Bird’s eye view of Tokyo

After the wobbles of yesterday, Monday went a lot more smoothly. Our city-survival strategies are definitely improving. We woke to sunshine so we grabbed the chance to visit Skytree. Tokyo has a number of high places offering great views of this mega sized city. The kids were desperate to visit Skytree - the tallest tower in the world at 634 metres high (and the second tallest structure, only beaten by Burj…

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Disney – Japanese style

Our last trip to the USA was a theme-park free adventure. The kids were never going to agree to that a second time. Tokyo Disney has two theme parks on offer - Disneyland and Disneysea. We had told the kids we would devote one Tokyo day to the mouse in a park of their choice. Disneysea was the clear favourite - it's the only sea themed Disney park in the world…

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Sights, smells and shopping

The hard beds were strangely comfortable and we slept like logs in this remarkably quiet hotel. There was no cooked Villa breakfast for us this morning, we had to fend for ourselves. Fortunately there is a delicious bakery across the road, so we stocked up there and added a few goodies from the nearby supermarket. It was a pretty decent feed and fuelled us for a morning in Tokyo. The weather…

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From quiet country town to the heart of Tokyo

We had a slower start this morning as we didn't need to be ready for first lifts. It turned out to be a good day to leave - the forecast was for high winds so they closed the gondola and only had a few lower lifts working. We got big hugs from the Villa staff when we left, it really was like being part of their family for a week. It…

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We’ve arrived!

It's been about 15 months since I wrote the last blog. Even though we've been sitting on a plane for the last 9 hours surrounded by a bunch of Japanese High School kids, I still can't quite believe we are headed for our next major family adventure. The lead-up to this trip has been particularly busy for all of us, so there hasn't been much spare time to get excited. With…

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