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Visiting Tokyo Disney and DisneySea

September 21, 2015

Since moving to Japan I had heard a lot about how much fun Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea were. So a week or two back my wife and I visited both parks. The hype was well founded. We started with Tokyo Disneyland on a rainy Monday - Typhoon 19 was making its way towards Japan but thankfully the rain held off till the very end of the day. I was excited to see that Tokyo Disneyland still had the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House and The Grand Circuit Raceway, which were two of my favorite attractions when I was a kid at the Disneyland in Anaheim California.

I think this duck thought it was part of the show, just strutting her stuff on the parade route (and my cheap [¥2100], fabulous, and huge Japanese dinner at Restaurant Hokusai).

Later that week we headed over to Tokyo DisneySea. If you find yourself in Tokyo with a day to spare I highly recommend visiting Tokyo DisneySea. This park is unbelievably cool and it is readily apparent that the ¥335,000,000,000 (billion) it cost to build the park was money well spent.

Both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are located next to each other. It costs ¥860 round trip to get to either park by train from the Tokyo Station (including the parks monorail). The tickets are much cheaper than say DisneyWorld in Orland ($105) or DisneyLand in Anaheim ($99) coming in at just $57 per person per day per park! Do note though that there is no special park hopper ticket...

And if you find yourself near Tokyo Dome you have to pay the ¥1,050 to ride Thunder Dolphin, which is the 10th tallest continuous circuit roller coaster in the world. I am not much of a roller coaster guy but I absolutely loved this ride, especially that first drop where you go from 0 to 130kph in a second or so. Here is a video of the ride (it is not mine).

Between our visits to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea we also squeezed in a trip to Kyoto (which I will write about soon), a ride on the shinkansen (Japanese bullet train), and a baseball game. In total we walked over 100km in 8 days, which was great conditioning for my 3 day backcountry Tenkara trip that I embarked on immediately after!

Written by Isaac Tait who now lives in San Diego but dreams of returning, one day, to Japan. You should follow him on Twitter