much – but I think it was just the abundance and aroma! We caught a bit of the Snow Time parade as we made our way to Splash Mountain for our Fastpass ride. Great ride, and no one got wet!

    Bought some curry popcorn and decided to ride the Railroad. I’m not sure how the dinosaurs really fit into the whole Native American theme, but I’m sure they had a perfectly good explanation if I’d only understood Japanese.

    Snacktime again! Steamed Mickey shaped pork buns this time (320 yen). Went back to Tomorrowland to check Monsters – still a 70 minute wait so no dice. Bought red crab and sausage pizza before heading over to stake out a spot for the electrical parade. We ended up in a perfect place, outside the Terrace sitting on a low wall. The lighted floats were amazing and this would turn out to be our favorite parade! We enjoyed the fireworks outside the castle and then walked over to Ikspiari to buy snacks and drinks for breakfast at the hotel. After all our walking, we were very happy for the shuttle from the monorail to the hotel – and all the Mickey theming was very cute. Back in bed before 10!

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    Day 3 was a park hopper day and we decided to visit Disney Sea again. We got to the park about 10:30 to find it was much, much more crowded than it had been on Tuesday. No luck with the lottery for Big Band Beat, so we headed to Tower of Terror to get Fastpasses. When we got there we found they had just opened the upstairs lines, so we jumped in for a 20 minute wait. Grabbed Fastpasses for later and headed for Port Discovery. Decided to try Stormrider, hoping it wouldn’t be as rough for Catelyn as Star Tours was. The theater is much larger, so it turned out to be a better experience – though we didn’t feel we had to do it more than once.

    Indy had a long line going, so we grabbed another set of Yucatan Sausage Rolls and headed over to Triton’s Kingdom to check on the Mermaid Theater again. Luckily, we had perfect timing and walked right into the theater! A helpful CM found us center seats and gave us the English surtitle machines. It was a little hard to read them while looking up at all the acrobatics, but we got enough to get the story. I realized then that I hadn’t minded all the Japanese on the rides, most are easy enough to understand despite the language differences – except 20,000 Leagues, or maybe it doesn’t have a good story to start with?

    We had an opening for a second Fastpass, so we used that on Journey to the Center of the Earth. I waited in the very long Sausage Gyoza line while the family hunted down the passes. The Gyoza was interesting, but not worth the wait – and definitely not as good as the other Sausage Roll. We still had time to kill before our Tower of Terror Fastpass window, so we decided to watch the Over the Waves show at the SS Columbia. Got some black pepper popcorn to eat during the show and settled on a bench. Even though there was no English translation this time, we found the show very entertaining! After the show, we headed for the water to see the Legend of Mythica. Even without a premium spot, we enjoyed the spectacle. Mickey is great on drums! Now it was time for our Tower of Terror ride #3, followed by our Thanksgiving turkey legs and Kirin at the Nautilus Galley. Steve dropped a drink bottle into the water here (rolled out of his backpack) and was amazed at the helpful CMs that replaced the drink and then fished the other out of the water with a giant net. Everyone really was so nice at TDR!

    After our second ride on Journey, we checked out the Fortress of Explorations and found a good spot to watch Candlelight Reflections. It was really chilly and we were glad to have brought our hats and scarves! The show was nice but we left before the end to try to catch another ride on Tower of Terror. Unfortunately, it was way too long, so we got a ride on Indy instead then got tired of the huge crowd and headed back to Ikspiari for more snacks. Turned out to be another early night.

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    Day 4 started a little later for my sleepyhead family, but I finally got us out of the hotel by 10. We were ready for a Disney break so we decided to visit Kinsai-rinikai Koen for the Sea Life Aquarium and Diamonds & Flowers ferris wheel. Finding a local train proved a bit challenging as we tried to interpret all the signs. We jumped onto the first train that didn’t have a “rapid” sign in the window, but found ourselves shooting by the park into Shin-Kiba. Got off and took the orange Musashino train in the other direction, which had local stops marked on the map, but found ourselves back at Maihama. Sigh, checked the signs again and found it only stops at the park on weekends! Watched the red line trains go by for a little while – waiting for a blue local train, as shown in the pictures….eventually I noticed the digital sign announce a local train – regular red, not blue – and we jumped on. Finally arriving at the correct station, we decided to have a snack at McDonalds before going into the park. I noticed several menu differences, like the bacon and potato pies (instead of apple) and I decided to try a McPork sandwich. Steve and Catelyn stayed more traditional, but all three choices were tasty.

    The park was so beautiful and peaceful after all the hectic crowds at Disney. The Aquarium was a fabulous treat (700 yen) and had the largest penguin exhibit I’ve ever seen. We also enjoyed watching the field trip groups in little matching hats! Showing our Aquarium tickets at the ferris wheel netted us a discount, so tickets were only 600 yen. It was a great 20 minute ride and we took a lot of pictures of Tokyo Bay, Disney (!) and the city. We found a late lunch at a cool noodle shop at the train station. We picked out what we wanted from the models and pictures, then bought the corresponding tickets from a vending machine, found a seat and gave the server our tickets. It was very yummy and we had a great time slurping up the noodles and fumbling with our chopsticks!

    Now we felt fortified to return to Disney! We got back to Disney Sea around 4, as I knew it was closing early at 6:30 for an event and Catelyn really wanted a nighttime ride on Tower of Terror. There’s only about a three second glimpse of the outside scene, so it wouldn’t make a huge difference, but I wanted to accommodate her if we could! We really thought we’d just do the one ride after standing in a long line but surprise -the park was practically empty! The board indicated 15 minute standbys for everything! We got to ride Tower of Terror 5 times in a row, Catelyn found an awesome Tokyo Disney 2009 ToT tshirt in the gift shop - then we headed over to Journey to ride it 5 consecutive times as well. It was completely awesome!

    At 6:30, we dragged ourselves out of the Sea (because they were making us leave) and went back to Disney Land to try and get a last ride on Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion. Of course, the crowd we missed at the Sea found us at the Land. Got some soy butter popcorn in Tomorrowland and found a 90 minute standby for Space Mountain. We decided to visit Microadventure as there was only 5 minutes til show time and we were ready to take advantage of any opportunity to sit down by this last night. The show was actually very fun and we lucked out upon exiting to find that the electrical parade had started, cutting the Space Mountain wait to only 15 minutes – score! After our exciting ride, we headed for the Haunted Mansion, but all our luck ran out as we joined the 100 minute standby line at 8:30. Crazy, I know, but we wanted that to be our last ride. We left the park happy at 10pm, having ridden and seen everything we had put on our lists!

    The next couple of days were spent in Shinjuku, Harajuku and Shibuya – but I know you Disneyphiles aren’t interested in that part of the story.

    • Overall, we had a fabulous trip – only got lost a little (in the Shinjuku station),
    • managed very well with only a little Japanese practice with the Pimsleuer introductory cds (you'll say thank you and excuse me a lot - and it doesn't hurt to learn your numbers - we actually found many people happy to practice their english on us)
    • and we came in easily under budget. We blew the last few thousand yen on boxes of Tokyo Bananas at the Narita airport to give to friends!
    Thanks for sticking with my long report! I really appreciate all the help I received by reading this board and I hope I'm passing on the favor with this report!

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    Re: Thanksgiving week at TDR!

    Excellent! Have you posted about the other parts of your trip on Facebook?
    I want my cake back!

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    Re: Thanksgiving week at TDR!

    Fantastic and very detailed trip report, thanks for sharing rkj1969

    She kept saying she must have a tapeworm as she kept snacking so much – but I think it was just the abundance and aroma!
    I can also relate to this and my theory is that a drug is added to the food before serving that keeps the Guest hungry for the rest of the day. Its either that or probarely just the smaller portions that are served, although if you have yen to spend this is a good thing as each location inside the park has some unique and tasty snack to consume, and you can enjoy pizza in ToonTown and popcorn in Fantasyland without feeling full. It also allows you to enjoy the attractions without having to let you lunch go down proparely first.

    Monsters Inc was another 90 minute wait, and we noticed it was already out of Fastpasses so Cate and Steve decided to ride the Starjets instead.
    Sad to see you missed riding Monsters Inc, I feel you made a mistake by arriving late, and not grabbing a FastPass first or waiting it out in the stand by line. My first wait for Monsters also posted a 90 minute wait time, but the actual stand by wait ended up being 60 minutes. I feel this would of been worth the wait, its a fun dark ride but maybe next time.

    Steve dropped a drink bottle into the water here (rolled out of his backpack) and was amazed at the helpful CMs that replaced the drink and then fished the other out of the water with a giant net. Everyone really was so nice at TDR!
    This is yet another lovely example of how friendly and helpful the Tokyo Disney Resort Cast Members are to all Guest. Nothing is ever really to much trouble for them.

    The next couple of days were spent in Shinjuku, Harajuku and Shibuya – but I know you Disneyphiles aren’t interested in that part of the story.
    I wouldn't say that, to me the Disney parks are only one of the reasons that makes Tokyo a must see destination to visit. I would personally love to read how you got on in Shinjuku and Shibuya. Hope you can share more if you have the time, by the way love the pictures on Facebook.

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    Re: Thanksgiving week at TDR!

    <Sad to see you missed riding Monsters Inc, I feel you made a mistake by arriving late, and not grabbing a FastPass first or waiting it out in the stand by line. My first wait for Monsters also posted a 90 minute wait time, but the actual stand by wait ended up being 60 minutes. I feel this would of been worth the wait, its a fun dark ride but maybe next time.>


    Oops - I need to edit my report! We did eventually make it back to Monsters that 2nd evening and did the 60 minute standby line. I must say I didn't like it as much as I hoped to, maybe I'd built it up too much in my expectations, but I can appreciate why others love it. That's a good thing about TDR, though - there's enough ride variety so there's something for everyone!

    I also forgot to say that we were denied in the lottery for the Land show too....though we saw part of it from the Pizza port's terrace....boo for the lottery!

    I do wish we'd gotten out earlier - I was up and ready 7 every morning, but I just couldn't make the teenager move any faster! I said a couple of times that I was just going to run out to grab the Fastpasses while they lazed about - but then they would protest for me to wait for them!

    And thanks for your comments, Malin! We did have an excellent time in town - quite an adventure! I'll add to my trip report a little later on today, I imagine it will be easy enough for strictly Disney folks to skip over!
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    Re: Thanksgiving week at TDR!

    I have to say I felt Monsters Inc was a bit of a disapointment on the first ride, but I'm putting the blame on the flashlight. I felt it was distracting from the ride and you end up spending so much time trying to tag the monsters like Rocky, that you miss out on all the good stuff. If you ride it again some point in the future ditch the flashlight and sit back and enjoy it, I promise its a much better experience.

    And look forward to reading the rest of the trip.

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    Feel free to skip if you're only interested in Disney info.....
    Saturday (day 5) we checked out of the Sheraton and took the monorail to the train station one last time. I must say the Suica cards we purchased at the airport came in so handy – we never had to stop and buy tickets or calculate fares! Just wave them over the sensor and you’re through. We took the Keiyo line to Tokyo Station, then found the Chuo line to Shinjuku by following the green signs. The station was so big and busy and full of people, but we found our way easily. Once we got on the platform, we had a bit of trouble finding which track to take – unlike Maihama at Disney, there was little English here. Finally I followed my ‘find someone in uniform rule’ and asked a conductor which train went to Shinjuku in my limited Japanese. He pointed us in the right direction and we found a map to confirm that both the rapid and local stopped in Shinjuku. We loved the sign posted that warned – that being closed in the doors would be painful and “even more so the eyes of those looking upon you”. HA!

    Arriving at Shinjuku, we realized that Tokyo Station was a miniature in comparison! This is apparently the largest station, with several JR lines AND subway lines. It was difficult to fight the tide of people, but we followed the signs to the South exit/Tokyo Metropolitan Government building to get to our hotel, the Shinjuku Washington in the Skyscraper district. I promise we walked at least a mile through the station and then through the underground tunnel. Since we hadn’t had breakfast, we stopped at a bakery for a ‘mystery bun’ (250 yen). Turned out to be apple and very tasty! Eventually we found the hotel, again happy that we had small rolling cases. They had a helpful foreign tourist desk, so we had no trouble arranging to leave our bags until the 4pm check in time.

    We headed for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building’s 45th floor Observation deck, just across the street from the hotel (free). The views were amazing and we got lots of pictures. We decided to have lunch there in the café. Beef and rice, Curry and rice and Spaghetti for Steve….about 700 yen each. Then it was time to take on Harajuku. Back through the tunnel to the Shinjuku station, a slow swim through the crowds to the Yamanote line, then a short train ride to the Harajuku station. I got a little turned around in the crowd and went the wrong way when looking for the Meiji Shrine, but we figured it out and made it to the torii gates. We followed the crowd down a long and wide gravel path through the trees to the shrine. It was very beautiful and we saw several brides and children decked out in their fine kimonos.

    We walked back thru the park to find a rock duo performing on the bridge. After enjoying a little of the music, we dove into the crowded Taka****a Dori. There were soooo many people! I could barely even think, much less look at the shops, but Catelyn managed to find some souveniers for her friends. Since we were still in Disney snack mode, we stopped for one of the famous crepes. Steve and I enjoyed sharing a custard and apple filled crepe, and Catelyn did chocolate and bananas (300 yen). They roll them up around the filling and you eat it like an ice cream cone. We strolled down to the intersection to find Condomania – yes, it is what it sounds like. Catelyn had been very excited about finding this store and bought a lot of presents here. Teenagers are strange. We went back up Otemosando Dori to the train station enjoying the Christmas lights along the way. We noticed a lot of stores and restaurants that we also had in Guam – I’m certain because the island hosts a lot of tourists from Japan.

    Another short ride on the Yamanote line and we arrived at Shibuya. Though this was a smaller station, it’s in a very busy area with lots of neon. Outside is the famous street crossing and the Hachiko statue. We got pictures of Hachiko (kind of like Tokyo Lassie, you can look him up on Wikipedia for the story) after a bit of a search – there was quite a crowd around and it was dark by this time. Then we decided to do the crossing. It’s truly amazing, one second the street is empty, then there are hundreds of people rushing across! We visited the Seibu department store looking for one of the famous food stores in the basement. We found a very nice one here, it reminded me of Earthfare or Fresh Market in the states. I enjoyed going through the aisles looking at all the products – green tea Kit Kats?? We chose a few snacks and went back to the station for a ride to Shinjuku.

    By the time we got back to the hotel we were a bit tired of walking around so we decided to check in to our room and just find dinner in the hotel. There were some expensive places on the Lobby floor, but we found a great Indian café, again in the basement. The meal was fabulous, the server took a liking to Catelyn – insisting we pour her beer and he brought her a free Lassi? Funny. Even with several Kingfisher beers, we only spent about 7000 yen and had more food than we could even eat. Maybe it sounds strange to go to Japan to eat Indian food, but it was so much better (and cheaper) than what we can get on Guam. Now that we’d had food and rest, we decided to take on Kabuki-cho.

    This is the street for nightlife, and there was quite a crowd out at 9pm! We hunted around for a 100 yen store, but didn’t really know what we were looking for – so the trip was unsuccessful. Then we managed to get lost trying to find our way back through the train station to the south exit. Finally we went back outside and walked around the station until we finally recognized where were were at! Got back to the hotel around 11 and everyone was ready for sleep. Though our room was larger than I expected, with three single beds, the pillows and mattresses were quite hard! There was also no control of the thermostat and the windows didn’t open so the room was a bit stuffy. We all tossed and turned all night.

    The last morning (day 6) we left our bags at the bell station and made another trip through Shinjuku station and tried to head back over towards Kabuki-cho again to find the Shinjuku Pepe 100 yen store (I’d googled it the night before). Unfortunately, our map didn’t detail the station enough so we managed to get lost again! I think we wandered three blocks in the wrong direction before Steve got his compass out and turned us back around towards the station. Luckily, we were really enjoying the scenery and people watching! We finally made it out the East side of the station and found our store, which was all the guidebooks had promised it would be. ; ) Soon it was time to head back to the hotel to catch our bus. On the way, we passed a fruit stand that I really wish we’d found earlier – they had apples as big as my head! I knew they wouldn’t let us take them on the plane so I had to take a picture instead.

    We had an easier time getting through the station this time, as Sunday mornings aren’t as crowded – but we were pretty much over the trains by this point and were happy we’d reserved the bus instead of another NEX train. The cost was nearly the same and it was just as comfortable. It was freezing outside the airport, much colder than it had been in the city. After getting checked in (Continental’s self check-in terminals were down, so it was a bit of a chore), we had some yen still to burn through so we went shopping for the Tokyo Banana treats I’d read about online. We also had another McDonalds snack of teriyaki and ebi (shrimp) burgers. Our flight home was uneventful and we exited the airport to a warm night and soft rain!

    Overall, we had a fabulous trip – just a couple of days that were overcast, but not much rain. It was chilly though! Disney was pretty easy, but we only got lost a little in the city and we managed very well with only a few weeks of work with the Pimsleur language cds and a Lonely Planet map (if only it had a Shinjuku station detail). We also found it wasn’t as expensive as we’d been warned – definitely not as expensive as Guam! Wear comfortable shoes as there was a LOT of walking involved – we marveled at the Japanese girls in their cute boots and heels….I don’t know how they do it!

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    Re: Thanksgiving week at TDR!

    Whoa rkj1969! I was at Meiji Shrine on that Saturday afternoon attending the wedding of a close friend.
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    Re: Thanksgiving week at TDR!

    This is apparently the largest station, with several JR lines AND subway lines. It was difficult to fight the tide of people, but we followed the signs to the South exit/Tokyo Metropolitan Government building to get to our hotel, the Shinjuku Washington in the Skyscraper district. I promise we walked at least a mile through the station and then through the underground tunnel.
    Its the station from hell if you ask me, I've been though that station so many times and often end up taking a wrong exit and having no idea where I am !

    Outside is the famous street crossing and the Hachiko statue. We got pictures of Hachiko (kind of like Tokyo Lassie, you can look him up on Wikipedia for the story) after a bit of a search – there was quite a crowd around and it was dark by this time. Then we decided to do the crossing. It’s truly amazing, one second the street is empty, then there are hundreds of people rushing across!
    Agree the vibe and energy you get from crossing that Crossway is incredible. Shibuya is a real highlight, even for people watching. Thanks again for the trip report.

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    Re: Thanksgiving week at TDR!

    Excellent trip report. The pictures on facebook are very cool! Its brings back alot memories from my recent trip . I was also excited to see your city pictures, I am glad it was clear during your trip ... it was very cloudy and overcast when I went to the same observation area as you ... so you couldnt see much , you just knew you were high up!


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    Re: Thanksgiving week at TDR!

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeInJpn View Post
    Whoa rkj1969! I was at Meiji Shrine on that Saturday afternoon attending the wedding of a close friend.
    That's awesome! I wonder if she was one of the brides we got pics of.....It really is a small world!!

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    Re: Thanksgiving week at TDR!

    Quote Originally Posted by lighttragic View Post
    Excellent trip report. The pictures on facebook are very cool! Its brings back alot memories from my recent trip . I was also excited to see your city pictures, I am glad it was clear during your trip ... it was very cloudy and overcast when I went to the same observation area as you ... so you couldnt see much , you just knew you were high up!
    We were pretty lucky, it was overcast our first couple of days but had cleared up by the end of the week. Still couldn't see Mt Fuji, but the city was beautiful.....just gives us another reason to go back!

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    Re: Thanksgiving week at TDR!

    Quote Originally Posted by Malin View Post
    Its the station from hell if you ask me, I've been though that station so many times and often end up taking a wrong exit and having no idea where I am !
    The skyscrapers make it so hard to try to get your bearings! You often can't see anything but UP! It made me feel a little better to see so many locals at the maps with us....the place was so crazy - especially the way the east section isn't even connected to the rest of the building...and three different Lumine stores to confuse you even more!

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