Myself ( female 42yrs). my mother (66) and 2 teenage daughters ( 17yrs and 15yrs) travelled to Japan in late June, early July and visited Tokyo, Disneyland, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Here is my report for Days 1-3 in the Tokyo area.
Day 1 - we flew from the Qld Gold Coast to Tokyo on Jetstar and arrived in Tokyo at around 7pm. I had pre arranged a transfer to our hotel with Tokyo Airporter. it was expensive at around $200 for the 4 of us but landing at night, speaking no Japanese and travelling with a older person I though it would be easier to have our transport arranged. And it was. We were met at the gate by a lovely man holding a sign with our name, he held our suitcases whilst we went downstairs to exchange our JR passes for later in our holiday. he then led us to his lovely, air conditioned late model van , loaded all our bags and drove us to our hotel the Hotel Metropolitan Edmont. It took about an hour to get to our hotel. We checked-in and were taken to a lovely room for the 4 of us. We went back downstairs and had a lovely meal in the hotel resturant and then turned in for the night.
Day 2 - Breakfast was had at Starbucks adjascent to the hotel and then we set out for the day to visit the Odaiba area. We walked to the metro station and were surprised at how easy it was to locate the train line that we needed and worked out how to buy a ticket in the machine. All the signage was in English and we had a lovely young girl come over and helped us with the ticket machine. Once we did it once it was very easy to travel and buy tickets for the rest of the trip. I had thouroughly researched the train lines etc that we need on Hyperdia before our trip so I had a bit of an idea which lines we needed but it all worked out well. The trains are always on time and are very clean.
We arrived at Tokyo Teleport Station and headed for Venus Town shopping centre which was just lovely. We did some shopping and had lunch at a Hawaiian resturant. Whilst many of the restaurants in Japan dont have Engligh menus, the majority have pictures and/or lifesize models of the food so it is easy to just point to what you want. Food prices are cheaper than in Australia so we ate up!
After lunch we went over to another shopping mall which had a huge statue of Gundam ( an animae character). It was way too crowded over there so we deiceded to head back to our hotel., have an early dinner and catch up on some sleep.
Day 3 - Today we did the Tokyo Trends and Traditions Tour with the Travelience Company. We met our guide in Asakusa ( once again caught the train) at 10am and toured many different areas of Tokyo for the next 6 hours. It was a hot and tiring day but our guide was wonderful and we learnt so much, and saw so much of Tokyo that we never could of covered on our own. Dinner was at an awesome little restuarant where you order your food on a screen and it pops along on a track and arrives in front of you. THe kids loved it! We did a bit of shopping on the way home and had another early night ready to check out in the morning and head to TOkyo Bay and the Disneyland area
More to follow on the next report - Days 4 - 8 Disney Resort