I don’t want to plan to the letter, because I’m not there and I don’t know how it works over there. I don’t know how long it will take me to overcome the jet lag of a 13 hour flight and finally emerge out on to the streets of Kanagawa, I don’t know a thing about the Yen, I’m not good at directions anyway (although my friend keeps stressing to me that ‘Everything is written in English too so don’t panic’, I’m not 100% sure I believe him yet) and I’m panicking about getting on the trains, I don’t want people to see my tattoos and think I’m in the Yakuza – it’s all trivial, menial, panicky shit. I’m a worrier and I always have been, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t a clue what I’m going to do!
I have from March 2nd until March 15th to do as much as humanly possible, and I have to share this trip with… I guess a friend… who has different views and opinions and likes different things to me. We agree on manga and anime, we disagree on Disneyland (but we are fucking going to Disneyland), we disagree on meat, we agree on the Pokemon center – you get the idea?
If the ‘doing stuff together’ thing fails, I’ll just do my own thing and be the classic tourist who gets residents and locals to take pictures of me absolutely everywhere.
So on March 5th it will be my 23rd Birthday, I’ve decided I would like to spend my Birthday in Disneyland, everyone who appreciates Disney will envy me on this because how many people get to spend their Birthday in Disneyland though, really? So –
TOKYO DISNEY AND SEA DISNEY.
It’s where dreams (and a lot of money) get made, obviously! With the prices being ¥10,700 for a two day pass (£71.60) two days in Disney already cut 10% out of my budget and this is the reason why I’m getting a credit card. Once in a lifetime trip, if I want souvenirs, I’ve got to grit my teeth and either suck it up or buy it and know I’ll have a bill to pay when I get home.
I have this horrible feeling that I might be doing Disney alone, I really don’t think that my ex (Dan, I’ll call him that for future reference and it also sounds less rude) will want to meet Mickey mouse with me. It kinda sucks because I’ve been weighing up whether or not it’s worth going. I haven’t been to Disney since I was 7, it was the one in Paris and I can’t remember it at all, it’s a hefty slice out of the budget (my budget is £1000 or ¥171862.19 at the current rate) and I can do a lot of sightseeing/traditional things in two days with a lot less money. If you have any thoughts on this – PLEASE HELP. I’m in a Disney related pickle.
Yeah, this is definitely happening, it costs only ¥1000 (£6.69) to get in, and of course why would any anime fan go to Japan and miss the Ghibli Museum?! Totoro is there to welcome you at the door, and I’m sure the people here will appreciate my tattoo homage to Totoro and Spirited Away! Not only that, but they have a CAT BUS granted, it’s for the children, but still!
POKEMON CENTER TOKYO
The Pokemon center is a must, I grew up wth Pokemon (not literally but don’t lie, if you are of my generation, you wished they were real) and I’ve watched a youtube video of all the different kind of merch they sell here and I don’t care what else I buy but the amount of character chopsticks they have is unreal. I need Pokemon chopsticks – enough said! Free entry, and prices are reasonable for most things as far as I can tell.
MT FUJI, FUJI 5 LAKES AND FUJI Q HIGHLANDS THEME PARK
A day spent in the shadow of Mt Fuji, exploring it’s beautiful lakes, marvelling at the mountain towering over you and then seeing it from a rollercoaster – why wouldn’t you? Although, this advert makes it look really unappealing.
HARAJUKU – TAKESHITA DORI
Okay, have any of you guys heard of the UK based chain store Blue Banana? I used to work for them, and basically, Harajuku’s Takeshita Dori is the Japanese Blue Banana STREET. It’s full of goth, lolita, kawaii fashion and it’s just worth going to Harajuku for a look. You can’t really go to Japan at my age, and not go to Harajuku!
GO FOR A BEER WITH FUKUCHAN
Watch this video – enough said
So, that is an idea, there are a lot more place on my list, such as parks, and my friend who lives there wants to take me to see temples which is obviously a must. It’ll be great, but Ihave no idea what I’m in for, or the culture shock I’m going to have.
Have you ever been to Japan as a tourist? How did you find it? Any advice for me?